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Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837
1816 - 1903 (87 years)
||John MCLEAN  |
- On BRB p294) John was referred to as 'Squire of the Plains' (Jottings in Southern Argus, 23rd May 1918).
||6 Feb 1816
||Argyll Scotland [2, 3, 4, 5]
- We need to check on the birth dates of John (1818) and Mary (1818) because their births are too close if they have the same mother. Maybe some confusion arises if baptisms are arranged many months after the actual birth.
||John and Allan were typical Highlanders and in old age when they got excited they lapsed into Gaelic. John was a great reader, an adherent of the Auld Kirk and strong on doctrine and strict in its observances. |
||Obituary: "On Monday morning Mr John McLean, of Angas Plains, died in his eighty-ninth year. Deceased arrived in the colony early in 1837, and settled on what was then known as the Adelaide Plains. He remained there only a short time before removing to Angas Bank, Strathalbyn, where he successfully opened up a large tract of country. Receiving a remunerative offer from the late Mr John Stark for the property, he sold, and took up the land at Angas Bank upon which he resided until his death. The deceased gentleman was a grand type of Highlander. He hailed from Lochaber, and never forgot his mother tongue (Gaelic). A staunch Presbyterian, he attended the church service regularly until within a year or so ago, when his hearing failed him. He has left a widow (his second wife), three sons and seven daughters." (source: Adelaide Observer, 19th Dec 2017, p44) |
* Age: He died in his 86th year - not 89th year.
* Migration: He arrived in late 1837 - not early 1837.
* Children: With his first wife, he had 13 children (9 girls, & 4 boys) - of these, 4 girls (Agnes, Eliza and 2 Margarets) and 1 boy (John) had died before John's own death. With his second wife, he had 3 children (2 girls & 1 boy) - of these, 1 boy (Hartley) had died before John. Thus, altogether 3 sons and 7 daughters survived him - so the obituary is correct. 
||Often in these Jottings the name of the old pioneer family, the McLeans, has been mentioned. Of the original stock none remain but the one survivor, Mr Hugh McLean senior, who has resided here for the whole of the years that make up the history of the town and district. Last week there came to our midst again, the eldest-born of the second generation, Mr Donald McLean, of Victoria, (son of the late John McLean, of Angas Plains, who with his brother, Alan, took up the first land available here away back in prehistoric days). Mr Donald, who was the first-born of the flock, left this neighborhood close on forty years ago, to take up land in the newly-opened Tatiara district in Victoria, and later in the Wimmera, doing, well from thence on, his holdings gradually increasing to such, a satisfactory extent that he now has the proud knowledge that all his big family of sons have been prosperously settled on separate farms without lessening the original homestead selection, their aggregate totalling to close on ten thousand acres of freehold in the heart of the best country in Victoria.|
In early days here, the original family owned far more than this, but except for the Angas Plains property, all of it has long since passed into other hands, the Squire of the Plains alone having bequeathed to his progeny the gift of holding and acquiring landed estate. Mr Donald McLean was very much interested in the progress of Strathalbyn, and he told me several little tales of the early days which I have noted for use later on. When he left here the place was at a low ebb, the call of the North just beginning to sound, empty farms everywhere telling of the exodus to the new areas. 'The place was in a poor way,' he said, 'and property could be bought for a song if buyers cared to bid for it. To-day the town is a beautiful one, and prosperous apparently as it is charming. I've seen no place to equal it for beauty, and I shall take back with me fresh convictions that my old home still challenges rivalry for natural and acquired beauty.'
