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 Christina and Donald McLEAN from Scotland 1837



Ann MCBEAN OR MCBAIN

Ann MCBEAN OR MCBAIN

Female 1838 - 1912  (73 years)

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  • Name Ann MCBEAN OR MCBAIN  [1
    • Spelt McBean on her wedding record to Charles McSween. Some locations spell name as McBain but it is McBEAN married to a Charles MCSWEEN not McSwin as per genealogysa.gov.au Researcher Lorna McLean per persistent findings @ 9 May 2019
    Born 24 Oct 1838  North Uist Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • BORN North Uist Outer Hebrides Scotland. North Uist is an island amongst many other islands on the north western perimeters of Scotland in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.
    • The BRB (p532) has her birth as 1838 whereas her wedding record has or born about 1836.
    Gender Female 
    Emigration 1853  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    In 1853, at 20yoa Ann and her sister, Catherine at 18yoa, departed from North Uist (Baleshare) but the original ship was stopped due to communicable disease - thought to be small pox or chicken pox. The passengers were split into three different ships.
    So Ann arrived in Adelaide on one ship and her sister and sister-in-law on another. The three ships involved were the "HMS Hercules", "Neptune" and "Olivia".
    This needs to be checked because various sources have different accounts of who arrived in which ship.  
    Biography Notes 14 Feb 1855  Mt Barker SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    There were a couple of court cases - in 1855 & 1858:-
    In 1855 - Local 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 enciente 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)

    In 1858 - Local Courts - Strathalbyn, Wednesday 31st March 1858, before F Davidson, John Walker and EG Sealey esqs:
    * "Affiliation case - A case of this description brought by Anne McBean against Hugh McLean jun, was dismissed in consequence of an informality in the information. Mr Price for the defendant" (South Australian Register, 2nd April 1858, p3).
    * "McBean Vs McLean - Information for neglecting to support an illegitimate child. The information was dismissed, on account of an informality in laying it" (Adelaide Times, 10th April 1858, p2).

    COMMENTS by Don Gordon on 8th Nov 2018:
    * The 1855 newspaper item has Christina in her 70s (ie born between 1775 and 1785) whereas we have a possible OPR for a birth on 28th April 1787 which would make Christina 67 years at the time of the court. The BRB (p7) had her born in 1791 in which case she would have been born about 64 years old at the time of the court. But maybe the reporter was just using the term septuagenerian as another way of saying that she was old.
    * Donald was 75 years old and he died 8 months later.
    * At that time, all of the children of Donald and Christina had married and only Hugh (19 years old) was unmarried and still living at Auchananda's with his parents.
    * Annie McBean (McBain) - was a live-in servant at Auchananda's and was born in 1838 (BRB p532) so was 16 or 17 years old.
    * Catherine was probably Annie's sister (they migrated together in 1853).
    * The reference to being 'enciente' by a son of the defendant indicates that she was pregnant to Hugh - thus their child, Donald, must have been born sometime in 1855. The reference to 'frail one' indicates that the pregnancy was well advanced, so Donald might have been born in the first half of that year - we can guess at May 1855.
    * Christina was probably against the relationship between Annie and Hugh - certainly she was against the pregnancy. Maybe she was blaming Anne more than Hugh. She had made Ann leave the house, but Ann and her sister came back, and so she hit them with a stick. It must have been quite a scene.
    * Ann probably raised Donald herself because the 1858 court case indicates that Hugh was neglecting to help financially. However there must have been a strong continuing connection with Christina as evidenced when she made special provisions for him in her Will. Maybe she had an important role in his care despite her initial opposition to the pregnancy. He was about 12 years old when she made her Will in April 1867, and 14 yrs when she died two years later.
    * In the 1858 newspaper item, Ann unsuccessfully tried to get Hugh to contribute to the support of their illegitimate child.
    * Subsequently, Annie married Charles McSween in 1859 and Hugh married Margaret Tannahill in 1862.
     
