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Cover-3-for-website-&-newspThe McLanes – A New Hampshire Clan.A book detailing the history of the McLane family in New Hampshire has been published. The McLanes – A New Hampshire Clan was written by historian and genealogist, Ronald W. Collins with the participation, and support of the Clan members. The Foreword was written by George Macomber. The book traces the Clan members and their impact on New Hampshire from the first American Clan member, emigrant Alexander, who died a few short months after arriving in New Hampshire in 1854, leaving a widow and two young sons, through the next four generations of the Clan which blossomed like few families have ever done. The youngest son of Alexander, only two when his father died, became New Hampshire Governor John McLane, and in the three generations to follow the Clan has included a U.S. Congresswoman, state Congressmen and  Senators, a mayor, an Olympic skier, two members of the Ski Hall of Fame, philanthropists, private investors, doctors, lawyers, professors, educators, archeologists, writers and musicians. Members of the Clan have started ski centers, founded companies, run a top tier prep school, operated one of the longest running family owned newspapers in America, written books, written musical scores, and one built a multi-billion dollar investment management company. In the State of New Hampshire there is the Susan N. McLane Audubon Center, The Judge McLane Building at Dartmouth, The McLane Family Ski Center at Dartmouth College, and several other sites and scholarship funds named after members of the Clan. The descendants of Governor McLane have attended Dartmouth, Harvard, Bryn Mawr, Smith, Vassar, Stanford, Oxford and many other top universities. Two were Rhodes Scholars. Members of the Clan have served as trustees for St. Paul’s School, the Museum of Fine Arts, served on Olympic boards for skiing, and snowboarding. Many have served as officers in World War I and in World War II. One was a fighter pilot in World War II, was shot down and became a POW. These are just examples and far from an exhaustive list. Not only are the McLanes a dynasty of achievers, they married people who are as strong, talented and intelligent as they. Male McLanes, and female McLanes, married and brought into the Clan some amazing people. This book tells the story of the five generations of the McLanes and explores the lasting impact they have had. It is the definitive reference book on the Clan McLane.

George Macomber is uniquely qualified to write the Foreword to this book. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1985 and then earned an MAT from Brown and a M.Ed. from Columbia. At Dartmouth George took classes from David Bradley (husband of Lilla McLane) and Professor Charles McLane. George will become the next Head of School of Burke Mt. Academy in June, 2016. His father, George Macomber, partnered with Malcolm McLane to start the Eastern Ski Association and to build Wildcat Mountain ski center. His family shared a home in Jackson, NH for 40 years with the McLanes. He also worked with Andy McLane on US Ski and Snowboard Association projects and at Holderness School, and helped Andy with the McLane Family Dartmouth Skiway project. He also worked with the McLane law firm in Manchester. He has known and participated closely with Clan McLane members for over four decades. George is Vice President, Athlete Career and Education for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

The book is 8X10 with 464 pages and contains 229 color and B&W photos and 6 maps. It is available on

“The book is an amazingly thorough job of scholarship and research, but is hardly a dry academic piece.  You pull together touching and funny personal glimpses all the way through, and the reader will have much more of an idea of the characters of the various players than a dry genealogy would have given them.” - Winfield Shaw Clark, Composer, Woodrow Wilson Fellow, University of Illinois.


Cover-Clan-MacLean-new-01The McLanes – Origin of the Clan, traces the nearly 1000 year ancestral history of immigrant Alexander McLean (c1816-1854) and how the McLane family he started ties back into the ancient MacLean Clan in Scotland.

The genealogy of the early Clan MacLean is presented here, and in particular, the genealogy of the Chiefs of MacLean that lead to the MacLean/McLean Chieftains of Treshnish, from whom the McLanes of New Hampshire are descended. A thorough study is given of the House of Treshnish and the generations preceding Alexander (c1816-1854) that are descended from that house.

The eight generations before Alexander would span roughly the period 1600 to 1800. In that period the Clan lost all their lands in Scotland. The Clan fought at Inverkeithing in 1651 and was decimated to the point that they could not protect their homeland of Mull. The Clan fought on the losing side for Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. The result of these two events was the MacLean/McLean Diaspora that sent Clan members throughout the world. Those historical events have had major impacts on the New Hampshire McLane family. This book places the McLane ancestors into those and other historic events, and looks at how the family was shaped because of them.

