NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The McLellan family originated in Kircudbrightshire, Scotland, before 1200, and possesses the barony of Kirkcudbright. A branch of the family settled in Ulster, Ireland, and many of them spell the name McClellan and McClelland. They are numerous at the present (1910) time in counties Antrim, Down, Armagh, Londonderry and Mooghan. One of the principal grantees of King James in Ulster was Sir Robert MacLellan, Laird Bombie, as he was called, who in 1633 was created Lord Kirkcudbright, and whose great castle stands to this day. He receivedf 2,000 acres in the precinct of Boylagh, county of Donegal. He took possession in the summer of 1610, but returned afterward to Scotland and sold to John Murray. He leased 3, 210 acres of the Haberdashers' Hall on the Londoners' Plantation, county Cavan; and a similar grant to the Clothworkers' Hall adjoining.
John McClellan was a Calvinistic minister established at Newton-Ards, county Down, in 1630. Edward McClelland was in Coleraine in 1653.
Three of the McLellan family settled in Maine among the first of the Scotch-Irish. James McLellan located at Saco, and his brother Hugh at Gorham. Hugh was son of Hugh McLellan, of the north of Ireland, and married a relative, Elizabeth, daughter of Cary McLellan. They were descendants of Sir Hugh McLelland, of Argyle, knighted in 1515, ancestor of Sir Robert, mentioned above.
(I) Bryce McLellan, cousin of Hugh and James, was born in Ulster, Ireland. He settled first in Wells, Maine, where several of his children were born and baptized. He removed to Cape Elizabeth, and about 1730 to Falmouth (now Portland). He had a grant of fifty scres from the proprietors of Wells, July 12, 1720. He and his wife, Jane, sold this land Dec. 12, 1728, to Malachi Edwards (York Deeds, XIII-27). He was a weaver by trade, but followed farming chiefly after coming to this country. He lived on Fore street, near the foot of High street, and his house is still standing (1910). He died in 1776.
He married (first) Jane ____; (second) at Falmouth, Sept. 10, 1741, Elizabeth Miller, and had a large family of children by each (p. 820, Hist. Portland).
Children of first wife:
1. John (?), had child baptized in Falmouth in 1731.
2. Alexander, born 1718, mentioned below.
3. Joseph, born about 1728, died, aged eighty-seven; married Mary McLellan, daughter of Hugh, of Gorham.
4. Susanna, baptized at Falmouth, March 9, 1731.
Children of second wife:
5. Child, born Aug. 20, 1732.
6. James, 1734.
7. William, born 1735, died 1815, aged seventy-nine years; shipmaster; grandfather of Mayor Jacob McLellan, of Portland.
8. Rachel, born 1738.
(II) Alexander McLellan, son of Bryce McLellan, was born in the north of Ireland in 1718, and came at the age of two years with his father to Maine. He was lieutenant of the 34th regiment in 1763 (Reg. 1863, p. 30). He died about 1783.
He married, Aug. 20, 1743, at Falmouth, Ann Ross. He resided at Cape Elizabeth.
Among his numerous children were:
Samuel, born 1747.
(Captain) Arthur, born about 1753.
(Captain) George, mentioned below.
(III) Captain George McLellan, son of Alexander McLellan, was born in Falmouth, now Portland, Sept. 23, 1768. He followed the sea and rose to the rank of master mariner. He was lost at sea in the sloop "William," which foundered in April, 1823. A monument in the graveyard at Beverly, Mass. gives hsi age as fifty-four.
He married, July 26, 1795, Martha Woodberry (see Woodberry), born at Beverly, Jan.18, 1773; died Aug. 14, 1844, aged seventy-one years, six months, twenty-five days (also given Aug. 29, aged seventy-two, in another record).