    Biography Notes c1857  Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    BRB p532: Prior to Hugh McLean (the younger) marriage (to Tannahill in 1862)-approximately in 1857, Hugh fathered a son by Ann McBain who seems to have been working as a maidservant for his mother Christina McLean. The child was named Donald, but whether McBain or McLean or even to later become a McSween, in Ann's marriage, there is no record;the child was not registered. He simply vanishes from the family archives.
    When his grandmother Christina McLean died in 1869 her Will showed how much she was disturbed over the wellbeing of this little boy. Her very first bequest was a provision for the care & education of this small Donald, who was by then about 12 years of age.
    A McBain descendant, namely Terry Duggin of Payneham, S.A. has done much research of the missing Donald without any clear result. He did find that Ann McBain, daughter of Donald & Margaret (nee McLean) McBain was born at North Uist, Scotland in 1838. Donald McBain & his brother Norman were of Lake Plains, S.A. and each had a daughter Ann b. 1838. Hugh McLean the younger's Ann McBain eventually married on 30/11/1859 at Naracoorte. S.A. Charles McSween (b. 1840, Scotland, son of Allan McSween). Ann had arrived in S.A. in 1853 by HMS "Hercules". Ann had several McSween children and died on 2/2/1912 at North Adelaide and was interred at West Terrace Cemetery. Her husband Charles McSween died 11/3/1912 at Peterborough, S.A. by committing suicide by drowning himself in a local horse trough and was buried in that town. However, Donald, son of Hugh McLean the younger, could not be traced.
     
    Biography Notes 28 Apr 1871  Lacepede Bay SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    INQUEST ON FIRE AT LACEPEDE BAY. An inquest was held at the Ship Inn, Kingston, a few days since, before Mr Hutchinson, J.P., Coroner, to enquire into the cause of the fire that occurred at Messrs. J. and A. Cooke's woolshed. Mr E. S. Burkitt having been chosen foreman of the jury the following evidence was adduced?Ann McSween, wife of Charles McSween, shepherd, in the employ of J. & A. Cooke, said?On Monday morning, at "about 2 or 3 o'clock, I sang out to my husband that I thought the sheep were rushing, and told him to look out and see what was the matter. He got up and saw the woolshed on fire. I saw no one about, nor any sign of fire before I went to bed,neither was there anyone camping or sleeping in the woolshed. I was in the woolshed the day before the fire. The hut I live in is close to the woolshed. Any body could get into the woolshed without my knowledge. It was continually open. It was open the night of the fire. Charles McSween, shepherd to J. & A. Cooke, deposed?I am living at the woolshed hut. I was asleep about the middle of the night on Sunday. My wife called me and said she thought the sheep were rushing. I got up and opened the hut door. I saw the woolshed burning, one end had fallen in. Went to the Home Station next morning, and reported it. By a juror?I did nothing, only stood and looked at the fire. I could not have done any good. It was burning fiercely. I saw no one near the night before. I have no idea how the fire originated. There was no one sleeping in the woolshed that night to my knowledge. Mrs Ling was at my house writing a letter for me the night before the fire. She left my house about half-past 10. I was in bed
    when she left. I had nothing to drink during the
    evening. I was in the woolshed on Sunday. There
    was a bundle of thatching grass in the shed. My
    children were playing in the shed on Sunday. There was a blackfellow there the day before the fire. He said he was going turkey shooting. I went in the shed after the blackfellow left, about an hour before sundown. I do not know what the dry grass was kept in the shed for. It could not get on fire by it self. I have no reason to think any person set it on fire.The blackfellow stopped about two hours.I was not with him the whole of the time. I no not know if he smoked a pipe. Susannah Ling said?Mrs McSween came to my
    house on Saturday afternoon, and asked me to come to her hut on Sunday to write a letter for her husband. I went on Sunday at between 3 and 4 in the afternoon, and left a little after 10 p.m. the same night. I went through the woolshed in going to the hut. I saw a blackfellow in the woolshed. He was not smoking. I spent the evening with Mrs McSween. I remarked to her I thought that I heard footsteps outside, and we looked out. The dogs were barking. It was too dark for us to discern anything. I am certain there was some one about. I thought I saw some one standing at the corner of the woolshed when I left for home, but it might have been imagination. I was very frightened. The woolshed was wide open. Anybody might have gone in. I go frequently to McSween's. There was nobody else there but me during the evening.By the Jury?I do not think any blame is to be attached to the children, as Mrs McSween is very careful of them. I know the blackfellow. His name is Jim, and he used to work for Mr Cave. I do not know when he went away. I went through the shed to avoid to avoid the stones. Since the fire my impression is that what I saw the night before
    the fire was a man in moleskin trousers. D. Matheson, managing clerk to J. & A. Cooke, said?On Monday morning the 10th April, McSween the shepherd came to the station and reported the
    woolshed was burnt down. I asked him if he knew
    how it happened, and he said no. After a few more questions I went myself, and found it completely burnt down. I sent word to the police. By the Jury?It was partially insured, not to its full value. I have no reason to suspect anyone.There was a valuable screw-press in the shed burnt also, worth over 100. There was nothing else besides the fittings in the woolshed. I think the value of the building alone to be about 400 ; this is as near as I can value it. The woolshed was complete in all its fittings. R. T. Morris, Police-trooper, stationed at Kingston, deposed?I received information on the morning of the 10th from one of Messrs Cooke's men that their woolshed was burnt down. He said it had happened on Sunday night or Monday morning. I went to the spot and examined about. I could not see any indication of fire externally. The only thing burning was thatch, which had fallen from the roof outside. There was no grass about. There was plenty of sheep dung. By the Jury?I have never heard of the blackfellow referred to before the inquest took place. He was never mentioned to me by any of the previous witnesses. Verdict?"The Jury are of opinion that the woolshed was burnt down on the morning of the 10th April, 1871, but there is no evidence to show how the fire originated." 
    Education 16 Aug 1881  Naracoorte SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    NARRACOORTE, August 15. This morning Kitty McSween, aged 10, and Neal McSween, aged 12, children of McSween, who has been committed for trial for sheep
    stealing, were brought before the magistrate as neglected children. They had no home and no means of sustenance and were ordered to be sent to the
    Industrial School until sixteen years of age.
    The boy, who is quite blind, looked a pitiable
    object. Tbe whole family bave been brought
    up in the grossest ignorance, are unable to
    read or write, and have never been to school or
    church. 
    Biography Notes 17 Aug 1881  Naracoorte SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Our Narracoorte correspondent informs that sheep owners.in that district have been for many months, in fact years, under the impression that sheep stealing was being practised at their expense. Accordingly,about two months ago some sheepfarmers living in the Hundred of Hynam decided to make an effort to discover the offender or offenders, and with this view obtained the services of a detective from Port Adelaide. Detective Thomas was sent round, and his labors resulted in the apprehension of three persons for sheepstealing;- Ann McSween, married woman. Allan McSween, her son, and the daughter. The preliminary examination took place before Messrs. BL J. Smith, S.M., and W. Hutchinson, J P., on Saturday, August 13. Mr. Davison appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. A. J, Davies for the defence. Both the mother aud son were committed for trial for stealing sbeep on August 10, the property of G. & J. Thompson, of Hynam, and the lad was committed for trial for stealing sheep on July.17. Bail was allowed, in each case of two sureties of 50 each and the'
    prisoners in 100 pounds.  
    Residence 2 Feb 1912  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last residential address:_Power Street North Adelaide SA 
    Died 2 Feb 1912  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Buried 3 Feb 1912  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Obituary 14 Feb 1912  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    A North Adelaide identity in Mrs. Ann McSween, wbo arrived in this State in 1853 with her father, has died at the age of 75 on the 2nd inst. She left three daughters, (two sons, 13 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. 
    Person ID I-5323  Christina and Donald McLean | Ewen (Hugh the younger) McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2019 

    Father Donald MCBAIN,   b. Yes, Date Unknown 
    Relationship -1735 
    Mother Margaret MCLEAN,   b. Yes, Date Unknown 
    Relationship -1735 
    Family ID F-1735  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 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) 
    Children 
     1. Donald MCBEAN / MCBAIN/ MCLEAN,   b. 1855, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  []
    Last Modified 1 Jun 2019 06:01:27 
    Family ID F-1734  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Charles MCSWEEN OR MCSWIN,   b. 1840, Portree Inverness Scotand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1912, Peterborough SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 30 Nov 1860  Naracoorte SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Francis MCSWEEN OR MCSWIN,   b. 23 May 1875, Robe SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1875, Morambo SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  []
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2019 05:07:37 
    Family ID F-1738  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    WW - Ann McSween, nee McBain - died 2nd Feb 1912 in North Adelaide
    WW - Ann McSween, nee McBain - died 2nd Feb 1912 in North Adelaide
    * Age 74 years, born Inverness
    * In Australia for 59 years
    * Aged 24 years at marriage
    * Residence: Tower St North Adelaide,
    * Place of death: Tower Street
    * Widow of Charles McSween, labourer
    * Children: living 2 male & 3 female, deceased 1 male and 1 female.
    * Cause of death: senile decay
    WW - Ann McBean (McBain) & Charles McSwin (McSween) - married on 30th Nov 1860 in Naracoorte
    WW - Ann McBean (McBain) & Charles McSwin (McSween) - married on 30th Nov 1860 in Naracoorte
    Place: Manse Naracoorte
    Bride: Age 24, born 1836, father Donald Bean
    Groom: Age 20, born 1840, father Allan McSwin
    DEATH 1912 Ann McSween nee McBain West Terrace Cemetery in paupers grave with a relative Allan McSween (likely her father in law, buried earlier).
    DEATH 1912 Ann McSween nee McBain West Terrace Cemetery in paupers grave with a relative Allan McSween (likely her father in law, buried earlier).
    DEATH 1912 Ann McSween nee McBain West Terrace Cemetery in paupers grave with a relative Allan McSween (likely her father in law, buried earlier).
    CEMETERY WEST TCE ADELAIDE SA, paupers grave, Ann McSween nee McBean
    CEMETERY WEST TCE ADELAIDE SA, paupers grave, Ann McSween nee McBean
    CEMETERY WEST TCE ADELAIDE SA, paupers grave, Ann McSween nee McBean

