Results of recent research into descendants of Charles Grant in the Sydney - Glace Bay area of Nova Scotia
Douglass L. Grant
Charles Grant: Serendipity strikes again
On 26 April 2001, the author attended a lecture sponsored by the Old Sydney Society. The guest speaker, Janice Fralic-Brown of Halifax, spoke about her ancestor Cato Cox, a black Loyalist who settled in Sydney in the 1780's. She also produced muster rolls, taken 24 June and 25 December 1786, for the 42nd regiment of the British Army, commonly known as the "Black Watch", then stationed in Sydney. Both rolls included the name Charles Grant. It is not completely certain that this is "our" Charles, but the likelihood of there being two such at the same time in a settlement so small seems tiny indeed. Furthermore, the privately published volume "They Were Here" by Rev. Robert D. Crocker, confirms that the earliest barracks in what is now Sydney's Victoria Park included quarters for married soldiers. In that era, wives and children sometimes followed soldiers on station and qualified for extra rations by doing such chores as laundry. However, if Charles Grant was in fact in Sydney in the first instance as a British soldier, that would raise some questions about his reputed occupation as a stonemason.
Furthermore, a contribution on the Clan Gordon mailing list suggests that it was common in Scotland for clan chiefs to pay servants to take on the surname of the chief. This hypothesis might possibly explain how Ann Middletown could have become Ann (Nancy) Gordon without presuming a prior marriage.
Parents of Charles Grant and Nancy Gordon: a slender clue
The traditional order of naming of children in Scottish families is for males: father's father, mother's father, father, father's oldest brother, father's next oldest brother, and so on; and for females, mother's mother, father's mother, mother, mother's oldest sister, mother's next oldest sister, and so on. While this tradition was clearly abandoned in most branches of the Grant family by the late nineteenth century, it is probably safe to assume that it was followed in the first generation in North America, at least. Assuming there were no early children of which we have no knowledge, the oldest son and the second-oldest daughter of Charles and Nancy were Peter and Isabelle, respectively, and the naming tradition suggests these were the names of Charles' parents. Similarly, the oldest daughter and second-oldest son were Ann and Charles, and these may well have been the names of Nancy's parents.
A search of the Mormon website has turned up exactly one Charles Grant born between 1725 and 1765 in Scotland whose parents had given names as suggested. This child was born 1 November 1758 at Bellie, Moray, Scotland to Peter Grant and Isabell Bartle. If this was indeed "our" Charles, then he obviously could not have been at Louisbourg in 1760, a possibility raised in an earlier note in this series. Also, if the oldest child Peter had truly been born in Scotland (as his son John attested in 1891) and if the couple had migrated to Halifax in the late 1770's, they would have had to have been married, had their first child and migrated all by the time Charles reached the age of 21. This compressed timeline is troublesome, but not entirely impossible. Incidentally, no other children are found in the Mormon website born to Peter Grant and Isabell Bartle.
As for Nancy Gordon, no children of the name Ann Gordon could be found in the Mormon website born in Scotland during the period 1725 - 1765 with parents Charles and Ann.
Parents of Mary Ann Dolman Grant
Records of Calvary Baptist Church, North Sydney, reveal that Samuel Doleman was baptised there on 16 September 1832. As mentioned earlier, Mary Ann Doleman was baptised 7 April 1844. Mrs. Eleanor Doleman was baptised 9 January 1848, but died 20 July 1849. Since these dates straddle the 1838 census, also mentioned above, there is little doubt that Samuel and Eleanor were the parents of Mary Ann. There are no other references to persons of that surname, so it remains unknown what became of Mary Ann's siblings mentioned in the 1838 census.
