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 Gilbert McMillan

Gilbert McMillan

Kintra (Isle of Mull), Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Death unknown
Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Unknown
Plot Presumed On Home Place
Memorial ID 177502749 · View Source
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Son of Malcolm McMillan and Catherine McArthur/McAlester, born in 1866 in Mull of Kintyre, Scotland.

**Note: McAlester/McAlister is possible as his mother's maiden name as a number of McAlisters purchased items sold from Gilbert McMillan's estate.

At the age of eight, Gilbert migrated to America with his family. They voyaged from the Port of Greenock, Scotland, to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Pursuant to a letter from John Robinson, secretary of the Treasury, December 8, 1773, customs officials in England and Scotland supplied lists of persons who took passage on ships leaving Great Britain during the years 1773-1776, giving names, ages, quality, occupation, employment, former residence, reasons for emigrating, and the name of the vessel and master.

Movement from Scotland was due chiefly to the oppressive rent policy of the Highland proprietors and middlemen of the region extending from Ayr County to the Shetland Islands. A traveler on an emigrant ship in 1774 wrote: "It is needless to make any comment on the conduct of our Highland and Island proprietors. It is self evident what consequences must be produced in time from such numbers of subjects being driven from the country." Should levies be again necessary, the recruiting drum may long be at a loss to procure such soldiers as are now aboard this vessel."

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With less attractive economic conditions, North Carolina did not receive so large a share of the new settlers, particularly those from England, as did Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, or New York. The mass movement to North Carolina was more pronounced among the Scotch Highlanders, due partly to the fact that since about 1739 many of their kinsmen had already settled on the Cape Fear in the counties of Cumberland, Bladen, and Anson.

Cumberland County (originally Bladen) began as a settlement in the Upper Cape Fear Valley between 1729 and 1736 by Highland Scots. The area became a vital transportation link to other major settlements. A receiving and distribution center was established in 1730 on the Cape Fear River. This settlement was known as Campbellton.In 1770 the General Assembly, in behalf of about sixteen hundred Highlanders who had landed in the province during the past three years, passed an act exempting settlers who came direct from Europe from the payment of all taxes for a term of four years.

At the outbreak of the Revolution, the estimated number of Scotch Highlanders in North Carolina was 15.000. Nearly five hundred names are in the lists from Scotland. The majority consists of farmers and laborers from the Highland counties of Argyle and Sutherland. Gilbert McMillan, along with his parents and siblings were among them as were other McMillans. North Carolina was rapidly growing and on the eve of the American Revolution.

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Sir, The enclosed Paper is a List of Persons lately sailed as Emigrants, to Wilmington in North Carolina, from the Port of Greenock, which We transmit to you Sir, for the Information of the Right Honorable the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury.
Charterhouse Edinburgh, 22 August 1774.
Archd Menzies
George Clerk Maxwell
Basil Cochrane
List of Passengers on board the Ship Ulysses James Chalmers Mastr" for Wilmington in North Carolina.

(Classified under headings of: passenger names, age, former place of residence, business, reason for emigrating - partial list)

Neil McKichan, 5, Kintyre, their son, High rents/Oppression.
Malm McMullan, 58, Kintyre, Farmer, High rents/Oppression.
Cathn McArthur, 58, his wife....
Daniel McMullan, 24, Farmer, their child, High rents Oppression.
Archd McMullan, 16, their child, High rents/Oppression.
Gelbt McMullan , 8, their child.
Donald McKay, 20, ......, Taylor, High rents/Oppression.

Gilbert McMillan became the husband of Sara McKinnon. Their exact date of their marriage is unknown.

May 14, 1800, Gilbert was granted 60 acres in Cumberland County "beginning at a pine on his own line." The document stated he entered the land April 11. 1798.

1800 Census

Name: Gilbert McMillan
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Cumberland, Cumberland, North Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 3
Free White Persons - Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 3
Number of Household Members: 4

August 20, 1802, another 40 acres was granted in Cumberland County "beginning at a post oak on w. side of Turkey Perch Swamp." He entered the land April 9, 1799.

March 6, 1810, Gilbert received a third land grant for an additional 34 acres in Cumberland County on the "waters of the Turky Pearch Swamp."

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Conflicting note on the father of this Gilbert McMillan.

Diary of William Wallace McMillan, Confederate Soldier from Monroe Co AL "I will now in my own way give as well as I know how the genealogy of the "McMillan" Family. My ancestors, as far back as Plainly shows, were Scottish. I can trace them as far back as Scotland, but no farther. My g. grandfather, Archibald McMillan, emigrated from the Highlands of Scotland some where about the year 1760. He settled in Richmond County, North Carolina. He had two sons and (blank) daughters as follows; Malcolm McMillan (wife Margaret Smith); Gilbert McMillan (wife a McKinnon) x McMillan (husband Charles McKinnon) Flora McMillan (husband x McRea) Catherine McMillan (husband Norman McLeod) x McMillan (husband x McLeod)x McMillan (husband x Buchannan) "My g. grandfather was accompanied to America by his brother Gilbert, (crossed out and John substituted in another hand), most of whose descendants still reside in the southern part of N. Carolina. Gilbert (again John substituted) McMillan, the brother of my g. grandfather married a McKinnon."

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