Source: Hardesty, Henry H. Hardesty’s Historical and Geographical
Encyclopedia. New York: H.H. Hardesty and Company, 1884.
Rpt. in West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia. Ed. Jim Comstock.
Richwood: Comstock, 1974.
WILLIAM HENRY McCLUNG, M. D. – born in Meadow Bluff District, Greenbrier County,
October 28, 1843, and Adaline Elizabeth THOMPSON, born in the
same district April 30, 1843, were there joined in wedlock, on the 15th
of November, 1866. Banzesa, born July 28, 1867, died August 13th following
was their first-born child. In their home are four: Irene Irvin, born
July 28, 1871; Elsie Bird, July 13, 1874; Olive Belle, December 28, 1875;
Willie Kenna, November 19, 1880. The parents of Dr. McCLUNG, are Alexander
and Elenor (THOMPSON) McCLUNG, of Greenbrier County the former born in 1805,
and the latter in 1815. Adaline E., wife of Dr. McCLUNG, was
daughter of Isaac and Jane (BURNS) THOMPSON. Her father died in this county,
March 13, 1876, and her mother is still a resident here. Dr. McCLUNG served
as clerk of the board of registration 1866, and was at the same time member
of the board of supervisors. He was elected representative from Greenbrier County
in 1882, and was elected deputy sheriff in October, 1881. He volunteered
for service in the Confederate army in 1861,and was with Buchart’s company until
that disbanded, when he joined the Greenbrier Cavalry, Company K. He was
promoted to lieutenant and drill master in Honshell’s battalion, and took
part in all the battles of his command. He was three times wounded, twice
severely, first at Frederick City, Maryland, then in front of the “Block-house”
at Washington, while trying to take his wounded brother, John McCLUNG, off the
field. He was captured in Ninevah, but escaped by riding through the Federal
lines, and swimming the Shenandoah river three times, then taking to the
mountains, reaching his command the next evening. He served until the close
of the war. Dr. McCLUNG owns a fine farm on Meadow River, and has been for
twenty years a successful practitioner. His post office address is Meadow
Bluff, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.
Transcribed and submitted by Valerie F. Crook,