Biografi for: Clayton LeRoy McNearney

Clayton Le Roy McNearney in the Minnesota, Birth Index, 1935-2000
Name: Clayton Le Roy McNearney, Birth Date: 29 Jan 1940. Birth Place: Hennepin, Minnesota, USA. Birth Registration Date: 1940. Father: John C McNearney. Mother: Gladys McNearney

Clayton L Mc Nearney in the 1940 United States Federal Census
Name: Clayton L Mc Nearney Age: 2/12. Estimated birth year: abt 1940. Birthplace: Minnesota Marital status: Single. Relation to Head of House: Son. Home in 1940: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Map of Home in 1940: View Map. Street: Garfield Ave So. House Number: 3415. Sheet Number: 4B. Attended School or College: No. Highest Grade Completed: None.
Household Members:
John C Mc Nearney 28, Gladys M Mc Nearney 29, Dennis J Mc Nearney 1, Clayton L Mc Nearney 2/12

Minnesota, Marriages from the Minnesota Official Marriage System, 1850-2019
Name Clayton Le Roy Mc Nearney. Marriage Date 12 Feb 1966. Marriage Place Hennepin, Minnesota, USA. SpouseJanice Marie Mayerle Certificate Number 7820117

Miss Mayerle, Mr McNearney Exchange Vows Janice Marie Mayerle and Clayton L. McNearney were married Feb. 12 in St. Mary's Catholic C h u r c h, Keewatin, Minn. A reception in the church parlors followed the ceremony. Attendants were Phoebe Crouch, Kathy McNearney, Dennis McNearney and James Anderson.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Mayerle, Keewatin. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John McNearney, 3415 Garfield Av. The couple is at home in Iowa City, Iowa. The bride graduated from the University of Minnesota and has taught school in Denver,
Source: The_Minneapolis_Star_Fri__Mar_18__1966

Clayton L McNearney in the U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1
Name: Clayton L McNearney [Clayton McNearney]. Birth Date: 29 Jan 1940. Residence Date: 1990. Address: 118 Brewer Dr Apt 31a. Residence: Battle Creek, MI. Postal Code: 49015-5810. Second Residence Date: 1992. Second Address: 27 Orchard Pl Apt A. Second Residence: Battle Creek, MI. Second Postal Code: 49017-4724

Letter written by the uncle Earl McNearney (#9366) to to his nephew Clayton McNearney giving information about Grandparents Patrick J. McNearney and Ann Fleming and Grandparents Patrick Fitzgerald and Hannah Leehy. Link to John Kennedy family is mentioned in this letter.

