52. Daniel Harmon Click
(1) was born on 31 Oct 1780 in Old
Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. He died on 7 Dec 1845 in Mocksville, North Carolina.
He had an estate probated Soldier in War of 1812, Rowan County, 3rd Regiment.
He was buried in Click family cemetery, Mocksville, N.C.. He was a Farmer,
Land owner. Daniel Click was a very remarkable man in many respects. He was
energy, thrift beyond that of most men. He, simply by farming, acquired large
holdings on both sides of the Yadkin River. He owned many farms away from the
river, approximately 5,000 acres in all. He was universally acclaimed the
best farmer in the county. At the age of 65, Daniel died, loved and respected
as perhaps no other man in the community had been.
Daniel Click is buried in the Click family graveyard half a mile north of
Jerusalem, near Mocksville, North Carolina. Daniel shows up in the 1810 Rowan
County, North Carolina Census as the head of the household, age between 26-45,
with wife, Mary Ann, age between 16-26, children Henry Harmon Click, not yet
three years old and Rebecca Click, not yet one year old.
Daniel Click shows up in the 1815 Rowan County, North Carolina Tax List of
Capt. Tabb's Compy for the year 1815. Daniel has 187 acres on the main road. He was married to Mary Ann Ratts on 6 Mar 1807 in Mocksville, North Carolina Rowan County.
53. Mary Ann
Ratts(1) was born in 1785 in Old
Rowan County, North Carolina. She died on 25 Jan 1840 in Davie County, Mocksville,
North Carolina. She was buried in Click family graveyard Mocksville, N.C..
I, Danny A. McBee, found a document in the graves section of the Davie County,
Mocksville, North Carolina library entitled Click Family Graveyard. This list
contains the names of some of the people buried in the Click family cemetery.
The list gives a date of death for Mary Ann Ratts Click as January 25, 1841.
I have her date of death as January 25, 1840 in my personal records. Mary
Ann came from pioneer German stock. The Rattz (Ratts) family appears to have
been wealthy land owners in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. (DOB 1782 LDS Rcd Children were:
26 i. Henry Harmon Click.
ii. Rebecca Click(1) was born on 31 Jan 1810 in Old Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. She died on 9 Jun 1845 in Davie County, Mocksville, North Carolina. She was buried in Click family cemetery, Mocksville, N.C.. Rebecca Click lived to be 35 years, 4 months, and 8 days old. Henry Harmon
Click and his sister Rebecca Click were baptized about one half year by
preacher Lud Market (Markert?). Sponsors, John Cope and wife. I am in receipt
of some information from Kate Langston Foster that gives the birth date of
Rebecca Click as January 10, 1810. I feel my (Danny A. McBee) original date of
birth January 31, 1810 is correct. These dates on the Click Family Graveyard
paper appear to have been copied by high school students from Library records.
iii. John Click(1) was born on 27 Oct 1811 in Old Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. He died on 16 Nov 1873. He was a Farmer. John Click first settled on the Ham Everhart land, then in the Horse-shoe
neck where he died, leaving a large family of whom Otho and Mary Click were
two, and Wiley Click, a grandson.
iv. John Nicholas Click(1) was born on 29 Jan 1814 in Old Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. He died on 27 Jul 1880 in Davie County, Mocksville, North Carolina. He was a Farmer. John Nicholas Click lived and died on the Yadkin River on the lands now owned
by Mrs. Nail. John Nicholas Click was married three times. John Nicholas
Click had one daughter, a Mrs. John Cope. The papers I, Danny A. McBee,
received from Mrs. Willard (Kate Langston) Foster appear to have been copied
by high school students from Rowan County Public Library records and many of
the dates are in error or differ from what I have already gathered. 9-19-1994.
