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William McClellan (abt. 1747 - bef. 1838)

William McClellan
Born about in Irelandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1769 in American Coloniesmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Newark, Niagara, Lincoln, Upper Canadamap [uncertain]
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Biography

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William McClellan was a United Empire Loyalist.
UEL Status:Proven
Date: 14 April 1786

Place of Birth William McClellan is most likely to have come from Northern Ireland; why because he was not a Catholic. A large M(a)cClellan(d) or Mackelan family lived in the Coleraine, later called Londonderry area

Arrival 1768 • Boston, Massachusetts, America
The 30 November 1783 record of families at Niagara listed as dependents of Butler's Rangers members lists William McClellan age 36 and Mrs McClellan age 31

Marriage There is no record of his marriage to Jane, however on 17 Mar 1780 at Isle Aux Noix, Jane McLellen age 30 and 3 children John age 6, David age 4 and Margaret age 2 are on a list of Loyalists exchanged at Isle Aux Noix , an island on the Richelieu River in Quebec.
The children's last names are not recorded, David is not found in any records, he could have been another child who was not a sibling, but was part of the group being exchanged.

Some trees list Barbara Walker as wife of William McClellan this is incorrect, The William McClellan who married Barbara Walker was born about 1740 in Virginia. Date of marriage was 22 Dec 1766, Find a grave has a memorial for Barbara Walker with details of the William McClellan she married.
Other trees have Jane Ryan as wife of William McClellan? Probably not, a record exists for a marriage of people with these names , date May 27, 1775 , at St John's, Church of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, but this date is 7 years after William arrived in the American Colonies in 1768 and after the birth of 3 children

Land Purchase-1773 , Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., New York, USA William McClellan paid 30 pounds for Lot 37 in Cherry Valley to Robert and Margaret Campbell. Robert Campbell was the son of James and Sarah Campbell, who were some of the first settlers in Cherry Valley in 1741
William states in his Loyalist Land claim that he was a Weaver.
Residence: 24 November 1780, Lachine Refugee Camp, Lower Canada William and his wife plus 1 male over 6 yrs, I male under 6 yrs and 1 female under 6 yrs are at the Lachine refugee camp

Land ownership in the Niagara area:

On 14 Dec 1793 the Land Board read the petition of William McClellan for a grant of one acre of land in the Town of Newark (Niagara) and found him qualified and assigned to him Town Lot 70. (Niagara Town Papers 0694, 0705)

On 4 Nov 1803 the Government of Upper Canada gave a grant to William McLellan of Stamford Twp., yeoman for Lots 64 and 69 Stamford Twp. as per 11th Claim Niagara Commission Aug 1803. (Stamford Township Papers 0302)

On 17 Nov 1803 the Crown granted a patent to William McLellan on all 100 acres in Lot 64 Stamford Twp. On 17 Nov 1803 the Crown granted a patent to William McLellan on all 100 acres in Lot 69 Stamford Twp

On 10 Nov 1803 Acting Surveyors General Chewett and Ridout prepared a surveyor’s assignment for William McLellan of Stamford Twp., yeoman for two hundred acres of land in Lots 64 and 69 Stamford Twp. as per 11th Claim Niagara Commission in Aug 1803. (Stamford Township Papers 0304)

On a map of Niagara Township dated September 21, 1811, W. McClellan was named on an irregular piece of land on the Niagara River south of the Town of Niagara in Niagara Twp. (Abstracts of Deeds Register of the Town of Niagara)

On a map of the Township of Stamford by Surveyor Thos. Ridout, dated December 22, 1813, Wm. McLellan was named on Lots 64 and 69 Stamford Twp. (Abstracts of Deeds Register of the Town of Niagara)

Will: On 29 Sep 1812 (Reg 18 Oct 1838) William McClellan willed to John McClellan the east half of Lots 64 and 69, and to William McClellan the west half of Lots 64 and 69 (B696 #12194)

The will was written on 29 Sep 1812, the will was registered on 18 Oct 1838. Wills are not registered intil after death. The registration date does not mean William died in 1838, it means his sons did not register the will before then. Some online trees have a death date of Dec 1818, but no sources.

