Biography of Peter McLean
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Peter McLean, Supervisor of Ada, was born in Caledonia, Livingston Co., N. Y., Dec. 11, 1815. He is a son of Daniel and Elizabeth (McGregor) McLean. The former was born in Argyleshire, Scotland, May 19, 1777, and died in October, 1863; the latter was a native of Montgomery Co., N. Y., born in 1789 and died in May, 1820. The senior McLean emigrated from Scotland to America in 1802 and was a drafted soldier of the war of 1812. Duncan McGregor, maternal grandfather of Mr. McLean, came to this continent with Gen. Wolfe and was present at the surrender of Quebec. Mr. McLean was brought up on a farm and attended school in the pioneers' log school houses. Though the advantages were meager his diligent application fitted him for a teacher, in which vocation he spent 14 successful years. In 1836 he went to the island of Put-in-Bay, where he helped build the first frame house and barn, and six months afterward returned to New York. In May, 1838, he came toJackson county and in February, 1843, "took up" 160 acres of State land on sec. 13. He now owns 85 acres. Almost the entire face of the country was covered with woods, settlements were "few and far between," and the Indians who had a village on sec. 1 were still numerous. Mr. McLean was a factor in all the early improvements of the tp. and took his share of the hardships of the first settler. He was married Dec. 19, 1839, to Margaret, daughter of Ebenezer and Margaretta Holcomb, born Aug. 10, 1818, in Benton, Yates Co., N. Y. They had four children, two of whom are living - Daniel W., born Jan. 4, 1841 (married Mary Smith) and Nancy M., born June 23, 1845 (Mrs. J. J. Boyd). Edgar E. was born Aug. 13, 1851, and died May 16, 1864, Ann E. (Mrs. A. Landon) was born Nov. 29, 1842, and died June 24, 1879, leaving a daughter Ada, now living with "grandpa." Daniel, enlisted in September, 1864, in Co. B, 21st M. V. I. He was in Sherman's army and marched through to the sea with him. He was in the fights at Savannah, Goldsboro and Bentonville, and was discharged in June, 1865. He is now car inspector at Kansas City, Mo., on the Pacific railroad. A brother of Mr. McLean, John, occupied a Professor's chair in the Rush Medical College of Chicago 16 years. He is a Democrat and has been a member of the Board of Supervisors 18 years and a Justice of the Peace eight years.

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