Rosie Grant rediscovered at last
Recall that Rosie Grant is believed to be the second child of Alonzo Grant and his first wife Rebecca Boutilier, born 27 December 1883 (1901 census). William, first child of Alonzo and Rebecca, who accompanied his father and stepmother to Dominion about 1896, was born 6 April 1883, according to the same census. If, in fact, the birthdates for both William and Rosie are correct, the latter must have been born prematurely and, in the 1880's, lucky to have survived at all. This may help explain why she remained with her maternal grandmother, and may have been a factor in her mother's death. In 1891 and 1901, Rosie was living with her grandmother, Evalina Boutilier, and Evalina's twin sons Edward and Branch. Evalina died in 1904. Rosie continued to live at 922 George St., Sydney, with her uncle Branch, an engineer according to the 1905 City Directory; the inclusion of her name implies she worked outside the home. In 1907, she witnessed the wedding of her presumed first cousin Margaret MacKinnon to Milledge P. Jefferson (incidentally, a first cousin once removed of Maria Jefferson Grant).
Early in the morning of 1 May 1925, Branch Boutilier was found dead in the back yard of a home on Laurier St. in Whitney Pier. The cemetery records give his age as 34, an apparent transcription error for 54; in fact, he was 55. A coroner's jury found he had died of exposure. The Sydney Post reported that "a part bottle of doubtful looking rum" was found beside his body. The story also mentioned he was unmarried, and "lived ... with his sister on George Street" (emphasis mine). There is no explicit reference to the sister being married. [Another curious observation: Branch's first name is entered as "Blanche" in the original handwritten chronological record of the cemetery, as well as in the alphabetical typescript prepared from it many years later. I will leave it to another researcher to determine if this was a clerical error, or a commentary on his lifestyle.]
With respect to the reference to a sister above, Branch's only known sisters were:
(i) Rebecca Ann (born July, 1861, baptised 3 December 1861, died no later than 1888),
(ii) Rosina (m1. Donald MacKinnon [son of Neil and Margaret MacKinnon, NW Arm], 18 February 1886, Presbyterian Church, Coxheath; m2. John Hill; by m1., mother of Margaret MacKinnon Jefferson), and
(iii) Eliza (born 22 May 1865, and baptised 10 April 1866 at Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney Mines).
[Rebecca, incidentally, had a twin sister Elizabeth Jane, who evidently did not survive; she is not mentioned in the 1871 census.] It is evident that the sister referred to in the newspaper article could only have been Eliza.
Eliza died unmarried in 1932, and her brief obituary said she had lived with her niece, Mrs. Harry O'Neill, of the North West Arm. Mrs. Harry O'Neil (slightly different spelling) died 15 July 1959, and is buried in Hardwood Hill. Neither the cemetery records nor the obituary contain Mrs. O'Neil's first name, nor are any survivors mentioned other than her husband and five children. Mrs. O'Neil was born in Beechmont (near Coxheath), which was Rebecca's residence at the time of her marriage. She was also active in St. John's Anglican Church at Point Edward; the Boutilier family had been Anglican for many years. At the time of her death, Mrs. O'Neil's age was given as 75, which would match Rosie Grant's age exactly. The 1891 census also indicated that, as children, Rosie and Harry O'Neil lived very close together in Ball's Creek, so the two almost certainly knew each other and probably went to school together. All this circumstantial evidence made Mrs. Harry O'Neil a very promising suspect to be the same person as Rosie Grant. Two independent lines of inquiry were therefore undertaken, one with the pastor of St. Mark's and St. John's Anglican churches, the second with Edna (Mrs. Bruce) Jackson, of Sydney, whom a private source had suggested as a member of an O'Neil family from that area.
Harry O'Neil, born 28 October 1882, was the son of James Edward O'Neill (b. 9 June 1850), who in turn was the son of John and Sarah O'Neill. James Edward O'Neill married Sarah Ellen Lewis (b. 4 November 1853), the daughter of James and Sarah Lewis, at the Wesleyan Church in Point Edward on 23 February 1874.
