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John McLennan
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Birth: Apr. 9, 1817
Death: Nov. 15, 1886

Citizen of the Republic of Texas

John McLennan, born in NC - Son of Neill Love McLennan Sr and Christian A Campbell.

Brother of Christian, Catherine McKinnon, Neill Love Jr, Duncan Sr and Laughlin McLennan.

John married, before 1848 probably in Milam Co., TX, Cara A "Cary" Wilson, a daughter of William B Wilson and Margaret Tollett.

Father of William Bernard Erath "Billy" McLennan, John Calhoun, Eula C and Margaret Emma McLennan.

(According to the 8 Jun 1860 McLennan Co., TX census, in this household it appears that there may have been 2 other children - J Sampson McLennan [age 5, born in TX] and T. J. Rusk McLennan [age 2, born in TX]. These two children do not appear on the 1870 census.)

Grandson of John McLennan & Catherine McKinnon and John Campbell & Christian Douglas.

John died in Cameron, Milam Co., TX.


At the age of 21, he traveled to Texas with his family (including his grandmother, his uncles John and Laughlin, and their families) in a ship they had built. Between Pensacola and the Texas coast, they were captured by pirates, who chained the ship to their own. At night, a storm nearly capsized both ships, and the pirates loosed the chains. By morning, they had drifted out of sight of the pirate ship, and continued sailing to Texas. They reached the mouth of the Brazos River in early 1835, and continued up the river to Pond Creek in Robertson's Colony.

John McLennan married Cara Wilson about 1844, probably in Milam County, Texas. She was the daughter of William B. Wilson and Margaret Tollett. They were two of the first settlers in Cameron, Milam County, Texas, which was founded in 1846 as a permanent county seat for Milam County.

John and Cara's first son, William Bernard Erath McLennan, was the first white child born in Cameron. They had three other children: Eula C. McLennan, John Calhoun McLennan, and Emma McLennan.

John became sheriff of Milam County in 1846, and was later sheriff of McLennan County.

John helped Major Erath survey and lay out the town of Waco. He bought the first town lot for $5, and moved the family there. He also owned the first piano in Waco, brought by ox wagon from Galveston. The McLennan's piano is now in the Log House in Harrington Park, Waco, owned by the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Cara died on October 30, 1866 in Waco, McLennan County, Texas. John died twenty years later. Both were buried in the Wilson family Cemetery near Cameron. 
Family links: 
  Neill Love McLennan (1787 - 1867)
  Christian A Campbell McLennan (1797 - 1871)
  Cara A Wilson McLennan (1829 - 1866)*
  William Bernard Erath McLennan (1848 - 1924)*
  John Calhoun McLennan (1862 - 1885)*
  Eula C McLennan Ford (1863 - 1908)*
  Margaret Emma McLennan Horstmann (1865 - 1918)*
  John McLennan (1817 - 1886)
  Christiana McLennan Jones (1818 - 1902)*
  Catherine McKinnon McLennan Davis (1822 - 1905)*
  Neill Love McLennan (1827 - 1893)*
  Duncan McLennan (1832 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
Wilson Cemetery
Milam County
Texas, USA
Created by: Sarah Locklin Taylor
Record added: Jun 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27908003
John McLennan
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John McLennan
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