JOHN MCCLEARY (PRESTON MCCLEARY) was born ca. 1844 in MO, and died ca. 1865. He married MRS. HARRIET (SANDERS) CAPPS 20 Sep 1863 in Ozark County, MO; widow of Larkin CAPPS; and the daughter of SAMUEL SANDERS and MALINDA "LENA" LUNA. She was born 29 Aug 1844 in Marshall County, TN, and died 04 Nov 1912 in Richland TWP, Ozark County, MO. Burial: Allcorn Cemetery, Ozark County, MO. Harriet is buried in the Martin Cemetery, Ozark County, MO.
Biography: A History of Ozark County, MO, 1841-1991, Ozark County Genealogical & Historical Society, Gainsville, MO, 1991, "John and Harriet (Sanders, Capps) McCleary" pgs. 399-400, information submitted by Mrs. Joyce Dean.
Family story states that he was shot by rebels about the close of the Civil War near the mouth of Cedar Tree Hollow. John either jumped off a bluff or fell off into the river. It is not known if he died from drowning or from his wounds.
A son, JESSE PRESTON MCCLEARY, b. 22 Jun 1864; d. 21 Feb 1903, Koshkonong, Oregon County, MO.