Edna Jackson was able to confirm that Mrs. O'Neil was her maternal grandmother, and that her grandmother's name at birth had indeed been Rosie Grant. The pastor also confirmed the given name, and was able to provide the following dates of birth of the children of Henry Marshall O'Neil and Rosie M. O'Neil: Gerald Edward (b. 5 November 1915, died at 2 months, buried 1 January 1916 in St. John's Churchyard, Point Edward); Evelyn May (b. 2 April 1917); Helen Dorothy (b. 20 August 1918, m. John Dyet, North West Arm); Bernard Stanley (b. 8 August 1921, m. Margaret Boutilier after 1970); Eva Maud (b. 6 April 1923, m. David Lewis, Edwardsville); Edward Henry (b. 21 July 1925, died overseas during World War II; more details below); and Sophie Matilda (b. 13 December 1927). Eva Maud, called Ada in her mother's obituary, is the only one surviving as of this writing. Edna and her husband Bruce have helped enormously with this project, supplying a number of photographs which have been scanned and will eventually appear on the website which will contain this research. They also kindly arranged for the digital photography of two old charcoal sketches which are believed to be Henry and Evalina Boutilier, which hopefully will also eventually appear on a website dealing with that family.
By chance, this researcher stumbled on the website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It proved to have an immense database of information on those who died in wars while serving in the armed forces of the various Commonwealth nations. In that, I found that Private Edward Henry O'Neil, son of Harry M. and Rose Marion O'Neil, of North-West Arm, had died on Saturday, 28 April 1945, and is buried in Holten Canadian War Cemetery, Overijssel, Netherlands. He is the first descendant of Charles Grant and Nancy Gordon whom I have found to have died in war. These pages make mention of many deaths, but few can approach the tragedy of this young man, killed three months before his twentieth birthday, when the war in Europe had only ten days to run.
That day, the first of spring, I felt compelled to visit Rosie's grave, near the back of Hardwood Hill Cemetery. Unlike the cemetery records, the elegant grey stone clearly proclaimed that the woman lying there was Rosie Marion O'Neil. Despite the thick blanket of melting snow, it seemed a spot of some beauty, looking out toward the Coxheath Hills and the Northwest Arm, where she had spent most of her life and where, undoubtedly, the most bitter news a parent can receive had come to her from afar.
On 11 April 2001, I met with Mrs. Eva O'Neil Lewis of Edwardsville, now 78, and the only surviving child of Harry O'Neil and Rose Marion Grant. It was a very fruitful visit. She was able to confirm that her maternal grandmother had died in childbirth at the birth of her mother. She also was able to tell me that Evalina Boutilier had worked as a cook at the copper mine which operated in the Beechmont area. Since Alonzo Grant declared his occupation as miner at the time of both his marriages and in the 1891 census, it would appear that he was also employed there at the time. It is therefore an attractive conjecture that it was there that he met his first wife Rebecca Boutilier. (Neither Alonzo Grant, nor Evalina and her family, appear anywhere in the 1881 census; it would appear the census taker did not visit the living quarters which then existed at the Beechmont mine.)
Eva also informed me that her parents were married at Christ Church in Sydney on 23 December 1914; the records of Christ Church, preserved at the Nova Scotia Archives, confirm that date. She also related that, despite the time of year, the couple rode back to their new home at the North West Arm in a carriage drawn by a new black horse, and that Harry's brother Edmund played the fiddle at the reception that followed.
Witnesses at the wedding were Edward and Elizabeth Boutilier; no member of the Grant family is recorded as attending. Eva was completely unaware of any contact her mother might have had with her father, Alonzo Grant, during his lifetime, and was also unaware that her mother had had a full brother, William, as well as several half-sisters and half-brothers. Unfortunately, she was unable to suggest any reason for this absence of contact.
