The CUB Report – 2005

November, 2005
Hello again Cubbies,

This is our fifth annual newsletter. Since last year, we’ve added many more McCubbins to our databank. Now with almost 6,000 McCubbins and their spouses, we’ve been able to link up more families. Almost all names have been documented through birth, marriage and death certificates, wills, sasines and census records.This newsletter will feature:

McCubbin Families of Wigtownshire
Is it McCubbin or McKibben?
An Ayrshire – Ireland McCubbin, McKibben family
Hello from Lynne McCubbin of Ayrshire
Early McCubbin Families in the Dunscore, Dumfriesshire Area
The CUB Report 2005 from Australia
Some Notable & Adventurous McCubbins
American & Canadian McCubbins

Wigtownshire McCubbins

by Lorna McCubbin

Scotland – Wigtownshire in red. Kirkcudbrightshire and Dumfriesshire (now Dumfries) lie directly east.

“WIGTOWNSHIRE, a maritime county in the SW extremity of Scotland, forms the W division of Galloway, and contains the most southerly land in Scotland.”
Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland, 1885

GALLOWAY is a much older term. In the early Middle Ages it was virtually a Principality, if not a separate Kingdom from Scotland and England. Galloway at that time probably included a large portion of what we now call Ayrshire as well as most of Wigtownshire and Kirkcudbrightshire. Land grants from the Scottish King to the ‘de Bruce’ family in Annandale and Carrick were probably an attempt by the Crown to contain Galloway if not subjugate it.

The Parishes of Wigtownshire

The area today known as DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY formerly comprised the separate Scottish counties of Dumfriesshire,
Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire.
Today, the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright and Wigtownshire together comprise the area generally referred to as Galloway.

McCubbin Families of Wigtownshire

Hugh McCubbin & Jean Aitken
The Stranraer McCubbins
Hugh and Jean were married circa 1778. They had nine known children. Several of their descendants were involved in the shipping industry in Stranraer, employed as Steam Boat Clerks, Sailors and Master Mariners.

John McCubbin & Elizabeth Beggs
The Leswalt McCubbins
John and Elizabeth were married circa 1799. Elizabeth died after giving birth to six children. John married Margaret Wallace and had
five more children. Eleven children in all! Up to the early 1900’s, most of their descendants remained in the Leswalt area, working as
Farm Servants, Ploughmen, Byremen and Agricultural Labourers. When the railway made its way into the south of Scotland, some
of the family became employed in that industry.

William McCubbin & Janet Stewart
Kirkcolm to Leswalt, to Portpatrick, etc.
William – born about 1750 – and his wife Janet had four known children, all of whom had many descendants. Although they continued to live in Wigtownshire during the 19th century, we find them in many different parishes; Kirkcolm, Inch, Portpatrick, Old Luce, Kirkmaiden, Stoneykirk. Most of them were Ploughmen, Argricultural Labourers, and Farm Servants. The following excerpt from Scotland’s People describes the life: “The Farm Servant and Agricultural Labourer were the foundation of lowland Scottish agriculture. Hiring could be a continuation of existing employment or a new contract established at a “hiring fair”, and for the Farm Servant, was normally for a one year period, or at least six months. The Agricultural Laborer on the other hand was paid day wages, hired on a short term, as and when work was needed. This was characteristic of arable farming – planting, hoeing, reaping, general farm work, etc. The contents of their houses would go with them as they ‘flitted’ to each home; table and chairs, bedsteads, mattresses, crockery, all loaded on a horse-drawn cart. They lived without roots, always on the edge of a move and as a result were fiercely self-sufficient and independent of mind.”

William McCubbin & Margaret Stroyan
The Kirkcowan McCubbins
William and Margaret married about 1803 and had six known children. Many of them were involved in the building industry as Master Joiners and Master Plasterers. A Joiner was a skilled craftsman, working with wood. Usually he would have apprenticed with a master Joiner, who would often be a relative. He would likely be skilled in a specific area of woodworking, such as furniture making. One of the most skilled tasks the Joiner did was to make wooden cartwheels. Sometimes the Joiner would travel to a farm and repair a broken wooden item.
One of William and Margaret’s sons, John, a Master Joiner, moved to Kirkcudbright. At the time of the 1881 census, John’s son William, was a Master Plasterer “employing 5 men, 2 boys.”