The research for this book has made it obvious that the MacLean, MacDonald, Campbell, McLeod and Stewart clans are very intermingled. One cannot be descended from one without being descended from them all.

The MacLeans and the McLanes are descended from King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, and through him from much of British and French Royalty.

The book is 8x10, 337 pages, 66 photographs, 23 maps, and is fully indexed.

The McLanes – Origin of the Clan is available on Amazon


MacLean-Genealogy-Cover-01The Genealogy of the Clan MacLean is the genealogy of the entire worldwide Clan MacLean from its beginning to the early part of the 20th century is now available on Amazon. This work attempts to reconcile the major sources for MacLean genealogy, and to include, besides the lines of the Chiefs, collateral branches as they spread throughout the world. This is a genealogy, not a history, of the Clan, and the historical summaries in this book are included only to set the context for the lives of the Clan members. This book focuses on the genealogical, i.e. genetic connections. The focus of this book is to connect all the genetic lines that are descended from the first MacLean.

Included is a summary of the origin of the Clan as scholars in the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. Also, long before they dominated the Isle of Mull they were lairds in Knapdale and around Tarbert Castle. Unexpectedly, the disaster that was the Black Plague actually was a benefit to the growth of the power and prestige of the Clan. This work contains brief histories of these and other pivotal Clan events. For example, the Clan fought at Inverkeithing in 1651 and was decimated to the point that they could not protect their homeland of Mull. The Clan fought on the losing side for Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745. The result of these two events was the MacLean Diaspora that sent Clan members throughout the world. 

A complicating factor for all who attempt a MacLean genealogy is that inter-Clan marriages were the norm, rather than the exception. There were many MacLean Chieftains, who were sub-chiefs under the Chief MacLean of Duart or Lochbuie, who owned or controlled property stretching from Inverness, down throughout the Great Glen, Lorn, Knapdale, Mull, Tiree, Coll, Muck, and many smaller islands off the western shore of Scotland. These chieftains can all be trace back to various Chiefs of Duart or Lochbuie. The families of those chieftains intermarried on a regular basis.

Because of the many inter-Clan marriages there are case were multiple lineages lead to the same person, so that person will appear in all the lineages that preceded them. There are cases were two spouses, both MacLeans, were born in different generations, and sometimes a person can appear in more than one generation. In this book, with the many inter-Clan marriages, each spouse will appear as part of their direct lineage and with their spouse, and their children will appear with both. 

The research for this book has made it obvious that the MacLean, MacDonald, Campbell, McLeod and Stewart clans are very intermingled. One cannot be descended from one without being descended from them all.

The MacLeans are descended from King Robert the Bruce of Scotland, and through him from much of British and French Royalty.

The book is 8x10, 400 pages, with 14 photos, 11 maps and is completely indexed.

 The Genealogy of the Clan MacLean is available on Amazon.


