Alexander McKay

Alexander McKay (1813 - 1878)

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Alexander McKay
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married in Boone County Illinois United Statesmap
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Died in Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 May 2018
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Gleaner, sailed June, 1842 | Argyle, Illinois | 1870 US Census, Harlem Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Alexander came to the US from Kyntrye Scotland in 1842 on the Gleaner

Alexander was born in 1813. He was the son of Neil McKay and Mary Montgomery. [1]

He came to the US on the Gleaner with his parents and siblings in 1842. [2]

Alexander was an early resident of the Scottish Immigrant Settlement in Argyle, Illinois

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

He married Janet Ralston in 1864.[3]

They had one child, Margaret, born in 1867.

He passed away in 1878.


  1. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Alexander Mackay, ; citing Southend, Argyllshire, Scotland, reference - 2:16BK2CF, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  2. Gleaner Passenger List
  3. "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 November 2017), Alex Mckay and Jannett Ralston, 1864; citing Boone, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,914,102.

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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