Thomas H McClelland and Emma Hamilton were married in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on April 5, 1888. Their first child, James D was born in February 1889. At the time of the Johnstown flood of 1889, Thomas, Emma and James were living at 42 Market Street, Johnstown. All three survived.
I didn’t see Thomas in the 1893 city directory of Johnstown, so I don’t know if they moved away after the flood, but if so, they returned and remained in Johnstown until 1903. Meanwhile, their two other sons were born: George B on October 8, 1891, and Merle on April 27 in either 1894 or 1895.
In 1902 or 1903 they bought a home in Upper Yoder Township. Shortly after that, on February 10, 1903, Emma died “after an illness of three months, of stomach trouble” according to her obituary. Thomas remained there with his sons, eventually marrying Gertrude Ream in April 1910. Thomas died in 1932.
Emma and Thomas’ sons had families of their own: James married Odessa E Strawn in 1915 and raised at least five children. Merle married Eva Ream in 1917; they had at least four children of their own, and one, I believe from Eva’s previous marriage–I may be wrong. George married Marie Mattern in 1916, and it doesn’t appear that they had children.
These two photographs were with my great-grandmother’s belongings. I don’t know when either were taken, except to guess by the ages of the people in the photographs. Note that the handwritten label of the one of George and Jay has the names in reverse. George is the younger of the two.
Emma Hamilton was my great-grandfather’s sister. For more on her family see the Hamilton tag in the sidebar.
Thomas’ parents were David McClelland and Margaret Hammond. The McClellands were from Carrickmannon Townland, Killinchy Parish, County Down, Ireland. The Hammonds were from County Antrim by way of County Sligo. There is more about them in the Family Trees > Pennsylvania Families section of this website.