Before I launch into sharing about my dad, Keith’s, growing up and learning the craft of airplane mechanic in the Army Air Corp, I want to go back in time and share additional information that has come to light about his Mac/McDonald family.
This blog has brought me many wonderful experiences and among them are meeting new cousins and interested readers. It has also increased my knowledge of researching in Canada. I have learned that I have to extend my search areas to a much larger view.
Two families that migrated where the Hugh and Theresa Downey family and the Ambrose and Mary Jane (McCarthy) MacDonald family. They left Sheenboro and Chichester in Pontiac County, Quebec and headed for Saskatchewan. They are buried in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery near Leroy.
Ambrose MacDonald was a son of Duncan and Elizabeth (Sauvé)McDonell. I wrote about Duncan and Elizabeth’s family in this post on this blog: “Duncan McDonell and Elizabeth Sauvé,” November 10, 2011. My cousins and I are still working on figuring out their children so don’t assume it is completely correct.
Ambrose would be a nephew of my great-grandmother Mary McDonell who married Archibald McDonell, yes they were both McDonells. Duncan would be Mary’s brother if the lineage is correct. I will discuss that tangle in a later post. It appears that Duncan Darby MacDonald who did a lot of research on families in Glengarry, Ontario and my Aunt Nellie have a different take on the lineage in the family?
Switching over to the other side of the family, to Archibald’s side, I was able to determine with help from another cousin that the John McDonell who lived in Sheenboro and was married to Julia with the many last names was Archibald’s brother. His daughter Theresa married a Hugh Downey and they migrated to Leroy, Saskatchewan. Of course, I need to do further research to establish this relationship.
I wrote about this in my post for this blog dated March 31, 2012, “A Discovery: Archie’s brother John McDonell, living next door in Sheen.”
Today, I would like to share with you photographs taken by a descendant of Ambrose who has given me permission to share. These are from the St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery near Leroy, Saskatchewan:
First, the Ambrose and Mary Jane MacDonald family:
UPDATE 6/27/2014: I have been informed that Leo Clarence MacDonald is buried in Leroy at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Leroy, SK. This cemetery is right in the town of Leroy. Go here for more information on this cemetery:
Next is the Hugh and Theresa (McDonell) Downey family in St. Patrick Cemetery are:
I was having trouble finding this cemetery on Find A Grave but I will go back and study it later. They want you to use Saint not St. and it can get confusing. Now what I need are obituaries for these people.
I did find this cemetery at the Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project:
Again, thanks to my cousin for taking and sharing these photos, it is so very cool!