In past post I have shared about Ronald and his wife Janet’s story. She is the daughter of John Mor MacDonell and Flora McLlellan and he is the son of Alexander John MacDonell and Ellen McPherson. This makes Ronald (Ranald) a great great uncle.
Here are the posts I wrote:
- Revisiting: Ronald (Ranald) and Janet McDonell – The Lundie Family Connection!, August 26, 2014
- The Ronald McDonell & Janet McDonell Family, September 29, 2011
Mr. Perrault who commented on my the Revisiting post told me that there was a burial for John McDonald at St. Alphonsus. He was correct, I was so busy getting ready for my trip to Ontario and Quebec that I had tucked away the record on my computer. His comments reminded me of this and so I share it with you. I found it the other day. So here is a transcription of the St. Alphonsus Church record.
John Mor MacDonell and his 2nd wife Flora McLellan
S3 John McDonell, St. Alphonse, Allumette Island, 13 February 1861. I the undersigned priest of this mission have interred in the cemetery of this mission the body of John McDonell aged sixty-three years died 7th inst. Husband of Flora McLellan present Samuel McDonell, and James McDonell who have not signed. Jas C. Lynch, Priest.
You can find a shortened version of the burial information:
#1324 McDonell, John 06 Feb 1861 buried 13 Feb. 1861 63 y. h/o Flora McLellon, 89
Source: St. Alphonsus of Liquori, Chapeau, Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec. Cemetery Inscriptions and Burial Records, by Elaine Brown.
I visited the St. Alphonsus Cemetery (old) in 2012 and stopped by several times but I did not find a tombstone for either John nor Flora but then I was not looking for this couple. There were a lot of missing stones, broken stones and more.
In the 1871 Canadian Census, I found a Flora McDonell living in Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec with a Allan and James McDonell ages 34 and 33. She was 62 years old which means she would have been born in 1809. If she is the correct Flora she was 18 years old when she married John in 1827, this date may be in the Perth Marriages, but I have not check them as this time. She was born in Scotland and is Roman Catholic. I have not been able to find a Flora in other census at this time.