Biography of Robert McClelland
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ROBERT McCLELLAND, son of Samuel and Margaret (Cooper) McClelland, was born in Lawrence County, Ind., February 16, 1834, and is of Scotch German descent. His father emigrated from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, and in 1827 located in Lawrence County, Ind.; his mother emigrated from Virginia to Indiana in 1819. The subject of this sketch, when but two years old, removed with his parents to Hendricks County and there remained until 1842. His father, desirous of finding a home, in the reserve, took a claim in Harrison Township, Howard County, and commenced the erection of a cabin. But cold weather set in before it was completed, and they moved into a cabin on the south part of the tract Robert now owns. This claim his father held and by hard work he and his sons cleared up the heavy forest. Robert McClelland received a somewhat limited education, and worked for his father until he was twenty four years of age. He taught one term of school in the winter of 1858. He experienced a great loss in the death of his father in 1855, and in 1863 located on his portion, eighty acres, of the homestead. He still lives upon this, and has made it an excellent grain and stock farm. He was Assessor of Clay Township in 1867-68. He has for several years been an active member of the Masonic fraternity, and casts his ballot with the Democratic party. He was married, April 30, 1859, to Mary E. Smith, of Clay Township. They have had two children, Margaret A. and Edwin A. His wife died February 6, 1880; his mother still lives with him, a veritable monument of the pioneer days.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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