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  • ID: I21870
  • Name: John W. MCKEAN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 17 FEB 1843 in Harrison Co, OH
  • Birth: 17 FEB 1843 in OH; 1900 Adams Co, IN census
  • Death: 21 OCT 1926 in Bluffton, Wells, Indiana
  • Event: Unknown1 21 OCT 1928
  • Burial: ABT 24 OCT 1928 Beery Cemetery, Washington Twp, Adams, Indiana 1 2
  • Reference Number: 21870
  • Note:
    1870 Ohio, Allen County, German Township, PO Lima; Aug 8, 1870; Page 30; Image 23 of 30
    220/221 McKean, John W.; 27; farmer; -/400 personal asset; OH; father foreign born; US citizen
    , Lydia; 27; keeps house; OH
    , George E.; 5; school; OH
    , Catherine A.; 3; home; OH
    , John W.; 2; home; OH
    , Charles; 6/12; home; OH; b. Dec

    1880 FC Washington, Adams, Indiana; 1 Jun 1880; p. 145B
    J. W. MC KEAN Self M Male W 37 OH Farmer IRE OH
    Lidda MC KEAN Wife M Female W 37 OH K. House OH OH
    George E. MC KEAN Son S Male W 15 OH
    Catherine MC KEAN Dau S Female W 13 OH OH OH
    John W. MC KEAN Son S Male W 12 OH
    Charles MC KEAN Son S Male W 10 OH OH OH
    Florance MC KEAN Dau S Female W 8 OH OH OH
    Jermiah MC KEAN Son S Male
    William F. MC KEAN Son S Male
    Tilden MC KEAN Son S Male W 3 IN OH OH
    Sarah T. MC KEAN Dau S Female W 1 OH

    1900 Indiana, Adams County, Washington Twp; Enum Dist 14; Sheet 4 of 49
    38/38 MacKean, John; head; Feb 1843; 57; md 38 yrs; OH;OH;OH; farmer;
    , Lida; wife; Nov 1842; 57; md 38 yrs; 10/2 children; OH; OH; OH
    , Thomas J.; son; April 1873; 27; single; school teacher; IN
    , Homer; son; Aug 1881; 18; single; IN

    Snow's History of Adams County, Indiana, John Fletcher Snow, B. F. Bowen, Indianapolis, IN, 1907, p. 323 (image 659)
    It was in the stern surroundings of a pioneer farm where one day's efforts meant the next day's bread and where earnestness, courage and grit were the only qualities that spelled and made for success that John W. McKean laid the foundations that support the life of retirement and ease that he enjoys today. Those who have not striven to claim a farm from a wilderness cannot have an adequate idea of what a struggle it is. So, perhaps, it is not easy to grasp the full significance of the antagonistic conditions against which many men of northeastern Indiana have labored. But success came to many, and among the number John McKean gained a generous measure. He was born in the village of Bethlehem, Stark county, Ohio, February 17, 1843. His father, Thomas J. McKean, was a practicing physician. His mother was Mary (Hendricks) McKean. His early life was spent in his native village and in Carroll county, where his parents lived. His father continued to live in Ohio until a short time before his death, in his eighty-eighth year, which occurred at the home of one of his sons in
    Michigan. His mother died in Carroll county, Ohio, in 1848. John was the fourth of a family of six children and continued to live in Ohio until the beginning of the Civil war. At that time he enlisted, in May, 1864, in the One Hundred and Fifty-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry and served with this regiment until the term of his enlistment expired four months later. He then returned to Allen county, Ohio, from which county he had enlisted and resumed farming, which occupation had engaged him during the years previous to his war service. He operated his Ohio farm until the year 1872, when he removed to Adams county, Indiana. For the following three years he tilled a farm, which he rented, and then he purchased a farm of forty acres in Kirkland township. He remained in possession of this farm for two years and then sold it and purchased two farms comprising one hundred and sixty acres. All of this purchased land, with the exception of seven acres, was heavily timbered and the work of clearing and improving this tract was a serious undertaking. Persistence has ever been a prominent characteristic of Mr. McKean, and he kept at his arduous task of improving his farm until he had the greater portion of it under cultivation. As the years sped by he cleared more land and finally his farm became one of the most fertile and productive tracts in his section of the county. Modern buildings were added from time to time as necessity arose, and today this farm that was carved from among the trees of a primeval forest is one of the finest in Adams county. The entire credit for accomplishing all of this justly rests with Mr. McKean. He continued to operate his farm and to raise ample and profitable crops until 1900, when he retired from active work and took up his residence in Decatur.
    Mr. McKean was married in Allen county, Ohio, January 14, 1864, to Miss Lydia Stalter, who was bom in Allen county, November 19, 1842. She was a daughter of Christian and Catherine (Huddel) Stalter. Her father was a native of Pennsylvania and both her parents died in Allen county, where they are buried. Mrs. McKean was the fifth child of a family of ten children. Mr. and Mrs. McKean also have been the parents of ten children. Of this number George E., John W., Charles, Thomas J., William F., James T. and Homer S. are living. Catherine A., who was the wife of Ephraim Bolinger, died in her twenty-second year; Emmy F., who was the wife of Joseph Russell, died in Washington township, aged twenty-three years, and Terisa, who died in infancy, were the remaining children.
    Mr. McKean has lived a useful and complete life. He is a man who has taken an active and aggressive interest in all movements that were destined to better his fellows. His life has been characterized by a high order of public spiritedness and he has contributed generously to the development of his county in economic and social ways. He is a Democrat in politics and although history does not record that he aspired to public office, his voice has been heard in his past councils and his words have carried weight. He and his wife have taken and intelligent part in the activities of the religious side of life. Both have long been affiliated with the Brethren of Christ, and for fifteen or twenty years Mr. McKean preached the doctrines held by those of this faith. He has been heard in many churches throughout the state. Now, as the shadows of his exemplary life are lengthening he rests after labors well performed. He has the esteem of all who know him and his life might well serve as a model for the youth of the growing generation. The wife of Mr. McKean died in April of 1907.