Eva supplied some further information regarding her brother Edward (Eddie), who had been a stretcher bearer, was wounded by a time bomb, and died a few days later of his wounds. It was an emotionally wrenching experience to read one of his letters, sent on 5 February 1945 under the constraints of wartime communication from "Somewhere in England", dealing with such mundane matters as the Christmas dinner which he had no way of knowing would be the last of his brief life. She was also able to supply the dates of death of three of her siblings: Sophie (10 February 1987), Bernard (2 June 1987), and Evelyn (23 May 1995); her sister Helen died in 1974. [Ironically, Sophie's obituary explicitly mentioned Rosie's birth name.] Finally, she was able to make available further pictures of her mother, herself and some of her siblings, all of which have been scanned and will eventually be posted on the website.
The fate of William Grant, Rosie's full brother, remains an open question. Further inquiries will be undertaken along that line, but the investigation of the descendants of Rosie Grant O'Neil is now essentially closed.
Further Descendants of Alonzo Grant:
In an earlier section, the children of Alonzo Grant and his second wife Catherine MacDonald were listed. Among them was John Grant (b. 6 November 1889) who married Mary Hillier. Their children were Edith (m. David MacQueen), Reta Victoria (b. 1913, m. Donald Gilholme MacLeod), Sarah and John.
David MacQueen and Edith Grant had three daughters, Louise (m. Robert MacGregor), Sheila (m. Rohan [Sonny] MacDonald), and Elizabeth (m. Robert Cossitt).
Robert MacGregor and Louise MacQueen had three children: Barry (m. Sheila MacGuire), Robert (m. Noreen Marmaluk), and Cheryl (m. Craig Ferguson).
Barry MacGregor and Sheila MacGuire have a son Lorne and daughter Jenna.
Robert MacGregor and Noreen Marmaluk have sons Owen and Corey.
Craig Ferguson and Cheryl MacGregor have a son Cole, and as of this writing (25 April 2001) are expecting another child.
Rohan MacDonald and Sheila MacQueen have a son Bruce, who is unmarried, and a daughter Patricia, who married Stan Brown.
Stan Brown and Patricia MacDonald have a son Andrew and a daughter Jennifer.
Robert Cossitt and Elizabeth MacQueen have a son Christopher, who is unmarried.
[Barry MacGregor is a colleague of the author at UCCB, and kindly supplied the above information.]
Edward Grant in 1871, and his marriage to Nancy Woodworth
Edward was the only known child of John Grant and Maria Jefferson missing from the family home at Ball's Creek at the time of the 1871 census. Elva Jackson's notes on baptisms in North Sydney indicated he had moved to Mill Village, which is in Queens County on the south shore of Nova Scotia. In that year, Edward Grant, age 20, Baptist, carriage maker, was living in the Port Medway census district (which included Mill Village) with William and Martha Gibbons and their daughter. His birthplace was initially recorded as "Cape Breton", which is scratched out and replaced with "Nova Scotia". Since this is exactly where Elva's notes predicted he would be found, and both age and birthplace are right, there is little doubt this is "our" Edward.
The marriage records of Colchester County indicate that, on 5 September 1879, Edward J. Grant, 31, minister, married Nancy L. Woodworth, 30, spinster, at the Baptist Church in Brookfield. They also record that Edward was born in North Sydney, the son of J. H. and M. Grant, but then apparently residing in Newton Centre, Massachusetts while Nancy was the daughter of B. and L. J. Woodworth, born in Lower Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, but then residing in Brookfield. Witnesses were Wm. W. Pickering and P. S. McGregor. (There is no evidence any member of Edward's family attended.) The census of 1871 for Lower Stewiacke (which included Brookfield) includes Nancy Woodworth, 24, living with Benjamin, 70; Jane, 62; and James, 20. All were Baptists and born in Nova Scotia. The fact that his wife had origins in the Truro area helps explain why they chose to settle there when Edward went into semi-retirement in 1916.
