Today, I am revisiting one of the children of Alexander John McDonell and Rachel McPherson. This child is Ronald McDonell (Ranald) who married Janet McDonell. According to Neil McGillis who found this blog, Janet, is a member of the Lundie McDonells. It is a great day when you find connections.
I wrote about this couple in a past post dated September 29, 2011 and it was titled:
“The Ronald McDonell & Janet McDonell Family.”
Neil has kindly consented to my sharing the family chart he sent to me. I removed the last line of individuals below Catherine and Ed Gallagher because they are still living.
Janet was a child of John McDonell who married Flora McKinnon and also Flora W. McLellan (dau of Donald McLellan and Isabella McGillis).* The marriage to Flora took place about January 1827 in Beckwith Twp.
Where is Beckwith Twp., it is in Lanark County, Ontario: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beckwith,_Ontario
This link is to the township site where they have some brochures and a book:
Beckwith: Irish and Scottish Identities in a Canadian Community. Looks like you can read some of this book here: http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=6013
To think I drove through the area in 2012 and stopped for gas in Carleton Place on my way to Hastings Co. I guess I should have dallied more in Lanark County, although I did enjoy Smith Falls and visited the Lanark County Genealogical Society. https://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/lanark-county-smith-falls-ontario/ I knew there was more there because of the references to Alexander MacDonald who lived in Sandpoint along the Ottawa river having been there in Lanark and then in Glengarry County and then up to the Arnprior area. I just did not know how he fit in. I will share more about that in a later post.
John McDonell then migrated to Horton Twp. which is in Renfrew County, Ontario and onto Chichester which is in Pontiac County, Quebec and he died in Sheenboro Twp. on 13 February 1861. I visited this area in 2012 and wrote many posts about my adventure on this blog under the title of the Touring the Upper Ottawa….I was in Renfrew County quite a bit on my trip in 2012 and also in Sheenboro.
John is not listed on the tombstones at the Gravemarker gallery nor in the written online transcript as being buried in the St. Paul De Hermit Roman Catholic Cemetery graveyard. I have visited this cemetery in person in Sheenboro, Pontiac Co., Quebec and there are lots of empty spaces even though it is well-tended.
In reviewing the above chart, and the family pages I list below, we see that John and Flora McLellan had the following children:
1. Donald b. 1827
2. Angus b. 1829. He married Ellen Kennedy, 8 January 1867.
3. ** Janet b. 1831. She married first Ranald (Ronald) McDonald 1827 to 1862 and her 2nd marriage was to Thomas Poupore [Sr.]
4. Alexander 1833 to 1885. He married Johanna Walsh. After his death she remarried to a Peter Langan. He died about 1896. She died about 1913.
5. Duncan married Isabella.
6. Allan b. 1835 a deaf-mute
7. Betsy b. 1840, she married Francis Walsh in 1867.
8. Louisa b. 1843 married Donald McGillis
If the chart is to confusing try this: Janet&Ronald Please be advised that charts and outlines are subject to change at any time.
Neil gave me a link to a family website and I have tried comparing the chart above with a family tree online at Rootsweb titled: French, Scottish, Irish, German and English families of James and Deborah McDonald,* by James Allan McDonald compiler. He has information on this line of McDonells/Macdonells and takes Janet’s lineage way back.
Here is the link to John McDonell on this tree and you can see that he is named John Mor MacDonell. Just click on his name and it will bring you to his individual page.
I am still trying to read through this family tree and absorb it. I am impressed with it but I am also a little wary of some of the sources. As I always say please verify the information yourself.
The above website at Rootsweb does not go into any detail about Flora McLellan. You have to go back to the chart I have displayed above. It does list the children from John’s first marriage.
My information has Janet’s birth to be about 1833 so it makes sense that John married the second time to Flora McLellan before 1827. If there is a record of that marriage, I would be glad to receive it.
