Roderick McLEAN , 18511901 (aged 49 years)

Name
Roderick /McLEAN/
Given names
Roderick
Surname
McLEAN
Baptism

Parish of Butterwick

Number of marriages

Philip Strong obtained the marriage certificate of Alexander McLEAN marrying Clara Fanny MILLS which is compelling evidence that Roderick was not the McLEAN involved.

His brother did not include any marriage details on Roderick's death certificate, so it is fairly safe to assume that Roderick never married.

Death

The following transcription of Roderick's death certificate has been kindly provided by Phil Strong.

RODERICK'S DEATH CERTIFICATE:

Qld-Transcription of Death: Roderick McLEAN:1901. Registration# 1902/530, 20058. DECEASED: Name and Surname: Roderick McLEAN Occupation: Labourer Sex & Age: Male, 48 years. Date of Death: 11 December 1901. Place of death: Caboolture District. Where born and if not born in Australia, period of residence in Australia: Hunter River, New South Wales. --------- PARENTS: Name and Surname of Father: John McLEAN Occupation: Labourer. Name and maiden surname of mother: Grace McGinmas. --------- MARRIAGE(S): Where, at what age and to whom deceased was married: -

CHILDREN: Names and ages: -

MEDICAL: Cause of Death: Supposed cerebral suffering Duration of last illness: 3 years Medical attendant by whom certified: - When he/she last saw deceased: -

BURIAL or CREMATION: When and where buried or cremated: 12 December 1901. Lawnton. By whom certified: Niklis Ebert. Name and religion of minister: D. Meihyolin, Presbyterian. and/or names of two witnesses of burial or cremation: James Connors, William Neugent

INFORMANT: Name, description or relationship, and residence : Neil McLean, Brother, Upper Pine.

REGISTRAR Name, date and place of registration: T. Bryce, 3 January 1902, Caboolture.

NOTES (if any): NIL

Burial

Noted from transcription of Roderick's death certificate which was kindly provided by Phil Strong.

Note

In an email of 27 September, 2009, Phil Strong noted:

I am a bit wary about the Clara Fanny Ann record for the following reasons:

(1) The only apparent links our family has with the marriage: 1870/C197 McLEAN Alexander & MILLS Clara Fanny Ann is the first name Roderick used by Alexander later in his marriage and also that Roderick was definitely in Queensland in 1900 (Obituary of Donald Hugh McLEAN. Northern Star; 26 Jun 1900) and also at his death (Death of Roderick McLEAN. Reg# 1902/530. Registrar of BDM, Qld. )... see my transcription.

(2) Gaelic naming: At the time of Roderick's baptism, he was only named "Roderick". Single first names were the Gaelic custom... which created some confusion in areas like the Isle of Mull where McLEAN was one of the most common names. On the immigrant ships they would distinguish between (say) the various Rodericks by calling one Roderick the Red and the other Roderick the Black... and so on!

This Qld Roderick departed from the Gaelic and used the first name of Alexander at the time of his marriage, then the following names in sequence for the births of each of his children...

Alexander, Alexander Roderick , Roderick, Alexander, Alexander, then Roderick for the final 5 children!

(3) Events in 1870:

In 1870 when Roderick was aged 18 he gave evidence at an inquest: "I am a farmer and live on Oxley with my fatherŠ I was employed at a threshing machine at the residence of (William Brown of Oxley Island)." (Inquest into the death of James Brown. Manning River News; 15 Jan 1870.)

Then he is up in Qld in the same year, under-age and marrying Clara Fanny Ann.

Note

Philip Strong obtained the marriage certificate of Alexander McLEAN marrying Clara Fanny MILLS which is compelling evidence that Roderick was not the McLEAN involved.

His brother did not include any marriage details on Roderick's death certificate, so it is fairly safe to assume that Roderick never married.