I am particularly interested in him and a David E. MCLAREN, also born March 15, 1886 in Whitestone, Queens, NY. David E. is the son of locomotive engineer David MCLAREN (b. abt 1858)and Angelina COLLARD (b. abt 1862), both of Queens.
David E. MCLAREN seems to somehow share identical birth info to my great grandfather, Walter Smith ORELL. Walter Smith ORELL's death certificate and WW1 and WW2 draft cards list his birth date as March 15, 1886 in Flushing, NY with his mother listed as Angelina COLLARD. David E. MCLAREN's birth certificate lists the exact same info - more than a coincidence.Walter's death certificate lists his father as Walter ORELL.
Additionally, I can find no public record of David E. MCLAREN after about 1903 (approx. age 17), and no public record of Walter Smith ORELL before 1910 (when he first appears in the Lancaster PA census, already married to Maud Slote with a two year old son.).
As unlikely as it sounds - I now believe they are the same person.