Samuel L McClunny, II 1847 - 1928

Samuel McClunny, II was born August 8, 1847 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania.  His mother was Elizabeth Strong (McClunny, Kepperling); his father’s name is also believed to be Samuel.  Very little is known about the senior Samuel McClunny.

Samuel first appears in the 1850 Pennsylvania, Mifflin County, Armagh Township Census enumerated July 30, 1850 living in the household of Jacob Kepperling whose wife's name is Elizabeth, his age is 3 and his last name is listed as Strong. Also enumerated is Sarah Strong, Samuel's Grandmother age 55, Samuel Strong age 18, Foster Strong age 15, and Martha Strong age 13. All were born in PA.

From Samuel's Civil War Pension Application; "My father came out of the Mexican war, wounded and died soon after, and my mother remarried to another man, he was killed in the battle of Shiloh.  (From Jacob Kepperling’s pension application file he was actually killed in the battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia June 1, 1864.)  I lived with my grandmother until went in to the service. I lived with my Grandmother Mrs. Sarah Strong, who resided from 1850 to 1860, in Center county Pa." The Mexican war ended in February 1848.

Samuel then appears in the 1860 Pennsylvania, Centre County, Gregg Township, Spring Mills Census enumerated June 13, 1860 living in the household of his Grandmother, Sarah Strong. Sarah's age is 64 Samuel is 13. Also enumerated is John Strong age 29, Martha Strong age 21, James F. Strong age 23. All were born in PA.  In the 1860 Census Elizabeth Strong (McClunny, Kepperling) was living with her husband Jacob and their new family.

Samuel enlisted as a private in Company H of the 91st Pennsylvania Volunteers Infantry March 17, 1865 at Williamsport, PA. He served for 3 months and 24 days until he was honorably discharged July 10, 1865 in Philadelphia, PA. He was serving for a man named William Hawckman. (not sure of the spelling of the last name).

Samuel apparently lived in Monroe, Wisconsin and Center County, Pennsylvania for two and half years after his discharge from the Army.  (From Samuel's Civil War Pension Application, part dated August 20, 1913; "That his several places of residence since leaving the service have been as follows: Monroe Wis, Center County Pa, to 1868, Troy Ohio to 1881, Wells County Indiana, for the last year Montpelier Blackford County Indiana.)  He returned to Mifflin County and married his first wife, Sarah E. Henry, March 2, 1868; however, by the 1870 Census he is living in Newton Township, Miami County, Ohio with out Sarah.

Samuel appears in the 1870 Ohio, Miami County, Newton Township, Covington Census enumerated August 18, 1870 living in the household of Elias Hawn. His age is listed as 23 years, his profession is listed as Farm Laborer, his birthplace is listed as Pennsylvania, and His last name looks like "McClong".  Samuel and Sarah had one child, Sarah Jane McClunny (also known as Willa Jane McClunny) born December 27, 1870.  Some time after early 1870, Samuel and Sarah were divorced as Samuel married his second wife Florence Belle Shellabarger in Pleasant Hill, Ohio on January 11, 1873.

Samuel next appears in the 1880 Ohio, Miami County, Elizabeth Township Census. This page is apparently barley readable; however, the readable portions match up with the ages, sex and names that have been transcribed. The last name looks like "McClansey" and it has been listed as Leonard McClunny in at least one index of the Census. The head of the household's age is listed as 32 years, his profession is listed as Farmer, and his birthplace is listed as Pennsylvania. Father's birthplace listed as England. He is listed as head of household with his Wife Florence B. age 25 or 28 years, birth listed as Ohio, Daughter M (Myrtle) age 6 years, Daughter Maud (Maude) age 4 years, Daughter age 3 years (Mary), Son age 2 years (Howard), and a son age 7 months (Lyman). All children were born in Ohio.