Hebron-Hist-Cover-03The History of Hebron, NH, the first 200 years. Hebron, often referred to as a quintessential New England town boasts a rich and important history, and influence that far outstrips its small size. In its two hundred plus year history Hebron never had more than five hundred and twenty residents, but a brief listing of the historical facts makes Hebron a place of some importance.
    Hebron was formed in 1792 from a portion of the extinct township of Cockermouth and from a portion of what was then called West Plymouth. The original township of Cockermouth was granted to 64 proprietors in 1761, and Plymouth was granted in 1763 .
At one of the first meetings held in Cockermouth on July 19, 1775 a group of settlers met to create a Committee of Inspection “to inspect and take up any person that shall be suspected to be Enemies to the Contrey and to Deal with them accordingly.” The purpose of this meeting was to establish Cockermouth in support of the American Revolution which had started just three months prior.
    Cockermourth and West Plymouth, as laid out, made no geographical sense, so portions of each were combined to form Hebron. After the formation of the new town, the first Hebron town meeting was held on June 15, 1792.
    With few exceptions, the men who settled into the area now called Hebron came from or through Hollis, NH. On the Patriot front, many of these men fought in the French and Indian War and in the American Revolution. In the hardy breed that came to settle in present-day Hebron there were very few Tories. In fact the support for the Revolution from the Cockermouth and Plymouth people was overwhelming.
From an early date Hebronites started making history. First, there was Sergeant John Ordway who was to become third in command of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, then John Ball, the first teacher in Oregon and founder of Grand Rapids, Michigan. John Ball’s sister, Deborah Ball Powers, became the first self-made woman millionaire in the United States. During the early 1800’s Austin Franklin Pike, US Senator, was born and raised in Hebron. Several other congressman also came from Hebron. Then at the time of the Civil War, the Governor of New Hampshire, Nathaniel Berry, lived and was a tanner in Hebron. Governor Berry played a major role in Lincoln’s decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, and met with Lincoln to represent the Governors of the northeastern states. Then there are the institutions that, because of Hebron’s environmental beauty (Hebron is situated on Newfound Lake, considered one of the cleanest fresh water lakes in the world), were established here. First, there was Camp Pasquaney, the oldest continuously running in the same location boys camp in the United States. Nearby, is Camp Onaway which started life as Camp Redcroft, and the combined Redcroft/Onaway history makes it the oldest girls camp in the United States.
    All this from a town of less than five hundred souls for most of its history. Hebron is unique and splendid at the same time. Truly, an American treasure.
    This is a 247 page book with 75 color and Black & White photos, and 11 maps, completely indexed. Available on Amazon.

GenFrontCov-2 The Genealogies of Hebron, NH a compilation of the genealogies of the families who moved to and liven in Hebron, NH from 1761 through 1960. This work is the companion piece to the recently published The History of Hebron, NH – The First Two Hundred Years. Several books and pamphlets have been written over the past one hundred years on aspects of the history of Hebron, NH. In these writings, we sometimes glimpse pieces of the biographies and family histories of some of the early settlers of Cockermouth, and the Southwest portion of Plymouth, that were combined in 1792 into what is now Hebron, NH. This work is focused on the genealogies and family histories of these settlers and the families that move to Hebron in the subsequent one hundred years.
Hebron, NH is fairly unusual in that nearly every vital record from the founding of the town to the present is intact.  Complete records of births from 1768, deaths from 1784 and marriages from 1795 exist, as well as, records of families as they moved to the Hebron area. Marriage, birth and death data are available from 1775 onward. Other important records include copies of cemetery inscriptions. Nearly all fencing, town and selectmen records are extant.
    Like most New England families of the period, the roots of the majority of the early Hebron families can be traced back to England. Many families are descendants of those hardy folk that were part of the Great Migration of the 1630’s to New England.
    There are several famous families in this study. In fact, for a tiny New England village, to find as many explorers, governors, senators and other luminaries, as we do in Hebron is extremely rare, if not unique.
Whereas, The History of Hebron, NH – The First Two Hundred Years focused on the historical events that made Hebron what it is today, this work focuses on connecting the many names and relationships important in The History of Hebron, NH – The First Two Hundred Years to each other.
    This is a 347 page book with B&W photos, completely indexed. Available on Amazon.


Ordway-History-CoverSergeant John Ordway – A History: In January 1807, less than four months after the Lewis and Clark Expedition returned from the Pacific, Meriwether Lewis sent a roster of members of the Corps of Discovery (the official name for the Expedition) to Secretary of War Henry Dearborn. The captain paid a quiet compliment to John Ordway by listing him first, with the simple title Sergeant. Ordway was next in command after Lewis and Clark, and from the record we know he performed his duties with steadiness, diligence, and dependability.

One of ten children, Sergeant John Ordway was born in New Hampshire on a farm on the Bow-Dunbarton town line in 1775 and was living in Hebron, New Hampshire by around 1795. But the Ordway story starts long before John’s birth. This book is the history of John Ordway and his genealogy. This book is available on Amazon.


