The family of James and Mary (Nixon) Clelland

submitted by Betty Lou Phillips Kisel


Genealogy for Rev. James Clelland III (b. May 13, 1811 Harrison County, VA)
Son of James Clelland II; (b. Abt. 1780, Monongalia County, Virginia)
and his first wife, Massie Wilson; (b. Abt. 1782, Monongalia County, Virginia)

Wife: Mary Nixon; (b. Abt. 1815 Harrison County Virginia)
Married: April 16 1835 Boothsville, Harrison County Virginia.

Original owner of the Clelland Log House, Taylor County, WV


  • Imandra Clelland; b. Jan 23 1836 Harrison County, Virginia
  • Amandra Clelland; b. Dec. 4, 1837 Boothsville, Harrison County, Virginia.
  • Mirinda/Marinda Clelland; b. Nov. 18, 1839 Harrison County, Virginia
  • Melvina Clelland;b. Jul.6, 1842 Boothsville, Marion County, Virginia
  • George Franklin Clelland; b. Dec 6, 1844 Boothsville, Taylor County, Virginia.
  • Renius S. Clelland; b. Jan 6, 1847 Boothsville, Taylor County, Virginia.
  • Sarah Ann Clelland; b. Oct 17, 1848 Taylor County, Virginia.
  • James Wilson Clelland b. Jan 1851 Taylor County, Virginia.
  • Minerva A. Clelland b. Mar. 26, 1854 Taylor County, Virginia.
  • Mary Virginia Clelland b. April 14, 1856 Taylor County, Virginia
  • Valonis Clelland; b. Nov. 24, 1860 Taylor County, Virginia

Harrison County was formed from Monongalia County in 1784
Marion County was formed from part of Harrison County 1842
Taylor County was formed from Marion County in 1844

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Marriage Bond


Marriage bond (left) and Marriage Registry (below)

Rev. James Clelland, III and Mary Nixon
married 16 April 1835

Marriage Registry


Clelland Log House

Description from the National Historic Registry
Look-up number 80004043
Also known as Houghton House and the Clelland-Houghton-Wallace Log home
Built by Rev. James Clelland 1800-1824
Residence of Rev. James Clelland family and George Franklin Clelland family.
Location: Off CR 250/4 Taylor County

The architecture of the period dates this home between 1800-1824. This home has an interior chimney popular for this time period for its heating efficiency. The house exhibited the usual ancillary buildings including a blacksmith shop, corn crib, hen house, pig pen, smoke house and barn. There was also a stone cellar built in the hillside for the safe keeping of food. Some of the original hand hewn logs have been replaced and the handmade bricks from the cellar house have been used to reconstruct the chimney but the house is believed to be the oldest structure still used for residence in Taylor County.

As reported in the Taylor County Visitor’s Guide Spring/Summer 1998; “a memorial stone was found not too far from the cabin. The name on it was Ashcraft. He was a friend who lived near the Clellands.” This story deserves to be repeated for the historical representation of the turmoil created during the civil war in a state clearly divided between the North and the South. The context of the story is backed with information gleamed from an article from the Fairmont newspaper journalist E.E. Meredith’s column “Do You Remember” which mirror’s the information within the Taylor County Visitor’s guide.

On April 8th, 1862, six members of the Fairmont Home Guards known as the “Bloody Six” led by Captain Pole Altop shot a neighbor of Rev. James Clelland by the name of Ashcraft. There was no obvious reason for the shooting of Ashcraft aside from the report that the six men were reported drunk and out to terrorize the area. Meredith’s column reported “J. Lee Janes supplies the name of the man killed by the soldiers with whom Judge McDougall was associated with up Valley Falls Way. He says it was Levi Ashcraft and that his grandfather Thomas H. Janes heard the shot that killed him(2)”. “After shooting Ashcraft, the guards moved on to the log house where they found the Reverend James Clelland and his son George Franklin Clelland(1). Pole Altop demanded to know why James Clelland’s son George was not in the Union Army and after some conversation Reverend Clelland persuaded them to move along with no further killing. Altop however did request that “they turn and run to the Cabin” at which point it was reported within E.E. Meredith’s column “Janes has always heard that Reverend Clelland observed: When a neighbor is in trouble I go to his side. If you shoot me, you will shoot me in the face”.(2)

George Franklin Clelland married Mary Ellen Reed. They raised their three children within this home, living long enough to see their Grandchildren enjoy this house and farm.

  1. Taylor County Visitor’s Guide, Spring/Summer 1998
  2. E.E. Meredith, Do You Remember? Fairmont Times West Virginian

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