- He died as a result of the (disastrous) Penobscot Expedition against the British fort in Bagaduce (Castine) in 1775. He was captain of a company on this expedition. For a narrative of this battle (in two articles by Nathan Goold) which describes the participation of McLellans in it, see the New England Histories page.
As Goold describes:
"This company was raised in Gorham, and it is said they suffered severely in their retreat of eighy or ninety miles through the wild and uncultivated country and that several perished on the way.
Capt. Alexander McLellan was the son of Hugh and Elizabeth McLellan of Gorham, and was born about 1741. He married, October 21, 1765, Margaret Johnson, a daughter of James and Jane Johnson, of Stroudwater; she was born in 1739. Their children were Jenny, died young; James, died young; Isaac, William, Nelly, Alexander, James and Jenny. Capt. McLellan, from overexertion, anxiety, and exposure in the retreat from Bagaduce, was seized with a fever and died October 4, 1779, aged about thirty-eight years. His widow married for her second husband, April 15, 1781, John Miller of Gorham. Rev. Elijah Kellog, a grandson of Capt. McLellan's sister Mary, wrote that he was one "who was a very devil for grit."
First Lieut. Ebenezer Murch of Gorham, married in 1763, Margaret Phillips of Pepperrellboro, now Saco, and had Joseph, Jeremiah, Isaac, John, Lydia, Moses, Aaron, Sally, Betty and Ebenezer, Jr. Second Lieut. Joseph Knight lived in Gorham near South Windham, where he purchased land in 1767. He erected a sawmill and carried on the lumbering business. He married January 10, 1760, Lydia Libby, a daughter of John and Mary (Miller) Libby of Scarboro, who was born June 5, 1743. He was drowned while working about his mill September 9, 1797, aged sixty-two years. They had Lydia, Phebe, Nathaniel, Daniel, Joseph, Nabby, Joseph, Samuel, Morris, Winthrop and Benjamin.
A Pay Roll for Capt. Alexander McLellan's Company in Col. Jonathan Mitchell's Regt. in the Expedition against the Enemy at Penobscot it being for the pay from the Massachusetts State – 1779. [The company is listed]
All entered service July 7 and were discharged Sept. 25, 1779."
Also see the History of York Co. Maine.
A biography of his son James appears in Reed, History of Bath and Environs. [7, 8, 9, 10]