Our goal is to find the origins for each Y-DNA cluster of MacLellans seen bellow.
The STR haplotypes for participants of this project can be found here. They are sorted by their haplotype signature and labeled based on their deepest known SNP on the Y-DNA haplogroup tree. So far, most clusters of project participants fall under the R1b1a2 branch on the Y-DNA haplogroup tree. FTDNA’s haplogroup tree is out of date and the latest tree can be found at ISOGG. As of now, most of the below SNPs on the tree have a male progenitor that was born over 2000 years ago. In the coming year, the Y-DNA tree is expected to explode with new branches because of the reduced cost of full sequencing of the Y-chromosome. It is anticipated that there will be a SNP for every three generations in your paternal line (very exciting times). Below is the current state of the tree and we’ve broken downp the groups accordingly. If you’d like to know how to test your kit for SNPs on the tree, please contact a group administrator since this is an evolving field and the costs vary widely depending on your situation.
• R1 M173
• • R1b M343
• • • R1b1 L278
• • • • R1b1a P297
• • • • • R1b1a2 M269 - McLeland
• • • • • • R1b1a2a L23
• • • • • • • R1b1a2a1 L51
• • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a P310 McClellan
• • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a1 U106
• • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a1c Z381
• • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a1c1 Z156
• • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a1c2b L48 Clelland
• • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2 P312 McLendon, McClelland
• • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2a DF27 - McClellan
• • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2a1 Z196
• • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2a1b L176.2
• • • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2a1b1 Z262
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2a1b1aSRY2627 Gilliland Group 1
• • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c L21
• • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1 DF13
• • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1a DF49
• • • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1a1 DF23
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1a1a Z2961
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1a1a1 M222 McClellan & Gilliland Group 2
• • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1g DF21
• • • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1g3 L720 Clann Iain Mhoir - MacLellans
• • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1i DF41 Clan MacLellan
• • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1k L1335
• • • • • • • • • • • • • R1b1a2a1a2c1k1 L1065 S744 PF5236 MacLellan
These are the groups that have been established for the Y-DNA test results.
R1b1a2 M269 - McLeland
Kit #158905 - earliest known ancestor - Robert McLeland, died 28 Nov 1772 in Guilford, NC and was married to Vilet Scott(?). Their son James was married to Jane Rulon and died in Hillsboro, IN.
Kit #258281 - earliest known ancestor - James McLeland likely born 1772 NC and died 1847 Henry Co, IN through his son John who was born 1807 KY and died 1893 Henry Co, IN. This DNA is an exact 25 marker match with kit #158905 listed above but the genealogies have not been reconciled.
R1b1a2a1a ( P310 ) McClellan
Kit #98183 - earliest known ancestor - Andrew McClellan, born 1746 in the area that became Hampshire Co, VA in 1754 and died 1780 in VA (burial location unknown), through his son Andrew J McClellan, born 1774 in SC and died May 1848 in Wayne Co, GA. Andrew J. McClellan is buried in the McClellan Cemetery, Brantley Co, GA. (This DNA has a 24/25 match with kit #98278 and a 23/25 match with kit #149168 but a common ancestor has not been identified.)
Kit #98278 - earliest known ancestor - James McClellan who came to the area known as “The Elbows” (named because of a bend in the Ware River) near Palmer, MA before 1727. He married Margaret Fleming and had children James and Margaret.
Kit #149168 - (see Kit #98278 above.)
Kit #212004 - earliest known ancestor - John McClelland, born about 1745 and lived in Crawford Co, PA. His son David was born about 1778 and died in 1826 in Rostraver Township, Westmoreland Co, PA.
R1b1a2a1a1c2b ( L48 ) Clan Clelland
Kit #N8878 - earliest known ancestor - William Cleland who was born in 1831 in Northern Ireland (likely Down county).
Kit #23789 - earliest known ancestor - William (K)Neelands, born about1750 and lived in Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
* The two Cleland kits that have been grouped with Neelands have only tested 12 markers and could just as easily be related to McClellan kit #271683 which is not related to the Neelands’ kit.
R1b1a2a1a2 ( P312 ) McLendon
The McClelland with kit 80756 and the McClendon with kit 98449 match others in the McClendon DNA Project who report their descent from Dennis Macklendon whose origin and life is discussed at http://www.gwest.org/mclmyth.htm. These participants are also members of the McClendon DNA project.
Kit #N105885 - earliest known ancestor - Lewis Meritt Mclendon of Anson Co, NC, and wife, Amelia Eugene Townsend of Richmond Co, NC, through their son William Besent Mclendon, born 3 August 1896 in San Angelo, TX and died 9 April 1962 in San Gabriel, CA. William’s son Jack Meritt Mclendon was born 2 August 1920 and died 24 Dec 1985 in New Zealand.
R1b1a2a1a2 ( P312 ) McClelland
Kit #57372 - earliest known ancestor - Robert M. McClelland, born about 1864 in NC, who changed his name from George W. Robinson.
Kit #N31294 - earliest known ancestor - Robert McClellan, died Oct 1741 in Chester Co, PA, married to Elizabeth Ewing, born in New Jersey and died in 1759 in Lycoming Co, PA, through their son Thomas who married Janet Trimble.
Kit #132536 - (see Kit #N31294 above. Each kit is from a different son of Thomas and Janet.)
R1b1a2a1a2a ( DF27 ) - McClellan
Kit #67153 and kit #84274 - Participants with these kits have matching DNA with this group but haven’t identified their ancestors.
Kit #68408 - earliest known ancestor - Joseph McClellan who married Margaret Laurens 25 Jan 1792 in Mecklenburg Co, NC.
R1b1a2a1a2a1b1a ( SRY2627 ) Gilliland Group 1
Kit #N18967 - earliest known ancestor - Andrew Smith Jr (only known child of Andrew Smith Sr and Nancy Ann Kennedy), born 1 May 1780, and died 17 Dec 1858. He married Nancy Elizabeth Robarts (Roberts). This descendant is from his son James P., born 1811 in MS. (see also Kit #179801). The similarity between the DNA for these tests and others in this group is being investigated.
Kit #48967 - earliest known ancestor - James P. Short, born about 1805, possibly in Washington Co, VA. He was in Harlan Co, KY by 1827 when he was involved with a paternity question. He married Rebecca Bailey on 30 Sept 1829 and they had nine known children. A family journal lists James’ date of death as 22 Jan 1894 and he and Rebecca are buried in the Short Cemetery at Holmes Mill, Harlan Co, KY. Family stories relate that James and his sister were orphans and another says that Short is not really the family name. The genetic relationship with this Gilliland group is being investigated.
Kit #94575 - earliest known ancestor - William van Buren Gilliland, born 17 May 1838 in St. Clair Co, AL, and died 10 Oct 1932 in Etowah Co, AL. This DNA test is for only 12 markers so it is not known if it will remain in this group if additional markers are tested.
Kit #103485 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born about1750 in Ireland, and his wife Hannah Michaels, through their son Andrew M. who was born in 1791 in York Co, PA and married Mary Kearns.
Kit #111207 - earliest known ancestor - William Gilliland, born 1763, came to Beaver Co, PA in the early 1800’s. The ancestral line lived near Eglinton, Londonderry, Northern Ireland for at least four generations before coming to America. This DNA contains special variances that should be discounted for comparison with this group. The variances at DYS 459b, 464c, 464d and CDYb happened as one event and should be counted as a single variance.
Kit #115091 - earliest known ancestor - William Davis Hill, born1781 and lived in Amherst Co, VA. His mother was Elizabeth Hill daughter of William and Susannah Hill. Susannah married a Mr. Gilliland about 1787 and because of the DNA match it is believed that the father of William D. Hill could be related to this Gilliland line.
Kit #139250 - earliest known ancestor - Richard Gilliland, born 1765 in Ireland, apparently lived in Philadelphia, then Ohio and died 11 March 1838 in Brown Co, Indiana. His son William was born 1 Feb 1808 in Pennsylvania and died 29 March 1885 in Brown Co, Indiana.
Kit #162062 - earliest known ancestor - James Gilliland, born 1819 in OH and his wife Anna Partlow, through their son James G. who was born 1845 and married Rebecca Chancellor. About this time the name was shortened to Gillilan, which has been continued to the present.
Kit #164306 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilleland, born in 1763 in NC. He married Mary Allen and the majority of Gillelands in Lincoln/Catawba Cos, NC are believed descended from him. This descendant is from his son Thomas. (see also kits #179310, #191162, #225706, and #274564)
Kit #177142 - earliest known ancestor - Samuel Gilliland, born about 1685 and married Elizabeth Smith in PA, through their son Nathan who was born about 1720 and married Jane Donahue. Nathan was recorded at the Scots-Irish Settlement in Augusta Co, VA by 1745. The name changed to Gillilan in the early 1800’s and later changed to Gillian, which is used today.
Kit #179310 - (see Kit #164306) - This descendant is from his son William, born 1786.
Kit #179801 - (see Kit #N18967) - This descendant is from his son Hiram P., born 1826 in MS. The similarity between the DNA for these tests and others in this group is being investigated.
Kit #191162 - (see Kit #164306) - This descendant is from his son Allen and Jane McClure White who were married in Lincoln Co, NC.
Kit #194002 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born about 1745 in VA, and died about 1798, and wife Elizabeth Young, through their son Elijah (Eli) Gilliland who married Keziah Haynie.
Kit #206459 - earliest known ancestor - Samuel Nesbitt Gilliland, born 1 Sept 1798 in SC and died 4 Jan 1858 in Attala Co, MS. He married Rebecca Ann Harvey on 15 Jan 1829.
Kit #208123 - earliest known ancestor - James Evans Gilliland, born 12 Oct 1823 and died 1 Jun 1902 in Nashville, TN, and wife Elizabeth Davis. According to his Civil War registration he was born in Pendleton SC.
Kit #213340 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born 1790 in Caney Creek, SC and died 1834 in Gallant, Etowah Co, AL. He married Rebecca McBrayer 10 Apr 1811 in Buncombe Co, NC, daughter of David McBrayer and Mary Young. Rebecca was born 5 Mar 1794 in Horseshoe Creek, Buncombe Co, NC and died July 1849 in DeKalb Co, AL.
Kit #214292 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1808 in TN who married Elcie O’Dell, through their son William who married Rebecca Jenkins.
Kit #216037 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1768 in VA and died circa 1810, and wife Sarah Berry, through their son John Berry Gilliland who was born 17 Jan 1790 in Washington Co, VA and died 28 Sept 1857 in Huntsville, Madison Co, AR. His wife was Jane McFerrin.
Kit #218390 - earliest known ancestor - Jesse Gilliland. (Information on this line is expected.)
Kit #223462 - earliest known ancestor - James Gilleland who had land in Guilford Co, NC in the 1783-87 period. He was supposedly married to Mary Morrison. James moved his family to Barren Co, KY around 1800 where his will was filed in January 1825. His son Samuel was born 7 Jan 1802 in Guilford Co, NC and married Mary Welborn in KY in 1823. Samuel and Mary later migrated to Miller Co, MO.
Kit #225271 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born 1763 in Ireland and died 14 Feb 1826, and wife Jane Briggs, through their son James Gordon Gilliland, born 7 May 1800 in Hagerstown, MD and died 2 October 1862. James is buried in Van Wert, OH. His wife was Margaret Lawson.
Kit #225706 - (see Kit #164306) - This descendant is from his son James through his son Osborne.
Kit #229634 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1797 in NC and died circa 12 Oct 1855 in St. Clair County, AL, and wife Sarah Elizabeth Brasier through their son James Alexander.
Kit #229712 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born circa 1735 and died 1793, who settled near what is now Augusta, GA in 1759, through his son William H. Gilliland, born 25 Nov 1761, St. Paul Parrish, GA, and died 25 Nov 1840 in Fayette Co, GA.
Kit #231032 - earliest known ancestor - Hugh Gilliland who married Ann Berryhill and died between November 1751 and 3 December 1751 in Lancaster Co, PA.
Kit #233748 - earliest known ancestor - Flemming Gilliland, born between 1811 and 1820, and found in Pickens Co, SC in the 1840 census.
Kit #234344 - earliest known ancestor - James Gilliland, died before January 1817, Barren Co, KY.
Kit #241477 - earliest known ancestor - Elijah Gilliland, born circa 1795 in SC and died before 1860. Probably the son of David Gilliland from Greenville District, SC.
Kit #264052 - earliest known ancestor - Archibald Gilliland, born in Ireland and died circa 1777 in York County, PA, and wife Ellinor, through their son John Gilliland who married Margaret Miller, through their son Archibald who married Margaret Winthrop Graham.
Kit #270956 - earliest known ancestor - Archibald Gilland, baptized on 9 Jan 1830, St. Anne's Parish Shankill, County Antrim, Ireland and died 1864 at Camp Sumter Military Prison, Andersonville, Georgia, and wife Mary A. Suter. His father was Archibald Gilliland, born in Ireland circa 1776 and died circa 1860, Ripley Co, IN. Name changed from Gilliland to Gilland.
Kit #274564 - (see Kit #164306) - This descendant is from his son David through his son Robert Kelton Gilliland.
Kit #279130 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born circa 1797 in NC and died circa 12 Oct 1855 in St. Clair County, AL, and wife Sarah Elizabeth Brasier, through their son William Brasier Gilliland.
Kit #312007 - earliest known ancestor - James Gilliland, born circa TN, and wife Jane Giles, through their son Quinton. James and Jane were living in Polk Co, TN in 1850.
R1b1a2a1a2c1a1a1( M222 ) Gilliland Group 2
Kit #B1446 - earliest known ancestor - Joseph Gilliland, born circa 1756 and died circa 1823 in Chatham Co, NC, and his wife Lettice/Letty, through their son John who died circa Dec 1838 in Delaware Co, IN.
Kit #790703 - earliest known ancestor - William Gilleland, born 1770, and died in 1800 in Nashville, Davidson Co, TN. His wife was Nancy Johnson.
Kit #173432 - earliest known ancestor - Herman James Gilliland, born 1898 in Marian, Indiana and died 1935 in San Francisco, CA. He married Anita Ferne Wilcox (1907-1984) on 20 Jun 1922.
Kit #194368 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland (1766-1849) who married Charity Richardson, daughter of Mathias and Frances Richardson. John Gilliland appeared on the 1790 and 1800 Anderson Co, SC census records along with his in-laws the Richardsons. Records show that in the early 1800s John and Charity moved to KY.
Kit #214968 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born 1790 in SC, died 1860 in Hopkins Co, KY, married Martha A."Patsy" Armstrong, 4 Feb 1812 in Caldwell Co, KY, through their son John, born 1814 in Hopkins Co, KY and died 1882 in Christian Co, KY. This DNA has a match with a line found in the Sorenson database for Thomas Gilliland, born 1790 SC, through his son Alexander Gilliland, born 6 April 1825 Hopkins Co, KY.
Kit #219078 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born 5 Sep 1830 in SC, married Patience Sullivan (place unknown), and settled in Tuscaloosa Co, AL in the early 1850's. Thomas died in Moores Bridge, Tuscaloosa Co, AL on 12 Mar 1888. Thomas and Patience had 12 known children.
Kit #222479 - earliest known ancestor - William Gilliland, born in 1801 in KY (possibly Barren Co), moved to Jackson Co, AL and died in Van Zandt Co, TX about 1875.
Kit #228001 - earliest known ancestor - Allen Gilliland, born 19 Oct 1783 (probably in SC) and died 16 Nov 1860 in Overton Co, TN. He was married on 12 Dec 1809 in Pulaski Co, KY to Polly Pascal/Paschal who was born on 23 Apr 1792 in VA and died 28 May 1861 in Overton Co, TN. There is a good possibility that the father of Allen was Robert Gilliland who was in Greenville District, SC in the late 1700s and eventually moved to Warren Co, KY where he died.
Kit #233050 - earliest known ancestor - Thomas Gilliland, born about 1782, died 16 May 1852, Tuscaloosa Co, AL, and his wife, Mary Ann Galliher, through their son, Samuel W. Gilliland, born about 1821, SC, died in GA, and married Mary J. Ley, 26 Oct 1841 in GA.
R1b1a2a1a2c1a1a1( M222 ) McClellan
Irish Origines McClelland case study video starts at 33:14
M222 Cluster 1 ( DYS389i = 13 )( DYS389ii = 29 )
Kit #N19812 - earliest known ancestor - William Henry Harrison McClellan, born 27 Jul 1841, Tipton, PA, through his son, John Potter McClellan, born 31 Oct 1865 in Hollidaysburg, PA. William’s father supposedly was a George McClellan born in Blair County, PA.
Kit #53564 - earliest known ancestor - Michael McClellan of Colrain, Mass, born in Northern Ireland and emigrated to America in 1749, died in 1757 and is buried in Colrain, Mass.
Kit #98606 - (see Kit #53564 above.)
Kit #180324 - earliest known ancestor - Samuel McClellan, born 4 Jan 1730, through his son James, born 20 Sept 1769. James was the father of Samuel, ancestor to this participant, and George, father of General George B McClellan. This DNA is similar to the Colrain group. This DNA profile can be used to evaluate a genetic relationship to the Civil War General.
Kit #316551 - earliest known ancestor - Hugh McClellan, through his son James, who was born 8 August 1804 in York Co, SC. This DNA is also posted in Ysearch as User ID: YW37X. The Colrain MA participants have a 31/32 match with the markers reported by Relative Genetics for this participant. Another descendant of Hugh McClellan was tested by Genebase and his DNA is posted in Ysearch as User ID: BEQTQ.
Kit #130025 - Related to the General - earliest known ancestor - Robert McClellan, born about 1757 and died about 1813 in Washington Co, PA. He married Elizabeth McLorg, 1 Jan 1784 in York Co, PA. Their son James was born 27 Jul1797 in York Co, PA and died 21 Jul 1881 in McDonough Co, IL. James married Abigail Cornwell.
Kit #54672 - Ulster plantation - earliest known ancestor - William McClelland of Mealough, County Down, Ireland who was born about 1770. The ancestral home is south of Belfast in Northern Ireland and about two or three miles from where Sir Robert MacLellan initially settled at Drumbo in County Down. Sir Robert also leased lands from the Bishop of Down in this area between the river (Lagan, today) and Drumbo. His Irish lands passed to descendants of his daughter Marion who had married Sir Robert Maxwell of Orchardton and family history of this DNA participant tells of a Maxwell cousin. This DNA test is being tentatively offered as the DNA profile/signature of the MacLellans of Bombie.
M222 Cluster 2 ( DYS389i = 14 )( DYS389ii = 30 )
* MarkersDYS389ii – DYS389i = 30 – 14 = 16. Due to the linked nature of these two markers this is generally considered equivalent with Cluster 1 which = 29 –13 = 16. But we’ve separated them into a separate cluster for discussion only.
Kit #65201 - earliest known ancestor - Bennett T. McClellan, born in 1818, married Alice McCausland and died in 1861 at an unknown location (family living in Texas). His father was John McClellan, born about 1780 in VA and died about 1840 in Madison Co, TN.
Kit #N72978 - earliest known ancestor - Samuel McClelland, born about 1806 in Ireland and his wife Margaret. Samuel was in the 1871 census in Toronto, Canada.
Kit #129602 - earliest known ancestor - John McClellan and his wife Jane Lynch who were both born about 1798 in Ireland and immigrated to New York about 1820. Their son James was born 17 Mar 1838 and married Catherine Sexton 3 Jul 1871. James and Catherine lived in Woodland, MN.
Kit #183073 - earliest known ancestor - Archelaus D. McLeland, born about 1799 in SC and relocated to Adams Co, MS by 1818 and then to Simpson Co, MS. His wife was Nancy Pratt and they relocated to LA before 1843 and to TX in the 1850’s.
Kit #193494 - earliest known ancestor - Samuel McClellan, born about 1800 in SC. It was thought that Samuel was a brother of Archelaus D. McLeland (kit #183073) and the 37/37 DNA match supports this assumption. Samuel’s son James Wyatte McClellan named a son John Archeleus McClellan.
Kit #229458 - earliest known ancestor - William Blount McClellan. His son was Walter Groce McClellan and his son was Malcolm A. McClellan who married Catherine Ficklin Cave. This DNA has a 36/37 marker match with kit N72978 listed above.
The earliest ancestor line of a member who was tested by DNA Ancestry (Ancestry.com) is William McClellan, born about 1800 and died about1850 in VA, through his son John G. McClellan. This DNA is posted in Ysearch as User ID: 7XCJ9.
The earliest ancestor of a member who was tested by DNA Ancestry (Ancestry.com) is David McClellan who was reportedly born in Ireland about 1802 and died before 1860, probably in MS. He was apparently in SC earlier since his wife Susan B. Watson and his first son were born there. This DNA is posted in Ysearch as User ID: PP453.
R1b1a2a1a2c1g3 ( L720 ) Clann Iain Mhoir MacLellans
Kit #140820 - earliest known ancestor - John MacLellan, born at Balemore, North Uist, Invernesshire, Scotland about 1789 and died in Canada about 1864. His son John was born 1825 and came with his father to Canada and died 1897 in Ontario.
Kit #B11583 - earliest known ancestor - Angus McLellan, born about 1758 in South Uist who married Euphemia Stewart, born in North Uist. They immigrated to Indian River, Prince Edward Island in 1790 with their two sons Donald and Roderick McLellan.
Kit #166258 - earliest known ancestor - (see Kit #B11583 above) - This kit is through his descendant Alexander Colin McClellan, born 10 Apr 1859 and died 17 Nov 1935 in Forest Grove, OR. He married Emma Anne Hoye in Nevada, Vernon Twp., MO in 1885.
R1b1a2a1a2c1i ( DF41 ) Clan MacLellan
These MacLellans share a distinct signature called DF41-1426. DYS392=14,DYS447=26, DYS437=16.
DF41 North Carolina Cluster: ( DYS19=10, DYS389ii=29, DYS449=30 )
This group descends from Andrew the immigrant who wrote his will 21 March 1752 in Bladen Co, NC. He named his grandchildren Thomas, Jane, Andrew, John and James and the inventory and sale of his estate was by his son Andrew McCleland (spelling at this time). No information has been found to show that his grandson James survived but he did have additional grandsons McClain and William who were born after this will was written.
Kit #21647 - descendant of John (died about 1820 in Tattnall Co, GA) through his son Andrew McCleland (spelling changed to McClellan after this generation) who moved to Irwin Co, GA about 1826. Andrew died in Lowndes Co, GA in 1849. Kit 166160 is for a brother and kit 37555 is for a first cousin of the person with kit 21647 that were used to prove that the mutation at DYS 449 occurred with the birth of the father of the brothers.
Kit #25146 - descendant of William B. McClellan (spelling adopted by this line), born 5 Dec 1819 in Screven Co, GA, son of William McCleland, brother of Thomas and John. William was born about 1760 (after the 1752 will) and died about 1825 in Screven Co.
Kit #25150 and kit #49062 - descendants of John (died about 1820 in Tattnall Co,GA) through his son Silas McClelland (spelling adopted by this line about 1840) who moved to Irwin Co, GA about 1826, to Hamilton Co, FL about 1838 and to Hillsborough/Polk Co, FL where he died in 1875. Kit #25150 is through Silas’ son John L and kit #49062 is through Silas’ son Jesse.
Kit #149709 - descendant of Thomas (died before 1800 in Bladen Co) through his son James B. McLelland (spelling adopted by this line) who went from Bladen Co to Marion Co, MS about 1825. James died in Marion Co in 1871.
Kit #207916 - descendant of John (died about 1820 in Tattnall Co, GA) through his son Gabriel McCleland (spelling later changed to McClellan) and his second wife Lina Nixon. Gabriel moved to Irwin Co, GA about 1826 and eventually to Calhoun Co, FL where he died before 1860.
Kit #210960 - earliest known ancestor - John/Jack McClellan, born1808/1810, and his wife Eliza Alexander through their son Marion B. McClellan. Advanced Y-DNA testing did not resolve this ancestry but DNA (Family Finder) testing showed a suggested relationship of third cousin with a descendant of the John McClellan line from Tattnall Co, GA and no match (beyond the prediction range) for the William McClellan line from Screven Co, GA. Since the actual relationship would be third cousin, once removed, it has been concluded John/Jack was a son of John (died about 1820 in Tattnall Co, GA).
Kit #373316 - descendant of Andrew(III) who died 17 May 1819 in Scott Co, VA through his son Moses McClelland( spelling adopted by this line ) who died June 1873 in Scott, Co VA.
Kit #30720 - earliest known ancestor - Robert Elder, born 1785 and died 1840 in Borders Scotland. The families lived in the Galashiels, Selkirk, Hawick areas and there are no known U.S. migrations. This line has a 67 marker match with the lines described in the previous paragraphs. Although there was probably a name change, this DNA match establishes Scotland as the likely origin of the McCleland line in Bladen Co, NC.
DF41 Pennsylvania Cluster 1: ( DYS570=18 )
Kit #36730 - earliest known ancestor - believed to be John McClellan who died in 1801 in Jamaica. His wife was Elizabeth McGowan and their son John was born in Balmaclellan, Scotland. This line has a 35/37 match with the modal for the group.
Kit #104051 - earliest known ancestor - James McClellan(d) who settled in Hamilton Co, OH from PA before 1800. He probably married his wife Ann, daughter of William and Hannah (Wilson) Giffin in the area of Lewistown, Mifflin Co, PA. Some have said James was born in Ireland in 1767/9 as a son of John McClellan and Nancy Gill. This line has a 36/37 match with the modal for the group.
Kit #109546 - earliest known ancestor - William McClelland, born 1745 in the Marsh Creek Society, Cumberland Township, which is now Gettysburg, Adams Co, PA. William died in 1824 in Augusta Co, VA. His son Samuel McClelland was born 1784 in Rockbridge Co, VA, and died 1867 in Rockbridge Co, VA. This line has a 37/37 match with the modal for the group.
Kit #111105 - earliest known ancestor - Samuel McClelland, born about 1811 probably in Erne, Northern Ireland and came in the early 1840’s with his brother Robert to the Kincardine area of Ontario, Canada. Samuel's wife was Mary Miller. Although there is no known association with the others listed here, this participant’s DNA has a 36/37match with the modal for the group.
Kit #270988 - earliest known ancestor - John McClelland, born 1808 in Washington Co, PA, through his son J. Newton, born 1836.
DF41 Pennsylvania Cluster 2: ( DYS439=11, DYS447=25 )
Kit #95276 - earliest known ancestor - William MacLellan who married Francina Veazey in Orange County, NC in 1781. William died in 1824 in Hancock Co, GA.
Kit #102869 - earliest known ancestor - Robert M. McClelland who was in the textile business in Belfast in Northern Ireland and married to Rebecca Fergus. He came to PA where he got his citizenship in 1808 in Beaver Co.
Kit #140192 - earliest known ancestor - John McClelland, born 11 May 1794 in SC and died 1 Apr 1881 in Henry County, GA. He married Lucy Lummis who was born 2 Dec 1806 in SC and died 17 Mar 1899 in Henry County, GA.
DF41 Webb Cluster: ( DYS458=18,DYS511=11 )
Kit #259526 - earliest known ancestor – Thomas “Terrence” Webb, born circa 1659 in Aghacommon, Co.Armagh, Ireland. He was the illegitimate son of Thomas McClellan of Coleraine, Ulster Ireland and Ann Webb who was about 15/16 at the time, she was the daughter of Edward Webb an innkeeper in Coleraine. The Webb family moved to Aghacommon, Co. Armagh in 1659 living on the townlands leased by Edwards’s son Roger Webb from John Parker. Sadly, Ann Webb died of cholera in 1670/1, at her father’s home in Aghacommon, Co. Armagh, whereupon Thomas “Terrence” Webb was sent to America May27th 1671 on the ship “Arabella” with John Parker a close family friend to live with his uncle John Webb in Maryland. The Webb’s are well recorded in Lurgan and known Friends/Quakers. Thomas “Terrence” Webb grew up with his half cousins in Oxton, Talbot County, Maryland and were well know as shipwrights along the Chesapeake Bay.
R1b1a2a1a2c1k1 ( L1065 S744 PF5236 ) MacLellan
Kit #B11371 - earliest known ancestor - John McLellan, born about 1750 Scotland and died 1821 at Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Kit #258399 - earliest known ancestor - (see Kit #B11371 above)
Kit #N17977 - earliest known ancestor - The adoptive family for the participant with kit was North McClellan in Memphis, TN and the adoption was about 1900. The information is listed in this project for the interest of others with the McClellan surname.
Kit #27878 - earliest known ancestor - Doctor McLelland born 1824 in NC. His mother was Sarah but his father has not been identified.
Kit #32609 - earliest known ancestor - John McClelland, born 1798 in Ireland and died 21 Jan 1863 in Pittsburgh, PA. His wife was Elizabeth Watt.
Kit #36918 - earliest known ancestor - Robert McClelland, born 1785 and lived in Preston, Lancashire, UK.
Kit #58109 - earliest known ancestor - John McLeland, born about 1735 in Scotland and immigrated to Nova Scotia with two brothers in 1773. More information on this line can be found at http://users.eastlink.ca/~carlmaclellan.
Kit #60595 - earliest known ancestor - Mariah McClelland (1852-1922), daughter of Josiah McClelland who was reportedly a brother of George B. McClelland. This participant’s DNA will not match another project participant but is listed at this site for information purposes.
Kit #80067 - earliest known ancestor - Dawson C. McClellan, born 1851 in GA. His mother’s name was Nancy and census records suggest she might be related to Godbee in Burke Co, GA. These census records also suggest his father was John, born about 1812 in Ireland.
Kit #97530 - earliest known ancestor - John McClelland, born about 1745 and died before 1808 in Crawford Co, PA; but this is the maternal line for the McClelland descendant who was born in 1855 to an unwed mother. The objective is to find the genetic surname for this descendant.
Kit #160217 - earliest known ancestor - William Armstrong McLelland, died in 1844, through his son John Kirkpatrick McLelland, born 27 Sep 1820 in TN and died 5 Mar 1844 in TN.
Kit #167664 - earliest known ancestor - John Berrisford Gilleland/Gilliland, born 1776/7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and died June 1849 in Jackson Co, Ohio. His wife was Sarah Johnson and he was an early justice of the peace in Jackson County. He does not appear to be related to the other Gilleland, Gilliland and Gillilan families in Jackson Co at that time.
Kit #228209 - earliest known ancestor - George Thomas A. (Bud) Gilliland, born circa 1860 in AL. He married Nancy E. Sullivan 4 Jan 1882 in Tuscaloosa Co, AL. It is believed that his parents were Augustus Gilliland born circa 1839 and Mary E. Bailey.
Kit #232846 - earliest known ancestor - John Gilliland, born 24 July 1824 in Butler Co, PA and died 23 July 1886 in Umatilla Co, OR. He married Martha Thorn on 14 Jan 1845. Their son Thomas Pence Gilliland was born 12 Feb 1858 in Hardin Co, IA and died 1 Aug 1926 in Umatilla Co, OR. He married Fannie Elizabeth Bolin on 10 Dec 1882.
Kit #245616 - earliest known ancestor - Archibald McLellan, born 1790 in Carradale, Kintyre, Scotland and died 1860 in Campbeltown, Scotland. He married Mary McCaile on 12 Sep 1820 in Skipness, Kintyre, Scotland.
The earliest ancestor of a member who was tested by Oxford Ancestors is John McClelland, who died at age 86 on 9 Nov 1865 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland through his son Matthew. John’s wife was Martha Minnis. This DNA is posted in Ysearch as User ID: K7PX5.
The earliest ancestor of a member who was tested by Ancestry.com is Angus McLellan who was born in Cumberland Co, NC about 1794. His son Angus was born in Cumberland Co in 1839 and died 26 March 1920 in Jasper Co, MS. The DNA is entered in Ysearch as ID: WQVFA.