Samuel then appears in the 1900 Indiana, Wells County, Chester Township, Census enumerated June 19, 1900. His age is listed as 52 years, his profession is listed as Farmer, and his birthplace is listed as Pennsylvania. Samuel is listed as head of household with his Wife Florence B. age 44 years, birth listed as Ohio, Daughter Lola B. age 12 years, Daughter Claudia C. age 8 years, Daughter Gretchen E. age 6 years, Daughter Gurnzie M. age 3 years, Son Trevor S (Samuel), age 1 years, granddaughter Erma C. Hawn age 5 and Daughter Myrtle L Hawn age 25. All children were born in Indiana except Myrtle born in Ohio. Florence is listed as the mother of 14 with 12 still living.
   
Samuel appears in the 1910 Indiana, Blackford County, Harrison Township, Census enumerated May 5, 1910. His age is listed as 62 years, his profession is listed as Farmer, and his birthplace is listed as Pennsylvania. Samuel is listed as head of household with his Wife Florence B. age 53 years, birth listed as Ohio, Daughter Claudie age 18 years, Daughter Gretchen age 16 years, Daughter Gurnzie age 13 years, Son Samuel T (Trevor S.) age 11 years. All children were born in Indiana. Florence is listed as the mother of 14 with 12 still living.  Florence died in 1913 and on July 4, 1917, Samuel married his Third wife, Amanda S (Mandy) Adams in Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky.  Amanda died September 28, 1923.

Samuel appears in the 1920 Indiana, Wells County, Chester Township, Keystone Census enumerated January 5, 1920. His age is listed as 72 years, his profession is listed as Restaurant, and his birthplace is listed as Pennsylvania. Samuel is listed as head of household with his Wife Amanda S. age 58 years, birth listed as Ohio.  After the death of his third wife, Amanda, Samuel, at the age of 78 married for the fourth time to Malissa Henry on September 17, 1925.  Samuel Died in New Castle, Henry County, IN at the Clinic at Newcastle on March 24, 1928 at the age of 80 Years, 7 Months and 19 Days.  He is laid to rest next to his second wife Florence in Chester Township, Wells County, IN (Lincoln Cemetery).

Obituary

Bluffton Evening News
Thursday March 26, 1928
Page 1, Col 5

DEATH CLAIMS SAMUEL M’CLUNNY

KEYSTONE MAN PASSES AWAY AT NEWCASTLE – FUNERAL AT KEYSTONE TUESDAY

Samuel McClunny, 80, of Keystone, died at the clinic at Newcastle at 4:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon.  He had been in failing health for two years.  Death was attributed to hardening of the arteries and complications.  Mr. McClunny had undergone treatments at the clinic for the past two weeks.  Previous to that he had been a patient at the Wells County Hospital.

He was born in Pennsylvania, August 8, 1847.  His last marriage was solemnized to Malissa Parker September 12, 1925, in this city.  He was a civil war veteran, a member of Company H. 91st regiment, Pennsylvania, Volunteer infantry and served three years.  He was a member of the G. A. R. post at Montpelier.  Mr. McClunny was a well known retired farmer and had resided in the vicinity of Keystone for forty five years.

Surviving are the widow and eleven children.  They are Mrs. David Lesseig, of Detroit; Mrs. Ed Ault, of Hartford City; Mrs. Ross Sleigh, of Electra, Texas; Howard A. McClunny, of Burbank, Okla.; Mrs. Walter Evans, of Bluffton; Mrs. W. H. Malone, of Olney, Ill.; Mrs. O. H. Shepp, of Hartford City; Mrs. Leslie Carr, of Burbank, Okla.; Mrs. Gretchen Neusbaumer, of Olney, Ill.; Mrs. J. O. Paul of Newcastle; Trevor McClunny, of Muncie.  One son Lyman, is deceased.

The funeral will be held at the Keystone Friends church at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon in charge of Rev. Hale.  Burial is in the Friends cemetery.

(Friends is also known as Lincoln Cemetery)

 Submitted by M. Lockett 5/18/2008

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