(From JWE?s Jottings in Southern Argus, 23rd May 1918, p3)
|P 76 "Belvidere" publicaton by Lance C Wakefield. "A deceased Indian worker of John McLean during his funeral procession was sat astride the hearse during its procession to the cemetery were two of the deceased's children. " |
|P76 "Belvidere" publicaton by Lance C Wakefield. "Sheep Stealers Camp. In the section 511 Hundred of Bremer there is a large gum tree which has gone by the name of he sheep stealers camp. A group of 2men and a woman named Kangaroo Mary, were the culpits and this tree marked the campsite. Old John Mclean leased most of the surrounding area and had sheepyards to house the sheep overnight near this gum tree. Although close to the sheep stealers, Mr Mclean would not worry about an odd missing sheep. However a local a Mr Richard Jones went to Victoria he left his property unattended...as a result these sheep stealers decided they would like to make more profit by selling his wheat to the Bridgewater flour mill. Unfortunately their horses were very weak, and the wagons were unloaded to continue their journey. The police staked out the location and nabbed them in the process of delivery to the mill after the sale. The belongings of the stealers were sold under that tree by auctioneers. " |
||The biography of John, Mary and Elizabeth can be found through the stories link on the left side of the home page.  |
- The biography of John, Mary and Elizabeth can be found with through the biography menu at the left side of the home page.
||14 Dec 1903
||Angas Plains SA 
- death 'Waterloo', Angas Plains SA
||Christina and Donald McLean | John McLean's descendants
||25 Aug 2018 |
||Donald b1779 MCLEAN, b. 26 Sep 1779, Blaich Scotland , d. 11 Oct 1855, Strathalbyn SA (Age 76 years) |
||Christina b1787 MCPHEE, b. 28 Apr 1787, Crieff Scotland , d. 9 Apr 1869, Strathalbyn SA (Age 81 years) |
|Children of marriage
||* OPRs: We have found birth records (OPRs) for all the 12 children, except for Margaret.|
* Naming: There were Ann X 2, Mary X 2 & Hugh (Ewen) X 2. The first Mary & first Ann died as infants whereas the Hughs survived to adulthood and are diffentiated by being referred to as 'the elder' or 'the younger'.
* Mother: The mother is variously recorded as Christian X 5, Christn, Christy, Catharine X 2, Mary, and Effie (or Essie). The records with Catherine, Mary & Effie are probably original clerical errors and we are confident that they are 'our' family because the birth place is specified as Duisky in each of these cases - and the father was Donald of course.
* Place: All the births were in the parish of Kilmallie. The first 4 births are specified as Blaich and all the later births were at Duisky.
1. Allan McLean - baptism 12th Feb 1811 in Blaich - Son to Donald McLean in Blaich & Christian McPhee in Blaich
2. Mary McLean - baptised 24th Jan 1813 in Blaich - Baptism on 24th Jan 1813 - McLean, Mary daughter of Donald & Christn McPhee - Blaich
3. Ewen McLean - baptized 27th January 1814 - Son of Don'd & Christian McPhee, Blaich
4. John McLean - born 1st Feb 1816, baptized 2nd Feb 1816 - Son of Donald, Blaich & Christian McPhie his spouse
5. Mary McLean - baptized on 5th Apr 1818 in Duisky - Baptism of daughter to Donald MacLean Duisgy and Catharine MacPhee
6. Anne McLean - baptized 18th Feb 1820 - Daughter to Donald MacLean Duisky and Catharine MacPhee
7. Archibald McLean - baptised 4th March 1821 - Son to Donald MacLean in Duisgi and Effie (or Essie?) MacPhee
8. Ann MacLean - born 6th April 1823 in Duisky - Daughter to Donald MacLean Duisky & Mary McPhee his wife
9. Rachel McLean - born 13th Feb 1825 in Duisky - 1825 Baptisms - Feb 13 - Rachel dau to Donald McLean in Duisky & Christian McPhee, born 6th
11. Jane (Jeane) McLean - born 18th April 1830, baptized 16th May 1830 in Kilmallie - 1830 Baptisms May 16th, Jeane daughter to Donald McLean tenant in Duskey Ardgour & Christion McPhee, born the 18th April last
12. Ewen McLean - born 26th May 1836 in Duisky - Ewen son of Donald McLean & Christy McPhee in Duisky
* (This note was by Don Gordon on 12th April 2019.)
|Children of marriage
||In addition to the 12 children accepted as 'our' family, 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.
