* o "of Saco, ME." I take his date from Allan McLellan's history; the history of Saco and Biddeford says that he "died 1785, aged seventy three." James emigrated from Ireland before his brother Hugh did (bef. 1733, that is), and settled in Worcester, Mass. According to the Boston Transcript, genealogy column, dated March 1, 1905: "James was the older brother of Hugh McClellan. Â James married Mary Patterson. Hugh came to York, Maine and stayed with his brother, James, for about 2 years, helping him cut masts from the pine tree forests in the valley of the Saco River. Â James planted potatos on his homestead farm and tradition says these were the first potatoes raised in this part of the country. Â James was a grandson of Sir Hugh McClellan of the clan of Argyle, Scotland, whose sons through religious persecutions removed to the Province of Ulster and County Antrim, Ireland."
I have not see reference to Sir Hugh elsewhere; he may be apocryphal.
* 1. [S37] Bryce McLellan . . . His Children and Grandchildren, John A. McLellan, (n/a; privately distributed), 11.
2. [S240] History of Gorham, Maine, Hugh Davis McLellan, (Portland: Smith and Sale; rpt. Picton Press), 658.
3. [S634] History of Saco and Biddeford with Notices of Other Early Settlements, George Folsom, (Saco: Alex Putnam), 231, 259, 267.
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