Duncan McLean1,2

#438, (1851 - 1902)
FatherJohn McLean3,2 (c 1821 - 1903)
MotherFlora McKinnon3,2 (1832 - 1924)
RelationshipsGrandson of Hector McLean
Grandson of Angus McKinnon
ChartsAngus McKinnon & Mary McFadyen's children & grandchildren
Angus McKinnon & Mary McFadyen - 5 generations of descendants
Hector McLean & Mary McGillivray's children & grandchildren
Hector McLean & Mary McGillivray - 5 generations of descendants
Duncan McLean
1851 - 1902

Children of Duncan McLean and Lavinia Schell

Life Events

BirthDuncan McLean was born in 1851 in Vaughan Twp, York County, Ontario.1
BaptismHe was baptized in Maple Presbyterian Church, Vaughan Twp, York County, Ontario. The date was not recorded.3 
(with Parents) 1851/2 CensusDuncan appeared on the 1852 Census of Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario with his parents. He was born in 1851 in Canada.1 
(with Parents) 1861 CensusHe appeared on the 1861 Census of Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario with his parents. Duncan was born in Upper Canada, Church of Scotland, was 9 years old, and attended school.4 
(with Parents) 1871 CensusDuncan appeared on the 1871 Census of Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario with his parents. He was 18, born in Ontario, Church of Scotland, and a farmer.5 
MarriageHe married Lavinia Schell, daughter of Nathaniel Schell and Helen (-?-), on 8 Dec 1880 in Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario.
Information from registration: Duncan McLean, 27, residence Bruce Tp, born Vaughan Ontario, bachelor, Farmer, s/o John & Flora McLean, Presbyterian; Lavinia Shell, 20, residence North Bruce, born Saugeen Tp, spinster, d/o Nathaniel & Helen Shell, United Brethren.
The witnesses were Duncan's brother and Lavinia's sister, Angus McLean and Sarah Shell both of Bruce Township.2 
1881 CensusDuncan and Lovina [sic] appeared on the 1881 Census of Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario. Duncan was 28, and a labourer. Lovina was 20 years old. They were both born in Ontario, Canada Presbyterian, of Scotch origin, and married. No one else was in the household.6 
ImmigrationDuncan McLean immigrated to the United States in 1890.7 
Duncan and Lavinia McLean with their children
Lottie (1891), Duncan (1884), John Nathaniel (1886)
North Dakota
(Widowed) DeathHis wife Lavinia died in Oct 1894 while giving birth to their son Harry.8 
MarriageDuncan McLean married Catherine (-?-) circa 1897.7
1900 CensusDuncan and Catherine McLain [sic] appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Bottineau County, North Dakota, at Township 164 Range 81, enumerated 6 Jun 1900. Duncan was 47, born in January 1853 in Canada, parents born in Scotland, immigrated to the US in 1890, naturalized, and was a farmer who owned his farm free. Catherine was 42, born October 1857 in Canada, father born in Scotland, mother in Canada, immigration date unknown. They had been married 17 years [sic] and it was recorded that Catherine was the mother of 3 children, all of whom were still living. Their children were Duncan (16), John N (14), Lottie (8), and Harry (5). The two oldest were born in Canada and attended school.7 
DeathDuncan died on 4 Aug 1902 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.9
ObituaryHis obituary was published on 5 Aug 1902 in the Morning Telegram.9
Duncan McLean obituary
(Winnipeg) Morning Telegram
Last Edited9 Sep 2013


  1. Online image of the 1851/52 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada, http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/020122_e.html), York County (42), Vaughan (401), page 221.
  2. Marriage Registrations of Ontario, 1857-1928. Image viewed at Ancestry.com. McLean/Schell, #001304-80.
  3. Microfilm of the Church Register of York County Maple Presbyterian Church register (also known as St. Andrews and St. Pauls), 1829-1912 (Family History Library, 0207904).
  4. 1861 Census for Ontario "York County, Vaughan Tp (474), page 101."
  5. 1871 Census for Canada "Ontario, North Bruce (28), Bruce Tp (a-2), page 51."
  6. 1881 Census for Canada "Ontario, Bruce North (177), a-2, page 14."
  7. 1900 Federal Census for United States, North Dakota, Bottineau County, Township 164, Roll T623_1226, Page 3A. Digital image viewed at Ancestry.com.
  8. E-mails from Scott McLean to J Kolthammer, beginning June 2010.
  9. Obituary of Duncan McLean in Morning Telegram (Winnipeg, Manitoba), 5 August 1902. image online at Manitobia Life and Times, at the Manitoba Archives site.
  10. 1930 Federal Census for United States, North Dakota, Williams County, Hanks, ED 26, Page 1A. Image viewed at Ancestry.com.
  11. Province of Manitoba Indexes to Vital Records, Births >100y, Marriages >80y, Deaths >70y , <<http://web2.gov.mb.ca/cca/vital/Query.php>>", John Nathaniel McLean, #1886-1474251."