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William George MCCLELLAND

William George MCCLELLAND

Male 1845 - 1892  (46 years)

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  • Name William George MCCLELLAND 
    Born 12 Jul 1845  [1
    Gender Male 
    Birth [1845]  ME Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Birth [1846]  NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Birth [1847]  Hartland, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 7 Jun 1860  Forsyth, Green Lake, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1 Jun 1865  Hartland, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 15 Aug 1870  [2
    At home 
    Residence 15 Aug 1870  Hartland, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1 May 1875  Hartland, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 9 Jun 1880  [5
    At home 
    Residence 9 Jun 1880  Hartland, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1885  Hartland, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Residence 13 Feb 1889  Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Death January 1892  [1
    Death 14 Jan 1892  [9, 10
    • Freeborn County Sentinal
      20 January 1892
      William G McClelland
      The sudden death of Wm G McClelland last Thursday afternoon has cast a gloom over our whole neighborhood. The facts of the cases, as far as learned are as follows: He had been fitting up a horse to use in sawing wood, was oiling the gearing while the machine was in motion when the fly-wheel burst and a piece of iron hit him in the head, passing through the brains to the opposite side it entered, causing instant death. He will be sadly missed not only by his immediate relatives but all who knew him. The funeral services were held at the house Sunday Jan 17th where numerous friends took a parting look of their friend and neighbor. Rev W Fisk conducted the funeral services and his remains were laid in the Freeborn Cemetery, followed by a large train of relatives and friends. He served his country faitfully in the late war, was an honored member if the Ash Post No 98 GAR and many of his comrades followed him to his last resting place. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the mourning relatives of the deceased in this their time of sorrow. Albert McClelland, brother of the deceased arrived from Clark, SD Tuesday before his brother was killed.
    Aged 14 Jan 1892  46 years 6 months 2 days Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 11
    Military CO A 16 WI Inf Civil War Veteran  [10
    Died 14 Jan 1892  Hartland, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Cause: Fractured Skull 
    • Hartland Twp. Birth & Death Record Book B, 6-3-1888 to 12-10-1899
      Page 56, line #31 is William G.? (Married, 46 years, 6 months, 2 days, died from Fractured skull (I couldn?t figure out how it said it happened), farmer, Parents:? Wm J. & Sarah McClelland
      Name: Wilham G. Mcclelland
      Death Date: 14 Jan 1892
      Death Place: Hartland, Freeborn, Mn
      Age: 46
      Birth Date: 1846
      Marital Status: Married
      Father's Name: William J. Mcclelland
      Father's Birthplace: Scotland
      Mother's Name: Serrah Johnson Mcclelland
      Mother's Birthplace: Mn
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B53047-2
      System Origin: Minnesota-EASy
      Source Film Number: 1315841
      Collection: Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990
    Buried Freeborn Cemetery, Freeborn, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10
    • Findagrave
      William G. McClelland
      Birth: unknown
      Death: Jan. 14, 1892
      Inscription: 46 yr, 6 mo, 2 days
      Burial: North Freeborn Cemetery, Freeborn, Freeborn County, Minnesota, USA
    Person ID I29210  4 February 2018
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2013 