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Mary STACEY, c. 21 Jul 1829, Somersetshire , d. 15 Nov 1872, Angas Plains SA (Age ~ 43 years) |
||29 May 1845
||Macclesfield SA [8, 9, 10]
|+||1. Mary Ann MCLEAN, b. 15 Oct 1846, Milang SA , d. 2 Dec 1927, Kaniva Vic (Age 81 years) |
| ||2. Christina MCLEAN, b. 28 Jul 1848, Milang SA , d. 30 Oct 1930, Nhill Vic (Age 82 years) |
| ||3. Agnes Jane MCLEAN, b. 20 Jul 1850, Milang SA , d. 23 Aug 1879, Strathalbyn SA (Age 29 years) |
| ||4. Margaret Ruth MCLEAN, b. 12 Jul 1852, Strathalbyn SA , d. 18 Feb 1864, Angas Plains SA (Age 11 years) |
| ||5. Donald Henry ('The Rover') MCLEAN, b. 27 Aug 1854, Angas Plains SA , d. 26 Sep 1933, Murrayville SA (Age 79 years) |
| ||6. John James b. 1856 MCLEAN, b. 12 Nov 1856, Angas Plains SA , d. 26 Jan 1864 (Age 7 years) |
| ||7. Harriet Louisa MCLEAN, b. 1 Mar 1859, Angas Plains SA , d. 22 Sep 1938, Fremantle WA (Age 79 years) |
| ||8. Eliza Ann b1861 MCLEAN, b. 14 Aug 1861, Angas Plains SA , d. 24 Mar 1864, Angas Plains SA (Age 2 years) |
| ||9. Margaret Ann MCLEAN, b. 8 Apr 1864, Angas Plains SA , d. 10 Nov 1888, Dimboola Vic (Age 24 years) |
| ||10. Eliza Jessie MCLEAN, b. 5 Jul 1866, Angas Plains SA , d. 28 Sep 1956 (Age 90 years) |
| ||11. Jemima Marion MCLEAN, b. 5 Dec 1868, Angas Plains SA , d. 14 Mar 1943, Belmont WA (Age 74 years) |
| ||12. Alfred John MCLEAN, b. 16 Oct 1871, Angas Plains SA , d. 6 Mar 1907, Angas Plains SA (Age 35 years) |
| ||13. Edwin James b1871 MCLEAN, b. 16 Oct 1871, Angas Plains SA , d. 23 Aug 1950, Strathalbyn SA (Age 78 years) |
||5 Apr 2019 12:19:54 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Elizabeth DIXON, b. 1836, England , d. 29 Nov 1907, Strathalbyn SA (Age 71 years) |
| ||1. Hartley Dixon MCLEAN, b. 15 May 1875, d. 25 May 1875, Angas Plains SA (Age 0 years) |
| ||2. Elizabeth Frances MCLEAN, b. 3 Sep 1876, Angas Plains SA , d. 8 Oct 1957, Strathalbyn SA (Age 81 years) |
| ||3. Florence Ruth MCLEAN, b. 15 Dec 1877, Angas Plains SA , d. 27 Apr 1962, Strathalbyn SA (Age 84 years) |
||10 Dec 2016 22:53:42 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
BDM 1816 Death John McLean b. 6/2/1816 d.14/12/1903 87yrs in Angas Plains
||BDM OPR KILMALLIE-Certificate Marriage|
Marriage John McLean and Mary Stacey married on 25th Sept 1845 at Macclesfield.pdf
||BDM BIRTH Edwin James McLean & Alfred John McLean on 16th Oct 1871 at Strathalbyn to John McLean & Mary, nee Stacey.pdf|
Will of John McLean - died 14th Dec 1903
||BDM 1845 Marriage of John McLean & Mary Stacey on 25th Sept 1845 in Macclesfield|
* Groom: John McLean, aged 27 yrs, bachelor, farmer - signature
* Bride: Mary Stacey, aged 18 yrs, spinster - signature
* Married: on 25th Sept 1845 in Macclesfield Chapel
* Clergy: John Austin, independent minister
* Witnesses: John Stacey (mark), Mary Capola? (mark) & Henrietta Stacey (mark)
* Registration: District of Hindmarsh, true copy on 15th Dec 1977, number 282574
||WW - John McLean - born 1st Feb 1816, baptized 2nd Feb 1816|
Son of Donald, Blaich & Christian McPhie his spouse
- [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. .
