John Archibald McLean1,2

#478, (1874 - 1947)
FatherJohn McLean1,3 (c 1821 - 1903)
MotherFlora McKinnon1,3 (1832 - 1924)
RelationshipsGrandson of Hector McLean
Grandson of Angus McKinnon
ChartsAngus McKinnon & Mary McFadyen's children & grandchildren
Angus McKinnon & Mary McFadyen - 5 generations of descendants
Hector McLean & Mary McGillivray's children & grandchildren
Hector McLean & Mary McGillivray - 5 generations of descendants
John Archibald McLean
1874 - 1947

Children of John Archibald McLean and Elizabeth Simpson

Child of John Archibald McLean and Frances Jean French

Life Events

BirthJohn Archibald McLean was born on 1 Aug 1874 in Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario.3,4
(with Parents) 1881 CensusJohn appeared on the 1881 Census of Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario with his parents. He was 9, born in Ontario, Canada Presbyterian, of Scotch origin, and was going to school.1 
(with Parents) 1891 CensusJohn appeared on the 1891 Census of Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario with his parents. He was 19, born in Ontario, Canada Presbyterian, father born in Ontario, mother born in Scotland, and occupation farm labor.5 
Residence-Moved In 1891, John Archibald McLean moved to Carman, Manitoba.3 
MarriageHe married Elizabeth Simpson on 9 May 1899 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.6
1901 CensusJohn A and Lizzie McLean appeared on the 1901 Census of Section 21 Township 5 Range 5 W, Manitoba. John was 27, born 1 Aug 1874 in Ontario, Scotch origin, Presbyterian, a farmer and employer. Lizzie was 25, born 16 May 1876 in Ontario. They had one son, James A (age 1). [The enumerator was J Malcolm - John's brother-in-law?]4 
(Mentioned) ObituaryHe was mentioned in Duncan McLean's 1902 obituary as brother John McLean of Red Deer.7
Duncan McLean obituary
(Winnipeg) Morning Telegram
John McLean and two unnamed sisters in Winnipeg
[could be Catherine Simpson or Flora Simpson or Christina Malcolm]
1906 Census This family not yet found in the 1906 prairies census. 
Research Note He possibly was enumerated twice in the 1911 census - once at home in Manitoba and once at his sister's place in Alberta. It is not a perfect match but should be considered. 
1911 CensusJohn and Elizabeth McClain [sic] appeared on the 1911 Census of Carman, Manitoba. John was born Aug 1875 in Ontario, age 36, Scotch, Canadian, Presbyterian, worked as a labourer at odd jobs, worked 30 weeks at 60 hours per week for $300 total. Elizabeth was 31 and born May 1880 in Ontario. Their children were Archibald (10), Percy (9), Bruce (7), and Johnie (6 months).9 
(Other) 1911 CensusA John A McLean appeared on the 1911 Census of Red Deer, Alberta, in the household of John Malcolm and Christina McLean. He was recorded as 37, born in Mar 1874 in Ontario, single, son [sic] to John Malcolm (who was 43), Scotch, Presbyterian, and was a travelling salesman. [He may or may not be Christina's brother]10 
1916 Census This family not yet found in the 1916 prairies census. 
1921 CensusJohn A McLean appeared on the 1921 Census of Mossbank, Saskatchewan, at Section 8 Township 5 Range 29 2W. He rented his home for $25 a month. John was 49, widowed, born in Ontario, father born in Ontario, mother in Scotland, occupation Postmaster, earning $1800 the previous year. The only other household member was son Archibald (21). John and Archibald were the last two entries on page 23 and the family did not continue on page 24.
* John A McLean was the enumerator for the census *.11 
MarriageJohn Archibald McLean married Frances Jean French in 1929.3
Note.He was the postmaster in Mossbank, Saskatchewan from 29 April 1916, resigning on 7 May 1917. He was appointed again on 15 April 1919 and held the post until 1 May 1947, the cause of vacancy being his death.12,3 
Brothers John and Alexander McLean
date and place not recorded
Siblings John Archibald McLean
& Christina McLean Malcolm
Vancouver, date not recorded
John Archibald Mclean (top)
his brother Alexander (Sandy) (left)
unknown McLean (right)
DeathJohn died in 1947 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.3
ObituaryHis obituary was published on 5 Jun 1947.
Funeral services for John Archibald McLean who died suddenly in Moose Jaw, where he went to have medical treatment, were held in the United Church on Sunday afternoon. Buried Mossbank, Sask. Was postmaster. Mr McLean - 73 yrs old, s/o late John & Florence McLean. Born Bruce Tp Aug 1, 1847 [sic]. 1891 went west to Manitoba, settled at Carman. 1914 moved to Sask & 1916 appointed postmaster at Mossbank & held until his death. Survived by widow, Francis Jean French, 4 sons Archie, Percy, Alex'dr, & John & 4 step children & 1 brother Alex in Moose Jaw; Mrs. John Malcolm, Vancouver & Mrs. W. Simpson, Winnipeg.3
BurialHe was buried in Mossbank, Saskatchewan.3 
Last Edited29 Aug 2014


  1. Online image of the 1881 Census for Canada (viewed at, Ontario, Bruce North (177), a-1, page 6.
  2. Letter from Pat Fleming, Ontario, to J Kolthammer, dated 1997, "Family tree entitled 'Descendants of John McLean', April 1997."
  3. Obituary of John Archibald McLean in unidentified Bruce County newspaper, 5 June 1947. Transcription from Betty McKinnon, Kincardine.
  4. Online image of the 1901 Census for Canada, Manitoba, Lisgar (#7), Dufferin (b-1), page 2. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at
  5. Online image of the 1891 Census for Canada (viewed at, Ontario, Bruce West (53), Bruce Township (a-2), page 45.
  6. Province of Manitoba Indexes to Vital Records, Births >100y, Marriages >80y, Deaths >70y , <<>>", John Archibald McLean & Elizabeth Simpson marriage, #001798."
  7. Obituary of Duncan McLean in Morning Telegram (Winnipeg, Manitoba), 5 August 1902. image online at Manitobia Life and Times, at the Manitoba Archives site.
  8. E-mails from Allison McLean to J Kolthammer, beginning July 2010.
  9. Online image of the 1911 Census for Canada, MacDonald District, ed 24, pages 22&23. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at
  10. Online image of the 1911 Census for Canada, Alberta, Red Deer (5), Red Deer (83), page 17. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at
  11. Online image of the 1921 Census for Canada, Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, SD 22, Page 23. Image viewed at
  12. Website Post Offices and Postmasters (
  13. E-mails from Donna Rodenburg to J Kolthammer.