Mary Elizabeth Willson

29 September 1831–5 July 1887 (Age 55)
Rockbridge, Virginia, United States

The Life of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Willson was born on 29 September 1831, in Rockbridge, Virginia, United States, her father, Thomas Wilson, was 37 and her mother, Elizabeth Hopkins Poage, was 30. She married John Alexander McClung on 12 January 1854, in Rockbridge, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Rockbridge Parish, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States in 1850 and Virginia, United States in 1870. She died on 5 July 1887, in Fairfield, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States, at the age of 55, and was buried in Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, Rockbridge, Virginia, United States.

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John Alexander McClung
Mary Elizabeth Willson
Marriage: 12 January 1854
Edgar Willson Mcclung
Ann Maria McClung
Elizabeth Poage Mcclung
Benjamin F McCLUNG
John Houston McClung
William Howard McCLUNG
Mary Ella Mcclung
Annetta Louise Mcclung
Harry Tate McClung
Oscar H M Cliny
Oscar Hunter McClung

Spouse and Children

12 January 1854
Rockbridge, Virginia, United States


    Edgar Willson Mcclung


    Ann Maria McClung


    Elizabeth Poage Mcclung


    Benjamin F McCLUNG


    John Houston McClung


+6 More Children

Parents and Siblings



    Amanda Jane Willson


    Annette Louise Wilson



    John Edgar Willson


    James Howard Willson


+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 13

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

Age 15

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Wilson .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • Mary E Huston in household of Thomas Wallson, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Mary E Mc Clung in household of John A Mc Clung, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary E Mcclung in household of John A Mcclung, "United States Census, 1870"

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