John Nicholas Click is shown in the 1850 Davie County, North Carolina Census
as living beside Jesse Deadman, wife Anna, and Thomas J. Deadman, wife
Caroline. [Danny A. McBee]
John N. Click, Senr., age 66, is listed in the 1880 Davie County, Jerusalem Township,
North Carolina Census with wife Margaret, age 34. [Danny A. McBee, April 16, 1998].
v. John Godfrey Click(1) was born on 2 Apr 1816 in Old Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. He died on 5 May 1883 in Iredell County, North Carolina. He was buried in Snow Creek Graveyard, Olin, N.C.. He was a Carpenter. Godfrey Click was a man of extraordinary christian character, gentle as a
woman, kind to his negro slaves, feeding and clothing them as if they were
white people, never abusing them. He was a leader in the Methodist church,
class leader, steward, sunday school superintendent. He was generous to his
own heart. In the years of his early manhood, he taught school. After
marriage, he was a successful farmer. He died full of years and universally
loved. Godfrey settled on the Albert Miller land before moving to Olin, N.C.
[Danny A. McBee, April 19, 1998].
Godfrey Click, 34, is listed in the 1850 Davie County, North Carolina. [Danny A.
McBee, April 19, 1998].
vi. Mary Magdalene Click(1) was born on 4 Mar 1818 in Old Rowan County, North Carolina. She died on 20 May 1901 in Mocksville, North Carolina, Davie County. She was buried in Concord Cemetery, Mocksville, N.C..
vii. Mary Elizabeth Click(1) was born on 5 Feb 1820 in Old Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. She died on 10 Jun 1825 in Old Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. She was buried in Click family cemetery. Mary Elizabeth Click lived to be 5 years, 6 months, and 10 days old. Flossie
Martin did some research on the Click family graveyard. Her records are
located in the Davie County Public Library, Mocksville, North Carolina. I,
Danny A. McBee, am the great great grand nephew of Mary Elizabeth Click.
viii. Michael Click(1) was born on 31 Dec 1821 in Old Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. He was baptized on 7 Aug 1825 in Old Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. He died on 5 Apr 1849 in Davie County, Mocksville, North Carolina. He was buried in Click family graveyard, Mocksville, N.C.. Michael Click died in 1849 at the age of 27. He was never married. Michael
lived to be 27 years, 5 months, and 4 days old.
ix. Sophia Catherine Click(1) was born on 23 Dec 1823 in Old Rowan County, North Carolina. She was baptized on 7 Aug 1825 in Old Rowan County, North Carolina. She died on 1 Feb 1892 in Davie County, North Carolina. She was buried in Tatum Cemetery, Jerusalem Baptist Church. Sophia Catherine Click Tatum died aged 68 years, 1 month, 8 days.
x. Jesse Daniel Click(1) was born on 10 Dec 1825 in Old Rowan County, Mocksville, N.C.. He died on 8 Oct 1902. Jesse Daniel Click married Mary Crump and then Jane Waddell, dying at Elmwood
where he had lived many years, leaving only one living daughter Annie.
I have a conflicting date of birth for Jesse Daniel Click from A. Jane Click's
Outline of the Click Family with Additions by Margaret Phifer. The date of
birth on their outline states Jesse Daniel Click was born November 10, 1825.
The following is the obituary of Jesse Daniel Click that was sent to Danny A.
McBee by his cousin William (Bill) F. Clendenin. The obituary read as
follows: Jesse D. Click, Esq., Dead. Mr. Jesse D. Click died Wednesday
morning at his home near Elmwood, aged 77 years. He had been in ill health
for some time and about three months ago suffered considerably from dropsy.
He practically recovered fro the attack of dropsy and the primary cause of his
death was the infirmities of old age. Mr. Click was a native of Davie County.
He was twice married, his second wife being a Miss Waddell, now dead. One
daughter, Miss Annie Click, is the only surviving member of the family. Mr.
Click was a prominent and well known citizen and for many years was active in
the political and business affairs of the county. He represented Iredell in
the lower branch of the Legislature in 1879 and again in 1881. He was also a
magistrate for many years and in other ways was connected with the affairs of
the county. He was a Democrat in politics and was active and influential in
the affairs of the party before failing health retired him to private life.
He was a man of intelligence, well posted on public affairs, was honest and
upright and was held in esteem by a large circle of friends, who will regret
to learn of his death.
