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TYPICAL SAILING SHIP
"TYPICAL SAILING SHIP"

British Barque "Gleaner"
arrived at New York on 5 July 1842, 33 days from Campbeltown, Scotland.

Please let me know if you find a passenger that is an ancestor of yours. Thanks, Harold A Ralston.

Down to description of vessel and dates of voyage.
Down to notes on source material and accuracy of transcrption.
List of Gleaner passengers who settled in Argyle, Illinois.


From the New York Daily Tribune, July 6, 1842
"MARINE JOURNAL"
"Port of New York, July 6, 1842"
"Arrived since our last."
"Br barque Gleaner, Gale, 33 ds fm Campbeltown, Scotland, with 260 tons coal, bound St Johns. Put in here to land passengers. 107 steerage passengers."

(Note: Underlined words in document were hand written on form to fill in the blanks.)
This passenger list has columns headed by; " Names, Age, Sex, Occupation, The Country to which they severally belong, The Country to which they intend to become inhabitants, Died on the voyage." All passengers were shown as intending to inhabit the United States. None were listed as having died on board. Therefore only the first five columns are shown below.
I have added numbers in front of each for record purposes.)

"DISTRICT OF NEW YORK - PORT OF NEW YORK"

"I, Thos. Gale do solemnly, sincerely, and truly swear that the following List or Manifest of Passengers, subscribed with my name, and now delivered by me to the Collector of the Customs for the District of New York, contains, to the best of my knowledge and belief, a just and true account of all Passengers received on board the Br. Barque Gleaner whereof I am Master, from Campbeltown. So help me God. Thos. Gale swear to this 6th July 1842 before me, (sp.?).

LIST OR MANIFEST of all the Passengers taken on board the Barque Gleaner whereof Thos. Gale is Master, from Campbelltown burden 514 tons."

Gleaner Passenger List:

1 John, Caldwell, 47, male, farmer, Scotland
2 Margaret, Caldwell, 31, female, wife, Scot
3 Elizabeth, Hines?, 78, f, mother, Scot
4 David, Ralston, 18, m, laborer, Scot e-mail a descendant
5 Helen, Ralston, 65, f, mother, Scot
6 Wm., Ralston, 23, m, laborer, Scot
7 Jn, McAkin?, 28, m, shoemaker, Campbeltown
8 Arch, McGeachy, 20, m, farmer, "
9 Irving?, Montgomery, 45, m, ", Scotland
10 Wm., Montgomery, 50, m, ", "
11 Jm, Montgomery, 37, m, ", "
12 Jean, Caldwell, 35, f, ", "
13 Elizabeth, Montgomery, 15, f, ", "
14 Robt, Montgomery, 14, m, ", "
15 Jean, Montgomery, 12, f, ", "
16 James, Montgomery, 10, m, ", "
17 Mary, Montgomery, 8, f, ", "
18 Marion, Montgomery, 5, f, ", "
19 John, Montgomery, 3, m, ", "
20 Neil, McKay, 65, m, farmer, "
21 Marian?, Montgomery, 54, f, ", "
22 Robt, McKay, 27, m, ", "
23 Alex, McKay, 26, m, ", "
24 Flora, McKay, 22, f, ", "
25 Agnes, McKay, 20, f, ", "
26 In, McKay, 18, m, ", "
27 Neil, McKay, 15, m, ", "
28 Donald, Smith, 50, m, ", " (found in book Church, Charles A.,
 'Past and present of the city of Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois' 
Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1905, 840  pgs.; page 468)
29 Mary, Montgomery, 44, f, ", "
30 Flora, Smith, 20, f, ", "
31 Robt, Smith, 18, m, ", "
32 In, Smith, 16, m, ", "
33 Danl.?, Smith, 12, m, ", "
34 Alex, Smith, 10, m, ", "
35 Arch, Smith, 8, m, ", "
36 Jean, Smith, 6, f, ", "
37 Wm., Smith, 4, m, ", "
38 Mary Agnes, Smith, 1, f, ", "
39 Janet, Brown, 24, f, ", "
40 Janet, Matson, 15, f, spinster, "
41 Peter, Greenlees, 42, m, farmer, "
42 Martha, Ferguson, 43, f, wife, "
43 Mary, Greenlees, 16, f, daughter, "
44 Agnes?, Greenlees, 14, f, ", "
45 James, Greenlees, 12, m, son, "
46 Hughy, Greenlees, 9, m, son, "
47 Martha, Greenlees, 6, f, daughter, "
48 Peter, Greenlees, 4, m, son, "
49 Wm., Greenlees, 2, m, son, "
50 Angus, Cumming, 19, "?, farmer, "
51 John, McLean, 26, m, ", "
52 Wm., Ralston 48, m, ", "
53 Elizabeth, Ralston, 43, f, wife, "
54 Janet, Ralston, 18, f, daughter, "
55 Margaret, Ralston, 17, f, ", "
56 Elizabeth Ralston, 15, f, ", "
57 Helen Ralston, 14, f, ", "
58 Martha, Ralston, 12, f, ", "
59 David, Ralston, 10, m, son, "
60 Thomas, Ralston, 8, m, son, "
61 Jean, Ralston, 3, f, daughter, "
62 Agnes, Ralston, 2, f, ", "
63 Robt, Ralston, 63, m, distiller, "
64 David, Andrew, 48, m, farmer, " email a descendant
65 Janet, Andrew, 37, f, wife, "
66 John, Andrew, 17, m, son, "
67 David, Andrew, 15, m, son, "
68 Jean, Andrew, 13, f, daughter, "
69 Robt, Andrew, 11, m, son, "
70 James, Andrew, 10, m, son, "
71 Mathew, Andrew, 8, m, son, "
72 Arch, Andrew, 6, m, son, "
73 Janet, Andrew, 4, f, daughter, "
74 Marion, Andrew, 2, f, daughter, "
75 Neil, Taylor, 40, ?, ?, "
76 Margaret, Taylor, 38, f, wife, "
77 Arch, Taylor, 6, m, son, "
78 Marion, Taylor, 3, f, daughter, "
79 Arch, McArthur, 20, m, laborer, "
80 Neil, McSporan?, 26, m, farmer, " see a descendants comments
81 Arch, McNair?, 43, m, ", "
82 ?, Mitchell, 36?, f, sister-in-law, "
83 Arch, McNair, 13, m, son, "
84 Hugh, McNair, 10, m, son, "
85 In, McNair, 8, m, son, "
86 Jean, McNair, 6, f, daughter, "
87 Robt, McNair, 4, m, son, "
88 Jamy?, McNair, 2 1/2, m, son, "
89 Peter, Matis?, 55, m, farmer, "
90 Flora, Benten?, 45, f, wife, "
91 Alex, Matis. 20, m, son, "
92 Mary, Matis, 19, f, daughter, "
93 Flora, Matis, 17, f, daughter, "
94 Peter, Matis, 12, m, son, "
95 Wm., Howie, 21, m, engineer, "
96 Alex, ?ford, 19, m, laborer, "
97 Don, McSporan?, 30, m, laborer, "
98 Mary, Greenley, 80, f, , "
99 Janet, Boyle?, 30, f, , "
100 Agnes, Boyle, 3, f, daughter, "
101 Arch, Boyle, 1 1/2, m, son, "
102 Mathew, Huie, 34, m, farmer, " email a descendant
103 Mary, Ferguson, 24, f, wife, "
104 Martha, Huie, 7, f, daughter, "
105 John, Huie, 5, m, son, "
106 David, Huie, 2, m, son, "
107 John, McCoay?, 28, m, laborer, "

