Keith’s father Ronald Sandfield McDonell was born in Chichester on 22 July 1866 and baptized at the St. Alphonsus Church in Chapeau on 26 July 1866.
Source: Baptism, Marriage and Burial Index, St. Alphonsus Church, 1846-1920 FHL# B70, #1029797. Also on Ancestry.com under the Drouin Collection.
Keith had in his possession the actual Baptismal Certificate from the St. Alphonsus Church for Ronald, his father. It reads:
Source: St. Alphonsus Church, Chapeau, Quebec, Birth and Baptism Record: “On the Twenty sith of July one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one. We the undersigned baptized Ronald McDonald born on the twenty-second instant of the lawful marriage of Archibald McDonald and Mary McDonald of Allumette Island. The sponsors were Edward Smith and Jeanette McDonald, Signed James C. Lynch, PO. True copy Chapeau, Que. January 16, 1940, A. Me Renaud, PP.
We return to Miriam’s notes to review what she had to say about her father Ronald. This was featured in an earlier post dated May 2, 2010. I do point out that there probably wasn’t a business school in Grand Rapids because it was too small at the time. It is more likely Ronald attended the school in Duluth.
The spelling of Ronald’s middle name as been done in a variety of ways: Sandfield, Sanfield.
John Sandfield Macdonald was the Premier of Ontario at the time Archibald was living in the Chapeau/Chichester area. According to Miriam, Ronald was named after this man. The interesting thing in Keith’s family is that his uncle Angus gave a son the name Loren Sandfield McDonald. Family lore says that Ronald was frequently referred to with the nickname of “Sandy.” His grandson also was nicknamed “Sandy” and some of the family have trouble thinking of him with his more formal name. Apparently this man, John Sandfield Macdonald, was greatly esteemed.
To determine if we were related to this family a search for Mr. Macdonald’s origins and connections was conducted and it just doesn’t appear to be there. However, you never know. The internet is filled with information about Mr. Macdonald. Wikipedia has a brief article about John Sandfield Macdonald: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sandfield_Macdonald