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McClellan-Knight family approx 1825

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Re: McClellan-Knight family approx 1825

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Well, to start it may help to be more precise with the location. St. John's, Saint John County and Charlotte County are three, separate places. St. John's is in Newfoundland. Saint John (the city) is in Saint John Co., New Brunswick. It used to be written St. John but the residents got tired of their mail going to Newfoundland (and vice versa) so it is now written Saint John. Charlotte County is next to Saint John County. The City of Saint John pretty much takes up the whole of the County of Saint John, but being picky about localities within the county might help.

For example, the 14NOV1846 edition of the Saint John newspaper, "New Brunswick Courier", reports that Phoebe Thomson McClellan, 2nd daughter of the late David McLellan, was married 11NOV1846 to George C. Dunham of Indiantown. Indiantown was (is) a neighbourhood in Portland Parish, Saint John Co., NB. This suggests a fairly small locality but, unfortunately, a lot of information about the area in the form of records (i.e., the 1851 census) are missing.

David 'McLellan', a shipbuilder, d. Portland Parish, Saint John Co., NB 12SEP1840 age 39 years.

Benjamin Harrington married Mrs. Mary McLellan OCT1843. Both were 'of the City', so may not have lived in Portland Parish at the time. Nevertheless, they appear to have been in one of the 'missing' areas of Saint John Co. in the 1851 census. A daughter of Benjamin's was Jane Vernon who m. 26DEC1866 Charles L. Tuttle of Toledo, Ohio.

I know the 1871 census of Portland Parish (or Town at the time) exists, but for some reason Library and Archives Canada have neglected to include it in their transcription. It is possible to get the microfilm if necessary.

The 1865 directory has a Mrs. Mary Harrington near Montague & Sophia Streets, Saint Andrews, St. Andrews Parish, Charlotte Co., NB. There is also a Patrick Harrington, a ship carpenter, in the same place. The 1851 census of St. Andrews Parish shows Mary, a widow, to have been born in Ireland ca. 1805, and to have arrived with children (and, presumably, a husband) in 1836. One child was Patrick Harrington b. Ireland ca. 1828, a ship carpenter.

An Elizabeth Kelly died in Cambridge, Massachusetts 15OCT1867. She was born in New Brunswick ca. 1827, a widow and was the daughter of Benjamin and Mary Harrington.

In 1870, in Louisiana, Howard McKnight is given as born in Maine ca. 1837. Maine has a border with Charlotte Co., NB.

part of the New Brunswick Genealogical Society web site, is:

MCLELLAN: David McLellan born 1801 in Kelton, Dumfrieshire, Scotland, died 19 Sep 1840: he came to NB and settled in Saint John: he married 9 Aug 1827 at Pennfield in Charlotte County, Mary Ann Knight d/o Joshua Knight, a Pennsylvania Quaker, Loyalist: he was survived by wife and six children:
Children mentioned:

1) Marion McLellan:
2) Phoebe McLellan:
3) Robert McLellan:
4) John McLellan b. 1835, d. 24 Feb 1851 at sea:
5) Edmund Price McKnight McLellan:
6) David McLellan b. 20 Jan 1839 at Saint John, died 19 Dec 1894, m. 19 Dec 1865 Fannie Brown Richards b. 1842, d. 4 Nov 1925, d/o Henry Richards of Saint John: settled in Saint John and had four children.

Sources: MC1156 Graves Papers: David McLellan, 1 pg.: see also MC80/122 E.C. Wright’s Saint John ships and their builders, pgs 71-72: see MC80/338 I. Allen Jack’s Biographical Review, pages 105-106: see also MC80/407 The Canadian biographical dictionary, pgs 672-673: see also MC80/2592 Graeme F. Somerville’s A library of stone pages and other records of the Wesleyan burial ground, Saint John, NB, page 163.

