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Robert McLean was one of eleven children born to
John McLean b/1724, Guilford, North Carolina died 1807 buried at Alamance Church Yard, Guilford, North Carolina. and Jane Marshall b/1726, Guilford, North Carolina died 01 Feb 1780.
Children: Nelly Born c1743 Nancy Born c1745 Elizabeth Born c1748 Jean Born c1750 Joseph Sept 1752 Died 23 Dec 1832 Jane Born c1758 Polly Born c1760 Thomas Born c1762 Robert Born c1764 John Born c1766 Marshall Born c1768, Died 1834
Robert is married to: Nancy Akin Born c1771, Married 10 May 1791. Daughter listed as Catharine Born 05 May 1801 NC, Died 21 March 1881.
In Southern Illinois: Almost in the center of Eastern Township is Knob Prairie. In this vicinity came the McLeans and the Aikens to settle about 1818. The McLeans and Aikens were all very close kin. Robert McLean the head of the McLean family was a brother-in-law of James Aiken who settled on Knob Hill, and a father-in-law of James Aiken who settled northwest of Aiken. These two James Aikens were distinguished by Knob Jimmie and Squire Jimmie. Into this settlement came the Summers and Sullivans, about this same time, and for a century they have been neighbors and friends. Today these same families may be found in great numbers in this settlement. There were four soldiers of the War of 1812 that lived in this community, Edward Sullivan, Alex, Thomas and Levi Summers, and five Black Hawk soldiers, Aiken McLean, Wilham Aiken, Walter S. Aiken, Noah and James Summers.