Alexander McCubbin & Agnes Jackson
Leswalt to Australia
Many descendants were Dairymen and Cheesemakers – the women also. Alexander and Agnes became the progenitors of descendants who went off to other parts of the world – America and Australia. Many Australians are descended from two of their sons, William, (who married Catherine Menzies), and Alexander, (who married Elizabeth Simpson).

Thomas McCubbin & Grizale Henderson
Ayr to New Luce
Thomas and Grizale ‘Grace’, were married in Ayr, 1796. They moved to Stoneykirk where their son John was born. John married Ann McCulloch, became a Tailor and had eight children, most born in New Luce. Other descendants were Tailors, as well as Joiners, Engine Fitters, and Woolen Weavers.

Alexander McCubbin & Agnes Weir
The Kirkmaiden & Stoneykirk McCubbins
The first official record of Alexander McCubbin is on the death register of his son William, in 1901. William’s mother is listed as Agnes Weir. Alexander’s occupation was a Joiner. William married Anne Chalmers in Kirkmaiden, in 1841.
Many Scots at this time were illiterate as evidenced by the use of X marks, instead of signatures, on the statutory birth, marriage and death certificates. William signed his name with an ‘X’ on all the birth certificates of his children. William and Annie were determined their own nine children should be educated – not an easy task on a farm worker’s income. Annie became very enterprising in supplementing the family income. “She kept a ‘Dame school’ in Drummore and boarded Lodgers – among them farm workers, a schoolmaster, and Wigtownshire poet, named ‘McCammie’.
The ‘Dame school’ would correspond with a present day nursery. This was common practice in Scotland in the late 18th & 19th centuries. A woman of some education would be paid 1d a week or similar to educate very young children, mainly teaching the alphabet, simple numeracy and to read the Bible – the main source of literature.” As told by a great granddaughter of William and Ann.
From the age of five years old, McCubbin children were listed in the censuses as ‘scholars’. By the time they left home they were literate, loved reciting poetry and were not afraid of a good days work.
One of their descendants, living today, went on to become a well known Canadian author, and champion of women’s rights. Doris McCubbin Anderson led the fight that resulted in one simple statement being enshrined – in 1981 – in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:” men and women are equal under the law.”

Is it McCubbin or McKibben?

The actual spelling of the name McKibben, is a rare occurrence in Scotland, although it predominates in Ireland. Because few people could write their names until about the middle of the 19th century, the church minister wrote it as he heard it. If the family had once lived in Ireland, they likely pronounced their name ‘McKibben’. The McKibben name occurs several times in the old parish records of Stoneykirk. The spelling changed in the early 1800’s when a new minister took over the parish. Some of the following McCubbin families originated from the McKibbens of Stoneykirk:

John McCubbin ‘McKibben’ & Margaret McWilliam
Stoneykirk, Whithorn, Glasserton
John and Margaret were married in 1784 at Stoneykirk. John’s name was originally recorded as ‘McKibbon’, ‘McKibben’. In the early 1800’s the name began to appear as McCubbin, although the original spelling turns up throughout the records of some of their ten known children, who were born in the parishes of Stoneykirk, Portpatrick, Old Luce and Glenluce.

John began his work life in the fields, then took a leap from being a Ploughman to a Tailor. In 1841, at the age of 81, he was still working as a Tailor in Glasserton.
His descendants continued to work in the fields – as Ploughmen, Farm Servants, Agricultural Labourers, and some as Fishermen.

Some other McCubbins in the Stoneykirk parish were recorded in the mid and late 1700’s, as McKibbens:
– Alexander McCubbin ‘McKibben’ and Isobel Davidson, married about 1784
– John McCubbin ‘McKibben’ and Margaret Gibson, married 1755.

