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Florence Ruth (Flossie) MCLEAN

Florence Ruth (Flossie) MCLEAN

Female 1877 - 1962  (84 years)

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  • Name Florence Ruth (Flossie) MCLEAN  [1
    Nickname Flossie 
    Born 15 Dec 1877  Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • BORN AT HOME 'Waterloo', Angas Plains SA
    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    FLORENCE RUTH McLEAN born at "Waterloo" Angas Plains on 15/12/1877, leading an identical life to sister Elizabeth. They each accompanied their mother to the residence in Strathalbyn, remaining there for the rest of their lives. Florence died aged 84 years on 27/4/1962, and was buried in the Strathalbyn Cemetery.

    In addition to the property frontage on 12 Chapel Street, they also owned two large blocks of land connected to this property with frontage to Murray Street. On this land they kept, in earlier days, a couple of cows, several pigs plus a horse and cart and a large flock of fowls.

    Elizabeth did most of the outside work being a keen vegetable gardener. Until they reached old age, they kept several boarders, who were assured of being well looked after.

    They were always very thrifty with money and supported themselves. The land they owned was previously the property of the Primitive Methodist Church, the church building and their house still standing on the corner of Chapel Street and Murray Street.

    During the sixty years they occupied the property, whilst gardening they found 29 coins, mainly pennies dating back to 1850. Children must have lost them and their nephew Jack McLean still has the "Capstan" tobacco tin full of coins.

    They lived till old age brought about their demise, greatly respected by their nieces and nephews from whom they gained much enjoyment.

     
    Biography Notes Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Staunch supporters of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Alfred McLean the author of the BRB recalls his Auntie Lizzie telling him, that at times she was often just completing milking the cow when the Sunday church bell commenced ringing. She had completed these duties and calmly taken her seat in the church choir before services commenced. 
    Residence Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Resident 53 years with her sister Lizzie 12 Chapel St Strathalbyn SA. Flossie is believed to regularly arrive as a friendly visitor by present owners. 
    Died 1962  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 1962  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I-3903  Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2017 

    Father John MCLEAN,   b. 6 Feb 1818, Argyllshire Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1903, Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Relationship -972 
    Mother Elizabeth DIXON,   b. 1836, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Nov 1907, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship -972 
    Married 1874 
    Family ID F-972  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Is Lizzie's ghost still at home?.jpg
    Is Lizzie's ghost still at home?.jpg
    Spinster; Lizzie McLean is still believed by 2016 owners that she still comes on friendly visits to Chapel St home of 53 years in Strathalbyn.
    0322 - McLean family - Edwin James, Adelaide nee Hull, Mrs Mary Stacy McLean, Elizabeth & Florence.jpg
    0322 - McLean family - Edwin James, Adelaide nee Hull, Mrs Mary Stacy McLean, Elizabeth & Florence.jpg
    0345 - Florence McLean Daughter John (1st) McLean and Elizabeth Dixon.jpg
    0345 - Florence McLean Daughter John (1st) McLean and Elizabeth Dixon.jpg
    0332 - Lizzie & Flossie's home at Strathalbyn - from BRB p371.jpg
    0332 - Lizzie & Flossie's home at Strathalbyn - from BRB p371.jpg
    Florence McLean-spinster Flossy
    Florence McLean-spinster Flossy
    Florence Ruth 'Flossy' or 'Flo' McLean-spinster of the wars
    Florence Ruth 'Flossy' or 'Flo' McLean-spinster of the wars
    Elizabeth 'Lizzie-the soft one' McLean-spinster
    Elizabeth "Lizzie-the soft one" McLean-spinster
    Wedding Invitation-Edwin James and Olivia (Queenie) Parker 26 Jul 1919 Northcote SA
    Wedding Invitation-Edwin James and Olivia (Queenie) Parker 26 Jul 1919 Northcote SA

    Headstones

    HS DIXON Hartley and Elizabeth, 2nd wife of John McLean.jpg

    Stories
    1995 - Elizabeth & Florence McLean
    1995 - Elizabeth & Florence McLean
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', (Donald & Christina McLean Genealogical Council Inc, Strathalbyn 1995).