Biography of James S. McLane
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

James S. McLane, who is successfully engaged in the grocery business at Wellsville, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, in December, 1862, the son of Dr. Thomas L. and Hannah (Abbott) McLane.

Dr. Thomas L. McLane was born in Jefferson County and his wife was a native of Carroll County, Ohio. He was a successful physician and practiced his profession at Somerset for a number of years. He was a Democrat, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. Dr. McLane died April 8, 1894, and his wife died June 21, 1898. They were the parents of the following children: Lizzie, the widow of J. C. Runyon, lives at Wellsville; H. W., lives retired at Wellsville; J. A., and David, deceased; Sarah, the widow of J. W. Brant, lives at Irondale, Ohio; Thomas, L. M., Rachel, Mimo, and Mary Ellen, all deceased; Essie, married William Watt, lives in West Virginia; B. F., lives at Alliance, Ohio; and James S., the subj ect of this sketch.

James S. McLane received his education in the public schools and has always engaged in the general mercantile business. He has lived in Wellsville since 1888 and is among the well known pioneer grocers of Columbiana County.

On June 22, 1884, Mr. McLane was united in marriage with Miss Mary J. Reed, a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., born June 14, 1866, the daughter of Henry and Rebecca (Fair) Reed. Mr. Reed, a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., was a veteran of the Civil War. He died May 13, 1918, and his wife resides in Wellsville with the McLane family. Mr. and Mrs. Reed had three children: Mrs. McLane; Margaret, married Homer Lewis, lives at Wellsville; and James F., a farmer, lives in Jefferson County, Ohio.

To Mr. and Mrs. McLane were born five children: William Edgar, born Dec. 18, 1885, died at the age of 11 years; Raymond, born Aug. 31, 1888, was killed in a railroad crossing accident Dec. 24, 1915; Sarah Myrtle, born March 15, 1890, married J. L. Jones, lives at Wellsville; Henry Reed, born April 16, 1891, died in infancy; and Clifford Allen, born April 2, 1902, died in infancy. A grandson, James LeRoy Jones, was born Aug. 26, 1916.

Mr. McLane is a Democrat, a member of the Second Presbyterian Church and belongs to the Knights of Pythias.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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