Some branches of Nancy Woodworth's ancestry, incidentally, have been documented on the Mormon website to stretch back into remote antiquity. Her father Benjamin was the son of Shalomith Woodworth (b. 5 March 1760, Lebanon, Connecticut) and Elizabeth Blair, and grandson of another Benjamin Woodworth and Hannah Bill. The earlier Benjamin's ancestors along the male line were Ezekiel, a third Benjamin, and Joseph, who was born in Scituate, Massachusetts in 1648. Joseph's father was Walter, born about 1600 in Kent, who was the son of Thomas Woodworth (born before 1586) and Elizabeth Tyson. Walter's wife, furthermore, was Elizabeth Rogers, born about 1609, the daughter of Thomas Rogers (NOT the man of the same name on the "Mayflower"). Thomas was the son of Thomas Matthew Rogers, who lived in Stratford, England at the time of Shakespeare. He was the grandson of Reverend John Rogers, the first of the Protestant clergymen to be burned at the stake in 1555 under Mary I. The documented ancestry goes back, including several generations in Italy, to Tancreed de Hauteville, born in 970 in Normandy, and his wife Fredistina. From Nancy Woodworth back to Tancreed de Hauteville is 25 generations, the longest documented chain of ancestry yet encountered in this research project.
The timing of Edward's decision to leave carriage making and enter the ministry remains to be explained. Edward's burial in 1927 was recorded as in Brookfield, but the gravesite has not been located as yet; possibly it may have been in a Woodworth family plot. The couple left only an adopted daughter, Vivian, about whom nothing is known after 1927. Where Edward met Nancy remains unknown, although there were other branches of the Woodworth family in the Wolfville area, where Edward attended university for at least one year. The residency in the United States is also new information. (The ages are also somewhat discrepant; for example, the ages given in the marriage records are the same as those given in the 1881 census almost two years later.)
Apparent New Evidence regarding Caroline Grant
Caroline Grant, b. 1866, was the younger of the two sisters of the "five brothers". She is last seen in the census in Cape Breton in 1871, and her whereabouts at the time of the 1881 census (when she was 15) and 1891 remains unknown. (As noted above concerning Alonzo Grant and Evalina Boutilier, however, she may also have found work at the copper mine and so was also missed in the census.) Much later, in 1927, she is mentioned in Edward's obituary as Mrs. Smith of North Bay, but she is not mentioned in either Alonzo's obituary in 1931 nor Theodore's in 1934.
In the records of Calvary Baptist Church, North Sydney, as retranscribed by the indefatigable Elva Jackson, a Carrie B. Grant was baptised on 3 October 1886. If she had left Cape Breton between 1871 and 1881, she apparently had returned at that time. Three notations accompany that entry: 1) she is referred to as Mrs. James Smith; 2) she is reported as having moved to Boston in 1896; 3) she is further reported as having moved at a later date to Red Deer, Alberta. Unfortunately, duplication of names makes it uncertain that this was really the daughter of John and Maria. The family of Charles H. Grant and Eliza Ball also had a Caroline, who was six in 1871, 16 (and still with her family) in 1881, but who no longer appeared in the 1891 census. It is unclear whether Carrie B. Grant was the daughter of John and Maria Grant, or of Charles and Eliza. The family of Charles H. Grant adhered to the Church of England throughout this period, while John, Maria and several of their children had become Baptists. That fact would appear to make it more probable that this was John and Maria's daughter, but it is difficult to be certain until a marriage record or some other definite statement of her parentage is found. There is no such record for either Caroline in Cape Breton County marriage records, which go up to 1912.
The Alberta censuses of 1891 and 1901 are available on line. There is no Caroline nor Carrie Smith anywhere in the province in 1891. However, in 1901, in Red Deer, the following are found at p. 14: Joseph M. Smith, 40, born Nova Scotia 1860; Carrie B. Smith, 34, wife, born Nova Scotia (year unstated); Ralph E. Smith, son, 8, born Alberta 1892; Olive Smith, daughter, 6, born Alberta 1894; Joseph E. Smith, son, 1, born Alberta 1900. (Religion, birthdate, occupation and ethnic origin were not transcribed onto the website although included in the census questions.) One small point here leans toward Carrie being the daughter of Charles and Eliza; in 1871, their family included a daughter Olive, born in June, 1870, who does not appear in the 1881 census. So far as we know, there was no child of that name in John and Maria's family.
