The McClures, the Bookers, and the Brooks Families

“John McCLURE” married Mary Jane CARTEE in St. Francois County Missouri in October 1836.  The closest match I have found in the 1840 census is a John McClure in Cote Sans Dessein, Calloway County Missouri.  John was 60-70 years old;  IF this is the correct man, he was 42-52 years older than his wife !  There was a 15-20 year old female in his household (Mary? She would have been 18), as well as a male <5 years old (Green?), a male 10-15 years old, and two females 20-30 years old.  I am doubtful that this is the correct family, however it is the closest match that I could find. The husband of Mary CARTEE McCLURE died 1846-1850, as their last known child was born ca. 1846, and Mary was a widow in the 1850 census (dated 4 September 1850).

Mary BROOKS was born 25 September 1820 in Missouri.  She died 13 June 1903 in Hamilton County Texas.  She is buried in Carlton Cemetery; her tombstone reads “Wife of John Brooks”

In the 1850 St. Francois County Missouri census, 28-year-old Mary McCLURE was a widow with five children.  Next door are Moses and Elizabeth CARTEY (Mary’s parents?).  Mary was born in Missouri.

Sometime between 1850 and 1860, Mary remarried to John P/B BROOKS, as the family can be found in the 1860  Barry County Missouri census.   This is the same John BROOKS who is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery (1825-1894).  John BROOKS was therefore the step-father of Green McCLURE and Elizabeth (McCLURE) BOOKER.  I have not found John BROOKS with certainty prior to the 1860 census.

Known children of John and Mary Jane (CARTEE) McCLURE:

i.  Green McCLURE born in Missouri 24 November 1837, died 6 October 1881 in Williamson County Texas.  Green is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  On 12 February 1857, he married Susan Catherine STEWART in Cassville, Berry County, Missouri.  Susan Catherine, the daughter of Laban and Nancy STEWART, was born in Alabama on Christmas Day 1840.  She died in Cedar Park, Williamson County Texas 23 February 1932, and is also buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  In the 1880 Williamson County Texas census, Green’s father was said to have been born in Ireland.
Per descendant Karen:

“Green McClure enlisted July 8, 1862 in the Texas Confederate Army at Georgetown Texas, known as Camp McCullough.  He was in Company D, 30th Regiment of the Texas Calvary, (Armstrong Regiment).  He was discharged as a private at the end of the war.  The original McClure home was located just off current day highway 183 between Leander and Cedar Park, Texas.  The property is rectangular in shape. According to Susan Catherine’s Confederate States Army pension application (number 45063) filed 11 Dec 1928, she married Green McClure, the 11th day of February 1857 in Joplin, Missouri, was born 25 December 1840 in Alabama and resided in Williamson County for 67 years. Wednesday, February 24, 1932.”

“Obituary:  Mrs. S. C. McClure, resident of Cedar Park nearly all her life, succumbed at her home Tuesday at the age of 91. Funeral services were held at 3:P.M. Wednesday and interment was in Pond Springs Cemetery. Mrs. McClure is survived by three sons W. L. McClure of Ackerly, J. E. McClure of Santa Anna and R. B. McClure of Lodi, Cal. Survivors also include 27 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and two great, great grand children.  She was buried on February 25, 1932 in Pond Springs Cemetery, Cedar Park, Williamson County, Texas.”

Known children of Green and Susan Catherine (STEWART) McCLURE:

a.  Andrew Jackson McCLURE, born in Missouri 18 February 1859, died in San Antonio, Bexar County Texas 23 January 1931.  Per his death certificate, he was married to Emma; Gilbert Bailey Informant.  Andrew J. McCLURE is buried in San Jose Cemetery.  Per descendant Karen, Emma’s maiden name was GOWER.

b.  William Lafayette McCLURE, born in Texas 19 June 1862, died in Lamesa, Dawson County Texas 7 February 1934.  Per descendant Karen, he married Julie Margaret BUTTERY (daughter of John and Mary Elizabeth (WELLS) BUTTERY)

c.  John Edward McCLURE, born in Williamson County Texas 23 February 1866, died in Santa Anna, Coleman County Texas 18 March 1947 (death certificate).  Per descendant Karen, he first married Olivia JOHNSON; his second marriage was to Alice Ardelia INSALL.

d.  Laura Jane McCLURE, born in Texas 12 February 1868, died 13 September 1892.  Laura is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  Married William T. CAMPBELL in Williamson County Texas 7 January 1886.  Per descendant Karen,

“She died of blood poisoning, caused by a bee stings during a swarm. Della Campbell Strickland related to her daughter, Fae, that her mother, Laura, was attacked by a swarm of bees, miscarried a child, and died. Della, then nearly five, recalled seeing bees in her mother’s hair as she lay dead.  William Campbell apparently felt the McClures could better raise the children than he could. The McClures, over the years, it is said, helped raise sixteen orphaned children of various relatives.  Nevada And Bessie McClure helped their mother raise the 2 Campbell children.  Nevada & Bessie were the last McClures to live on the farm. After his wife’s death William moved to Idaho and had a small store and pool hall.  He died in an auto accident in 1929.  Della Campbell related that all of his children were very attached to him, that he visited when he could, bringing gifts and tales of cave exploring.  After his death, the Campbell farm at Leander was left to all his children, as well as his assets in Idaho.”

