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Biography: James Fleming McLane born December 19, 1833

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James Fleming McLane, was a citizen of Shelby county, Alabama. He was in the insurance business at Saginaw and also a justice of the peace of his district, an office which he held for a number of years while residing at Shelby. James was also postmaster at Shelby for a time under President McKinley.

Mr. McLane was a native of Limestone county, Alabama, born at Athens, Dec. 19, 1833, the son of William (1793-1872) and Elizabeth Jane (Bates) McLane, (1804-1881) the latter a native of Tennessee. His mother’s death occurred in 1874 in Talladega and his father William McLane died in 1872 in Calhoun County, Alabama. They are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Talladega, Talladega County, AL.

William McLane was a North Carolinian, who came early to Alabama and settled in Limestone County, where he married Elizabeth Jane Bates. In 1834 he removed to Talladega, where he resided for a time. William McLane was a stanch Democrat, and during his life had at one time served as county coroner. Both William and Elizabeth McLane were members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and they had eight children, only two were living in 1903.

James Fleming McLane passed the period of his boyhood in Talladega, where he was given the benefit of good schools. He was apprenticed to the carpenter’s trade and followed that business successfully for a number of years in Talladega. He became a proprietor of a carriage shop in Talladega.

Later he came to Shelby County where for a number of years he was employed as a patternmaker. In 1903 he settled at Saginaw and entered the insurance business. He favored Democratic policies but cared little for politics. He was a worthy member of the Masonic fraternity, Calhoun lodge, 462, and of the Samaritan lodge, 99, of the Odd Fellows.

Cynthia Pond born Apr. 21, 1842, is the daughter of Judge Ebenezer Pond who resided in Coosa county, became his wife in 1858.

They had three children in 1904;

  1. Charles Pond McLane (1859-1936)a bookkeeper for the Saginaw Lime & Lumber company; married Birdie Deramus (1868-1942) They had four known children. Annie McLane Harper; Ruby McLane Shaw; Nannette Lee McLane; Charles H. McLane
  2. James Henry McLane (1861-1918) an engineer for the same,
  3. Rosa Eugenia McLane wife of George W. Crossett

James F. McLane died Jan 25, 1918, and Cynthia Anna (Pond) McLane died may 19, 1905. They are both buried in the Old Shelby Cemetery in Shelby, Shelby County, Alabama.



  1. Notable Men of Alabama edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
  2. Cemetery survey taken November 2005 by Sandy Crumpton. Directions From Columbiana travel Shelby County Hwy. #47 South to Shelby. Past intersection of Shelby County Hwy. #42 in Shelby turn left onto Marigold Road
  3. # 43419859 # 43419836 # 48135707 # 48135709 # 88580956 # 43021646 # 43021675


This biography can be found in Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Volume V


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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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  1. James and Cynthia had another daughter…. Kitty Katherine McLane Shaw. Kitty was my grandmother. She was married to Cecil Hobart Shaw Sr. of Shelby County.

    1. MY mistake…James and Cynthia’s son Charles Pond McLane and wife Birdie Deramus had another daughter…Kitty Katherine McLane Shaw. Kitty was my grandmother. She was married to Cecil Hobart Shaw Sr. of Shelby County. James Fleming McLane was her grandfather.
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