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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

Associated Records

Image of 1968.014.004ab - Jar, Cosmetic

1968.014.004ab - Jar, Cosmetic

Ceramic pot (round) with transfer-printed lid (for hair lotion or a paste). The transfer printing is of a castle scene, with people walking over a bridge in the foreground.

Image of 1968.014.001abc - Teakettle

1968.014.001abc - Teakettle

Brass (gold coloured) teakettle (a) and lid (b), and trivet (c). The tea kettle has a bent brass rod lift handle. The pouring spout has an angled-upwards, straight-looking shape. The lid has a black-finished wooden grip at its top. The tea pot stand (trivet) is a three-legged one, with decorative piercing to allow the heat to dissipate. The underside of the trivet has a whitish-looking British registry mark with RD? 388047 (likely dates it to c. 1902-1903) and "MADE IN ENGLAND / J. S. & S / --------"

Image of 1968.014.002 - Pitcher

1968.014.002 - Pitcher

Brass ewer-style pitcher or measure, 19th-c. Function: For pouring liquids, possibly hot water? No maker's identification. It only has the numeral "3" impressed on the underside. The underside is recessed. Has a long, curved pouring lip. Has a long brass handle. The base of the pitcher is round and has the widest diameter, then the walls taper towards the top. If it was a measure, it might have once had matching items of different sizes, and measures usually have wider mouths. Some collectors call items like this "Hot Water Jugs" (ewers).

Image of 1961.043.008 - Hatpin

1961.043.008 - Hatpin

A hatpin with a gold head that has a red ruby gem.

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 1961.043.009 - Hairpin

1961.043.009 - Hairpin

Tortoiseshell hairpin with gold pique decoration at the top closed end. It is a Victorian item.

Image of 1959.061.012 - Pouch

1959.061.012 - Pouch

Beaded floral First Nations (Ojibwa) pouch, 19th-c. This heavily beaded floral pouch has a rounded shape and is piped around the edge with red cloth. The body of the pouch is made of dark brown or black velvet, which is lined with dark brown linen. The beading is raised Iroquois-style, but has Ojibwa patterning, with floral motifs. There are three sizes of opaque white beads used, as well as teal/turquoise blue, darker blue, yellow, orange, dusty pink, red, silvery and amber-coloured beads. The flaps are edged with alternating horizontal and vertical large white beads. The pouch is beaded on both sides. There are flat brass sequins placed near the floral designs.

Image of 1963.059.002ab - Balance

1963.059.002ab - Balance

Small, brass pan apothecary-style (druggist-style hanging-style) weigh scales(a), 19th-c in age, and the wooden hinged box in which they are kept (b). The bottom of the box is lined with red coloured cloth. Also, there are six gold coloured coin-like items (drams and part drams) all of different sizes, that were used for counter weights, and six square brass pieces of metal, probably used for minute weights. All of the coins and metal pieces are unnumbered due to the lack of surface area to add a number. The set has a maker's mark with "From the Manufactory of W. & H. Hutchinson, Sheffield, Surgical Instrument Makers to the Royal Navy".

Image of 1963.059.005 - Cup, Invalid

1963.059.005 - Cup, Invalid

Ceramic (glazed white chinaware) invalid's feeding cup (which has a spout). It is predominately white, but also has a red-printed Red Cross symbol inside two round margin lines on the top area.

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 1960.013.006 - 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 1961.043.007 - Necklace

1961.043.007 - Necklace

A long, woven, beaded necklace, with an amber stone pendant. The woven beads are blue, amber and semi-opaque glass beads.

Image of 1961.043.002 - Buttonhook

1961.043.002 - Buttonhook

A glove button hook with pendant. The pendant has a relief design of a helmeted female or young man looking leftwards. This classical image perhaps depicts Minerva or Athena or Hector. It is made of brass and steel. Joined to the implement is a steel chain that has fourteen links to it. Each link is a piece of metal that has been made into a triangular form. There is no maker's identification present.

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 1961.003.002 - 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 1961.003.009ab - Pin, Military

1961.003.009ab - 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. Note that the top is the flame. The round part symbolizes a grenade. The reverse side has two eyes for a cotter pin (split pin) to secure it. Split pins were used for rapid removal (for brass-cleaning purposes so that the man's uniform would not be stained during cleaning). The badge belonged to Captain Howard, who served in the Riel Rebellion. 3.5 cm long and approx. 2 cm wide. It was accompanied with an autograph of Captain Howard (a small slip of paper, that has been displayed on a cardboard piece with the badge for ma

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 1961.003.001abc - Inkwell

1961.003.001abc - Inkwell

Glass inkwell (a), metal stand (b), and lid (c). The glass is opaque, likely clouded due to age. The inkwell has a square base, expands upwards, and eventually tapers to the circular opening. The brass lid is circular, designed to fit over the inkwell's opening. The lid is decorated with three white concentric circles and topped with a small nub. The brass stand has a square base, with a square section outlined on the top in which the inkwell can sit. It is supported by four circular legs, flattened at the bottom for stability. The stand also has a circular, patterned finger loop handle at one end and two arms on the other side (the curved areas are for for holding pens or quills horizontall

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).