e.  Nancy Ellen McCLURE, born in Texas 8 November 1869, died 19 September 1880.  Ellen is not listed with the family in the 1880 Williamson County Texas census.  She is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  According to descendant Karen, she was blind from birth.

f.  Nevada Ann McCLURE, born in Austin Texas 27 July 1871, died in Austin Texas 8 January 1958, and is buried in Capital Memorial Gardens, Austin.

g.  Louisa McCLURE.  According to descendant Karen, Louisa was born 28 November 1872  She married Joel Crockett STANFORD in 1894.  Lousia died of “Milk Fever” 8 December 1903.

h.  Richard Benton McCLURE.  According to descendant Karen, Richard was born 2 July 1874 in Cedar Park, William County Texas.  He married Jessie May WHITE 10 November 1909.  Richard died 17 November 1934 in San Joaquin, Sacramento County California.

i.  Walter Green McCLURE, born in Texas 16 March 1876, died 2 August 1918.  Walter’s death certificate has not been found in Texas; he was in New Mexico in the 1910 census. “WG” is also buried in Pond Springs Cemetery.  Per descendant Karen, Walter died in a train accident in Texas.  Walter married Bertha LEWIS ca. 1903.

j.  Bessie Ida McCLURE, born in Austin Texas 20 September 1878, she died in Cedar Park Texas 22 February 1958, and is buried in Capital Memorial Gardens, Austin.

Known children of John and Mary Jane (CARTEE) McCLURE (continued):

ii.  Richard McCLURE, born in Missouri ca. 1840.

iii.  Margaret McCLURE, born in Missouri ca. 1842.

iv.  Elizabeth McCLURE, born in Missouri 28 October 1843, and died 9 June 1878 in Williamson County Texas.  Elizabeth married Thomas Henderson BOOKER (9 May 1848 – 22 February 1934 Austin TX).  Thomas was the brother of a lodger in the Brooks household in 1870.  In the 1880 census, Elizabeth’s mother and stepfather had four BOOKER  grandchildren in the household.

Known children of Thomas Henderson and Elizabeth (McCLURE) BOOKER:

a.  Louisa BOOKER, born in Missouri ca. 1867.

b.  Lavada BOOKER, born in Missouri ca. 1869.

c.  Maude BOOKER, born in Missouri ca. 1871.

d.  Ida M. BOOKER, born in Missouri ca. 1872.

Known children of John and Mary Jane (CARTEE) McCLURE (continued):

v.  Sarah McCLURE, born in Missouri ca. 1846.  I became particularly interested in Sarah, because we have an Unknown buried in Pond Springs Cemetery — “For Sarah”.  Sarah McCLURE lived to 1860 at least.  By 1870, she had either died or married.  UPDATE, OCTOBER 2016:  Sarah McCLURE was born December 1846.  She married James Alexander CHAFFIN 17 Aug 1867 in Christian County, Missouri.  She died 20 August 1927 in Christian County, Missouri, and is buried in Chaffin Cemetery there.

Many, many thanks to descendant Karen for her invaluable information.  Happy searching, girlfriend !

As always, please contact this blog with info.

– Suzanne


Known children of John and _____ BROOKS (I can’t tell if Mary Cartee was their mother, or if John had a previous wife; however as it does appear that Mary was a widow in the 1850 census, then Harvey might be from a previous wife):

i.  Harvey BROOKS, born in Missouri ca. 1849.

ii.  Martha BROOKS, born in Missouri ca. 1851/52.

iii.  John BROOKS, born in Missouri ca. 1853.

iv.  Nancy BROOKS, born in Missouri March 1857.  Listed in the 1900 Erath County Texas census as married head of house (Nancy ADAMS), but no husband is with the family.  Her widowed mother Mary was living with the family, born in September of 1820 in Missouri.

v.  William BROOKS, born in Missouri 29 November 1858, died Williamson/Travis County TX 8 March 1882.  William is buried in Pond Springs Cemetery, in an enclosed plot with his father.

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  1. Suzanne, I am sending you a long email with various additional information which you may or may not choose to incorporate into your summary of John Brooks/Green McClure. Hoping to add more inforamtion here soon.

  2. Do not have a source but I had a note that William Brooks was “inside a fenced plot with his father John B. Brooks”… not his step father. Who would be his step father?
    Isn’t WIlliam one of the known children of John Brooks and possibly Mary Jane Cartee(Carty)…( wording) applaud your work.

    • Thanks ! Yikes let me change that now. When were John and Mary married?

  3. Richard Benton McClure is born in Williamson County not William County… I know .. a typo

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