Friday, April 22, 2011

A Brief Summary on the Children of Donald MacKinnon and Flora MacQuarrie of Rum and West Lake Ainslie, by Eugene Quigley

Donald MacKinnon, born 1794 on Isle of Rum, Scotland.[1] He married Flora MacQuarrie, born 1801 in Scotland,1 (daughter of Malcolm MacQuarrie and Sarah), died Mar 1 1876 at West Lake Ainslie.[2] Donald and Flora settled at West Lake Ainslie in an area locally known as Mason’s Point.
I.       Ann (Nancy) MacKinnon, born 1824 in Isle of Rum, Scotland,[3] died post 1881. The family were all still home in 1881. She married Allan MacDonald, born 1810 in Scotland,3 died post 1881 in Crandall Road, Port Hastings.
II.      Malcolm MacKinnon, born 1826 on Isle of Rum, Scotland,[4] died Sep 19 1893 at West Lake Ainslie,4 buried in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne. According to the birth certificate for Malcolm's daughter Christy, he was born at Greenock, Scotland. He married Sarah MacKinnon, Dec 15 1856 at Loch Ban,[5] born Oct 20 1833 at Loch Ban,[6] (daughter of John MacKinnon and Ann MacInnis), died Feb 11 1916 at West Lake Ainslie,[7] buried in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne.
III.     Donald "Ban" MacKinnon, born Sep 2 1828 in West Lake Ainslie,6 died Dec 21 1913 in Mason's Point, West Lake Ainslie,[8] buried in Strathlorne.8 He married Ann MacDonald, Dec 18 1862 in Loch Ban,5 born May 24 1839,[9] (daughter of John MacDonald and Flora MacQuarrie), died 1901 - 1913 in Mason's Point, West Lake Ainslie. The 1901 census gives June 15, 1838 as her birthdate.
IV.     Hector MacKinnon, born Nov 1 1830,6 died 1908,4 buried in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne. His gravestone suggests he was born in 1831. He married Ann MacKinnon, born Nov 2 1830 in Mount Young,6 died 1921,4 buried in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne. Her gravestone suggests she was born in 1832.
V.      John "Tailor" MacKinnon, born Aug 1 1836 at West Lake Ainslie,[10] died Mar 6 1917 at West Lake Ainslie,7 buried in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne. He married Margaret MacLean, born Feb 2 1848 at Malagawatch,10 (daughter of Donald MacLean and Flora MacInnis), died May 8 1940 at West Lake Ainslie,[11],7 buried May 10 1940 in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne.11
VI.     Jessie MacKinnon, born Feb 1 1836 at West Lake Ainslie.1,[12] Jessie was unmarried. She had one child with Norman MacSwain.
VII.    Alexander (Sandy) MacKinnon Cpt., born Oct 20 1837 at West Lake Ainslie,[13] died Jan 21 1924 at North Lake Ainslie,[14],4 buried Jan 23 1924 in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne.14 Alexander was known in Gaelic as "Alasdair Dhomhnull".
         He married (1) Mary MacKinnon, born 1844 at Loch Ban,4 (daughter of John MacKinnon and Ann MacInnis), died Mar 5 1883 at North Lake Ainslie,4 buried in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne. Mary died during childbirth. He married (2) Annie MacQuarrie, May 24 1897 at Strathlorne,[15] born May 5 1860 at North Lake Ainslie,13 (daughter of Roderick MacQuarrie and Margaret MacQuarrie), died Dec 23 1928 in North Lake Ainslie,[16] buried Dec 25 1928 in Strathlorne.16 The 1891 census suggests she was born in 1856.
VIII.   Neil MacKinnon, born Nov 1 1840 at West Lake Ainslie,6 died Feb 27 1916 in West Lake Ainslie,[17] buried in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne.17 He married Isabella (Bella) MacKinnon, Jul 31 1871 at Whycocomagh,15 born Aug 10 1846 at Loch Ban,6 (daughter of John MacKinnon and Ann MacInnis), died Feb 17 1916 at West Lake Ainslie,[18] buried in St. John's Cemetery, Strathlorne.18 Isabella was still living at West Lake Ainslie in 1916.
IX.     Margaret MacKinnon, born Feb 15 1843 in West Lake Ainslie,1,[19] died May 22 1933 in Point Tupper, Rich. Co,[20] buried May 24 1933 in Port Hastings.20 She married Malcolm MacLean, Nov 11 1880 in Port Hastings,15 born Dec 16 1841 in General Line,19 (son of Lauchlin MacLean and Catherine MacQuarrie), died Apr 2 1911 in Lexington,[21] buried in Port Hastings.21

