Sunday, December 27, 2009

Part 9

Results of recent research into descendants of Charles Grant in the Sydney - Glace Bay area of Nova Scotia,
Part IX

Douglass L. Grant

The Andrews Connection

Note: In what follows, "DMBG" refers to the records of the Donkin - Morien - Birch Grove Pastoral Charge, an assemblage of churches, originally Presbyterian, afterward United, which shared ministerial services. Their records, which also include those from Broughton from certain periods, are at the Beaton Institute.

On 26 October 1865, James Andrews, 20, farmer, of Coxheath, son of Charles Andrews and Ch. Nickson, married Ann Grant, 19, born North West Arm, daughter of Peter Grant and Mary Ann Doleman, in a Baptist ceremony at North Sydney.

Birth records of Cape Breton County show that Alonzo Ervin Andrews was born on 19 May 1868 at Cow Bay to James Andrews and Ann Grant. The parents' marriage is given as on 26 October 1864 at Sydney.

The 1871 census of Cow Bay shows a family consisting of James Andrews, 25, Ch. Eng., coal miner, English; Ann, 25; George, 4; Alonzo, 3; and Andrew, 2 months (born February).

Death records of Cape Breton County show that Alonzo Herbin (?) Andrews, 5, son of James and Ann, died of croup on 28 June 1873.

Birth records of Cape Breton County record the birth of William Norman Anderson (sic) on 26 July 1873 at Cow Bay. Parents were James Joseph Anderson (sic) and Ann Grant, who were married 26 October 1865 at the North West Arm.

The 1881 census of Cow Bay shows, at p. 24, a family consisting of James Andrews, 35, Ch. Eng., English, miner; Ann, 35; George, 14; Thomas, 10; William James, 8; Alonzo Wilmot, 4; and Frederick, 2. The family lives close to the family of James and Eudevella Boutilier, the latter being Ann's sister.

The 1891 census of Cow Bay shows a family consisting of James Andrews, 45, parents born NS, C of E, stableman; Annie, 45; Thomas, 19, miner; William, 17, labourer; Alonzo, 15, labourer; Frederick P., 12; John, 9; Harry, 5.

The 1901 census of Cow Bay shows a family consisting of James Andrews, farmer, born NS on 20 July 1845; Ann, born 30 June 1846; Alonzo, labourer, born 31 October 1875; William, born 25 July 1873; Frederick, born 17 March 1879; John, born 13 July 1881; and Harry, born 8 July 1886.

The 1901 census of Glace Bay shows a family consisting of George Andrews, born 3 September 1866, Presbyterian, miner; Mary B., wife, born 14 December 1871, Scottish; David, son, born 20 August 1891; Willard, son, born 20 July 1893; Mugery (Marjorie?), daughter, born 13 November 1899.

The 1911 census of Glace Bay, Ward 6, shows at p. 11 a family consisting of Thomas Andrews, b. Feb. 1871; Sarah J. Andrews, b. March 1879; Georgina, b. Oct. 1899; Clifford, b. Aug. 1903; Elwood, b. July 1907; and Berland, b. April 1910. (This family does not appear in the 1901 census.)

Marriage records of Cape Breton County show the following marriages of children of James Andrews and Ann Grant:

On 27 November 1890, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Cow Bay, George Andrews, 24, miner, b. NW Arm, res. Cow Bay, son of James (stableman) and Ann, married Mary B. McCuish, 20, Cow Bay, daughter of Mary (father not named). Witnesses were James McCuish and Arthur Grant. [The records actually state George "Anderson", a name which occurs again on the same page. Given the coincidence of names, parents' names, father's occupation and place of birth, there is little doubt the surname should properly be "Andrews" rather than "Anderson". However, it is worth noting that there was a couple named James and Annie Anderson in Cow Bay in 1881, but there was no George among their children. The 1881 census for Cow Bay, at p. 43, also includes a family consisting of Margarett McCuish, 38, widow, b. Scotland, washerwoman; James, 15, b. NS, driver; Mary Isabella, 11; Christy, 80, widow, b. Scotland. While the mother's name is slightly discrepant, this record shows that this Mary McCuish had a brother James and that her father was deceased.]

On 16 September 1902, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Glace Bay, William Andrews, 29, miner, born Port Morien, resident of Glace Bay, married Christie Ann McCuish, 20, born Port Morien, daughter of John and Margaret. Witnesses were Archie McLean and Carrie D. Bradford. Ceremony was performed by Rev. Wm. Meikle.

On 22 February 1905, John Andrews, 24, miner, Port Morien, married Sarah MacDonald, 20, Mira, daughter of Roderick and Mary. Witnesses were Daniel Matheson and May Snow. Ceremony was performed by Rev. Wm. Meikle. (Note that Daniel Matheson was a first cousin of the groom.)

On 20 November 1907, Harry B. Andrews, 22, fireman, Port Morien, married Margaret Ann Smith, 20, Port Morien, daughter of William and Minnie. Witnesses were Jessie B. McLean and Willie H. McLeod. Ceremony was performed by Rev. Donald N. McRae.

Records of Black Brook Cemetery show that:
William J. Andrews died 16 June 1910, aged 37;
James J. Andrews died 13 August 1916, aged 71;
Anne Grant, wife of James J. Andrews, died in 1938 (her birth date is given as 1842);
Harry Andrews died in 1944 and his wife Margaret died in 1964;
George L. Andrews, born 1866, died in 1947;
Frederick P. Andrews died in 1947;
John Andrews died in 1969 and his wife Sarah Jane died in 1983.

The publication "Deaths in Nova Scotia Mines, 1866 - 1973" indicates that William Andrews died in the Gowrie Mine on 16 June 1910. (Coincidentally, that date was the eleventh anniversary of the death of Arthur Grant and ten others in Caledonia Mine.) This is the fourth death discovered of descendants of Charles Grant and Nancy Gordon in mining accidents.

The 1911 census of Port Morien shows, at p. 14, a family consisting of Christy Andrews, 28, b. Feb. 1882, widow; Annie, b. May 1904; Margaret, b. April 1905; and Edward, b. Jan. 1907.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 4 January 1938 indicates that Mrs. A. Andrews had died at Port Morien at the age of 93 (97 in the headline). She was born in Leitches Creek and came to Port Morien at the time of her marriage. She was survived by sons John, Harry, Alonzo and Fred at Port Morien and George at Donkin; an adopted daughter, Mrs. S. Sullivan, Glace Bay; brothers William Grant, Caledonia and Henry Grant, Leitches Creek; and sisters Mrs. Ellen Matheson, Donkin and Mrs. Carter of Boston. [Henry Grant was the husband of Susan Stacey; their descendants are listed in Part IV of "Recent Research".]

Records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission indicate that Flight Sergeant Wilfred Andrews, 51 Sqdn., Royal Canadian Air Force died on Friday, 25 June 1943, at the age of 27. He was the son of John Henry and Sarah Jane Andrews, of Port Morien. Nova Scotia, Canada. His name is recorded on the Runnymede Memorial near Windsor, England, indicating that he has no known grave. Records of Black Brook Cemetery show the name of Wilfred Andrews, born 4 October 1915, who died 25 June 1943, recorded in conjunction with the same plot as John and Sarah Ann Andrews. Reports in the Post-Record of 3 July 1943 and 9 February 1944 indicate that he was survived by sisters Mtrs. William Bagnell of Glace Bay, Ethel (teaching staff, New Waterford), Florence of Glace Bay, Charlotte and Jean at home; brothers Kenneth Ferguson (with the RCAF in Quebec), and Roddie and Herbert on leave from the Canadian Army. This discovery brings to six the number of deaths of descendants of Charles Grant and Nancy Gordon who died in war.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post indicates that Harry B. Andrews died of a heart attack on the night of 8 November 1944 as he left work at No. 24 Colliery, and his body was not found until the following morning. He was 60, and was survived by five sons and three daughters: Gordon, Clarence and Ernest at home; Stanley with the Armed Forces overseas; Harold, of Marconi Towers; Margaret (Mrs. Madden Monroe), Mary (Mrs. Robert Matheson, Port Morien), Edith (Mrs. William Tanner, at home). He was also survived by brothers George of Donkin, and John, Alonzo and Fred of Port Morien. Burial was at Black Brook.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post indicates that Fred Andrews died at the age of 68 on 12 May 1947. He had worked in the collieries for some years, than on a farm operated jointly with his brother. He was unmarried, and was survived by brothers George of Donkin, and John and Alonzo of Morien.

His brother George Leonard Andrews died ten days later at the age of 81. An obituary in the Cape Breton Post indicates he was born in Coxheath, presumably before the family migrated to Cow Bay. His wife had predeceased him and was not named in the obituary. He was survived by one son, David, of Donkin [see obituary below], and by three daughters, Marjorie (Mrs. Edward Brann), Donkin; Georgina (Mrs. J. Scott Patton), Meriden, Massachusetts; and Ellen (Mrs. Edgar Phillips), Manchester, Massachusetts. Two brothers, Alonzo and John, both of Port Morien, also survived.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 12 January 1952 indicates that Clarence Andrews of Port Morien died the preceding day at the age of 43. His father Harry had died seven years earlier. He was survived by his mother, Mrs. Margaret Andrews; brothers Harold and Stanley in Glace Bay, Ernest in Port Morien and Gordon at home; sisters Margaret (Mrs. Maddin Munroe), Port Morien, Mary (Mrs. Robert Matheson) and Edith (Mrs. William Tanner), both of Glace Bay.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 12 January 1954 indicates that David Andrews of Donkin had died in hospital in Halifax the preceding day. His death at the age of 62 was a result of being hit by a car on Commercial St., Glace Bay, on Christmas Eve, 1953. He was unmarried, and employed at Caledonia Colliery. He was survived by sisters Marjorie (Mrs. Eddie Brann, Donkin), Georgie (Mrs. Scott Patten, Meriden, CT), and Ellen (Mrs. Edgar Phillips, Manchester, MA); uncles Alonzo and John Andrews of Port Morien; and a niece, Mrs. Mary McCann of Donkin.

Records of Black Brook Cemetery indicate that Marjorie Brann, wife of Edward C. Brann was born in 1899 and died in 1960, and that Edward C. Brann was born in 1896 and died in 1978. As indicated above, Marjorie Brann was the daughter of George Leonard Andrews and Mary B. McCuish.

Obituaries from the Cape Breton Post indicate that Alonzo Andrews died at the age of 90 on 16 April 1967, and that his wife Margaret Ann (daughter of Roderick and Mary MacDonald, sister of Sarah Ann MacDonald Andrews) died 2 April 1967. The couple had no children.

The Social Security Death Index lists exactly one Georgina Patton, born 10 April 1901, died February 1978, in Stockton, California. This may be the daughter of George Leonard Andrews, mentioned above. The SSDI also indicates that an Edgar Phillips, born 3 Jul 1903, died in May 1978 at Manchester, Massachusetts, and that Ellen Phillips, born 22 Oct 1910, died in October 1982 at Gloucester, Massachusetts. (Both these communities lie in Essex County. However, there is another Ellen Phillips, born 1893, who died in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1973.) Research into these branches is ongoing.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 20 February 1982 indicates that Herbert F. Andrews, 75, son of John Andrews, died the previous day at age 75. He was survived by his mother, Sarah MacDonald; brothers Roddie and Kenneth of Port Morien; sisters Mrs. Mary Bagnell of Toronto, Charlotte at home, Florence (Mrs. William MacIntosh), Ethel (Mrs. Hugh Campbell), and Jean (Mrs. Clinton MacPherson), all of Port Morien; son Ian, of Oromocto, NB; and three grandchildren. Among the four nieces and eight nephews is Rev. Kenneth Bagnell, noted author. He was predeceased by a brother Wilfred in World War II.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 31 March 1983 records the death of Gordon Brann of Donkin on the previous day at the age of 45. He was the son of the late Edward Brann and Marjorie Andrews. He was survived by his wife, the former Ruth Murphy; daughters Marlene and Anne, and a son Gordon, at home; sisters Mrs. Mary McCann and Madge, both of Halifax, Sis and Loretta, both of Donkin; and 3 brothers, William of Connecticut, and Buddy and Lloyd, both of Donkin.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 10 April 1989 records the death of J. Roderick Andrews, 76, of Port Morien, son of the late John Andrews and Sarah MacDonald. He was a former Deputy Warden of Cape Breton County. He was survived by his wife, the former Allura Jardine; daughter Virginia Susan of Port Morien; son Wilfred Dana of Kentville; brother Kenneth of Port Morien; and five sisters, Mary Bagnell of Toronto, Charlotte Andrews, Ethel Campbell, Florence MacIntosh and Jean MacPherson, all of Port Morien; and five grandsons. He was predeceased by brothers Herbert and Wilfred. Burial was in Black Brook Cemetery.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of Tuesday, March 11, 2003 reports the death of Ethel Campbell, 83, Port Morien/Halifax, who passed away Monday, March 10, 2003, at the palliative care unit at the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax. Born in Port Morien, she was the daughter of the late John and Sarah Jane (MacDonald) Andrews. She was a teacher and principal for many years at Gowrie Memorial School until her retirement in 1985. She was an active member of the Home and School Association and a member of St. John's United Church, Port Morien. She is survived by sons, Wilfred (Linda), Port Morien, Jamie (Nicole), Halifax; sisters, Mary Bagnell, Ontario, Charlotte Andrews, Florence (William) MacIntosh, Jean MacPherson, all of Port Morien; brother, Kenneth Andrews, Port Morien; granddaughters, Lindsay, Vancouver, Margaret and Katie, Halifax. She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh in 1984, brother, Flight Sgt. Wilfred Andrews (RAC) 1943, Herbert and Roddie. Funeral service was scheduled for Thursday, March 13, in St. John's United Church, Port Morien with Rev. Michael Goodfellow officiating, with cremation to follow.

Two obituaries in the Cape Breton Post, one from 16 February 2006 and the other from 23 May 2006 give details of the deaths of Gordon Brenton Andrews and his wife Bertha Genevieve Miles.

Gordon Brenton Andrews 76, of Port Morien died on Tuesday Feb. 14, 2006, at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex. Born in Port Morien on Aug. 19, 1929, he was the son of the late Harry and Margaret (Smith) Andrews. After working with M.R Chappell for a number of years, Gordie worked with Devco for 28 years before retiring in 1984 due to medical reasons. Gordie was an avid sportsman, having played on several hockey teams before hanging up his skates at the age of 52. His favourite evening pastime was watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs on television in between the occasional game of cards and until recently, Gordie participated in the colliery bowling league. His daytime passions were oil painting in the winter, and gardening in the summer for which he won many awards at the local community fair. Gordie is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Bertha Genevieve (Miles); his daughter, Kathy (Fraser) MacLeod, Port Morien and their children, Andrew, Stuart, and Katelyn; son, Keith (Jeane), Sydney and their children, Keith Jr. Brent, Vanessa and Melissa; son,Kevin (Wendy), Glace Bay and their children, Tiffany and Kevin Jr.; son, Gordon Jr. (Susanne), Dartmouth and his daughter Jillian. Gordie is also survived by his sister, Margaret Munroe, Port Morien. Besides his parents, Gordie was predeceased by a daughter, Karen in infancy; brothers, Clarence, Harold, Ernest, Stanley; sisters, Mary Matheson, Edith Tanner and a brother and sister in infancy. Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17 at St. John's United Church, Port Morien, with the Rev. Laura Hunter officiating. Burial will take place in Black Brook Cemetery at a later date.

Bertha Genevieve Andrews 1928-2006 of Port Morien died on May 21, 2006, at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex, after a lengthy illness. Born in Port Morien on April 21, 1928, she was a daughter of the late John and Adalaide (Murrant) Miles. Prior to her marriage, Bertha worked for a short time with H. Hopkins Ltd. before assuming her responsibilities as a full-time wife and mother. In addition to those listed above, she was also survived by two sisters. Besides her parents, Bertha was predeceased by her husband, Gordon of 52 years on Feb. 14, 2006, a daughter, Karen in infancy, and three brothers. A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at 2 p.m. in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Port Morien. Interment will take place at Black Brook Cemetery following the funeral service for both Bertha and her husband, Gordon.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 5 July 2006 indicates that Joseph Burland 'Booie' Andrews 1936-2006 died on July 3, 2006. Born in Glace Bay, the son of the late Clifford and Esther (Murphy) Andrews, and so a grandson of John Thomas Andrews and Sarah McNabb (see reference to 1911 census above), he played baseball and hockey and was a member of the Cinderella Junior Miners hockey team 1955-56. Booie worked in No. 4 and No. 26 collieries, the machine shop and Devco's transportation department, retiring with 32 years service. He was a devoted member of Holy Cross parish. Booie is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dolores (Garcia) Andrews; daughters, Francine Crawford (Joe), Ontario, Annette Maxwell, Dolores 'Itsy' Neville (Leo), Gail (Shawn) Tobin, Paula (Billy) Ransome; grandchildren, Travis and Nadine Crawford, Ontario, Kirk (Jamie) Neville, Sydney, Ryan Tobin, Anthony and Andree Maxwell, Hayley Ransome, Tyler and Jessica McPherson; his devoted brother, Tommie (Theresa) Andrews; sisters, Rene LaBelle (Pat), Mary Carroll (Eddie); sister-in-law, Frances (Garcia) Browne, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Booie was predeceased by a son in infancy, sister, Vivian 'Dunnie' Virture, brothers-in-law, Willie Virture, Clarence LaBelle, Tony and Jackie Garcia, mother-in-law, Gertie (O'Handley) Garcia, stepfather-in-law, Juckey Jackson. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, McLeod's Crossing, McKay's Corner.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 30 July 2007 indicates that Marjorie (Madge) Billard died 28 June at Harbourstone Advanced Care, Sydney, at the age of 84. She was born in Donkin, the daughter of Eddie Brann and Marjorie Andrews. She was survived by sisters Mary (Mamie) McCann, Halifax and Edna (Sis), Donkin; brothers William ("Hobo") (wife Lucy), Connecticut; Lloyd (Karen), 125 South St., Donkin; "special nephew" Dwight Smith (Phyllis), Donkin; and many other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, "Budd" Billard; brothers Gordon (Ruth) and Buddy; and sister Loretta Brann, all of Donkin. She had resided in Halifax for some years. Her body was committed to the Dalhousie Medical Centre.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 31 August 2007 indicates that Margaret Blanche Munroe 95, passed away at Seaview Manor, Glace Bay on August 30, 2007. Margaret was the last member of the Harry and Margaret Andrews family of Port Morien. She was a member of St. John's United Church and until quite recently an active contributor of many handwork talents to the UCW. Margaret is survived by daughter, Irma Smith and son, Stanley (Carol) Munroe, Port Morien; grandchildren, Melani, Strasbourg, France, Brent, Calgary, Jennifer, Saint Joh), Andrew, Brantford, Jonathan, Calgary, Sarah, London, and six great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by husband, Maddin Munroe; a son, Roy in infancy; son-in-law, Ralph Smith and siblings, Clarence, Stanley, Harold, Ernie, Gordon, Mary and Edith. Funeral service will be held at St. John's United Church, Port Morien, Sunday, September 2, 2007 with interment at Black Brook Cemetery.


Records of the DMBG include the following:

Baptisms:

Stanley Andrews Munro, son of Matthew (sic) Munro and Margaret Andrews, 4 December 1944
Ian Andrews, son of Herbert Andrews and Ethel MacLeod, 2 October 1945
Lillian Margaret Andrews, daughter of Ernest Eugene and Clara Annie Andrews, 9 January 1947
Robert Stanley Andrews, Port Morien, son of Kenneth and Elizabeth M. Andrews, 21 December 1950
Marlene Melissa Andrews, Port Morien, 11 September 1951, daughter of Ernest E. and Clara Andrews
Gwenyth Jane Andrews, Port Morien, daughter of Kenneth and Elizabeth Andrews, 17 December 1953
Virginia Susan Grace Andrews, daughter of Rod and Alvira Andrews, 2 June 1954
Keith Pearson Andrews and Kevin Parker Andrews, twin sons of Gordon and Bertha Andrews, 4 June 1954
Wilfred Dana Andrews, son of Rod and Alvira Andrews, 28 October 1956
Kathleen Marie Andrews, daughter of Gordon Andrews and Bertha Miles, 30 June 1959
Gordon Brenton Andrews, Port Morien, son of Gordon Andrews and Joyce Miles, 21 September 1963


Marriages:

Herbert H.(?) Andrews, 37, of Port Morien, son of John Henry Andrews and Sarah Jane MacDonald, married Ethel F. MacLeod, 39, daughter of Alexander and Sarah MacLeod on 14 July 1943. Witnesses were Charlotte Andrews and M. A. MacLeod

Kenneth Alonzo Andrews, 26, of Port Morien, son of John Henry Andrews and Sarah Jane MacDonald, married Elizabeth Margaret Smith, 23, daughter of Robert Stanley Smith and Christine MacPherson on 9 August 1949. Witnesses were Charlotte Andrews and Marion C. MacDonald

Gordon Brenton Andrews, 24, of Port Morien, son of Harry Brenton Andrews and Margaret Ann Smith, married Bertha Genevieve Miles, 25, of Port Morien, daughter of John Parker Miles and Addie Mildred Murrant on 18 September 1953. Witnesses were William H. Penny Jr., and Helen Jane Miles

Ian Alexander Andrews, son of Herbert, married Muriel Joyce Buchanan, 21, of Glace Bay, daughter of Kenneth and Muriel V. Buchanan. The ceremony is undated but is bracketed by other marriages on 31 August 1968 and 15 August 1969.

Robert Stanley Andrews, 26, son of Kenneth Andrews and Elizabeth Smith, married Ruth Elizabeth Nicholson, 27, daughter of Lauchie Nicholson and Mae MacAulay on 26 August 1977.

Keith Pierson Andrews, 28, police officer, son of Gordon Brenton Andrews and Bertha Genevieve Miles, married Jean Susan Cameron, 25, of Sydney, daughter of William Edward Cameron and Ernestine Duguid on 26 February 1983

Deaths:
Mrs. Ann Andrews, 2 January 1938
George Andrews, 81, 23 May 1947, heart attack, buried Black Brook
Clarence Andrews, 43, 10 January 1952, buried Port Morien
David Reginald Andrews, 62, b. 20 August 1891, d. 10 January 1954, buried Black Brook
Mrs. Margaret Andrews, 76, Port Morien, 10 April 1964, heart attack
Mrs. Margaret Ann Andrews, 87, b. Mira, d. 2 April 1967, buried Oakville Cemetery, Mira (obituary above)
Alonzo Andrews, 91, Port Morien, d. 16 April 1967, buried Oakville (obituary above)
Mrs. Ernest Andrews, 52, b. 15 October 1918, d. 7 February 1970, buried Black Brook
Ernest Andrews, 57, b. 1917 in Glace Bay, d. 14 October 1974, lung cancer, buried Black Brook
Herbert Andrews, 75, Port Morien, 19 February 1982, heart attack
Sarah Jane Andrews, 97, Port Morien, 30 January 1983, heart attack, buried Black Brook

The Matheson Connection

As noted earlier in this narrative, Ellen Jane Grant, 20, daughter of Peter Grant and Mary Ann Dolman, married Daniel Matheson, 21, born Sydney Mines, son of Donald and Mary Matheson, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Gowrie on 25 March 1869. Witnesses were David Wilson and Peter Grant.

This family appears in the 1871 census of Cow Bay at Part II, p. 8, consisting of Daniel Matheson, 22, Presbyterian, coal miner; Ellin 22, English; and William, 1.

In 1881, they appear on p. 26: Donald Matheson, 32, Baptist, miner; Elen Jane, 32; William George, 11; Robert David, 5; Dan Leonard (no age stated). Note the change in church affiliation. They live next door to James and Eudevella Boutilier, the latter being Ellen's sister.

In 1891, they appear on p. 43 of Part 1: Donald Matheson, 43, Baptist, miner; Ellen Jane, 43; William, 21, miner; Robert, 15; Daniel, 11; Margret, 9; Alex, 1. The family lives two houses away from John Woods.

On 1 December 1892, in a Church of England ceremony at South Head, William G. Matheson, 23, collier (son of Daniel and Ellen), married Leah M. Spencer, 27 (daughter of Amos and Fannie Spencer, farmer). Witnesses were Alex'r McLean and Emeline Holmes.

