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James W. Clancey

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 810

JAMES W. CLANCEY, who is one of the well-known and highly respected retired residents of Shelby county, O., has long been one of the heavy tax payers of Franklin township, where he still resides and owns land in the county aggregating 344 acres. Mr. Clancey was born March 4, 1836, in Green county, O., and was brought to Shelby county when a babe of one year by his parents who were William and Rachel (Steele) Clancey.
William Clancey was born in Kentucky. He was a cooper by trade and a good workman but when the business was no longer profitable after factories began to make barrels and casks that formerly were entirely fashioned by hand, he turned his attention to fanning and so spent the remainder of his life. He married Rachel Steele, who was born in Virginia and both died in Shelby county, James W. being their only child. They were members of the United Presbyterian church.
James W. Clancey attended the country schools and later the Union school at Sidney, and following his school days engaged in agricultural pursuits continuously until he retired from active labor, with the exception of two years during which period he was in the grocery business at Sidney. He inherited eighty acres of his land and with that as a nucleus added tract after tract until he became one of the largest land owners in Franklin township. The main industry of his farm has always been the raising of crops, largely grain there always being, however, enough good stock every year to fully supply the home demand. Since he has retired, his son-in-law, S. W. Mead, operates the large farm and resides with Mr. Clancey.
In 1862, Mr. Clancey was married to Miss Malvina Shaw, who was born in Montgomery county, O. and died in 1905, her burial being in Graceland cemetery, Sidney. Her parents were Thomas and Nancy (McDonald) Shaw and they had children as follows: Malvina; Margaret, who died young; Elizabeth, who is the wife of George McVay; Eliza, who is the wife of David Hume; and John C. To Mr. and Mrs. Clancey three children were born, namely: Capitola, who is the wife or J. A. Parker and they have two children; Clancey and Metta Marie; Nannie, who is the wife of S. M. Wead; and William S., who married Glenna Wead. In politics Mr. Clancey is a Republican.

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