Archibald died in 1912 about 20 years before Nellie created this chart which was about 1932. This means she could not ask him for clarification. Other documentation found indicate that the children of Archie really didn’t know as much about Archie’s side of the family as they did about their mother Mary’s.
This chart seems less complete than the one for Mary which will be featured in a future post. If you will remember Archie’s death certificate in 1912 (See posted dated September 8, 2010) showed that his youngest son Alexander didn’t know the names of Archie’s parents and therefore did not record them on the death record.
A PUZZLE? Who are Archie’s father and mother? What happened to his siblings?
In the posted dated December 3, 2010 Archie and Mary were married in 1861 and it listed Archie’s parents as John and Sara McDonell. Archie does appear in the 1861 Census and it was discussed in the posted dated October 20, 2010. (To find these posts as reference see the right side archive section).
Take a close look at this chart by clicking it and you will see that the father’s name is “Roy Macdonell” not John? Notice that the spelling of McDonald changes to Macdonell.
It reads “Roy Macdonell – Cameron (White Alex)??
We now add Miriam’s (Nellie’s niece) version of this chart:
Let’s see what Miriam writes for Archie’s father:
Miriam writes “Roy Macdonell - Alex Ban Cameron’s daughter?”
If you study both charts you will see that there is very little difference between them. Miriam’s handwriting is easy to recognize but it took awhile before it became clear that Nellie had done the original version.
These charts have been in the possession of Keith’s youngest daughter since about 1967. They have used as the foundation in building the McDonald family history.
If you make a copy of these two charts, and use them in your research please give Nellie McDonald and Miriam McDonald credit for their work and in preserving them for future generations to use.
So we are left with a mystery?
Who is this Roy Macdonell? Who is Alex Ban Cameron’s daughter?
Are John and Sara Archie’s parents as the St. Alphonsus records suggest? If so where did they live?
The research into Archibald McDonell/McDonald’s past to find his family has been very slow going. In the next post the origins of Archibald McDonell will be expanded on. Miriam, his granddaughter suggests that Archie came from Glengarry, Ontario.