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McLEOD FAMILY GENEALOGY
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Buchanan, Jones, Miller and Stone in New
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24 May, 2011
THE McLEOD STORY
This page is about my McLeod family's roots which run from New
Brunswick, Canada in the 1700s to Maine and Massachusetts, U.S.A.
in the 1800s and back to Canada in the 1900s.
My great, great, great grandfather, Donald McLeod,
arrived in New Brunswick (N.B.) sometime in the late 1700s. It is
unknown whether he was a single man or was already married to
Margaret Morrison (b. 1772 in Ross Shire, Scotland, d. 20 March,
1840, in Campbell Settlement, N.B.) when he arrived but all three of
his children, Jane (b. 1802 d. 27 February, 1842) (m. James Buchanan
12 April, 1827), Lydia (b. 1807 d. 3 May, 1855)(m. William Jones
(1802 - 9 August, 1854) on 22 September, 1825) and Hector (b. 1808 d.
10 January, 1873) were born in N.B.
Donald passed away (when and where is unknown) and
Margaret subsequently remarried, bringing her three young children
into the home of her new husband, Duncan Campbell (after whom
Campbell Settlement, N.B. was named). Margaret and Duncan are
believed to have had 4 children, Duncan, Margaret, Christiana
(Christy Ann) and Eliza although there is some question about Eliza
as certain sources indicate only the three eldest children.
Donald McLeod's son, Hector, was born in N.B. in
1808. He married Sarah Ross in 1831 and they had 7 children:
Sarah Jane (b. 1828 d. ?).
Baptized on 14 June, 1833 by H.N. Arnold at the Trinity Anglican
Church in Sussex, N.B.;
Margaret Morrison (b. 1831 d.
?) (m. John McKenzie 3 March, 1851). Baptized on 14 June, 1833 by
H.N. Arnold at the Trinity Anglican Church in Sussex, N.B.;
Lydia Ann (b. 1833 d. 11
September, 1913) (m. William B. Daye (1827 - 1913) on 9 November,
1859). Baptized on 16 June, 1836 by H.N. Arnold at the Trinity
Anglican Church in Sussex, N.B.;
Mary (b. 1837 d. ?);
Phyllis (b. 1841 d. 1933);
Catherine (b. 1843 d. ?); and
John (b. 1847 d. 1943) (m. Abigail Stone [nee Fowler], 16
Sarah passed away on 13 May, 1848 and Hector
remarried to Margaret McKenzie (b. l817 d. 1902) in 1849 and had five
Melissa (b. 1850 d. 1940) m.
Andrew Miller (b. 1851 d. ?), 24 July, 1871);
William (b. 1851 d. ?);
Annie J. (b. 1851 d. 1928) (m.
Gilbert Lester McCully (b. 1846 d.1908) on 10 July, 1878);
George Campbell (b. 1858 d.
1948) (m. Catherine Colburn 16 August 1884 and Almira Hyndman 5
April, 1894); and
Caroline D. (b. 1858 d. ?)
Hector received a Crown Grant of 100 acres at
Campbell Settlement from the government of New Brunswick in 1852 and
he and Margaret lived there in a log house until Hector's death on
January 10, 1873 (see the land grant records).
It is believed that Hector was killed by a falling tree during a
"chopping frolic" in Campbell Settlement. His oldest son,
John, built a new frame house for his stepmother after his father's
death. At a later time, Margaret moved to Portage Vale, N.B. where
she resided with her daughter, Annie, and her son-in-law, G. Lester
McCully, until her death from cancer in 1902 (see her
She is buried at the Pioneer cemetery in Penobsquis, N.B. No further
information is known about Hector or Margaret at this time.
Hector and Sarah's son, John (photo),
was my great grandfather and was born in Kings
County, New Brunswick. He worked as a station agent/telegrapher
for most of his life. Census records indicate that he was a "scholar"
until at least the age of 14. Where he came by his schooling,
particularly the skill of telegraphy, is unknown. He did have an
uncle, however, (Duncan Morrison Campbell) who was involved with the
railway and perhaps it was the classic story of "who you know"
that got him his first job with the railroads. John married Abigail
Fowler (photo) (1848 - 1927) in 1875
(that's great grandma in the background!) in Penobsquis, N.B. Abigail
had previously been married to William Penn T. Stone and had a
daughter named Della S. (1870 - 1958) (m. Dr. Edward Heywood
Census records advise that when John was 34 years
of age, he and Abbie were living in Maple Green, Restigouche
County, in northern N.B. and that he was working as a station
agent at Dalhousie Junction.
