I saw your message on the Mackelcan forum.I also am a Mackelcan - a GGG grandson of General John Mackelcan, who is thought by some to be the son of Hannah Lightfoot and George, Prince of Wales, who later became King George III.I was born in England but have lived in Ireland for some 30 years, was told the same story when I was young as you about being descended from George III and have for some time being tracing the descendants of the General; there are 630 names in my records (including spouses).
General John, who was born on 19 March 1759 married Rebecca Broad from Fowey, Cornwall on 29 November 1803 at St Peter Port, Guernsey, where he was in command of the Royal Engineers (the Napoleonic Wars were raging at the time).They had 8 children, the eldest also being called John; he became a Physician and Surgeon (FRCS), married Elizabeth Lloyd from Palgrave, Norfolk and emigrated to Hamilton, Ontario.
As an aside it is interesting to note that all of the General’s sons emigrated from England - George Josiah went to Guelph (the family name of the Hanoverian Kings of England) in Ontario and Frederick Payne went to Chicago, Illinois, whereas all the girls stayed in England.It has been suggested that the sons represented a threat to the throne whereas the girls didn’t.
According to my records, much of which are based on a family tree compiled by Henry Auber Mackelcan and updated by Gilbert E Mears in 1951 :
John Jnr and Elizabeth had 12 children, 4 of whom died in childhood.Their 4th child was George Lloyd Mackelcan, who married Caroline Greene; they had 6 children, the 2nd of whom was your GGG grandfather, who in 1898 married Myrtle Maud Stansell.They had 5 children :
Theodora Mary, born 1898, married on 14 May 1915 Herman Marion McCoy (he came from the Farmington, Fulton County, Illinois and died in Los Angeles, California in 1953); Theodora married again Theo Conway of whom I know nothing.Theodora was quite flamboyant and did all the bookings for Chicago’s Opera Theatre and was quite a party person.
Millicent C born 1899, married Lorne Kermath; they had 4 children, Jean Margaret, Barbara Ann, Lorne R and Nancy.Cosette Rowland is the daughter of Lorne R.
Jean Lloyd, born 3 January 1902, married on 31 Dec 1924 Clifton Jackson; they had 1 child, Nancy
Frances Eleanor born 13 January 1903, married on 5 September 1925 Gilbert E Mears; they had 2 children, Marilyn Jean andf Richard Elton
Caroline Joyce born 27 August 1904, married Elgin D Morrell from East Orange, New Jersey; they had 2 children Carolyn and Margaret
My line is through General John and Rebecca’s 7th child, Rebecca, born on 4 August 1812, married on 7 February 1837 George Johns, a pharmaceutical chemist.I am a widower with 2 sons, one of whom is a film producer and the other a landscape designer.
We are fortunate in having a relatively well-known ancestor in the General as it makes genealogy rather easier if you can start in the 1750’s and trace downwards rather than having to trace upwards from the present or recent past.If you are interested I could print out the whole of my family tree and send to you, but it does make quite a bulky document!
I would be very pleased to hear more about you and anything you can add to my knowledge of General John Mackelcan’s descendants and spouses.Particularly dates of birth, marriage and death, occupations and where they lived/are living.