An Ayrshire – Ireland McCubbin, McKibben family

Researched by David McCormack

David McCormack, born in Ayrshire, now living in Alberta, Canada, has done extensive research on his ancestors; the earliest known being Shaw McKibben of County Down, Ireland. Shaw was David’s fourth great grandfather. Shaw is also the ancestor of another Canadian, Neil McCubbin of Quebec.
We first discovered the connection between Ayrshire and Ireland through Shaw’s son William, who emigrated to Ayrshire. Shaw McKibben of Ireland was recorded as the father on his son William’s death registration.
Shaw was 23 upon signing a land lease of a three acre farm in 1808, at Blaris, Townland of Maze, County Down, Ireland -from the Marchioness of Downshire. Shaw farmed the land until his death in 1860. He was 85 years old.
For the first time, we were able to show a definite link between the McKibbens of Ireland and the McCubbins of Scotland. It was an exciting find.
Great sleuthing Dave!

Hello from Lynne McCubbin of Ayrshire

“Have started going to Edinburgh’s Register House at least every three months. I recently completed the 1871 census for McCubbins in Ayrshire. (These will be entered onto the McCubbin Family History website). Hoping to get the 1901 next time I’m in Edinburgh.

Last week I heard from a descendant of Hugh McCubbin (b 1833 Girvan) who went on to become Lord Mayor of Liverpool. I have received some lovely old photos. This was such a great find for me.

I also made another wonderful discovery. My interest in the family tree began with my looking for David Peacock McCubbin who apparently deserted the Navy in WWI. He changed his name to David Stewart and went to Australia. Even with Penny’s help I’ve been unable to find anything about him. However, some naval records recently went online – would you believe my David showed up with all the ships he’d been on. He never deserted in WWI, because he jumped ship in 1891 in Barbados and wasn’t caught! So at least I have another 10 years of his life – perhaps one day I can find out what became of him.
I also have been involved with the Freecen project as a transcriber and checker. Unfortunately the Ayrshire census for 1851 wasn’t available on CD ROM, so have been doing other areas. No McCubbins so far! I’ve transcribed/checked two huge parishes in Glasgow (east end) and not a one showed up for 1841. Obviously any McCubbins were elsewhere in the city.”

Early McCubbin Families in the Dunscore, Dumfriesshire Area

by Kathy McCubbing Hopkins

According to “The Surnames of Scotland” by George F Black, the earliest McCubbin recorded was Martin M’Cubyn or M’Cubyne who was a tenant in the mill of Dalfubill in 1376 (RHM, I, p lvii). Dalfibble is about 11 miles north-east of Dunscore.

There is no doubt that the McCubbin family was well established in Dumfriesshire by the 16th century and there is a reference to a William McCowbin at Gilmerston (approximately ½ mile west of Dunscore) in 1529.

He held land on the estate of Sir John Hay of Yester, lord of the barony of Snade, lying in the parish of Glencairn. There seems to have been some sort of dispute between Hay and his tenants which turned into quite a nasty and bloody affair. A descendant of another tenant, Patrick Meliken (Milligan), has researched the archives and recounts the incidents which are an illustration of the brutal and bloody times these people lived in. An account of this can be found on the “The Regarde Bien” website:

The website also contains articles which give good descriptions of life (for the Milligans) in the area and there are occasional references to members of the McCubbin family.

There survives in Glencairn Moniaive churchyard a very old gravestone, from 1663, of a John MCubin (1563-1663) who lived at Marwhirn, which is north-west of Moniaive. It is believed that the famous mason, “Old Mortality” carved the back of the stone. “Old Mortality” was the nickname of Robert Paterson, a Scotsman of the 18th century who later in life decided to travel around Scotland with his trusty horse, re-engraving the tombs of 17th century covenanter martyrs.

Front- and back-sides of a very old McCubbin headstone, thought to be inscribed by “Old Mortality”

By 1565 Robert McCubbin was already ensconced at McCubbington and there are records of a Johnne McCubbine witnessing the baptism of a John Milliken (son of a neighbour from Milliganton Farm) in 1602, and in 1606 of an Elizabeth McCubene married to John Grier (by then deceased).

