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Margaret (McLellan) Gilchrist (bef. 1720 - bef. 1800)

Margaret Gilchrist formerly McLellan aka Watts [uncertain]
Born before in County Antrim, Irelandmap [uncertain]
Wife of — married 23 Oct 1737 [location unknown]
Wife of — married 19 Dec 1752 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Cushing, Lincoln, Maine, United Statesmap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 15 Sep 2009
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Biography

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 and Jane 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 around 1737 and the couple lived in Boston where they had two sons, John and Samuel and a daughter Elizabeth.[1] By December 1752 William had died for, at that time, Margaret remarried Samuel Gilchrist, 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.

Sources

  1. Bryce McLellan . . . His Children and Grandchildren, John A. McLellan, (n/a; privately distributed).


  • 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
Gender: Female
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.
Name: Margaret Watts
Marriage Date: 29 Dec 1752
Marriage Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Spouse: Samuel GilChrist
Description: 1752


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