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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Christina MCPHEE

Christina MCPHEE

Female 1787 - 1869  (81 years)

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  • Name Christina MCPHEE  [1
    • Her name is spelled 'Christeance' in codicil to Donald's will (codicil F on 10th Oct 1855).
    Born 28 Apr 1787  Crieff Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • The BRB has her birth as 1791 in Kilmallie whereas Edwin McLean's genealogy has her born on 28th April 1787 in Argyll. New evidence: Researcher Lorna McLean cites the OPR for her baptism at Crieff in Argyll on 28th April 1787: evidence in media. FHL Film Number 1041070

    Gender Female 
    Biography Notes 14 Feb 1855  [4
    Local Courts COURTS, Mount Barker: Wednesday, February 14, 1855 Full jurisdiction [Before Francis Davison, Esq., Stipendiary Magistrate; Robert Davennort and Frederick May, ESQS.
    Christine McLean, a septnagenerian wife of Donald McLean, appeared to answer the complaint of Annie Macbean and Catherine Macbean, of the same place for having violently assaulted them with a stick. Mr Andrews defended; and in cross-examination elicited that one of the ladies was enchanted by a son of the defendant, and that the defendant on becoming aware of the fact ordered the frail one never to come on her premises again. That the evening in question the lady did, in defiance of the defendant's injunctions, come on her premises. The charge was, however, clearly proved, and the defendant was fined 2 and costs.
    (South Australian Register, 21st February 1855, p3)
    COMMENTS by Don Gordon on 8th Nov 2018:
    * I wonder what "enchanted by a son of the defendant" means? Was one of the Macbean ladies infatuated with either Allan (then 44 yrs), Ewen (40 yrs), John 39 yrs) or Archibald (34 yrs) - all of whom were married? How come a frail lady was so enchanted. Surely the enchantment was nothing to do with witchcraft.
    * We had known nothing about what sort of person Christina was. Now the only thing we know is that, as an old lady, she used a stick in defense of one of her adult sons. What do we make of this?
    * This newspaper item has Christina in her 70s in 1855 (ie born between 1875 and 1885) whereas we have a possible OPR for a birth on 28th April 1787 which would make Christina 68 yrs at the time of the court. These years are roughly compatible and closer that the BRB (p7) which had her born in 1791 in which case she would have been about 66 years old at the time of the court. But maybe the reporter was just using the term septnagenerian as another way of saying that she was old.  
    Died 9 Apr 1869  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • "McLEAN, Christina nee McPhee, (b 1791) - Died on the 9th April 1869, at Strathalbyn, Mrs Christina McLean widow of the late Donald McLean, aged 78 years - a colonist for 32 years. Buried in Strathalbyn Cemetery." (South Australian Advertiser, 16th April 1869, p2 & South Australian Register on 24th April 1869)
    • Some sources (which ones?) have the death as 4th Sept 1869.
    Buried Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Person ID I-2  Christina and Donald McLean
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2018 

