Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday – John McLearie Sr.

John McLearie Sr., his wife, Agnes McInnis (McLearie) and their son, John McLearie Jr., immigrated to the United States from Scotland in about 1871 and settled in Omaha Nebraska. John Sr. was a "moulder", first working for the railroad and then in his own iron and steel works business. Agnes was a homemaker, a difficult and challenging job during this period of time. John Jr. also worked for the railroad as a draftsman. John Jr. died from an illness at the young age of 37. His wife, who's burial place remains unknown, had preceded him in death by a few years. They left behind three young daughters. The daughters, Caroline, Agnes and Margaret, were taken in by young John's older sister and raised as her own. A lot is not known about this family both here in the United States and in Scotland.

Submitted by John Jay
John McLearie Sr. was John Jay's Great Grandfather.
Posted by Ron Setzer

1 comment:

  1. Hi I've been researching John McLearie as part of a larger project documenting the history of architectural iron and ironworkers, specifically those who worked in the midwest with particular focus on Nebraska. There are at least 2 different examples of John's architectural work in Omaha. The first example is a cast iron storefront from the late 1880s when John operated with Emmanual Oehrle as "McLearie & Oehrle". The other building comes from the 1890s when he ran a business as "Phenix Foundry & Machine Company". If you have any additional information on John that you wouldn't mind sharing, I'd love to hear it or if you would like me to send digital photos of the buildings I described, it wouldn't be a problem. Let me know patrick.haynes at gmail.com


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