George W. McClellan, a successful farmer of Pleasant Township, was born on a farm one mile east of Greenwood, February 12, 1835. He was the son of William and Rachel (Peggs) McClellan, the former of whom was born in Virginia, September 17, 1790, and was the son of Joseph and Sarah (McCaslin) McClellan. The mother of our subject was born in Trimble County, Ky., June 9, 1793, and was the daughter of Joseph and Nancy Peggs. His parents were married in Trimble County, Ky., January 4, 1816, and emigrated to Johnson County in 1834. They located in Pleasant Township, where both spent the rest of their lives. His mother died December 21, 1873, and his father died February 20, 1881. The subject of this sketch spent his youth in his native township. He worked on a farm in summer, and attended school in winter. His education was practical, and was such as to fit him for the practical affairs of life. He was married May 5, 1863, to Sarah J. Huff, who died about six months later. On the 27th day of January, 1866, Mr. McClellan was married to Sarah J. Whitenack, daughter of Peter and Alvira J. (Harris) Whitenack, whose history may be found elsewhere. Mr. McClellan has spent his entire past life in Pleasant Township, and his home has been on the farm he now occupies. His entire attention is given to farming. He owns sixty acres of good land, about fifty of which are in cultivation. His last marriage has resulted in the birth of two children: Clarence, born January 11, 1868, and Dula Blanche, May 11, 1883, both of whom are living. The wife of Mr. McClellan is a member of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Masonic lodge, and in politics, he is a staunch democrat. He is an intelligent man, and an industrious farmer. Mrs. McClellan was born in Pleasant Township, July 2, 1839.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 801.