Re: McClanathan Surname
Thanks for the reply. What I have is pretty limited. The most important documents are:
1. 1870 Wisconsin Census for Racine County (2nd ward, p. 371), which lists Elizabeth, age 47, born New York, as wife of John Harrison. An unidentified James McClanathan is living in the same household (age 61, birthplace illegible but possibly Connecticut?).
2. Elizabeth's death certificate, giving her birthdate as 29 November 1818 at Rochester, New York. No parents are listed, but birthplace of both parents is given as "Scotland." (this may or may not be right; the information was filled out by her daughter-in-law.)
3. The LDS IGI has a Thomas Jefferson Harrison listed, who was born at Racine, WI, in 1864, to John A. Harrison and Elizabeth "Mc Clenethen". (Our family tradition also has the wife's name as "McClanathan.)
4. This may or may not be connected: In the 1860 Dodge Co., Wisconsin, census (Hubbard Township) there is a Jacob E. "McClanthan", age 28, born New York, living with his wife Helen in the household of a Mr. Dubois. (In the 1870 Dodge Co., Wisconsin, census [Town of Hubbard] we find Jacob McClanathan again, age 36, born New York, with his wife Helen.)
I am suspecting that a clump of McClanathans moved to Wisconsin before 1860, but have nothing more than this to go on; like you say, the name is unusual. I have no direct evidence to link my Elizabeth with Jacob, but since James was living in her household I presume they are related.