Note that David McLellan is said to have died 19SEP1840, In the Saint John, "New Brunswick Courier", dated 12SEP1840, it was reported that he died that morning. Possibly 19SEP was a misreading of a headstone.
In another part of the same site is:

KNIGHT: Joshua Knight Jr. b. 1766 at Abington, PA, d. 1816, s/o Joshua Knight and Sarah Tyson: came to NB: settled at Beaver Harbour, Pennfield Parish, Charlotte County: m. 2 Oct 1794 Jane Vernon born 1776, died 1813, d/o Gideon Vernon and Phoebe Farr of Chester, PA and Beaver Harbour:

1) Joshua Knight born 3 Aug 1795, d. 11 Feb 1851, married (1st) 9 Jan 1821 Elizabeth Justason b. 1803, died 1842, d/o Justus Justason and Susannah Chaffey of Pennfield, NB: had five children: married (2nd) 7 Dec 1843 Rachel Ann Wetmore born 3 Aug 1812 d/o Josiah Wetmore and Rachel Sherwood: no children:
2) Gideon Knight born 14 Oct 1796, d. 1863, m. 3 Sep 1826 Sarah Wetmore born 1 Dec 1791, died 1874, sister of Rachel: had no issue:
3) Sarah Knight b. 16 Apr 1798, d. 1890, m. 1 May 1820 Jesse Prescott born 1791 at Deerfield, NH, died 1886: settled at Pennfield, NB and had issue:
4) Phoebe Knight b. 14 Jan 1800, d. by 1808:
5) Isaac Knight b. 20 May 1801, d. 1867, m. 14 Mar 1824 Mary Carmichael of Digdeguash, NB, born 1797, d. 1878: settled in St. George:
6) Moses Knight b. 9 Mar 1802, d. 1868, m. Sarah Pollack: went to Ontario:
7) Priscilla Knight b. 30 Sep 1804, m. 19 May 1822 Robert Vardon Hanson born 1795 died 1877, s/o John Hanson and Elizabeth Clark:
8) Moses Knight b. 9 Mar 1802, d. 1868, m. Sara Pollack: moved to Ontario: 8) Edmund Knight b. 1 Jul 1806: went to Ontario:
9) Pheobe Vernon Knight b. 5 Jun 1808, d. c1840, m. 29 Dec 1827 George Thompson b. 1784, d. 1841:
10) Mary Ann Knight born 5 Jun 1808, d. 1872, m. (1st) 9 Aug 1827 David McLellan b. 1801, d. 1840, m. (2nd) 26 Oct 1843 Benjamin Herrington born 1792, died 1856:
11) Amy Knight b. 6 Sep 1810, d. 1889:
12) John Knight b. 1812, d. 1875, married (1st) Lily Leslie, m. (2nd) Amelia MacDonald: moved to P.E.I.

Sources: MC1/Knight #1, 10 pages: see also MC80/1002 Saint John Branch NBGS, Generations 10, pages 130 to 132: see also MC80/1720 Theodore C. Holmes’ Loyalists to Canada: the 1783 settlement of Quakers and others at Passamaquoddy, pages 77-79: see also MC581 Joshua Knight fonds: see also MC939 New Brunswick Museum: Additional Loyalist documents, MS34.

So there is a tie to Charlotte Co.


According to, "Biographical Review" or "Biographical Sketches of the Leading Citizens of the Province of New Brunswick", I. Allen Jack, QC, DCL, editor, Boston, 1900, pages 105-7, the Hon. David McLellan was born in Portland, Saint John Co., NB 20JAN1839. His father came from Kelton, Dumfriesshire, Scotland and his mother was Mary Knight. David, Jr. was a partner in the firm of McLellan & Holly, "one of the largest lumber concerns in St. John". He was also a Member of the Provincial Parliament in 1878 and 1882 for Saint John. He was later Provincial Secretary. See also, "A Cyclopaedia of Canadian Biography : Being Chiefly Men of the Time", George Maclean Rose, Rose Publishing Co., Toronto, 1888, p. 433.


David McLellan (age 43) was in Portland Parish (Town of Portland) in 1881. He was b. in NB, 'Scotish', CB (Christian Baptist or Free Christian Baptist) and a merchant. His wife was Fanny (37) and children were Harry (15), Verner (12) and Ida (13). David McLellan died in Indiantown 19DEC1894.


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