John Mor MacDonell was born about 1781 in Scotland and lived in Glengarry Co., on the 6th Concession, Lochiel Twp. at about the date of 12 Jan. 1841. Unfortunately, there is no mention of the lot number but there is one listed for his brother Archibald as Lot 4 the north end of the sixth Concession in Lochiel Twp. for about 1845. John died 7 February 1861 in Sheen Twp., Pontiac Co., Quebec.
The website does give children for John and the 1st Flora as follows: Mary 1811, Nancy 1810 in Scotland, Penelope 1813 in Scotland, Christine 1817, and Donald 1826. They may be other children – see my chart just click to open which is not necessarily in birth order.
The website goes on to give the parents of John Mor MacDonell
–Alexander (Lundi) MacDonell b. Abt 1754 in Knoydart, Scotland and he married Janet (Barrisdale) MacDonell b. 1763 in Knoydart, Scotland. He died on 1 Jan. 1842 in the snows near Allumette Island. Janet was born about 1763 in Knoydart and died 14 Jan. 1847 in Stark’s Corners, Clarendon Twp., Pontiac Co., Quebec.
Neil mentioned a 1815 list of enrollees to which you will find a transcription of those that came on the ships the Dorothy, Baltic Merchant, and Atlas: http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/passengerlists/edinburghindex.shtml Alexander is featured in the list for the Baltic Merchant. Lucille H. Campey in her book: The Scottish Pioneers to Upper Canada, 1784 to 1855 Glengarry and Beyond, has a combined ship summary of this list on page. 191, Appendix 1, “General List of Settlers, Enrolled for Canada under the Government Regulations at Edinburgh, 1815,” [PRO CO 385/2 ff 3-26]. PRO stands for Public Records Office and CO is Colonial office. I guess it means I have to go to England to see the list. HA!
Alexander’s father was:
— Roderick (Rauri) MacDonell U.E. and he married Mary Cameron and they had:
1. Alexander – John’s father
2. Ronald MacDonell b. about 1768
3. Roderick (Rory Og) MacDonell
4. Angus Mor MacDoneld b. in Scotland
–Roderick’s father is Angus (Lundie) MacDonell U.E.L. and he died in 1783 enroute to Glengary Co. from the Mohawk Valley of New York State. There is more but you can enjoy the links I have given and do your own investigating.
There is still more digging and studying to do. Did you notice mention of the Mohawk Valley in NY, well, I am absolutely fascinated by the history of that area. A surprise to come if all goes well on my trip. The other is the initials of U.E. and U.E.L. I guess it is time to start studying Loyalists records and not just dabble. Of course the references to Sheenboro and Allumette just make me happy!
Neil took it one more step further and referred me to Chart #13, page 724 of the work of Duncan Darby MacDonald of the MacDonald Research Centre in Brockville, Ontario. I have mentioned Mr. MacDonald in past posts. He has written many books on Glengarry history, church records and charts. Unfortunately, he passed away several years ago. However, you cannot do research in Glengarry or areas nearby without coming across his works. It is now time to dig in to the charts and there are about 5 volumes of charts.
Fortunately, the book below is the book we can target. It is very thick and a copy is at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. I think it is very rare book and not many copies were published, because I have not been able to purchase a copy for myself. I do now that most of the estate went to Global Genealogy. They never did add more to this initial list of the titles. http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/gazed/gazed139.htm You will need to scroll down.
Source; Scotland’s Migratons to North America. Early Settlers to Upper Canada (Eastern Ontario) Stormont & Glengarry, a collection of genealogical charts by Duncan (Darby) MacDonald, Part-IV, 3rd Edition, 1993, ISBN O-921133-39-1.
This book has many charts in it of many prominent families and Lundie MacDonells start on page 721 to 735, with mention of other charts to consult written on some of the pages.
Now when you search for Mr. MacDonald, he will be either Darby MacDonald, Duncan Darby MacDonald, William Harold and other variations of his name.