Regality of Melrose records of 1607 show a Robert McCubbines in Dunscoir (possibly the Robert at McCubbington) and, in 1618, in the Register of the Privy Council of Scotland a James McCubene at Blackburne is mentioned as a tenant/servant of the Laird of Lag, whose family was later to be responsible for the execution of Alexander M’Cubine in 1685). Sasine Records show a Margaret McCubbin married to William Douglas and living at Glenrosche in 1620.

The project has copies of wills for McCubbins in this area, for example the will of Robert McCubbine of 1685, a chapman (land dealer) of Carneselloche and that of John McCubbin (c.1736-1812, husband of Margaret Currie and part of McCubbin family #31 Edgartoun) which was proved in 1813.

In 1685 Alexander M’Cubine, covenanter of Glencairn was arrested on Lochenkit Moor with 5 others, 4 of whom were immediately shot by Capt Bruce. Alexander M’Cubine and Edward Gordon of Galloway were taken to the Bridge of Urr where Grierson of Lagg was violently pressing the abjuration on the country people. The prisoners refused to take the oath, were denied recourse to the assizes and, on 3rd March were taken to Irongray by Lagg and his party. There the two covenanters were hanged on an oak tree at Hallhill within sight of the kirk. The stumps of the oak tree and a memorial can be seen there today which is inscribed:

Here lyes Edward Gordon and Alexander McCubine, martyres hanged without law by Lagg and Cap Bruce for adhereing to the word of God, Christ’s kingly government in his hous and the covenanted work of reformation against tyranny, perjury and prelacy. Rev. 12: II. Mar. 3: 1685 As Lagg and bloodie Bruce comman’d, we were hung up by hellish hand: and thus their furious rage to stay we died near Kirk of Iron-Gray: – Sweet rest we take once murder’d for religeons sake.
As Lagg and bloodie Bruce comman’d, we were hung up by hellish hand: and thus their furious rage to stay we died near Kirk of Iron-Gray: – Sweet rest we take once murder’d for religeons sake.”

The graves were enclosed by railings in 1832 when a new gravestone was put alongside the old one.

Another memorial to the Nithsdale Martyrs, including Alexr MacCubine, was erected in 1928 in the ancient cemetery of Dalgarnoc after a conventicle was held in 1925 in which the parish minister of Closeburn, Rev Charles Rolland Ramsay gave an account of the Nithsdale Covenanters and appealed for funds to renovate their monuments and commemorate them in an appropriate memorial. For the unveiling of the stately Northumbrian Cross honouring 57 of the Nithsdale Martyrs, whose names are inscribed upon it, a second conventicle was held in 1928. A separate stone placed at its base reads “From admirers in Australia”.

In 1985 a conventicle was held at the “communion stones” on Skeoch Hill at Irongray to commemorate the martyrs’ lives.

References to Alexander McCubbin by name (various spellings), and the struggles of the covenanters is mentioned in several books, including: “Hunted and Harried”, a novel by R M Ballantyne, c.1890;”The Laird of Lag, A Life Sketch” by Lt Col A Fergusson, 1886; “Tynron, Dumfriesshire” by W A Wilson, BEM 1957 – a descendant of the McCubbin family from Keir (#05), and “The Martyrs Graves of Scotland” by J H Thomson. An obelisk in Irongray memorializes a huge conventicle, held in 1678, attended by thousands of individuals.

There are 2 very similar references which indicate that a descendant, James (1840-1927, a stationmaster at Elvanfoot, part of family #32 Dunscore/Kirkmahoe) was in possession of Alexander’s bible: “The Martyrs Graves of Scotland” by J H Thomson, 1906 and “Galloway and the Covenanters”, Paisley Alexander Gardener, 1914. According to Thomson:

“The stationmaster at Elvanfoot, on the main line of the Caledonian railway, is a descendant of Alexander M’Cubbin and bears his name. He still possesses the martyr’s Bible. It is in good preservation. It is a small folio dated “Edinburgh, printed by Andro Hart, and are to be sold at his Buith on the Kirk Side of the Gates, a little beneath the cross Anno Dom 1610.”

