Agnes (McKay) Colville

Agnes (McKay) Colville (1819 - 1907)

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Agnes Colville formerly McKay
Born in Argyll, Scotlandmap
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Wife of — married about in Rockford Illinoismap
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Died in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Mar 2018
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Categories: Scottish Immigrants to Illinois | Gleaner, sailed June, 1842 | Argyle, Illinois | 1860 US Census, Harlem Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Guilford Union Cemetery, Rockford, Illinois.



Agnes was born in Argyll Scotland in 1819 in Scotland. She was the daughter of Neill McKay and Mary Montgomery [1]

In 1842 she boarded the ship “Gleaner” in Glasgow with her parents the voyage to America. [2]

They settled in Ohio.

In 1847 Agnes married Robert Colville. They lived in Ohio for a time, then moved back to Illinois and farmed in Harlem, Winnebago, where they were part of the <Scottish settlement in Argyll Illinois. [3]


James 1848 - 1922
Marion (Greenlees) 1852 - 1883
Isabel (Reid) 1853 - 1930
Ellen Jane 1855 - 1933
Flora Agnes 1856 - 1893
John 1861 - 1943
Robert Neil 1864 - 1945

Agnes died in 1907 and is buried with her husband Robert at the Guildford Union Cemetery in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.



Mrs. Agnes McKay Colville, one one hundred Scotchmen who came to America in the ship Gleaner in 1852, and who has been a long time resident of this county, passed away at 12 o'clock last night. Here death was due to old age. Mrs. Colville, until the past year, had enjoyed unusually good health. She was in her 86th year. She came to America from Argyleshire, Scotland in 1842 and settled in Cincinnati, with her parents and brothers and sisters, none of whom survive. In 1847 she was married to Robert Colville at Cincinnati. Three sons and four daughters were born to them of whom the following are left to mourn their mother's death, James and Helen of Rockford, Mrs. James Reid, Guildford, John of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, and Robert of Harlem.

The husband and father died two years ago. Mr and Mrs Colville came to Winnebago County in 1852. They settled on a farm near Harlem. In 1897 they retired and moved to Rockford where they built their home at East State Street. Mrs. Colville was a Christian woman strong in her faith. Brought up after the strict manner of the Presbyterians of Scotland. She came to regard her church as an object of her affections next to her family. She was a member of the Westminster Church of this city.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock form the home. Rev. John Henry Boose will officiate. Internment will be at Guildford. [4] accessed 6 August 2018


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Agnes Mckay, 09 Feb 1819; citing , reference - 2:16BKC3B, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  2. British Barque "Gleaner"
  3. United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), Agness Colville in entry for Robert Colville, 1860.
  4. Page 12 Rockford Republic (Rockford, IL) 1 February 1907, page 4 GenealogyBank

See Also:

  • Find A Grave: Memorial #109628940
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Agnes Colville in household of Robert Colville, Illinois, United States; citing p. 2, family 13, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,793.

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Agnes McKay
Agnes McKay

Monument for Robert Colville and Agnes McKay
Monument for Robert Colville and Agnes McKay


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