  • Notes 
    • 1. Ann's mothers maiden surname was McLEAN but it is not known whether she was a blood relation to any of 'our' McLeans.
      2. There were two by the name of Ann McBain who were born 1838 - their fathers were two brothers, Donald and Norman. [1]

  • 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-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. , 532.

    3. [S-93] NEWSPAPER TROVE Southern Argus (Port Elliot, SA : 1866 - 1954) , 3, 26 Aug 2019 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      ATTACHED; SUMMARY INQUEST ON FIRE AT LACEPEDE BAY.
      An inquest was held at the Ship Inn, Kingston, a
      few days since, before Mr Hutchinson, J.P.,
      Coroner, to enquire into the cause of the fire that
      occurred at Messrs. J. and A. Cooke's woolshed.
      Mr E. S. Burkitt having been chosen foreman of
      ETC ETC

    4. [S-195] NEWSPAPER TROVE South Australian Register, 16 Aug 1881 page 5, 26 Aug2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      NARRACOORTE, August 15.
      This morning Kitty McSween, aged 10, and
      Neal McSween, aged 12, children of McSween,
      who has been committed for trial for sheep
      stealing, were brought before the magis-
      trate as neglected children. They had
      no home and no means of sustenance
      and were ordered to be sent to the
      Industrial School until sixteen years of age.
      The boy, who is quite blind, looked a pitiable
      object. Tbe whole family bave been brought
      up in the grossest ignorance, are unable to
      read or write, and have never been to school or
      church.

    5. [S-82] NEWSPAPER TROVE Express and Telegraph (1867 - 1922) SA, 3, 26 Aug 2019 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      see attached newspaper report in its entirety. This the outcome of a prolongs 4 column report of the 13th Aug 1881 in preparation for this hearing.

    6. [S-167] https://austcemindex.com, https://austcemindex.com, 9 Jul 2019 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      McSween Ann death 2 Feb 1912 burial 3 Feb 1912 (paupers burial no headstone, plot reallocated in 1941 to lease) West Terrace SA Road 1 Sth

    7. [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. , 523.

    8. [S-98] ACA ENFIELD, WEST & SOUTH TCE, CHELTENHAM, http://www.aca.sa.gov.au/Records, 9 Jul 2019 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      McSween Ann burial 03/02/1912 aged 74 Years Power Street last abode North Adelaide paupers burial:West Terrace Cemetery--Road 1 South, Path Number 26, E/W/-Count W-6TH, Site number 55 also her son Allan McSween:SOURCE ARCHIVIST ACA RECORDS

    9. [S-56] NEWSPAPER TROVE Critic (Adelaide, SA : 1897-1924) , 6, 26 Aug 2019 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      A North Adelaide identity in Mrs. Ann
      McSween, wbo arrived in this State in
      1853 with her father, died at the age of
      75 on the 2nd inst. She left three
      .daughters, (two sons, 13 grandchildren,
      and one great grandchild).

    10. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, https://www.genealogysa.org.au requires log in , 1 Jun 2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Charles MCSWIN (McSwain) m.Ann MCBEAN Marriage Date: 1860, November 30 at Naracoorte Groom Age: 20 Groom Approx. Birth Year: 1840 Groom Marital Status: N Groom Father: Allan MCSWIN Bride Age: 24 Bride Approx. Birth Year: 1836 Bride Marital Status: N Bride Father Name: Donald MCBEAN Ref/Page: 44/168