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Mary Elizabeth Wise

Mary Elizabeth Wise

Female 1836 - 1918  (81 years)

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  • Name Mary Elizabeth Wise 
    Born 13 Sep 1836  Elizabethtown, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Buried 1918  Pine Ridge Cemetery, Saranac Lake, Essex County, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 30 Aug 1918  Saranac Lake, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00685  Family Tree
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2014 

    Father Roswell Wise,   b. 1804, Vermont, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jun 1853, Elizabethtown, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Mary De Mon,   b. 1814,   d. 6 Jan 1849  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 1835 
    Family ID F2154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family James D. McClelland,   b. 16 Jun 1831, County Armagh, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1897, Saranac Lake, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 1851 
    Children 
     1. Roswell W. McClelland,   b. Mar 1852, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 1853, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
    +2. William McClelland,   b. Feb 1854, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1918  (Age ~ 63 years)  [Natural]
    +3. Mary J. McClelland,   b. May 1856, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
    +4. Susan Ellis McClelland,   b. Feb 1857, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1924, Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)
     5. Roswell W. McClelland,   b. Jun 1864,   d. May 1866, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 1 years)
    +6. Martha Ellen McClelland,   b. Jan 1867, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1956, Miami, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 89 years)
     7. James D. McClelland,   b. Sep 1868, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1890, Saranac Lake, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 22 years)
    +8. Fred S. McClelland,   b. Sep 1869, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1931  (Age ~ 61 years)
    +9. Eliza L. McClelland,   b. Jul 1872, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917, Tupper Lake, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
    +10. Agnes Rosamond McClelland,   b. 4 Oct 1874, Saranac Lake, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1931, Papineau Township, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     11. Sanford McClelland,   b. Dec 1877,   d. Jan 1878  (Age ~ 0 years)
     12. Clara Virginia McClelland,   b. 6 Apr 1879, Saranac Lake, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1928, Lewiston, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     13. Lena C. McClelland,   b. Dec 1881, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Apr 1932  (Age ~ 50 years)
    Family ID F0242  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Sep 1836 - Elizabethtown, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1918 - Pine Ridge Cemetery, Saranac Lake, Essex County, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Aug 1918 - Saranac Lake, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Mary McClelland
    Mary McClelland
    Mary McClelland
    Mary McClelland
    McClelland Family
    McClelland Family
    McClelland Family with Mary E. (Wise) McClelland in centre, William McClelland behind her left shoulder. Lena McClelland to Mary's right, Clara (McClelland) Barton behind Lena's right shoulder. (Unsure of who others are. If you have an idea, please advise.)
    Family of Mary McClelland
    Family of Mary McClelland
    The woman on the left I believe to be Eliza Selfridge, the woman standing behind Mary Wise McClelland (sitting) may be Martha Washburn and the woman to her immediate left that seems to be peeking out from behind could be Lena McLelland.
    Selfridge Family
    Selfridge Family
    Back row; Robert C. Selfridge and wife Eliza, John T. Selfridge (father of Robert C.), unknown, Elinor Selfridge, Dorothy Selfridge and unknown.
    Front Row; Unknown girl, William Kohankie, Ralph Kennedy, unknown adult holding infant (possibly Kenneth Story), possibly Mary Wise McClelland, possibly James McClelland holding unknown infant and Ransom Selfridge holding unknown boy.
    Picture was taken at the Old Homestead in Hudson Falls, NY.

    Headstones
    James & Mary McClelland
    James & Mary McClelland
    James McClelland
    Born
    June 1831
    Died
    Oct 1897
    His Wife
    Mary E. Wise
    Sept 13, 1836
    Aug 30, 1918

    McClelland

    (This stone has names on three sides. James & Mary McClelland, Roswell & Sanford McClelland and James D. & Roswell McClelland)

    Histories
    The French Hill Neighbourhood in Saranc Lake, NY
    The French Hill Neighbourhood in Saranc Lake, NY
    The French Hill was land owned by James McClelland

    Census
    1840 US Census
    1840 US Census
    Elizabethtown, Essex County, New York

    Male
    Ages 5-9 (1) Joseph
    Ages 10-14 (1) William
    Ages 30-39 (1) Roswell
    Female
    Ages 0-5 (2) Mary & Martha
    Ages 10-14 (1) Hannah
    Ages 20-29 (1) Mary
    1850 US Census
    1850 US Census
    Elizabethtown, Essex County, New York
    1870 US Census
    1870 US Census
    Harrietstown, Franklin County, New York
    1875 New York State Census
    1875 New York State Census
    Harrietstown, Franklin County, New York
    1880 US Census
    1880 US Census
    Saranac Lake, Franklin County, New York
    1900 US Census
    1900 US Census
    Saranac Lake, New York
    1910 US Census
    1910 US Census
    Saranac Lake, New York

