Archibald and Mary McDonell Family Overview…

This page will cover the posts written on the Archibald and Mary McDonell family.

Archibald and Mary were both McDonell’s and might be related in some manner that I do not yet know.  Mary was the daughter of Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson. Archibald is the son of a John and Sara McDonell per the marriage record from the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Chapeau, Pontiac Co., Quebec.

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An Overview of the posts published about the Family of Archibald and Mary McDonell of Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec, their lives, their migration to the U.S. in about 1901 and their children. 

Archibald and Mary McDonell and their children

Archibald and Mary McDonell and their children

LtoR standing:  Nellie (Ellen Elizabeth), Jack (John Archibald), Ronald Sandfield (R.S.), seated LtoR: Mary, Archibald, and son Alexander Thomas (Alex).  Angus the oldest is not present in this picture.  There were three babies that did not survive.

Notes:  The posts were not written in a straight forward timeline so you will see that the dates are not necessarily in order.  I have instead put the posts into groupings so it might make more sense.  There will also be repetition of a post.

Archibald and Mary McDonell’s lives in Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec 1858 to 1901: 

  1. Archibald McDonell Establishes himself in Chichester! October 20, 2010
  2. Archibald McDonell as Farmer, 1861, October 29, 2010
  3. Archibald McDonell’s Land, December 23, 2010
  4. Mary McDonell Archie’s Future Bride – 1861, November 1, 2010
  5. McDonell and McDonell Marriage! December 3, 2010
  6. Archibald and Mary McDonell, March 20, 2010
  7. Grandmother Mary McDonell, April 3, 2010
  8. Archibald and Mary McDonald’s Children, March 20, 2010
    1. Records of the St. Alphonsus Church, March 20, 2010
  9. Archie and Mary in 1871, May 23, 2011
  10. McDonell Family in 1881, June 2, 2011
  11. Archibald McDonell as Culbute Lock Master, June 9, 2011
  12. Revisiting the Culbute Locks in the Ottawa north of Allumette Island…January 15, 2015
  13. Valuation of Sheen & Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec, January 8, 2015
  14. Letters Patent: Archibald McDonell in Chichester, January 29, 2015
  15. Archibald McDonell’s Land Transactions in Chichester 1872 and 1877, March 12, 2015

Archibald’s McDonell’s origins – his parents and siblings: 

  1. Nellie’s Charts – Her Father Archie McDonell’s Family, June 17, 2011 – For more on Mary’s family see the Page at the top of this blog featuring the life of Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson.
  2. A Mystery Roy Macdonell? June 30, 2011
  3. Glengarry in Ontario, Canada – Origins of Archibald McDonell? July 8, 2011
  4. A Discovery: Archie’s brother John McDonell living next door in Sheen? March 31, 2012
  5. John McDonald of Sheenboro and Land Transactions 1867, March 26, 2015

Mary McDonell’s origins, parents and siblings: 

  1. Grandmother Mary McDonell, April 3, 2010
  2. Nellie’s Charts – Her Mother Mary McDonell’s Family, July 21, 2011
  3. Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson’s Family, August 5, 2011
  4. The Alexander & Ellen Lineage vs. the Angus and Janet Lineage, November 6, 2014
  5. Valuation of Sheen & Chichester, Pontiac Co., Quebec, January 8, 2015

NOTE:  For information on the Alexander John McDonell and Ellen McPherson side of the family go the page at the top of this blog listing the posts written about them.

Archibald and Mary McDonell’s migration to Minnesota 1901: 

  1. Archibld McDonell sells his land in Chichester 1901, March 19, 2015  – This is when they migrated to Minnesota.
  2. The Migration to Minnesota Begins for the McDonells, December 23, 2011
  3. Archibald and Mary Say Goodbye to Chichester and Head for Bemidji, January 5, 2012
  4. Archie Visits Glengarry County? January 19, 2012
  5. Life in Bemidji? February 2, 2012
  6. McDonald’s Settle in International Falls, March 27, 2010
  7. Archibald McDonald Dies Peacefully in His Sleep! September 8, 2010
  8. Mary McDonell Passes, September 19, 2010

Their Children: John, John Alexander, Angus, Ronald S., John Archibald (Jack), Ellen Elizabeth (Nellie), Alexander Thomas, and George James…

John McDonald:

