Hillsborough County, Florida


1836 - 1912

Jesse McClelland was born June 8, 1836 in Thomas County, Georgia, son of Silas and Penelope (Anderson) McClelland. Penelope's parents were living there at that time. Soon after Jesse's birth the McClellands moved to Hamilton County, Florida and later about 1846, moved to Hichepuckasassa Settlement in Hillsborough County, Florida. This is where Jesse McClelland grew up to manhood.

During the Third Seminole Indian War, Jesse enlisted December 29, 1855 and was mustered in as a private in Captain Durrance's Florida Mounted Volunteers at Fort Meade, February 21, 1856. He reenlisted August 22, 1856 at Fort Frazier, Florida and again as a private at Fort Brooke (Tampa), Florida, December 22, 1856 and was mustered out June 22, 1857 at Fort Brooke. At the time of enlistment he was described as being five feet, eight inches tall, blue eyes, black hair and light complexion. He also served at two other stations at Fort Capron (north of Fort Pierce) January 21-31, 1857 and at Fort Drum, Florida, April 30 1857.

After his war service he and Susan Godwin were married on February 2, 1860 at Fort Meade (then in Hillsborough County), Florida by Rev. Levi Pearce. She was born December 19, 1842 to Solomon and Mariah (Tyner) Godwin.

In the 1860 census, Jesse and Susan McClelland were living next door to his father and mother in Hichepuckasassa Settlement in Hillsborough County. To Jesse and Susan McClelland were born the following children:

1. Joseph McClelland, born December 8, 1861; married Florence Tomlinson, May 7, 1893; died 1926 and was buried at Fort Kissimmee Cemetery, Highlands County, Florida.

2. William McClelland, born February 28, 1863.

3. Maxfield McClelland, born c1864; buried Hart Cemetery, Hardee County, Florida.

4. Elijah I. McClelland, born February 7, 1866; married Josie Register, March 27, 1892; died February 23, 1943 and buried at Little Eden Cemetery, about three miles west of Frostproof, Florida.

5. Nathaniel McClelland, born c 1867.

6. Jesse McClelland, born September 30, 1867.

7. Solomon McClelland, born February 20, 1869; married Alice Monts De Oca, January 4, 1891. (also spelled Montes de Oca)

8. Exaline McClelland, born February 27, 1871; married W. H. Carney August 11, 1892; buried Hart Cemetery, Hardee County, Florida.

9. Adline McClelland, born April 19, 1873.

10. Victoria McClelland, born c1875.

11. George McClelland, born c1879; never married.

12. Elias E. McClelland, born December 30, 1882; married Jenny "Sis" Monts De Oca, July 18, 1912. Died 1951 and was buried at Fort Denaud Cemetery, Hendry County, Florida.

13. Susan E. McClelland, born March 26, 1885; married Charlie Pride, December 29, 1909.

During the Civil War, Jesse McClelland enlisted at Fort Meade, Florida in Captain F. A. Hendry's Company, First Florida Reserves, also known as Munnerlyn's Battalion. He was home on furlough at the end of the war and was discharged in Polk County, Florida according to his pension application. He applied for a pension on November 4, 1907 and was awarded a pension of $120 per year by the State of Florida on January 8, 1908. Under the Act of 1909 he submitted another application and was awarded a pension of $120 per year on certificate No. 5762. Signing supporting affidavits stating that they were in the same battalion as Jesse were D. L. Lanier of Crewsville, DeSoto County and A. E. Godwin of Kissimmee River, Polk County, Florida.

In the U. S. census of Polk County, Florida of 1870, Jesse and Susan were living near his father and mother and brothers, William A. and John McClelland and their families. By 1880 he had moved to Manatee County (in present day DeSoto County) and was living in Precinct 11, District 104. His brother, Moses A. McClelland, was also living in Manatee County at this time. He moved back to Polk County prior to 1900 and was living in Precinct 14 at Midland, between Frostproof and Fort Meade. The census of 1900 shows his neighbors to be Reading Douglas, Leander Underhill, his daughter & her husband, Exaline and William H. Carney, and his son Jesse and wife Caroline. Jesse's occupation was given as a mail carrier.

On July 12, 1902 Jesse made an application for pension based on his Seminole Indian War service. He gave his residence as Midland with post office as Fort Meade, Florida. He was awarded a pension on certificate No. 50081. He did not apply for bounty land. On October 6, 1905 he made application as administrator of his father's, Silas McClelland, estate in Polk County, Florida. Jesse died November 27, 1912 and was buried in Little Eden Cemetery west of Frostproof, Florida.

After Jesse's death Susan applied on January 4, 1913 for a widow's pension which she received until her death on November 24, 1920. Her son, George C. McClelland was administrator of her estate. She was probably buried in an unmarked grave next to her husband in Little Eden Cemetery.

SOURCES: Jesse McClelland's pension application, National Archives; Hillsborough County marriage records & 1860 census; DeSoto County and Polk County marriage records; 1870, 1900 Polk County census; 1880 Manatee County census; Little Eden Cemetery, Fort Denaud Cemetery, Fort Kissimmee Cemetery; Susan McClelland's widow's pension application; Jesse McClelland's Confederate pension application, Florida Archives.

*The spelling of the word Hichepuckasassa was taken from maps by J. Lee Williams, 1837, and Captain John MacKay and Lt. J. E. Blake, 1839. Some spell it Ichepuckasassa.

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