John McLean

One of the main targets of the British raid on Danbury in 1777 was John McLean. He was a prosperous and enterprising farmer who raised cattle and pork. He was appointed commissary for Danbury.  When he got wind of the British raid he sent wagons filled with supplies to West Point. He safely evacuated his family to New Milford and just got out of Danbury ahead of the pursuing British. His home was burned by the British but he returned after the war and rebuilt and prospered. One of his descendants was Jean Parcells Brock who was a reference librarian at the Danbury Public Library.

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