Margaret McClintock1

F, (1755 - 4 September 1829)
Father-Biological*John McClintock2 b. 1710, d. 30 Jul 1779
Mother-Biological*Mary Weir2 b. 1715
Family Lines
Myers Line
Last Edited=14 Jan 2023
Gravestone of James and Margaret Durham
     Margaret McClintock was born in 1755 at New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware.2,1 She was the daughter of John McClintock and Mary Weir.2

Margaret McClintock married James Durham, son of John Durham, in 1774.1,3
From the History of Lee County: Her grandmother, Margaret Durham , was the wife of James Durham . Long years ago, when the great west , where we now live , was the hunting ground of the savages, and the middle states, some yet unsettled, were on the border, the Indians made an irruption into Pennsylvania . The Durhams were living at the forks of the Susquehanna when the settlement was invaded . As soon as the news of danger reached the people they hurried off to the fort, the women being sent in advance , and Mrs. Durham with a babe in her arms, while the men delayed a little to look after matters. The latter , when moving toward the same place, were attracted by the frantic demon strations of the house -dog, and on going to the spot indicated by his intelligent manner they found Mrs. Durham lying in a shocking condition , scalped and tomahawked , apparently beyond all possible hope of recovery, though lingering signs of life might still be discovered. At length , to their surprise she called for water ; this was brought in a hat, and from this moment she clung to the last chance for life with such restoring tenacity that her recovery was finally accomplished. To add to her grief, her husband was taken prisoner by the Indians. A silver plate mended her fractured skull, and she lived to become the mother of six children .4

From the History of the West Branch Valley of the Susquehanna: Sometime in the autumn of this year (1778) Mrs. McKnight and Mrs. Margaret Durham, with infants in their arms, started on horseback from Fort Freeland to go to Northumberland. Mrs. Durham's husband and several other men accompanied them on foot. They met with no interruption until they reached a point a short distance below the mouth of Warrior Run, when they were unexpectedly fired upon by a party of Indians lying in concealment. On the discharge of the guns Mrs. McKnight's horse quickly wheeled and galloped back. She came very near losing her child, but caught it by the foot as it was falling and held it firmly dangling by her side until the frightened horse brought her safely back to the fort.

Mrs. Durham was not so fortunate. Her infant was shot dead in her arms and she fell from her horse. An Indian sprang upon her, tore the scalp from her head and left her for dead lying in the road.

Two young men, sons of Mrs. McKnight, ran when the guns were discharged and tried to secrete themselves under the river bank. They were discovered by the enemy, seized and carried into captivity. James Durham, husband of Margaret Durham, was also taken prisoner at the same time and carried to Canada. He was absent until 1783, when he regained his liberty and returned home.

The Indians, according to their habit, quickly fled with their prisoners and scalps. Soon after the firing Alexander Guffy * and a companion named Williams came upon the ground. On approaching Mrs. Durham, whom they supposed dead, they were greatly surprised to see her rise up and piteously call for water. With the loss of her scalp she presented a horrible appearance. Guffy at once ran to the river and brought enough water in his hat to quench her burning thirst. They bound up her head as best they could, and as she had received no other injuries, started with her for Sunbury. They reached that place in safety, when Dr. Plunkett dressed her head. It was a long time before her wound healed, but she finally recovered and lived to a ripe age.

Mrs. Durham's maiden name was Wilson, and she was married to James

Margaret McClintock died on 4 September 1829 at Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.2,1 She was buried at Warrior Run Church Cemetery, Delaware Run, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, in plot 2, section A, grave 16.2,5 Her estate was probated on 10 September 1829 at Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.2

Children of Margaret McClintock and James Durham


  1. Ancestry Member Trees - Use with Caution. Provo, Utah: Operations.
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  3. Meginness, John Franklin. Otzinachson: A History of the West Branch Valley of the Susquehanna. Williamsport, Pennsyvania: Gazette and Bulletin Printing House, 1889.
  4. Hill, H. H. History of Lee County. Chicago: H. H. Hill and Cmpany, Publishers, 1881.
  5. Pennsylvania, U.S., Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012. Provoi, Utah: Operations, 2010.