From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 273, Prairie Township, White County, Indiana
"J. S. McLEAN was born in the State of Ohio, September 3, 1818, and is the son of ALEXANDER and JANE (STONE) McLEAN. J. S. McLEAN passed his boyhood in his native county, until eighteen years old, when he left the home farm and learned the tanner's trade. In 1850, he and his father came to Tippecanoe County, this State, started a tan yard at Battle Ground and ran it about five years. He was first married in Prairie Township, to MISS MARTHA J. LAFFERTY, a native of Ohio, but an orphan reared by JOHN BARR. For two years, MR. McLEAN taught school, and then for two years kept grocery at Springboro. His wife died, when he sold out and broke up houskeeping and for six years taught school at Hickory Ridge. He was next married, in 1854, to MISS NANCY MATTHEWS, who soon after died. He taught school again at Tolleston, for about six years, and March 5, 1863, married MISS MARY LEAR, a native of Virginia. About 1867, he purchased forty acres of land in this township, on Section 26, to which he has since added eighty acres, on which he has a fine hedge 140 rods long. He has five children - J. A., by his first marriage; SYLVIA, by his second; ALFRED A., EVA and EDWIN R., by his last marriage."