Whiteside County Biographies


Thomas McClelland, Marshall of the City of Morrison and Constable, was born March 20, 1824, in Cumberland Co., Pa. His father and mother, William and Margaret (Shannon) McClelland, were natives of the Keystone State. The former died in Franklin Co., Pa., in 1842, when about 60 years of age. The demise of the latter took place in Cumberland, Alleghany Co., Md., about 1848. Seven of their nine children are now living, namely: Mrs. Lydia Heaggy is a widow and resides at Mt. Carroll, Ill.; William is a carpenter in Clinton Co., Mo.; Jane, widow of William Paxton, lives at Morrison; John is a Methodist clergyman in Virginia; Joseph is a mechanic in Washington, D. C.

Thomas McClelland is next to the youngest of his parentsí children in order of birth, and was brought up on his fatherís farm until he was 17 yeas of age, when he entered a shop in Loudon, Franklin Co., Pa., to learn the business of a blacksmith, in which vocation he was engaged 35 years, and has passed 21 years of his life at Morrison in that pursuit. He opened his shop there in October, 1855, and operated about five years in company with Solomon Eshleman. After that, until he abandoned the business in 1876, he conducted his affairs alone. In the spring of 1877 he was elected Constable, and has been successively re-elected to the same position. Mr. McClelland has been active in other official positions in the municipal affairs of Morrison, and was a member of the second Board of Trustees. He has also acted in the capacity of School Director.

He was married in Mercersburg, Franklin Co., Pa., March 5, 1845, to Jane Ottenberger. Their seven children were named Martha J., Margaret I., Maria K., Thomas J., Susan C., Lydia A. and Ida May. Two of the daughters and the only son are deceased; Maria K. is the wife of William I. Lane, of Morrison; Lydia A. married Lewis M. Brown, of the same place. Mrs. McClelland was born Oct. 19, 1823, in Franklin Co., Pa., and is the daughter of Jacob Ottenberger.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers Publishing Co., Chicago, 1885. Pg 347

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