William  McCleary

William McCleary (1819 - 1912)

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William McCleary
Born in Londonderry, irelandmap
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Oakville Ontariomap
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William was born in 1819. William is the child of William McCleary and Sarah Unknown. William passed away in 1912. [1]

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Census Data

1842 Upper Canada Census - Trafalgar Twp., Gore County, Ontario[2]
William McCleary, Weaver - Number of years in the Province 8 (1836); 7 family members from Ireland; Number in family 7; 1 person 14-18y; 1 person 18-21y; 1 person 30-59y; 1 male 21-29; 1 female 14-44
  • William McCleary Jr. would have been one of the unnamed occupants, and one of the people listed as emigrating from Ireland in 1836.

1851 Canada West Census - Easterly part of Halton - Automated Genealogy.[3]
William MaClaray -- 60 -- 1762, Farmer, born Ireland, Church of Scotland, 1 story log house.
Sarah MaClaray -- 50 -- 1802, born Ireland
Matilda Maclaray -- 18 -- 1834, born Ireland
William Maclaray -- 24 -- 1828, born Ireland
Alexander Maclaray -- 21 -- 1831, born Ireland
(listed as a 1 story frame house a few properties down from the McCleary's, on the same Census page.)
Edward Cornwall -- 51 -- 1803, born Ireland, Farmer, Church of England
Ellen Cornwall -- 54 -- 1799, born Scotland, Church of England
Cornwall, Edward , Farmer, Male, Age 50, Birth Place: Ireland, Religion: Church of England, Anglican, Living in Trafalgar Township, 1851, division 1, page 52

1861 Census - Halton, Twp of Trafalgar, District # 3,
William McClary Sen. -- 64 -- 1797, b. Ireland, Widowed, Labourer, 1 story log house
---Same Page---
William McClary Jr. -- 1828, b. Ireland, Married, 1 and 1/2 story log house
Ann McClary -- 28 -- 1833, b. Ireland, Married
Alex McClary -- 5 -- 1865, b. Upper Canada
Sarah H. McClary -- 4 -- 1857, b. Upper Canada
Wm. McClary -- 2 -- 1859, b. Upper Canada

1871 Census[4] - Trafalgar, Halton, Ontario
William Mc Cleary - 43 (1828) B. Ireland; Farmer
Eliza Mc Cleary - 30 (1841) B. Ireland;
Alexander Mc Cleary - 14 (1857) B. Ontario
Sarah Mc Cleary - 13 (1858) B. Ontario
William Mc Cleary - 10 (1861) B. Ontario
Joseph Mc Cleary - 8 (1863) B. Ontario
Thomas Mc Cleary - 4 (1867) B. Ontario
Crawford Mc Cleary - 2 (1869) B. Ontario
Mary Mc Cleary - 5 months (1870) B. Ontario

1891 Census[5] - Nelson, Halton, Ontario
William Mccleary - 64 (1827) B. Ireland; Church of England; Farmer
Eliza Mccleary - 54 (1837) B. Ireland; Presbyterian
Thomas Mccleary - 23 (1868) B. Ontario; Presbyterian; Farmer
Crawford Mccleary - 21 (1870) B. Ontario; Presbyterian; Farmer
Ruth Mccleary - 19 (1872) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
Annie Mccleary - 17 (1873) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
Cyrus Mccleary - 14 (1877) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
C Allen Mccleary - 12 (1879) B. Ontario; Presbyterian

1901 Census [6] - Trafalgar, Halton, Ontario
William McClary - 75 (July 17, 1825) B. Ireland; Immigrated: 1832
Eliza McClary - 63 (April 15, 1838) B. Ireland; Immigrated: 1847

1911 Census [7] - Trafalgar, Halton, Ontario
Jos Mc Clary - 48 (Dec 1862) B. Ontario; Anglican
Annie Mc Clary - 47 (April 1864) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
Ethel Mc Clary - 20 (Jan 1891) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
Milton Mc Clary - 18 (Sept 1892) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
Hazel Mc Clary - 15 (Oct 1895) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
Roy Mc Clary - 13 (Jan 1898) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
Violet Mc Clary - 11 (March 1900) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
Daisy Mc Clary - 9 (May 1902) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
Gladys Mc Clary - 5 (April 1906) B. Ontario; Presbyterian
William Mc Clary - 90 (Jun 1821) B. Ireland; Year of Immigration: 1831; Presbyterian


Death of William McCleary[8]
Date: April 28, 1912
Place: Trafalgar Twp, Ontario
Cause: Old Age, Senile degeneration lasting 6 months
Birthdate: June 17, 1819 (Census shows this date to be 10y premature)
Birth Place: Ireland
Informant: Joseph McCleary, Sheridan


