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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Female 1841 - 1848  (7 years)

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  • Name Christina ABERCROMBIE  [1
    • Some newspaper reports reported Christina as Christiana
    Born 1841  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • BORN Hindley Street Adelaide SA
    Gender Female 
    Died 23 Jul 1848  [1, 3
    Cause of death 25 Jul 1848  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On this Page 2 South Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1844 - 1851) Tue 24 Jul 1849 Page 2 LOCAL NEWS. DREADFUL OCCURRENCE IN HINDLEY STREET. YESTERDAY morning the city was thrown into intense excitement, by the rumour, which was rapidly circulated, that Mr Adam Abercrombie, wheelwright, with his children, had been poisoned. We regret much to have the painful duty of stating that there was too much foundation for this distressing report. It appears that on Sunday night, Dr Woodforde was sent for to attend Mrs Abercrombie for a complaint in the face, and left about twelve o'clock. At this time Mr and Mrs Abercrombie, who usually slept with their three children in an apartment adjoining the usual dining room, retired to bed, having first been induced, by the coldness of the night air, to light a charcoal fire in an iron pot, and place it in the room. Yesterday morning, Mrs Abercrombie awoke at a quarter past eight, called one of the children, who also dressed; she could not succeed in arousing her husband, but felt no alarm at the circumstance. Supposing the other two children to be asleep, breakfast was prepared in, was requested by Mrs A. to try to awaken him. The melancholy truth soon flashed upon the unhappy woman, and the best medical attendance was immediately procured. Dr Woodforde, Dr Smith, and Mr Phillips were quickly on the spot, and all that energy and human skill could effect was tried, but without any success on the two children, one aged eight years and the other fifteen months, both fine children. The father's habit of body was much against his recovery, and the most vigorous measures were resorted to; he was placed in a hot bath, the jugular vein opened, hot flannels, &c., employed freely, and, at twelve o'clock, there were some faint hopes of recovery. There is no chimney in the room where the family slept, and, of course, the carbonic acid gas evolved from the burning charcoal would be highly detrimental to human life. It is astonishing that anybody should be ignorant of so notorious a fact. Mr Abercrombie expired at 4 P.M. He had been gradually sinking since themorning, and was attended by Dr Smith up to the time of his decease. The unhappy widow is in a distracted state, and has now but one child left of her little family. She lost a boy some time time since by accident.The Coroner has been apprised, and will hold an inquest on the three victims of this fatal casualty to-day. The deceased was an old colonist, having been a passenger by the "Parsee", which was lost on the Troubridge Shoal In 1839. He was the last to leave the wreck, having bullocks on board. Mrs Abercrombie is the daughter of a still older colonist, Mr McLean, formerly of the Black Forest; now residing at Strathalbyn. 
    Buried 25 Jul 1848  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I-3904  Christina and Donald McLean | Mary McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2019 

    Father Adam ABERCROMBIE,   b. 1804, Stirling Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1849, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Relationship -1257 
    Mother 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) 
    Relationship -1257 
    Married 29 Sep 1840  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • MARRIED Holy Trinity Church Adelaide SA
    Family ID F-1257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • 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-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 1.
      ABERCROMBIE Adam, Mary MCLEAN, parents of child born 1842 named Christina at Adelaide. I didnt change this as no further evidence offered. Researcher Lorna Mclean 05/12/2016

    3. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au, www.genealogysa.org.au log in required, 22 Apr 2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Christina Last Name: ABERCROMBIE Death Date: 23 Jul 1849 Gender: F Age: 7y Approx. Birth Year: 1842 Marital Status: C Relative 1: Adam ABERCROMBIE (F) in Adelaide SA Symbol: S Book/Page: 1/178

    4. [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, page 1.
      Adam Abercrombie married Mary McLean date provided and added by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016
      MCRAE Duncan, Mary ABERCROMBIE nee MCLEAN married 1852-02-25 at Trinity, Adelaide SA, aged 25=Duncan b1827, 32 (w)=Mary b1820

      Confirmed by the said website and NO alterations were made with citations from Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016

    5. [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 4.
      MCRAE Duncan and Mary McLean (nee Abercrombie)
      Confirmed "married on 25.02.1852 at Trinity church Adelaide SA, Aged 25, 32" by the said website and nothing altered.
      Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016