The 1901 census then shows two families. At p. 3, one finds Dan Matheson, born 10 April 1848, Baptist, miner; Elen, born 29 July 1848, English; Robert, born 25 April 1876, miner; Dan, born 18 August 1879, labourer; Maggie, born 29 March 1882; Alex, born 29 April 1890. At p. 2, there appears William Matheson, born 18 March 1870, Baptist, miner; Leah, born 1 February 1865 (ethnic origin not given, but "American" is crossed off), C/E; Eunice, born 9 March 1897, Baptist.

On 7 December 1911, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Dominion No. 6 (now known as Donkin), Margaret Matheson, 28, born Port Morien, resident of Dominion No. 6 (daughter of Daniel and Ellen), married Gordon B. Wight, 26, miner, born Murray Harbour, PEI, resident of Dominion No. 6 (son of John and Anna). Witnesses were James E. Wight and Delia Wilson.

Records of Christ Church Cemetery, South Head, show that Eunice Matheson, 22, died on 15 September 1919, and that Leah Marion Matheson, born 1865, died in 1927.

Because of both lack of completeness and duplication of names, the directories of Cape Breton County provide a somewhat ambiguous record. For example, in 1907-8, there are 5 Daniel Mathesons, all miners, living in Glace Bay or Cape Breton County. Of these, only one is resident at No. 6. At the same time, Robert Matheson, Gordon Whyte [note change in spelling] and James Whyte are miners living at No. 6; William G. Matheson is a miner living at Port Morien; and Alexander Matheson, is a miner, resident at Reserve.

In 1914, Alex is a miner at Reserve; D. L. and Daniel J. are miners at No. 6; Robert is an overman (mine foreman) at Dominion No. 6; and William G. is a miner at Middle Town (location unfamiliar to this researcher).

In 1918-9, Alex N., D. L., and Robert are all miners at No. 6. In Glace Bay, there are two Alex Mathesons, one an overman at 432 New Aberdeen, the other Alex D., mine manager, off Brookside. Mrs. Dan Matheson lives on North Street, Glace Bay.

In 1923, Alex N. is an engineer, D. L. a lampman, and Robert an overman, all at Dominion No. 6, while William G. is a carpenter at Port Morien.

In 1928, all under listings for Glace Bay, Alex is a miner at Reserve, Daniel a miner at Dominion, and William a miner at Dominion No. 6. Mary Whyte is a supervisor with MT&T, resident at 742 Mechanic St.

In 1948, in Glace Bay, George Whyte is the manager of Thompson and Sutherland (a hardware store), resident at 7 Fletcher St.. Alex N. Matheson is a fireman at Seaboard Power Plant, resident at 1 Lake Road; William G. Matheson is a clerk at CN Express, resident in Donkin.

The partial family tree provided by Blair Grant which was the basis for this research project indicates, without citing authority, that Alex Matheson's wife had surname Murrant, and their children were Garfield, David, Donnie, George and Winona. Similarly, Robert Matheson's wife had surname McRae, and their children were Georgie, Robert, Willie, Rhodina, Ellen, and twins Grant and Holmes. D. L. had no children, and William George had one unmarried daughter.

Records of St. Mary's Anglican Church show the birth of Elmer Verner Matheson on 31 March 1927 to Alex N. and Carrie Matheson, with baptism on 5 April. However, the name of this child does not appear in the following obituary.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 6 February 1964 indicates that Alex N. Matheson, 73, of Lake Road had died on 4 February. He was a native of Port Morien and a former resident of Donkin, formerly employed at No. 6 mine and Seaboard Power Plant. He was a member of St. Mary's Anglican Church. His first wife, Carrie Murrant, died in 1935. He was survived by his wife, the former Isabel Reid Johnston; sons Garfield, Donald, David and George; daughter Mrs. William Hillier, and two stepsons, all of Glace Bay. A brother, Robert Matheson of Donkin, also survived. [Evidently his sister and other two brothers had predeceased him.]

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 7 March 1997 indicates that Frances Olive Matheson, 74, had died the previous day in Glace Bay. She was the daughter of Richard Derbyshire and Sarah Clare, the widow of David Matheson, and a member of St. Mary's Anglican Church. She was survived by sons Gary in St. Catherines ON, Kevin in Reserve Mines, and David in Oshawa ON, as well as ten grandchildren.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 8 February 2003 indicates that Muriel Winona (Matheson) Hillier, 79, of 240 South St., Glace Bay, passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex. She was born in Donkin, April 21, 1923, the daughter of the late Alex and Carrie (Murrant) Matheson. She was a member of St. Mary's Anglican Church. Winona was survived by her husband of 62 years, William J. Hillier; daughters, Carrie (Donnie) Donovan, Sydney, Muriel (Blaine) Kelloway, Glace Bay; sons, Sandy (Mary), North Sydney, Bob (Sandra) Antigonish, David (Linda), Terry (Deana), both of Glace Bay; stepbrother, Earl Johnson; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Nita) Matheson, George (Annie) Matheson, both of Glace Bay. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Garfield, David, stepmother, Bella Reid and stepbrother, Harold Johnson. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Glace Bay.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 15 September 2003 indicates that George Arthur Matheson, 82, a resident of Murphy Lane, Glace Bay, passed away the preceding day at the Glace Bay Health Care Complex. Born in Donkin, April 14, 1921, he was the son of the late Alexander and Carrie (Murrant) Matheson. He owned and operated a dental lab in Sydney for 35 years and was a life member of the N.S. Dental Technician Association. He was a member of St. Mary's Anglican Church, Glace Bay; was a warden and served on parish council of both Christ Church in Sydney, and St. Mary's, Glace Bay. He served overseas in the Canadian Dental Corps during the Second World War. A member and past-president of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 005, Donkin, N.S. He was an active member of Cape Breton Clan Matheson. He was survived by his wife of 62 years, Anne "Etta" (Oldford) Matheson; daughter, Brenda (Dan), Port Morien; sons, Gerald (Jane), Sydney, Martin (Elaine), Sydney, Owen, at home; two grandsons, Donald (Paula) and Daryl, Sydney; and one great-grandson, Justin, Sydney; brothers, Donald (Nita); stepbrother, Earl Johnston (Anne); stepsister, Nelia Johnson; brother-in-law, William Hillier. Many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by son, George in infancy; stepmother, Bella (Johnston) Matheson, son-in-law, Blaine Cochrane, brothers, Garfield, David, sister, Nona, stepbrother, Harold Johnson. Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Glace Bay.

An obituary from the Moncton Times-Transcript of 26 May 2005 indicates that William "Bill" Matheson of Riverview, New Brunswick, died on 24 May in Moncton at the age of 78. He was the son of Robert Matheson and Sadie MacRae. He had worked for CN Railways for 44 years. He was survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty Godfrey; by children Bill (Jane) of West Dover, Dr. Leslie Matheson (Stephen Ritcey) of Halifax; Arthur (Shalini) and Claire (Richard Fowler), both of Ontario; Karen (Tony Janik) of Halifax; and Roderick of Riverview; by grandchildren Ian and Neil Matheson, Richard and Elizabeth Fowler, and Alexander Matheson; by sisters Rodena (James MacLean) and Georgie MacDonald, both of Glace Bay, and Margaret (Garry Wilcox); and by brothers Holmes (Sheila) and Grant (Nancy), both of Ontario. He was predeceased by a sister, Ellen MacDougall, and brother Robert. Interment is in Halliburton Cemetery, Pictou, NS. [Note that Margaret's name appears to be missing from the list provided by Blair Grant and reproduced above.]


Isabell Moffatt Fellows, descendant of Ann Grant Musgrave:

Recall from Part V that Isabel Moffatt was the daughter of William Moffatt and Isabella Jane Musgrave, and so a great-granddaughter of Charles Grant and Nancy Gordon. She married a man named Fellows and resided in the US. The 1880 US census includes the following family residing in Rockport, Essex Co., Massachusetts:

James B. Fellows, 30, born Massachusetts, farm labourer
Isabell Fellows, 25, wife, born Nova Scotia
Henry C. Fellows, 8, and Willie Fellows, 6, both born Massachusetts

She is the only Isabell Fellows in the United States at that time who was born in Nova Scotia.


The Brown Connection

In Part V, it was mentioned that Jane Susan Moore, daughter of Alexander Moore and Eliza Maria Mugrave, and a great-granddaughter of Charles and Nancy, married George Brown. The 1881 census for Sydney, p. 63, household 285 includes the following family:

George B. BROWN, 44, b. NS, Ferryman ,C. Methodist
Jane S. BROWN, 35, Baptist
Florence BROWN 9 ; Maude Brown, 7; Wesley Brown, 5

The 1901 census of North Sydney, page 27, lists a family consisting of George B. Brown, pilot, born 16 February 1841; Jane S., born 2 November 1845; Maud V., milliner, born 7 June 1873; and Wesley A., telegrapher, born 13 September 1875. (According to John Touchings, George B. Brown was born in South Bar.)

Records of the Rudderham Funeral Home, North Sydney, indicate that Jane Brown, born George's River, age 65, died 10 June 1911, and that George B. Brown, age 75, died 5 October 1912. Both were interred in Lakeside Cemetery

Marriage records of Cape Breton County indicate that, on 10 September 1902, Henry Hubert Clark, 33, steelworker, of North Sydney, son of John and Eliza, married Maude Vinetta Brown, 29, born North Sydney, resident Sydney, daughter of George B. (occupation pilot) and Jane S. Brown. Witnesses were W. D. MacKay and Edith E. Musgrave. Several references in local directories (up to 1923) indicate that Henry was employed as a painter, and that the family resided at Centreville on the Northside.
Headstone transcriptions from Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney, give the dates 1872 - 1915 for Maud V. Brown, wife of H. H. Clark, and 1867 - 1956 for Henry H. Clarke himself. However, in his volume of obituaries from the Cape Breton Post, Wayne MacVicar gives 20 November 1955 as the date of death of H. H. (Harry) Clark, son of John Clark. (A second wife and two children of that second marriage are buried in the same plot.) Records of the Rudderham Funeral Home, North Sydney, indicate that Maude Clark, Centreville, died 1 January 1914 and was interred in Lakeside Cemetery, but the placement in the chronological list of burials suggests that the true date was 1 January 1915.

John Touchings supplies the further information that Florence Brown married Jack Rainnie, and lists the following children of Maud Brown and Henry Clarke:
i. Marion Clarke;
ii. Florence Clarke.

Further research into this line is ongoing.

The Jackson Connection

It was mentioned in Part V that Annie Wilson Moore, daughter of Alexander Moore and Eliza Maria Musgrave married Peter G. Jackson on 2 February 1876. John Touchings has supplied a great deal more information on this line, which I will quote nearly verbatim.

ANNIE V. WILSON MOORE was born September 11, 1855, and died December 20, 1947 in North Sydney CB. NS.. She married PETER JAMES JACKSON February 02, 1876 in Georges River CB. NS., son of SAMUEL JACKSON and ANNIE SLATTERY. He was born July 22, 1845, and died July 25, 1930 in North Sydney CB. NS..

More About ANNIE V. WILSON MOORE:
Burial: December 22, 1947, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.

More About PETERJAMES JACKSON:
Burial: August 02, 1930, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.
Occupation: Merchant in North Sydney CB. NS.

More About PETERJAMES JACKSON and ANNIE MOORE:
Marriage: February 02, 1876, Georges River CB. NS.

Children of ANNIE MOORE and PETERJAMES JACKSON are:
i. ELVA MAY6 JACKSON, b. 1877; d. July 31, 1877, Died Infant Age 3 Months North Sydney CB. NS..
ii. DORIS MYRTLE JACKSON, b. January 10, 1879; d. January 13, 1879, North Sydney CB. NS. Died Infant.

More About DORIS MYRTLE JACKSON:
Burial: January 1879, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.

iii. LAURA ETHEL JACKSON, b. 1880; d. May 23, 1887, from Diptheria North Sydney CB. NS..

More About LAURA ETHEL JACKSON:
Died 2: at seven years old From Diptheria
Burial: May 1887, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.

110. iv. ROBERT ( ROBBIE ) PETER MOORE JACKSON, b. March 11, 1882; d. 1951, North Sydney CB. NS..
111. v. FRANK EMERSON JACKSON, b. March 16, 1884, Jacksonville Upper North Sydney CB. NS.; d. 1990, North Sydney CB. NS..
112. vi. ETHEL MARY JACKSON, b. July 1887; d. 1963, Missouri U. S. A..
113. vii. STANLEY HEBERT JACKSON, b. January 20, 1889; d. 1974, Massachusetts U. S. A..
114. viii. GRACE ELIZA JACKSON, b. August 25, 1891; d. 1979.
ix. PETER JAMES - PORTER BANCROFT JACKSON, b. June 1898; d. August 13, 1898, North Sydney CB. NS..

More About PETER JAMES - PORTER BANCROFT JACKSON:
Burial: August 1898, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.

110. ROBERT ( ROBBIE ) PETER MOORE6 JACKSON was born March 11, 1882, and died 1951 in North Sydney CB. NS.. He married SARAH MARY NELSON May 24, 1911. She was born 1881 in Amherst NS., and died 1948 in North Sydney CB. NS..

More About ROBERT ( ROBBIE ) PETER MOORE JACKSON:
Burial: 1951, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.

More About SARAH MARY NELSON:
Burial: 1948, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.

More About ROBERT JACKSON and SARAH NELSON:
Marriage: May 24, 1911

Children of ROBERT JACKSON and SARAH NELSON are:
165. i. MARGARET GRACE7 JACKSON, b. 1913; d. 1993, North Sydney CB. NS..
166. ii. LLOYD PETER JACKSON, b. 1915, North Sydney CB. NS.; d. October 28, 2001, Highland View Regional Hospital Amherst NS..
iii. JAMES JACKSON, b. 1916, North Sydney CB. NS.; d. 1916, North Sydney CB. NS..

More About JAMES JACKSON:
Burial: 1916, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.


111. FRANK EMERSON6 JACKSON was born March 16, 1884 in Jacksonville Upper North Sydney CB. NS., and died 1990 in North Sydney CB. NS.. He married JENNIE EDNA ROSS June 10, 1908 in Centerville Sydney Mines CB. NS., daughter of MURDOCK ROSS and AMELIA NISBETT. She was born 1886 in Portree Northeast Margaree CB. NS., and died 1961.

More About FRANK EMERSON JACKSON:
Burial: 1990, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North Sydney CB. NS.

More About JENNIE EDNA ROSS:
Burial: 1961, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North Sydney CB. NS.

More About FRANK JACKSON and JENNIE ROSS:
Marriage: June 10, 1908, Centerville Sydney Mines CB. NS.

Children of FRANK JACKSON and JENNIE ROSS are:
167. i. DR. MILFORD ROSS7 JACKSON.
168. ii. RUTH ISABEL JACKSON.
iii. ELVA ETHEL JACKSON, b. 1909; d. 1986, North Sydney CB. NS..

More About ELVA ETHEL JACKSON:
Burial: 1986, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.

iv. FRANCES AMELIA JACKSON, b. 1912, North Sydney CB. NS.; d. 1919, North Sydney CB. NS..

More About FRANCES AMELIA JACKSON:
Burial: 1919, Lakeside Cemetery Johnson Road North sydney CB. NS.


112. ETHEL MARY6 JACKSON was born July 1887, and died 1963 in Missouri U. S. A.. She married HERMAN FRANZ JULIUS ZIEGENMEYER August 20, 1919, son of GEORGE ZIEGENMEYER and LISETTE DICKMANN. He was born in New Haven Missouri U. S. A..

More About HERMAN ZIEGENMEYER and ETHEL JACKSON:
Marriage: August 20, 1919

Children of ETHEL JACKSON and HERMAN ZIEGENMEYER are:
169. i. RUTH LISETTE7 ZIEGENMEYER.
ii. HELEN FRANCES ZIEGENMEYER, b. 1923; d. 1928.
170. iii. LEONARD GEORGE ZIEGENMEYER.


113. STANLEY HEBERT6 JACKSON was born January 20, 1889, and died 1974 in Massachusetts U. S. A.. He married THELMA GRANT November 16, 1916, daughter of ROBERT GRANT and ADA LEWIS. She was born in Point Edward CB. NS..

More About STANLEY JACKSON and THELMA GRANT:
Marriage: November 16, 1916

Children of STANLEY JACKSON and THELMA GRANT are:
i. JOYCE RIPPLE7 JACKSON, m. (1) EDWARD RUDDERHAM; m. (2) HENRY BUNTON.
171. ii. DORIS ADA JACKSON.
172. iii. ELAINE MARY JACKSON.


114. GRACE ELIZA6 JACKSON was born August 25, 1891, and died 1979. She married GEORGE CARMICHAEL, son of WALTER CARMICHAEL and HARRIET CANTLEY. He was born 1885 in Georges River CB. NS., and died 1967.

Children of GRACE JACKSON and GEORGE CARMICHAEL are:
173. i. GEORGE HENRY7 CARMICHAEL.
174. ii. GORDON WALTER CARMICHAEL.
175. iii. VERNON JOHN CARMICHAEL.
176. iv. JAMES PETER CARMICHAEL.

Notes added by DLG:
(1) Thelma Grant, who married Stanley Hebert Jackson, was a descendant of Alexander Grant,
son of Charles and Nancy, and so a member of this family tree in her own right.
(2) Elva Ethel Jackson, daughter of Frank Jackson and Jennie Ross, was a formidable
researcher into Cape Breton genealogy, and was the author of the card file and other resources
which contributed significantly to earlier parts of this series.
(3) There were at least two other marriages of children of Samuel Jackson and Annie Slattery
to members of the Musgrave family.

Another McDonald Connection, another WWI fatality, and a marriage to a Member of Parliament

As noted in Part V, Mary Bell Moffatt, daughter of Thomas Francis Moffatt and Ann Alice Musgrave, married Hugh MacDonald on 24 May 1876. The 1881 census for Sydney, page 32, household 135 includes the following family grouping:

Hugh McDonald, 33, b. NS, contractor, Presbyterian
Mary McDonald, 31, b. NS, Baptist
Maggie McDonald, 4
Frank McDonald, 6 months, born November
Duncan McDonald, widowed, 70, b. Scotland, tanner
Sarah McAuskill, 20, b. NS
Joseph Jefferson, 55, b. NS, Farmer Labr.

Information received from John Touchings indicates that this couple had a third son, Charles H. McDonald, who died in France during World War I. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial confirms that Charles Hugh McDonald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh McDonald of Sydney, member of the Canadian Engineers, died at age 28 on 12 July 1916 and was buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery in France. His attestation papers are available on line from the National Archives of Canada, and indicate that he was born 15 October 1887, lived at 65 Argyle St. in Sydney, and was a civil engineer. He took his oath of service on 23 September 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, and his rank is given as "SPR" (presumably "sapper").

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that Hugh McDonald, contractor, born 15 December 1846, died of paralysis on 11 March 1929. Informant was Mrs. D. A. Cameron, daughter. He was a widower at the time of his death. Records of Hardwood Hill Cemetery indicate that Mrs. Hugh McDonald died (or was interred) on 16 June 1920, but no death record has yet been discovered.

Marriage records of Cape Breton County indicate that, on 8 December 1908, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Sydney, Daniel A. Cameron, 38, lawyer, born Sydney River, son of John and Sarah, married Margaret L. McDonald, 30, daughter of Hugh and Mrs. McDonald. Witnesses were W. D. MacKay and Albert M. McLeod.

A front-page story from the Post-Record of 6 September 1937 indicated that Daniel A. Cameron, KC, MP had died in Montreal on 4 September of heart failure after surgery. He had graduated in law from Dalhousie in 1895, and served on municipal council before being elected to the provincial legislature and later, for two terms, the House of Commons. He represented the former constituency Cape Breton North - Victoria as a Liberal at the time of his death.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 24 May 1962 indicated that Mrs. D. Cameron had died the previous night at the age of 85. She had been born in Sydney, and she and her husband had no children. She was survived by a nephew, Clarence MacDonald of Halifax, and two neices, Mrs. W. T. Beazley of Montreal and Mrs. L. A. O'brien of Halifax. Both she and her husband were interred in Hardwood Hill Cemetery.

A MacIntosh Connection

In Part V, it is mentioned that Catherine (Kate) Moffatt, daughter of William Moffatt and Isabella Jane Musgrave, married James MacIntosh. The US census of 1880 includes the following couple, resident in Ward 24, Precinct 6 of Boston:

James F. McIntosh, 32, b. NS, parents b. NS
Catherine McIntosh, 35, b. CB, parents b. CB

This entry is unusual in that no occupation is shown for either. It is possible that they were newly arrived in the US in 1880 and had yet to find employment there. Also, one of the adjacent households consists of the following:

Hattie L. Shaw, widow, 33, b. CB, parents b. CB
George S. Shaw, son, 3, b. Massachusetts, parents b. PEI
Edward T. Moffatt, BroL, 30, b. CB, parents b. CB
Alicia A. Moffatt, wife, 26, b. CB, parents b. CB
Daniel W. Hall, other, 23, b. NH, parents b. NH
Alice Hall, other, 21, b. NS, parents b. NS

Again, no occupations are shown for any of the above. It is unclear what relation, if any, Edward T. Moffatt or Hattie Shaw had to Catherine Moffatt McIntosh.

Bessie Grant Fairbrother Musgrave and Eva Fairbrother Musgrave

Recall from Part V that Bessie Grant (widow of one Fairbrother) became the fourth wife of Bartholomew Peter (Bart) Musgrave, and that Hedley Musgrave, son of Bart by his first wife Annie Watson, married Eva Fairbrother. The US census of 1880 for Ward 24, Precinct 6 of Boston includes the following family:

Alvin B. Fairbrother, 40, b. Maine, parents b. Maine
Bessie B. Fairbrother, 40, b. Cape Breton, parents b. Cape Breton
Cora B. Fairbrother, 18, b. Maine, parents b. Maine
Bessie G. Fairbrother, 8; Marion E., 7; Eva C., 5; Alice M., 2; Florence, 7 months.

All the children except Cora were born in Massachusetts, and all had father born in Maine, mother in Cape Breton. A record on the Mormon website shows a marriage of Alvin B. Fairbrother, son of Reuben and Miriam, to Bessie Grant, daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth, on 12 July 1870 in Boston. Evidently, Cora was the daughter of Alvin by an earlier marriage, and the younger children were daughters of Bessie. The Mormon website also shows that Alice Maud Fairbrother was born on 1 December 1877 in Boston. Also in this household is Matilda M. Grant, 25, b. Cape Breton, parents b. Cape Breton. Matilda is described as "Other" under "Relation" rather than "Sister-in-law", so it appears she was not Bessie's sister; she can be tentatively identified with the daughter of John H. Grant and Margaret Ann Moore, born 1846, died 1927, buried Lakeside. There are also two marriages recorded for a Cora B. Fairbrother, one to Horace B. Flood on 11 October 1883 in Skowhegan, Somerset Co., Maine, and one to Charles E. Maxfield on 2 October 1891 in Bangor, Maine; it is unclear whether either or both refers to the daughter of Alvin Fairbrother. Marriage data for Eva and Marion Fairbrother are in the next section. Research is ongoing into other members of this family.

Further to Hedley Musgrave, Eva Fairbrother, and Forrest Musgrave, Rhodes Scholar

Recall from Part V that Hedley Musgrave was the only son of Bartholomew Musgrave and Annie Watson. In the 1901 census of North Sydney (p. 19), he is listed as a telegraph operator, born 5 July 1873, and Presbyterian. He was residing with his father, stepmother Jane (born 1 December 1838), and sisters Edna, born 7 March 1880 (see below), and Annie, born 30 January 1884, together with five servants and numerous boarders.

A reference on the Mormon website indicates that Hedley V. Musgrave and Eva C. Fairbrother, daughter of Alvin Fairbrother and Bessie Grant, were married on 1 October 1901 in Boston. (Marion F. Fairbrother, sister of Eva, married Ralph H. Cotton on the same date, apparently in a double ceremony.)

City directories for Sydney show H. V. Musgrave resident on Park St. in 1905, Hedley V. Musgrave resident on Cromarty St. in 1907-8, Headley V. Musgrave at 32 Rigby Road in 1914, and at 26 Gigby Rd. (sic) in 1918-9. In all cases, his occupation is given as train dispatcher. He no longer appeared in directories beginning in 1923.