Ann-Sanborn-Book-CoverThe Ancestors of Anne Marie Boyce. Containing 42 generations of the ancestors of the Boyce, Knowles, Russell, Pittsley, Hanson, Braley, Westgate, Reynolds, Haskell, Prescott, Hardy, Huntington, Spencer, Butler, and Holland families amongst others.

And containing the royal descendant of the Boyce family from  the kings of England, France, Spain and Scotland


The Ancestors of Anne Marie Boyce is available on Amazon




Collins-Family-History-v5--The Collins Family History, 5th Edition Containing some of the histories of the families: Alford, Alexander, Arcand, Barlow, Beausoliel, Becker, Beeston, Bidwell, Bryan, Bulkeley, Cane, Charlton, Chartier, Chauncey, Chevalier, Coleman, Collins, Converse, Cooley, Coon, Crete, Dibble, Dolbere, Doucet, Dudley, Eno, Eyre, Forcier, Gauthier, Gaylord, Gillette, Goodale, Goodrich, Gregory, Grosvenor, Hammond, Harper, Haskins, Hubert, Hus, Kelsey, Kuhn (Coon), LaFarr, Leppard, Loescher, Marcot, Marvin, Mathieu,  Mudge, Phillips, Robitaille, Seeley, Schneider, Skinner, Sturges, Treat, Turney, Vacher, Vore, Weller, Wies, Williams, Winegar and Woodbridge. This 8X10 book with 364 pages, fully indexed, and with 46 photos and 10 maps,  traces the Collins and related families over 700 years to Donegal, Ireland. Included are the royal descents of the Collins family from the Kings of England, France, Scotland and other European dynasties.

The Collins Family History is available on Amazon


History-of-Newfound-CoverA History of Newfound Lake. Newfound Lake located in the towns of Bristol, Alexandria, Bridgewater and Hebron, New Hampshire has long been known for the purity of its water and the beauty of its watershed. It also has an interesting human history. This book gives a look at tens of thousands of years of lake history, and about ten thousand years of human history associated with the lake. This is not a history of the towns surrounding the lake.  Rather, a history of the lake itself and the activities, natural and human, that have occurred upon its water and shore. This 8X10, 131 page full-color book contains over 60 photographs, 19 maps and 9 data charts.

A History of Newfound is available on Amazon.


Cummings-Book-CoverThe Ancestral History of the Constance Lee Cummings Family.Also containing some of the ancestors of the Bates, Bennet, Blout, Borg, Bulkeley, Dove, Frobisher, Hansen, Hobbs, Jackson, Jones Lockhart, Thompson, Todd, Whitten, and Woodcote families among many others.

And containing the royal descendant of the
Cummings family from  the kings of
France and Emperor Charlemagne

Available on Amazon



Nobles-Book-CoverThe Ancestral History of the William Bura Nobles Family. Also containing some of the ancestors of the Bennett, Breland (Breichling), Brooks, Fordred, Gardner , Gibson, Hansen, Hobbs, Jackson, Kimmel, Leggett, Lockhart, Morgan, Pickering, Robinson, Runnels, Slaten, Taylor, Trice, Voltz, and Whitten, among many others.

And containing the royal descendant of the Nobles and
Cummings families from  the kings of
England and France.

Available on Amazon


Klingler-Cover-07Klingler and Walbolt Family Histories. Families struggle, intertwine and flourish. Often doing all three at the same time. This is the story how three immigrant families decided to come to North America, their struggles to survive in a foreign land, and how they intertwined and flourished.

The Klingler and Walbolt families, while predominantly German, also had roots in the United Kingdom and Ireland. These German, English and Irish immigrants worked as farmers and domestic servants. As the country moved from an agricultural to an industrial economy in the latter half of the 19th century, they laid railway tracks, build canals and worked in factories. They worked in the textile industry and in coal mines. They helped produce iron and steel, and worked on gas, electricity, and water projects. They became doctors, lawyers and business people. These immigrant families helped to settle and grow this country. They had an impact on where they lived; at the same time, by uprooting themselves from their home countries, they profoundly changed their own lives.

In Two Volumes: The Narrative and The Charts, available on AMAZON



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