Hillsborough County, Florida


1820 - 1872

John McClelland was born about 1820 in Tattnall County, Georgia to Silas and Penelope (Anderson) McClelland. He used the name John in the 1850 - 1870 United States Censuses and in his military records. On Winnie, his wife's headstone it is show as John W. McClelland; however, in her application for a widow's pension with five supporting affidavits it is shown as John L. McClelland. Also, since one of their sons is named John L. McClelland. Also, since one of their sons is named John Lane McClelland, the compiler believes it to be John L. McClelland.

About 1836, John McClelland moved to Hamilton County, Florida and on June 16, 1837 enrolled and was to be mustered in at Camp North on September 26, 1837 into Captain William B. North's Company, 2nd Regiment, East Florida Mounted Volunteers in the Second Seminole Indian War; however, the military records show that "he was sick at Fort White (Florida)" delaying his mustering in until December 18, 1837 at Fort Gilliland.

According to military records this company saw action from north to central Florida and there were casualties on the dates and places listed: "October 1 1837, Fort Fanning; November 109, on march from Mickanopy to Fort Gilliland; November 11, Fort Beckman; November 17, Ocklawha; November 28 on march from Volusia to Fort Mellon; December 1 1837, Fort Lancaster; December 9, Fort Gileman; December 10, on march Kissieney Lake to Fort Gilliland."

John McClelland reenlisted as a private at Camp Gilmer on July 2, 1838 and mustered out at Camp Gilmer, Georgia on June 12, 1839. At the time of enlistment he was described as five feet five inches tall, with blue eyes, dark brown hair and fair complexion.

At Blount's Ferry on the Suwannee River in Columbia County, Florida about twenty miles north of Lake City, John McClelland was married on April 20, 1845 to Mrs. Winnie Tanner by a Justice of the Peace, Grandison Barber. Winnie was the widow of Simon B. Tanner from Pike County, Alabama. She was born November 8, 1818 but her maiden name is unknown.

Born to John and Winnie McClelland were the following children (birthdates of several are approximated):

1. William McClelland, born February 23, 1846; died July 1901; married Mrs. Isabell (Willingham) Driggers on May 18, 1866. She was the daughter of William Henry and Annie (Hilliard) Willingham and widow of Jacob Driggers.

2. John Lane McClelland, born December 3, 1847; died July 12, 1922; married 1st, Elizabeth Hunter (daughter of John A. and Mary Hunter) on December 25, 1870; married 2nd, Mary D. Loper on April 17, 1909; married 3rd, Mrs. Martha Futch on October 13, 1919.

3. Penelope (Purney) McClelland, born 1849; died February 28, 1928; married Wesley Bailey on July 2, 1874.

4. Sarah Ann McClelland, born 1851; married Joshua H. Hunter on August 4, 1871.

5. James Silas McClelland, born April 16, 1853; died June 19, 1936; married 1st, _________; married 2nd, Charity Walker on October 3, 1886.

6. Elizabeth Jane McClelland, born 1854; married Rev. Allen Cathwood Parrish on October 31, 1878.

7. Rebecca McClelland, born October 24, 1855; died November 14, 1924; married Wade H. Stalls on April 26, 1872.

8. Gabriel Jackson McClelland, born 1858; married 1st, Alace Cockran on April 20, 1884; married 2nd, Mary Tucker, February 2, 1905.

John and Winnie McClelland lived about one year after their marriage in the Columbia County area and then about 1846 they moved to the Ichepuckessa Settlement in Hillsborough County, Florida and are listed there in 1850 and 1860 censuses. That part of Hillsborough County was cut out when Polk County was formed in 1861. In Polk County's first election of county officials in 1861, John McClelland was an unsuccessful candidate for County Commissioner.

John applied for land under the provisions of the U. S. Bounty Land Act of 1850 based on his service in the Indian War. He received 160 acres of Warrent #9544 which he sold to Cyrus Woodman at Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

He continued to live in Polk County as he is listed on tax rolls for 1861 and 1862, later in 1866 and 1867 until 1870. He died about 1872 and the location of his grave is unknown at this time. After his death, Winnie applied for a widow's pension and was awarded a pension of eight dollars per month on cerificate #3074.

Winnie applied for 160 acres of land under provisions of the Homestead Act of 1820 and was awarded a tract of land, on certificate #6009, on October 20, 1883, which lies about four miles south of Lakeland, Florida, along present U. S. Highway 96. Legal description is SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 and SW 1/4 of SE 1/4 section 34 township 28 S., and NE 1/4 of NW 1/4 and NW 1/4 of NE 1/4 section 3 township 29 south, range 24 east. To prove continuous residence and cultivation of this land she used these witnesses: J. C. A. Polk, Hampton Cumbee, Stephen Hull and Maxfield Ayers of Medulla, Florida. On August 18, 1896, this property was sold for $600 to settle her estate.

To celebrate her seventy-second birthday which was on November 8, 1890, a family reunion was held at her home at Haskell (now named Highland City), Florida. According to a news article, which was written by F. (Frank) B. (Branch) McClelland, a grandson, sixty-four descendants and thirty-seven friends attended.

Mrs. Winnie McClelland died a few years later on September 21, 1895 at the age of 77 years and was buried near her home in Gapway Cemetery.

SOURCES: Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Folks Huxford, 1860, Volume IV, p. 372; Winnie McClelland's pension application; Gapway Cemetery; The Florida Peninsula, Tampa, Florida, April 20, 1861; Land grant warrant #9544, Eastern States Land Office, Silver Springs, Maryland; Polk County History Library, Bartow, Florida; Polk County Land Record Book, Volume 4, p. 643; Courrier Informant, Bartow, Florida September 15, 1883 and November 14, 1890.

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