The age, middle initial, province of birth, married name, and location of the Carrie B. Smith found in Red Deer combine to persuade me to a very high level that she is the young woman baptised in 1886 in North Sydney, although the discrepancy in the husband's first name reduces that identification below absolute certainty. It should be noted that several other minor errors have been found in Elva Jackson's work, and in the census records. Further evidence is needed on whether this Carrie B. Smith did indeed move subsequently to northern Ontario, which family members, if any, accompanied her on such a move if it did occur, and where her family eventually settled, as well as the time of her presumed death and place of burial. Unfortunately, unlike Cape Breton or Waldo County, Maine, there seems little organized interest in genealogy in the North Bay area, and the surname Smith is so common that the on-line query sites are little used.
Two other Smiths, both born in Nova Scotia, lived in Red Deer at the same time, closer to each other than to the family above: 1. James H. Smith, 43; Annie, 35, born England; two children; and 2. Wilburt G. Smith, 46; Carrie A., 29, born New Brunswick; 6 children. All eight of these children were born in Alberta.
In 1881, in Ball's Creek, a family named Smith lived very near John and Maria Grant. They were: Alexander Smith, 60, widower, born Nova Scotia, carpenter; Christy, 23; James, 15; Rory, 13; Neil, 10; Lizzy, 8. The family was Roman Catholic. This James Smith is clearly too young to be the same person as the man of the same name in Red Deer twenty years later. However, no trace of this James Smith has been found in any later census in Cape Breton.
A few more details on John Spurr Grant:
Item #1: In the 1881 census, there was a Baptist minister by the name of J. C. Spurr, then 33, resident in Cow Bay (Port Morien), with wife Nancy T., age 29, and son Nathan T. L., age 6. It appears John Spurr Grant may well have been named after this clergyman.
Item #2: On the website of the National Archives of Canada, Dominion Land Grants, I found what appears to be two land grants pertaining to John Spurr Grant. The reference number is Liber: 953, Folio: 314, File reel number: C-6709. The geographical data is as follows, although I'm not entirely sure how to read it. There are five headings: Part, Section, Township, Range, Meridian. However, there are six clusters of numbers or letters displayed on the line below. In the two cases, they are:
68 SE 25 38 8 W4
69 NW 23 59 8 W4
No dates are given anywhere on that site, so far as I can tell.
Some Possible Descendants of George B. Moffatt
By accident, an obituary was found for a Mrs. J. W. Allen, who died 18 January 1940, at the stated age of 62. While her own given name is not stated, she is described as the daughter of George B. Moffatt. She was survived by sons Irving, of North Sydney, and Harold, of Montreal. Also surviving were sisters Miss Emma, North Sydney; Miss Ada, Montreal; Mrs. John Hall, St. Anne's, Quebec; and Mrs. T. Greenfield, Montreal. If she is the granddaughter of George P. Moffatt (see Part V), then his son George B. could hardly have been born as late as 1869, leaving him only nine years older than the late Mrs. Allen. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery, according to the obituary, but no gravestone appears in the cemetery records under the name "Allen" with this date of death.
Details on a few Moffatt marriages:
T. Porter Moffatt of North Sydney, son of Chas. P. and Jane, married Kate J. Nisbet of Sydney Mines, daughter of Andrew and Ann, in the Presbyterian church at Sydney Mines on 19 August 1886. [See Part V.]
Hammond Moffatt of North Sydney, also a son of Chas P. and Jane, married Jessie Beaton, 20, of North Sydney in the Baptist church at North Sydney on 28 September 1886. [See Part V.]
William Johnstone Moffatt, son of Peter B. Moffatt and Emily Grant, was married on 20 September 1896 in the Baptist church at Baddeck to Mary Symons McLean, daughter of Thomas and Christina. [See Part IV. Bride's mother's name differs.]