    Father William John MCCLELLAND,   b. 16 Sep 1809, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1892, Hartland, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Sarah Jane JOHNSON,   b. NB Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1907, Webb Lake, Burnett, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1833  [12
    Married 18 Jan 1834  [1
    Married 18 Jan 1835  Greenoch Presbyterian, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Married 18 Jan 1835  Charlotte, NB Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sarah Johnson
      New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950
      Name William J McLellan
      Event Type Marriage
      Event Date 18 Jan 1835
      Event Place Saint Andrews, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada
      Gender Male
      Spouse's Name Sarah Johnson
      Spouse's Gender Female
      Page 772
      Citing this Record
      "New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), William T McLellan and Sarah Johnson, 18 Jan 1835; citing Saint Andrews, Charlotte, New Brunswick, Canada, p. 772, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, Fredericton; FHL microfilm 845,794.
      New Brunswick Provincial Marriages 1789-1950
      GS Film Number 000845794
      Digital Folder Number 005418857
      Image Number 00250
      William J McLellan of Saint Andrews County and Sarah Johnson of parish and County aforesaid Presbyterians were married this eighteenth day of January in the year Eighteen hundred and thirty five by me Alex MacLean clergyman of the Church of Scotland
      This marriage was solemnized between us in the above designated
      William J McClelland
      Sarah Johnson [Her mark]
      In presence of
      James McFarlane
      M MacLean
      Recd Regd 20 Jany 1836
    Family ID F8635  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Polly Abby CHALLIS,   b. January 1863, MN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1935, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 13 Feb 1889  Albert Lea, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Volume B Page 373
      13 February 1889
      Albert Lea, Freedom, MN
      By Judge F? Parbok?
      W G McClelland Freeborn
      P A Challis Freeborn
      Wit: J Q Annis, W A Higgins
     1. Abby MCCLELLAND,   b. 30 Oct 1889,   d. 26 Nov 1969, Freeborn, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Family ID F9457  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Census 1865: Wm G soldier in Acutal service 1 June 1865
      Census 1870: William G
      Census 1875: Wm G
      Census 1880: William G, heart disease
      Census 1885: Wm J McLelland
      WI Marriages: Nil
      Census 1900: Nil
      Scoville Bible: William George
      MN Deaths: Nil
      Freeborn Cemetery: William G Mc Clelland
      Death record: William G McClelland son of William J and Sarah, married
    • Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 Record for William G. McClelland

      McClelland, William G

      Service: A 16 Wisconsin Infantry
      Date of Filing: 18 June 1889
      Application No 713509
      Certificate No: 547 675
      State from which filed: Minnesota
    • U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
      Name: William J. McClelland
      Side: Union
      Regiment State/Origin: Wisconsin
      Regiment Name: 16 Wisconsin Infantry
      Regiment Name Expanded: 16th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry
      Company: A
      Rank In: Private
      Rank In Expanded: Private
      Rank Out: Private
      Rank Out Expanded: Private
      Alternate Name: William G./McLelland
      Film Number: M559 roll 19
    • Witness to: John Lemuel SCOVILLE #29279 & Margaret Ann McCLELLAND #29211 Married 30 Apr 1871 Hartland, Freeborn, MN
    • William G McClelland

      National Archives Soldier Certificate 547 675
      William G McClelland Pvt
      Co A 16th Wis Vol Inf

      Original Invalid Claim
      William G McClelland Hartland, Freeborn, Minn
      Pvt Co A 16th Wis Vol Infy
      $14 per month commencing 28 July 1889
      Pensioned for: Ch diarrhea, dyspepsia, rheumatism & disease of heart & liver
      Approved for: Diarrhea, dyspepsia, rheumatism, disease of heart & liver
      Submitted 13 Feby 1891

      Approved for: Diarrhea, dyspepsia, rheumatism, disease of heart & liver
      24 Feby 1891

      Approved for: Diarrhea, dyspepsia, rheumatism, disease of heart & disease of liver
      5 March 1891

      Enlisted 29 October 1861
      Discharged 12 July 1865
      Declaration filed 28 July 1889

      Basis of Claim:
      At Shiloh, or Pittsburg Landing, Apr 9th 1862, he was taken with chr diarrhea, which ran into dispepsia, Soon after had rheumatism and heart disease. Had the ague at Lake Providence, La. Summer of '63.

      Cert No 547675
      William G McClelland
      Pvt A 16 Wis Vol Inf
      Original Roll: Milwaukee
      Issue: 23 March 1891
      Mailed: 4 April 1891
      Rate and Period, $14 from 28 June 1889
      Disability: Chr diarr, dyspepsia, rheu, disease of heart & disease of liver
      24 March 1916 Copy of first declaration to D N Clark
      Copy of letter in Law Div files
      Rev B Law
      30 August 1916 Conn. Gen Land Office furnished copy of declaration etc Rev B Law

      No 713 509
      William G McClelland
      Hartland, Freeborn Co, Minn
      Pvt A 16 Wis Inf
      Enlisted: 29 October 1861
      Discharged 12 July 1865
      Application filed: 28 June 1889
      Alleges: Ch diarr, res dyspepsia, rheu, heart dis & liver complaint, res of ague

      18 July 1889 Document ?
      Ind 24 January 1889 Nos 79488
      Ill Board at Austin Minn

      Pensioner Dropped
      US Pension Agency
      ? November 189?
      Hon Wm Lochren
      Commisioner of Pensions


      I hereby report that the name of William G McClelland who was a pensioner on the rolls of this Agency, under Certificate No 547 675, and who was last paid at $14, to Jany 4, 1892, has been dropped because of death of pensioner.

