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Memorable Manitobans: James Adam McClung (1837-1916)


Born in Tyrone County, Ireland on 21 March 1837, he emigrated to Canada in 1842. His parents settled near Bowmanville, Ontario and he was educated there and at Victoria College, Cobourg. In 1863 he became a minister in the Methodist faith. He came to Manitoba in 1890 and was posted successively at Manitou, Treherne, Stonewall and Selkirk. He retired in 1901.

He and wife Annie E. Meharry (?-?) had at least five children: William A. McClung (1870-?), Robert Wesley McClung, Eleanor McClung (1874-?, wife of Charles Percy Anderson), Herbert Samuel McClung (1875-?), James Edwin Stan McClung (1878-?), and Letitia Lolita McClung (1880-?). While living at Manitou, his family took in a young Nellie Mooney as a boarder and she ended up marrying his son Robert.

He later moved to Winnipeg where he died on 11 January 1916 and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery.


Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Rev. J. A. M’Clung dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 January 1916, page 8.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 12 January 1916, page 24.

James Adam McClung, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 February 2016

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