Hello. In my extended KIDDER family in Calais and Princeton, Maine, from 1780's to present, my gr-gr-grandfather was Joseph KIDDER (a Civil War veteran). His brother was J. Calvin KIDDER who married Mirandaa McLAUGHLIN from a large family in New Brunswick. "Cal, Jr." and Miranda lived in Princeton, Maine, and had many children. One of their daughters at Age 16 had a baby, and the father of the baby was James McLELLAN, who reportedly was born in Nova Scotia. We have never figured out which family he came from -- or whether he could have been related to the McLELLAN family then living in Prineton, Maine.
I haven't thought about this family in a while, but over the weekend someone responded to a McLELLAN posting on the Board at www.genforum.com
She wanted to know whether the James McLELLAN who her great-grandmother helped to raise in Princeton, ME.
After e-mailing back and forth yesterday, we discovered that "my" James McLELLAN was born in 1892, and "her" James McLELLAN was born in 1896, probably both in Princeton, ME.
"My" James was probably adopted by his grandparents when he was 8 to 10 years old, as his name was changed to James "Calvin" KIDDER.
"Her" James lived with the BILLINGS family in Princeton.
From memory (at 6 am), I think there was another James McLELLAN born in ~1900 in the same area.
-- I just wondered whether the James McLELLAN who was reportedly born in Nova Scotia was part of any of the families you research from the 1800's. I would guess this James was born around 1870.
Also wonder whether this James was related to the family in Princeton, Maine.
Betty (near Lowell, MA)