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An Article of Interest

McLennan Family

by Reeta Lightburn

I have been told that 9 McLennan brothers migrated to Canada from the Highlands of Scotland in the 1840's. Roderick, born about 1818 in Inverness, Scotland, was one of these brothers. In about 1847 he married Eliza Jane FOSTER, born January 8, 1830 in Yorkshire, England. Roderick lived in Whitchurch Township, York County from 1856 till 1860 and again from 1878 until his death, April 5, 1882 according to land records and his death certificate. Eliza Jane died in Huntsville, Ontario September 1, 1913 aged 83 yrs. Roderick and Eliza had 9 children: Donald, John, Mary, Catherine (my grandmother), William, Margaret (Maggie), Eliza Jane Flora and Ellen.

Donald was born c 1848 and may have lived in Bracebridge.

John, born c 1851 and his wife Mary McKAY lived in or near Huntsville where Mary died July 1912. They had several children some of whom were Maud, Kate, Roderick Alexander and Angus. One of the girls married into the PLOWRIGHT family. John died in (Orillia July 26, 1934.

Mary Catherine, my grandmother was born July 17, 1856 in Whitchurch Townihip. She married Robert N. POOLE in 1871. They lived in Midhurst where their family of 10 were born. Mary Jane, William J., Annie, Ada, Addie, Margaret ( my mother), George, Martha, Robert and Laurie. Catherine McLennan Poole died November 6, 1936 and is buried in Midhurts Pioneer Cemetery.

William , the 5th child of Roderick and Eliza Jane Foster was born July 19, 1859 in Whitchurch Township. On October 12, 1880 he married Jane HARMON of King Township, York County. Their children were: Eva May, Sarah Ada, Bertha, Kenneth, Elsie Rae and Marjery. According to William's death certificate he died September 27, 1942 in Newmarket. Their daughter Elsie Rae married Hedley HINTON (son of John & Alice Hinton). They lived in Huntsville where their- children were born: Kenneth, Elsie Jean, Phyllis Evelyn, Margaret Shirley and Jane Jacqueline.

Margaret married a FOSTER and lived in Aurora. - Eliza Jane Lyd born April 4, 1868 married John FINES and lived in Newmarket.

Flora married Fred FOSTER and they made their home in Orillia.

Ellen married Thomas PETTIT and they lived in Toronto.

I would like to contact descendants of Roderick and Eliza Jane McLennan who may still be living in Ontario and in particular in the Huntsville area.

Reeta, Lightburn, 7958 Taulbut Street, Mission, B.C. V2V 3W7.

This article first appeared in the November 1988 newsletter, Volume 4 - Number 2

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