The original will is currently being processed by Library and Archives Canada. a digital copy will be available.

UEL certificate issued to a descendant on 23 August 2018

Almost all information can be sourced online and without charge through Library and Archives Canada, other sources will be added

Sources

Arrival in the American colonies;

  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, William is listed on 5 pages of these records, available on Ancestry, these records are transcribed from 2 books; DOBSON, DAVID. Irish Emigrants in North America, Part Seven. Baltimore: Clearfield Co., 2008
  • FRASER, ALEXANDER. United Empire Loyalists: Enquiry into the Losses and Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty. Evidence in Canadian Claims. Toronto: L. K. Cameron, 1905.
  • Also on his Canada, Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835 , <name='AncestryEvid1'> UK, American Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835 The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; American Loyalist Claims, Series I; Class: AO 13; Piece: 028 Accessed on ancestry.ca, June 2021.
  • View Image on ancestry.ca, (requires subscription).
Evidence on the claim of William McClellan late of New York September 1, 1787

Residence in New York Colonies;

  • History of Cherry Valley from 1740 to 1898 by John Sawyer, Published 1898 by Gazette print in Cherry Valley, N.Y https://openlibrary.org/books/OL22882331M/History_of_Cherry_Valley_from_1740_to_1898
  • They Beckoned and We Came: The Settlement of Cherry Valley, New York History, Vol 79, No 3, July 1998 https://www.jstor.org
  • Early Land Leases in the Cherry Valley Patent, 1743–1851, Colin D. Campbell and Rosemary G. Campbell , New York History, Vol. 90, No. 1/2 (WINTER/SPRING 2009), pp. 59-77; https://www.jstor.org
  • The Iroquois in the American Revolution; Author, Barabara Graymont pages 187 and 188, https://www.Archive.org
  • * UK, American Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835 The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; American Loyalist Claims, Series I; Class: AO 13; Piece: 028 Accessed on ancestry.ca, June 2021.
    • View Image on ancestry.ca, (requires subscription).
    • Evidence on the claim of William McClellan late of New York September 1, 1787

Residence in Upper Canada:

  • A century of municipal history, 1792-1892: compiled from the municipal records of the County of Welland
  • https://www.ancestry.ca/imageviewer/collections/32787/images/flhcan1900_104914__0001-00013?pId=194809
  • Loyalist Refugees: Non-Military Refugees in Quebec; 1776–1784 By Gavin Watt
  • American (Loyalist) Migrations, 1765-1799, Ancestry.com. American (Loyalist) Migrations, 1765-1799 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.
  • Original data: Coldham, Peter Wilson. American Migrations 1765-1799: The lives, times, and families of colonial Americans who remained loyal to the British Crown before, during and after the Revolutionary War, as related in their own words and through their correspondence. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.
  • Ontario People: 1796-1803, transcribed and annotated by E Keith Fitzgerald, introduction and index by Norman K Crowder
  • Canada, Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835 contains at least 5 claims made between 1795 and 1825,
    • UK, American Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835 The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; American Loyalist Claims, Series I; Class: AO 13; Piece: 028 Accessed on ancestry.ca, June 2021.
    • View Image on ancestry.ca, (requires subscription).
    • Evidence on the claim of William McClellan late of New York September 1, 1787
  • Niagara Settlers Land Records various sources cited at https://sites.google.com/site/niagarasettlers/
  • The Old United Empire Loyalists List; Centennial Committee. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Baltimore: 1969.
  • http://www.uelac.org/Loyalist-Info/detail.php?letter=m&line=283
  • @book{dobson2008irish, title={Irish Emigrants in North America: Part Seven}, author={Dobson, D.}, isbn={9780806367156}, url=https://books.google.ca/books?id=PpKinQAACAAJ}, year={2008}, publisher={Clearfield Company} }


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