John Alexander McLean

Male18 January 1815–10 September 1878

Brief Life History of John Alexander

When John Alexander McLean was born on 18 January 1815, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Ephraim McLean, was 30 and his mother, Tamison Slack, was 29. He married Sarah Sickles on 14 February 1839, in Brownsville, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Redstone Township, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850 and Chili Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died on 10 September 1878, in Chili, Hancock, Illinois, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Hancock, Illinois, United States.

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John Alexander McLean
Sarah Sickles
Marriage: 14 February 1839
Lydia McLean
Josephine McLean
Robert Sciles McLean
Deborah McLean
Eliza Ann McLean
Tamison McLean
Levi Calvin McLean
Mary L Mclean
Joseph McLean

Sources (18)

  • John Mc Clean, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John in entry for Levi McClain, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019"
  • John McLean, "United States Census, 1870"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 February 1839Brownsville, Fayette, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Children (9)

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    Siblings (17)

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    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 4

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 


    Age 10

    Historical Boundaries: 1825: Hancock, Illinois, United States

    1832 · The Black Hawk War

    Age 17

    Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Eáin, ‘son of the servant (i.e. devotee) of (Saint) John’. Compare Irish McAloon and McGlone .

    History: This is the name of a major Scottish clan traditionally associated with the island of Mull, which claims descent from Gille Eáin na Tuaidh (‘Gillean of the Battleaxe’), who lived in the 13th century.

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

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