Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday ~ McClary Children, 1812 and 1825, Windham, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Cemetery on the Plain, Windham, New Hampshire

died Nov. 26, 1825
AEt. 28

died March 27, 1812
AEt. 12

died March 28, 1812
AEt. 11
died March 26, 1812
AEt. 10
Children of Capt. John 
& Mrs. Nancy McCleary

According to The History of Windham in New Hampshire by Leonard A. Morrison, 1883,  page 628:

"John [McCleary] called "Captain" on his tombstone, was the ancestor of the McClearys of Windham.  He was with his brothers David and Thomas in Captain Reynolds' Co. in the battle of Bennington.  He came to Windham, bought the farm on which Joseph S. Clark now resides, on which he lived.  He married Nancy, dau. of James Anderson, and granddaughter of James Anderson, one of the sixteen first settlers of Londonderry.  She was also a sister of Rev. Rufus Anderson, of Wenham, Mass.  She d. Aug. 4, 1825, age 63 yrs.  He d. May 19, 1834, age 75 yrs.  Children all b. in Windham except David."

Note, the History of Windham does not mention these four children, and it is a mystery what killed the three children all within three days of each other in 1812.   According to the history books, there was a typhoid epidemic ("spotted fever") in New Hampshire in 1812 - 1813, the same epidemic that sickened the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith as a boy with osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone in his leg.  He was a young boy that year, just like the three McCleary children.  We will never know exactly what killed the McCleary siblings.


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