John & Isabella nee Darroch Macgillivray left the Isle of Jura for America August 6, 1847 with the first of their 2 children (Flora and Malcolm) plus his brother, Duncan Macgillivray, a single fellow at that time. There were a number of MacPhails and MacLeans in the party as well as some cousins, sons of Neil Macgillivray. Family connections are still believed to live in that vicinity although many of the original settlers were killed fighting in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
John Macgillivray and Isabella's third child, Duncan, was born in North Carolina in 1848, perhaps in Fayetteville or Aberdeen. However, they did not stay long in North Carolina (Fayetteville or Aberdeen) as Isabel did not like the idea of "negroes in slavery." So they left the same year to travel to York (Toronto) where they rested and then on to Staynor, Ontario and Collingwood. This area is known as the Blue Mountain country and is very like the Western Isles of Scotland.