Descendants of this branch are in contact with the project but, so far, no trace of the Bible (which would be about 400 years old now!) has been found, and it was not mentioned in James’ will. The Biggar museum which keeps a number of covenanters’ Bibles has been contacted but it does not reside there. If you know anything about the whereabouts of this Bible, please contact Kathy.

There were a couple of McCubbin family groups in Glencairn in the late 1600s/early 1700s but it has not thus far been possible to link them with Alexander. It is said that Alexander was married to a woman called Sarah and that they had 2 sons, Alexander and James.

During this period in Glencairn there are records of an Alexander and a James both married to Janet Maxwell(!) and Alexander to Margaret Brownrig(!) with several offspring from 1693 to 1706. Also an Alexander McGachie married to a Janet Maxwell with children born between 1697 and 1699. There are also records of a James McCubbin married to a Janet Waugh, married in Keir, with 5 children born in Glencairn between 1726 and 1742.

Meanwhile, McCubbins continued to live at McCubbington and have been tracked through Sasine records from Robert (1607, mentioned above) to his son John (1607, 1645), and then to son Robert (1645, 1718) who married Jean Freschie. Their son, James, who is mentioned in the Sasine of 1718 may be James McCubbin (c.1710-1770, a portioner (land dealer) whose descendants have been researched (#31 Edgartoun), although there is other information which links a James McCubbin (1654-1722, buried in Dunscore Portrack cemetery) from McCubbington to son James, a Merchant.

In the early 1700s a number of other McCubbins lived in the area: John (c.1684-1742) who married Agnes Gordon and lived at Halliday Hill, also Janet McCubbin who died in 1720, second wife of John McBurnie – they are buried in Dunscore Portrack cemetery. There is an Andrew mentioned in a Sasine of 1720 at Edgartoun, and a John, eldest son and heir of James, who is mentioned in a Sasine in 1725 for McCubbinstoun which also mentions a Robert McCubin in McCubbinstoun at that time.

Some good references have been found for early documents held in the Edinburgh archives which mention McCubbins from the Dunscore area and it will be a challenging project to locate, transcribe/translate them. Apart from the difficulties with transcribing very old documents, some of them are in Latin.

The CUB Report from Australia

by Penny McColm

Why would the children of Alexander McCubbin born 1794 and his wife Ann (nee Aitken) of Dailly Ayrshire leave their, homeland, a close-knit family and the rich family traditions of Scotland? A mystery indeed!
No documentation has been found so far to give the reasons why they all left Scotland. I believe that it was most likely lack of employment prospects that encouraged an entire generation to leave Scotland and set sail for the 4 corners of the earth, but leave it they did!
Sadly this implies that not a single living descendant of this family no longer survives in Scotland today.

Alexander and Ann were married on the 26th December 1817 and subsequently had 14 children, all born in Ayrshire during the years1818 to1838. There were 10 boys and 4 girls. One child William, was the only one who remained with his parents, another Alexander, born in 1819 died in infancy, the rest literally flew the nest!
Their stories are fascinating and as you will see they ventured to all corners of the globe. So in brief here is their story:

Alexander born 1818 died in 1819
David born 1819 went to Liverpool
Anderson born 1821 went to Liverpool
Peter born 1823 went to Liverpool
James born 1825 settled in Liverpool & Cheshire
William born 1826 died in Scotland in 1847
John born 1827 settled first in New Zealand then on to Australia
Alexander born 1827(twin brothers) migrated to Australia
Mary born 1829 migrated to New Zealand
Hamilton born 1831 went to Hawaii USA
Jane born 1832 also migrated to New Zealand
Sarah born 1833 joined her sister in New Zealand
Clement Wilson born 1835 moved to New Jersey USA
Wilhemina born 1838 went with her sisters to New Zealand