Over the course of their lives, John and Abbie
lived in different parts of New Brunswick and travelled to Maine (ME)
where John was the Canadian Pacific Railroad station agent at Seboeis
(1895 photo of station). It is believed
that, upon his retirement in 1913, John and Abbie moved to Amherst,
Nova Scotia. It was here, in 1913, that John applied for his
"Volunteer Bounty" and the medal
awarded to the volunteer militiamen who had actively participated in
the Fenian Raids in 1866. According to John's declaration, he was
enrolled in the Militia Regiment of Kings County and served with it
at Fox Hill under the command of Captain D.M. Campbell. In April,
1866, the regiment was called out by Governor's Proclamation and was
ordered to march from Campbell Settlement to Norton where they took
the train for Hampton. At Hampton, word came that they were not
needed and they were dismissed by Colonel Saunders. Although John did
receive his medal (it remains in the family), it is unknown whether
he ever received his bounty (believed to be $100.00) and considering
that he apparently never fired a shot at any "Fenians"
(Irish Americans who were intent on taking over Canada), perhaps he
was not considered worthy of government funds because correspondence
indicates he still had not received same a year later.
At some point, John and Abbie returned to the U.S.
and lived their later years with Abbie's daughter, Della, in Belmont,
Massachusetts. Abbie passed away there in 1928 (read her obituary)
and John in 1943 (read his obituary)
and both are interred at the Highland Cemetery in Newburyport, MA
alongside their daughter, Irva.
John and Abigail's first two children were sons,
Frederick and Irvin, both of whom died as toddlers in Maple Green,
N.B., before reaching three years of age. Both are interred at the
Cardwell Baptist Cemetery in Penobsquis, N.B. They then had four more
children, three sons and a daughter:
(b. 1880, Dalhousie, N.B. d. 1962, Capreol, Ontario [Ont.]) (m.
Helena Jane Tamlyn in 1904, m. Jean Sward (photo)
(1913 - 1993) in 1939);
Fredrick Ernest (photo)
(b. 1883, Dalhousie, N.B. d. 1969, Kamloops, B.C.);
Abigail Irva (photo)
(b. 1884, Dalhousie, N.B. d. 1909, Winthrop, MA); and
Ira Elwell (photo) (b. 1889,
Florenceville, N.B. d. 1966, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan [Sask.]) (m.
Josie Belle Heal (1890 - 1965) in 1911);
One of those sons, Frederick Ernest (photo),
was my grandfather (not to be confused with his deceased older
brother!). Frederick was married (photo)
to Nora Elma Witham (photo) (1884 - 1921) in
1903 in Monson, Maine where he was working as a station
agent/telegrapher. Fred and Nora had six children:
Irven Talmage (photo)
(1906 - 1991) (m. Margaret Clarke in 1928);
Earl Gordon (photo)
(1911 - 1983) (m. Florence Alix , m. Juliette Marie Alix 1949, m.
Goldie ???? 1972);
Joyce Alberta (photo)
(1914 - 2000) (m. Joseph Florence (1913 - 1982) in 1940);
Fredrick Elmer (photo)
(1916 - 1922); and
Arthur Watson (photo) (1919 -
1995) (m. Donna Forsyth)
Nora passed away on April 20, 1921 in Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada and on July 19, 1923, Fred married my grandmother,
Mabel Annie Wakefield (1894 - 1969) in Edmonton, Alberta. Fred and
Mabel had three daughters and two sons, one of whom is my father.
They subsequently moved to Savona, British Columbia and the family
has prospered and produced two more generations of McLeods. To
protect the privacy of living family members, this is where the story
ends (for now!).
I wish to thank the many
family members who gave and loaned their prized family photographs
and documents to me in order that this collection be made possible.
Many have also assisted by allowing me to "pick their brains"
about our family's history and I hope you all know how grateful I am.
Special thanks to "the olde cuz",
Jack LaBrier, for all his assistance and moral support, to Shirley
(Florence) Donaldson for helping me to get started, to Lee Gormley in
California for her friendship and great contribution to filling in
the blanks about our Fowler family and to Bill Fowler in Washington
State and Louella Ryan in Maine whom, although recent Fowler
contacts, have provided much information regarding the Fowlers. A
very special thank you to Uncle Lawrence McLeod who laid the
groundwork in this whole enterprise and encouraged me every step of
And, last but certainly not least, I wish
to thank my husband, Glenn, who has spent many years patiently
listening to me prattle on about this adventure, tromped graveyards
with me and endured hours alone while I sit at this computer... how
lucky I am!