Angus MACDONALD

Male 1819 - 1902


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  • Name  Angus MACDONALD 
    Born  01 Feb 1819  Knoydart, Invernessshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  Apr 1902  Knox Presbyterian Cemetery, Uptergrove, Mara Twp Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died  05 Apr 1902  Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID  I116  LT. ALEXANDER MACDONALD
    Last Modified  15 Jun 2015 

    Father  Alexander MACDONALD,   b. 1772, Scoatas, Inverness-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Dec 1842, Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Christina CAMERON,   b. 1790, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1866, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Ann DONOVAN,   b. 06 Apr 1827, Richmond Hill, York, Home District, Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1909, Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1846 
    Children 
     1. Alexander MACDONALD,   b. 1848,   d. 1861
     2. Alexander Ewan MACDONALD,   b. 12 Aug 1848, Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1920, Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Alex MACDONALD,   b. 27 Jun 1850, Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1932, Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. James Angus MACDONALD,   b. 01 Apr 1851, Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1892, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Catherine MACDONALD,   b. 02 Mar 1852, Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Mar 1922, Orillia Twp., Simcoe Co Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Adelia MACDONALD,   b. 1854, Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1881, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Sarah Moira MACDONALD,   b. 13 Mar 1858, Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1908, Manistee, Manistee, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Angus MACDONALD,   b. 25 Jan 1860, Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1941
     9. William MACDONALD,   b. 23 May 1863, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1893, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Kenneth MACDONALD,   b. 30 May 1865, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1918, Pentanguishene, Simcoe, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. George D. MACDONALD,   b. 29 Mar 1867, Mara Twp., Canada West Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 1941, Kitchner, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     12. Robert MACDONALD,   b. 02 Jun 1870, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1870, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. Christina MACDONALD,   b. 31 Jul 1871, Mara Twp., Ontario Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1949
    Family ID  F36  Group Sheet

  • Genealogical Notes 
    • From: The Highland Settlement of Mara Township; George D. MacDonald, 1909

      "...Angus MacDonald, brother of Ronald was born [in Glenderlochen, Knoyda rt, Scotland], February 1st, 1819, came to Mara when 14 years of age. He was a carpenter by trade and built most of the houses and barns in Mara in the early days. He...died February 5th, 1902, aged 81 years. His wife, whose maiden name was Mary Donovan, died April 28th 1909, aged 81 years."

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      From a letter of Angus McDonald:

      -Uptergrove Post Office Feb.9, 1892

      DearSon,

      We received your letter and were glad to know that you were well as this leaves us at present except James, he has a bad cold that settled on his lungs. I think it is partly a continuance of the grip that he had last spring, and was not wholey clear of all summer, and the cold of winter revived it some. He is now at home with us.

      I was born in Glendulochen. Inverness-shire Scotland. My Father's parents resided and raised their family in the Island of Eigg. Inverness-shire Scotland. My Father was Alexander, son of Ronald Og (or young) son of Big Ronald, son of John, son of Ronald, son of John Gear (or short) son at the Chief of Glencoe. who was married to one of the daughters of the Duke of Argyle.

      At Christmas time his mother took John to her Father's place for Christmas and he was playing shinny, with the others, and the Duke, his grandfather. was looking at them and asked what short young man is that taking the ball from my men, not knowing him at a distance; so the name John Gear, or Short, stuck to him afterwards.

      My Father's mother was of the family of McDonalds called Clan Ronald of Kepoch. They were said to be the strongest men in Scotland. and my uncle Donald could crush his hand full of hazlenuts, or jump over any place he could reach with his hand. He stood six feet in his stockings. He also thrashed eight men at one time, in an upper room in an hotel where they came to get him after dark, he got the landlord to hold the door open and he blew out the light and pitched into them and soon cleared the room.

      My Mother's Father was Angus Cameron, son of Alexander Cameron of Glenlaogh Lochaber, son of John, son of Hugh or Ewan in Gaelic, (what they call in English Evans), son of Alexander, son of little Finlay, son of Big Finlay, son of John, son of Hugh, son of Alexander. My mother's father's mother was a daughter of the owner of Achatriachaden, the two sides of Spiaken and Glenroy, and Scridan of the mountains, all his own free land. I think that it is Lochaber. but I am not sure.

      Your mother's father was Samuel Anderson Donovan, son of Colonel Donovan, an Irishman. Your mother's mother was a daughter of William Johnson, one of a family who left the States when the British lost it. They were called U. E. Loyalists. Her mother's mother was Dutch, Hollandsheads. Your Grandfather Donovan's mother was a daughter of Judge Anderson of Cornwall Canada.

      My Mother's Mother was a Murray, a sister of John Murray, that owned a tract of land on the west side of Loch Snissard. Isle of Skye, Scotland, namely Coishleatir, Re-birin, Greashernish, and the Aird-vor, I do not know whether he owned more or not. He owned about ? of one side of that Loch. You can see on the map of Scotland in the geography.

      Your mother was born in the Township of Markham, Yonge Street, between Toronto and the Holland Landing. Canada. You were born on the 30 March, 1865, leaves you 27 years next March.

      We all except Alexander, had very bad colds that was very much of the nature of the Grip, but we are all well of it now except James. The most of people had that bad kind of cold in this part in the Country. I would like to put up a barn next summer if possible.

      With love from us all to you, from your affectionate Father. Angus McDonald

      post script: My uncle Donald was pressed on board a Man-of-War in Old Napoleon's wartime, and the war with the States in 1812 to 1815, and the warship he was on was sent to active service to the coast of the United States, and we have no reliable account of him since; he lost his vessel by that. He was engaged in the coasting trade of England, Ireland, and Scotland, the same as his father was before him. George, my brother, Is going to try to trace out if there is money coming to him as pay from the British Government. Thought pay for the value of that vessel he lost by being taken away in that manner by force. There is a rumour that my Uncle Ang us that died in Austraia left a large sum of money. The last account I heard of him was that he went security for railroad contractors and lost his money by it. After he was dead anyone could such as that if they wanted to get the money. It shows anyway that he was a rich man when he would be taken as security for such a contract.

      transcription of a letter dated 9 February. 1892, from Angus M(a)cDonald to his son, Kenneth

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Find a Grave, memorial # 111576309.

    2. [S1] Archives of Ontario- Deaths, Name: Angus Mcdonald Event Type: Death Event Date: 05 Apr 1902 Event Place: Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario Gender: Male Age: 84 Birth Date: Birthplace: Scotland Birth Year (Estimated): 1818 Reference ID: yr 1902 cn 24084 GS Film number: 1854186 Digital Folder Number: 4175422 Image Number: 771 Citing this Record: "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JXZB-12J : accessed 24 February 2015), Angus Mcdonald, 05 Apr 1902; citing Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario, yr 1902 cn 24084, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,854,186..


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