The year is 1881 and Archibald McDonell’s family is still prospering.
Archie, Mary, Angus, Ronald, John, Ellen and Alexander are all alive and living in the Chichester area. Unfortunately, no baby George is mentioned in this census.
Source: 1881 Canadian Census, Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec. Dist. 98 (Chapeau Village) Canadian Film #T13226, pg. 23.
Line 3 to 9: 82/85 McDonell, Archibald, Male, age 45, born Ontario, Catholic, Scotch, Lock Master, Married. McDonell, Mary, female, age 42, born in O, Catholic, Scotch, Married. McDonald, Angus, male, age 16, born Quebec, Catholic, Scotch. McDonell, Ronald, male, age 14, born Quebec, Catholic, Scotch. McDonell, John, male, age 11, born Quebec, Catholic, Scotch. McDonald, Ellen, female, age 9, born Quebec, Catholic, Scotch. McDonell, Alexander, male, age 7, born Quebec, Catholic, Scotch. All children going to school.
This is the only time that all of the family are listed together as a whole in the Canadian census, after this the children begin leaving home.
There is an interesting piece of information on this census. Archie is listed as the Lock Master. There will be more on that topic in the next post.