Rachael McClure

Rachael McClure was born about 1830, in Clinton County, Illinois. Census records show she was born in Kentucky, but we found the family was in Clinton County from 1825 through 1836/37. Rachael was the daughter of Stephen McClure and Sarah Smith.

Rachael appears on the 1830 Clinton County, Illinois, census as a female under the age of five years. She was probably about six years of age when her family moved to Arkansas.

Rachael appears on the 1840 Conway County, Arkansas, census in Hardin Township, near Greenbrier. She is listed as a female between five and ten years old. Also listed on the census is another female between five and ten years of age, who we assume is a sister to Rachael. This second female does not appear on the 1850 census, so we assume she died between 1840 and 1850.

In 1849, Rachael's father acquired 160 acres of land near Quitman, in Benton Township of Conway County, and moved his family from the Greenbrier area where they had lived for a number of years.

The 1850 Conway County census, Benton Township, Quitman Post Office, shows Rachael, age 21, born in Kentucky, single and living at home. On the 1860 census she is still single and living at home and is listed as born in Illinois

Rachael married Israel Moore on July 2, 1863, in Conway County. The marriage was performed by James M. Scarlett, a Methodist Protestant minister, and is recorded in Conway County Marriage Book 2, page 149.

Israel Moore was born about 1829, in Kentucky, according to census records. He appears on the 1860 Conway County census, Union Township, near the town of Springfield, living with the Edward P. Cargile family. (By that time the Cargile family was related by marriage to the McClure family.) We believe Israel may have been related to the Moore family that helped to settle Springfield. 

Rachael and Israel had a very short time together, however.   Rachael died April 8, 1864 giving birth to their only child.

Israel married Drusilla J. Renfro (Rainfro) on April 15, 1866, in Conway County.  The marriage is recorded in Conway County Marriage Book 2, page 225.  The marriage was performed by R. L. Cargile, J. P.    We know nothing about Drusilla.  She was listed as 24 years old on the marriage license, which would mean she was born about 1842. 

Israel Moore died about 1869, probably in Conway County. There is an old cemetery near Springfield, called the Moore Cemetery. If Israel is related to that Moore family, it is possible that he and Rachael are buried there. We have checked the cemetery for their headstones, but did not find them. There are many unmarked graves in the cemetery, however, so they may be buried in an unmarked grave. It is also possible the couple was living in Benton Township near Rachael's father at the time of her death and they are both buried in that area.

Child of Israel Moore and Rachael McClure

1. Rachael Almeaney Moore, b. 1864, Conway Co, AR