Alexander McKay

Alexander McKay (1813 - 1878)

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Alexander McKay
Born in Southend, Argyll and Bute, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married [location unknown]
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Died in Harlem, WInnebago County, Illinoismap
Profile last modified | Created 6 May 2018 | Last significant change: 16 Aug 2018
16:05: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for Alexander McKay. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Gleaner, sailed June, 1842 | Argyle, Illinois | 1870 US Census, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.




Alexander was born in 1813. He was the son of Neil McKay and Mary Montgomery.

He came to the US on the Gleaner with his parents and siblings in 1842. [1]

They were one of the early families at the Scottish Settlement at Argyle in Illinois.

He married Janet Ralston. They had one child, Margaret, born in 1867.

He passed away in 1878.


  1. Gleaner Passenger List

See also:

1850 US Census

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Alecksander Mckay in household of Robert Coldwell, Cincinnati, ward 3, Hamilton, Ohio, United States; citing family 3, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Robert Coldwell 28 Scotland
Agness Coldwell 28 Scotland
James Coldwell 1 Ohio
Neal Mckay. 76 Scotland
John Mckay 25 Scotland
Alecksander Mckay 30 Scotland
Neal Mckay 23 Scotland

(Coldwell=Colville) His sister Agnes and brother in law.

1870 US Census

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Alexander Mckay, Illinois, United States; citing p. 11, family 83, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,793.

Alexander Mckay 55 Scotland
Janet Mckay 45 Scotland
Maggie Mckay 3 Illinois

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Monument for Alexander Mckay and Janet Ralston
Monument for Alexander Mckay and Janet Ralston


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