Archie and Mary’s Children: John MacDonald, January 8, 2011

John Alexander McDonald

Archie and Mary’s Children: John Alexander McDonell, January 16, 2011

Angus McDonald

  1. Archie & Mary’s Children: Angus McDonell, January 29, 2011
  2. Archie and Mary in 1871, May 23, 2011
  3. McDonell Family in 1881, June 2, 2011
  4. Ronald S. and Angus Strike Out on their Own, December 16, 2011
  5. The Family of Angus McDonell, Eldest Son! February 16, 2012
  6. The Legend of Angus McDonell, Eldest son, March 2, 2012
  7. World War I – My McDonald Cousins Serve! March 15, 2012
  8. Angus’ wife – Louisa Jane Hanson, March 22, 2012

Ronald S. McDonald 

  1. Archie and Mary’s Children: Ronald S. McDonald, February 17, 2011
  2. Archie and Mary in 1871, May 23, 2011
  3. McDonell Family in 1881, June 2, 2011
  4. Ronald S. and Angus Strike Out on their Own, December 16, 2011
  5. Life in Bemidji? February 2, 2012

NOTE:  See page at the top of this blog for more of the posts written about Ronald and Grace and their children.

John Archibald McDonald:

  1. Jack and Sara Maria Burns McDonald, August 17, 2010
  2. Archie & Mary’s Children: John Archibald McDonald, March 3, 2011
  3. Archibald and Mary Say Goodbye to Chichester and Head for Bemidji, January 5, 2012
  4. Life in Bemidji? February 2, 2012
  5. John (Jack) Archibald McDonald & Sarah M. Burns, July 20, 2012
  6. Jack and Sarah (Burns) McDonald Settle in Minnesota, August 16, 2012
  7. Jack Becomes Mayor! August 31, 2012
  8. Jack McDonald Succumbs – 1949, October 11, 2012
  9. Sarah M. (Burns) McDonald passes! October 25, 2012

Ellen Elizabeth McDonald

  1. Archie & Mary’s Children: Ellen Elizabeth McDonald, March 10, 2011
  2. Archibald and Mary Say Goodbye to Chichester and Head for Bemidji, January 5, 2012
  3. Life in Bemidji? February 2, 2012
  4. Nellie McDonald becomes the caretaker of Grace’s children! March 1, 2013
  5. Nellie (Ellen Elizabeth) McDonald thru the Years! March 14, 2013
  6. Family Recipe Friday: A Recipe from the Past – Nellie’s Creation, March 15, 2013
  7. School Census from Cheney, Washington, March 28, 2013
  8. Local Cheney Maid Weds! May 11, 2013
  9. McKanna and McDonald Wedding 1924, May 23, 2013
  10. The year is 1930 in Spokane, July 16, 2015
  11. The Rest of the McDonalds in 1940, November 19, 2015
  12. May 1947: Nellie McDonald passes….January 14, 2016

Alexander Thomas McDonald

  1. Alexander Thomas McDonald, Fireman, August 7, 2010
  2. Archie & Mary’s Children: Alexander Thomas McDonald, March 31, 2011
  3. Alex McDonald – 58 years in Minnesota! November 11, 2012
  4. Local Cheney Maid Weds! May 11, 2013  – Alex visited
  5. McKanna and McDonald Wedding 1924, May 23, 2013
  6. Minnesota 1934 to 1935: A little work and a little school, August 6, 2015 – Keith was in Minnesota working and visited his uncle Alex with brother Gordy.
  7. Alexander Thomas McDonald passes in 1955, November 22, 2012

George James McDonald

Archie & Mary Children: George James McDonell, May 11, 2011

Supplemental Research Information:

  1. Genealogical Research in Koochiching County, March 16, 2010
  2. Land Petitions for Pontiac County: a Brief How to! January 22, 2015
  3. Quebec Notaries – Sigh! March 5, 2015
  4. PAGE – Trips to Canada 2012 and 2014, Table of Contents of the posts published at the top of this blog.
  5. Sources to use for Untangling McDonell, MacDonald, MacDonell & McDonald Families, September 2, 2014 – Duncan Darby MacDonald and his charts and works.
  6. Salt Lake City and the British Institute, October 29, 2014 – The course on Scottish Research.
  7. Quebec Notaries – Sigh! March 5, 2015