    Father John Oage-meaning younger MCPHEE,   b. 1761, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship -2559 
    Mother Christian CAMERON,   b. 1765, Archnacarry, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship -2559 
    Married 28 Feb 1786  Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Family ID F-2559  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Donald MCLEAN,   b. 26 Sep 1779, Blaich Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1855, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Children of marriage We are confident that there were 11 children - 2 X Hugh, 2 X Mary, Allan, John, Archibald, Ann, Rachel, Margaret & Jane.
    However, some researchers have proposed 4 others:-
    * RICHARD: This name appears on some 'Navarino' passenger lists [research: Which ones?], but this might not be based on the authentic record. There are no other indications of this Richard in colonial records (eg marriage, children, death, or Trove etc).
    * ELIZABETH: This name appears on some 'Navarino' passenger lists [research: Leadbeater & Cummings) but this might not be based on the authentic record. It is stated that she was born in 1835 or 1836, and died in 1907. There are no other indications of this Elizabeth in colonial records. (eg marriage, children, death, or Trove etc).
    * HUGH: BRB p8 "The persistent inclusion of a Donald and a Hugh McLean who arrived in 1840 by ship 'Tomatin' must be an error as the listed children the same 10, who with their emigrating parents and in the father's Will. These two may have been nephews. If they were of an earlier marriage of Donald, he had three sons named Hugh which is carrying things a bit far as to names! There is a family story that 'two sons were sent to Venezuela to look for farming possibilities' referring of course to the Donald and Hugh on the 'Tomatin' of 1840. Then not discovering anything suitable followed on to SA. Nothing further is known of them although two of the same name were at Naracoorte in the South East quite early, and the names of the families were the same as those of the Donald McLeans. They were not mentioned in Donald McLean's Will."
    * DONALD: See the quote for Hugh, above (BRB p8).
    This note was by Don Gordon on 30th July 2018. 
    Children 
     1. Allan MCLEAN,   b. 12 Feb 1811, Blaich Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1890, Plympton SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)  []
     2. Mary b.1813 MCLEAN,   b. 22 Jan 1813, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  []
     3. Ewen b.1814 MCLEAN,   b. 20 Feb 1814, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1876, Meningie SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)  []
     4. John MCLEAN,   b. 6 Feb 1816, Argyll Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1903, Angas Plains SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  []
     5. Mary b. 1818 MCLEAN,   b. 2 Apr 1818,   d. 22 Sep 1889, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  []
     6. Anne b.1820 MCLEAN,   b. 18 Feb 1820  []
     7. Archibald b.1821 MCLEAN,   b. 4 Mar 1821, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1899, Naracoorte SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  []
    +8. Ann b. 1823 MCLEAN,   b. 6 Apr 1823, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1910, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)  []
    +9. Rachel MCLEAN,   b. 13 Feb 1825, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1908  (Age 83 years)  []
     10. Margaret MCLEAN,   b. 1827, Argyll Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1912, Geelong Vic Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  []
     11. Jane MCLEAN,   b. 16 Aug 1830, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Oct 1886, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  []
     12. Ewen (Hugh the younger) MCLEAN,   b. 26 May 1836, Kilmallie Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jun 1921, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)  []
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2017 14:02:13 
    Family ID F-1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Christina McLean, nee McPhee
    Christina McLean, nee McPhee
    Original committee identified in 1995 in BRB. Some people since have questioned the identity of both Christina & Donald-Awaiting further evidence.
    Crypt-Donald McLean d.1856 & Christina (McPhee) d.1869 Strathalbyn SA
    Crypt-Donald McLean d.1856 & Christina (McPhee) d.1869 Strathalbyn SA
    Section 1 Strathalbyn Cemetery on Parker Ave. Donald originally buried in pioneer cemetery adjacent to St Andrews Presbytarian Church. Council reinterred in 1859.
    State Library SA-Female Pioneers x650 mosaic Dureya of Strathalbyn c1970's
    State Library SA-Female Pioneers x650 mosaic Dureya of Strathalbyn c1970's
    Taking photographs of all colonists himself or taken by Henry Jones and sold with his business to Townsend Dureya who then created Male and Female colonist famous collages. In storage in State Library of SA.Soon after images created as a collage, a fire destroyed the studio. Townsend Dureya sold his business and returned to USA soon after.
    Scottish Gaelic Bible of Donald McLean. Written inside cover:-'Bought and paid 17 Mar 1835'. Offered on loan to Harold Stowe who died without recording the loan from Maplemore Ben Mclean and family .
    Scottish Gaelic Bible of Donald McLean. Written inside cover:-"Bought and paid 17 Mar 1835". Offered on loan to Harold Stowe who died without recording the loan from Maplemore Ben Mclean and family .
    Original Strathalbyn home on Angas River c1865 after moving from Hilton, Adelaide SA
    Original Strathalbyn home on Angas River c1865 after moving from Hilton, Adelaide SA
    Donald Henry, eldest grandson of Christina (nee McPhee) and Donald McLean
    Donald Henry, eldest grandson of Christina (nee McPhee) and Donald McLean
    Christina McPhee b.1787 d.1869 Born Hamlet Crieff in Argyll Scotland.
    Christina McPhee b.1787 d.1869 Born Hamlet Crieff in Argyll Scotland.
    Identified Crieff between Muick and Achnasaul on NE edges of Loch Arkaig, Argyll Scotland

    1840s built "Ardnamurchan" Farmhouse (Lot2605) on River Angas Strathalbyn SA. Built by Donald McLean and family as farmhouse. This Lot 2605 was distributed in Donalds will.

    ARDNAMURCHAN with two chimneys and surrounding buildings

    Documents
    BDM OPR KILMALLIE BIRTH Allen McLean 1811 Feb 12-parents Donald and Christina
    BDM OPR KILMALLIE BIRTH Allen McLean 1811 Feb 12-parents Donald and Christina
    Seemingly the parish priest did 3 baptisms on 5th Feb and then Allen on 12th and not documented until AFTER the next baptism: where it was recalled that Allens record had not been entered. Hence it is squashed in between (though legible) in date order between the other baptisms.

