Neill McLennan pioneers

 

Many thnks to Myrtle Bridges. Based on a story (that appeared in the "Jounal of the Clan Campbell") by Sally Jo McLennan Truhlar with William Steadley-Campbell and also from The History of Walton County by John Love MacKinnon, great nephew of Catherine MacKinnon

Catherine MacKinnon, born on Strath Parish, Isle of Skye, Scotland. She and her husband, John McLennan, migrated to Richmond Co., NC in 1800-1 to join others in her family, namely her brother Neill Love MacKinnon and his family. Later Catherine went to Walton Co., FL with children and cousins. She is shown in the Spanish census of Pensacola as Catalena McLenan, living on the Escambia River 1820 as "65 years old, widow, with 9 children from 10 to 25 years old and one Negro female." Then she migrated to Texas with her sons and daughters; on the trip west, the party encountered pirates and endured hardships. About a year after the families arrived in TX, Laughlin McLennan, Catherine's son, was attacked and killed by Indians --probably Comanches--while working on his farm. Peggy and the children were taken captives and Catherine McKinnon McLennan was killed at the hands of the Natives.

Born: ca 1755, Isle of Skye, Scotland; Married; Died: 1836 in TX during an Indian attack.
Parents: Laughlin MacKinnon and (-?)

Husband: John McLennan

LifeNotes: the ancestral home of the McLennans is in Kintail, on the Scottish mainland, on the rugged peaks opposite Skye.

Born: probably mainland Scotland; Married:; Died
Parents:

Their children (not necessarily in correct birth order) were:

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Many thnks to Myrtle Bridges. Based on a story (that appeared in the Jounal of the Clan Campbell) by Sally Jo McLennan Truhlar with William Steadley-Campbell and also from The History of Walton County by John Love McKinnon, cousin of Neill McLennan

Neill McLennan, called "The Pathfinder" was born 9/2/1878, parish of Strath, Isle of Skye, Scotland, the son of Catherine McKinnon and John McLennan. He married Christian Campbell, born 1797 in NC. Was instrumental in persuading the Gaelic-speaking Scots to move from Richmond Co., NC to Walton Co., FL They were the first Scots to settle in what is now McLennan Co., TX.

In 1818, the part of Florida known as the Panhandle was just opening up for settlers; FL and AL were then referred to as the Southwest Frontier. Neill McLennan and his brother-in-law Daniel Douglass Campbell journeyed down into West Florida to seek opportunity for themselves and their relatives. There they met a half-Scot chief of the Euchees, Sam Story, with whom they wintered. Then Neill returned to NC to persuade others to move to the new Territory.

Neill and Christian migrated to FL in 1819; they were the first Scottish pioneers to settle in Walton Co., FL. With them traveled their three small children, Catherine McKinnon McLennan, Neil's mother, his brothers James McLennan and Laughlin McLennan, his sister Abigail Folk and her husband John Folk. They were thereafter joined by many other relatives. Neill, however, found that Florida got too crowded too quickly and moved his family on west.

According to the story by Sally Jo McLennan Truhlar and William Steadley-Campbell, Neill went to Pensacola and with Aaron Dodd, built a schooner which would transport his family to the west country. The party included the four McLennan siblings, their spouses and children, their aged mother Catherine McKinnon McLennan, and two Robinson families. Pensacola authorities declared the ship unseaworthy but that did not stop Neill and his folks. They slipped out of the port during the night. The very first night out they were captured by pirates! Lucky for them, a great storm came upon them and the schooner slipped from the hold. They made their way to New Orleans and made port for repairs. John Folk received news from Florida that he needed to return on urgent business. Neill and the others awaited his return to them but they never heard from him again and it was presumed he perished. So the party again set sail.

In January 1836, the schooner sailed up the Brazos River above Galveston. Somewhere north of there they left the ship. Neill and the others had procured land grants from the Mexican government. Neil's grant was in what is now Falls Co., TX. Laughlin's grant was just north of Neil's. Abigail and the Daniel Robinsons were on the San Gabriel River.

About a year after the families arrived in TX, Laughlin McLennan was attacked and killed by Indians --probably Comanches--while working on his farm. Peggy and the children were taken captives and Catherine McKinnon McLennan was killed at the hands of the Natives. (Peggy and Daniel later died while they were with the Natives; the boy Neill was sold to a white man and never heard from again; the boy John grew up within the Native tribe. In 1845 he was rescued by his kinsmen and sent to live among his relatives in Walton Co., FL where he was known as Bosque John.

The Alamo fell shortly after this attack on Laughlin and his family. Terror reigned in the Texas settlements. Neill took his family to refuge at old Fort Nashville where they stayed for at least 3 years. John McLennan was killed by Indians in 1838; his wife and children managed to escape during the attack. Neill McLennan and his family also suffered attacks but survived.

In Spring 1846 Neill moved his family to the Bosque Valley. They kept their home open to new settlers. They kept their Gaelic language and were strict Presbyterian. In 1850, a new county was formed in Texas where the McLennan clan lived, and it was named McLennan County after Neil who died 11/1867 in McLennan Co., TX, buried in the McLennan Family Cemetery. Christian died 1871 in McLennan Co., TX, buried in the McLennan Family Cemetery.

Their children were:

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