The following is more information I received from William Forrest Clendenin,
a cousin on my Click side, about Jesse Daniel Click. I, Danny A. McBee, typed
the information as it was sent to me: Jesse Daniel Click, the fifth son of
Daniel and Mary Ann R. Click, was born at Jerusalem, 11-10-1825. He seems to
have been very well educated; we have many of his books in the antique
bookcase. I seem to recall Aunt Ann mentioning some study at Emory and Henry
college(Va). He liked writing acrostics and rhymes, I discovered a few in old
books. He inherited the Click homeplace, together with two adjoining tracts
according to Daniel Click's will (1845, Davie County). He remained there
until his marriage to Jane Emeline Waddell, April 13, 1858 (the Waddell farm
is about 3 miles north of Elmwood, (state road 2309). He managed his wife's
share of the farm, and negroes--(book 2, pg.248, Otho Gillespie, guardian to
Greenberry Waddell's heirs, divides it between 4 Waddell children.) Jesse
Daniel Click was a magistrate for many years, and was active in the affairs
of the county. He represented Iredell in the lower branch of the Legislature
in 1879 and again in 1881. He helped organize, and was one of the first
trustees of New Salem United Methodist Church. Sometime around 1889-1900, Mr.
Louis Cabot began coming down from Massachusetts to hunt quail and pheasant on
the farm. When my grandmother, Belle Victoria Clendenin died (1893), he took
a tintype picture of her to an artist in Boston and had a portrait painted -
the one that we now have in our living room. I believe Mr. Cabot bought some
of the land after J. D. Click's death. My great-aunt Ann was the last Click
of this line-(descendants of Daniel). (We have some antique quilts made by
his wife, Mary Ann.) The Waddell family and Jesse Daniel Click's family are
buried at historic Third Creek Presbyterian Church, just a few miles across
the county line from the Waddell-Click farm.
Jesse Daniel Click taught Jane Waddell how to speak "Dutch"---in that way they
could keep secrets from Grace. Grace said Grandpa would take her up on his
horse as he rode around to check the farm. They would take the buggy to meet
the train when Mr. Cabot came to hunt. One of the negro men would dress the
quail and hang it on the line to dry. Jane Waddell Click died in 1901 and
Jesse Daniel Click died in 1902. Great Aunt Ann had already graduated as a
nurse at Long's Hospital here in Statesville. The farm was divided up and
sold---at least her part was. Uncle Click had som left for they lived there a
long time. I found a deed to Mr. Cabot, so he bought some. (Of course all
this is recollections of family talk......I also remember Mama saying she had
a "double" Aunt----Aunt Belle. (She was Belle Clendenin, married to Aunt
Ann's brother, William Waddell Click. They had no children.)
The following information was sent to Danny A. McBee by his cousin, William
Forrest Clendenin. The information was copied from J. S. Tomlinson's
Biographical Sketch Book of Members of the States Legislature for 1879.
The article reads as follows: HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Iredell County.
JESSE DANIEL CLICK. Elmwood, North Carolina. Was born near "The Point",
between the two Yadkin Rivers in Davie County, December 10th, 1825. His early
life was spent on his father's farm. He received an academical education at
Mocksville, the capital of Davie County, under the tutorage of Professor
Baxter Clegg, one of the best academic teachers of his day. After leaving the
Academy, he took a course of study in Emory and Henry College, Virginia.
After receiving his collegiate courses, he taught school for some time at
Mocksville, Fulton, and other places, but his health failing he was obliged to
abandon teaching. Subsequent to this, he was engaged for a number of years in
the mercantile business at Mocksville. Married Miss (Mary) Crump of Davie
County, daughter of the late Rowland Crump, Esq. His wife only lived a short
while over one year after the marriage. At her death, he was left with an
infant son (Albert). In 1858, he was married the second time to Miss (Jane)
Waddell, daughter of the late Greenbury Waddell, of Iredell County. In 1856,
he engaged in the manufacture of leather in the town of Mocksville (N. C.),
which business he kept up until 1863. He then moved to the south-eastern part
of Iredell County, where he still resides. Here, he "returned to his first
love" - the occupation of farming - and has given an almost undivided
attention in that direction ever since. Was elected Clerk of the Board of
Trustees for Chambersburg Township and in 1872 was elected County
Commissioner, which office he held for four years. Was elected in 1878 to his
present seat by a large majority, this being his first term in the General
Assembly. A very careful and worth member. -Democrat. (I, Danny A. McBee,
urge anyone associated with the Waddell-Click family visit the Iredell County
Public Library and to also contact the Genealogical Society of Iredell County,
North Carolina for more information.
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