My 3 times great grandfather, Alney is a huge brick wall for me.
On his death certificate, it states that his father was Lee McLean & his mother was Harriett Silvey Hayden.
I can not find a Lee McLean, but I did run across the name Alney McLean.
Alney McLean started as the surveyor & played a significant part in laying out the town Greenville, where he died.
He also was a captain in the War of 1812. Which is why McLean County was named after him.
He & his wife Tabitha married & had 10 children. They did live in Muhlenberg & he did own slaves. Unfortunately, the slave schedule doesn't name his slaves.
What are the odds that my ancestor was named after a complete stranger?
I know that being named after a president was common back then, but he wasn't president. He was a judge until his death & he was elected to congress twice, but why would Harriett name her son after him? If it were just the first names that they share, I probably wouldn't guess he was his father, but I wonder why my ancestor has his first & last name.
Also, did they call Alney McLean Lee?
If there are ancestors of Alney McLean out there, who may have knowledge of his slaves, I could really use some help.