Biography of John McCleary
Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

JOHN McCLEARY (deceased) was born in Franklin County, Penn., June 10, 1821; he was the son of Alexander and Elizabeth (McCormick) McCleary, natives of Pennsylvania and of Irish ancestry. They emigrated to Wyandot County about 1838, and though the parents of ten children, but three are living; Hanna, Lemuel and Jane. The deceased are Robert, John, Mary, Alexander, James, Thomas and William. The father died in 1865, aged sixty five years; the mother in 1851, aged fifty five years. Mr. McCleary attended the common schools and was married to Miss Susan Hankins, daughter of John and Mary (Young) Hankins, April 14, 1848. Miss Hankins was born June 26, 1828, her parents being natives of Maryland, and of Irish and German descent. They came to Ohio in an early' day and settled in Knox County. They had. five children, four living: Timothy, George, Lewis and Susan. Thomas is deceased. Her father died. October 18, 1876, aged seventy nine years; her mother January 4, 1881, aged seventy eight years. John McCleary, our subject, was the father of ten children. eight living; William, Timothy, Loucetta, wife of Elkana Crossen; Hattie. wife of John Lutz; Daniel, Julia A., wife of Hugh Smith; Ida J., the two latter being twins, Mary E. and Louisa are deceased; the former dying at the age of eight years, and the latter eighteen months. During the first four years of his married life Mr. MeCleary rented land, but purchased eighty acres in Muffin Township in 1853, increasing the tract, by subsequent purchases, to 115 acres; he was always an active Democrat and a well respected citizen. He died August 3, 1880, leaving an estate of $8,000; his widow disposed of the farm and purchased her attractive home in Marseilles, April 10, 1883. Two children and a niece reside with her. Mrs. McCleary has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since her fourteenth year. She is pleasantly situated in her new home and is highly esteemed as a citizen.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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