The Migrations of Downeys and MacDonalds…

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:

St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Leroy, Saskatchewan

St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery, Leroy, Saskatchewan

Ambrose and Mary J.

Ambrose and Mary J.

Children of Ambrose and Mary

Children of Ambrose and Mary

Francis George MacDonald 1916 to 1916

Francis George MacDonald 1916 to 1916

Clarence MacDonald 1918 to 1920

Clarence MacDonald 1918 to 1920

Lorena MacDonald 1923 to 1925

Lorena MacDonald 1923 to 1925

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:

  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansacem/leroy_rosary.html

Leo Clarence MacDonald 1921 to 1990.

Leo Clarence MacDonald 1921 to 1990.

Next is the Hugh and Theresa (McDonell) Downey family in St. Patrick Cemetery are:

Hugh Downey Feb. 23, 1869 to May 12, 1945.

Hugh Downey Feb. 23, 1869 to May 12, 1945.

Theresa Downey Nov. 19, 1868 to Nov. 19, 1938

Theresa Downey Nov. 19, 1868 to Nov. 19, 1938

Joseph Bonaface MacDonald 1903 to 1957

Joseph Boniface MacDonald
1903 to 1957

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:

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansacem/leroy_patricks.html

Again, thanks to my cousin for taking and sharing these photos, it is so very cool!

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4 Responses to The Migrations of Downeys and MacDonalds…

  1. Daniel Downey says:

    Do you know who Hugh Downey’s father was. there are more than a few Hugh Downeys. I am from the family of John Jr. Downey, who married three times and had a number of children (one being my grandfather).

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    • BJ MacDonald says:

      Hello Daniel: Wow you have the surname. I have a Thomas Downey and a Mary Sullivan for this Hugh’s parents provided by a Diane who worked at the Upper Ottawa Valley Gen Group in Pembroke. She had a family lineage which was on John McDonell his wife Julia. He is the brother of my Archibald McDonell. I have not done any further research on this Thomas or Mary and am aware that the Downeys are a large family. I remember collecting some family information when I was in the area of Pontiac and Renfrew in 2012 but I have not dug into them. So I really don’t know the Downey family hierarchy. I have Downey’s in Iowa. HA! I do have a bunch on my database but they are mostly Downey’s that married into McDonald’s. A few John’s but I am not sure they are the one you are talking about I would need dates and wives. Thanks for stopping by. Bonnie

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      • Daniel Downey says:

        HI Bonnie,

        The Thomas Downey you are speaking of is buried in the cemetery at St. Paul the Hermit Church in Sheenboro, Quebec. He is one of ten children of John Downey and Jane Smith who married in 1825 in Bytown Ontario (Ottawa), then moved to Sheenboro.

        Included in the 10 children is a Hugh Downey (born 1843) – all these children were born between 1927-1843. This Hugh Downey did marry Mary Sullivan – from the marker, his children also buried in the same plot include son Edward and daughter Mary Jane; he later remarried Lily Nehpin.

        Of the original 10 children of John Downey and Jane Smith, his son John Jr. is my great grandfather who married three times. My grandfather Lorne Downey is from the third wife of John Jr. Johanna Holden.

        From the age of Hugh Downey on the marker on your website being 1869, he was a child of one of the ten children. From my own notes. my great grandfather first wife was Ellen Tallon (married 1856) and one of their children was a Hugh Downey (note there is also a Hugh Downey my great grandfather’s third wife Johanna, buried in Sheenboro, died 1881). The only issue is the Hugh from my records was born April 13, 1866, not 1869, however who knows there could have been a typo on my records. The date is consistent with the first marriage. My great grandfather married again in 1872 to Ellen Brennan.

        Anyways, it is such a challenge piecing together old records. If you do come across the church records of Hugh Downey or an older obituary, it should reveal his parents. There should be a record with the original Church. THanks for the response, always an interesting affair. Dan Downey (Toronto).

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      • BJ MacDonald says:

        Daniel: Thanks so much for your information. I will consider it. Let me contact you off line via my email. I can see your email but no one else can. We can chat better. Just want you to know that I am not adding much to the genealogy on The Man Who Lived Airplanes at this time. I just did my trip to Scotland. It was EPIC. I am trying to get my dad (Keith’s) old New England Family history written on the blog Solomon Goss, link on the side bar. It is time consuming. I am contemplating the originals of my family in Scotland. Of course I do have Irish in the family. I do have an Ancestry tree which is “under construction.” So it is private at this time. I like the search engine. At some point I will make it public. Lots to do. So Dad’s family is on the back burner. I just built Hugh and Theresa on the tree and taking a look at the results. As for researching in Canada before 1850 I do admit that it is very difficult then you add the Quebec version of genealogy and that gets weird. HA! Let me email you off web and we can cat. Bonnie

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