Description of Vessel

"The British bark "Gleaner", Thomas Gale, master, arrived at New York on 5 July 1842, 30 days from Campbelltown, Scotland. The passenger manifest, dated the following day, is available in National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, Roll 49, No. 604; you can borrow a copy of this microfilm through AGLL, any LDS (Mormon) Family History Center, or Interlibrary Loan. _Lloyd's Register_ for the 1840's and 1850's lists several barks named "Gleaner", none of them, however, captained by a Thomas Gale. It is possible, however, that Gale was not the captain, but merely the (first) mate, commanding the vessel on this voyage while the captain took a vacation ashore (a common practice in the age of sail). It will help greatly in identifying this particular bark "Gleaner" to know its tonnage. This is usually recorded on the passenger manifest, so when you check the National Archives microfilm listed above please note the tonnage and post it to the list, and I will check _Lloyd's Register_ for a bark "Gleaner" of the appropriate tonnage." Michael Palmer.

Note: This list of passengers was copied verbatim from a print copy of the microfilm Roll 49, No. 604 as described above.
Several names were difficult to interpret and, in general, are marked with a "?", if you can help me clarify these I will appreciate it.
Letter. E-Mail me

18 may 99

Hello,

I came across the passenger list of the barque "Gleaner" that you've posted on the web. I regularly search for references to the surname McSparron and it's variants and found a Neil McSporan listed. He is likely to be the Niell McSporran baptised at Killean & Kilchenzie in 1816. I have a record of his death in 1857 at Campbeltown, in which he is recorded as a mercantile seaman, so it's likely he returned from America.

Although many of the other surnames are familiar to me, I cannot however make any other McSporran connections. A quick search of the IGI (at www.familysearch.org) for the other couples who are listed shows Niel McKay married Mizie Montgomerey in 1806 at Southend, David Andrew married Janet Huie in Southend in 1824, Neil Taylor married Margaret McMillan at Campbeltown 1834 and Archibald McNair married Mary Mitchell 1825 Campbeltown (though he appears to be a widower by 1842).

I expect you're aware that Elizabeth Ferguson seems to have married both William Ralston in Campbeltown and Alexander Ralston in Southend on the same day, 20th Dec 1824. Most odd.

Mary Agnes Smith was baptised in Southend on 6 June 1842, so she could not have been on the ship unless it departed on the 7th or later. Thus the claim of a 33 day voyage seems exaggerated.

I hope some of this is of interest,

Regards, John McSparron, Clan MacSporran Association (http://start.at/macsporran)

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