Indiana McCaslins

William J McClellandAge: 68 years18171886

Name
William J McClelland
Birth September 17, 1817
MarriageLucy Gaines McCaslinView this family
November 7, 1839 (Age 22 years)
Note: also given as 24 Oct 1839 in Indiana Marriages to 1850
Census 1840 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1
Nancy Elizabeth McClelland
July 30, 1842 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
#2
John H McClelland
about 1844 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a son
#3
Amagon McClelland
about 1849 (Age 31 years)
Birth of a daughter
#4
Mary Bell McClelland
August 14, 1850 (Age 32 years)
Note: Her tombstone in Graham Presbyterian Church Cemetery gives her birth date as 1850, while the 1900 Census gives it as 1851.
Census 1850 (Age 32 years)
Birth of a son
#5
William Baxter McClelland (McClellan)
June 1854 (Age 36 years)
Note: 1900 US Federal Census for Lovett, Jennings, Indiana gives his birth date as June 1864, which is an error on the part of the census taker.
Census 1860 (Age 42 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam Henry CarsonNancy Elizabeth McClellandView this family
January 10, 1866 (Age 48 years)
Birth of a son
#6
Morton (Mort) McClelland (McClellan)
July 1866 (Age 48 years)
Source: Find a Grave
Marriage of a childJames Lewis ShepherdMary Bell McClellandView this family
October 9, 1870 (Age 53 years)
Census 1870 (Age 52 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam Baxter McClelland (McClellan)Anna B MountzView this family
about 1880 (Age 62 years)

Census 1880 (Age 62 years)
Death of a daughterNancy Elizabeth McClelland
February 19, 1885 (Age 67 years)

Burial of a daughterNancy Elizabeth McClelland
after February 19, 1885 (Age 67 years)
Note: Graham Presbyterian Cemetery
Death of a sonJohn H McClelland
before 1886 (Age 68 years)

Death of a sonAmagon McClelland
before 1886 (Age 68 years)

Death February 10, 1886 (Age 68 years)
Burial after February 10, 1886
Note: Hopewell Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 138292412)
Family with parents - View this family
himself
Family with Lucy Gaines McCaslin - View this family
himself
wife
Marriage: November 7, 1839, Jefferson, Indiana
3 years
daughter
2 years
son
6 years
son
19 months
daughter
4 years
son
12 years
son

Marriage

also given as 24 Oct 1839 in Indiana Marriages to 1850

Burial

Hopewell Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 138292412)

Shared note

In the 1840 US Federal Census for Jennings County, Indiana, Wm J McClelland has in his household one male who is 20 but under 30 [himself] and one female who is 15 and under 20 [his wife Lucy Gaines McCaslin McClelland]. William J is living next door to 50-60 year old William McClelland who has quite a large family and who may be Wm J's father.

In the 1850 US Federal Census for Montgomery, Jennings, Indiana 32-year-old Indiana-born farmer William McCleland [McClelland] owns real estate worth $1,000. He and his 30-year-old Indiana-born wife Lucy [McCaslin] McClelland have in their household their Indiana-born children, 10-year-old Nancy, 6-year-old John H, and 1-year-old Amagon, 16-year-old Pennsylvania-born Margaret A McClelland [relationship unknown], 16-year-old Indiana-born farmer James Newkirk, 20-year-old Indiana-born cooper John McClelland [relationship unknown] and 27-year-old New York-born cooper Aaron Mattey, who will marry Lucy's sister Eliza Jane in about six months.

The McClelland family was very difficult to find in the 1860 US Federal Census for Montgomery, Jennings, Indiana as the census taker had recorded their last name as McMilland. However, they are there as a family unit. Forty two-year-old North Carolina-born [this is incorrect as he was born in Indiana] William McClelland owns $3,000 worth of real estate and $500 worth of personal property. He and his 40-year-old Indiana-born wife Lucy [McCaslin] McClelland have in their household their Indiana-born children, 20-year-old Nancy, 16-year-old laborer John, 11-year-old Amagon, 8-year-old Mary and 6-year-old William. John, Amagon, Mary and William have all attended school in the past year.

In the 1870 US Federal Census for Montgomery, Jennings, Indiana 52-year-old Indiana-born William J McClellan [McClelland] owns $4,000 worth of real estate and $1,000 worth of personal property. He and his 50-year-old Indiana-born wife Lucy [McCaslin] have in their household their Indiana-born children, Belle [Mary Belle], 16-year-old farm laborer William B, and 4-year-old Morton. William B has attended school in the past year.

In the 1880 US Federal Census for Lovett, Jennings, Indiana, 62-year-old Indiana-born farmer, William J and his 60-year-old Indiana-born wife Lucy G [McCaslin]McLelland [McClelland] have in their household their son 13-year-old Indiana-born farm laborer Morton. Morton has attended school in the past year. Also living with them are their 25-year-old Indiana-born farmer son Baxter [William Baxter] and his 19-year-old Indiana-born wife Anna B [Mountz] and a boarder 33-year-old Indiana-born Margaret McClelland whose relationship to the McClelland family is unknown. Williams father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Virginia. Lucys parents were born in Kentucky. Annas parents were born in Scotland. Margarets parents were born in Kentucky.

Obituary North Vernon Plain Dealer 17 February 1886 William McClelland was born in Jefferson County, Indiana, September 17, 1817. He was married November 7, 1839, to Lucy McCaslin and in the same year united with the Methodist Church. A married life of 47 years and a religious life of the same length have endeared him to the hearts of the people of our community. A painful sickness of nearly four weeks wasted him away slowly, but was met and endured manfully and with Christian courage. He leaves three children and had buried four. He was buried at Hopewell graveyard near the spot where, almost 50 years ago, he was converted....He was a good man--a neighbor that will be missed...a faithful husband and father who will never be forgotten. He was a working Christian, ready for every good word and work. C.H. McMillan

But there were problems getting to the cemetery: North Vernon Plain Dealer 17 February 1886 A Jennings County Shame! We are here on the banks of Graham in Lovett Township, Jennings county, with a funeral processions. We have been here all day and have to stay all night to night [sic], waiting for the high waters to subside. We took the body of one of the best citizens of Jennings county this morning from his home and before we had gone the mile and three quarters to the creek it was impossible to ford it. Shame! Shame! Shame! Here we are out from home with a funeral procession and waiting 24 hours for the water to go down. No possible chance to get the body to his own church yard, except to go twelve mile by way of the Paris bridge, and no horses could do that in the present condition of the mud, say nothing of the return trip. Shame! Shame! Shame! This, the garden spot of Jennings county-paying as strong taxes as any township--with a petition lying before the Commissioners a whole year for a bridge here-and yet an old, life long citizen must be halted 24 hours on his way to his grave in his own church yard! In the name of humanity give us that bridge. C.H. McMillan Minister in charge.

The James Covered Bridge (AKA Graham Creek Covered Bridge) was finally built in 1887. Part of the delay was caused by disagreement as to where the bridge should be placed. Two farmers wanted the bridge near to their land. Thomas James won, and the bridge was built adjacent to his farm.

William J McClelland's will listed his wife Lucy [McCaslin], his children Mary Bell Shepherd, William Baxter McClellan, and Morton McClellan, and the children of Nancy Elizabeth Carson, Clara E Carson, Lucy J Carson, Charley McCrea Carson, Harry Carson,Lewis H Carson and Mary E Carson, as heirs. The chidren and grandchildren got $1. The rest of the estate went to his wife, Lucy Gaines McCaslin McClellan for distribution to his children after her death. Will Record No. 4 pages 9-11, 36