Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sallie B. (Selph) McLean

© Kathy Duncan, 2015

Sallie B. SELPH -  daughter of  Duncan Hyder and Lavinia (Burton) Selph, was born on either 5 May 1856 or 1857 in Tennessee. Her death certificate lists her birth year as 1856 while the 1900 census lists her birth year as 1857.

Sallie G. Selph married J. M. McLean on 19 Mar 1878 in Henry County, Kentucky.

Sallie's mother and siblings were living in Henry Co., KY in 1880, so it seems reasonable that she married there just two years previously.

11 July 1900, Dist #14, Rutherford Co., TN:

Mclean, Joe M Head W M b.Oct 1830 69M 22 b. TN fb. NC mb. TN "Phisian"
-----Sallie S Wife W F May 1857 43 M 22 b. TN fb. fb. NC mb. TN
Manear, Marthe F Servant W F Jan 1841 54 Wd 3-2 b. TN fb. VA mb. TN
-----Susana Servant W F July 1886 13 S b. TN fb. TN mb. TN
-----John Servant W M Apr 1888 11 S b. TN fb. TN mb. TN
Burrow, Jesee P Boarder W M Sep 1877 22 M 2 b. TN fb. TN mb. TN

Joeseph Milton McLean died in 1906.

McLEAN - Dr. Joe M. McLean of Midland, Rutherford County, Tenn., was born near that place October 25, 1830, and after a long life of great usefulness he calmly and peacefully fell asleep in Jesus on November 12, 1906.

He grew up on the farm, but while yet a young man he prepared himself for the practice of medicine, which profession he followed up to within a few days of his death. He was a humane, conscientious physician, capable and ever ready to minister to the afflicted.

On the 14th of March, 1858, he was married to Mrs. Kiltrie McLean, widow of Major C.G. McLean, a leading merchant and planter of Midland. To this union were born two children, William Harvey McLean, of Memphis, who is a largely interested member of the Mansfield Wholesale Drug Co., of Memphis; and Mrs. Lena Evans, of Marshall County, Tenn. He was pardonably proud of his children.

Mrs. McLean had three children by Major McLean: C.G. McLean, a prosperous farmer and trader of Gallatin, Tenn.; Mrs. Florence Smith (now dead), of Rutherford County; and Mrs. Missie Hill, of Marshall County.

Dr. McLean exercised a fatherly care and evinced a tender solicitude for the welfare of these children, and so endeared himself to them that they  will ever cherish his memory.

Mrs. McLean was called home to God July 8, 1876, and on March 19, 1878, Dr McLean was married to Miss Sallie Self, a daughter of the late lamented Dr. D. H. Self, of Murfreesboro, who survives him.

Dr. McLean professed faith in Christ soon after the death of his first wife. He united with the Baptist Church at Fosterville, and was baptized October 14, 1906.

Dr. McLean was a loving, considerate husband, an indulgent and painstaking father, an incomparable neighbor, a stanch friend. He was given to hospitality of the old Southern type. He possessed a genial disposition, which made him exceedingly companionable. He will be greatly missed. 

Funeral services were conducted by the writer, assisted by Rev. Jack Holt and Rev. J. W. Jamison at the residence in Midland on Friday, November 29, 1906. His mortal remains were tenderly and lovingly buried in the cemetery in Murfreesboro, there to sleep until the glorious resurrection morn. May the choice benedictions of our Heavenly Father rest upon his  beloved wife, children, grand-children, step-mother, brothers and the hosts of other relatives and friends who loved him.

In the death of "Dr. Joe," as he was familiarly called, by us all, the writer sustains a personal loss. Our friendship began over thirty years ago and through all these years he was ever the same true friend.
"Friend after friend departs--
Who has not lost a friend?
There is no union here of hearts
That finds not here an end."
L.B. Jarmon

Joe McLean is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro, TN, near the brothers of Sallie B. Selph. His tombstone reads: “Dr. Joe McLean Oct. 25, 1830 - Nov. 12, 1906.” 

Joseph M. McLean b. 1826 d. 12 Nov 1906, Midland, TN, Allopath, license 1889.
[Source: Directory of Deceased American Physicians 1804-1929]

26 April 1910, Lawton City, Lawton Co., OK, p. 289:

614 H. St.
Mclean, Sally S Head F W 52 Wd 0-0 b. TN fb. NC mb. TN Teacher

Sallie's sister Bettie Vick Burton was also living in Lawton, Oklahoma at this time.

The following two announcements appeared in the Lexington Herald and may indicate that Sallie B. Selph spent the last few years of her life as a widow in LaGrange with her brother John W. Selph, although she was not a member of his household in 1920:

10 Sep 1922:
“After spending the summer with relatives in Nashville, Tenn., Mrs. S.S. McLain is again with her brother, J.W. Selph, and Mrs. Selph.”
24 Dec 1922:
“LaGrange: Mrs. S.S. McLain has gone to visit her nephew, Mr. Selph, of Nashville.”
[Source: Lexington Herald, Kentucky, 24 Dec 1922]

Included in the 1924 City Directory of Nashville is Ann Selph, widow of Hardy, and her grown sons: John W. and George C. One of these would be the nephew that Mrs. S.S. McLain had gone to visit in Nashville in 1922.
[Source: Lexington Herald, Kentucky, 10 Sept 22]

There is a photograph of “Mrs. McClain” a High School Home Economics teacher at La Grange High School c. 1923, in Oldham County, Kentucky. When compared to the other known picture of Sallie B. (Selph) McLean, they appear to be the same woman.

Sallie B. (Selph) McLean died in Nashville, Tennessee in 1925.

Death certificate:
Mrs. Sallie Selph McLain
b. 5 May 1856
father: D H Selph b. Tenn.
mother: Lavinia Burton b. Tenn
informant: Lillie D Harding of Nashville, Tenn.
d. 29 Aug 1925 - 1925 Broadway St., Nashville, Davidson Co., TN
buried 30 Aug 1925, body removed to Evergreen Cemetery, Murfreesboro Tenn.

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