1. Elizabeth, born at Beverly, Jan. 14, 1799; died Sept. 23, 1822.
2. Martha, born March 11, 1800, at Beverly; died Oct. 15, 1806.
3. Hannah Woodberry, born April 15, 1802.
4. George Woodberry, at Portland, Maine, Jan. 13, 1804; died May 6, 1807.
5. Charles Woodberry, born at Portland, Maine, March 22, 1807, mentioned below.
6. George, born Jan. 28, 1809.
7. Thirza Smith, born at Portland, Nov. 10, 1811.
8. Nancy Appleton, born at Portland, Oct. 28, 1813.
(IV) Charles Woodberry McLellan, son of Captain George McLellan, was born at Portland, Maine, March 22, 1807, and died at Beverly, July 26, 1884. He was for many years an officer in the Boston custom house, and was active in politics.
He married, in 1833, Mary Wallis, born at Beverly, May 9, 1809, died in Boston March 29, 1875, daughter of Bartholomew and Fanny (Foster) Wallis.
Children, born at Beverly:
1. George Montgomery, Dec. 26, 1834; died Dec. 11, 1902.
2. Charles Woodberry, Nov. 25, 1836; mentioned below.
3. Mary Eliza, April 16, 1844; died Oct. 30, 1896; married William Naysen.
(V) Charles Woodberry Jr., son of Charles Woodberry McLellan, was born at Beverly, Mass. Nov. 25, 1836. He attended the public schools of his native place. At the age of eight years his father moved to Boston, and he completed his education there in the English high school.
In 1853 he began his business career with Emerson, Cochrane & Co., wholesale shoe and leather merchants of Boston. He remained there until May, 1856, when he accepted a position in a store in Springfield, Illinois. Later he became a bookkeeper in N.H. Ridgely's private banking house in Springfield. He was one of the organizers of the Springfield Greys, a military company commanded by Captain John Cook, and later, having been perfected in the tactics of the French Zouaves by Colonel E.E. Ellsworth, became the Zouave Greys, and at the outbreak of the civil war formed a part of the famouth 7th Illinois. It is a reflection on the uncertainty of those days that in 1860 Mr. McLellan accepted a position with Richards, McGinnis & Co., wholesale grocers, of Mobile, Alabama. He there joined the Mobile Cadets, and served during the war in the 21st and 17th Alabama regiments. He went through the campaigns of Georgia and North Carolina under General Joseph E. Johnson.
Returning north in 1865, he engaged with Dean & McGinnis, cotton brokers and bankers, in New York City. From 1871 to 1879 he was a partner in the firm of A.M. Kidder & Co., bankers, and from 1879 to 1906 he was a member of the banking house of Boody, McLellan & Co. In 1906 Mr. McLellan retired from business and made his home in Champlain, in the house which had been his summer residence since 1883, and which was built in 1800 by Judge Pliny Moore, his wife's great-grandfather. Mr. McLellan, for some years, has been collecting books and manuscripts relating to the civil war, giving especial attention to those relating to Abraham Lincoln. His collection of Lincolnisna at Champlain is one of the largest in the country.
Mr. McLellan is a director of the First National Bank of Champlain, and a trustee of the Presbyerian church, of which he is an active member; trustee of Glenwood Cemetery, and presidnt of the board of education in Champlain. In politics he is a Repulblican.
He married, Dec. 27, 1870, in Champlain, Elizabeth M. Nye, daughter of Bartlett and Matilda (Moore) Nye. (See Nye family and Moore family).
1. Donald, born in New York City, May 31, 1873; died May 16, 1881.
2. Hugh, born at Bloomfield, New Jersey, Nov. 28, 1874; married Margaret A. Bowman, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, daughter of Rev. Dr. John Calvin and Amelia (Davis) Bowman; children: Dorothy, born in Paris, France, July 28, 1904; Charles Woodberry (2d), born Sept. 8, 1907. 3. Malcolm Nye, born at Bloomfield, Jan. 21, 1877; married Mary Florence Sherwood, of New York City, daughter of Sasscus Clinton and Henrietta (Munson) Sherwood; child: Elizabeth, born at Plainfield, New Jersey, Jan. 7, 1907.
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