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John Deans

Male 1819 - 1904  (84 years)


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  • Name John Deans  [1, 2, 3
    Born 29 Jun 1819  Dumfrieshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Immigration Abt. 1839  [3, 6
    Occupation 1866 - 1875  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 8
    Boat Builder 
    • For years Mr. Deans was engaged in boat building, for which this place in its earlier history, was noted. [6]
    • John Deans has torn down and removed from his lower lot on the lake shore, the old structure years ago used when building canal boats. [7]
    Occupation 1860 - 1880  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 6
    Carpenter and Furniture Maker 
    Residence 1839 - 1900  Lake Street, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 9, 10
    • According to the 1870 census, the Deans residence is valued at $2,500 and his personal property valued at $600. [5]
    • According to the 1875 census, the Deans residence was valued at $1,600. [1]
    • The following was found in an 1894 real estate transaction: "John Deans and wife to Thomas D. Deans, October 5th, 1894, land in the Village of Cleveland, $150."
      [9]
    • After retaining his home on Lake Street until the fall of 1900, on account of continued poor health, he decided to make his home with his son, Thomas. [6]
    Occupation 1900  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 11
    Undertaker 
    • Mr. Deans was engaged in the undertaking and furniture business for many years and since he became too feeble to attend to these duties his son, Thomas, has had charge of the business. He was a man of honesty and integrity and had won a wide circle of friends who learn of his death with sadness. [6]
    • [Thomas D. Deans] was a carpenter when a young man and later a partner with his father, John Deans, in the undertaking business for many years. After his father died, he conducted the business for many years in Cleveland, after which he retired. [11]
    Died 10 Jan 1904  Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 10
    • Died at the home of his son, Thomas D. Deans. [10]
    • In the fall of 1901, [John Deans] had a serious illness from which he never fully recovered. He had been failing fast in the past few weeks and loving hands cared for him until death released him. [6]
    19040115 - Death of John Deans, An Early Settler
    19040115 - Death of John Deans, An Early Settler
    Syracuse Journal
    01/15/1904, p.10
    Buried Cleveland Village Cemetery, North Street, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6
    1904xxxx - John Deans
    1904xxxx - John Deans
    Unknown Newspaper Clipping, n.p., n.d.
    20081019 - Headstone: John Deans
    20081019 - Headstone: John Deans
    Cleveland Village Cemetery
    Person ID I353  CHS Genealogy
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2018 

    Family Clarasa Lane,   b. Abt. 1823 - 1824, Schoharie, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1898  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married Abt. 1839  [2, 6, 12, 13
    Notes 
    • One child died in infancy, but no other information is known at this time. [6]
    Children 
     1. Thomas Derritt Deans,   b. 17 Oct 1847, Cleveland, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1935, Canastota, Madison, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     2. James W. Deans,   b. Abt. 1850, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt. 1902-1903  (Age ~ 53 years)
    +3. William F. Deans,   b. Abt. 1855 - 1856, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John E. Deans, Jr.,   b. Abt. 1859, Oswego, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2018 
    Family ID F100  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    xxxxxxxx - Main Street, Cleveland, New York
    xxxxxxxx - Main Street, Cleveland, New York
    This postcard shows the Deans building on the far right.

  • Sources 
    1. [S61] 1875 New York State Census, 4 (Reliability: 2), 2 Jun 1875.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED No.: 1; ED Date: 06/02/1875; Page: 4; Lines: 26

    2. [S21] 1880 United States Federal Census, 37 (Reliability: 2), 21 Jun 1880.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED: #231; ED Date: 06/21/1880; SD: #8; Sheet No: 37; Line No: 27-29

    3. [S19] Find A Grave, findagrave.com., https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSsr=201&GScid=2221626&GRid=29852455& (Reliability: 1), 17 Sep 2008.
      John Deans

    4. [S32] 1860 United States Federal Census, 22 (Reliability: 2), 25 Jun 1860.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED Date: 06/23/1860; Sheet No: 22

    5. [S31] 1870 United States Federal Census, 4 (Reliability: 2), 10 Jun 1870.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED Date: 06/10/1870; Sheet No: 4; Line No: 20-24;

    6. [S8] Unknown Newspaper Clipping, np (Reliability: 1).
      John Deans

    7. [S11] Cleveland Lakeside Press, np (Reliability: 1), 9 Aug 1879.

    8. [S121] 1866 - 1867 Gazetteer and Business Directory for Oswego County, N.Y., (Hamilton Child), 95-98 (Reliability: 1), 1866 - 1867.
      Business Directory for Cleveland

    9. [S37] Oswego Daily Palladium, 8 (Reliability: 1), 14 Dec 1894.
      Real Estate Transactions

    10. [S17] Syracuse Journal, 10 (Reliability: 1), 15 Jan 1904.
      Death of John Deans, An Early Settler

    11. [S74] Cleveland Historical Society File Collection, np (Reliability: 1).
      Thos. D. Deans

    12. [S61] 1875 New York State Census, 4 (Reliability: 2), 2 Jun 1875.
      State: New York; County: Oswego; Town: Constantia; Village: Cleveland; ED No.: 1; ED Date: 06/02/1875; Page: 4; Lines: 26-27

    13. [S50] New York, Town Clerks Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, 1861-1865, (Ancestry.com), 44-45 (Reliability: 2).
      New York State Archives; Albany, New York; Collection Number: (N-Ar)13774; Box Number: 43; Roll Number: 25