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SUMMARY of the HISTORY
of the McCLANE FAMILY

The Beginning

McClane is an Irish name. Generally "Mc" is a shortened version of "Mac" meaning "son oil". McClane and itsí variations are derived from "Mac Glue Eathaine" which is Gaelic for "son of the servant of St. John".

There are actually hundreds of variations of this name in Ireland, with the most common in America being McLean, McClaine or McClean. Because of all the variations, it was impossible for me to trace the name in Ireland.

The Fifth Generation   -   The McClane Family

Little is known of the start of the McClane family on our family tree except the originator was born in County Cork, Ireland, and came to America before 1828. He resided in Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Uniontown is located in the southwest section of Pennsylvania.

He was the father of at least two sons:

  • William McClane - born June 12, 1828, in Pennsylvania and died in Nebraska August 9,1887
    - My Great-Great Grandfather
  • David McClane
He (unnamed) died in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

The Fourth Generation   -   The William McClane Family

William McClane was born June 12,1828, in Pennsylvania. He married Sarah Pratt Hubbard on December 28, 1852, in Gallatin, Tennessee. Sarah was born November 1,1829, in East Hadden, Connecticut, the daughter of Matthew and Wently (Smith) Hubbard.

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Sarah (Hubbard) McClane died September 17, 1866, in Granville, Ohio, at the age of 37. William McClane died in Benkelman, Nebraska, August 9, 1887, at the age of 59.