- [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. , BRB p264.
- [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 4.
MCLEAN John, Mary STACEY married 1845-05-29 at Chapel, Macclesfield, aged 27=1818 which was 1816 for John Mclean, 18=1827 for Mary Stacey so year of birth 1829 was altered for Mary Stacey and John McLean from 1816 to 1818
Confirmed by the said website and nothing altered.
Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016
- [S-18] PUBLICATION Edwin Maclean's genealogy(no sources provided), Person 14-iv.
- [S-159] Old Parish Records-C & D McLean Killmallie Scotland.
- [S-93] NEWSPAPER TROVE Adelaide Observer SA, page 44 on 19th Dec 1903 .
- [S-63] NEWSPAPER TROVE Southern Argus SA, p3 of Southern Argus on 23rd May 1918.
- [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 4, 8 Dec 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
FOUND TO BE INCORRECT ON MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE No282574 COPY WITH GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER ON 8TH DEC 2017, Researcher Lorna McLean.
ERROR;MCLEAN John, Mary STACEY married 1845-05-29 at Chapel, Macclesfield SA, aged 27=1818 which was 1816 for John Mclean, 18=1827 for Mary Stacey so year of birth 1829 was altered for Mary Stacey and John McLean from 1816 to 1818
Married date 25Sep1845 has no citation by Edwin McLean; so altered to this date 29 May 1845
Confirmed by the said website and alterations were made with citations from Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016
- [S-11] BDM certificate - sighted and attached , Marriage Certificate No282574 in district of Hindmarsh, 8 Dec 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
Marriage Certificate282574 cites marriage 25 Sep 1845 at Chapel Maccesfield SA in presence of Harriett Stacey all parties signed with a cross.
- [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, https://www.genealogysa.org.au/user-details/product/uid-728760/coid-2/cid-2/request_data-%7B/quot;option-/quot;--/quot;com_search-/quot;,-/quot;Itemid-/quot;32-/quot;surname-/quot;mclean-/quot;check-/quot;1-/quot;gname-/quot;john-/quot;year-/quot;1845-/quot;range-/quot;5-/quot;cusearch-/quot;Search-/quot;a4bd3f58e9df756191d0f96ccbc0b1ee-/quot;6235051a8cb6ac0fb342a1c5012bf974-/quot;__utma-/quot;175478836_926997949_1548135433_1548135433_1548135433_1-/quot;__utmc-/quot;175478836-/quot;__utmz-/quot;175478836_1548135433_1_1_utmcsr-(direct)%7Cutmccn=(direct)%7Cutmcmd=(none)/quot;__utmt-/quot;__utmb-/quot;175478836_2_10_1548135433-/quot;%7D-.html, 30 Jan 2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
Groom Given Name(s): John Groom Last Name: MCLEAN Bride Given Name(s): Mary Bride Last Name: STACEY Marriage Date: 1845, May 29 Marriage Place: Chapel Macclesfield Groom Age: 27 Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1818 Groom Marital Status: S Groom Father:Bride Age: 18 Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1827 Bride Marital Status: S Bride Father Name:James STACEY District: Adelaide Book/Page: 12/196