James S. Cleeland, carpenter and storekeeper, Newport, was born in Pennsylvania October 18, 1825. He is the son of John and Sarah (Stewart) Cleeland, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Pennsylvania. Our subjecl received his education in the graded schools of Clark County and in Wittenburg College, Springfield. He remained on the farm until nineteen years of age, when he learned the carpenter's trade, which he has followed twenty-three years. He also operated a saw-mill, which he sold in 1864. In 1874, he removed to Ohio and operated a store at Newport, in which he still continues. He also works at his trade and owns eighty acres of land in Indiana. In 1861, he married Mary Jewell, who died in 1873, leaving one child—James—born in 1869. Mr. and Mrs. Cleeland were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which he is a local preacher. He formerly voted the Free-Soil ticket, but is now a Republican. He has been Township Clerk and is now a Justice of the Peace.



From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]