Thanks for the reply. Do you know where they were married? I see on the 1881 census that Mary Jane was from Illinois and the first 4 children: George, Kate, William and Nellie Meehan were born in Ohio. Then on 1900 the other children: James, John, Bessie, Frank, Charley are listed as born WI. There is also an adopted daughter Lennie Grace.
I was hoping to see if this is indeed the James Meehan I am searching for. My Meehan family has James with a brother George T(homas) and James mother is Bessie Magee. The father is Patrick Meehan. They were living in Belleville, Ontario, Canada in 1863 when James went to join the US army.