Thomas  McLane

          Thomas J. McLane  was born in the County Darry, Ireland, March 4, 1S27, and is the son of  William and Anna (Irvin) McLane.  He is the third of five children.  Most of his school education he received in Ireland, but went to school for some time after coming here.  Mr. McLane came to America in 1844, and landed at Philadelphia, thence coming immediately to Shelbyville.  In the same fall he began learning the carpenter's trade under the instruction of  Smith Wingate.  This has been his occupation through life.  In 1846, he enlisted in Company H, Third Indiana Regiment and spent one year in war against Mexico, and was in the Battle of Buena Vista.  He was married in 1862, to  Miss Margaret A. Newton,  daughter of  Isaac and Elizabeth ( Gray) Newton.  The children of this marriage are:  William C.,  Thomas D.,  Elizabeth,  Harry,  Margaret and  Dunn.  Mr. McLane is a Democrat in politics.  He has been a member of the I. O. O, F., for more than thirty years.  He and his family are members of the First Presbyterian Church of this city.  For about eight years, Mr. McLane has been giving special attention to bee culture. He has the largest apiary in Shelby County, numbering over seventy stands.  Not only in this latter work, but in everything else undertaken has the subject of this biography been successful.  He stands very high in this community as an honest. Christian gentleman.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,  "Shelbyville Sketches," page 512, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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