Each and every one of these children most likely never saw their parents again and as the research has opened up their lives to us there have been many mysteries solved. They married, had children, and tragically lost some, as was the norm for those days; some lived very hard lives at a time when Australia & New Zealand were recently settled. And those that stayed in England established themselves as publicans and mariners with the Cunard Line, they became highly respected members of the Liverpool community.
I am indebted this year to Marjory Woodward of Surrey UK who has contributed so much data to our history, which has kept me busy for the past year, Bill McCubbin of Canada, and Bill Smart of NZ/Australia, for their ongoing support. Ref #A02 Penny

Some Notable & Adventurous McCubbins

George Reynolds McCubbin of South Africa D.S.O

George Reynolds McCubbin was born in 1898 in Cape Town, the eldest son of David Aitken McCubbin and Lucy Clegg.
He attended King Edward’s School in Johannesburg. George distinguished himself as soon as he had finished his schooling. At the age of 18, he joined the Royal Flying Corp in 1916. He was passionate about flying.
On June 18th 1916, he was on patrol over the Western Front, when 3 enemy planes were seen on the horizon. A dramatic dogfight ensued and George was credited with shooting down German air ace Max Immelman, who was greatly feared for his flying skills in avoiding his enemies and his reputation for having shot down 15 allied planes.
George was unaware of this amazing feat he had achieved – that he had actually downed Immelman – for some 3 days after the incident, but 8 days later he was awarded the D.S.O. He was eventually promoted to Major; he later became a well-known and highly respected businessman in Johannesburg. He died on 7th September 1948.

Louis Frederick McCubbin of Australia O.B.E

Louis Frederick McCubbin was born 18 March 1890 in the suburb of Hawthorn, Melbourne Australia, he was the eldest son of Frederick McCubbin and Annie McCubbin nee Moriarty.
Louis was a talented artist and as a young man joined the 14th Battalion of the AIF and served in France from November 1917 with the 10th Field Ambulance. “McCubbin undertook a camouflage course in 1918 and became one of five soldiers already serving with the AIF to be appointed an official war artist affiliated with the Australian War Records Section.”
After the war Louis returned to Australia and was “employed by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra where he created the backgrounds of the dioramas, which adorn the walls of the Memorial. He also produced numerous watercolour preparatory sketches and two series of paintings to complement the dioramas. He was re-employed by the Memorial from 1935-1936 to undertake commissions for large paintings, depicting war damage on the Western Front.” (Source Aust War Memorial web site)
Later he became Director of the South Australian Art Gallery, he painted some of his finest works while living in Adelaide. He died in Melbourne on 6th December 1952.

Frederick McCubbin 1855 – 1917 Australian artist  Click the link to see the page about Frederick McCubbin on this site.

John Findlay son of Jane McCubbin of New Zealand KCMG

John George Findlay was born 21st October 1862 in Hokitika on the West Coast of New Zealand. He was the third child of George Findlay and Jane McCubbin Findlay. Jane, together with her sisters and her husband had recently migrated to NZ from Scotland.
John’s education extended eventually to the University of Otago where he gained his LLB in 1886, he was called to the Bar in 1887. John married Josephine Emily Arkel in 1890 and they had three children. He practiced law for some years in Wellington and gradually became interested in politics; in 1906 he was appointed to the Legislative Council, and he took on the office of Attorney General.
His career flourished and in 1911 he decided to contest the Parnell seat for the House of Representatives. This attempt failed but he accomplished his aim and in 1917 he was elected.
During these years he travelled to Britain where he was honoured with the KCMG in the coronation honours of King George V, two years later in 1919 he retired from public service. He eventually settled in Sussex, England and died there on 7th December 1929.

