John William McClellan

14 September 1916–7 June 1997 (Age 80)
Thurston, Washington, United States

The Life of John William

When John William McClellan was born on 14 September 1916, in Thurston, Washington, United States, his father, William Chester McClellan, was 26 and his mother, Blanche Viola Provo, was 17. He married Edna Ilene Whittle on 8 June 1935, in Shelton, Mason County, Washington, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died on 7 June 1997, in Del Norte, California, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Shelton, Mason County, Washington, United States.

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John William McClellan
Edna Ilene Whittle
Marriage: 8 June 1935
William Chester McClellan

Spouse and Children

8 June 1935
Shelton, Mason County, Washington, United States


Parents and Siblings

    William Chester McClellan





World Events (8)


Age 1

U.S. intervenes in World War I, rejects membership of League of Nations.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 18

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 

Age 25

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Fhaolain (Scottish) and Mac Giolla Fhaoláin (Irish) ‘son of the servant of (Saint) Faolán’ ( see Whelan ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John W Mcclellan in household of Chester W Mcclellan, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bill Mcclellan in entry for Edna Or Ilene Mcclellan, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"
  • John W McClellan, "Washington, County Marriages, 1855-2008"

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