The 1930 city directory for Halifax shows Hedley Musgrave, asst. supt. CNR, resident at 81 Oxford St., and Forrest Musgrave, student, at the same address. The 1950 city directory shows Hedley V. Musgrave with wife Eva resident at 12 Tupper Grove (a short residential street near the North West Arm of Halifax Harbour). He is shown resident at the same address in the 1951-3, 1954-5 and 1956-7 directories, but his wife is missing. A death certificate found through the Nova Scotia Archives website indicates that Eva F. Musgrave, wife of Hedley Musgrave, daughter of Alvin Fairbrother and Elizabeth Grant, died in Halifax on 30 August 1950. Cause of death was breast cancer. Burial was in Camp Hill Cemetery. Hedley Musgrave's name had disappeared from the city directory by 1960.

By chance, his obituary was discovered in the 29 August 1961 edition of the Chronicle-Herald. This indicated that he had died the previous day in Toronto. His wife, Eva Fairbrother, had predeceased him, and he was survived by sons Forrest (Gerrard's Cross, England) and Melton [sic] (Willowdale, ON) and by daughter Madge (Mrs. E. G. Young of Halifax). (His name does not appear in any Toronto city directory, indicating that he did not work outside his residence.)

An obituary from the 15 March 1989 edition of the Chronicle-Herald indicated that Madge Lorimer Young had died the previous day in Halifax, having been predeceased by her husband E. Gordon Young. She was survived by brothers Forrest and Milton, located as above, and her age was not given. An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of Thursday, 25 March 1976 indicated that Dr. Elird Gordon Young had died the previous day at the age of 79. He was a native of Quebec City, and former head of the Biochemistry Department at Dalhousie University. He was survived by a sister and by his wife. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.

Similarly by chance, a news item was located in the Sydney Post of 4 December 1929, indicating that Forrest Musgrave, formerly of Sydney, was then doing graduate work in Chemistry at the University of Toronto and had been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. The alumni office at Oxford University has confirmed that Forrest Musgrave registered there in October, 1930, and received a D. Phil. from Oxford in 1933. His thesis indicates a specialty in physical chemistry. The Dalhousie alumni office was able to provide a birth date of 1 January 1908 and a date of death of 6 March 1991 for Forrest Musgrave. This is consistent with the one and only Forrest Musgrave appearing in the Social Security Death Index in the US; that individual died in England.

An inquiry to the Rhodes Scholarship Trust revealed the following information:
"He lived at Frensham Cottage, 5 Dukes Wood Avenue, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, from September 1949.
"Married Elizabeth Biddlecom Rice on 26/12/1934 at Waukegan, Illinois.
"Daughter: Madge Elizabeth, born 26/1/40
"Daughter: Miriam Fairbrother Musgrave, born 15/6/54.
"Madge had a son called Alan Olby, born 18 November 1971 by some-one called TM Olby (no reference as to whether this is a spouse or partner).
"The following is a press cutting from The Electrical Journal, London, 11 April, 1958, which summarises his career:
" 'Dr Forrest F. Musgrave has been appointed personal assistant at Albright and Wilson Ltd to Mr Sydney Barratt, chairman of the Albright and Wilson group of companies. Dr Musgrave was formerly managing director of Lubrizol Great Britain Ltd. Canadian-born, Dr Musgrave graduated in chemistry at Dalhousie, and then as a Rhodes scholar took a doctorate in physical chemistry at Oxford. After early experience with Imperial Oil Ltd, a Canadian subsidiary of Standard Oil, he joined the Lubrizol Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio, as chemical research director, later becoming technical assistant to the president. Dr Musgrave was closely concerned in the establishment in the U.K. of Lubrizol Great Britain Ltd, formerly known as Anglamol Ltd. He was appointed managing director of that company in 1949.'
"From 1/2/58 - 30/6/68 he worked at Albright & Wilson Ltd, 68/114 Knightsbridge, where he was the Manager of the Overseas Department. From June 1968 he appears to have been totally retired."
Cathy Meder-Dempsey of Luxembourg, who is researching some other Musgrave lines, kindly pointed out that an obituary of 12 August 1956 from the Chicago Sunday Tribune noted the death of Milton Jerome Rice of Crete IL, who was survived by his mother, Mrs. Wilber L. Blows of Waukegan, and a sister, Mrs. Forrest Musgrave of England, among others. This partly confirms the marriage information above.
The US Social Security Death Index records the death of an Elizabeth R. Musgrave, born 30 September 1909, died 28 November 1993, reported by the US Consulate in England. Her Social Security Certificate was issued in Maryland.
Further research is ongoing into the descendants of Hedley and Forrest Musgrave, and the other children of Alvin Fairbrother and Bessie Grant.

Further to Edna and Annie Musgrave

As noted in the preceding section, Edna Musgrave was the daughter of Bartholomew Musgrave and Annie Watson, born 7 March 1880. She is noted in Part V as having married Harry E. Whitman, who died in 1951. An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 17 December 1964 indicates that Edna Whitman died the previous day in North Sydney. She was survived by a daughter, Mrs. Vivian Chambers, and three grandchildren. Headstone transcriptions from Lakeside Cemetery show that Harry Eben Whitman, 1881 - 1951 is buried with his wife Edna M. Musgrave, 1880 - 1964, with Bartholmew P. Musgrave, 1835 - 1923 and his wife Annie Watson, 1840 - 1884. Also interred in the plot is Annie Musgrave, RN, 1884 - 1943.

Further to descendants of Peter Musgrave and Ann Grant

The following is a correction to a reference found among the children of Charles A. Munn and Katherine MacPhee in Part V:

2. Nina Alice (18 July 1886 - 24 August 1979), m. John MacKay (d. 1 May 1919), res. Windsor, N.S.

The date shown was the date of marriage of Nina Alice Munn and John MacKay, and not the latter's death. This marriage was a Baptist ceremony at Leitches' Creek conducted by Rev. G. M. Schurman. The groom was age 36, an electric conductor, born Londonderry, NS, son of John and Avril McKay. The bride's age was given as 32. Witnesses were Miss P. M. Bishop and Dr. D. R. MacRae.

Marriage records of Cape Breton County indicate that, on 20 December 1870 in a Presbyterian ceremony at Sydney Mines, Andrew Ross Musgrave, 27, blacksmith, born and resident at the North West Arm, son of John Musgrave and Isabel Watson, married Mary McKenzie, 21, also of the North West Arm, daughter of Rod and Sarah McKenzie; witnesses were Dunc. McSwain and Peter McKenzie. They also indicate that, on 25 December 1878 in a Presbyterian ceremony at Cow Bay, the same Andrew Ross Musgrave, now 35 and widowed, married Annie Smith, 31, daughter of John and Ann, born at the North West Arm and resident at Cow Bay; witnesses were Phillip B. Smith and Franklin Andrews.

Also in Part V, it is stated, based on notes of Elva Jackson without stated source, that Mary Musgrave, daughter of Andrew Ross Musgrave and Ann Smith, married Edwin E. Lewis on 29 September 1897. No such marriage is included in the marriage records of Nova Scotia for that period, so the location remains unclear. In the 1881 census, Edmond Lewis, age 10, is the son of Alfred and Matilda Lewis of Ball's Creek. The youngest child is Milton, then aged two. In the 1901 census, Edwin Lewis is 30, still residing with his parents, and added to the family is Mary Lewis, born 18 September 1880, and Cecil Lewis, identified as a daughter, born 4 December 1898. It is evident, however, that the latter two were the wife and son of Edwin Lewis, since the 1911 census contains the following family in Dominion No. 6 (now Donkin):

Lewis Edwin M Head M May 1870 41
Lewis Mary F Wife M Sep 1881 29
Lewis Cecil M Son S Dec 1897 12
Lewis Gordon M Sister S Dec 1902 8
Lewis Lindsay M Son S Feb 1905 6
Lewis Arthur M Son S ? ? ?

Note that the gender of Gordon Lewis also appears discrepant. It should be noted that none of the other members of the family of Andrew Ross Musgrave appear in either the 1901 or 1911 census for any part of Canada.

Unfortunately, it is now necessary to present evidence of one of Elva Jackson's very infrequent errors. Records of the Rudderham Funeral Home show that an individual named Louis Musgrave, age not given, died on 24 November 1911 and was interred in Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney. On-line death records of Cape Breton County indicate that this individual, Louis C. Musgrave, was aged 48 and married, and died at the Cape Breton Hospital; location of burial is not confirmed. In 1894, Lewis C. Musgrave, 28, son of George and Sarah Musgrave, married Lena Ball, and this couple is shown in the 1901 census as residing in North Sydney with daughter Bernice and two lodgers. However, this individual is shown in the 1911 census as an inmate at the CBH, while his wife and son Franklin are residing with Lena's sister Eliza in Ball's Creek. [Franklin died as the result of an auto accident in 1926, and Lena herself in 1930.] Elva Jackson's card file identifies Louis Musgrave, son of Andrew Ross Musgrave, husband of Laura Nichols, with this individual of a similar name, but that identification is erroneous. The dates of death of most of the children of Andrew Ross Musgrave remain unknown, except for Mary, discussed below.

Records of the Rudderham Funeral Home show that Andrew R. Musgrave, age 78, died on 12 May 1921 at Pt. Edward and was buried there. Informant was his wife. [This death cannot be located in the on-line records available from the Nova Scotia Archives.]

A headstone transcription from Mitchell Island Union Cemetery, Ball's Creek, contains the following:

Musgrave Andrew R. Feb 14 1843 - May 12 1921
Annie S. Aug 12 1843 - May 12 1921 {Significance of this line is uncertain.}
Annie S. Aug 12 1847 - April 13 1934
cenotaph Mary N. 1851 - May 23 1877
Death records of Cape Breton County confirm that Anna S. Musgrave, born 12 August 1847 in Ball's Creek, daughter of John Smith (born Scotland) and Ann Denys (born Ball's Creek), died on 13 April 1934 of auricular fibrillation. Informant was her daughter, Mrs. E. E. Lewis of Pt. Edward. The death of Mary N. Musgrave (presumably the first wife of Andrew R. Musgrave) does not appear in the death records of Cape Breton County.

Marriage records of Cape Breton County show that, on 25 September 1928, at All Saint's Anglican Church, New Waterford, Cecil Ernest Lewis, 29, C/E, engineer, son of Edwin Ernest Lewis and Mary Musgrave, married Lily Frances MacKay, 26, born England, daughter of David Johnstone MacKay and Jane Price. Witnesses were Lindsay Lewis and Muriel MacKay. [Note that the bride is definitely not the daughter of Price McKay (see below) with the same two given names.]

Death records of Cape Breton County, available on-line, show that Edwin Ernest Lewis, born 22 May 1870, son of Alfred Lewis and Matilda Rudderham, died on 29 June 1951. He was the husband of Mary Margaret Lewis, nee Musgrave. Informant was Cecil Lewis of Pt. Edward, his son.

On - line headstone transcriptions of St. John's Cemetery, Point Edward show Edwin E. Lewis, 1870 - 1951, and Mary M. Lewis, 1881 - 1963, as well as Cecil E. Lewis, 1898 - 1979 and Lillie F. Lewis 1901 - 1987.

Records of the (Anglican) Church of the Good Shepherd, Dominion, show the following marriage:

Victor Rupert Rudderham, 23, of Westmount, son of Charles Rudderham and Dorothy Hunt (?), to Betty Alice Lewis, 19, Pt. Edward, daughter of Cecil Lewis and Lily Frances McKay on 7 January 1950.

Also, on - line records of the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that Sarah Isabel Musgrave, born 12 December 1872, died on 6 December 1955 of uremia and cancer of the bladder. She was a registered nurse, and last worked in 1944. She was the daughter of Andrew R. Musgrave and Mary MacKenzie. Informant was Mrs. Edwin Lewis of Pt. Edward, her sister, with burial at Beechmont.

A reference in the Social Security Death Index mentions a Chester Musgrove, born in 1892, whose SS card was issued in Massachusetts and who died in Minnesota in January, 1982.

The rest of this subsection provides additional details on the family of Gertrude Moffatt and John Archibald Musgrave given in Part VI, contributed by Jeff Musgrave and his family.

Marriage records of Cape Breton County indicate that John Archibald Musgrave, b. St. John, son of Clarence and Henrietta Musgrave, married Gertrude Moffatt on 30 January 1905, in a Methodist ceremony at North Sydney.

The 1911 census of George's River includes the following family:

44 189 Musgrove J.A. M Head M Oct 1883 27
45 189 Musgrove Gertie F Wife M Oct 1886 24
46 189 Musgrove Ervine M Sister S Jun 1905 5
47 189 Musgrove Austin M Son S Jun 1907 3
48 189 Musgrove Henretta F Daughter S Mar 1909 2
49 189 Musgrove Hammond M Son S Mar 1911 2/12

The birthplace of all family members is given as Nova Scotia.


On 16 May 1928, in a ceremony conducted by Baptist clergyman L. E. Ackland at the Bank of Commerce Building in Sydney, Gerald Ogle Jennex, 23, mechanic, born Halifax, son of Ogle Jennex and Emma Conrod, married Henrietta Alice Musgrave, 19, daughter of Archibald Musgrave (born Fredericton) and Gertrude Moffatt. Witnesses were John G. and Bayne Holmes. [Bayne Holmes was the sister of Gertrude Moffatt. The groom's father, Ogle Jennex, born in Jeddore, died on 30 May 1928 at the age of 47.]

On 11 March 1930 in a ceremony at First United Church, Sydney, Austin Musgrave, 22, general labourer, son of the John Archibald Musgrave and Gertrude Moffatt, married Muriel Johnston, 20, of North Sydney, daughter of William and Esther Johnston. Witnesses were Fred Fraser Morrison and Mrs. A. H. Campbell, both of Sydney. Ceremony was performed by Rev. A. H. Campbell.

John Archibald Musgrave, b. 6 September 1884, died 20 May 1946 of a diabetic coma, and was the son of Clarence Musgrave and Mary Preston according to the death record available on-line from the Nova Scotia Archives. Informant was his wife Gertrude.

The same on-line records indicate that Gertrude Musgrave, daughter of Hammond Moffatt and Jessie Beaton, born 20 October 1886, died 14 October 1949 of acute myocardial infarction. Informant was Elizabeth Musgrave, declared as her "mother-in-law", but more likely the wife of her son Hammond Musgrave and so her daughter-in-law.

The following refer to three sons and two grandsons of this couple.

Records of Dooley Funeral Home indicate that Austin Musgrave died on 8 september 1962 at the age of 54.

Headstone transcriptions from Lakeview Cemetery indicate that Hammond Musgrave is interred there with dates 1911 - 1963. Records of Dooley Funeral Home indicate he died on 13 April 1963, and was employed as a butcher.

Headstone transcriptions from Lakeview Cemetery also indicate that Russell Musgrave had dates 1915 - 1960. Records of Dooley Funeral Home indicate he died on 10 July 1960. In addition, death records available on-line indicate that John Archibald Musgrave, son of Russell Musgrave and Carrie Martin, was born on 3 December 1946 and died on 16 April 1947. [This child is not included in the list in Part VI.]

In addition, the following obituary appeared in the Cape Breton Post of Saturday, 25 January 2003.

Russell Alexander Musgrave, 59, Port Burwell, Ont.

Russell Alexander Musgrave, 59, of Port Burwell, Ont., formerly of Frenchvale,
passed away in St. Thomas, Ont., Jan. 18, 2003, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Mabel; son, John; daughter, Kathy; eight stepchildren; several grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by sisters, Gertrude (Ron) Cumming, Kingston, Ont., Beverly (David) Aker, Sydney Mines, Gwen (Ernie) O'Neil, Frenchvale, Shirley (Blair) Stamper, Scotch Lake, Ann (Thomas) LeBlanc, Black Rock, Cindy (John) Britten, Sydney, Ollie (Bud) Atkinson, Edmonton; brothers, Wayne (Gloria), Balls Creek, Gary (Paulette), St. Thomas, Ray (Phyllis), North Sydney, Lou, Toronto, Gordie (Susan), Edmonton, and Joe (Marguerite), Frenchvale.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Martha Musgrave, sister, Lenna MacDougall, brother-in-law, Brian MacDougall and sister-in-law, Lois Musgrave.

The funeral was held at Trinity Anglican Church, Port Burwell, Ont., Wednesday, Jan. 22. A memorial service for family and friends will be held in St. Mary's Parish, Frenchvale, 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.

[Russell Musgrave was referred to in the list of descendants of Jack Archie Musgrave and Gertrude Moffatt at the end of Part VI.]

In addition, recall from Part V that William Howard Musgrave was the son of Charles Alexander Musgrave and Alice Theresa Woodill, born 1871. Death records of Cape Breton County indicate that Alice Musgrave, 30, married, daughter of John and Eliza Woodill, died in 1874 of a cold following childbirth; the exact date was unspecified, but surrounding deaths on the page narrow the range to between 7 September and 25 October.

Marriage records of Halifax County indicate that, on 10 January 1883, Charles Alexander Musgrave, 37, widower, jeweller, son of Chas. and Ann, married Charlotte Cook, 27, born Stormont, daughter of Winthrop and Mary, in a Wesleyan ceremony at Halifax. [The bride's surname was unknown in Elva Jackson's records.] The 1901 census of Country Harbour, Guysborough County, includes a family consisting of Chas. A. Musgrave, b. 24 November 1844; Lottie A., b. 25 July 1857; Gertrude A., b. 2 August 1885; and Jennie A., b. 9 November 1887. The 1911 census of Country Harbour shows Chas. A. Musgrove, 67, and Charlotte A., 55, with slightly discrepant birthdates.

Marriage records of Halifax County indicate that, on 7 February 1887, in a Universalist ceremony at Halifax, Albert Fielding, 20, express agent, son of James and Mary, married Ella M. Musgrave, 18, born Sydney, daughter of Charles and Alice. The only witness listed is the wife of the clergyman, Mrs. G. W. Kent.

Marriage records of Guysborough County indicate that, on 6 July 1908, at Stormont, Alice Gertrude Musgrave, 23, born Halifax, daughter of Chas. A. Musgrave, agent, married Frederick William Horley, 32, baker, of 199 Lockman St., Halifax, son of W. J. and Mary Harley. Witnesses were Rhude Cumming and Jennie Musgrave. On-line records of the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that Gertrude A. Horley, 27, wife of Frederick W. Horley, died on 25 December 1912 of membranal colitis, and was buried in St. John's Cemetery, Halifax. A brief obituary published in the Halifax Herald on 28 December indicated that the deceased was indeed the daughter of C. Musgrave, and was survived by her husband and two unnamed children. [Her husband married Maude Myette on 13 June 1913 in Halifax.] Frederick W. Horley died 1 July 1939, and his obituary indicated that he was survived by a son Charles and a daughter Alice, both of Halifax. The latter was in the employ of W. H. Musgrave, her half-brother. [His second wife died on 26 December 1961, and an obituary published on 28 December mentioned no children; this appears to confirm that both surviving children were born of the first marriage.]

Marriage records of Guysborough County also indicate that, on 12 October 1909, Jennie Adelaide Musgrave, 21, daughter of Chas. A. and Charlotte Musgrave, married Duncan Rhude Cumming, 21, son of John D. and Adeline Cumming of Stormont. Witnesses were F. W. and Alice G. Harley. The 1911 census shows D. Alexander and Jennie A. Cumming as a childless couple residing in Isaac Harbour, Guysborough County.

On-line records of the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that Charles Alexander Musgrave, born 25 March 1843 at North Sydney, died 19 October 1922 in Stormont, Guysborough County, of nephritis, with burial in that community; parents' names were given as Alexander Musgrave and Mary Wells, both born Scotland, by informant Lottie Musgrave. Burial records of Stormont Cemetery, available on-line, confirm his burial there, but do not indicate that his wife is buried with him. An obituary published in the Halifax Herald of 27 October indicates that he was survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters, but only two sons are listed: Robert of San Francisco and W. H. of Halifax; the daughters are Mrs. Albert Fielding, Everett, Mass., and Mrs. Rude Cumming, "Cobalt, Wells".

An obituary in the Halifax Chronicle - Herald on 5 January 1991 indicates that Charles Alfred Musgrave Horley, 81, had died on 3 January. He was a graduate of the Nova Scotia Technical College (now the School of Engineering of Dalhousie University) and worked at HMC Dockyard. He was survived by his wife, the former Sandra Faulkner, a sister Alice Horley Hennigan, and a nephew. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.

Regarding the children of the first marriage, in 1881, Howard, 10, together with his sister Maud, 11, and brother Robert, 8, were living with their paternal grandmother Ann Musgrave at Upper North Sydney. [Part V stated erroneously that his brother Leslie, then about 13, was also in the household.] There is a Cha'l. Musgrave, age 27, clerk, residing in a hotel in Halifax at that time. Marriage records of Halifax County show that, on 21 January 1893, in a C/E ceremony at Halifax, William H. Musgrove, 22, baker, born Sydney, son of Charles and Teresa, married Beatrice Farrer, 18, daughter of Leonard and Hannah. Witnesses were Franklin Pierce and Nellie Mollison. In the 1911 census of Halifax, this couple, with their daughter Alma, born September 1896, reside with Leonard and Hannah Tineras (?) [an evident mistranscription of "Farrer"]. On 16 March 1924, Beatrice Isabel Musgrave, 49, died of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was buried in St. John's Cemetery. On-line records of the Nova Scotia Archives show that, on 16 June 1925, William Howard Musgrave, 54, widower, merchant, born Sydney, son of Charles Alexander Musgrave and Alice Theresa Woodill, resident of 193 Brunswick St., married Jessie Blanche Walker, 47, widow, resident of Dartmouth, daughter of Joseph Thomas (actually Thomson) and Victoria Baker. [The same records show that Jessie B. Thomson married John E. Walker on 1 July 1896, and that John E. Walker died on 7 August 1920. In the 1911 census, they had sons Edgar and Gerald, daughters Mildred and Vera.] On-line records of the Nova Scotia Archives show that William Howard Musgrave, born 2 June 1871, died 5 May 1946 of a coronary occlusion. Informant was Mildred Shields, stepdaughter; he was buried in Fairview Cemetery. An obituary from the Chronicle - Herald of Monday, 6 May 1946 indicates that he had expired peacefully while raking leaves on Saturday, 4 May. He was survived by a brother Robert in San Francisco, by a son Gerald in Toronto, and by daughters Mildred (Mrs. R. B. Shields, Dartmouth), Vera (Mrs. J. W. Bowie, Dartmouth) and Ruth, at home. It is clear that Gerald, Mildred and Vera were in fact stepchildren; it is unclear whether Ruth was a daughter or stepdaughter. No record has been found regarding Alma Musgrave, daughter from his first marriage.

On 13 April 1919, May Belle Musgrave, wife of Horace Crandall Musgrave, died at the age of 28 in North Sydney as the result of a premature childbirth. She was a native of Marble Mountain, and was buried in Lakeside Cemetery. On 28 July 1923, in a Baptist ceremony at North Sydney, Horace Crandall Musgrave, 34, widower, farmer, son of Alexander Musgrave and Catherine Daley, married Mary Margaret Hacala, 21, daughter of Martin Hacala (b. St. Pierre) and Margaret Stewart. Witnesses were John Ingraham and Ivan Bayley (see Part IV regarding the latter). An obituary from the Sydney Post - Record of 24 March 1948 indicated that Horace Crandall Musgrave, 59, had died the previous day in hospital in North Sydney. He was survived by a son Gordon of Halifax, and daughters Eleanor and Marguerite, both graduates of St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing in Glace Bay. Two sisters also survived, Mrs. Carey Corteir (sic), Prince Rupert, Sask. (sic) and Mrs. Elburne Banks, New Hampshire. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery. His on-line death certificate lists bronchiopneumonia as the principal cause of death, and indicates he was divorced when he died. [His year of death was incorrectly given as 1947 in Part V.]

An obituary from the Chronicle - Herald of 29 November 1993 indicates that Marguerite Saunders, formerly Hacala and former wife of Crandall Musgrave, died on 27 November in Hamilton ON. She was predeceased by her first husband, her second husband Gerald Saunders, and son Gordon. She was survived by twin daughters Marguerite Casagrande, Stoney Creek ON and Eleanor (Mrs. Sherman) Rice, Digby.