  • Notes 
    • The Malone Farmer, Adirondacks, New York
      Wednesday September 11, 1918

      Mrs. Mary E. McClelland, who died at her home in Saranac Lake last week was a noble woman who, for more than 60 years was an influential factor in all phases of community uplift and benefit in that village. When she settled there it was little more than a logging camp and contained but seven families. She was the second teacher in the schools of the place and laid the groundwork for splendid citizenship in her pupils. In the Methodist church and W.C.T.U. she was among the foremost acting as president of the latter for many years. Before Saranac Lake had newspapers of it’s own she acted as a special correspondent from time to time for other papers entering the community and was for some time on the Farmer’s staff of correspondents. The farm left by her husband who died 21 years ago extended over what is now a large part of the thrifty Adirondack village. Her five surviving children are widely scattered, only one, Miss Lena McClelland, being left at Saranac Lake.


      August 30, 1918

      Community Loses Pioneer Resident
      Mrs. Mary E. McClelland passes away at age of 81
      Here over 60 Years
      Only seven houses in Village When She Took Up Her Residence 66 Years Ago
      Was Able to Teach School Where Others Had Failed
      Wrote Interesting Articles Before Newspapers Were Established Here and
      During Her Long Life Was A Factor in All Phases of Community Uplift.

      In the death of Mrs. Mary E. McClelland, aged 81, which occurred at her home No. 172 Broadway, Friday night, at 7:30 o’clock, Saranac Lake lost another of its pioneer citizens and a resident who for more than sixty years was a powerful factor in all phases of community uplift and betterment.
      Mrs. McClelland was born at Elizabethtown, Sept. 13, 1836, the daughter of the late Roswell and Mary Demon Wise. At the age of 15 she was married to James McClelland, who died here 21 years ago. Shortly after her marriage, Mrs. McClelland came to Saranac Lake, and with the exception of four or five years during which she resided in Canada, she had lived here until her death.
      When Mrs. McClelland came to Saranac Lake the village was then a very small hamlet. It was little more than a logging camp. Seven families comprised its entire population. The inhabitants led the rough woods life. Mrs. McClelland, who was the second teacher in the community, brought with her a kindliness and a keen insight into human nature that won the respect and the friendship of the youths and she was able to teach the rudiments of education and to lay the groundwork for the fine community spirit that quickly developed. Many of her pupils became prominent citizens and accumulated considerable wealth. She taught two years in the red schoolhouse on Lake Street. She was successful because of her remarkable patience and her unfailing good nature which characterized her through life and won for her the endearment of hundreds of friends. This kindliness of spirit which made her a loving wife and mother, was omnipresent and through it was wielded a powerful influence for good in religious and community movements.
      Mrs. McClelland was naturally of a literary turn of mind and during her life she contributed many interesting articles to the press. When she came here there were no newspapers, but papers from other parts of the Northern New York circulated here and Mrs. McClelland was the local correspondent. She wasn’t a correspondent in the sense of writing day to day news but devoted most of her time to articles of splendid literary merit and carrying always an inspiring note. During the Civil War she wrote many poems and clippings of what she had written were voluminous. These were destroyed in a fire a few years ago. Mrs. McClelland retained a remarkable grasp of her mental faculties until her death and was able to recite from memory 90 poems.
      Mrs. McClelland was active in church circles, being deeply religious but without fanaticism. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was always at the forefront in Sunday School activities and the organization of other church societies. She was for many years the president of W.T.C.U. attended in a drinking fountain erected near the St. Regis Hotel on Bloomingdale avenue, but it is said the fountain was destroyed by saloonkeepers whom she opposed.
      Mrs. McClelland’s property extended over a large part of the village.
      There were 13 children in the family, of whom the following survive; Mrs. Frank S. Barton and Mrs. George W. Walton of Salem, Oregon, Fred S. McClelland of Whitinsville, Mass., Mrs. Herbert Hazelwood of Mattawa, Ontario and Miss Lena C. McClelland of Saranac Lake, besides one brother, George W. Wise of Saranac Lake.
      The funeral was held from the Methodist Episcopal Church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. Alexander McKinley, pastor of the church officiating. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers. Members of the Women’s Relief Corp attended in a body. A special program of music was given, two hymns, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere” and “Abide With Me” being beautifully sung by a mixed quartet. The pall bearers were her grandsons, Thomas, Charles, and Gaylord McClelland, Paul Walton, Frank Washburn and George Quick. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery.

      —Transcribed by Michele Tucker of the William Chapman White Room, Saranac Lake Free Library, 4/11/2006, from Alfred L. Donaldson's Scrapbook 8.