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JOHN CLEGG, SR. Company "C"

     John Clegg a venerable citizen of Moundsville, was born in Marshall county, W.Va., June 28, 1815, the son of Thomas and Kesiah (Hubbs) Clegg. The father came from Ireland with his parents when twenty-one years of age, settled on Wheeling creek, and served one year in the war of 1812. He died at the age of seventy-seven years, and his wife, the mother of John Clegg, died when the latter was six years old. Of their twelve children three are now living. Mr. Clegg was reared as a farmer and followed that vocation until 1853, when he came to Moundsville. February, 1864, he enlisted in Company C, of the Twelfth West Virginia regiment, and took part in the battles of New Market, Piedmont, Winchester, Berryville, etc., and going through the Hunter raid, the hardships of which caused injury of sight, which has gradually increased until he is now totally blind. He was a brave and gallant soldier and he is rewarded by a pension. In addition to his own service, three of his sons served in the army, John, Thomas and Elijah. The first two of these were in the Twelfth West Virginia infantry, the other was a cavalryman. Thomas was wounded in the knee, which has left him a cripple for life. John Clegg was married November 30, 1837, to Margaret, daughter of John and Margaret (Gibbony) Simpson, natives of Ireland, who came to this country in 1821. She was born March 2, 1812. To Mr. and Mrs. Clegg were born nine children, two of whom died in infancy; the oldest living, John E., was born July 11, 1840, married Margaret Nice. They have three children: William, Lilly, Lee. The latter died quite young, Mary J. was born May 17, 1842, is the widow of Samuel Wilson, who died of disease contracted in the army. They had born to them four children. William N., the eldest, is married to Ella Parks and has one child: Charles C.; Ada and John W. The latter died when a babe. Ada died November 1, 1882. Thomas Clegg was born March 14, 1844. He married Kate Matthews; they have had six children: John E., Maggie M., Benjmin F., Mackeles, George W. and Ruth T. Mackeles died when about two years old. Elijah was born August 30, 1846; is married to Louisa J. Dean. To them have been born nine children. Those living are: John J., Margaret J., Ada C., Samuel B., Cora May, Thomas, Mattie and Clarence. Franklin B. was born July 22, 1848; was married to Mary J. Shimp. They have had four children: Rosa May, the eldest, died when a babe, Charles E., James and Lizzie M. Samuel was born July 8, 1851; died September 13, 1881. He married Amanda Stillwell, to whom were born two children: Laura A. and Samuel J. Ada V. was born March 6, 1854, and resides with her parents. Three of the children are members of the Presbyterian church, of which the parents have been members for fifty-five years.

From History of the Upper Ohio Valley,
Brant & Fuller, 1890. Vol. I, pages 684-685.

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.