Date: Sun, 13 Jul 1997 07:42:59 -0700

From: Betty Jo Scott <>


CC:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, mclaren@MO.NET,,,,

Subject: Re: McLaurin Genealogy

Hello All:

Thought the following might be of interest to some of you.


By Anna May Taylor (taken from her book "The McLaren's")

Duncan Stuart McLaren was born in Canada near Montreal (probably Breadalbane or Prescott County) 1 Jan 1832/34; he died in Bison, Garfield County, Oklahoma, 20 Dec 1914 aged 80 years. (Dates and places from his pension records) He was buried at Waukomis Cemetery, GarfieldCounty, Oklahoma. A lovely memorial was placed on his and his wife's graves by his youngest son and his wife, August Debell and Frances (Cummins) McLaren. Duncan Stuart McLaren is believed to be the second son of John D. and Mary (Stuart) McLaren who were born in Perthsire, Scotland and came to Canada on the S.S. Dorothy in 1815. According to Frances McLaren, Duncan's parents came to Canada from Scotland with their parents when they were children on the same ship.

Duncan S. McLaren married 4 March 1865, at Olive Hill, Carter County, Kentucky, Elizabeth Jane Enix, daughter of Alfred and Mary Ann (Miller) Enix of Olive Hill. They were married by William Kibby, Minister, and the record is at Grayson, Carter County, Kentucky. Elizabeth was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky, about 1843; she died in Bison, Oklahoma, 17 Jun 1908 and is buried beside her husband in the Waukomis Cemetery. (Her date of birth is calculated from the Census Records of 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880).

Duncan S. McLaren came to the United States from Canada and served in the Civil War. He enlisted as a volumteer in the Union Army 24 Oct 1861 at Grayson, Kentucky. He was mustered in 12 Dec 1861 in Co. D., 22 Reg., Kentucky Infantry. He was discharged as 2nd Sergeant at Louisville, Kentucky 26 Jan 1865. His service records show that among his duties he was sent on a detachment as Recruiting Sergeant November of 1863 through February of 1864. He was wounded at Chichasaw Bluff, Mississippi, in December 1862, by gun shot wounds to the right arm, shoulder, thigh and back of his head. He claimed a pension 8 December 1885. His pension application describes him to be 5' 9" tall of fair complexion with blue eyes and brown hair.

After his discharge he returned to Olive Hill, Carter County, Kentucky, and was married. Though he was a blacksmith by trade he was of hearty stock and versatilely engaged in a number of occupations. The 1870 Census states that he was a miller. In 1880 the census shows that he was a Deputy Sheriff in Carter County, Kentucky. In 1885 he moved his family to Dodge City, Kansas. (Pension records state Ashland, Kansas) In 1889 the family moved to Oklahoma where he engaged primarily in farming.

The family remembers that for a period he was the Jailer at Kingfisher. On 26 Sep 1893, Duncan homesteaded land in Bison, Garfield County, Oklahoma. This was during the thrilling "run" on the Cherokee Outlet to white settlers after negotiations with the Indians. His 160 acres were in Section 23, Township 2N, Range 7. He received his final certificate on 11 Sep 1901.

Among his homestead papers in Washington, D.C., is the document of his naturalization. The document indicates that Duncan S. McLaren was a native of Canada, that he renounces allegiance to Queen Victoria and that he was admitted to United States citizenship by the District Court, Oklahoma Cointy, Oklahoma, on 29 Mar 1894.

The 1870 Federal Census of Grayson Township, Carter County, Kentucky, Page 7, July 21, 1870, enumerates Duncan McLaren 36, a miller; Elizabeth 27; Mary 4; William 2; JoAnna 6/12.

The 1880 Federal Census of Olive Hill, Carter County, Kentucky, Page 9, June 21, 1880, lists D. S. McLaren 46, Deputy Sheriff, born in Canada and his mother and father born in Scotland; Elizabeth J. 38 his wife, born in Kentucky and both of her parents born in Kentucky; Mary E. 14; Wm J. 12; Jo Ann 10; Peter A 8; Myrtle G 6; and Jennie 4, all children born in Kentucky.

Not much is known of the early life of Duncan S. McLaren. A statement among his Civil War Service records indicate that he was born near Montreal. Frances McLaren who has helped me with this research, remembers being told that the family lived in Tiverton-on-the-Lake. A post card in the possession of a grandson, Ross McLaren, is from a Mrs. P. G. McKerrocher and addressed from Kincardine. Though not dated the card was probably sent to Duncan in the early 1900's and seems to be from relatives in Kincardine. Pictured on the card is their home at reunion time. Kincardine is in Ontario a few miles south of Tiverton. Both cities lie in Bruce County, Ontario. Family members remember that he had brothers John, Alex, Peter and Eli (or Daniel). All the brothers are thought to have been born with Stuart as their middle name.

Among Mrs. Frances McLaren's recollections is an interesting story told to her by her husband, Gus. Duncan S. McLaren's brother Peter told the following story to Uncle Gus when Gus was about 26 years old - after Gus's mother had died - when Peter was visiting the family. The story goes that when Peter was a young man the Prince of Wales visited Canada. A number of boys had a race in row boats to see who could reach the prince's ship first to bring him ashore. Peter's crew won the race and had the honor of rowing the Prince to land.

Though the story Mrs. Downey told us about Peter S. McLaren is different, (see bio of Peter Stewart McLaren) both stories are about the Prince of Wales and similar enough to add credance that Peter Stewart and Duncan Stuart are brothers.

Zelda McLaren Hickerson, granddaughter of Duncan, relates that she was at her grandfather's house when their Great Uncle Peter visited. Peter S. came to the door and asked Gus if he could have lodging for the night. Gus said, "Come in, you'll have to ask Pop." She said "Grandpa and Great Uncle Peter stared at each other for seconds neither saying anything, then they rushed into each other's arms, both saying the other one's name (Duncan and Peter)." To her knowledge thay hadn't seen each other since her grandfather had left Canada. Zelda also remembers Peter reprimanding Duncan saying that he should not have fought in the Civil War. He said it wasn't their war. Some time after that Duncan went to Canada to visit his brother, Peter.