James Alexander McCubbin of Liverpool UK

James Alexander McCubbin was born on 9th June 1852 in Liverpool England the second son of Alexander McCubbin and Ann McCubbin nee McWilliam.
James was born on the eve of his parent’s departure for Australia; they had decided to emigrate and they settled in Melbourne Victoria Australia.
James spent his childhood years growing up in the rapidly expanding and exciting city of Melbourne of the 1860’s. It is not known when he farewelled his parents, brothers and sisters and sailed to England, where he soon settled in with the large extended family of his father. He was employed by the Cunard Shipping Line, working out of Liverpool on the Atlantic run as an assistant purser. He married his cousin, Annie McCubbin, daughter of his Uncle Peter, on the 3rd of July 1876 in the Registry Office, Liverpool. Eventually James became a Chief Purser. He no doubt must have been delighted to be posted to the position of Chief Purser on the prestigious Lusitania on the Liverpool to New York run. Sadly that sealed his fate and the witty and jovial James Alexander died when, off the coast of Ireland, a German U Boat torpedoed the ship on the 7th May 1915. His body was recovered and he was buried in the Toxteth Cemetery Liverpool Lancashire.

McCubbin – McCubben – McCubbing ANZACS WW1 & WW2

Many McCubbin men and women enlisted in the forces during both World Wars.
In some instances, where some have given their lives for their country, their names have not always been entered in to the Death Indexes of Australia.
Searching the excellent databases in the following web sites can rectify this unfortunate oversight:

Go to Collections, the name, in WW1. Go to Name in WW2 and type in any of the following: McCubbin, MacCubbin, McCubbine, McCubben, McCubbing.

American & Canadian McCubbins

A McCubbin in Alaska, U.S.A.

During the Klondike Gold Rush, Skagway was the gateway to both the Chilkoot pass and the White Pass. The stampede of would-be miners changed a quiet one-cabin town in 1897 and 1898 into a boom town where “craft of every description, from ocean-going steamers to little more than floating coffins were dumping a crazily mixed mass of humanity into the makeshift tent village.”
There was no law in the gold rush town. An extensive system of fraud, theft, armed robbery and murder left many ‘stampeders’ penniless or dead before they could start their journey north to the gold fields.

Grave of John McCubbin, Died 1898 Skagway Gold Rush Cemetery, Skagway

A McCubbin Family in British Columbia, Canada – Thomas McCubbin and Sarah Hazle

Gail Blagdon (nee) McCubbin, of British Columbia has recently set up a website relating the story of her McCubbin family. Following is an edited clip from Gail’s site:
Thomas McCubbin and Sarah Hazle married at Maybole, Ayr, in 1836. One of their sons, John McCubbin, Sr. was a tailor. “He and his wife Elizabeth had two sons, Thomas Hazle born November 14, 1877 and John Stevenson born May 2, 1884.
Tom learned tailoring from his father and worked at his trade in London, England and then had a shop in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, Scotland. While in Rothesay he met Elizabeth Shirra Dougall of Kippen, Sterlingshire,. They became engaged and in the spring of 1910 Tom left Scotland to make his fortune in British Columbia.
It was hard to imagine the courage and spirit of adventure that led this thirty-two year old man to leave his family in Ayr and venture into the wilds of British Columbia.”
Want to know more about Tom McCubbin’s life in a northern Canadian town? Go to Gail’s website:


Karen Downie of Edinburgh, has done an enormous amount of work searching for members of the family of John McCubbin ‘McKibben’ and Margaret McWilliam, of Stoneykirk. (File #44). Not only has she hurdled ‘brick walls’ in the search, she has shared her information with our group. A long list of Monumental Inscriptions, given to Karen by Dumfries & Galloway History Association, helped solve mysteries as well as add to our databank. From our collection of McCubbins, we in turn, have added more to Karen’s family.

Special thanks to LG Brown of England, who is descended from James McCubbin and Isabella Stoddart, File #04. His family settled in the Liverpool area. After LG received the information he required from our databank, he continued to research other McCubbin families in England for us. Many thanks LG.

Miki Collins, thank you for your continued diligence in helping with the proper documentation of Americans descended from John McCubbin of Maryland.

AND once again thank you all who have contributed to the McCubbin project. Every little CUB bit helps.

Our 2006 CUB report will feature Ayrshire families.
Wishing you the very best for 2006

Lorna McCubbin
Penny McColm
Kathy McCubbing Hopkins
Lynne McCubbin

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