With respect to yet another branch of this extended family, recall from Part V that William A. Munn was a son of James Munn and Mary Ann Moffatt, and married Lydia Nisbet, daughter of Andrew Nesbit and Annie Ross, on 23 January 1879. Their children, from the 1881 and 1901 censuses of Sydney were:

1. Eva, m. Charles R. Bown [Bowen in early records] on 25 July 1900 [Charles d. 15 December 1951]
2. Andrew b. 11 October 1882, m. Ella May Steele, Westville, 18 September 1907; d. 25 April 1935 in Inverness
[Ella died 3 February 1976]
3. Annie, b. 15 January 1885, m. William H. Ross of New Glasgow, 12 June 1907 in Sydney
4. Hattie, b. 12 March 1888; m. Frederick T. Dillon, Sydney, 1907 (exact date unstated in marriage records)
5. George, b. 22 September 1890

William A. Munn, yard master, age 64, died on 10 July 1920 of an ammonia explosion at work. Lydia Maria Munn, b. 23 October 1858, d. 15 September 1947 of cancer. Burial was in Hardwood Hill in both cases.

An obituary from the Sydney Post - Record of 16 September 1947 indicated that Mrs. W. A. Munn died the previous afternoon at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. C. R. Bown of 11 Ankerville St. She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Ann Nesbit of Centreville. Surviving were three daughters, Mrs. C. R. Bown, as above; Mrs. W. H. Ross of New Glasgow; and Mrs. C. M. MacLeod of Los Angeles, as well as several grand- and great-grandchildren. Burial was in Hardwood Hill. [Evidently both sons predeceased her, and daughter Hattie had married a second time.]

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 3 February 1976 indicated that Mrs. Ella Munn, 92, widow of Andrew H. Munn, died early that morning at the Cove. She was the daughter of the late John and Sarah Steele of Westville. Surviving were sons Lewis of Sydney and John of Hamilton, as well as two grandchildren.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 15 December 1951 indicated that Charles R. Bown had died the previous night at Sydney City Hospital. He worked as a commercial traveller for many years. He was survived by sons C. Roy Bown (b. 10 December 1900) of Canadian Industries Limited (CIL), Montreal, and W. E. Bown, VP of Dominion Steel and Coal Corp., also of Montreal, and five grandchildren. Interment was in Hardwood Hill.

A son, Nesbit J. Ross, was born to William H. and Annie Ross in January 1909.

Further to Josephine Isabel Moore, and a Gillis Connection

Recall from Part V that Josephine Isabel Moore was the daughter of Alexander Moore and Eliza Maria Musgrave. Elva Jackson's card file indicates she married John W. Gillis on 17 November 1884 in Boston, then Charles Jefferson on 1 June 1898. Records of Calvary Baptist Church, North Sydney, show that Mrs. John W. Gillis, born Josephine Moore, joined on 8 May 1870, then rejoined by letter from First Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY on 29 May 1892. Her date of death is given as 23 May 1920.

The 1901 census of Ball's Creek shows (p. 16) a family consisting of Charles Jefferson, b. NS on 15 May 1844, Superintendant of Railway Section; Josephine, b. NS on 31 May 1853; and Elmor C. Gillis, b. NS on 3 August 1885, stepson. Records of Rudderham's Funeral Home, North Sydney, indicate Charles Jefferson died 28 April 1912, and Josephine on 23 May 1920 at George's River. Both were buried in Lakeside Cemetery.

Marriage records of Cape Breton County indicate that on 16 June 1908, in a Baptist ceremony at North Sydney, Elmore Clifton Gillis, 22, machinist, resident North Sydney, born Brooklyn NY, son of John [deceased] and Josephine, married Nettie Lovitt Rudderham, 20, of North Sydney, daughter of Thomas [builder and undertaker] and Sarah. Witnesses were Thomas L. Rudderham and Matilda M. Moore.

Directories of Cape Breton County show Elmore Gillis resident on Peirce St., North Sydney, in the 1914, 1918, 1923 and 1928 editions. His occupation is described as employee of the NSS&C Co. in 1914, engineer in 1918 and 1923, and town engineer in 1928. In 1928, his wife's name is given as Christine.

Records of Calvary Baptist Church, North Sydney, show that Elmore Gillis joined 7 March 1897, was dismissed to the Baptist Church, Liverpool, NS on 18 July 1934, but returned to Calvary from Brooklyn, NS on 3 November 1948. He died in 1962. Mrs. Elmore Gillis (first wife, born Nettie Rudderham) joined on 31 January 1909, and died 5 May 1919. [Records of Rudderham's Funeral Home, operated by Nettie's father, confirm this date of death.] In addition, Raymond and Norma Gillis joined this church on 17 April 1927, and were dismissed to the Baptist Church, Port Medway, NS (near Liverpool) on 31 May 1933.

Records of the Dooley Funeral Home, North Sydney, show that Elmore Gillis, 77, born Nova Scotia, died on 16 June 1962 (the 54th anniversary of his first marriage), in hospital at North Sydney and was buried in Lakeside. Service was ordered by Mrs. Gillis. An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of Tuesday, 19 June 1962, gives his date of death as 17 June. His birthplace is given as Brooklyn, NY. He left his position as town engineer in North Sydney to become a steam plant enginner with the Mersey Paper Mill in Liverpool, from which he retired in 1950. He was survived by his wife, the former Christina MacKenzie, and a daughter and son by his first marriage, Miss Norma Gillis, teaching school at Eustache, Quebec (presumably St. Eustache), and Raymond, a papermaker at Baie Comeau, Quebec. There are no phone numbers listed to persons named Gillis in either of those communities, as of 2004.

Death of widow of R. J. Logue; other details on Logue family

Marriage records of Cape Breton County indicate that, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Sydney on 24 February 1908, John Louis Shanahan, 29, clerk, born Halifax, son of John and Elizabeth, married Mary Theresa Logue, 20, daughter of Charles and Selina. [The handwritten record makes the bride's surname appear to be "Logan".] On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that John Louis (Lou) Shanahan, 57, died on 23 July 1935 of cancer of the stomach. He was married, a taxi driver, and resided at 50 Charlotte St., Sydney. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Sydney. (An obituary in the Sydney Post - Record indicated that he also operated a tobacco shop.) An obituary from the CB Post of Monday, 14 February 1966, indicates that Mrs. Mary Shanahan, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Logue, died the previous day. She was survived by a brother, R. J. Logue, and two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Strople, Sydney, and Mrs. Harry Barlow, Hopewell, New Jersey. The couple evidently had no children.

The following obituary appeared in the Cape Breton Post of Monday, 3 February 2003, amplifying on a brief announcement on 1 February:

Dorothy E. Logue 92, East Bay
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Dorothy E. Logue. Mrs. Logue passed away peacefully at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, after a brief illness. Born in Tracey, N.B., she was a daughter of the late Harry and Lillian (Currie) Mersereau. Mrs. Logue was a member of St. Mary's Parish, East Bay. Surviving are one daughter, Sharon (Kevin) Francis, San Jose, California; one son, Richard (Susan) Logue, Bedford, N.S.; four grandsons, Kirk (Danielle) Francis, Colin Francis, Toronto, Ont., Andrew and Mark Logue, Bedford, N.S. Also surviving are her sister-in-law, Bertha (Bob) Mersereau; nephews, Lynn and Jimmy and her niece, Ruth. Mrs. Logue was predeceased by her loving husband, Dr. Richard Logue, in 1986; two brothers, Bob and Gordon Mersereau; and one sister, Kathleen Mersereau. A memorial mass will be held in St. Mary's Church on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. with Fr. Frank Abbass officiating. Interment in the parish cemetery.

Family Bible: Walter Grant

Recall that Walter Grant was a son of John Grant and Maria Jefferson, born at the North West Arm. He married Ellen Andrews on 8 October 1878, and subsequently moved to Glace Bay. The following are the contents of a bible passed down in his family and that of his son Walter Henry Grant. This material was kindly provided by Earle Grant, son of Walter Henry Grant, through the kind auspices of his daughter Holly and her husband Bill Bailey.

Births

Lottie Louise August 6, 1879
George Edward July 18, 1882
Gertrude Alice January 20, 1885
Beulah Catherine December 12, 1887
Walter Henry June 29, 1895
Ida Ellen Mar. 14, 1892
Annie Grant April 29, 1886
Melburn Thomas Jan. 4, 1889

Births of Walter Henry Grant & Helen Thompson, (married) Mar. 17, 1920

Earle Thompson Grant April 24th, 1921 Sunday evening
John George " July 4th, 1923 Wednesday morn
Walter Henry Grant Mar. 23, 1925 Mon. evening; died Apr. 3rd, Friday, 10
days old, convulsions
Helen Katherine Grant June 1, 1926 Tues. afternoon; died Mary 23rd, 1927,
pneumonia & convulsions
Beulah Anne Grant July 31, 1927 Sun. morning
Harriet Tyson Grant Oct. 20, 1932 Thurs. aft
Shirley Patricia " Dec. 1, 1935 Sun. nite
Sheppard Fellis " Aug. 9, 1938 1:15 Aft.
Helen Katherine Grant Mar. 12, 1940 Tues. Aft
Irma (twin e Sheppard) Aug. 9, 1938 Died shortly thereafter

[Note: The last line was seemingly added later, with an arrow leading to the line above.]

Marriages

Walter H. & Helen B. Thompson Mar. 17, 1920
Earle T. & Doris Bert Sept. 2, 1944
John & Mary Bates Sept. 1, 1947
Anna & Russel Fletcher Dec. 16, 1947
Ruth & Allan Frost April 18, 1953
Sheppard & Doris Morley June 5, 1971

Deaths

Lottie Louise Grant Died Apr. 26/1882 Age 2 yrs (*)
Annie Grant Died Apr. 29/1885 Aged 1 day
Melbourn Thomas Grant Died Oct. 29/1892 Aged 1 yr., 9 mon.
George Edward Died May 25, 1915 Age 32
Ellen Elizabeth Andrews Grant Died Oct. 17, 1924 Age 72
George Walter Grant Died Apr. 20, 1927 Age 74
Beulah Holmes Died Sept. 4, 1962 Age 74
Gertrude B. MacKenzie D: May 22, 1967 Age 82
Walter H. Grant D: Aug. 12, 1973
General Hospital Age 80 yrs. died Sun. 10:45 pm
Helen B. Grant D. Feb. 9, 1990 Age 90 yrs.
John George Grant D: Sept 24 (1996) Aged 73 yrs.
(Buddy)

(*) followed by a few unreadable characters

Children and other descendants of Alonzo Grant

Headstone inscriptions from Gordon United Church Cemetery, Reserve Mines, have recently been published on the internet. They include the following:

William 19 Feb 1902 Aged 17 yrs
Daniel 11 Dec 1901 Aged 4 yrs
sons of Alonzo & Catherine Grant

In fact, William Grant, born 6 April 1883 according to the 1901 census, was the son of Alonzo Grant and his first wife Rebecca Boutilier, and so was a full brother to Rose Marion Grant O'Neill, who was discussed at length in Part VI. Daniel Grant was born 19 May 1897, by the 1901 census, and so was the son of Alonzo and Catherine. Thanks are due to Roberta Fraser for collecting and posting this data.

An article from the Sydney Record of 28 January 1907 settles the question of the origins of the William Grant who died in No. 6 Colliery two days before. He was 26, a native of Scotland who had recently arrived, and was survived by a widow and two children in Scotland. This is included for the purpose of elimination only, as it is unlikely that he was a close relative of this family group.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that, on 18 June 1919, James Murrant, 30, miner, son of Anthony and Margaret Murrant, of Big Glace Bay married Sadie Edith Grant, 26, of Dominion, daughter of Alonzo and Catherine Grant in a Presbyterian ceremony at Dominion. Witnesses were Mary Bramble (?) and Porter (?) Murrant. Ceremony was conducted by Rev. W. A. Whidden.

A report from the Post - Record of 18 November 1942 indicates that Sgt. John Robert Grant, 20, son of Mr. & Mrs. John Grant of Brook St., Dominion, had been reported missing while on an operational flight with Ferry Bomber Command. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives his full name as John Robert Weldon Grant, and his date of death as 8 October 1942. No specific location is given. He was survived by his wife (name not given, but the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Cecil MacPherson of George St., Sydney), sisters Jean (a student nurse at the Glace Bay General Hospital), Ethel and Marjorie (at home); and brother Frank, with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in Newfoundland, as well as his parents.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 15 May 2004 indicates that Mrs. Elizabeth Grant passed away Friday, May 14, 2004, at her residence after a long illness. She was born in Victoria, Nfld., on March 10, 1914, to Louise and Simon Clark. Mrs. Grant was a member of Gordon United Church, Reserve Mines. She is survived by sons, Lonnie (Jean), Dominion; Ken (Susie), Markham, Ont.; and Beryl Grant, Sydney; also, brother, Fred, Sackville, N.S.; sister Rita, Ontario; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Alonzo (Lon) in 1986, one sister and five brothers. Burial in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 3 December 2005 indicates that Donald G. MacLeod, 91, had died on 1 December. He was the son of Lauchlin MacLeod and Elizabeth Gilholm, and the husband of the late Reta Victoria Grant, daughter of John Grant and Annabella Johnstone, granddaughter of Alonzo Grant and Catherine MacDonald. (See Part VI. In that part, John Grant's wife is mistakenly identified as Mary Hillier. The latter did marry a John Grant who is not a member of this family tree.) He was survived by daughters Donna Elizabeth MacLeod, North Vancouver, BC; Sally (Donnie) MacLeod and Kathy (Stephen) MacAdam, both of Glace Bay; and grandsons John and Daniel MacLeod, Matthew and Grant MacAdam. Also surviving were a sister and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, son John Grant MacLeod, two sisters and six brothers. He was an elder of Knox United Church. Interment would be in Greenwood Cemetery, Glace Bay. [An obituary from the Post-Record of 2 December 1946 indicates that John Grant MacLeod, son of Donald MacLeod, had died the previous day at the age of 2 months. Funeral services were to be held from the home of his grandmother, Mary S. Grant, at 6 Pitt (sic) Street, Caledonia. Interment to follow in Greenwood Cemetery.]

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 6 September 2008 indicates that Margaret Catherine Hooper had died on 5 September 2008 in Glace Bay. She was the daughter of the late James Murrant and Sarah Grant (wedding above), and was born 22 August 1920. She was survived by her son Charles and wife Joyce (Murphy) of Port Caledonia, and grandchildren Annette and Charles. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Hooper Sr.; two sisters, Mae Turner and Edith Turner; and a brother William. Burial was from St. Luke's Anglican Church, Port Caledonia.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 11 April 2009 indicates that Donald Lee Eagles, 85, of Berwick had died in Kentvile on 7 April. He was survived by his wife Ethel Grant (of 57 years), sons Robert of PEI and Munroe (Deborah Scott) of NY, daughters Annalee Cole of Bridgetown and Lorna of Ottawa, as well as six grandchildren (Nathan, Tyrone, Shawn, anthony, Graeme and Devon), two step-grandchildren (Katie and Scott More), one great-grandchild, and one sister.

Miscellaneous references from the Presbyterian Witness

The following were found through the alphabetical index to the Presbyterian Witness [PW] at the Nova Scotia Archives, and in an alphabetical file of deaths referred to in various newspapers of the time:

Mrs. Peter Burchell (Bridget), Sydney Mines, died 17 June 1846 [Cape Breton Spectator, 24 June 1846, p. 5]

Susan Jane Jerrett married Elijah Lewis, both of the North West arm, on 25 January 1853 [Cape Breton News, 27 January 1855, p. 3]

Alexander Grant was married to Marianne Jane McLeod, both of North West Arm, at North West Arm, 14 February 1854 [Cape Breton News, 18 February 1854]

Emily Grant married Peter Moffatt on 10 June 1862 at North Sydney [Cape Breton News, 19 July 1862, p. 3]

Margaret Grant married John Nesbet, North Sydney, on 1 January 1862 at North West Arm [Cape Breton News, 11 January 1862, p. 3]

Margaret Ann Nisbet (nee Grant), wife of John P. Nisbet, died 11 December 1862 [CB News, 27 December 1862, p. 3]

Marlan Jane Grant died Saturday, 18 May 1872, wife of Alex Grant, eldest daughter of Capt. Wm. McLeod, North West Arm, CB, leaving large family [PW, 8 June 1872]

Mrs. Sarah Grant, died 16 November 1874, at NW Arm, CB, at the age of 83. [PW, 28 November 1874] {This appears to be the Sarah Grant, age 79, who was resident with Charles Grant in the 1871 census of Ball's Bridge. If so, she was Sarah Musgrave, widow of Peter Grant, and the author's ggg-grandmother. It is unusual that this would be recorded in the Presbyterian Witness, however, since her marriage was in the Anglican Church, and most of her family had converted to the Baptist faith in the 1840's.}

William H. Grant married Margaret McKenzie of the Forks, performed by Rev. A. Farquharson of St. Andrew's, 9 October 1879 [PW, 18 October 1879] {These are the author's great-grandparents.}

Richard Logue of Western Union Telegraph, married Eva Dixon, Point Edward, on 17 January 1882 [North Sydney Herald, 1 February 1882, p. 3]

Janie Grant, once of Pt. Edward, died 9 February 1882, Elgin, IL [North Sydney Herald, 1 March 1882, p. 3]

Alonzo Grant and Rebecca Boutilier, Baddeck, 29 September 1883 [North Sydney Herald, 26 September 1883, p. 3] [This marriage is in Cape Breton County records, so the location given as Baddeck is doubtful.]

Mrs. George E. Burchell, Sydney, died 2 July 1884 [North Sydney Herald, 9 July 1884, p. 3]

Moriah Grant, daughter of William Grant, died 5 April 1885 at Glace Bay [PW, 25 April 1885] {This is the older sister of the author's grandfather, Alexander Malcolm Grant. This child appeared only in the 1881 census, and may well have succumbed to the diphtheria epidemic which claimed many children in 1885.}

William Grant married Martha Rankin, both of Cow Bay, 15 July 1886 [PW, 24 July 1886]
{This is the son of Peter Grant, and grandfather of Blair Grant, among many others.}

William D. Grant of Boston and Cape Breton died 6 March 1888 [North Sydney Herald, 4 April 1888] [It is unclear who this is, although the mention in the North Sydney paper suggests he was a native of that area.]

Winfred C. Grant, North West Arm, died 10 October 1893 [North Sydney Herald, 24 May 1894]

On 29 September 1896, James A. Grant of Glace Bay married Dollina Campbell, Grand Lake, at St. Andrew's Manse, Sydney [PW, 3 October 1896]

On 29 October 1896, Seward Grant of Glace Bay married Caroline Andrews of Coxheath at St. Andrew's Manse, Sydney [PW 7 November 1896]

On 6 January 1898, Mabel Grant, daughter of Alfred Grant of Bridgeport, married Henry Lewis at the Mitchell House, North Sydney [PW, 15 January 1898]

On 2 March 1898, Theodore M. Grant married Sarah Beaton, both of Ball's Creek, at St. Andrew's Manse, Sydney [PW, 5 March 1898]

Mrs. Alex Grant of Springfield, MA, died February 1899 [Bras d'Or Gazette, 8 February 1899, p. 3]

On 21 May 1904, Edward J. Grant married Maggie Jackson at North Sydney [PW, 28 May 1904]

In addition, the marriage of Rev. William Grant to Elizabeth Falconer is recorded at New Glasgow on 11 October 1886. While not a member of this family tree, this minister later served in both Cow Bay and Grand River.

Descendant of Theodore Grant

Records of the Nova Scotia Archives, available online, show that Alexander Grant, son of Theodore Grant and Sarah Beaton, applied on 26 March 1965 for a birth certificate, showing his date of birth to be 25 July 1901. Records cited were the 1911 and 1921 censuses, and school records. His address was then 509 E. Pine Way, Kelso, Washington, USA. The Social Security Death Index indicates that Alexander Grant with that birthdate died in Kelso, Cowlitz County, Washington in July of 1973.

Descendants of Seward Grant

Seward Thomas Grant was the eldest child of James Arthur Grant (son of John Grant and Maria Jefferson), and his first wife Mary Ann Andrews (daughter of John C. and Charlotte Andrews of Coxheath). They were married 1 January 1878, and the witnesses were Alex T. Andrews and Alice A. Lewis.

Seward's date of birth is uncertain. He is described as one year old in the 1881 census of Ball's Creek, and 12 in the 1891 census of Glace Bay. On 29 October 1896, he married Caroline Andrews, 22, of Coxheath, daughter of George P. and Mary Ann Andrews of Coxheath. His age was then given as 20. In the 1901 census of Sydney, his birthdate is given as 7 May 1877, Caroline's as 17 April 1873, and their daughter Susan's as 12 October 1898. On 7 December 1915, Seward filled out an Attestation Paper on his enlistment in the Canadian army, and gave his date of birth as 7 May 1879; this form is available on-line.

An obituary from the Sydney Post of 30 August 1935 indicates that Seward Grant, 57, had died in the Kentville Sanatarium on 28 August. He was survived by his wife Caroline, brothers John (stated residence in Ohio, actual residence in Alberta) and Dr. Kenneth Grant of Glace Bay; sisters Carrie, Ida, Mary and Bertha, all of New York, and six daughters: Mrs. Charles McDonald, King's Road; Mrs. William Carson, Terrace St.; Mrs. F. D. Jackson, Mrs. James Paige, Mrs. Albert Netile, all of New Haven, CT; and Mrs. Underwood of New York. Interment was in St. Mark's Anglican Cemetery, Coxheath.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 5 December 1955 indicates that Caroline S. Grant died on 3 December at the age of 83. Surviving were two sisters, Mrs. Henry Ball and Mrs. George Boutilier, both in the US; a brother, Alonzo Andrews of Coxheath; and six daughters: Mrs. Charles MacDonald and Mrs. William Carson of Sydney; Mrs. James Page, Mrs. Albert Nutile and Mrs. F. D. Jackson, all of New Haven, CT; and Mrs. Howard Underwood of Maryland. Interment was in St. Mark's Cemetery.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 21 April 1972 indicates that Mrs. Charles MacDonald, the former Mary Ann Susan Grant, daughter of the late Seward T. and Caroline (Andrews) Grant, had died the previous day in Silver Spring, Maryland. She was predeceased by three husbands, Charles MacDonald, Samuel Summerton and Lewis MacDonald. She was survived by one son, Lewis, of Philadelphia; three daughters, Gertrude (Mrs. Evan MacDonald, Oakville, ON), Caroline (Mrs. Roy MacDonald, Virginia), and Nettie (Mrs. Sonny Slade, Sydney); five sisters, Mrs. Ella Jackson and Mrs. Howard Underwood, both in Maryland, Mrs. Albert Nutile and Mrs. James Page, both in New Haven, CT, and Leah (Mrs. William Carson, Sydney). On-line transcriptions of headstone inscriptions from St. Mark's Cemetery indicate that M. A. Susan MacDonald is interred there in the same plot as Charles MacDonald (1900 - 1947), Lewis W. MacDonald (1893 - 1929), and children Caroline E. C. (age 1 year, 7 months) and Louis S. C. (Infant). Also inscribed on the headstone are the names of Samuel Summerton (1891 - 1918) with the notation "in France", and infant child Samuel S. Summerton. [The headstone is the only one on the south side of the church, the right side as seen from Keltic Drive. It is unclear why it is in this isolated location.]

An obituary from the Sydney Post of 2 September 1947 indicated that Charles (Paddy Rory) MacDonald had died the previous day. He was survived by daughters Carolyn and Jeanette, stepdaughter Gertrude (Mrs. Evan MacDonald, Sydney), and stepson Lewis (at home). He was also survived by two brothers and three sisters, including Pessie (Mrs. O. L. Mader, Mira Road) and Annie (Mrs. Joseph Carson, Sydney). The 1948 City Directory for Sydney shows Mrs. Susan MacDonald and Mrs. Caroline Grant residing together at Rear 225 King's Road.

An attestation paper filled out by Samuel Summerton on 3 December 1915 indicates that he was then single, an electrician, born 21 December 1893 in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland, and the son of Margaret Daw of Kelley Cove, Newfoundland. He served in the 106th Battalion, the same unit as Seward Grant. Records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission indicate that S. Summerton, then of D Company, 26th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regiment), was killed on 25 September 1918, and is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, Pas de Calais, France.

