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Obituary for Margaret Cameron of Long Sault, genealogist & Hugh Pearson MacMillan, founding force of Glengarry Historical Society and writer of the Adventures of a Paper Sleuth
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Finlaggan Councillor, Castle Tioram, Clan Donald International
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Clan Donald Canada. In 2011 the AGM was in Cornwall, Sep. 9/10, 2011. Guest Speaker was myself talking
mainly about the pursuit of genealogy info, applied to my interest in Glengarry County.
Here is a copy of my speech.
THe Glengarry Highland Games occur the Friday and Saturday of the August long weekend each year.
In 2012 the featured clan was Clan Donald. August 4th I was invited to speak and my topic was Ional and its relevance to Clan Donald and Glengarry County. - See my IONA webpage
If you are interested in Macdonalds - Clan Donald, visit their updated website at www.clandonaldcanada.ca
Happy 200th Birthday December 12, 2012 to John Sandfield Macdonald, Premier of the United Canada's and 1st Premier of Ontario. See the pages dedicated to his life and accomplishments.
Glengarry County was established in 1792. The first settlers, United Empire Loyalists' Herkimer's Batteau Company, Kings Royal Rangers (New York) and the 84th Regiment of Foot, arrived in 1783.
In 1786 500 settlers arrived from Glengarry, Scotland and were the first to settle inland, away from a river.
By the early 1800's the population of Glengarry was primarily Scottish but began to change when French Canadian settlers arrived. They had left neighbouring communities in Quebec due to land shortages.
"Farming was the main occupation of Glengarry families and although the county is well watered by the Raisin, the Baudette and the Delisle Rivers, as well as several branches of the Rigaud River, the land did not produce too many
rich farms and it became customary for the young men to winter in the lumber shanties to supplement their income. The men also left for parts of the United States and the western provinces seeking a more lucrative way of life."
Person Profile - Story of the Week
Individual Report for Rev. Roderick Macdonell (Roman Catholic)
The second group of emigrants to settle in Glengarry County left Scotland in 1785. The most prominent individual to leave that year was Roderick Macdonell, a Catholic missionary who had worked among the clansmen of Glengarry from 1775 to 1785. Roderick was the son of John Macdonell of Leek, one of the tacksmen leaders of the 1773; three of Roderick's brothers held commissions in Sir John Johnson's regiment during the Revolutionary War. When his family emigrated in 1773, Roderick was studying for the priesthood in Douai, France, and was unable to accompany them. Upon his return to Scotland, Roderick refused to bind himself to to serve the Scottish mission exclusively and instead took the missionary oath "on the express condition of being able to go to America". His reasons for this condition mirrored the concerns of his flock : "as his parents & whole family had already gone to America," Roderick hoped that within a few years "to follow his numerous connections" there. In a petition addressed to the Secretary of State, Lord Sydney, Macdonell explained his reasons: "That Lands have been lately assigned ... [to the Scotch Loyalists] in the higher part of Canada; but being of Roman Catholic persuasion, they are at a Loss for a clergyman, understanding their Language...That the Memorialist being known and related to many of them, they have communicated Solicitations to him to go abroad & serve them in that capacity.
We are building a pretty snug and decent stone Church at River aux Raisin, (South Lancaster, as we have seen.) he says. It is Mr Roderick [McD.] hobby horse. It is expected to be finished this year. Mr Roderick expects, as well as myself, that you will speak to, and encourage, such as you think proper, to assist in so pious and generous an undertaking by contributing to the completion of it, as I feel confident that prayers shall be put up for the success and prosperity of all who will cheerfully help to carry on so good a work.
From the Book: The Macdonell Family in Canada (Letter from Spanish John to his son John)
Individual Report for The Hon. Donald Alexander Macdonald (Sandfield)
A selection of Individual Facts:
Occupation: 1837 ; He became active in the contracting business early in life. Built the Illinois canal, then the Beauharnois afterwards.2
Occupation: 1841 ; Returning to Upper Canada, he secured a contract in the building of the Beauharnois Canal, begun in 1841. When the Irish canal workers rioted because of poor working conditions, Macdonald, though not at fault, was attacked by the mob.3
Persona: Abt. 1842 ; A young man of 26, Mr. Macdonald brought wih him vigor and determination, coupled with considerable means earned in construction contracts.4 Residence: 1844 in Development in Alexandria remained slow until Donald A. purchased the whole of lot 38 (ALEXANDRIA) He was 26
Residence: 1844 in Garry Fen, now 2 Ottawa St., Alexandria, Glengarry, Ontario.
Property: 1844 ; Development in Alexandria remained slow until Donald A. purchased the whole of lot 38 (Alexandria). He was 26.
Elected: 1850 ; Reeve of Kenyon Twp3 Military Service: 1852 ; As officer commanding the 4th Battalion, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry5, 6, 7
Source: 1854 ; The True Witness for attacks on the three Sandfields over Donald's row with the Priest John MacLachlan.
