Lloyd Cleland writes from New Zealand:
My great grandfather lived in Darvel in Ayrshire where he set up in partnership with a Mr Campbell, the firm of Cleland and Campbell manufacturing lace. In 1892 one of his sons James with a nephew also called James (Clelands don’t believe in making the work of a family researcher easy do they) went to the USA and set up the Columbia Lace Manufacturing Company in Pennsylvania.
The first James seems to have gone back and forth from Scotland at intervals but the nephew stayed in the States and managed the mill. I do not know what happened to the mill but James the nephew remained and some of his descendants are still there.
Paging Clelands in New Zealand. I received a request for information on a Marshall Cochrane Cleland (accountant) married to Charlotte Emily Jacobsen 6th December 1898 at Blythswood District, Glasgow.
Marshall migrated to New Zealand where he died.
Can anyone with information on this gentleman please contact Norman Francis Cleland Dunning of 9 Beechwood Close, Church Crookham, Fleet, Hants, England, GU13 0PT.
Maurice Cleland has close relative, Ross, with an interesting and booming export business. Ross makes and exports coffins from New Zealand to Italy. Another member of the family is currently over there finishing off the process by making and fitting the linings.
A Mrs Jane Stockdale of Lancaster and a Mrs Margaret Von Stettens of Willow Street a town close by to Lancaster are these descendants therefore those Clelands of the Pennsylvania Clelands might like to get in touch.