John Clowney

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ID: I61
Last: Clowney
First: John
Birth: 1791 at County Down, Ireland
Death: 4 Mar 1848 at Union District, South Carolina 1 2
Burial: Fairforest Presbyterian Churchyard, Union County, South Carolina 3 4
Sex: M
Notes: Have images of several descendants of John Clowney (1791-1848).

John Clowney, second wife, and 6 sons emigrated from County Down, Ireland to the United States, arriving about Dec 1838 when youngest son Robert Cheyne Clowney was about 6 mo old - - per his grand-daughter, Lizzie Clowney Coleman.

John Clowney may have been a grocer, based on Papers of Administration of his estate, indicating he possessed "stock in trade composed chiefly of liquor & groceries ".
Sources: 5 6 7
Marriage 1   Mary Margaret Spratt b: UNKNOWN d: BEF 1835
Wedding: BEF 1817 County Down, Ireland
1 Joseph Clowney b: Nov 1818 County Down, Ireland
2 Mary Clowney b: 24 Nov 1816 County Down, Ireland
3 Moses Clowney b: 30 Nov 1822 County Down, Ireland
4 John Clowney b: ABT 1833 County Down, Ireland
Marriage 2   Anna Nancy Cheyne b: ABT 1802 d: AFT 1850
Wedding: BEF 1838 Ireland
1 William James Clowney b: ABT 1835 County Down, Ireland
2 Samuel Boyd Clowney b: ABT 1837 County Down, Ireland
3 Robert Cheyne Clowney b: 11 Jun 1838 County Down, Ireland
1 Title: Petition for Letters of Administration on Estate of John Clowney, March 9, 1848
Author: Joseph Clowney and Moses Clowney (sons)
Text: In the Court of Ordinary - Union Dist.
To John J. Pratt Esquire Ordinary for Union District-
The humble petition of Joseph Clowney and Moses Clowney herewith that their late father John Clowney departed this life intestate on the __ day of March Instant leaving a widow Nancy Clowney and seven children to-wit your petitioners and Mary Cunningham who has intermarried with James Cunningham and John Clowney, William J. Clowney, Samuel Clowney and Robert Clowney.

That at the time of his death he was possessed of a small personal estate consisting of some stock household & kitchen furniture (...) and some stock in trade composed chiefly of liquor & groceries and it is necessary for an administration to be had on his estate.
Your petitioners therefore pray that administration be granted them on the personal estate of their father John Clowney based on the usual terms and condiitons.
March 9: 1848:
(signatures of: Joseph Clowney, Moses Clowney)
2 Title: Internet
Exact date from notes in will of Samuel Clowney, Union Co. Courthouse, Probate, Box 2, pkt 15. / Clowney Family Genealogy Forum / Posted by Elmer F. Robinson ( / Feb 28, 2001
3 Title: Internet
Note: / Clowney Family Genealogy Forum / Posted by Elmer F. Robinson ( / Feb 28, 2001
Text: Contents of message from Elmer F. Robinson,, 2-28-01,
"Samuel Clowney of Union SC is my gggg grand-father.I have his will. Notes on the bottom include marked graves in Fairforest Presbyterian churchyard. John Clowney d. Mar. 4th 1848, age 57 years. Do not know if the last two John Clowney and Hugh Means are connected or an Archibald Clowney who died April 4th,1776. Samuel Clowney administrated on the estate but there were no papers to prove family or location. Recorded in box 2, pkt.15,Union C. court House. Elmer"
4 Title: Tombstone
Note: Fairforest Cemetery is located 34-34.858 N, 81-44.802 W, just south of the county line in Union Co., South Carolina.
John Clowney is buried to the left of entry gate of the cemetery. His daughter Mary Cunningham is buried just to the right of the entry gate.
In memory of / John Clowney / who departed this life / March 4th 1848. / Aged 57 years /
How still and peaceful is the grave / Where life's vain tumult's past / The appointed House by Heaven's decree / Receives us all at last.
5 Repository:
  --Name: Fairfield Historical Society Museum
  --Address: Fairfield Historical Society
P.O. Box 93
Winnsboro SC 29180
Title: Hand written notes by Cleora Clowney Hall
Note: Single page listing all children of John Clowney and their spouses
Text: Children of John Clowney (first to America in 1838). We came from the first wife, who died in Ireland.
Anna Boyd was the 2nd wife, who came to America with family - namely:
1. Joseph Clowney, md. Jeanette Stevenson
2. Moses Clowney, md. Susannah Elizabeth Yongue Milling, (nee Yongue, a widow)
3. John Clowney, md. a school teacher from N.C. He was killed in War between the States. His body was never found. She went back to N.C.
4. Mary Clowney, md. James Cunningham and came to Union District (County) before the others came over.
5. William James Clowney, md. Margaret Colvin. Most of his family moved down state.
6. Samuel Boyd Clowney, md. Margaret MIlling. Had 2 sons and moved to Dallas Texas -- S.B. Jr. and David Milling Clowney
7. Robert Cheyne Clowney, md. Margaret Brice, cousin Lizzie's father
6 Title: 1840 U.S. Census, Union Co., South Carolina
Publication: Roll M704_516
Date: 1840
Page: p. 229 (image 115-116)
Note: John Clowney aged between 50-60, with the following:
1 female (presumably his wife) age 40-50
2 males < 5 yrs - presumably Samuel, 3 and Robert 1
2 males 5-10 - presumably John, 7, and William, 5
1 male 15-20 - presumably Moses, 18
Son Joseph and dau Mary may have lived apart, by 1840.
Text: John Clowney 2 2 _ 1 _ _ _ 1 // _ _ _ _ _ _ 1 //
7 Title: Photo of Tombstone
Text: Available at

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