Occupation: Bet. 1854–1855 ; When the Grand Trunk Railway was being built through Lancaster (Montréal to Farran's Point in Stormont) the 3 Sandfield Brothers were awarded the stretch from Montréal across Glengarry. They were said to have cleared £60,000 in the contract.3
Occupation: Abt. 1855 ; Montreal Aqueduct8, 9 Elected: 1856 ; Warden of Stormont Dundas & Glengarry County3
Elected: 1857 ; Donald succeeded his brother John as Liberal Member for Glengarry when John elected Member for Cornwall.5, 10
Occupation: 1857 ; In 1857 Donald Ross put up a building on Main St., New Lancaster & another on Main St., at about the same time Donald Sandfield Macdonald built a store on the West side of Main Street, New Lancaster.11 Politics: 1857 ; In 1857 he first appeared in Parliament as M.P.P. for Glengarry and retained his seat until the Union. In 1867 and 1872 he was chosen to represent his county in the Commons, once by acclamation.
Elected: Bet. 1858–1867 ; When John Sandfield's health began to decline, Donald was elected Member for Glengarry (M.L.A. for Glengarry)12
Politics: 1859 ; Acted as Vice-President of the Constutional Reform Convention at Toronto13
Military Service: Bet. 03 Jan 1862–03 Jul 1874 ; Highest Rank, B. Major in 154th
Property: 1865 ; Donated to the parish the land which now forms the original cemetery at St. Finnans
Religion: 1865 ; About the year 1865 the Hon. D. A. Macdonald donated to the parish the land which now forms the new cemetery.
Military Service: 1866 ; During the Fenian raid of 1866, Mr. Mackenzie as captain, along with the late Lt. Governor Macdonald, as major, raised a company of Glengarry men, and marched to the front. -Ottawa Free Press14
Avocations/Interests: 1866 ; Egerton Ryerson recounts in one letter that he visited at the home of D. A. Macdonald, "Garry Fen," in Alexandria, in 1866. Mr. Macdonald, it is remembered, was a strong opponent to separate schools, as was Ryerson.15
1 Duncan (Darby) MacDonald, U.E., F.S.A. Scot, A Genealogical Sketch of The Sandfield MacDonald Family (MacDonald Research Centre, c. 1997). 2 Duncan (Darby) MacDonald, U.E., F.S.A. Scot, A Genealogical Sketch of The Sandfield Macdonald Family (MacDonald Research Centre, c. 1997), When the Irish canal workers rioted because of poor working conditions, Macdonald, though not at fault, was attacked by the mob. To escape death he jumped ?into a canoe and shot the Cedar Rapids, a feat full of peril.?. 3 W. Stewart Wallace, The Dictionary of Canadian Biography (2nd edition, MacMillan Co. of Canada Ltd., Toronto, 1945). 4 Ken McKenna, Highland Paths (Glengarry News, Alexandria, Glengarry, Ontario), January 21, 1998. The Sandfield Macdonalds. 5 Ken McKenna, Highland Paths (Glengarry News, Alexandria, Glengarry, Ontario), Jan 21, 1998. The Sandfield Macdonalds. 6 James K. McDonell & Robert B. Campbell, Lords of the North, 109. In 1852 he was appointed Lt.-Col. of the 4th Batt. 7 Kenneth J. McKenna, Highland Paths, Tales of Glengarry ([Vankleek Hill, Ont, : L. Sproule], c1998 (Ottawa, Tri-Graphic Print.)), Vol 2, pg 149. 8 W. Stewart Wallace, The Dictionary of Canadian Biography (2nd edition, MacMillan Co. of Canada Ltd., Toronto, 1945), In Montreal he took on an aqueduct for the city?s waterworks and by 1855 he had 500 employees working on it. 9 W. Stewart Wallace, The Dictionary of Canadian Biography (2nd edition, MacMillan Co. of Canada Ltd., Toronto, 1945), Peter McGill. Thomas Keefer was active in water transportation engineering in the 1840s, railways in the 1850s, and then, in approximately 1853, was appointed chief engineer of the Montreal Waterworks with the task of constructing a public water supply for the city. 10 W. Stewart Wallace, The Dictionary of Canadian Biography (2nd edition, MacMillan Co. of Canada Ltd., Toronto, 1945), The following year, when John Sandfield decided to run for the assembly in Cornwall, Donald ran successfully as a Reformer in Glengarry. 11 Ewan Ross, Lancaster Township & Village (publ. 1980), 138. 12 Jacob Farrand Pringle, 1816-1901, Lunenburgh, or the Old Eastern District, its settlement & early progress (Standard Print. House, Cornwall, [Ont], 1890), 257. 13 The Canadian biographical dictionary and portrait gallery of eminent and self made men (American Biographical Pub. Co.; H. C. Cooper Jr. & Co., 1881), Also at www.canadiana.org, pg 15. 14 From obit of John Ban Mackenzie, from the Glengarry News, Nov. 10, 1899. 15 Dorothy Dumbrille, 106. An interesting incident in connection with the establishment of the Separate Schools is recalled in the recent book, My dearest Sophie: The Letters of Egerton Ryerson to his Daughter.