    One could almost see him resting in bed and settled down when he realises that Allens baptism had not been entered and the parish priest leapt out of bed/rest to scrawl in the entry with--in fact all the detail. Just as he had done just seven days prior with yet another child.
    Property title-0010 - Properties of Christina McLean, nee McPhee.pdf
    Property title-0010 - Properties of Christina McLean, nee McPhee.pdf
    Page 1 of 2 lot 454 1836.jpg
    Page 1 of 2 lot 454 1836.jpg
    Original document newly photographed by Lorna McLean at State Records SA April 2016. Second page template has no written entries. London, 26th July 1837, Robert Torrens signed as the Colonisation Commissioner for SA. In 2017 Robert Torrens Land Title System had been in continual use.
    FIRST WHEAT GROWER-grandsons story-TROVE.pdf
    FIRST WHEAT GROWER-grandsons story-TROVE.pdf
    Newspaper-States First Wheat Grower-1923-TROVE
    In memory of Donald and Christina McLean who grew the first wheat crop on 20 acres on Hilton Adelaide SA property in 1838 Strathalbyn Museum Plaque
    In memory of Donald and Christina McLean who grew the first wheat crop on 20 acres on Hilton Adelaide SA property in 1838 Strathalbyn Museum Plaque

    Headstones
    HS MCLEAN family crypt at Strathalbyn Cemetery, section 1 - from BRB 034.jpg
    HS MCLEAN family crypt at Strathalbyn Cemetery, section 1 - from BRB 034.jpg
    READS:"Sacred to the memory of Donald McLean who died October the 10th 1856 aged 84 years also Christina, his wife who died April 9th 1869 aged 78 years Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
    GRAVE Donald McLean d.1855. Council reinterred pioneers to Parker Avenue Cemetery in 1859
    GRAVE Donald McLean d.1855. Council reinterred pioneers to Parker Avenue Cemetery in 1859
    Donald d.1855 originally buried in "Strathalbyn Old Pioneer Cemetery" "adjacent to the church" [assume St Andrews Presbyterian). The Council relocated the Pioneer Cemetery in 1854 to Parker Avenue Strathalbyn Cemetery.

    GRAVE MCLEAN Donald and Chrisitna nee McPhee section 1.jpg d1859 "Strathalbyn Old Pioneer Cemetery" was relocated by council to Parker Avenue Cemetery. Few records remained of those interred in Old Pioneer Cemetery. Donald deceased 1855 was reinterred to Parker Avenue Strathalbyn Cemetery with wife Christina deceased 1869.
    Plot: Section 1

    Stories
    1995 - Donald McLEAN & Christina McPhee
    1995 - Donald McLEAN & Christina McPhee
    Biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-18] PUBLICATION Edwin Maclean's genealogy, Spouse of person 14.

    3. [S-87] http//:www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/, https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/view-image/nrs_opr_records/5458996?image=74 (Reliability: 1), 10 Feb 2017 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      BIRTHS: born-April 28 1787. The below evidence now aligns to Edwin MacLean guesstimate above-evidence pending.
      First evidence: Accurate content of Kilmallie Baptism Register in OPR as an image. Also reflects Christina as dau. to John McPhee and Christian Cameron in Crieff (on Shores of Lake Arkiag) in Parish of Kilmallie, baptised 28.4.1787 FHL1041070 Researcher Lorna McLean Ref 520/1074 Kilmallie Page 74 of 243

    4. [S-56] South Australian Register, 21st February 1855, p3.

    5. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. , Page 20.

    6. [S-73] PUBLICATION "Register Personal Notices Vol-3 1866-1870", Compiled Reg Butler, Alan Phillips, 270, 11 Jan 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      "MCLEAN on the 9th April (1869) at Strathalbyn SA, Mrs Christina Mclean, widow of the late Donald McLean, aged 78years-a colonist of 32 years." As this is transcribed from newspaper and made into a published book, we have reverted to burial detail on headstone and cemetery records.

    7. [S-87] http//:www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/, 26 Oct 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTKX-X2D : 8 December 2014), John Page Mcphee and Christian Cameron, Mar 1786; citing Kilmallie,Argyll,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1041070.

    8. [S-87] http//:www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/, OPR Register 1786, 13 Sep 2018 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      28 Feb 1786 John Oag McPhee married Christain Cameron at Archnacarry.