Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Joseph Henderson McClintic


Joseph Henderson McClintic, of Belleville, Pennsylvania, is of Scotch-Irish descent, a strong combination found in many of the foremost public men of the United States. The McClintic family is widely scattered over this country, and there are many of the name to be found in every state of the Union.

James McClintic, the first of the family in America, landed on the inhospitable shores of the New World previous to the revolutionary war. He was a farmer and followed that pursuit, going to Pennsylvania. He took up land, cleared and cultivated it. After the "Boston Tea Party" he gave encouragement to the cause of the colonists, and in 1776, when the various colonies called for volunteers, he threw his fortunes in with the continental army raised in Pennsylvania and went to join General George Washington. He served throughout the eight years, suffering untold hardships. He was in all of the battles of that region of Pennsylvania. At the close of the war he returned to Pennsylvania and settled in Decatur township, Mifflin county, and there died.

James (2), son of the revolutionary hero, James (1) McClintic, was born in Pennsylvania, there lived and died on a farm. He was probably born in Mifflin county, though of that there is no positive record. He married Margaret Lee, a daughter of another revolutionary patriot. They went to Decatur township where he took up wild land, cleared and cultivated it, building thereon a house of logs. Here both he and his wife died. They were the parents of twelve sons, who scattered to the four corners of the United States, and from whom sprang many of the name. They were: Andrew, John, James, of whom further; and nine other boys. Margaret Lee was born in England, and came to America with her parents when she was a mere baby. Her parents located in eastern Pennsylvania, and later went to Mifflin county, where she married James McClintic. Her father joined the army of the revolution, remaining with it during the entire war.

James (3), son of James (2) and Margaret (Lee) McClintic, was born in Decatur township in 1816, and died near Belleville in 1861. He married Catherine Isenberg, born April 21, 1821, near Allensville, Pennsylvania, died January 4, 1896, daughter of David and Catherine (Steele) Isenberg, and old-time residents of Allensville. David Isenberg was a farmer; after his second marriage he went west and settled in Indiana and there died. He was the father of five children by his first wife and two by the last. Catherine (Isenberg) McClintic was a child of the first marriage. James McClintic and his wife Catherine were members of the Lutheran church. He was a Republican and served as school director, besides holding other minor county offices. Children: 1. A daughter, died unnamed. 2. Joseph Henderson, of whom further. 3. David Rolandus, is on the police force of Tyrone, Pennsylvania. 4. James Evander, died aged nine years. 5. George Vance, lives in Oklahoma City, in mercantile business. 6. John Davis, in Union township ; is proprietor of Valley View Poultry Farm. 7. Margaret Ann, widow of Dr. Henry C. Walker, lives in Lewistown. 8. Martin Luther, unmarried; is shipping clerk for Susquehanna Coal Company. 9. Sarah Elizabeth, wife of George F. Stackpole, editor of the Lewistown Gazette.

Joseph Henderson, son of James (3) and Catherine (Isenberg) McClintic, was born June 23, 1846, in Union township, Mifflin county, Pennsylvania. He was reared on his father's farm and received his preparatory education in the common schools of the township. At the outbreak of the civil war he enlisted, December, 1862, in Company B, Nineteenth United States Regulars, and served for nine months. He was promoted to first lieutenant and transferred south of Washington city to drill negro troops. He remained there four months. Next he did staff duty around Washington. During this service he was at Gettysburg, the last two days of that historic battle. He resigned from the army April 8, 1864, and reenlisted in the summer in Company A, Seventeenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served through the rest of the 1864 campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, and other portions of the state. He saw much active service; was at Harper's Ferry, Berryville, Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek. He was slightly wounded in the leg at Monocacy, in the side at Winchester, in the neck at Berryville, and at Cedar Creek, October 19, 1864, his left leg was taken off by grape shot. He lay three days and nights on the field in this condition. He was at last moved to a hospital in Baltimore and, having a sound constitution, soon recovered. He was placed in charge, as lieutenant, of the invalid corps to guard the hospital until the cessation of hostilities. After the close of the war he returned home to Pennsylvania for a time. He attended school in Baltimore and at Reading, Pennsylvania. He taught one term in Berks county, Pennsylvania, and then began farming on a small scale in Union township, where he lived until 1906. He erected a comfortable home in Belleville, where he has since resided. He does general farming with great success. He is a Republican in politics, and that party has conferred many deserved honors upon him. He was elected to the Pennsylvania legislature in 1891, and reelected in 1893. serving the people faithfully four years in the capacity of representative to the state general assembly. During the time of his incumbency of the office he introduced the bill that gave medals to the First Defenders, or Logan's Guards. He served as chairman of pensions and gratuities committee, was a member of appropriations committee, counties and townships committee and compare bills committee. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and has been commander of his post for the past fifteen years, there being only ten members left of the local post. Both he and his wife are devout members of the Lutheran church.

He married, January 1, 1868, Libbie Markley, from near Lewistown, daughter of Henry and Harriet (Bair) Markley. Mrs. Markley was born in Baltimore and he in southeastern Pennsylvania. Each came with parents to Mifflin county, and here met and married ; both were Lutherans. He died at the age of seventy-four and she died May 29, 1895. Children of Mr. and Mrs. McClintic: 1. Mary Minerva, born March 13, 1869; married Ezra T. Ealy and they live on the farm of Mr. McClintic; they have one daughter, Allegra Josephine. 2. Margaret May, born November 6, 1873; married Professor James F. Wills, superintendent of schools of Mifflin county; they have four children: Margaret Rachel, Mary Jane Elizabeth, Nellie Allegra and James Henderson. 3. Marian Markley, born May 26, 1894; a student in Belleville high school.



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