Your letter of today prompted me to do something I had planned to do for sometime which was put somethings on paper. I will tell you what I know of the family history most of which I heard my Dad tell as I never new any of my grandparents.
Patrick took claim on the 80 acres where the buildings are in 1875 and we have the paper showing where he paid $200.00 as it was called University land which meant that every second section was given to the University to be sold to settlers and the money was used to start the University. The next sections were given to the railroad to get money to bui a railroad so the home farm was called school land and the WANOUS farm is railroad land. I had the chance to talk to the University Pres once and he could not tell me any more about how it all worked. The north forty acres was added later.
We have the tax reciept where Patrick paid taxes in 1876 of eleven dollars, He borrowed the $200 three times before he got it paid and the first loaner was going to take it away from him and that all shows on the abstract.
Grandmother McNearney was Ann Fleming and she died of cancer when John was 16 and Mary Ann was 14 and Catherine was about 12. Patrick could not read or write so had lost contact with his family so never knew if any of them came to this country, I had heard he had several brothers. The house that you now have the pix of was built when John was 20 yrs. old. They had a orphan boy named John Mc Niel and I expect he is one of the boys on that pix of the house. They had another boy named Miles Hunter and he stayed on after John & Eliz. got married in 1907. He later married and they had a cafe in Farmington I just found that thier daugther is still in Farmington and plan to visit her this spring.
John rented the farm from Patrick until he died in Jan of 1920 then his will stated that the farm was to be his but he had to pay a share to each sister so that is what got him in debt so late in life. The will is part of the abstract so we have it and we get a chuckle from it as all the grand children who were born at this time were mentioned in his will and each were willed a few dollars and I was not mentioned but the joke is that I end up with the farm. (EARL)
Grandfather Patrick Fitzgerald realized to late that he was not going to have a farm around here so he went up in the noerthwest most county in North Dakota and homesteaded 160 acres which was next to woorthless. When they got to where they had to cash it in they sold it to John which was another mistake for him when he should have been paying for a place to live. John ended up not getting anything for it but that is another story. We have the paper which deeded that land to Patrick Fitzgerald signed by Wm. Howard Taft.
John Kennedy was some relation to grandmother Ann as John used to talk about aunt Ellen Kennedy (#9450) who lived in St Louis and apparently she stayed at our place atleast one summer. A Kennedy lived on Ed Kaplan place at one time but did not stay long. Our place is the only Place around there that is owned by same people from the begining and now is the first time in over a 100 years that a Mc Nearney is not liveing there.
James Harty was married to Mary Ann and when Patrick needed more care hen went to live with his daughter Mrs Harty and that is where he died some time in January 1920. Patrick must have been born in 1839 he died in 1920 at the age of 81 yrs. Mary Ann died in 1924 of pnumonia she left two daughters Eunice born in 1915 and Lucille born in 1916.
Catherine married Thomas Cashman and they had Ann Marie, Bernard, Catherine Geraldine and James and Eugene.
John married Elisabeth Fitzgerald in 1907 they had Donald 1908, James 1909, John 1911, Earl in 1917 and Clifford in 1920.
I do not know alot about my grandparents as I never kenew them but Patrick was headed for St Marys township in Waseca County, an Irish settlement, but story I heard he stopped here over night and Ed COggins talk him into settleing here and he loaned him the $200.00.
They rented a shack close by until they got some kind of a house built, John may have been born before they got there. I never heard how Patrick was traveling when he got here. In 1933 Earl quit school after the tenth grade as John asked him to do and help him on the farm which he did until 1946. John and Elizabeth were financially able to move to Blooming Prairie and Earl married Laurietta and they sold us the cattle machinery and rented the farm on shares. In 1948 they sold us the 120 acres on a contract for deed. In 1964 we bought the Jerry Wanous farm on a contract for deed in 1993 we sold 12 acres and the buildings to Bob and Julie Stoeckel and we moved to Owatonna. This is about all I can tell you about the family if I think of any more will write another page.
I should have mentioned that John and Elizabeth had a daughter stillborn in 1924,it is buried in the family lot on Sacred heart cemetery.

U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002
Name C L McNearney. Residence Years 2000-2002. Address100 Rodset CT. Residence Place Suffolk, Virginia, USA. Zip Code 23434-2095. Phone Number757-925-4595

2015 Obituary
McNearney, Dr. Clayton L., Ph.D. age 74, of Huntington, WV, died on January 4, 2015. He was born January 29, 1940 in Minneapolis, MN, a son of the late John and Gladys McNearney. He attended Minneapolis public schools, then 1 1/2 years at Maryknoll Seminary in Glen Ellyn, IL. Received a BA from the Universi-ty of Minnesota in 1963, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1970. He was a Post-doc Fellow at Colum-bia University in New York from 1976-1977, where he studied litera-ture of the American Revolution with Sacvan Bercovitch. He taught at Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA from 1968-1972 and at Marshall University from 1972-2013. Clay was an accomplished artist and print-maker, with many showings at museums and art venues. A real lover of music and travel, he was very en-gaged in both. He is survived by daughter Kathleen; son Aaron; son Christopher, wife Sara and grand-daughter Wren; son Jonas, wife Beth Anne, granddaughters Emily and Claire and grandson Owen; his brothers Denny (Joan), Tony, Jack (Carol); and his sister Kathy (Bill) Current.