McCuaig / McQuaig / McKenzie - Mitochondrial DNA

The McCuaig / Lachance / Brennan Family of Eastern Ontario, the St. Lawrence Valley and Ottawa - History compiled by Bob Ranger. Updated: February 1, 2017.

"It is my own opinion that we should honour our forebears at least to the extent of knowing who they are." -- John B. McCuaig


We have, thus far, traced our McCuaig heritage back to:
Bella McKenzie [L3 - N - R - J] and John McCuaig, who married in about 1860.

Their daughter:
Mary McCuaig [L3 - N - R - J] (b about 1867), Moose Creek, Ont. married in 1886 at Ottawa; Siblings: unknown.

Their daughter:
Marie Angelina "Lena" Lachance [L3 - N - R - J] (1889-1980), Ottawa m Robert Alexander Brennan in 1914, Ottawa; Siblings: Ida [L3 - N - R - J], Bertha [L3 - N - R - J], Andrew, Albert, Edward, Donald, Julien, others.

Their daughter:
Olive Eleanor Brennan [L3 - N - R - J] (1920-2010) Ottawa, Canada m Charles Antoine Ranger, Jr., 1942. Siblings: Robert Edward Brennan (1918-1987), Floyd Noel Brennan (1923-1997), Bernice Brennan [L3 - N - R - J] (1926-2005).

Their daughter:
Carole Spencer (Carol Ann Ranger) [L3 - N - R - J] (1947-) b Syracuse, N.Y., USA. Siblings: Robert Charles Ranger (1945) b Ottawa, Canada, Charles Michael "Mike" Ranger (1952-) b Syracuse, USA, Patrick Edmund Ranger (1954-), b Syracuse, USA.
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McCuaig is a sept of clans: Farquharson, MacDonald of the Isles, and MacLeod of Harris.

The McCuaig families lived on the island of Islay in the Scottish Inner Hebridies. In the 19th century, many McCuaigs migrated to other parts of Argyll and neighboring counties. Argyleshire is a rugged fiorded land jutting out of the north western shore of Scotland into the stormy North Atlantic Ocean. Nearly a third of the land mass is in the form of islands. It is occupied principally by Highland Scots. In spite of poor transportation and an economy rooted to the soil, the population of Argyleshire was surprisingly mobile.

The Highland Clearances

Tenants forced off their land boarded . . . ships which were sub-standard to even the slave ships. Their crossing took more than five weeks and at the end was a land unknown to them, where the challenge of even existence itself would tax their every resource. -- From Reminiscences by Janet MacKay.
After the American Revolution, many people of Celtic origin who remained loyal to the British Crown migrated to Canada and settled on the north side of the St. Lawrence River. Their descendants are found there today.

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Copyright 2017 by Robert Ranger, Wilmington, North Carolina.