On 15 May 2003, the following obituary appeared in the Cape Breton Post:

Leah Evelyn Carson, 95, a resident of Harbourstone Enhanced Care (formerly, Atlantic Street, Sydney) passed away at Harbourstone on Tuesday, May 13, 2003. Born in Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Seward and Caroline (Andrews) Grant. Leah was a member of St. George's Anglican Church, the Women's Guild and the CWL. Surviving is her son, Joseph, Sydney. She was predeceased by her husband, William, sisters, Emily, Tilly, Jenney, Susanne and Ella and a brother in infancy. A funeral service will be held at St. George's Church, Friday, 2 p.m. with Rev. Jack Wainwright officiating. Interment in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Leah Carson's only son Joseph is reportedly unmarried.

Information available does not allow the given names in Leah's obituary to be matched up with the surnames of husbands in the earlier obituaries, except for those of Ella Jackson. However, the following tentative identifications of the remaining four sisters have been made from the US Social Security Death Index.

Matilda C. Nutile, born 17 September 1903, died 3 January 1997 in Vernon Rockville, Tolland County, CT. Her last benefit was paid in North Haven, CT. Albert C. Nutile, born 26 August 1904, died 17 February 1989; neither his last residence nor site of last benefit are specified. However, his certificate was issued in Connecticut.

Howard Underwood, born 25 March 1906, died in November 1979 in Silver Spring, Maryland. Emily G. Underwood, born 20 August 1905, died 12 November 1994 in Richmond, Virginia. However, her Social Security certificate was issued in Maryland.

Janet Paige, born 16 July 1909, died in August 1975 in West Haven, CT. James Paige, born 15 May 1909, died in June 1977, also in West Haven.

Ella A. Jackson, born 20 November 1909, died in November 1994 in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Her husband remains unidentified. Clearly, if both this and the preceding identification are correct, there is some error in birthdates, since these two were born too close together to have the same mother.)


Further to Descendants of Adam Lloyd Bayley and Henrietta Grant:

Recall from Part IV that Adam Lloyd Bayley, physician, native of Jamaica, married Henrietta Grant, daughter of Charles Grant and Eliza Jane Ball on 5 April 1876.

The 1881 census in North Sydney shows Adam L. Bayley, physician, 31, born Jamaica, living with Henrietta, 27, born NS, and Ivan A., 4, born NS.

Records of Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney, show the baptism of a Royes Bayley, child of Adam Lloyd and Henrietta Victoria Maud Bayley on 29 June 1879, and the death of the same child, reportedly at the age of 6 months, on 22 October 1879.

Unless otherwise noted, the following are derived from records of St. John's Anglican Church, North Sydney.

Their son Ivan married Blanche Hacquail on 3 February 1903, and their daughter Jenny May married John Matheson on 28 September 1910.

Alice Isabel Bayley, presumably their infant daughter, died at the age of 9 months on 15 June 1884. A. L. Bayley died at age 64 on 25 January 1913, and Henrietta Bayley died at age 66 on 7 July 1918.

Records of Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney, show the baptism of Lloyd Bernier Bayley, son of Ivan Aikley Lloyd and Blanche Bayley on 17 February 1904.

Claude Eric Bayley, son of Ivan and Blanche, was born 22 January 1915. Eric Claude Bayley married Dorothy Nema Rector on 4 October 1937. Roger Arkley Bayley, son of Eric and Dorothy, was born 21 April 1938.

John Douglas Bayley Matherson (sic), son of John and May, was born 12 October 1914.

Blanche Bailey died 6 October 1932, and Ivan Bayley died at age 58 on 16 March 1935.

An obituary from the Sydney Post-Record indicates that Mary (May) Matheson died at age 62 on 13 September 1943. She was survived by one son, Douglas, and two nephews, Eric of North Sydney and Lloyd of New York.

(There is also record of a Philip Bayley who died at age 70 on 15 August 1950. It is not known whether or not he had a connection with this family.)

The same church records, confirmed by an obituary from the Cape Breton Post of the following day, indicate that John Douglas Bayley Matheson died at age 75 on 20 June 1990. His wife, Freda MacLean, daughter of Murdock MacLean and Jennie Haggett, died at the age of 81 on 15 April 1997, according to an obituary in the Chronicle-Herald. There was no indication of any siblings in the former obituary, and no indication of any children in either. It is therefore presumed that the line descending from Jennie May Bayley has died out.


Descendants of John Edmund Lewis and Caroline Grant

As noted in Part IV, Caroline Elizabeth Grant was the daughter of John H. Grant and Margaret Ann Moore, born in 1844. She married John Edmund Lewis, son of Frederick and Eleanor Lewis (nee Pitts), about 1870. The marriage is recorded in Cape Breton County records as if in the late 1860's, but no details of date, place or parents is given. On p. 54, Part 2 of the 1871 census of Ball's Creek, John Edmund Lewis, 26, C/E, carpenter and farmer, and Caroline E. Lewis, 26, C/E, Scotch, and Ida G. Lewis, 1, are residing with Frederick Lewis, 65, Baptist, carpenter and farmer, Elenor, 62, Florence, 20, and Catherine, 18. [Marriage records of St. George's church show a wedding of Frederick Lewis and Eleanor Mary Ann Pitts on 27 June 1827.]

The couple was resident in North Sydney in 1881, accompanied by children Ida, 11, Ward, 9, Ella, 7, Elmer, 5 and Fredrick, 2. In 1891, John E. Lewis is described as a house builder, and the children were given as Ida G., 20; Herbert Ward, 19, clerk in grocery store; Ella, 17; Elmer Ellsworth, 15; and Fred A., 13.

A headstone transcription from Lakeside Cemetery shows that Caroline E., wife of John E. Lewis, died on 31 May 1898, at the age of 54.

Marriage records of Cape Breton County show that, on 24 October 1900, in a Baptist ceremony at North Sydney, John E. Lewis, 55, contractor, born Point Edward, widower, married Annie E. Rice, 50, spinster, daughter of Robert and Sarah. Witnesses were B. A. Musgrave and J. N. Armstrong.

The 1901 census of North Sydney, at p. 7 of Part 1, lists John E. Lewis,born 15 October 1834 (sic), Welsh, contractor; Annie, born 15 May 1845; Ida, born 28 January 1870; Ella, born 24 May 1874; Elmer, born 8 November 1876, telegraph operator; and Frederick, born 17 April 1880, clerk groc. (?) store.

By chance, two references in the records of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church were found which refer to Ward Lewis. On 13 January 1900, Ward Lewis was baptised at the age of 28, with F. McRae serving as sponsor. On 14 January 1900, Ward Lewis and Matilda Lakey (corrected to "Lahey", possibly incorrectly), both of North Sydney, were married at that church. Witnesses were Frank and Johanna Stephenson. It would appear the couple had eloped.

The 1901 census for North Sydney shows, at p. 7, a family consisting of Ward Lewis, b. 18 March 1871; Matilda, b. 13 October 1870; and Vivian G., b. 15 November 1900. The 1911 census shows, also at p. 7 for North Sydney, a family consisting of Ward Lewis, b. March 1872; Matilda, b. October 1870; Vivian, b. Nov. 1900; Ida, b. May 1902; Herbert, b. June 1904; and Frederick, b. Dec. 1907.

The 1903-4 directory for North Sydney shows John, contractor and builder, living on Park St.; Ward, carpenter, on Victoria St.; Ellmer, emp. Silicate Brick, boarding on Summer St.; Ella, saleslady Vooght Bros., boarding on Beech St.; and Fred, clerk, living on Regent St. By 1905, Mrs. John Lewis was a widow boarding on Caledonia St., and Ward was a carpenter on Victoria St. Ward Lewis appears in all directories from then until 1928 as a carpenter or contractor on that street, except that by 1948 he had moved to the north side of Queen St. The name of his wife is given as Matilda in the 1928 directory. There are also two Elmer Lewises living in North Sydney in 1948. Otherwise, there is no reference to the other children. The site of burial for John Lewis also remains unknown.

The US census of 1920 showed Ida G. Lewis, 45, single, born Canada, Acting Pastor, residing in Meredith, Belknap Co., New Hampshire, as a boarder in the household of Frank A. Straun (?), 75, farmer; his wife Stella, 56, b. Canada, immigrated 1875, nationalized 1882; and Frank A. Straun, 9, grandson.

An obituary in the Sydney Post of 17 January 1945 indicates that Ida Gertrude Lewis, 75, native of North Sydney, had died in Northampton MA as the result of a fall. She had been a missionary with the Baptist church, and had lived in New England for 40 years. She was survived by brothers Elmer, a railway station agent in North Windham, CT, and Ward in North Sydney. There are also two nephews mentioned, one, whose name is short but indecipherable, in Toronto and another, F. A. Lewis, in Shelburne. Both were evidently employed by the CNR.

Information received from John Touchings and Wayne MacVicar led to an obituary in the Post-Record of 30 May 1955. The obituary indicates that Ward Lewis died at the age of 83 on 28 May 1955 at North Sydney. He is buried in Lakeside Cemetery. He was predeceased by his wife, two daughters, a brother and several sisters. He was survived by his brother Elmer E. Lewis of North Windham, CT, and sons Herbert C. Lewis of Toronto and F. A. (Fred) Lewis of Halifax, as well as two grandchildren, Lorna and Linda of Toronto. Ward Lewis was well known as a local historian.

An obituary from the Post-Record of 19 January 1954 indicates that his wife, the former Matilda Lakey, was born in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1867 and died 17 January 1954, also at North Sydney at the age of 86. She was known in the community as a pianist and singer, and as "an enthusiastic member of the Liberal Party". The names of surviving sons are as above; it is indicated that Herbert worked with Canadian National Telegraphs, and Fred was the former supervisor of schools at Woodside, NS. The granddaughters are referred to as Noma Vivian and Linda Rose Lewis. She is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery. [It is stated in the obituary that her father was born in London, England, while her mother was a native of St. John's. However, the 1881 census for North Sydney shows Matilda Lakey with no siblings, and both parents born in Newfoundland.]

An obituary from the Sydney Post of 7 August 1934 indicates that Vivian Gertrude Lewis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Lewis, and died on 6 August 1934 at North Sydney at the age of 33, after a long illness. She was unmarried, and survived by brothers Herbert and Fred L. Lewis, the latter of Montreal. The obituary states she is buried in Lakeview Cemetery.

No reference to an Elmer Lewis with birthdate in 1876 has been found in the US Social Security Death Index. Research into other members of this family is ongoing.

Parentage of Alfred Grant and some notes on his descendants

In Section 4, it was noted that there is conflicting information as to the parentage of Alfred Grant, whose year of birth is consistently stated as 1852. Elva Jackson attributes his parentage to Charles Bartholomew and Sarah Grant, with whom he resided in Ball's Creek in 1871. However, that census did not state relationship to the head of the household, and Alfred named his own parents as "Alexander and Ann" at the time of his marriage. This would suggest that he believed his mother to have been Ann Musgrave, and that he was a much younger brother of the Alexander Grant who married Mary Ann (Marianne or Marion) Jane MacLeod in 1854 and later migrated to Springfield, Massachusetts. This seems unlikely, since Alexander Grant (the elder) and Ann Musgrave were married in 1820, and so the latter would have been in her late 40's or early 50's by 1852. It would seem more plausible that he was instead the son of Alexander Grant (the younger), although the latter's wife was not known simply as "Ann" in any other record, and their marriage was not solemnized until 14 February 1854. It cannot be ruled out that Alfred, rather than Edward Grant (later a Baptist minister), was the natural child of Alexander Grant (the younger) and the young woman whom he was convicted of assaulting in 1850.

Available records show the following concerning Alfred Grant. In the 1871 census, he is living with Charles Grant (60), Sarah Grant (40), Sarah Grant (79) at Ball's Creek (p. 34). His age is given as 19. On 30 November 1875, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Cow Bay, Alfred Grant, 24, farmer, of Ball's Creek (son of Alexander and Ann), married Christy Ann McKay, 23, of Whycocomagh (daughter of Malcolm and Maggie), witnessed by William Grant and Udvilla Boutilier [presumably the son and daughter of Peter Grant and Mary Ann Doleman]. In the 1881 census of Ball's Creek (p. 31), Alfred Grant, 28, farmer, is residing with Christy, 28; Mary Bell, 2; and Maggie, 11 months (born May 1880). Also in the household is Sarah Grant, 63; the age is inconsistent with both the women of that name shown in the 1871 census. In the 1891 census, Alfred Grant, 38, is a labourer residing at Leitches Creek (p. 16); also in the household are Christine, 38; May Belle, 12; Margaret, 10; Edward, 8; and Sarah J., 5, as well as Sarah Grant, 73, born NS, parents born Scotland, and identified as the mother of the head of the household. In the 1901 census, Alfred Grant, born 16 April 1852, is a miner, resident at Old Bridgeport (p. 1); also in the household are Christy, born 20 August 1853; Edward, born 2 July 1882; Sarah, born 2 April 1884; and Clifford, born 13 March 1893. The 1905 directory for Cape Breton mentions an Alfred Grant, labourer, resident at 207 Townsend St., Sydney. The 1907 directory does not mention Alfred Grant, but he is listed in 1914 as a miner resident on Mitchell Avenue, Dominion, as is his son Clifford. In 1928, there is a May Grant resident on Mitchell Avenue.

Baptism records of Epworth Methodist (now United) Church, Glace Bay, show the baptism of Clifford Murray Grant, Dominion No. 1, on 2 November 1901. No parents are named.

Marriage records for Cape Breton County show that, on 21 May 1904, in a Presbyterian ceremony at North Sydney, Edward John Grant, 22, labourer, born Ball's Creek, son of Albert and Christina, married Maggie Jackson, 18, born Ingonish, daughter of James and Sarah. Baptism records of St. Matthew Wesley Methodist (now United) Church show that Sarah May Grant, daughter of Edward J. and Maggie Grant, was born 22 July 1904 and baptised 14 August 1905. Records of the former Rudderham Funeral Home in North Sydney indicate that Edward Grant, 25, died on 7 July 1907, and was buried in Lakeside Cemetery. There is no information on his parentage nor on the party responsible for the arrangements in the funeral home records, no obituary for him in the Sydney Post nor Halifax Herald, and no evidence of a marker for him in Lakeside Cemetery.

Information from the volume "Sparling, Musgrave and other related Loyalist Families of Cape Breton Island", privately published by Lark Blackburn Szick, indicates (without citing the source of the information) that Margaret Jackson subsequently married Harry Jones. Her children by the first marriage were Frederick V. Grant, who was adopted by James William and Harriet Ramsey Meade of North Sydney, and Sarah. She also bore two children by the second marriage. Frederick Meade appears in the 1911 census with his adoptive parents, and married Vernette Emberson Glover of Gravenhurst ON (who was actually resident in Toronto as of 1911); their only child was Evelyn Leita Meade. The latter married Henry C. Kranz, and their children are Suzanne Catherine, Katherine Elaine and Leita Margaret Meade Kranz. Sarah Grant married Joe Usifer (spelled "Usifier" in Lark Szick's book), and Lawrence Usifer was their only child. Her husband was better known as Paul Lavalle, a prominent bandleader and composer from the 1930's through the 1960's. Their marriage ended with divorce in 1946, and her husband then remarried.

An obituary in the Cape Breton Post of 4 September 1972 indicates that Margaret Jackson Grant Jones died on 1 September in Alderwood Guest Home in Baddeck at the age of 86, and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Baddeck. She was survived by two sons, Fred Meade of Ingonish and Fred Jones of Lower Sackville, and a daughter, Sarah Usifer of Brockton MA. A daughter and several siblings predeceased. [No record of her marriage to Harry Jones has yet been found, nor of the death of her daughter Katherine, whose dates are given by Lark Szick as 1912 - 1916. However, city directories indicate that Maggie Grant, tailoress, widow of E. Grant, roomed at 100 1/2 Commercial St., North Sydney, as of 1908, and that Mrs. Margaret Jones and Fred Jones resided at 971 Victoria Rd., Whitney Pier, as of 1928. Furthermore, on-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that James Henry Jones, born Ottawa, died in Sydney on 19 February 1923, and that Frederick Jackson Jones {parents James Henry Jones and Margaret Jackson} married Elizabeth Anne Jones {a native of Athens NY, and apparently unrelated}on 22 August 1932, also in Sydney. The Chronicle - Herald's obituary records Margaret's name as "Mrs. Harvey Jones". An obituary from the Chronicle - Herald indicates that Frederick Jackson (Ted) Jones, born in North Sydney on 8 April 1909, died in Windsor NS on 1 April 1997. He was predeceased by his wife, Stella Ross Hennigar. No children were listed as surviving. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Windsor.]

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 2 November 1982 indicates that Frederick Vincent Meade, 77, of 6 Union St., Sydney, had died the previous day in Sydney City Hospital. The obituary indicates that he was born in North Sydney, and mentions only his adoptive parents, James and Harriet Meade. Surviving were his wife, the former Melvina Hart; one daughter, Evelyn (Mrs. Henry Kranz of Brampton ON); a stepson, Robert Dicks of Pictou; one sister, Sally Usifer of Westmount; and eight grandchildren. Burial was in Forest Haven.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 29 August 1984 indicates that Mrs. Melvina Rex Meade, 76, of New Glasgow and formerly of Sydney had died the previous day in New Glasgow. She was a native of Newfoundland, daughter of Mesheck and Fannie Hart. She was predeceased by three husbands, including Frederick V. Meade. Among the survivors was a stepdaughter, Evelyn (Mrs. Henry Cranz, Brampton ON). Burial was in Forest Haven.

The Social Security Death Index indicates that Sarah M. Usifer, born 22 July 1904, died in January 1992; her certificate was issued in Massachusetts, but the location of her last benefit was not specified. However, an obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 22 January 1992 indicates that Sarah Mae (Sally) Usifer died on 18 January in Sydney City Hospital. Her age was given as 87. Her parents are named as Margaret Jones and Edward Grant. She had been active in several organizations in the US before returning to Canada. She was survived by a son, Larry, of Sydney, and a brother, Ted Jones, of Noel NS, as well as six grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was predeceased by a brother, Fred Meade, and a sister, Catherine. [In fact, Catherine and Ted were half - siblings, children of Margaret Jackson's second marriage.]

The same database shows that Lawrence Usifer, born 5 October 1941, died 11 December 2002; in this case, as well, the certificate was issued in Massachusetts but location of last benefit was not specified. However, an obituary in the Cape Breton Post of 13 December 2002 indicates that Lawrence Henry Usifer, 61, of Sydney passed away peacefully Dec. 11, 2002, at the New Halifax Infirmary. Larry was the son of the late Paul Lavalle (stage name for Joseph Usifer, 1908 - 1997) and the late Sarah (Grant) Usifer. He is survived by his children, Steve Lawrence (Karen), Timberlea, Sue Usifer (Joe Beck), Terence Bay, Sharon Tobin (Mike), Blackett's Lake, Dave Usifer (Jeannine Duchesne), Eastern Passage, Debbie Grant (Terry), Ingonish (later Howie Centre), Danny Usifer (Nicole Buchannan-Usifer), Dingwall; Larry was also survived by the mother of his children, Sandra Usifer, Ingonish, as well as 11 grandchildren. Larry was actively involved in the volunteer work of various charities in his community. He had a fond appreciation for all varieties of music. Like his father, Larry was a gifted, multi-talented musician. Cremation had taken place, and his ashes were later scattered from Cape Smokey. (More precisely, his wife was Sandra Marie Jackson, a granddaughter of Margaret's brother James Ward Jackson.)

Marriage records for Cape Breton County indicate that May Belle Grant, daughter of Alfred and Christina Grant, was married twice. Both were Presbyterian ceremonies at North Sydney. The first took place on 6 January 1898 to Henry Lewis, 23, blacksmith, of North Sydney, son of William and Flora; Mabel was resident at Bridgeport, and witnesses were Horace Kindress, M. D., and A. D. MacKenzie. The second was on 17 April 1902 to William Thomas Burt, 26, labourer, born Twillingate, Newfoundland, son of Silas and Harriet. Witnesses were A. S. Dunham and Margaret McKinnon. The bride is identified as Mabel (Grant) Lewis, a widow. Records of the Rudderham Funeral Home show that Henry Lewis, 23, died on 23 December 1899, of drowning at the Pier in North Sydney. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery, and arrangements made by Norman Lewis. The Sydney Daily Record of 29 December 1899 confirms the nature of the death, and indicates that he was married with one son.

The 1901 census of North Sydney includes a household, number 79, headed by Flora Lewis, widow, and including Mabel Lewis, daughter-in-law, born 10 May 1878; Laura Lewis, granddaughter, born 27 March 1898; and Henrietta Lewis, granddaughter, born 31 January 1900. (Evidently, the newspaper report erred in the gender of the child already born at the time of Henry Lewis' death, and there was a posthumous child about a month later.) In the 1911 census, Laura Lewis, born March 1898, was living with Hugh and Flora Stewart, Sydney Mines, and identified as a granddaughter. (The widowed Flora Lewis had married Hugh Stewart in 1903.) Henrietta, now with surname Burt, was living with her mother and stepfather in Sydney, with half-siblings Edward, born Nov. 1902; Henry A., born November 1904; Winnie, born Jan. 1907; Alfrieda, born August 1908; and Edna, born September 1910.

Death records available on-line at the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that Alfred Grant died 28 May 1918 in Dominion of endocarditis, aged 78. He was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Ocean Avenue. (His age at death is highly discrepant with earlier records, which suggested he was 66 at the time of his death.) The same records show that Christine Grant, widow, age 70, born Grand Mira, died of pneumonia at Bay St., Whitney Pier, on 21 February 1919. She was an adherant of the Salvation Army, and was buried in Eastmount Cemetery.

On-line records of the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that Sarah J. Grant, 31, daughter of Alfred Grant, died of pneumonia on 15 December 1918 at the Cape Breton Hospital, Sydney River. Burial was in the hospital's own cemetery the following day, which implies that her body was not claimed by the family. That cemetery contains no individual grave markers.

Marriage records available on-line at the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that,on 17 May 1923, Cyril Knight, 33, trader, 3 Lingan Road, born Barbados, son of James Gold (?) and Morgan Night, married Laura Marian Lewis, nurse, 25, res 32 Franklin St., Sydney, daughter of Harry Lewis and May Grant. The ceremony was conducted at the Knight residence and witnessed by Sarah Knight and Norman Crawford.

Marriage records available on-line at the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that, on 10 April 1924, Samuel Fiander, 24, steelworker, born Fortune Ban NF (son of Robert and Jane), married Edith Winnifred Burt, 19, daughter of William Burt and May Grant. Witnesses were J. A. McDonald and Mrs. Mary McDonald.

Marriage records available on-line at the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that, on 29 September 1927, Wesley Severn Drodge, 25, steelworker, Salvationist, born NF, of 120 Central St., Whitney Pier (son of William and Ushella (?)), married Henrietta Lewis, 27, Salvatinist, 68 Fisher St., daughter of Harry (born Boularderie) and Mabel Grant. Witnesses were Leonard Mansfield of New Waterford and Hazel Grace Spears, also of 68 Fisher St. The ceremony was conducted by J. G. Oliver, staff officer with the Salvation Army.

Death records available on-line at the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that, on 28 June 1927, Shirley Knight, born 28 January 1927, infant daughter of Cyril Knight and Laura Lewis, died of pneumonia. Burial was in Eastmount Cemetery.

Death records available on-line at the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that, on 11 May 1929, Laura May Knight, wife of Cyril Knight, died in Sydney and was buried in Hardwood Hill. Her parents were not named on the death certificate.

Marriage records available on-line at the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that, on 26 July 1927, in a Church of England ceremony conducted at 134 Henry St., Whitney Pier, Clifford Grant, 30, res 25 Curry Lane, son of Alfred Grant (b. Ball's Creek) and Christie McKay, married Annie Hart, 30, widow, of the same address, daughter of Michael Gardiner of Reserve Mines and Helen Smart. [The same records show that Sarah Ann Gardiner, 20 married Charles Hart, 27, of Dominion on 21 October 1914. Charles Hart died on 2 May 1925 of pulmonary tuberculosis.]

An obituary from the Sydney Post of 7 July 1945 indicates that May Belle Burt died the previous day at the age of 68. She had resided in Sydney for 40 years. Her husband, William Burt, had been killed in an accident at the Steel Plant in 1934. She was survived by daughters Mrs. Wesley Drodge, Mrs. Sam Fiander, Mrs. Fred Hoban and Mrs. Bernard Lee, all of Sydney, and four sons, Edward (641 Victoria Road, with whom she resided), Harry, Herbert and Gordon, also all of Sydney. Burial was in Eastmount Cemetery. [Note that no siblings are named as surviving.]

