There are no surviving birth records for Margaret McLellan so her birth date is a guesstimate based on typical marriage age and dating back from her marriage date. Thus it is unclear whether she was born in Ireland and emigrated with her family or was born shortly after Bryce McLellan (abt.1692-1776) and Jane (of Ulster) McLellan (1695-bef.1741) settled in Wells, Maine in 1720. Unlike a few of her siblings, Margaret survived the hardships of this "frontier" town and eventually made it to Falmouth when the family moved there about 1730. Family research suggests that she married a Scot-Irish immigrant named William Watts (abt.1715-bef.1752) around 1737 and the couple lived in Boston where they had two sons, John and Samuel and a daughter Elizabeth. By December 1752 William had died for, at that time, Margaret remarried Samuel Gilchrist (abt.1720-), probably in Boston as Samuel Gilchrist Jr. was born there around 1754. Shortly thereafter, the family moved back to Maine, where Margaret and Samuel's second son, George was born. Samuel Gilchrist Sr. is recorded as residing in Cushing, Maine in both the 1790 and 1800 U.S. Censuses and, in the later of these, no female of the appropriate age is noted so apparently Margaret had died before 1800.
Marriage to Watts: Ancestry.com. Maine, U.S., Marriage Index, 1670-1921 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2016. Original data: Marriage Records. Maine Marriages. Various Maine County marriage collections.
Name: Margaret Mclalen
Marriage Date: 23 Oct 1737
Marriage Place: Falmouth, Maine, USA
Spouse: William Watt
Film Number: 001205254
Marriage to Gilchrist: Ancestry.com. Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., Marriages, 1700-1809 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Boston, Massachusetts Registry Department. Boston Marriages from 1700 to 1751. Vol. 1. Boston, MA, USA: Municipal Print, 1898. Boston, Massachusetts Registry Department. Boston Marriages from 1752-1809. Vol. 2. Boston, MA, USA: Municipal Print, 1903.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Margaret by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Margaret: