Mac MaolŠin

Tom McMillan

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74 years old
Washougal, Washington, USA
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My GG Grandparent's married at the Down Cathedral (Church of Ireland) in Downpatrick, County Down, Ireland May 2, 1844. They were John McMullan or McMullen and Margaret Orr. Their first son, Arthur was born in Downpatrick in 1845. In 1847 my Great Grandfather, William John was baptized at Holy Trinity Cathedral (Anglican) in Quebec City, Quebec (John signed this baptism as "McMullian", so perhaps that's the spelling he preferred). Unfortunately, I don't know John's fate. The last glimpse of him was an 1850 Montreal directory where he is shown as a shoemaker.

At some point William John changed the spelling of the name to McMillan. It's possible he did this to differentiate himself from other William McMullen's in Wellington County, Ontario.

The family had lived in Montreal, Quebec; Kingston, Ontario; Fergus & Palmerston, Ontario; and by 1879 William John relocated to Breckenridge, Minnesota and later to St Paul, Minnesota. William John was the personal conductor for James Jerome Hill who built the railroad from The Great Lakes to the Pacific Ocean. In 1913, William John started the Great Northern Railway Veteran's Association which was a social outlet for retirees, and helped with retirement funds. He was President from 1913 up to his death in 1930.

William John McMillan Jr, (my Grandfather) was born at Fergus in 1869. My Father, William John McMillan III was born at Gladstone, OR in 1904. My Brother, William John McMillan IV, and I were born in the mid 1940's in Oregon City, Oregon. By 1947, our family relocated to Camas, Washington, and I still live in the general area.

Glad to be part of this group!! I have had the Y-DNA 67 marker test, and am hopeful to eventually tie into more definitive information for my Irish McMillan roots.

I've also had autosomal DNA tests at; 23andMe; and Family Finder at Family Tree DNA. The free website is a good place to compare chromosomes. My gedmatch numbers are: F260182; M142720 amd A176526


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Reply Laighin Dathi MacMaolain
6:46 PM on March 11, 2013 
Tom, good to see another "snowhead" in our Clann fold. The native Gaelic MacMaolain Sept of Counties Antrim and Down also used McMillen and McMillan as the anglicized form of their name, as well as MacMullan.