[1] 1871 Census, West Lake Ainslie, Inverness County, Nova Scotia.
[2] Provincial Death Records for Inverness Co.
[3] 1871 Census, Plaster Cove, Inverness County, Nova Scotia.
[4] Gravestone Inscription.
[5] Provincial Birth Records for Inverness Co.
[6] 1901 Census, West Lake Ainslie, Inv. Co.
[7] Writings of Dan Fred MacKinnon, late, of West Lake Ainslie, Inv. Co.
[8] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (
[9] Rev. Donald MacDonald, Record of the Congregation of St. John's Presbyterian Church, Strathlorne, Inverness County (April 1894 to 1906).
[10] Miscellaneous Family Records from St. John's United Church, Strathlorne from the late 1930's and early 1940's.
[11] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (, Year: 1940 - Book: 180 - Page: 577.
[12] 1901 Census of Port Hastings, Inv. Co. Fam. 6.
[13] 1901 Census, Strathlorne, Inv. Co.
[14] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (, Year: 1924 - Book: 90 - Page: 747.
[15] Provincial Marriage Records for Inverness Co.
[16] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (, Year: 1928 - Book: 125 - Page: 517.
[17] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (, Year: 1916 - Book: 37 - Page: 295 - Number: 721.
[18] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (, Year: 1916 - Book: 37 - Page: 281 - Number: 660.
[19] 1901 Census of Port Hastings, Inv. Co. Family 158.
[20] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (, Year: 1933 - Book: 130 - Page: 898.
[21] Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics (, Year: 1911 - Book: 11 - Page: 151 - Number: 1097.

Genealogical Inquiry and Information from Donald Acton

Donald Acton kindly gave me permission to republish an email that he sent us late last month, and it is full of valuable genealogical information.  If anyone has any questions or information to add please send an email to the webmaster, and I will pass them along.

Your website is of interest to me for reasons which will become obvious as I proceed. Before I do so, I would like to commend you for the tremendous amount of work in producing the website, not to forget the endless time that the research must involve.

So, who am I? My mother was a McKinnon. Her grandfather, Lauchlan McKinnon, was born at Lake Ainslee in Inverness County, N.S. in 1824. Lauchlan is the eldest, known to me, child of John McKinnon and Elizabeth McKay.  John married Elizabeth Isabel McKay, but it is not known to me whether this occurred before or after he reached Lake Ainslie. There are six children known to be born to this marriage at Lake Ainslie; Lauchlan (b. Dec. 1824), Hector (b.Oct.1827), James (b. Nov. 1833), Alexander (b. Apr. 1836), Mary (b. Feb. 1838 and Catherine (b. 1841). Lauchlan, the eldest known child, married Isobella McGregor and to them were born two sons (John Lauchlin in 1848, and Gregor, in  1849) before the entire family referred to above moved to Bruce County in Ontario in 1851.

So, who was John McKinnon and who were his ancestors? From marriage records of his children, I know that John was born in Scotland. Census records in Bruce County of Ontario suggest his birth to be in the late 1790s. His obituary, as follows, would place his birth closer to 1795."Lucknow Sentinel, Friday January 20, 1888, page 8. Passed Away. John McKinnon, father of Alexander McKinnon, of this town passed away peacefully at Langside on Monday last. Deceased had seen the snows of many winters, having lived to the good old age 92. His boyhood was passed in years fraught with might moment to the world's history, and in his long lifetime he endured many crosses and losses, but which he bore manfully. He was a very devout man, upright in all his ways, God-fearing and God loving. He was interred in Culross cemetery on Thursday last."