    Decatur Democrat, Adams Co, IN; Thursday, May 6, 1909
    Home From a Trip to Ohio - Uncle John McKean Visits Relatives and an Old Neighbor, J. B. Corson
    Uncle John McKean, of Linn Grove, was here Monday on his way home from a ten days' visit with relatives and friends in Ohio. He stopped at Dayton and other cities, and spent several days with his son Homer, at Germantown. He also enjoyed a dandy visit with our old friend, J. B. Corson, who lives at a settlement near there called Mud Lick. He says Baldwin is as fat and saucy and happy as usual, and is enjoying life to the very fullest extent. Now Mr. Corson owns a splendid farm in the county, and we never could just understand why he don't occupy it until Uncle John told us that right across the road from where he now lives is located one of the biggest distilleries in the country, where right at the moment can be found 17,000 barrels of as good whiskey as ever was made. At that we are not worrying about his environment spoiling Uncle Baldwin to any noticeable extent.

    Decatur Daily Democrat, Adams Co, IN; Thursday, October 21, 1926
    John W. McKean Dies at Bluffton - Former Adams County Farmer Dies Early Today After Extended Illness
    Bluffton, Ind., Oct. 21 (Special to Daily Democrat)
    John W. McKean, 83, prominent retired farmer, formerly for many years of Adams county, died at 12:10 o'clock this morning at his home on East Ohio street, after an illness of about four years from infirmities.
    Mr. McKean was born in Harrison county, Ohio, February 17, 1843, was reared in eastern Ohio and lived there until after the Civil war, when, after his discharge as a member of the 151st Ohio Infantry, he came to Adams county. He lived there until about ten years ago, when he moved to Bluffton. He was a son of Dr. Jeremiah and Mary (Hendricks) McKean. His first marriage occurred at Lima, Ohio, in 1863, to Miss Lydia Stalter, who preceded him in death in April, 1907. Ten children were born to them, seven sons and three daughters. His second marriage occurred in August, 1912, to Mary E. Pence, of Bluffton, who survives him.
    The surviving children are: George E. McKean, Granite City, Ill.; J. T. McKean, Granite City; J. W. McKean, Jr., of Monroe; C. O. McKean of Monroe; W. F. McKean of Decatur; H. S. McKean of Butler; Dr. T. J. McKean of Linn Grove. The following brothers and sisters are also left: Louise McKean of Emins, Montana; George McKean of Washington state; Charles McKean of North Dakota; Mrs. Mattie Bright of Caldwell, Idaho.
    Mr. McKean was a prominent leader in Democratic politics while he lived in Adams county and served as chairman of the county during the stirring days of 1896. He was a member of the G. A. R., Sam Henry Post, at Decatur, and was known as an auctioneer.
    The time of the funeral had not been announced at noon, awaiting word from several of the children. The services, however, will be held at the Antioch church, Brethren in Christ, with burial at the Beery cemetery in Adams county, Rev. Solomon Good in charge.

    Father: Thomas Jeremiah MCKEAN , Dr.
    Mother: Mary HENDRICKS

    Marriage 1 Lydia STALTER b: 19 NOV 1842 in Allen Co, OH
    • Married: 14 JAN 1864 in Lima, Allen, Ohio
    • Married: 14 JAN 1864 in Allen Co, OH
    • Note:
      Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900 Record
      Name: McKEAN, JOHN W. Spouse: STALTER, LYDIA Marriage Date: 14 Jan 18
      County: Allen State: OH
    1. Has Children Catherine Alice MCKEAN b: 1864 in OH; 1870 Allen Co, OH census
    2. Has Children George E. MCKEAN b: 28 MAY 1866 in OH; 1870 Allen Co, OH census
    3. Has Children John W. MCKEAN , Jr. b: 16 NOV 1868 in , Adams, Indiana
    4. Has Children Charles O. MCKEAN b: DEC 1869 in OH; 1870 Allen Co, OH census
    5. Has Children Emma Florence MCKEAN b: 1871 in Adams Co, IN
    6. Has Children Thomas Jeremiah MCKEAN , Dr. b: 7 APR 1873 in Monroe, Adams, Indiana
    7. Has Children William F. MCKEAN b: 30 SEP 1874 in Adams Co, IN
    8. Has No Children James Tilden MCKEAN b: 17 AUG 1876 in IN; 1880 Adams Co, IN census
    9. Has No Children Sarah Terisa MCKEAN b: 1879 in OH; 1880 Adams Co, IN census
    10. Has No Children Homer S. MCKEAN b: 24 AUG 1881 in Adams Co, IN

    Marriage 2 Mary E. PENCE b: ABT 1848
    • Married: 15 AUG 1912 in , Wells, Indiana
    • Note:
      Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 Record
      Name: John W. McKean Spouse Name: Mary E. Pence Marriage Date: 15 Aug 1912
      Marriage County: Wells Source: Wells County, Indiana Index to Marriage Record 1837 - 1920 Inclusive Vol
      W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerks Of; Book: C-12, OS Page: 58

    1. Title: Cemetery listing
      Media: Book
      Page: Beery Cemetery, Adams Co, IN
      Text: John W. McKean b. Feb 17, 1843, d. Oct 21, 1928 Flag GAR emblem; obit lists DOD as 21 Oct 1926
    2. Title: Cemetery listing
      Media: Book
      Page: Beery Cemetery, Adams Co, IN
      Text: John W. McKean b. Feb 17, 1843, d. Oct 21, 1928 Flag GAR emblem
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