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Name McLean, Mary A.
Othernames Mary Ann Alice McLean
Born May 18, 1878
Birthplace Owen Sound, Grey County, Ontario
Places of residence _______ (later called 1663 5th Ave. East)
Princess Street West, Owen Sound, Ontario (1901 census)
Father John McLean (1816-1900)
Mother Elizabeth Blythe (1838-1921)
Nationality Canadian
Notes Miss Mary McLean (b. May 18, 1878) lived at 1663 5th Ave. East, Owen Sound, at the residence where her parents had resided since the early 1860s. Her mother, Elizabeth Blythe, had been born at Cincinnati on June 4, 1838, moved to Toronto in 1840, and had arrived in Owen Sound in 1846 (another source says 1843) when she was a child. It had taken the Blythe family ten days to travel from Toronto, first by stage to Holland Landing, across Lake Simcoe, another stage to Coldwater and finally by the steamer CALULA to Sydenham. They landed at Boyd's Wharf, where they stayed the night, as there was no transportation in to the settlement after dark. The next day, they travelled by a man-hauled batteau up the Sydenham River to the site of the present Owen Sound City Hall, and were house at the Government building near there. Elizabeth's father (John Blythe) was a tailor, and opened a tailor shop in part of W. C. Boyd's house. The Blythes eventually built a log house on Scrope St., and in 1858, resided along Bay Street in Owen Sound.

In October of 1862, twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth married Scottish-born John McLean, who was forty-six. Mr. McLean was a collector of interesting objects and also was a marksman. He died in 1900. In the 1901 census of Owen Sound, his widow, Elizabeth McLean, was listed at Princess St. West, and her birthdate was provided as June 4, 1838, age 62, and it says that she emigrated from the U.S. in 1843 (this differs from the newspaper account of the Blythe family travels). Her daughters Grace (b. Dec. 19, 1864), and Mary (b. May 18, 1878) resided with her.

Mary's sister Grace passed away in 1931.

Mary McLean, like her parents, also appreciated older items and apparently belonged to the Lyceum Club of Canada, which had an Owen Sound group (interested in art objects and historical objects). She was a member of the Lyceum Club in the 1930s.

In the 1921 census, Mary A. McLean was at _________ and her occupation recorded as ___________. Her mother had died in January, 1921.

In 2016, Grey Roots Museum displayed the "Extraordinary Tree" exhibit, and one panel shows the large Cucumber Magnolia tree that was likely planted around the time that the McLean residence was built (c. 1863).
Occupation Music Teacher
Lyceum Club Member
Publications Cathcart, Ruth, HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION (architectural book includes the McLean residence)
Obituary of Elizabeth McLean (Jan. 1921)
Relationships Maternal Grandparents: John Blythe and Alice Blythe (nee Smith)
Grace Ann McLean (1864-1931)
Alexander McLean (1875-1897)
Robert B. McLean (1870-1919)
William H. McLean (1868-1915)
Jane McLean (1864-1872)
George McLean (1873-1875)
There also was a John Gilfelin McLean (b. Jan 16, 1867, who was listed in the 1881 and 1891 census under the McLean household--he had his own household in the 1901 census). Was he a sibling, or a relative taken in?
Role Teacher/Educato
Spouse n/a
Children n/a

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Image of 1959.061.012 - Pouch

1959.061.012 - Pouch

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Image of 1959.061.013 - Ball, Musket

1959.061.013 - Ball, Musket

A steel ball from a gun used in the Riel Rebellion (Northwest Rebellion, 1885).

Image of 1960.013.001 - Doily

1960.013.001 - Doily

Hand-embroidered doily, with fuschia flowers (probably bleeding hearts) hand-worked in silk threads, on a round white ground. It has a scalloped perimeter (with scallops of different sizes) and the edge is finished with white silk thread. The silk thread embroidery is present in three groups of fuschias and leaves. The flowers are pink and white, with orange pistils.

Image of 1960.013.002 - Doily

1960.013.002 - Doily

Hand-embroidered doily, decorated with pink silk roses, and a scalloped perimeter, that was made by Grace A. McLean of Owen Sound. It has a white linen ground, with silk thread embroidery. The perimeter has round scallops whipped with white embroidery thread. The embroidery design has four pink roses and two rosebuds in a ring around the centre. The roses have been shaded, as have the leaves.

Image of 1960.013.003 - Doily

1960.013.003 - Doily

An all-white, hand-made Battenburg Lace doily. It has a six scalloped centre ground, and a needle-made tape lace border that has six more scalloped trefoil designs formed. The filling stitches include picots, darned spiders, and mesh-like patterns. There is also a border of filling stitches that outlines the scalloped ground.