Death of a descendant of Peter Musgrave and Ann Grant:
The Cape Breton Post of June 23, 2001 reported the following obituary of James Alexander Moffatt, son of Charles Moffatt and Jennie MacLeod, grandson of Hammond Moffatt and Jessie Beaton, and a seventh-generation descendant of Charles Grant's daughter Ann. (See item above, and Part V for more details on this branch of the family.)
Jimmy Moffatt 87, Sydney
James Alexander (Jimmy) Moffatt, 87, of 819 Prince St., Sydney, passed away Friday, June 22, 2001, at home, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in North Sydney, he was the son of the late Charles and Jennie (MacLeod) Moffatt. He was a member of First United Church, Whitney Avenue, Sydney. Jimmy had a great passion for the harness racing industry while being a driver, trainer and owner of standard bred horses for over 50 years. Since his diagnosis, he had been surrounded by his many loving and caring compassionate friends and will be sadly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Mary Williams; two daughters, Elaine (Mrs. Jim Featherby) and Edie (Mrs. Merle Crowe), both of Dartmouth; one sister, Mrs. Eleanor Waterman, Sydney; two brothers, Earl, Sydney, Aubrey, Kamloops, B.C.; five grandchildren, Robbie, Nancy, Darlene, David and his very special girl, Cheryl. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sons, John 'Bunty' and James Roland 'Rollie', sister, Pearl Ash and brother, Stewart.
Interment in Calvin United Church Cemetery, Leitches Creek.
Further to the Musgrave connection
The following information comes through pure serendipity. During the fall term of 2000, I had a student named Jeff Musgrave in my class in Discrete Math, which includes some topics on applications of graph theory and tree storage of data. Naturally, I showed the class the family tree drawn by Blair Grant to illustrate the genealogical use of tree storage. Later, I pointed out to Jeff that that tree contains at least three references to Musgraves, and gave him a copy of the portion of Part V which refers to Musgraves, Moffatts, etc. With his father's help, he identified his great-grandfather John Archibald Musgrave in the list, and supplied the following partial list of descendants, without any dates. He also provided a contact with another family member doing research on the Musgraves, so I hope to amplify on this information in future.
Gertrude and Archie
->sons and daughters
Austin married Muriel Johnston
Hammond married Elizabeth May
Etta married Jennex
Russell married Carrie
Pearl married Ralph Spencer
Leonard married Martha Crews
Austin & Muriel
->sons and daughters
Glen married Cora
Lorraine married Sid Norman
Virginia married Sandy Lewis
Hammond & Elizabeth
->sons and daughters
Wendel married Sharon Hopkins
Marilyn married Tim Brown
Brenda married Sheldon Murphy
Etta & Jennex
Russel & Carrie
->sons and daughters
William married Carol Timbury
Linda married Brian Higdon
Judy married Benny Ross
Pearl and Ralph (Spencer)
Gloria (d. 31 March 2001)
Leonard & Martha
->sons and daughters
Gertie married Ron Cumming
Russel married Catherine Healy
Wayne married Gloria Buffett
Gary married Edith
Ray married Phyllis Nash
Lenna married Brian MacDougall
Bev married Clarence Dawe
Then David Aker
Lou married Lois Bobbett
Gwen married Ernie O'Neil
Shirley married Blair Stamper
Anne married Tommy LeBlanc
Gordie married Judy
Cindy married John Britten
Joe married Marg MacNeil
Gert and Ron
->sons and daughters
Russell and Catherine
->sons and daughters
Wayne and Gloria
Bruce married Heather Heikkinen
Jamie married Denise Hill
Gary and Edith
Laura married Jerome
Ray and Phyllis
Lenna and Brian
George married Lee Adams
Bev and Clarence
Debbie married Eddie Grant (NO IDEA WHO THIS IS!!)
Lou and Lois
Gwen and Ernie
Shirley and Blair
Anne and Tommy
Gordie and Judy
Cindy(John not father)
Joe and Marg