Martin McLean1

#454, (1815 - )
FatherHector McLean1 (bt 1788 - 1790 - bt 1871 - 1881)
MotherMary McGillvra1 (bt 1790 - 1794 - bt 1871 - 1881)
RelationshipSon of Hector McLean
ChartsHector McLean & Mary McGillivray's children & grandchildren
Hector McLean & Mary McGillivray - 5 generations of descendants

Children of Martin McLean and Mary McGilvray

Life Events

MigrationScotland --> Ontario --> Illinois.
BaptismMartin McLean was baptized on 13 Jan 1815 in Kilfinichen & Kilvickeon, Argyll. Their residence was Torraniochdrach [Torran Iochdarach].1 
(with parents) ImmigrationHe immigrated with his parents from Mull in the county of Argyll, Scotland to Vaughan Township, York County, Canada circa 1820.
MarriageHe married Mary McGilvray on 1 Feb 1838 in Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario.
The marriage register recorded that they were a bachelor and spinster, both of Vaughan, married by banns. The witnesses were Charles McLean & Wm Mathewson.2 
1851/2 CensusMartin and Mary McLean appeared on the 1852 Census of Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, at Conc 6, Lot 14, enumerated Jan 1852. Martin was 37 (age next birthday), farmer, born Scotland, and a Free Presbyterian. Mary was born Scotland, Free Presbyterian, and age 36 next birthday. They live in a one story log house; 2 cows, 2 calves, 100# butter produced that year. Their children were Mary (12), Sarah (10), Archibald (6), and James (2).3 
Research Note In the 1852 census, Martin & Mary have a son James, age 2. In the 1861 census they have a son Hector, age 5, but no James. In the 1870 census they have a son James (with an undecipherable initial), age 14.
My working hypothesis is that James died young and a subsequent son was named Hector James (or James Hector). 
Residence On 22 Jan 1860 when his son Hector was baptised, Martin McLean lived in Esquesing, Halton County, Ontario.4 
1861 CensusMartin and Mary McLean appeared on the 1861 Census of York County, Ontario. Martin was a laborer, born in Scotland, 45 years old. Mary was 45 and born in Scotland. They could not read or write. They family's religion was Church of Scotland and they lived in a one-story frame house.
The children in the household were all born in Upper Canada - Mary (21), Sarah (18), Archibald (16), John (9), and Hector (5). Hector was the only one who attended school within the year. [ages in this census are recorded as of the next birthday]5 
Residence On 6 Dec 1861, Martin McLean lived in Albion Township, Peel County, Ontario, Martin McL---? & Sarah McLean of Albion were witnesses to a marriage on the same day as Sarah was married. 
ImmigrationThe McLean family immigrated to the United States circa 1866.6 
1870 CensusThey appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Ashkum, Iroquois County, Illinois, enumerated 27 Jun 1870 as Murry and Mary McClan. Martin was 55, a farmer, born in Scotland, with foreign born parents, and was a US citizen. He did not own land but had $400 in personal estate. Mary was 34, keeping house, and born in Scotland. Their children were John (18), James [sic] (14), and Mary (8), all born in Canada. [the ages are off but the family structure fits]7 
Research Note Relationships were not noted in the 1870 census so there is a small possibility that Mary age 8 is not their daughter. There is also the possibility that Martin's wife Mary was a second wife for him since her age was recorded as 34; however her age has returned to it's proper amount in the 1880 census. 
1880 CensusMartin and Mary McClane appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Ashkum Township, Iroquois County, Illinois, enumerated 12 Jun 1880. Martin was 60, a farmer, born in Scotland, and could not read or write. Mary was 58, keeping house, born in Scotland and could read but not write. With them was their son John (27, farmer) and granddaughter Lizzie McHenry (18), both born in Canada.8 
Last Edited18 Sep 2013


  1. Microfilm of the Old Parochial Register of Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon, Argyllshire, 1804-1854 (Family History Library, 1041079), 102388 is another filming.
  2. Province of Ontario Marriage Registers: District of York, vol.10, 1831-1840, p.324, Family History Library.
  3. Online image of the 1851/52 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada,, York County (42), Vaughan (401), page 175.
  4. 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), son Hector's baptism.
  5. Online image of the 1861 Census for Canada (viewed at, Canada West, York County, King township (6), page 73.
  6. Inferred from analysis of data: 1866 & 1867 were reported on the 1900 & 1910 census returns for their son John Allen.
  7. 1870 Federal Census for United States, Illinois, Iroquois County, Ashkum, Roll M593_231, Page 231A. Digital image viewed at
  8. 1880 Federal Census for United States, Illinois, Iroquois County, Ashkum, Roll 213, ED 122, Page 46C. Digital image viewed at
  9. 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).
  10. Death Certificates of Cook County, Illinois, 1878-1922, viewed at Family Search Historic Records & Images Online, John Allen Mclean, 1915, #4011.