      Very respectfully,
      Pension Agent

      State of Minnesota County of Freeborn

      In the Pension Claim of William G McClelland lat private in Co A 16th Wisconsin Vols personally came before me, a clerk of the Dist Court in and for aforesaid County and State W C Well?? MD [Name of Physician or Surgeon] a resident of Albert Lea of the County of Freeborn State of Minnesota who, being duly sworn, declares in relation to the aforesaid case as follows: I have been acquainted with the above named William G McClelland for the last 28 years. In the fall and first of the winter of 1865 I gave him treatment as his physician for dyspepsia and heart complications. He also suffered for some extent of rheumatism. I make this statement from memory and cannot give all the particulars no given date of present time.

      Signature of Physician or Surgeon [can't make out]
      Late ? 3rd Regt Minn Vols
      2 July 1889

      Attention is invited to the outlines of the human skeleton and figure upon the back of this certificate, and they should be used whenever it is possible to indicate precisely the location of a disease or injury, the entrance and exit of a missile, an amputation, etc

      The absence of a member from a session of a board and the reason therefor, if known, and the name of the absentee, must be indorsed upon each certificate.

      Original Pension Claim No 713 509 Wm G McClelland, Rank, Pt, Company A 16th Regiment Wisconsin, Austin, Minn, State, Hartland, Minn
      5th March 1890

      We hereby certify that in compliance with the requirements of the law we have carefully examined this applicant, who states that he is suffering from the following disability, incurred in the service, viz:

      Chronic diarrhea, resulting dyspepsia, rheumatism, heart disease, and liver complaint, result of ague.

      Pulse rate per minute 82; respiration 18; temperature 99; height 5'11?, weight 155 pounds, age 44 years.

      He makes the following statement upon which he bases his claim for original says that he suffers from constipation alternating with attacks of diarrhea, from indigestion, flatulence and emanations from pain and stiffness of various joints and muscles and from shortness of breath on exertion.

      Upon examination we find the following objective conditions: The appearance of this applicant is that of impaired health, skin pale, and general ????tion poor. The tongue is ????, abdomen tympanitic and complains of tenderness. The line projects slightly beyond the border of the ribs. The spleen apparently normal. The veins of the rectum varicose forming from tumors of medium size, the largest 3/4 inch in diameter. The heart's impulse is forcible and distinct, ? Beat about the 6? intes? space and ? outward, cardiac dullness ? downward and outward, ? ? dull and prolonged. Walks lame at the present time from a late attack of ? of the left side and the muscles of this thight are slightly wasted perhaps as a results of frequent attacks of the same complaint as alleged.

      From the existing condition and the history of this complaint, as stated by himself, it is, in our judgment, probably that the disability was incurred in the service as he claims, and that it has been prolonged or aggravated by vicious habits. He is, in our opinion, entitle to a 8/18 rating for the disability caused by ch diarrhea resulting dyspepsia for that caused by and 8/18 for rheumatism caused by heart disease and 2/18 for the hypertrophy of him results of ague.

      Surgeon's Certificate in case of Wm G McLelland Co A 16th Reg't Wisconsin
      Applicant for Original No 713 509
      Date of Examination: 5 March 1890

      Department of the Interioir
      Bureau of Pensions
      Washington DC 24 January 1890

      It is alleged that William G McClelland enlisted 29 October 1861 and served as a private in Co A 16 Reg't Wisc Inf and was discharged at Louisville, Ky 12 July 1865.

      It is also alleged that while on duty at Shiloh or Pittsburg Landing, Tenn on or about 9 April 1862 he was disabled by chronic diarrhea, dydpepsia, rhuematism, heart disease and liver complaint result of ague. Had ague at Lake Providence, La summer of 1863 and was treated in hospitals of which the names, locations, and dates of treatment are as follows: at Shiloh, Tenn in April or May 1862 also at Hamburgh Landing, Tennessee, at Savannah, Tennessee summer of 1862, at Corinth, Miss fall of 1862 at Lake Providence, La summer of 1863.

