Looking for location in Scotland where name McGen originates. James McGEN, b. Scotland abt. 1819, emigrated to Groton Twp., Caledonia County, VT, where a mortgage note was recorded in the town records in 1847. The 1850 VT Census shows he, wife Mary (b. 1825), and children Mary and William. Family moved to Illinois by 1857 where another child was born, according to the 1870 Lake Twp., Cook County, IL Census. More records of children available from 1870 and 1880 Cook Co. IL Censuses. By 1863, Civil War records indicate family name changed to McGAN(N); 1870 Census shows McGAN, and 1880 Census shows McGANN. I am descended from son Andrew.
Family legend has it the the family comes from a long line of non-conformist Covenanters. who later embraced American Presbyterianism.
Name is probably spelled phonetically and has countless variations in Scotland. Anyone familiar with this name and family?