There is a close match for this birth in the Old Parish Registers, as follows:"OPR Reference 551.2/2. Parish of Tiree, Island of Coll, Frame 24, April 29, 1795 Neil McKinnon and Marion McNeill , Grishipol, a son John" . 

To know that John was born on Coll would add confidence to linking John McKinnon in the obituary to John McKinnon in the OPR. The History of Inverness County makes reference to a John McKinnon as follows: "In the year 1828 Allan McLeal bought a farm on Ainslie Point from John McKinnon. John had previously bought this land from the original settler Mr. Norman McLeod." and on pg 341. "John McKinnon from Cull, Scotland was the next neighbour to the immigrant, Roderick McLean. After spending some years at Loch Ban, Mr. McKinnon decided to try his fortune in Upper Canada. He therefore sold his farm to Angus Kennedy, son of Red John Kennedy of Broad Cove Marsh, who spent the remaining years of his life there. (Index to Deeds and Grant Books, Inverness Co. N.S. Film # 1888973. Angus Kennedy, had the lot granted to him by the crown in 1859. The grant is in Book "A" pg 337). These references link a John McKinnon from Coll to a John McKinnon that moved to Ontario about 1851 and help to substantiate the assumption that the John McKinnon in the obituary was one and the same as the John McKinnon in the OPR. The N.S. Miscellaneous Land Papers 1820-1864 Film #1378407 provide some insight into when John McKinnon emigrated: "The name John McKinnon is mentioned 3 times. The first in 1820, as receiving a settlers ticket at Sydney C.B. The next time was in 1822 signing a petition for land. The third was in 1836, when he wrote a letter to the governor in support of a neighbour who had been burned out. And the 1841 Census Township of Ainslie Eastern Half : Record 131 Film 5220. There is a family of John McKinnon not far from Donald McGregor, Duncan McGregor and Gregor McGregor. John's family consisted of: 2 girls under 6 years; 2 boys under 14 years; 2 boys over 14 years; 1 girl over 14 years; With John the family has eight members.  While the census does not agree perfectly with children referred to above, there is close enough agreement to consider a positive relationship between these two families. Also, the marriage of Lauchlan to Isabell McGregor, possibly a neighbourhood girl, is suggestive of a positive relationship.

To make a long story short, my best position on John McKinnon is that he was born in Grishipoll, Coll in April 1795, the son of Neil McKinnon and Marian McNeil. However, I have some reservation on this assessment. First, the name "Neil" does not appear in descendants of John McKinnon. There is always the possibility that John did have a son named Neil, presumably his eldest son, who is unknown to me for several possible reasons. The second reason, and this relates to your ancestry. In a letter in 1980, Charles McKinnon from Sudbury, whom you refer to, suggested to me  that my McKinnon line descended from Charles L. son of Alan as presented in Hugh MacDonald's book. At that time, I did not know that John was the father of Lauchlan (b. 1825). Unfortunately, Charles died before I could pursue matters further. If there is a link between "my" John McKinnon and those presented by MacDonald it may be that John was a cousin of Archibald (b. 1784), Ailean Ban (b. 1786) and Anne. My current attempt to trace ancestry of John is based on the assumption that he was, indeed, born in Coll to Neil McKinnon and Marian McNeil in 1795. Neil McKinnon was born 9 May 1769 at Essay, Tobermory, Isle of Mull. He married Marian McNeill 3 Dec. 1789 at Coll. Neill and Marian had four children, all born on Coll: Donald (b.Sept.1790), Kate (b. Jul.1793), and John and Margaret (b.Apr. 1795). Neil's parents were Neil McKinnon and Mary McGillivray. I can find no further record of John's siblings, parents or grandparents.

I would be most appreciative if you or some in your group could further enlighten me on my McKinnon ancestors.

Donald Acton"