      In case of the above-named soldier the War Department is requested to furnish an official statement of the enrollment, discharge, and record or service so far as the same may be applicable to the foregoing allegation, together with full medical history. Please give the rank he held at the time he is claimed to have incurred the disability alleged, and if records show that he was not in line of duty during that period, let the fact be stated.

      Very respectfully,
      The Officer in Charge of the Record and Pension Division, War Department

      No 713 509
      War Department
      Record and Pension Division

      Washington DC 28 January 1890

      Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions.
      William G McClelland Co A Reg't 16th Wisconsin Vols was enrolled 29 October 1861 and M O with Co 12 July 1865. Re enlisted 12 December 1865. From 29 October 1861 to 30 June 1862 he held the rank of Private. 28 February to 31 October 1863 same grade and during that period the rolls show him present except as follows: 30 June 1862 sick in Gen Hospital since 28 April 1862. Other records furnish nothing additional bearing upon this case.

      The medical records show him treated as follows:

      As Wm McClelland etc ? to 20 April 1862 Febris Remittens Bil

      As W J McClelland etc 25 May 1862 (no diagnosis)

      As G W McClelland etc 15 July to 3 August 1862 Febris Remittens

      As William G McClellan etc 19 June to 30 June 1863 Remittant Fever, duty

      As William McClellan etc 10 February to 14 February 1864, Intermittant tertian, duty

      As William G McClelland etc 22 February to 24 February 1864 Intermittant, duty

      Nothing additional found.

      Declaration For Original Invalid Pension
      To be executed before a Court of a Record or some Officer thereof having custody of its seal.

      State of Minnesota, County of Freeborn

      On this 22nd day of June AD one thousand eight hundred and eighty nine personally appeared before me a Clerk of the Dist Court, William G McClellan a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid. William G McClelland aged 43 years a resident of Town of Hartland, County of Freeborn, State of Minnesota who being duly sworn according to law, declares that he is the identical person who was enrolled on the 29th of October 1861 as a private in Company A of the 16th regiment of Wis Infy commanded by Capt Saxe and was honorably discharged at Louisville, Ky on the 12th day of July 1865; that his personal description is as follows, 43 years; height 5 feet 9 inches; complexion light hair light; eyes grey. That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Shiloh of Pittsburg Landing in the State of Tenn; on or about the 9th day of April 1862, he was taken with chronic diarrhea, which soon ran into dyspepsia. That he soon after began to have the rheumatism and heart disease. These diseases seemed to come onto him from exposure and improper food before, during and after the battle of Pittsburg Landing. Had the ague at Lake Providence, La in the summer of 1863. He claims pension for heart disease, dyspepsia, rheumatism and liver complaint, resulting from the ague.

      ...more of the same.

      Letters of reference.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2938] Scoville Family Bible, J L & M A Scovill, rcd Trudy Drew, (Freeborn, MN).

    2. [S530] Census, US Federal, 1870, Department of Commerce.

    3. [S315] Census, US Federal, 1860, Department of Commerce, (1860).

    4. [S2942] Census of Minnesota 1875,, (1 May 1875).

    5. [S186] Census, US Federal, 1880, Department of Commerce, (1880).

    6. [S2943] Census of Minnesota 1885,, (1885).

    7. [S2944] Census of Minnesota 1865,, (1 June 1865).

    8. [S3886] Marriage Certificate of W G McClelland and P A Challis, Freedom County Marriage Register, (m 13 February 1889).

    9. [S2959] Freeborn Cemetery Transcription, Transcription by Diane Oldfather, (

    10. [S3317] Freeborn Cemetery, Bonnie Schuster, Bonnie Schuster, Editor, (Bonnie Schuster, 2010, Second Edition).

    11. [S3058] Death Record of William G McClelland, Township of Hartland, Minnesota, (d 14 January 1892).

    12. [S2940] Obituary of William J McClelland, Freeborn County Standard, (4 May 1892 p 4).

    13. [S528] Greenoch Presbyterian Church, St Andrews, St Andrews, Charlotte, NB, As transcribed by Shirley O'Neill & Nancy Burnham.