Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson Family Overiew…

This page will cover the posts written on this blog about the family of Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson and their children.

I am creating pages for each family grouping to help make it easier to find the posts written about that family.  This will make it easier to find study the information and I highly recommend that you do that and not just jump around.  Please read the posts carefully it is important.  Always feel free to ask me questions and request copies of original documents or suggest updates for genealogy always changes as new information comes to light.

Blogs are not the best for doing searches and can be confusing.  As the author I sort of know what is going on.  I have made copies of my posts and put them into a Word.doc so I can search it and I have a Table of Contents of the posts making it easier for me to find things.

There are three ways to search this blog:
  1.  Use the Archive Box on the right side of the blog and find the month and year and click and it will give you a listing of posts written during that time.  So if you use the dates below you can find the post you are looking for and see it in sequence.  Blogs go from past dates to present so they are backwards from a book.
  2. Use the Search box on the right of this blog to search using key words like a person’s name, the location, topics like Mayflower etc.
  3. Seek out the Categories which I have tried to organize by surname, cemeteries, locations and subjects.  The list is auto alphabetical within the grouping, so you need to scroll looking for what you want.  There is a number next to the category telling you approximately how many posts that the category.  It may not find all references to the keyword you are using, although I strive to be careful and diligent.
  4. Blogs are backwards from a book, so the oldest posts are the first. So you could technically go back to the beginning and go forward through the blog.  I strive to do the genealogy in a chronological manner but not always for this is also a story about their lives and family connections make it very complicated. When I start writing about a family, I do a summary post of the family of a specific couple listing their children and then try to follow it with more detailed posts about the children and their families if it works within the concept of the blog.  If you see revisiting in the title it means I have found new information or am going back to that person or couple and adding more detail.


The Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson Family of Chichester and Allumette Island, Pontiac County, Quebec.

  1. Grandmother Mary McDonell, April 3, 2010
  2. Mary McDonell, Archie’s Future Bride – 1861, November 1, 2010
  3. McDonell and McDonell Marriage! December 3, 2010
  4. Nellie’s Charts – Her Mother Mary McDonell’s Family, July 21, 2011
  5. Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson’s Family, August 5, 2011
  6. Revisiting: Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson, April 12, 2012
  7. Alexander John and Ellen McPherson McDonell a possible marriage! June 17, 2014
  8. A 1848 Group Land Petition from Waltham, Sheen, Mansfield and Chichester, July 10, 2014
  9. Revisiting the Waltham, Sheen, Mansfield & Chichester, 1848 Petition, December 18, 2014
  10. The Alexander & Ellen Lineage vs. the Angus and Janet Lineage, November 6, 2014
  11. Alexander John MacDonell & Ellen McPherson Lineage, December 12, 2014
  12. Valuation of Sheen & Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec, January 8, 2015.
  13. Land Petitions for Pontiac County: A Brief How To! January 22, 2015
  14. Letters Patent: Alexander John McDonald, February 12, 2015
  15. Quebec Notaries – Sigh! March 5, 2015
  16. Land Transactions involving Alexander J. McDonell of Chichester 1874 to 1884, April 2, 2015

Their Children: Alexander, Ranald, John, Hugh, Mary Elizabeth, Catherine, Jennette Catherine, Rachel, Duncan, Finley.

  1. Ronald and Janet McDonell Family, September 29, 2011
    1. Revisiting Ronald (Ranald) and Janet McDonell – The Lundie Family Connection, August 26, 2014
    2. Update on Janet McDonell and her life after Ronald, August 31, 2014
    3. John Mor MacDonell husband to Flora McLellan, November 13, 2014
    4. St.-Alexandre Des Chenaux RC Cemetery…Clarendon Twp., November 21, 2014
    5. Ottawa Lumber Kings – Alexander & Janet (Young) McDonell, December 6, 2014
    6. Letters Patent: Alexander McDonell, Bristol Township, Pontiac Co. February 19, 2015
    7. Letters Patent: John McDonald, Calumet Island, February 26, 2015 – probably a member of the Lundie McDonells.
  2. Jennette Catherine McDonell & Her Two Marriages, October 20, 2011
    1. Letters Patent: The Legal Representative of the late Angus J. McDonald, February 5, 2015
  3. The Hugh McDonell & Ellen McDonald Family, October 27, 2011
  4. Duncan McDonell and Elizabeth Sauve, November 10, 2011
    1. Robert Roland McDonell & Celina Catherine Gray, December 3, 2011
    2. The Migrations of the Downeys & MacDonalds, June 5, 2014
    3. Some Sheenboro Families that migrated to Saskatchewan, August 1, 2014


  1. Sources to use for Untangling McDonell, MacDonald, MacDonell & McDonald Families, September 2, 2014
  2. Records of the St. Alphonsus Church, March 23, 2010
  3. Trips to Canada, 2012 and 2014, PAGE at the top of this blog with a listing of the posts published on this blog for those trips.
  4. Land Petitions for Pontiac County: A Brief How To! January 22, 2015
  5. Quebec Notaries – Sigh! March 5, 2015