A headstone has been located at the back of Eastmount Cemetery off East Broadway in Whitney Pier, indicating that William T. Burt was born in 1876 and died in 1934, and his wife May Burt was born in 1878 and died in 1945. Freda Burt (1908 - 1924) and Lillian Burt (1916 - 1932) are also buried in the plot. In addition, on-line death records from the Nova Scotia Archives indicate the Myra Lillian Burt, born 10 September 1916, died on 12 December 1932 of consumption, and confirm that she was also a daughter of William T. Burt and Mable Grant.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 29 November 1948 (p. 3) indicates that Henrietta Drodge, 49, had died after a brief illness. She was survived by her husband Welsley, and sons Reginald, Gordon and Howard, all at home. Three sisters and four brothers also survived, namely, Mrs. Sam Fiander, Mrs. Fred Hoban, Mrs. Bernie Ley, and Harry, Edward, Herbert and Gordon Burt, all of Sydney. She was a resident of Fisher St. in Whitney Pier, and an adherant of the Salvation Army. Interment was in Eastmount Cemetery. The death certificate, available on-line, confirms that she was the daughter of Harry Lewis and Maye Grant, and indicates that cause of death was unknown.

Death records available on-line at the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that Clifford Grant, aged about 48, of 185 Laurier St., Whitney Pier, widower, died on 21 April 1952 by his own hand. (Census records from 1911 indicate that he was born in 1893, and so his true age would have been about 59 at the time of his death.) Annie Grant, born 17 April 1894, died 2 November 1941 of coronary thrombosis. She was the daughter of Luke Gardiner. Both were buried in Hardwood Hill.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of Monday, 19 January 1959 indicated that Harry A. Burt, 54, had died suddenly on 17 January at Sydney City Hospital. He had been employed at the steel plant for over 40 years. He was an adherent of Trinity United Church, and resided at 1003 Victoria Road. He was survived by his widow; sons Howard, Edgar, Harry Jr., and William, all of Sydney, and daughter Florence (Mrs. John Austery [apparent misprint for Anstey]) also of Sydney. Three brothers, Edward, Herbert and Gordon, all of Sydney, and three sisters, Mrs. Samuel Fiander, Mrs. Fred Hoban, and Mrs. Bernie Ley, all of Sydney. Interment was in Forest Haven.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of Monday, 11 November 1968 indicated that Mrs. Laura Burt, 61, a native of Newfoundland, had died on 9 November. Her husband, Harry, had died nine years before. Surviving were a daughter, Mrs. John Anstey, of Sydney River; and sons Howard and Harry, both of Sydney, and Edgar and William, both of Toronto. Burial was in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens, near Sydney.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of Monday, 1 March 1971, indicates that Samuel Fiander, 74, had died on 27 February. He was survived by his wife, a son Herbert of Sydney, and a daughter Florence, Mrs. Hugh Bailley, of Rexdale, Ontario, as well as two sisters and a brother. Burial was in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 17 September 1986 indicated that E. Winifred Fiander, 79, of 113 Bay St., Sydney, had died the previous day in Sydney City Hospital. She was the daughter of the late William and May (Grant) Burt. She was survived by one son, Herbert, at home, and a daughter Florence (Mrs. H. Bailey) of Allison ON, as well as two sisters, Mrs. Edna Hoban and Mrs. Marion Ley, both of Sydney, and three brothers, Edward and Gordon of Sydney and Herbert of George's River, as well as four grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Samuel, four sisters (Dolly, Freda, Lillian and Laura), and one brother, Harry. Interment was in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens. (Her niece, Florence Anstey, also provides the information that her date of birth was 14 January 1907.)

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of Friday, 14 July 1989, indicates that Gordon Richard Burt, 71, died on 10 July in Newmarket, Ontario. He had retired from the Steel Plant in 1982. He was survived by a daughter Joyce (Mrs. Ron Howes) of Nairn, Ontario, two brothers, Edward of Sydney and Herbert of Georges River, and two sisters, Edna Hoban and Marion Ley, both of Sydney, as well as three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Jean Crowley, a son Terry, four sisters, Dolly, Freda, Lillian and Winifred, and a brother Harry. Burial was in Forest Haven.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of Friday, 7 December 1990 indicated that Edward Burt, 88, formerly of Kitchener Street, Sydney, died the preceding day in Breton Bay Nursing Home. He was a retired steelworker, and a member of the Salvation Army Church, Whitney Pier. He was survived by his wife, the former Grace C. Smith; a son Edward of Brampton, Ontario; sisters Edna Hoban and Marian Ley of Sydney; a brother Herbert, Georges River, three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son Gordon; four sisters, Freda, Lillian, Dolly and Winnifred, and two brothers, Harry and Gordon. Burial was in Forest Haven.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of Saturday, 16 March 1991 indicates that Harry Thomas Burt, 55, Lingan Road, had died on 14 March in Sydney City Hospital. Born in Sydney, he was the son of the late Harry and Laura (LeRiche) Burt. A member of Holy Redeemer Parish, he worked for the City of Sydney for 24 years. He was survived by his wife, the former Margaret French; daughters Sherry (Mrs. Philip Nearing) of Dartmouth and Wendy (Mrs. Douglas Burke) of Sydney; sons Scott, Tracey, Brent and Trevot, all of Sydney; sister Florence (Mrs. John Anstey), Sydney River; brothers Howard of Sydney, and Edgar and William, both of Toronto, as well as four Grandchildren. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of Wednesday, 17 May 1995 indicates that Edna Gertrude Hoban, 84, of 21 Tower Heights, Sydney, had died the previous day in the Regional Hospital. She was a member of the Salvation Army Sydney Citadel. Surviving were sons Ernie of Sydney, and Douglas of Moncton; daughter Jean (Mrs. James Quinlan) of Sydney; brother Herb, Groves Point; sister Mrs. Marion Ley of Sydney River; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Frederick Normal; brothers Ed, Gordon and Harry; sisters Winnifred, Lillian, Dolly, Laura and Freda. Burial was in Forest Haven. [Note that "Laura " probably refers to a sister-in-law rather than a sister.]

Obituaries from the Chronicle-Herald of Wednesday, 30 April and Friday, 31 October 1997 indicate that Elizabeth J. Burt, wife of Herbert Burt and daughter of the late William and Annie (Young) Almon died on 28 April, and that Herbert himself passed away on 29 October. Herbert was survived by sister Marion Ley of Howie Centre, a caregiver and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, son Boyd Anderson, brothers Edward, Harry and Gordon, and sisters Henrietta Drodge, Winnifred Fiander, Edna Hoban, Lillian and Freda Burt. Burial was in Forest Haven in both cases.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 8 December 1998 indicated that Edgar Alfred Burt, 67, of Windsor ON had died on 6 December. He was the son of the late Harry and Laura Burt. His wife Clara Bates predeceased him in 1986, and by a brother, Harry Burt. He was survived by siblings Howard Burt and florence Anesty of Nova Scotia, and William Burt of Toronto. Interment was to be in Toronto, following cremation.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 20 January 2001 indicates that Howard Douglas Burt, 74, had died on 18 January. He was a son of the late Harry and Laura (Leriche) Burt. He was survived by his wife Rita, son Howard (wife Donna) of Sydney; granddaughters Amanda and Melissa; sister Florence (Mrs. John Anstey), a special niece, Judy MacLean (wife of Donald), and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by brothers Edgar and Harry. He once played with the Sydney and Whitney Pier Baseball Club, and worked at Sydney Steel, Pyro Minerals, Kaiser Strontium and MacIntyre Chev - Olds, as well as a driver examiner for the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Burial was in Forest Haven.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 11 December 2006 indicates that Eva "Marion" Ley of Howie Centre had died on 9 December at the age of 86. She was the daughter of William Burt and Mae Grant, was predeceased by her husband Bernie in 1974, and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was survived by daughters Evelyn Oakley of New Victoria, Myrna (Pat) Delaney of Sydney, Diane MacInnis of Howie Centre, Debbie (Dave) Mullins and Florence (Frank) Sampson, both of Howie Centre; by sons Gordie (Dorothy) of Ottawa, Billy (Alice) of Alora, ON, Brian (Tonya) of Oshawa and Donnie of Howie Centre; by 23 grancdhildren, 34 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.


Further Information on members of the Burchell family

The 1901 census of Sydney Mines shows a family consisting of Roderick Ferguson, b. 28 June 1873; Bessie H. Ferguson, b. 1 May 1878; and Mabel Ferguson, b. 17 September 1900. This family resided on the same street as William and George Burchell, and Malcolm Stewart, in Sydney Mines. This appears to be Bessie Howard Burchell (see obit for Hedley Burchell below), although no marriage record for the couple can be found. The genealogy of the Burchell family constructed by Mike Burchell indicates this couple had two more children: William, b. 1 May 1904, and Earl. Mabel married an Ahearn, but details are private. (A Roderick Fergusen (sic) appears in the 1881 census for North Gut, Victoria County. He was 8, and the son of Angus and Christina Fergusen. The "Automated Genealogy" database shows no Fergusons living in Victoria County in 1901.)

An obit / news story from the Sydney Post of 21 December 1903, indicates that Roderick Ferguson, 30, was killed by a fall of stone while driving a horse at Sydney No. 1 mine (later Princess). His wife is identified as the former Bessie Burchell, and the story indicates they had two children (not named).

In the 1901 census, Mabel Ferguson's birthdate is given as 17 September 1900. In the Social Security Death Index, a Mabel Ahearn appears with that birthdate who died in Quincy MA in March 1966.

An obituary in the Post-Record of 18 April 1933 indicates that Mrs. Cecil Bragg, daughter of Alex Burchell of Sydney Mines, had died the previous day. She was 25, and was survived by her husband and five young children (unnamed), her father, brothers Harris in Montreal and Wesley in Sydney Mines, and one sister Anna Belle MacKenzie, also in Sydney Mines.

An obituary in the Post-Record of 29 May 1933 indicates that Mrs. Charles Burchell, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Charles MacDonald of Sydney Mines, had died the previous evening after a brief illness. Neither her age nor first name is given. She was survived by sons Harry of Detroit and Leslie at home, and granddaughter Lois, also at home. (See "The Burchell Connection", Part 8.)

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that Emma Burchell died on 9 May 1935 at age 73 of cardiovascular and renal disease. Informant was her husband, Headley Burchell. Undertaker was McRae, and burial was in Brookside Cemetery.

An obituary in the Post-Record of 15 May 1939 indicates that Hedley Burchell died on 13 May of a heart attack at the age of 79. He was survived by daughters Mrs. T. Hastings of Boston, Mrs. Alonzo Malloy of Toronto, and Mrs. William Collier of Sydney Mines; sons Alexander and Blowers, Sydney Mines, and Robert, California; brother Charles; sisters Mrs. Susan Stewart and Mrs. Bessie Ferguson, all of Sydney Mines. His wife had predeceased him four years before.

An obituary in the Post-Record of 12 August 1944 indicates that William Burchell, 57, died the previous evening. (From Part 8, he was the son of George Burchell and Elizabeth Boyd.) For 16 years, he had been manager of the pasteurization plant of the British Canadian Coop. He was survived by sons Wilfred (vice-principal of New Glasgow High School) and James (pilot with Canadian Pacific Airlines, Portage La Prairie); one sister, Ella (Mrs. D. S. Crosby, Arlington, MA); and two brothers, Murray (Stoneham, MA) and George (Boston). Interment was in Trinity Cemetery. [An obituary on 8 May 1943 indicated that his wife, the former Mary Jane Baxendale, had died on 6 May.]

An obituary in the Post-Record of 5 February 1954 indicates that Mrs. Susan Stewart, 80, had died the previous night at the home of her sister, Mrs. Bessie Ferguson, Fraser Ave., Sydney Mines. She was survived by one son, William E. Stewart of Sydney Mines, one sister, with whom she resided, and one nephew, Charles Johnson of Springfield Farm, Bras d'Or. While the obituary does not so state, she was the daughter of William Burchell and Matilda Musgrave. Her death is also recorded in the records of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Sydney Mines, with burial in Brookside Cemetery.

A very brief obit in the Chronicle-Herald of 11 December 1964 indicates that Mrs. Bessie Ferguson, 86, formerly of Sydney Mines, had died at the Cove in Sydney the previous day. She had lived there for six years. She was survived by a daughter, Mrs. William Ahearn of New York, and a son William of Sydney Mines. (That period of widowhood, almost 61 years, must be somewhere close to a record.)

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 24 January 2007 indicates that George Cecil Bragg 79, North Sydney/Halifax, N.Sof Halifax, passed away on 18 January at his home in Halifax, N.S. Born in North Sydney, he was a son of the late Cecil M. and Elizabeth (Burchell) Bragg and stepmother, Florence (Herald) Bragg. He had a long career with London Life, retiring in Halifax, and a love for recreational flying. He was survived by companion, Sylvia Mattinson and only son, Marc (Sharon), Enfield, N.S.; sisters, Ethel (Pat) Vienotte, Bridgewater, Margaret Clarke, North Sydney; brothers, Bill (Barbara), Ontario, Wayne (Brenda), Bras d'Or; several nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by brothers, James, Morgan, Russell and sister, Mae Kibyuk. [An extract from his mother's obituary from 1933 appears above.]


Further to the McKay Connection:

The following family is found in the 1901 census of Bridgeport, at Subdistrict f-4, p. 40: John Boutlier, b. 17 April 1851; Ann, b. 1869; Mary, b. 17 August 1880; Alace, b. 17 May 1892; Thomas, b. 22 July 1898; Charles, b. 9 June 1900; Robert McKay, brother-in-law, b. 1883. Mary and Alace are Roman Catholics, the rest Anglican, so it would appear that John's first wife was Roman Catholic, but that he reconverted to the Anglican church on his second marriage. It would appear that John Boutilier had had two children with his second wife Ann McKay by 1901, contradicting the statement in Part 8. As appears below, this couple had at least one more child.

The following families are found in Part 1 of the 1911 census of Dominion:

P. 8: Price MacKay, b. March 1878, miner, Anglican; wife Sadie, b. October 1882; Viletnetlda, b. April, 1904; Price, b. Nov. 1904; Lillie Frances, b. Oct. 1905; William G., b. Dec. 1908; George, b. Oct. 1910

P. 12: Lawrence MacKay, b. Oct. 1872, miner, Anglican; wife Saralin, b. May 1877; Dory (?) May, b. August 1902; Luis Brand (?), b. May 1903; Annie Florence, b. Jan. 1905; Michael, b. May 1906; Anna Sus(an?), b. Dec. 1908; Sydney (son), b. Feb. 1910.

P. 21-2: Charles MacKay, b. August 1878, miner, Anglican; Susan, b. January 1875; Rosey, b. May 1903; Gilbert, b. April 1905; Charet (Charlotte?), b. Sept. 1906.

In addition, the following family appears on p. 17 of the census for Ball's Creek:

Anna MacKay, b. Feb. 1847, widow; Robert, b. June 1885, farmer; Earl, b. Jan. 1887, farmer; Daisy, b. May 1894; Kate, daughter-in-law, b. January 1890; Willie Boutilier, grandson, b. Oct. 1905; Violet MacKay, granddaughter, b. July 1910; and a boarder. It would appear that Kate was the wife of Earl, although the latter is shown as single on that page, and that Violet is their daughter. It appears Willie Boutilier is the son of Annie McKay and John Thomas Boutilier; the former reportedly died in 1906. This also appears to confirm that Anna's husband William McKay was the person of that name who died in 1909 and was buried in Hardwood Hill Cemetery.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that, on 19 November 1909, William McKay, 68, farmer, resident of Ball's Creek, married, died at the Hamilton Hospital, of shock resulting from an injury which occurred six weeks before. Undertaker was T. L. Rudderham, with burial in Hardwood Hill. Records of that cemetery show the following two burials:
McKay Ann Sydney 7 Jun 1893 74 D 5 5
McKay William Balls Creek 19 Nov 1909 68 D 5 5
The former would appear to be the mother of William. No record of the death of Ann Grant, wife of William, has yet been found.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that, on 1 December 1914, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Reserve Mines, Albert Snow, 25, miner, Methodist, son of John Snow and Emma Parnell, married Daisy McKay, 21, Anglican, resident of Dominion, born Leitches Creek, daughter of William McKay and Anna Grant. Witnesses were John Snow and Philomena Clark. Clergyman was D. J. Nicholson.

A very brief report in the Sydney Post of 30 October 1917 indicates that Lawrence MacKay of Dominion No. 1 had died of typhoid fever on 27 October.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that, on 21 November 1921, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Reseerve Mines, Alex Munroe, 21, of Dominion No. 1, son of Alex Munroe (born Middle River) and Jessie McLean, married Rosella MacKay, 20, daughter of Charles (born Leitches Creek) and Susie MacKay. Witnesses were Murdena Munroe and Neil M. MacPherson. Clergyman was Chester A. Ritchie.

Marriage records of Church of the Good Shepherd (Dominion) and All Saints Anglican Church (New Waterford), show the marriage of George Henry Boutilier to Anna Florence McKay, 18, both of Sydney Mines, on 18 May 1922. No parents were named in the church records. However, on-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that the groom was the son of John Benjamin Boutilier, born Coxheath, and Annie Margaret Boutilier, and that the bride was the daughter of Lawrence Bernard MacKay, born Ball's Creek, and Sarah Ann Boutilier. Witnesses were Sadie Cuzner and Mrs. Joseph Boutilier (the on-line version shows the second witness as William Boutilier, and that both witnesses were from Sydney Mines). The marriage certificate indicates that the ceremony was actually performed in Sydney Mines.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that, on 2 August 1927, in a United Church ceremony at Reserve, Seward Sydney McKay, 23, miner, of Dominion No. 1, son of Lawrence McKay and Sarah Ann Boutilier, married Elizabeth McIntyre, 21 of Reserve Mines, daughter of William E. McIntyre (b. Sydney Mines) and Ada Clarke. Witnesses were Bessie Porter of Sydney Mines and Robert Clarke of Reserve Mines. Ceremony was performed by Rev. Chester A Ritchie.

The same church records show a marriage of Lily Frances MacKay, 26, to Cecil Ernest Lewis, 29, of Pt. Edward, on 25 September 1928. Parents are not listed. (Cecil, b. 4 December 1898, was apparently the son of Edwin and Mary Lewis, resident with his parents Alfred and Matilda Lewis, in Glace Bay in 1901.) The on-line records show the existence of such a marriage, but the actual certificate is not accessible.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that Horace McKay, born 1 April 1914, son of Earl McKay and Catherine McDonald, died on 19 March 1924 of tubercular meningitis. Undertaker was Campbell and Wadden, and burial in the Rabbits Town (i.e., Centreville) Cemetery.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that, on 17 October 1924, in an Anglican ceremony at Sydney Mines, Henry Yates, 18, miner, son of Henry (born Wales) and Elizabeth M. Meech, married Annie McKay, 17, daughter of Laurence (dec.) and Sarah Ann Boutilier. Witnesses were Wm. Jas. Boutilier and Mrs. Sadie Cuzner. Clergyman was Rev. John MacKinlay. [See obituaries below.]

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that, on 24 February 1925, in a Presbyterian ceremony at Dominion, George Louis Reid, 21, son of George Reid (born So. Wales) and Mary Reid, married Dolly McKay, 19, daughter of Charles McKay (born Leitches Creek) and Susan McKay. Witnesses were Chas. MacKay and Dolena Myles, both of Dominion. Clergyman was Rev. D. C. MacLeod. (The bride was evidently the daughter born in September, 1906, referred to as "Charet" in the 1911 census.)

Baptismal records of the same combination of churches show the following children baptised on 1 October 1933:
Emma Snow, b. 8 April 1933, d/o Albert and Daisy, Dominion
Corinne Matilda Reid, b. 7 July 1933, d/o George and Dolly.

Records of Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney Mines, show that the following children of George Henry Boutilier and Annie Florence McKay were baptised there:
Eleanor May Boutilier b. 5 August 1922, c. 1 October
Laurence Benjamin Boutilier, b. 30 July 1923, c. 30 July
Henry Eugene Boutilier, b. 16 August 1924, c. 5 October
Bernard Archibald Boutilier, b. 7 August 1925, c. 24 February 1926
George Arnold Boutilier, b. 27 June 1926, c. 14 November
Albert Henry Boutilier, b. 14 November 1927, c. 13 May 1928
Lorne Eugene and Shirley Elva Boutilier (twins), b. 4 June 1930, c. 27 July
Alda Muriel Boutilier, b. 18 August 1933

An obituary from the Post-Record of 6 August 1934 indicates that Samuel McKay, 17, of Sydney Mines had died by drowning that day. He was survived by three brothers and four sisters, who are not named. His mother had remarried and was then Mrs. Robert Boutilier of Main St. [The story goes on to assert that his father, Lawrence McKay, had fallen into a well at Dominion and drowned "several years ago". This contradicts the report in the newspaper at the time.]

An obituary from the Post-Record of 6 April 1938 indicates that the unnamed four-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Munroe had died that day. Besides the parents, three sisters and one brother survived. [See the obit for Anna Jeanette Clements below.]

Marriage records of the (Anglican) Church of the Good Shepherd, Dominion, show a marriage of William Edward Snow, 22, son of Robert and Daisy, to Sarah Elizabeth Skiffington, 21, daughter of Gideon and Elizabeth, on 27 June 1939. [The name Robert seems to be in error. See obit below for William Edward Snow.]

An obituary from the Post-Record of 5 July 1939 indicates that Joseph Wellington Lewis of Ball's Creek had died the previous day. He was survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Murray Boutilier of Wadden's Cove, Cordella and Maude, both at home; and two sons, Clifford, nurse at Sydney City Hospital, and Phillip. [Further information on these descendants can be found in Part 8, in his wife's obituary.]

An obituary from the Post-Record of 10 August 1939 indicates that Charles MacKay, 63, of Dominion No. 1 died that morning. He was survived by his wife, two daughters, Rosie (Mrs. Alex Munroe) and Dolly (Mrs. Joseph Reid), both of Dominion, one son Gilbert, two brothers, Earle and Robert MacKay of Dominion, and three sisters, Mrs. Albert Snow, Dominion, Mrs. Joseph Lewis of Ball's Creek, and Etta Blair of Boston.

Contradicting the statement that Charles was survived by his wife is an obituary for Mrs. Charles McKay from the same newspaper of 15 October 1935, listing the same children as above. Her father, William Boutilier, had died in a fire at Wadden's Cove the previous year at the age of almost 100. Among the survivors is a sister, Mrs. Robert Boutilier of Sydney Mines, whose first husband was Lawrence MacKay.

Marriage records of Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney Mines, show the following marriages:

On 22 December 1942, Raymond Earl Fleet, 23, of Halifax (s/o Reuben and Kathleen Fleet of Montreal), married Eleanor Mae Boutilier, 20 d/o George Henry and Anna Florence Boutilier.

On 5 November 1949, James Preston Parks, 26, of North Sydney, s/o William and Lorna (?), married Shirley Elva Boutilier, 19, d/o Henry and Anna.

On 6 March 1953, Nelson Jenkins, 19, of North Sydney, s/o Mark and Mary, married Alda Muriel Boutilier, 19, d/o Henry and Anna.

[However, the last two marriages both apparently ended by divorce. Obituaries from the Chronicle-Herald of 25 August 1984 for Nelson Jenkins, 50, of Toronto and of 12 June 1989 for James Preston Parks, 65, of North Sydney indicate that each was married to a different woman by the time of his death, and that neither was predeceased by a first wife. Children are named in both obituaries, but it is unclear who was the mother of those children in either case.]

Baptism records of Trinity Anglican also show that, on 16 May 1943, the following two children were baptised:
Richard Garland Boutilier, b. 19 May 1941, s/o Eleanor Mae Boutilier
Murray Bernard Fleet, b. 24 February 1943, s/o Raymond Earl Fleet & Eleanor Mae Fleet

In addition, those same records show the baptism on 14 May 1942 of twin girls, Joan and June, both 10 May to Alexander McKenzie, soldier, and Dora May McKay.