Knox Presbyterian Church Sixteen Cemetery, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
William McCleary (June 17, 1819 - April 29, 1912) Link
Eliza Edmondson McCleary (1837 - April 8, 1906) Link


Names seems to be spelled "McClarey" in 1901 Census

A son was born to Wm. McClary and Eliza Edmondson but had not been given a name at the time of registration for 13 March, 1881 and was documented as "Not Named Male" - McClary


  • Graeme MacKay, firsthand knowledge. Click the Changes tab for the details of edits by Graeme and others.
  1. Entered by Graeme MacKay, Mar 26, 2012
  2. "Canada, Upper Canada Census, 1842," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDRN-3LB : accessed 26 Jan 2013), Edward Cornwall, 1842
  3. 1852 Census; Twp of Trafalgar, Halton County, District 1, 6th to 11th concessions from lot 1 to 17; website: http://automatedgenealogy.com/census52/SplitView.jsp?id=7523
  4. 1871; Census Place: Trafalgar, Halton, Ontario; Roll: C-9955; Page: 21; Family No: 78. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M435-6HM : accessed 6 April 2012)
  5. 1891, 7, April; Census Place: Nelson, Halton, Ontario; Roll: T-6341; Family No: 12. (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWL9-NC7 : accessed 6 April 2012)
  6. 1901; Census Place: Trafalgar, Halton, Ontario,http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/DisplayHousehold.jsp?sdid=2684&household=37
  7. 1911; Census Place: Trafalgar, Halton, Ontario; Schedule 1 Microfilm T-6471; Page: 8; Family No: 76.
  8. Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1938. MS 935, reels 1-615 (reel 175). Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Registration #011323

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Memories: 1

On April 6, 2012 G. MacKay wrote:

:ALEX Jr. – What was Ken McCleary’s relation? He was my second cousin? How does that work again?
ALEX Sr. – Well, Uh Ken McCleary, that’s young Ken McCleary’s father, he was a second cousin of mine. His father…
LOIS – Grandfather…
ALEX Sr. – His grandfather -- yeah his father, his father was Crawford? McCleary, and Crawford? McCleary was a brother of my grandmother Cornwall. I think that’s the relation there, Lois?
LOIS – That’s right.
ALEX Jr. – I remember Ken and I used to go over behind the dairy to look at the horses too. ‘Cause that was a little later. That must’ve been around 1946 or ’47.
LOIS – Ken was a great joker. I told you about Ken and how he’d used to tease the receptionist in his dairy and he had this little – I hope it’s not being recorded – but he had this little plastic thing, you know the dog and lap…
ALEX Sr. – A jobby…
LOIS -- Yeah
ALEX Jr. – I remember that it was curled and round.
LOIS – Yes, it was…
ALEX Sr. – To a point…
LOIS – And this Miss, what ever her name was…
ALEX Sr. – Leatherdale.
LOIS – Leatherdale, in the dairy, she was so meticulous, and Ken would go and put it down on the floor in front of the powder, and she would say “those people coming in with their darn dogs, and she’d rush out and get the dust pan and throw it on Ken and every place he could put it he’d tease people with it. Oh, he was a lot of fun.
ALEX Jr. – Well, did he own the dairy?
ALEX Sr. – Ken McCleary, and he had his partner Grady, they both started the Runnymede Dairy, and then of course, Ken died latterly, Grady died too. Grady never married.
LOIS – But then they had friends along Runnymede Road and their name was Bumstead.
ALEX Sr. – Yeah. Oh we had a lot of fun, I went fishing with them two or three different times.
LOIS – I nearly died every time you went with them.

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On September 29, 2013 at 18:09GMT Kathy Lockhart wrote:

Buried in Sixteen Mile Creek Cemetery Oakville,ON in the Presbyterian church graveyard.

On September 22, 2013 at 16:16GMT Kathy Lockhart wrote:

1871 Census[4] - Trafalgar, Halton, Ontario

William Mc Cleary - 43 (1828) B. Ireland; Farmer Eliza Mc Cleary - 30 (1841) B. Ireland; Alexander Mc Cleary - 14 (1857) B. Ontario Sarah Mc Cleary - 13 (1858) B. Ontario William Mc Cleary - 10 (1861) B. Ontario Joseph Mc Cleary - 8 (1863) B. Ontario Thomas Mc Cleary - 4 (1867) B. Ontario Crawford Mc Cleary - 2 (1869) B. Ontario Mary Mc Cleary - 5 months (1870

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