Image of 1960.013.004 - Handkerchief

1960.013.004 - Handkerchief

White cotton handkerchief with tulle edging. The solid squarish ground is separated visually from an outer solid margin of white, by means of a decorative drawnwork (needle-made) border. The corners of this drawnwork border are needle-filled with a quatrefoil motif. There is another openwork border just before the edging as well. The border is a ruffled fine net.

Image of 1960.013.006 - Purse, Change

1960.013.006 - Purse, Change

A coin purse with silver medallion-like lid to it. The purse has a compact-like silver lid and rim, which springs open when a tab at the front is pushed in. Perhaps it was called a snap closure? The lid has an embossed design with coin-like decoration and the portrait of an Ancient Greek man. There is a small mesh sack made out of brown/ecru-coloured crochet thread. Woven into the bag are pointed patterns of silver-coloured, metallic beads (at the bottom of the bag only). The purse design was patented on March 25, 1890.

Image of 1960.013.008ab - Jar, Pickle

1960.013.008ab - Jar, Pickle

Dark-brown glazed pickle jar (crockery jar), 19th-c, maybe c. 1860? glazed earthenware (the lift knob of the lid is un-glazed). The jar (A) has a smooth, dark-brown glaze over all surfaces except for the underside. This bottom is rough. No pottery identification is present on it. The lid (B) has a lift handle that is "button-shaped". The rest of the lid has a large, circular ridge and there is a dark-brown glaze to match the jar.

Image of 1960.013.013ab - Jabot

1960.013.013ab - Jabot

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Image of 1960.013.014 - Doily

1960.013.014 - Doily

One square white cutwork linen doily with alternating flower and leaf yellow embroidery border. Each side has three flowers and two leaves.

Image of 1960.013.015 - Lace

1960.013.015 - Lace

White crochet and openwork lace trim with short sleeves (armholes). Probably meant for a bed jacket or bodice that was never finished. The ribbon runs through the lace, and is also formed into a couple of bows.

Image of 1961.003.001abc - Inkwell

1961.003.001abc - Inkwell

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Image of 1961.003.002 - Ring, Napkin

1961.003.002 - Ring, Napkin

Silver-plated fancy napkin ring. It is about 3.3 cm wide and has a diameter of approx. 4.3 cm. It has a beaded, linear decoration, and a textured mid-region with an engraving area that has "P.? L.? Beith" on it. The mid-region is also decorated with cut-like engraving.

Image of 1961.003.005 - Box, Needlework

1961.003.005 - Box, Needlework

This is a Victorian woman's workbox. It is a rectangular and hinge-lidded wooden box. It has brass hinging and a lockplate. The exterior has a dark brown finish, and the top surface has an oval-shaped mother of pearl inlay piece, and another one is present at the front as the keyhole escutcheon. The interior of the lid has a bright pinkish-purple, puffy silk lining. The box has silver paper-covered compartments and removable pinkish-purple silk-covered covers for some of the compartments. One of the covers has an opaque white blown glass ball for its lift knob. The largest cover has a stitched purple lift ribbon. There is also a lift-out tray with silver paper covering. The tray has fi

Image of 1961.003.007 - Club

1961.003.007 - Club

A carved, wooden "Indian War Club" that was presented to/given to the late John McLean by Chief Waubyuk of Orillia in the 19th-century. The war club head is effigy-style, shaped like a male's head, with inset lead eyes, and is dull red [perhaps ochre?] and black in colour.

Image of 1961.003.016 - Ring, Napkin

1961.003.016 - Ring, Napkin

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Image of 1961.003.009ab - Pin, Military

1961.003.009ab - Pin, Military

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Image of 1961.003.010ab - Pin, Military

1961.003.010ab - Pin, Military

Military insignia piece, that is a brass shoulder epaulette badge or collar badge (a&b). There is a convex circular part that is plain, and then a flame-like shape (to represent a lit grenade). The reverse side has two eyes and a cotter pin for rapid removal (for brass-cleaning purposes so that the man's uniform would not be stained during cleaning). 3.5 cm long and approx. 2 cm wide. See RELATED for a matching badge obtained at the same time.

Image of 1961.003.013 - Ring, Napkin

1961.003.013 - Ring, Napkin

Silver plated napkin ring with an embossed bird design in two places and plain ends. The initials "L. Mc" are engraved with little arrowhead-like marks around them.

Image of 1961.003.014 - Ring, Napkin

1961.003.014 - Ring, Napkin

Silver plated, Victorian napkin ring engraved with "G Mc" (= Miss Grace McLean of Owen Sound, Ont.). Its pattern has small, repeated quatrefoil flower and fern motifs. The ends are slightly concave.