Family History of John M. McLean
Submitted by Dorothy Conway
May 10, 2002
"I have been looking for John M. McLean for a very long time. I am sending the information that I have
and would appreciate any information that anyone might run across that might put me on the right track." Dorothy
John M(erell?). McLean, born 24 Dec 1794, Richmond Co., N.C., died 19 Dec 1833 Autauga Co., AL.
was my gr., gr., grandfather. He married Elizabeth ______ (I have reason to believe that she was a
McLean also). I have very little knowledge of her other than she died before 14 April 1844 in Autauga Co., AL.
I have visited the cemetery where John McLean is buried and according to other obituaries of the family, Elizabeth
is buried there also; however, I could not find her grave marker.
I have a copy of John McLean's Will and it mentioned his wife, Elizabeth, and a daughter, Sarah, that at the time
was married to Dr. James Colby. John McLean mentioned in his will a brother, Hugh McLean, and a sister Dorothy McLean,
that was residing in North Carolina.
Sarah McLean was born 2 Nov 1815, N.C.. She was married to Dr. Frank Colby, born 26 Jan 1807, Plainfield, N.H.,
died 6 Jan 1837, Autauga Co., AL. ... They had a son, John Merell Colby that died 1844, 8 yrs., 4 mos. & 12 days.
... That is the reason that I think the "M". in John M. McLean's name might be Merell.
After Dr. James Colby died, Sarah married 14 June 1838 my gr. Grandfather, William Dixon Smith who was the
son of John Scott Smith and Sarah Bush.
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