George James McDonell was born to Archie and Mary 22 July, 1878 but he is missing from the enumeration of the family in the Census of 1881. So far no burial information has been found for George James but more research needs to be done in this area. The gap between Alex and his baby brother is 6 years so the possibility is there that there might have been other children or miscarriages? It is interesting to speculate.
Source: Baptism, Marriage and Burial Index, St. Alphonsus Church, 1846-1920 FHL# B60, #1029797.
I have tried the Drouin Collection at Ancestry but cann’t find George James McDonell. He is in the index for baptisms for Volume 11 Folio 379. These I copied from the microfilm index. I have had trouble finding family with this online collection.
Jack, George’s older brother, named a child of his “George Archibald. ” This child didn’t survive. Uncle Gordy, Keith’s older brother and a son of Ronald and Grace, was given the baptismal name of “George.” Apparently little George’s death affected his family greatly.
This concludes the births of the children of Archie and Mary. In summary there were 8 children born to Keith’s grandparents: John, John Alexander, Angus, Ronald (R.S.) , John Archibald (Jack), Ellen Elizabeth (Nellie), Alexander Thomas, and last George James. Three out of eight children apparently did not survive and burial information was not found in the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church records. I am very interested in the middle names of “Thomas” and “James” and wonder if these are Archie’s family names?
There will be additional future posts on Angus, Jack, Nellie and Alex and of course Keith’s father Ronald.