Robert Roland McDonell/McDonald, a son of Duncan and Elizabeth (Betsie) McDonell married Celina Catherine Gray on the 4th of April 1910 in the St. Alphonsus Church in Chapeau, Pontiac County, Quebec. The sources will be listed at the bottom of this post. Remember to click on the picture to make it bigger and then the back button to return to this post.
Robert was born 14 January 1872 in the Chapeau/Chichester area and baptized the 26th of March 1872. The baptism is under the name of “Donald,” while the marriage was under the name of “Ronald.” So there was some confusion about his name.
Celina or as she preferred to be called Catherine was born 12 October 1887, baptized 23 October 1887 and died the 15th of September 1941 in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota. Her parents were Alexander Francis Gray and Catherine [Alphonsine] Maloney.
Robert had already migrated to Minnesota and so after their marriage they made the move complete. Robert had established himself in the Park Rapids area of Minnesota and owned a pool hall. The story is his new wife made him sell it. They moved to the Bovey area of Minnesota for a while. After Catherine’s death in 1941, Robert migrated to Oregon but eventually moved onto California were he died in 1965.
Robert and Catherine had 3 children.
(1) Living born 1919 in Minnesota and currently living in the US with her husband and has 3 grown children. The compiler has had the honor of knowing them and two of their three grown children. The compiler of this blog had visited them this past June. They are a amazing family: http://massmeanderings.blogspot.com/2011/06/adventures-in-carmel-ca-cousins-70th.html
(2) Vincent Lawrence McDonald born 1922 in Bovey, Itasca Co., Minnesota and died suddenly in 2002 in Maryland. Vincent was married and had several children and grandchildren.
(3) Dorothy Mae’s birth is not known at this time but apparently she died about 1925. I don’t believe she lived very long.
A great deal of what I, the compiler of this blog, know about this family has been shared by the living descendants. So any further information about this family can be obtained by contacting me through the comments or through the Compiler information page at the top of this blog.
Marriage: Baptisms, Marriages and Burial Records, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Chapeau, Pontiac County, Quebec, FHL#2030662, 1899-1920, M5 Ronald McDonald & Celina Catherine Gray, April 4, 1910.
Marriage: Marriages Du Comte De Pontiac 1836-1973, Pub. No. 26, pg. 357 #6921 McDonald, Ronald (Duncan & Eliza Sauve) 4/4/1910 to Celina Catherine Gray (Alex Gray & Alphon. Maloney.
Baptism, Marriage & Burial Records, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Chapeau, Pontiac County, Quebec, FHL#1029798, 1859-1876 including index, Donald McDonald born to Duncan and Elizabeth Sauve McDonald. 14 Jan, 1872 and baptized 26 March 1872.
Baptism, Marriage & Burial Records, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Chapeau, Pontiac County, Quebec, birth of Celina Catherine Gray 12 Oct. 1887 and baptised 23 Oct. 1887, Ancestry.com.
Death Certificate #21943, Sept. 15, 1941 for Catherine McDonald, Minnesota State Dept. of Health, Division of Birth & Death and Vital Records. Can be obtained from the Minnesota Historical Society or on FHL#2243140 Death Certificates #12719-23458. Died in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., Minnesota on Sept. 15, 1941. Usual place of residence was Bovey, Itasca Co., Minnesota. No SS#, Female, white, married to Robert McDonald, age 70, date of birth Dec 12, 1889, age 51, 11, 3 months. Occupation is housewife. Born in Canada. Father is Alexander Gray, born in Canada and mother is Catherine Maloney, also born in Canada. The informant is Ray Strick, Clerk, transcribed from hospital records. Burial at Bovey, Minn on 9/15/1941. Alfred L. Oahu, [Nelandson] Funeral Home. Died of a carcinoma of the esophagus and other conditions. She died at the University of Minnesota Hospital attended by a Howard Hall. (Note the difference of 2 years in her birth date from the records of the church.)
Descendants of Duncan McDonald, by Sister Teresita, 16 Sep. 2001 and various personal emails.