A Family History of James Wesley Clelland
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Biography of John Clelland
Counties of Howard and Tipton Indiana, Historical and Biographical, Charles Blanchard, Editor 1883

John Clellan, an early settler and pioneer of Howard County, was born in West Virginia in 1809; his parents, James and Massie (Wilson) Clellan, were early settlers of Virginia, and came to Union County, Ind., in 1831. John lived for three years in that county, and was united in marriage, in 1833, to Miss Lucinda Gardner, and the following year moved to Henry County. This union was blessed with three children - Louisa, Sarah M, and James W., all of whom are dead. James W. was in the army, and was killed at the battle of Cain Hill, Ark. Mr. Clellan was next married, in 1842, to Mrs. Emily Ridgeway, of Henry County, Ind. They have had nine children, six of whom are living - Mary A., Murphy, Ira M., Emily J., Wilson T. and Arminta J. Disbro. The subject of this sketch came to Howard County in August, 1849, entered 120 acres of land, built a log cabin, and began to clear his farm; he started in the green woods, where there were no roads, only the Indian trail from Marion to Kokomo. Wolves, deer and wild game were in abundance, and it was so lonely they were glad to see the cows come home at night for company. Mr. Clellan and his wife are members of the Old School Baptist Church in good standing.

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