An obituary from the Post-Record of 16 August 1943 indicates that Mrs. Robert Boutilier, whose first husband was Lawrence McKay, died the previous day. She was survived by five daughters (Mrs. Charles Miles of Dominion No. 1, Mrs. Harry Yates of Passchendaele, Mrs. Thomas Anderson of Dominion No. 1, Mrs. Henry Boutilier and Mrs. Garfield Jones of Sydney Mines) and three sons (Murray and Bernard of Sydney Mines, and Pte. Sidney, serving overseas). Two sisters and four brothers also survived. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery, Shore Road. Her second husband, Robert Boutilier, had died on 13 July of the same year, but his obituary yields no additional information.

An obituary from the Post-Record of 5 August 1944 indicates that Private William Snow, 27, had been killed in action in France. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Snow of Dominion. (His mother was Daisy McKay, daughter of William McKay and Anna Grant.) He was survived by his wife, the former Sarah E. Skiffington of Donkin, and a daughter Phyllis. Besides his parents, he was survived by sisters Alma and Myrtle at home, and Mrs. Donald MacLeod of Glace Bay, and brothers Roy and Lloyd at home, and Freddie, also in the armed forces. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website indicates that his date of death was 14 July, and that he is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, France.

A front page story from the Post of 19 December 1944 indicates that Earl MacKay, 56, born in Ball's Creek, previously resident in Dominion, now of Connaught Ave., Glace Bay, was one of three miners killed in an accident in Dominion 1-B Colliery involving a runaway "rake". He was survived by his wife, a son Raymond (then a prisoner of war in Germany), and four daughters: Violet in California, Audrey (with the RCAF in British Columbia), Mrs. Ray Bennett in Ottawa, and Shirley in New Brunswick. [The last named had been married to Hugh Frederick Purdy of St. Stephen the previous year.] On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives give his death as 58, his address as 70 Connaught Ave., and informant as Mrs. Ray Bennett, daughter, of the same address. [Earl MacKay joins Arthur Grant, Arthur Boutilier, William Andrews, Wilfred Andrews, Rod Ferguson and Malcolm Stewart as members of this family tree or spouses of members all killed in mining accidents.]

[An obituary from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald of 8 September 1992 indicates that Katie Ann McKay, 100, had died in Toronto. She is buried in Centreville Cemetery beside Earl, above. No further information is contained in the obituary.]

An obituary from the Post-Record of 14 August 1946 indicated that George Henry Boutilier, 47, of Sydney Mines had died on 12 August. He was survived by his wife (the former Annie Florence McKay, see above); sons Arnold, Bernard, Albert, Lawrence, Richard and Ronald; daughters Eleanor (Mrs. R. Fleet), Shirley and Olga. He had been in failing health since his period of war service. Butial was in Trinity Cemetery.

Marriage records of the (Anglican) Church of the Good Shepherd, Dominion, show the following marriages:

Ellsworth Irving Clements, 21, Glace Bay, son of Charles Robert Clements and Lilly Kennedy, to Anna Jeanette Munroe, 21, daughter of Alex Munroe and Rosella McKay on 26 June 1945.

Clayton Ivan Reid, 18, son of George Lewis Reid and Charlotte MacKay, to Deborah Littlewood, 18, daughter of Gertrude Littlewood of New Waterford on 29 May 1948.

Victor Rupert Rudderham, 23, of Westmount, son of Charles Rudderham and Dorothy Hunt (?), to Betty Alice Lewis, 19, Pt. Edward, daughter of Cecil Lewis and Lily Frances McKay on 7 January 1950.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 5 January 1960 indicates that Mrs. Harry Yates, 47, had died the previous afternoon after a lengthy illness. She had resided in Passchendaele for 35 years. She was survived by her husband, six sons (Ronnie, Reserve St., of the Glace Police; Henry, Black Harbour, NB; David, Peel St.; Garfield, Kentville; Charles and Robert, at home), and seven daughters (Evelyn [Mrs. Pat Saunders, Woodstock, NB], Doreen [Mrs. Leo Favaro, Donkin], Mabel [Mrs. Henry MacDonald, Reserve St.], Thelma [Mrs. Bert Hurley}, and Sandra, Carol Anne and Drucilla, at home). She was also survived by sisters Mrs. Mabel Jones of Sydney Mines, Mrs. Mayme Myles of Dominion, and Florence of Toronto, and by brothers Sidney, Murray and Bernard MacKay, the last of Connaught Avenue. There were 15 grandchildren. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery. [Her headstone gives her year of birth as 1908.]

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 11 November 1968 indicates that Sidney Seward McKay, 58, of Halifax died the previous day. He was the son of the late Lawrence and Sarah McKay of Dominion. He was survived by his wife Elizabeth; three daughters, Mrs. Beverley Dagenais of Dartmouth, Mrs. Gordon Campbell of Halifax and Mrs. Donald Howe of Dartmouth; two sons, Lawrence of Toronto and Nelson of Glace Bay; three sisters, Mabel Jones of Sydney Mines, Mamie Miles of Dominion and Florence Sickle of Toronto; one brother, Bernard of Toronto; and 16 grandchildren.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 5 March 1980 indicates that Harry Yates, 74, formerly resident in Glace Bay, had died in Scarborough the previous day. He had moved to Ontario on retirement in 1964. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Annie MacKay, of Dominion. The six sons are as listed above, except that all but David reside in Ontario. Surviving daughters were Evelyn (Mrs. Pat Saunders of NB), Doreen (Mrs. Leo Favero of Detroit), Mabel (Mrs. Tom Quigley of Ontario), Thelma (Mrs. Everett McGarrigle of Ontario), Sandra (Mrs. Jim Glover of Ontario), and Carol Ann (Mrs. Joseph Peters of Ontario). He was predeceased by a daughter (apparently Drucilla) in 1968.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 15 May 1982 indicates that William Robert (Bill Jack) Boutilier of Gardiner Mines died on 14 May. He was the son of the late Mr. & Mrs. John Boutilier. He was survived by his wife Marcella; a son Charles, of Gardiner; a brother Charles, of River Ryan; and a sister Millie (Mrs. Fred MacKenzie of New Waterford). He was predeceased by a daughter Charlotte, by two brothers and by seven stepsisters. (His wife Marcella, daughter of William Boutilier and Minnie Snow, died at 90 on 18 March 1995, according to an obit in the Chronicle-Herald of 20 March. The information is the same as above.)

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 24 February 1984 indicates that Charlotte "Dolly" Reid, 78, of Dominion, died the previous day. She was a daughter of Charles and Susan (Boutilier) McKay and a widow of the late George Joe Reid. She was survived by sons Lawrence of Reserve Mines, and Charles, Alvin and Bradley, all of Dominion; daughters Corinne (Mrs. Ephraim Tutty) of Dominion, Arlene (Mrs. Clarence MacKinnon) of Toronto and Murdena (Mrs. John Young) of Germany; 27 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son Clayton; a sister, Rosie Munroe; and a brother Gilbert MacKay. Burial in the Centreville Cemetery.

An obituary, apparently from the Coastal Courier, indicates that Mrs. Viola May Brewer, 81, of Sterling Road, Glace Bay, died on 4 July 1985. She was survived by daughters Mary (Mrs. John MacDonald of Toronto), Vangeline (Mrs. Angus Chiasson of London, Ontario), Evelyn (Mrs. John Zillman of Sydney), and Shirley (Mrs. Roy MacMullin) with whom she resided; sons George of Gardiner Mines, James of New Aberdeen, and Graham of Dominion. [She was the daughter of Price McKay.]

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 9 March 1987 indicates that Albert H. Boutilier, 59, of Sydney Mines died on 7 March in Halifax. He was the son of the late Henry Boutilier and Florence MacKay. He was survived by his wife, the former Mary Ann Steele, a sister Alda (Mrs. Tom Edwards of Toronto), and three brothers, Arnold, Lawrence and Ronald, all of Toronto. He was predeceased by two sisters, Eleanor and Shirley, and a brother Bernard. Burial was in Brookside Cemetery.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 2 September 1987 indicates that Lillie Francis Lewis, 85, had died in Dartmouth on 31 August. According to the obit, she was born in England and was the daughter of David MacKay and Jane Price. [This is at variance with information obtained from the records of St. Mary's Anglican Church, as noted earlier.] She was a resident of New Waterford for most of her life. She was survived by a daughter, Betty Rudderham of Dartmouth; two sons, P. Campbell of Cambridge and Cecil of Kingston; two sisters, Muriel Rudderham and Pauline Cowley, both of Sydney; four brothers, Edward, David and George, all of New Waterford, and Richard of Florida; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Cecil, a son Richard, a grandson, two sisters, Janet and Maggie. Burial was in St. John's Anglican Cemetery, Point Edward. [An index of obituaries from the Chronicle-Herald indicates that an obituary for Cecil Lewis of Dartmouth was published on 27 November 1979, but the relevant page is missing from microfilm of the newspaper.]

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 25 March 1991 indicates that Lorne Reid, 37, of Dominion died on 23 March, apparently of cancer. He was the son of Charles "Sonny" Reid and Mary Crowdis. He was survived by his parents; his wife, the former Shino Shimpo; brothers Lexter of Toronto, Vernon of Glace Bay, Garth of Cheticamp and Joseph of Dominion; and maternal grandmother Catherine Crowdis of Glace Bay. Burial in Forest Haven.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 18 May 1993 indicates that George Edward (Tud) Brewer, 70, of Glace Bay and formerly of Dominion, had died on the previous day. He was a son of the late Michael Brewer and Viola MacKay, and so a grandson of Price MacKay. He was survived by his wife, the former Betty Timmons; sons Reggie of Halifax, Sheldon and Paul, both of Gardiner Mines; Carl of New Waterford, Joseph and Gerard, both of Ontario; daughters Rosalie Gouthro and Margie Lynn Xerri, both of Glace Bay, Betty Lou Reid, Brenda Burthon, Debbie Boland and Geraldine Begin, all of Ontario; 28 grandchildren; sisters Mae MacDonald and Evalgeline Chiasson, both of ontario, Evelyn Zillman of Sydney, Lillian Burgess and Shirley McMullin, both of Glace Bay; and brothers James of Glace Bay and Graham of Dominion. He was predeceased by a brother Mike and a sister Kaye. Funeral was from Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic) Church, Dominion, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, Dominion.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 1 March 1995 indicates that Anna Jeanette Clements, 71, of Glace Bay had died on 28 February. She was the daughter of the late Alexander Munroe and Rosella McKay, and so a granddaughter of Charles MacKay. She was survived by sons Gurney and Randy of Dominion; Reggie, Glace Bay; Kevin, Dartmouth; and Darren (Dee) at home; daughters, Donelda (Mrs. Orson MacLellan) of Glace Bay, and Wanda, at home; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her husband Ellsworth Clements; son Alexander; brother Gilbert; and sister Jessie, in infancy. Service was at Christ Anglican Church, South Head, with burial in the parish cemetery.

One week later, an obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 8 March 1995 indicates that Evelyn Theresa Zillman, 68, of Sydney had died on 6 March. She was a daughter of the late Michael Brewer and Viola McKay, and so a granddaughter of Price McKay. She was survived by daughters Joan MacPhee of Sydney, Helen Hirtle of Annapolis County, Barbara Shaw of Margaree and Sandra Landry of South Bar; sons Bryan of Sydney, David of Margaree, Shawn of Gardiner Mines; 15 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; sisters Mae MacDonald of Toronto, Vangie Chiasson of Ontario, Lilly Burgess and Shirley MacMullin of Glace Bay; and brothers James of Glace Bay and Graham of Dominion. She was predeceased by her husband John Richard Zillman, sister Kay Brewer, and brothers George and Michael. Burial was in Forest Haven.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 12 November 1997 indicates that Charles (Sonny) Reid, 71, of Duggan Street, Dominion, had died on 10 November. He was a son of Joseph Reid and Charlotte MacKay, and hence a grandson of Charles MacKay. He was the operator of Sonny's Pizza in Glace Bay. He was survived by his wife, the former Mary Catherine Crowdis; sons Lexter, Vernon, Garth and Joe, of Dominion; a grandson; brothers Alvin of Dominion, Lawrence of Reserve Mines; sisters Corrine (Mrs. Ephrian Tutty) of Dominion, Arlene MacKinnon of Mississauga, and Murdina (Mrs. Jack Young) of New Brunswick. He was predeceased by a son Lorne and a brother Clayton.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 6 March 1998 indicates that Anne Myrtle Snow, 75, of Dominion died on 4 March. She was the daughter of Albert Snow and Daisy McKay. She was survived by a daughter Lorraine (Mrs. Peter Lever) of Dominion; brothers Lloyd of Reserve, Fred of Toronto; sister Violet (Mrs. Donald MacLeod) of Glace Bay; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister Alma MacLeod, and by brothers William and Roy. [As noted above, William was killed in WWII.]

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 29 May 2004 indicates that Lawrence William Reid, 72, of Glace Bay died on 26 May. Born in Dominion, he was the son of the late George Reid and Charlotte MacKay. He was a former employee of Canada Post. He was survived by daughters Gwen and Karen Reid, both of Toronto; companion Carol Morgan; sisters Corrine (Effie) Tutty and Murdena (Mrs. Jackie Young), as well as by sisters-in-law Mary and Rosemary and three grandchildren, Tara, Katherine and Bethany, all of Toronto. He was predeceased by sister Arlene MacKinnon, and brothers Sonny, Alvin and Clayton. Interment was in Centreville Cemetery.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 6 September 2005 indicates that Violet Gladys MacLeod, 87, 46 Sterling Rd., Glace Bay, formerly of Wesley Street, Bridgeport, died on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005. Born in Dominion, Violet was the daughter of the late Albert and Daisy (MacKay) Snow. She was an adherent of Warden United Church. Violet was survived by her husband, Donald; children, Ann (Kevin) Strong, Glace Bay, Nelson, Kingston, Ont., Allister (Maureen), Glace Bay, Stewart (Jo-Ann), Fort McMurray, Alta.; grandchildren,Arlene and Heather Strong, Glace Bay, Sean (Karen), Oromocto, N.B., Shealene (Joey) Barrett, GlaceBay, Don (Kim) MacLeod, Pembroke, Ont., Dianna (Ross) Dafoe, Belleville, Ont., Crystal (Mathew) Doyle, Halifax, Shelise (Peter) Morgan, Halifax. Also 11 great-grandchildren. She was also survived by her brothers, Freddie, Barrie, Ont., and Lloyd (Vangie) Snow, Reserve, as well as many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Violet was predeceased by brothers, William (Babe Willie), Roy; sisters, Alma, Myrtle, Emma; daughter-in-law, Judy and grandson, Donald Fraser MacLeod. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 23 November 2009 indicates that Lillian Frances Burgess (nee Brewer), 1929 - 2009, of Glace Bay passed away peacefully at the Glace Bay Health Care Facility on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, fter a brief illness. Born in Dominion, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Viola (MacKay) Brewer. Surviving are her daughter, Linda (Bill), London, Ont.; her son, Ron (Beth), Lucan, Ont.; sister, Shirley (Roy) McMullin, Glace Bay; and brother, Graham (Rachael) Brewer, Dominion; her loving granddaughters, Alison and Miriam. Also left to mourn are her dearest friends, Jean Gillis and brother in-law, Roy McMullin; special nephew, Georgie Brewer as well as her nieces, nephews and many great friends. Besides her parents, Lil was predeceased by her husband Arthur, sisters, Evangeline, May, Kay, and Evelyn, brothers, Michael, George and Jimmy. Cremation took place under the direction of Mclellan Brothers Funeral Home.

A note included for the purposes of exclusion: A brief obituary from the Post-Record of 12 October 1936 indicates that Joseph Albert Snow, 21, had died as the result of an accident in No. 1-B Colliery. His parents are not named, nor are any other details provided regarding his family. However, the death certificate now available on-line indicates that he was the son of Albert Snow and Mary O'Brien, both born Newfoundland, and not of Albert Snow and Daisy McKay.


Death of a descendant of Henry Grant and Susan Stacey

Descendants of the above named couple were detailed in Part IV. An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 12 July 2004 indicated that Ruth V. CROSSAN (Grant), 78, Grant's Road, Ball's Creek, passed away on July 11, 2004, in Northside General Hospital, after a lengthy illness. Born in Ball's Creek, Ruth was a daughter of the late Hilton and Jenny (Campbell) Grant. She was a long-time resident of the Creek, having returned from Montreal in 1966. She was predeceased by her loving companion, John Dagenais and brother, Allister Grant. Surviving are her brother, Arthur (Dups), Ball's Creek; sons, Leslie, Ball's Creek; Wayne (Rosalie), Oxford; daughter, Shirley Brown, Lunenburg; and two stepchildren, as well as "many" grand and great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Funeral was held from Dooley's Funeral Home, North Sydney. Place of burial was not indicated.

Death of Everett Grant, son of father of same name

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of Tuesday, 12 September 1979, indicates that Everett Grant, 42, of 42 MacLeod St., Sydney, died the previous day at St. Rita's Hospital. He was the son of Everett Grant and Felina Buchanan. He was survived by his parents; his wife, the former Marilyn Boutilier; daughter Wanda; sons Everett and Darryl, all at home; sisters Rhoda (Mrs. Cecil Brufatto), Mary Ellen (Mrs. Allan Chant) and Bernice (Mrs. Angus Stewart), all of Glace Bay; and one brother, William, also of Glace Bay. Burial was in St. Luke's Anglican Cemetery, Port Caledonia. [The death of his brother William was reported in Part VIII.]

Further to the Peters connection

In the 1911 census, Richard Peters, son of James Peters and Mary Ann Logue appears married to Lucie Peters, born August 1891 in England. No record of the marriage can be found in the on-line database at the Nova Scotia Archives. The couple had no children at that time. After Richard's accidental death in 1913 (see Part VIII), his wife remarried. On 20 August 1915, Angus McNeil, 38, policeman, born Iona, married Lucie Caldwell Peters, 34, born Enfield-in-Sunrise (?), England, daughter of John Caldwell and Catherine Coxson, in a Catholic ceremony at Sydney. Witnesses were Lawrence Morrison and Maude MacLellan (?). She died on 14 June 1952, and is buried in Hardwood Hill. (Her second husband died 8 November 1934, and is buried in Iona.)

Also in the 1911 census, James Peters, son of James and Mary Ann, is shown aged 48 with wife Johanna, 38; Mary, 21; Emelene, 15; James, 14; Frances, 7; Tillie, 5; and John, 3. All have surname Peters, so it appears that Mary was now adopted. John McNeile, stepson, listed in the 1901 census, does not appear.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that Rufus Foote, husband of Frances Peters, died 4 November 1949 and was buried in Hardwood Hill. Informant was his brother, Robin Foote.

The following obituary, somewhat abridged, appeared in the 11 October 2003 edition of the Cape Breton Post. The deceased is the widow of John Charles Peters, who died in 1981 and whose obituary is summarized in Part VIII:

Pauline Evelyn Peters, 88, Westmount -

Pauline Evelyn Peters, 88, of Applecross Drive, Westmount, passed away at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney, Friday, Oct. 10, 2003. Born in Sydney, she was a daughter of the late Harris and Maude (Andrews) Palmer. She was a member of St. John's Anglican Parish, Mira Road. She was a well-known musician and was organist at St. John's Church for a number of years. She is survived by three daughters, Carmelita (Wen) Daisley, Halifax, Mary Lee (Brad) MacLeod, Sydney, and Larkell (Tom) Bradley, Ontario; four sons, Michael (Florence) MacDonald, Sydney, Edward (Georgie) MacDonald, Westmount, with whom she resided, John Peters, Oshawa, and Barry Peters, Toronto; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are three sisters, and a brother. Pauline was predeceased by her first husband, Allan MacDonald, second husband, John Peters, four sisters, and a brother. Funeral service in St. John's Anglican Church, Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Rev. Glen Kent officiating. Interment in Hardwood Hill Cemetery.

Note that, of the sons and daughters listed above, only John and Barry Peters were the children of John Charles Peters.

An obituary in the Cape Breton Post of 24 January 2009 indicates that Alice Josephine Peters, widow of the late Robert A. "Barney" Peters had died on 22 January at the age of 84. She was the daughter of Joseph L. MacGillivary and Gertrude Jackson of Gabarus. Her mother was from Birmingham, England, and had landed as a child at Pier 21 in Halifax. She was survived by four daughters, Ann (Harvey) Stone, Alison Locke (Glenn) and Brenda Carson (Jerry), all of Mira Road, and Judy MacLellan (Pat) of East Bay; five sons, Fred (Evelyn), Tom (Debbie), Gordon (Phyllis), and George (Sheila), all of Mira Road, and Terry (Debbie) of Hillside Road. She was also survived by 26 grandchildren, and 32 great-grandchildren, as well as sisters-in-law Gertrude "Girlie" MacKenzie and Florence "Sis" Crooks, Halifax. She was predeceased by her husband (in 1992, detailed in Part VIII), two sisters and two brothers, and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Interment in Hardwood Hill.

Deaths of Descendants of James Boutilier and Udvilla Grant

An obituary in the Post-Record of 16 January 1941 indicated that Charles Boutilier, son of James Boutilier and Udvilla Grant, died in North Branch, Michigan. He was survived by sisters Mrs. Howard Murrant of New Waterford, and Mrs. Bradley and Mrs. Burke in the US; brothers Louis and Robert of New Waterford, and Wilson in the US.

In Part IV, it was mentioned that Emma Jane Boutilier married Howard Murrant, and among their children was John Howard (b. 31 May 1914), A report from the Post - Record of 14 September 1944 indicates that Private John Howard Murrant, age 28, with the Cape Breton Highlanders had been killed in action on 5 September. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission indicates that he is buried in the Coriano Ridge War Cemetery near Rimini, Italy. He was survived by his wife, Bridget; one son, John, Jr.; sister Anna (Mrs. Wilfred MacNeil); and five brothers, Cecil, Edgar, Melwin, Murray and Carl, all of New Waterford.

An obituary in the Cape Breton Post of 16 June 2007 indicates that Mildred Fay Hill, daughter of Louis Boutilier and Sarah Phillips had died on 14 June at the age of 68. She was survived by her husband Raymond of New Victoria; son Raymond, also of New Victoria; stepbrother David Hartigan of Sackville; as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Louis Raymond, in infancy; sisters Rita Peddle and Dorothy Hartigan; brothers Clayton, Louis, Wilson, and Gordon; and stepbrother Donald Hartigan. Burial site was not declared.

An obituary in the Cape Breton Post of 17 January 2009 indicates that Beverly Jane Shupe died on 14 January at the age of 65. She was the daughter of John "Buck" Boutilier and Gladys MacPherson. She was survived by daughters Michelle Shupe (Duncan) and Karren Hannem (Aaron), both of Manitoba; sister Sheila Cashin (Tom) of Dartmouth; and six grandchildren, Alyssa, Kaitlyn, Matthew, Jordan, Samantha and Jacob. She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Shupe, and a son, Steven Lloyd, in infancy. Interment is in Union Grove Cemetery, Scotchtown.

A little more on descendants of John Woods and Alice Grant

An item from the Sydney Post of 30 October 1917 describes the wedding of Charles Woods of Glace Bay to Miss Susan Curry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Curry of Port Morien at the Roman Catholic church in the latter community on 23 October. Michael Kennedy "supported the groom". The couple planned to reside in Glace Bay. In the 1901 census, Susan Curry appears as the daughter of Patrick and Ellen Curry and her birthdate is given as 26 June 1889. Charles Wood (sic) appears as the son of John and Elizabeth Wood of Port Morien, born 5 April 1876, and Michael Kennedy is resident in the same household, shown as a grandson of John and hence a nephew of Charles.

Through the kind help of Lou M. King, the following family was located in the 1920 US census at 15 Heathcote St., Boston, Massachusetts:

Robert M. Otis, head, 45, b. MA, parents b. ME, Mechanical Engineer - Machine shop
Sadie, wife, 42, b. Nova Scotia, father b. Sweden, mother b. Nova Scotia, Mailing Clerk - Publishing House
Muriel, daughter, 17, attends school, b. MA

While the stated age of Sadie Otis is slightly discrepant, there is little doubt this is the daughter of Nils Quist and Sarah Jane Woods.

A web page which was no longer available as of June 2006 (homepages.rootsweb.com/~dasisson/richard/aqwg185.htm) provided the following further information on Muriel Otis, above:
6664. Jerome Crane SISSON (Charles Hamilton , George Wing , James , Nathaniel , William , Jonathan , James , Richard ) was born 15 Oct
1898 in Tupper Lake, Franklin Co., New York. He died 17 Apr 1990 in Chestnut Hill, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.

