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1831: McClung patriarch born

Ephraim B. McClung, a prominent landowner and citizen of Harford County, was born on June 25, 1831, in District 4.

McClung descended from a long line of patriots who first settled in Baltimore in the early 1700s. His grandfather, Joseph, fought in the Revolution, while his father, Robert, joined the American cause in the War of 1812.

McClung maintained a farm of 132 acres and served as juryman and road supervisor of Harford County. He was also a dedicated treasurer and trustee of the Methodist Protestant Church of Norrisville.

In his formative years, McClung prepared for the rigors of farming, though his formal schooling was limited to three months a year at the common schools. At 26, he married Hannah E. Wiley and established his farm with 12 children, four of whom died in infancy.

Nearly all of his children carried on their father's agricultural pursuits well into the 20th century.

[Portrait and Biographical Record of Harford & Cecil Counties, MD, 1897. Research by Harford County Public Library]

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