Our research on our McCleland, (McClelland, McClellan, McClelen, McLellan) ancestors goes back to the date Robert McCleland sailed from Belfast, Ireland on August 17, 1767 aboard the "Earl of Donegal". Duncan Ferguson was master of the ship and they sailed into the Charleston, SC harbor on December 3, 1767 with 250 Protestants aboard. Robert, age 19, was awarded a bounty of 100 acres of land in Craven Co., SC, as recorded in council Journal 33, at a council meeting dated December 22, 1767 at Charleston, SC.
Other McClelands aboard the "Earl of Donegal" that same trip were: James McCleland, age 48; Catherine McCleland, age 46; Henry, age 14; John McCleland, age 10; Martha McCleland, age 8; and William McCleland, age 3. There is also a Margaret McClelan, age 21. No connection has been made to this group of McClelands.
Robert, in the South Carolina Historical Commission Files claimed service as both a footman and a horseman in the Revolutionary War and enlisted first in December 1778 under Captain Richard Sadler. Col. Bratton certifies as to Robert's service. Robert enlisted again in December of 1781 and once more on the 17th of Feb. 1782. Lt. John Long certifies as to the service and indents that were issued to Robert McClelland. DAR National #633546.
Robert's will was probated on January 19, 1802 in Will Book "A", page 67, file no. 277, York District, SC. His will was dated December 10, 1801.
Other names included in our lineage by marriage are: KELLY, PATTON, MORRISON, COWLES, FOWLER, POLLARD, McCULLOUGH, BOYD, GOLDEN and, of course, many others.