Jerome Crane Sisson had degrees from Clarkson College, Potsdam, New York, and from Boston University. He was a mathematics and science teacher, a Christian Scientist, Mason, and active in scouting. At some time he and his family lived in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Source: "The Owl," Fall 1990, pp 4832-3; Jerome's obituary.

Jerome married (1) Muriel OTIS on 15 Aug 1926. Muriel was born 12 May 1902. She died 29 Apr 1933. The web page went on to assert that Jerome Sisson had a second marriage, that his second wife was still alive at that time (about 2004) and that they had three living children. However, it does not appear that Muriel Otis was the mother of any children, and that this line had died out with Sarah's death in 1963.

In addition, the following group was located at 26 Littell Rd., Brookline, MA at the time of the 1920 census:

Elizabeth M. Blackburn? Blackbury?, head, 53, single, immigrated 1867, Na 1891, b. England, parents b. England
James E. Greensmith, boarder, 53, single, Immigrated 1880? or 1883?, Na. ????, b. England, parents b. England, Mechanical
Engineer - Machine Shop
Reginald S. Roussel, boarder, 29, b. NY. father NJ, mother NY, Sales Manager - ???? Manufacturer
Helene Roussel, boarder, 25, b. NY, parents b. NY

While the other young Quist women could not be found in the 1920 census, the Greensmith individual listed above appears to be the person who eventually married Sarah's sister Anna P. The similarity in occupation between Robert Otis and James Greensmith may be significant.

An obituary from the Cape Breton Post of 22 November 2008 indicates that, on 19 November, Mary E. (Kennedy) Warren Michalik had died. She was the daughter of the late Robert Kennedy and Agnes Madiera Woods. She was survived by daughters Theresa Southwell (Michael) of MacAskill's Brook, Hazel MacIntyre (late Danny) of Sydney, Lorraine MacIntyre (Angus) of Toronto, and Frances MacNeil (late Michael) of Glace Bay, and by sons Hector (Edna) of Birch Grove, Robert of Toronto, Roy (Diane) of Sudbury, Thomas (Louise) of Birch Grove, and William (Donna) of Pickerington (sic), as well as by five stepchildren (Walter, Stanley, Angela, Martha and Mary), 38 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her (third) husband Stanley Michalik, first husband Charles Nolan in 1934, daughter Charlene, a son in infancy, grandson Jamie, and brothers Roy and Francis. Burial in Forest Haven.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that Charles Alexander Nolan, son of William Nolan and Margaret McLean, 23, miner, of Glace Bay, married Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, 19, of Port Morien, daughter of Robert Kennedy and Agnes Woods on 19 August 1930 at Port Morien. Witnesses were Gus McDonald and Marjorie Currie, and the Catholic ceremony was performed by Rev. Joseph B. Nearing.

A front page story from the Sydney Post of Saturday, 28 July 1934, indicated that the body of Charles Nolan had been recovered from the waters off Glace Bay that day. He had been missing for three days after a fishing boat capsized. He was a resident of 17 Yorke St., and was survived by his wife and two little girls.

The identity of her second husband, surname Warren, is not yet known.

The (double) MacLean connection

As mentioned in Part VIII, Hugh MacLean married Olive Elizabeth Grant, daughter of William Grant and Martha Rankin, and the marriage dates of five of their children are provided from records of Knox United Church, Glace Bay. Further research was conducted by the author's maternal uncle, Fraser MacDonald, in several family bibles and other sources. Most of the following information is derived from his handwritten notes.

On 26 June 1918, Donald John (Danny) MacLean (25 February 1891 - 22 February 1969), son of Laughlin MacLean (b. Sydney Mines) and Emma Wadden, married Edith Anita Grant 23 December 1890 - 28 December 1984), daughter of William Grant and Martha Rankin. (This information cannot be confirmed from the Nova Scotia Archives.)

On 20 October 1920, at Knox Manse, Glace Bay (then Presbyterian), Hugh Lonzo MacLean, 26, born Glace Bay, also a son of Laughlin MacLean (b. Sydney Mines) and Emma Wadden, married Olive Elizabeth Grant, 22, of Glace Bay, daughter of William Grant (b. Port Morien) and Martha Rankin. Witnesses were Mrs. Dan MacLean and Emily D. MacLeod. (This has been confirmed from records at the Nova Scotia Archives, except that the second witness is given as Earnest D. McLeod.)

Children of Donald John MacLean and Edith Grant:
1. Grant (10 June 1919 - 15 March 1993), m. Christena Myrtle MacLeod (24 August 1920 - 7 December 1990) on 16 September 1940
2. Roy (5 January 1921 - 29 January 1944), unmarried, killed over Germany while serving with the RCAF, buried in the Berlin War Cemetery
3. Donald John (b. 30 March 1922), m. Suzanne Sommerville (b. 4 June 1931) in NB on 29 December 1953; res. Toronto.
4. Dorothy Jean (b. 15 November 1924), m. (John) Fraser MacDonald [son of James J. MacDonald and Margaret Flora Nicholson, brother of the author's mother Hughena MacDonald] on 25 March 1948.

Children of Hugh Lonzo MacLean and Olive Grant:
1. Mildred Grant (b. 14 May 1922), m. Wallace Crosby [see Part VIII]
2. Ethel Beryl (b. 14 March 1924), m. Keith Teskey [see Part VIII]
3. Everette Hugh (b. 19 January 1926, d. 1999), m. Ann Debrie
4. Lorne William (b. 21 February 1928), m. Elsie Czerwonka
5. Muriel (b. 14 April 1929), m. Donald MacLaughlin (d. 1999) [see Part VIII]
6. Gertrude Vivian (3 March - 24 July 1931)
7. Dorothy Ruth (b. 1 October 1934), m. Ralph Peters [see Part VIII]
8. Mary Elaine (b. 31 January 1937), m. Chester Smith
9. Arthur Laughlin (20 December 1938 - 2 October 1942)
10. Donald Winston (b. 4 October 1940), m. Judity MacKenzie [see Part VIII]

Second Generation:

Children of Grant and Christena MacLean:
1. Grant Eldridge (b. 4 June 1942), m. Carol Ann Wilneff (b. 30 December 1942) on 5 May 1962
2. Allister Lawrence (b. 3 March 1950), m. Linda Power (b. 27 June 1948) on 12 December 1970
3. Donald Fraser (b. 11 January 1947), m. Cheryl Tutty (b. 21 February 1956) on 17 August 1979.

Children of Donald John and Suzanne MacLean:
1. Heather Janice (b. 8 January 1955), m. James Appleton (b. 12 September 1953) on 11 June 1977.
2. Margaret Ann (b. 3 May 1957), m. Stephen Smith (b. 1 November 1955) on 29 December 1985
3. Allison Dawn (b. 26 September 1970), m. Stewart Fletcher Morrison on 7 October 1995

Children of Fraser MacDonald and Jean MacLean:
1. David Roy (b. 1949), m. Elizabeth Wasylicia, 1970 (Sons Gregory, b. 1975, and Daniel, b. 1978)
2. James Fraser (b. 1950), m. Anne Jamieson, 1979
3. Robert Glenn, b. 1957

On - line records from the Nova Scotia Archives indicate that Gertrude Vivian MacLean, daughter of Hugh Alonzo MacLean and Olive Grant, was born on 3 March 1931 and died on 26 July 1931. Informant was the father, and burial was in Greenwood Cemetery.
An obituary in the Cape Breton Post of 15 September 2009 indicates that Ruth Peters, born Oct. 1, 1934, daughter of the late Olive (Grant) and Hugh MacLean of Glace Bay, passed away in the early morning hours of Sept. 14, 2009, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Ruth was an active member of Knox United Church throughout her life. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Ralph. Surviving sisters include, Mildred Crosby, Dartmouth; Beryl Tesky, Niagara Falls; Muriel McLaughlin, Fredericton; Mary Smith (Chester), Broad Cove, Lunenburg County and Dartmouth. Her surviving brother, Donald (Judy) lives in Courtice, Ont. Surviving sisters-in-law are Eleanor Bryden, Grand Lake Road, and Betty Lawrence (Bill), Glace Bay. Ruth was predeceased by brothers, Everett, Lorne and Arthur and by a sister, Gertrude in infancy and sister-in-law, Jenny Ruth, Halifax. Interment at Forest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Further to Helen Rudderham Dickson

The marriage of Helen Rudderham, daughter of William Edward Rudderham and Margaret Tutty, to William Dickson in 1885 was noted in Part VII. No data on the death of Helen Rudderham Dickson has been located, but it must be assumed that she died at about the time of the birth of her daughter Mary in 1886. The 1911 census of Ball's Creek shows William P. Dixon, widower, born October 1824, age 76 (sic) residing with daughter Mary, born November 1883.

Records of the Rudderham Funeral Home show that William Dickson, 84, died at Pt. Edward on 29 January 1918, and was buried at Pt. Edward.

On-line records from the Nova Scotia Archives show that, on 4 November 1918, at St. Alban's Anglican Church in Sydney, Mary West, 26 (sic), resident of Sydney, born in Edwardsville, daughter of William and Helen Rudderham (both deceased), married David West, 28, steelworker, born NF, son of William and Bridget. Witnesses were Abel Dean and William House, with ceremony conducted by Rev. Francis Sanderson.

An obituary from the Sydney Post - Record of 11 January 1955 indicates that Mary (Mamie) West, daughter of William and Helen Dixon of Pt. Edward, resident of 210 Smith St., Buffalo, NY, had died on 31 December 1954. Age was unstated. She was survived by her husband David West, and three daughters, Mrs. T. Maesecrist of Longport NY, Mrs. Fred Maedle of Tonawanda NY, and Miss Veronica West at home. Burial was in Mt. Calvary cemetery. [Spellings of last names are from the newspaper; the Social Security Death Index has not been able to locate any individuals with the first two names listed.]

The Durning / Durney connection

Once again, serendipity has struck. While looking for something else, I noticed that, in the 1901 census of North Sydney, a single woman named Udivilla Durney was living with Hugh and Margaret Gillis, listed as "sister - in - law". I then looked up the death certificate for this woman, and found that she died on 25 July 1926, aged about 80, birth date given as 1840, and that her parents were John Durney (b. Ireland) and Ann Grant (b. NS). Her sister Margaret Gillis died on 24 October 1927, aged about 77, and she was declared the daughter of Durney (b. North of Ireland) and Grant (b. Leitches Creek). Upon examining the known information about women of that surname born in that area in the early nineteenth century, it becomes high probable that their mother was Ann Musgrave Grant, born and baptised in 1813, about whom no further information appears in Elva Jackson's card catalogue. Records of St. George's Anglican Church in Sydney show a marriage of John Durning to Ann Grant on 24 October 1839, but no further information is provided regarding the age or parents of the bride and groom. (This marriage is also listed on p. 21 of the volume by Lark Szick mentioned above.)

Records of Calvary Baptist Church in North Sydney indicate that John Durney joined that congregation on 7 April 1844, during a period when many members of the Grant family were doing the same. However, no record exists of Ann Musgrave Grant having joined that congregation.

The 1871 census of North Sydney (District 2 of Sydney Mines) shows the following family:


Durney John M 56 Ireland M Baptist
Durney Margaret F 40 NS M RC
Durney Enderella F 20 NS Baptist
Durney Margaret F 18 NS Baptist
Durney John James M 9 NS Baptist
Durney Bridget F 7 NS RC
Durney Dennis M 4 NS RC


Marriage records of Halifax County show that, on 7 January 1873, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Dartmouth, Henry Durney, 29, iron moulder, born NS, son of John and Ann, married Charlotte Greene, 23, daughter of Hugh and Margaret. Witnesses were John D. Musgrave and Mary A Greene, and the ceremony was performed by Rev. John Woods. {It is unclear whether Henry became Roman Catholic at the time of the marriage, or did so earlier.}

The 1881 census of North Sydney shows the following family:


John DURNEY M Male Irish 65 Ireland Livery Stable Baptist
Margaret DURNEY M Female Scottish 35 Nova Scotia Roman Catholic
John DURNEY Male Irish 19 Nova Scotia Livery Stable Roman Catholic
... DURNEY Female Irish 27 Nova Scotia Baptist
Bridget DURNEY Female Irish 16 Nova Scotia Roman Catholic
Denis DURNEY Male Irish 14 Nova Scotia Roman Catholic
Catharine O'BRIEN Female Irish 40 Nova Scotia Roman Catholic

The unnamed female is almost certainly Udivilla, and the age points to a birth about 1854. Clearly, Margaret is a second wife, and, if the ages are accurate, not the mother of Udivilla. While Margaret would have had to have given birth to John at the age of 16, the religious affiliations suggest that she is indeed the mother of all three of the younger children. As will be evident later, Catherine O'Brien was Margaret's sister.

Similarly, the 1881 census of Dartmouth shows a family consisting of Henry Durney, 34, b. CB, teamster; Charlotte, 30; Hugh, 6. All members of the family are described as "Catholic".

Headstone transcriptions from Lakeside Cemetery, North Sydney, indicate that John Durney died on 10 February 1887 at the age of 81, an age clearly discrepant with that in the 1881 census.

Marriage records of Cape Breton County show that, on 17 February 1890, in a C/E ceremony at Sydney Mines, Hugh Gillis 34, tailor, born East Bay, son of Donald and Jane, married Maggie Durney, 25, b. NS, daughter of John and Anne. Witnesses were Angus McDougall and J. A. Bambrick, while the ceremony was performed by Rev. R. D. Bambrick.

The 1891 census of North Sydney shows the following three families:

p. 55: Hickey, Richard, 27, b. NS, father b. NS, mother b. NF, RC, accountant
Hickey, Bridget, 24, b. NS, father b. Ireland, mother b. NS
Hickey, Mary Regis (?), 2, b. NS, parents b. NS

[The age and pattern of births strongly indicates that Bridget is in fact Bridget Durney, now married to Richard Hickey.]

p. 57: Durney, Margaret, 50, widow, b. NS, father b. Ireland, mother b. Scotland, RC
O'Brien, Catherine, 60, sister, same origins

p. 65: Gillis, Hugh, 37, b. NS, parents b. NS, RC, tailor
Gillis, Margaret, 30, b. NS, father b. Ireland, mother b. NS, Baptist
Durney, Udivall, 35, sister - in - law, b. NS, father b. Ireland, mother b. NS, Baptist (no occupation)


The 1901 census of North Sydney shows the following two families:

265 Gillis Hugh M Head M Jun 10 1846 54
Gillis Maggie F Wife M Aug 12 1860 40
Durney Udivella F Sister-in-law S Dec 14 1852 48
Morash James M Lodger S Nov 24 1877 23

339 Durney Margaret F Head W Dec 25 1840 60
O"Brien Catherine F Sister S Oct 31 1830 70
Durney Dennis M Son S May 6 1870 30

Note the discrepancy in ages between the marriage and the census. (In 1881, Hugh Gillis, tailor, resident in North Sydney, gave his age as 34.)
An obituary in the Sydney Record of 30 January 1903 indicates that Mrs. Margaret Durney died that morning after a long illness. She had been resident in North Sydney for 50 years, and was survived by a son Dennis and "several relatives". Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. {On-line cemetery records give the date of death as 30 January 1902.}
An obituary in the Sydney Record of 2 February 1904 indicates that Dennis Durney died suddenly in Massachusetts on 31 March 1904. He had moved there about a year before. He was survived by sisters Mrs. Hugh Gillis and Miss Durney, both of North Sydney, and brother Hugh Durney of Sydney. The informant was Mr. Richard Hickey, who had departed for Boston to complete funeral arrangements. (See below regarding Richard Hickey.) The obituary stated uncertainty about whether the body would be returned to North Sydney; no evidence has been found that it was, so burial was probably in Boston.
On 15 September 1903, in a Roman Catholic ceremony at Sydney, J. Hugh Durney, 28, clerk, born Dartmouth, son of Henry and Charlotte, married Mary Teresa McNeil, 23, born Parrsboro, resident Sydney, daughter of John A and Mary. Witnesses were R. J. McNeil and Mary Elliott, and ceremony was performed by Rev. D. M. MacAdam.
The 1911 census of Halifax shows the following family:
Durney John H M Head M Mar 1875 35 (9 Princess Place)
Durney Mary F Wife M Dec 1879 31
Durney Harry M Son S Sep 1904 06
Durney Hilda F Daughter S Oct 1907 03
On-line death records indicate that Henry Joseph Durney died in Dartmouth on 18 March 1925 at the age of 82. He was the son of John Durney and Margaret Grant. Informant was Hugh Durney of 9 Cherry St., Halifax, his son. He resided in Halifax for about 54 years.
The same records indicate that Charlotte Durney, 78, widow, born Dartmouth, died on 28 December 1928 of senile debility. She was the daughter of Hugh Green and informant was J. H. Durney, son. Burial was in Dartmouth.
The same records show that Mary Teresa Durney, born 12 December 1880, died on 21 February 1937 of malignant growth on the spinal column. She was born in Parrsboro, daughter of John A. McNeill (b. Cape Breton) and Mary Reddy (b. Halifax). Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. An obituary available on the cemetery's website indicates that she was survived by her husband, one son (Father Harry Durney, St. Mary's Cathedral), one daughter (Hilda - Claire), a foster daughter (Nora), one sister and three brothers. [On - line sources indicate that Harry Durney was a parish priest in Canning and Kentville during the 1960's.]
Hugh Durney, born 15 March 1875, died on 11 February 1950 at his home, 181 Beech St., Halifax. He was a widower, and died of a cerebral accident associated with hypertension. He was the son of Henry Durney and Charlotte Green. Informant was Mrs. Vincent MacDonald, his daughter. Burial was in Mt. Olivet.
An obituary from the Chronicle - Herald of 1 July 1964 indicated that Mr. Justice Vincent C. MacDonald, judge of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court had died that day (Wednesday). He was 67, born in Mulgrave, the son of Archibald and Clara MacDonald. He was a very prominent jurist, member of two royal commissions, clerk of the Nova Scotia Legislature, and Dean of Law at Dalhousie University. His first wife, Emily O'Connor, had died in 1937, and he married Edith Durney in 1938. She survived him, as did five sons, David of Montreal; Peter of Hanover, ON; Paul of Toronto; Brian, of Broken Hill, Australia; and Alan of Halifax; one brother in California; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. (Headstone transcriptions from that cemetery do not include one for this individual or his wife.)
An obituary from the Chronicle - Herald of 24 February 1977 indicated that Msgr. J. Harry Durney, Chaplain of Camp Hill Hospital had died the previous day. He was 72, born in Halifax, the son of John Hugh Durney and Mary MacNeil. He was survived by one sister, Hilda (Mrs. Vincent MacDonald). He was educated at St. Mary's College and HOly Heart Seminary, and ordained in 1929. He served in Kentville from 1941 to 1966, as well as several parishes in Halifax and one in Bermuda. Funeral was from St. Patrick's Church, Halifax.
There is another piece of evidence, however, which is inconsistent with the above. The following headstone transcription is found in St. Joseph's Cemetery, North Sydney, two stones removed from that of Margaret Durney:
Bridget, beloved wife of Richard Hickey, d. 13 March 1882, age 22
The age is close to that of the Bridget Durney who appeared in the 1881 census, but Richard Hickey was still married to a woman named Bridget in 1891. Possibly the date of death should read "1892". There is no trace of the daughter shown in the 1891 census. Richard Hickey was 17 and resident with his parents in the 1881 census, described as "single" in the 1901 census, but a widower both in the 1911 census and when he married Helen Margaret Holland in 1913. He died at 55 in 1918.
In her volume "Jackson Kith & Kin", Elva Jackson lists (p. 86) John Durney as one trustee of a piece of land given by Peter and Ann Musgrave to the Temperance Society in 1865. In Mildred Howard's volumes of extracts from early Cape Breton newspapers, there are several references to the Durney family. In particular, John Durney challenged all comers to race his horse on the ice of the harbour in 1864, and advertised his livery stable on 4 December 1872. Also reported in the 14 November 1883 issue of the North Sydney Herald was a marriage between John Durney of North Sydney and Elizabeth Carey of the same town, conducted by Rev. D. J. MacIntosh, P. P. This was presumably the son of John and Margaret shown as age 19 in the 1881 census. No trace of this marriage can be found in the Nova Scotia marriage records, nor of this couple in any of the 1891, 1901 or 1911 censuses.

A home child in the family

The 1911 census for Ward 2 of Glace Bay, p. 45-6, includes the following family: William Grant (b. October 1845), carpenter; Margaret, b. August 1849; Alexander, b. December 1888, mine labour; Harry, b. Feb 1891, teamster; Elsie, b. July 1901 in England. (William is the author's great-grandfather, and Alexander his grandfather. The eldest son, John Edward, had evidently left his parent's home, although still unmarried.) Records of Knox Presbyterian Church (now United) show a marriage of Elsie Grant to James B. Royal in 1919.

An obituary in the Chronicle-Herald of 6 December 1986 indicates that James B. Royal, 88, had died in Yarmouth the previous day. He was the son of Benjamin Royal of Glace Bay. [There was no Benjamin Royal resident in Nova Scotia as of 1901, but there was a couple, James and Louisa Royal, resident in Neil's Harbour, Victoria County, with a son James B., born 19 April 1898. The directory for Glace Bay shows James Royal, labourer, resident on Brookside St. in 1914, and Benjamin, printer, boarding on South St. In 1923, Benjamin is resident on Hickman's Lane, very near the residence of the late William Grant.] The obituary indicates he was predeceased by his wife, the former Elsie Hornesby, but survived by a daughter Londa (Mrs. Ron Dreger), of Manitoba, sons Dick of Halifax, Dexter and Ben of Yarmouth, brother Morris of Sydney, sister Mrs. Minnie MacLeod of Ontario, as well as 14 granchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

An obituary from the Chronicle-Herald of 28 February 1979 indicates that Dr. Elsie Phyllis Royal, 77, had died in Yarmouth on 26 February. She was a chiropodist, the daughter of William Hornsey and Eliza Hobbiss of England. Besides the above, she was survived by a sister, Mrs. Jean Lovitt of New Westminster.

The database of Home Children, available on-line from the Library and Archives Canada, indicates that Elsie P. Hornsey, age 6, departed from Liverpool aboard the SS Carthaginian on 16 May 1908, and arrived in Halifax on 28 May. She was a member of Middlemore's party. The same database indicates that she was accompanied by John Hornsey, age 7, but that may be a misprint for the sister Jean referred to above.

Note for the purpose of exclusion: Sarah Grant Cann

Unfortunately, it is necessary to point out an apparent error in the volume by Lark Szick mentioned above. At p. 21, she refers to a marriage between Henry Cann and Sarah Grant on 16 August 1857, reference to which can be found in the records of St. George's Anglican Church, Sydney. The author of that volume identifies the bride with Sarah Grant, daughter of Peter Grant and Sarah Musgrave. This author has not been able to verify that identification, but has found considerable circumstantial evidence that the wife of Henry Cann was in fact a native of Gabarus and so falls outside the scope of this investigation. Sarah Grant Cann had moved to western Canada by 1911 and is believed to have died there. However, no death certificate has yet been located for her, so the question of her parentage has achieved no final resolution as of this writing. What became of the daughter of Peter Grant and Sarah Musgrave who bore a similar name is also unresolved.


(Last modified 27 December 2009)

2 comments:

  1. Ken Moffatt has kindly pointed out that Thelma (Ripple) Grant, wife of Stanley Jackson, was born in the US, and not in Point Edward (ref. p. 20). The 1911 census lists her in duplicate, once in Ball's Creek with correct birthplace, again in North Sydney erroneously as born in Nova Scotia. Further, on p. 22, Ken contributes the following further information: "The nearby Shaws are related to the McIntosh's (per Elva Jackson's cardfile) in that Edward T. Moffatt is Catherine Moffatt McIntosh's brother. His marriage record in Rockport, MA in 1879, to Alicia A. Sellon, lists his parents as William M. Moffatt and Isabella Jane Musgrave, as also shown by Elva's card for that family. I haven't yet found a marriage record for Catherine, so have to take Elva's word for her parents. The census also lists Edward's occupation as Blacksmith - perhaps in collaberation with his brother-in-law? Edward died sometime between the 1900 and 1910 censuses, which lists his wife as a widow." Many thanks to Ken for those contributions!

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  2. Hi There, I just spent a little time reading through your posts, which I found entirely by mistake whilst researching one of my projects. Please continue to write more because it’s unusual that someone has something interesting to say about this. Will be waiting for more!

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