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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Angus John McLennan

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


ANGUS JOHN MCLENNAN was born March 12, 1863, at Montreal, Canada, where he received his education.  His parents were Alexander and Jane (MCCRONE) MCLENNAN, both natives of Scotland, the former born June 17, 1818, and the latter on May 24, 1820.  They were the parents of fourteen children, Angus being the second youngest.  The father emigrated to Canada with his parents when twelve years of age, and followed the industry of farming all his life, dying at the age of eigty-eight years.  His wife survives him and now, at the age of eighty-four years, resides with her son.  Angus John remained with his father until the latter’s death, then bought a small farm in Canada, but later sold it and came to Champaign County, Ill., where in 1896, he purchased from the University of Illinois, 160 acres of land on Section 21, paying $80 per acre for it.  This proved an excellent investment; alghough the place was devoid of buildings, it had been thoroughly drained at the State’s expense.  He erected here a substantial dwelling house and barn, and the farm is now well worth $200 per acre.  He has added to his first purchase, and now owns in all 320 acres, on which corn and oats are his staple product.

Mr. McLennan comes of a long-lived and rugged Scotch family.  In politics he supports the Republican party, and in religion, the family affiliates with the Presbyterian Church.

At the age of twenty-two Mr. McLennan was united in marriage to Miss Elisabeth MCLENNAN, who, although of the same name, was not related to him.  Of the four children born to them, only one survives—William.  Mrs. McLennan died November 15, 1896.  On July 19, 1898, he married Miss Cora EALY, of Indiana, a daughter of William M. and Louisa Frances (PRESNAL) EALY, and to them have been born four children:  Helen, John, Roy and Fred, all of whom reside at home.

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