J. B. McCLARAN, mill foreman, Ullin, was born in Corydon, Harrison Co., Ind., March 27, 1833, and is a son of James and Agnes (Fair) McClaran, both natives of Pennsylvania. He received a slight schooling at Corydon, but is mainly self-educated. As soon as he was able, he apprenticed himself at a saw mill at Louisville, Ky., where he remained until 1856. At the expiration of that year, he commenced traveling as a lumber agent for a Louisville firm. As his travels were mainly through the South, he was compelled to resign at the breaking-out of the war, and in June, 1861, he came to Ullin, Ill., where he remained most of the time since. He now acts as foreman at the mill. Our subject was married April 28, 1862, to Caroline McCleery, a daughter of Robert and Eleanor (Dunlop) McCleery, of Sharon, Penn. This lady is the mother of four children, all of whom are now dead. Mr. McClaran is a member of the American Legion of Honor, and in politics is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 328.