The Descendants of Donald Matheson and Catherine McDonald


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The Descendants of Donald Matheson and Catherine McDonald

Generation No. 1

1. DONALD1 MATHESON was born Abt. 1809 in Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, Scotland, and died June 11, 1882 in Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI1. He married CATHERINE MCDONALD. She was born Abt. 1807 in Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, Scotland, and died October 20, 1874 in Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI1.

Notes for DONALD MATHESON:

"Inverness-shire, a highland county of Scotland, bounded N. by Ross and Cromarty, and the Beauly and Moray Firths, N.E. by the shires of Nairn and Elgin, E. by Banff and Aberdeenshires, S.E. by Perthshire, S. by Argyllshire and W. by the Atlantic...and is the largest shire in Scotland. Excepting comparatively small and fertile tracts in the N. on both sides of the river Ness, in several of the glens and on the shores of some of the sea lochs, the county is wild and mountainous in the extreme and characterized by beautiful and in certain respects sublime scenery. There are more than fifty mountains exceeding 3000ft. in height." Extracted from Encyclopaedia Britannica. 11th ed. Vol. 14. (Cambridge, 1910)

Lot 62 Description (as transcribed from the original 1841 Census document)

There are no persons in the township whose passage has been paid by the proprietor and the same may be said of the other three townships [in this District] with the exception of five or six indentured servants brought out from Scotland in 1803 by the Earl of Selkirk & who afterwards received small allotments of land for their services.

In all this township and generally throughout the district the wheat crop yielded but very poor return in consequence of it being severely injured by the rust and the people frequently loose many of their cattle & sheet by the depredations of the bear as well as by other casualties.

A few of the young men employed in the shipyards belong to other parts of the country though they have been resident in the district for the last 8 or 9 months.

In this township there are several poor families who only arrived on the Island last fall & who have not yet taken up any land, some of whom will most probably settle in some other parts of the country in consequence of the little encouragement held forth to them by the proprietor's agent.

In this township the land is generally speaking of a good quality, but no man whom I interviewed acknowledged his own farm to be of the best quality.

The land with but very few exceptions is leased at one shilling sterling per annum rent and for the term of 999 years.

In the rear of this township there are several new settlers who raised no crops. On the whole of the lot there is but one half-finished church, one grist mill frequently out of repair and one very indifferent school house. There are no brewing or distilling establishments.

Full Single Record for Document 1841

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Name of Township, Town, or Royalty. 62

Name of the head of each Family. Donald Matheson

Trade or Occupation. Farmer

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Males: Under 16 years of age. 1 Females: Under 16 years of age. 1

Males: From 16 to 45. 1 Females: From 16 to 45. 1

Total number in each family (including Servants and Apprentices). 4

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Number of persons in each family, in connexion with the Church of Scotland. 4

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Number of acres of Land held by each family by Leasehold. 100

Number of years of term of Lease expired. 0

Number of years of term of Lease. 999

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AMOUNT OF RENT PAID BY EACH FAMILY

Rent in Sterling ( / s / d) 5/0/0

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Number of acres of arable Land held by each family. 10

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PRODUCE RAISED BY EACH FAMILY DURING THE LAST YEAR

Number of Bushels of Wheat. 0 Number of Bushels Barley. 10

Number of Bushels Oats. 40 Number of Bushels Potatoes. 150

Number of Horses owned by each family. 1 Number of Neat Cattle owned by each family. 6

Number of Sheep owned by each family. 10 Number of Hogs owned by each family. 2

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Number of persons in each family natives of Scotland. 2

Number of persons in each family being natives of this Island. 2

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1861 Census: Donald Matheson, Lot 62, Farmer, Presbyterian. 2 born Scotland, 5 born PEI.

Hutcheson's 1864 Directory, p. 138: Farmer, Belle Creek Lot 62.

"At Belle Creek on Sunday, the 11th instant, Mr. Donald Matheson, in the 73rd year of his age, deeply regretted by a large circle of relatives and friends (Examiner, 22 June 1882, p 2 col 4.)"

More About DONALD MATHESON:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, PEI

Emigration: 1829, Possibly on the "Mary Kennedy" from Portee, Skye1

Notes for CATHERINE MCDONALD:

"At Belle Creek, October 29th, after a lingering illness which she bore with Christian meekness and much patience, to the Divine Will, Catherine MacDonald, the wife of Donald Matheson, age 67 years. Her end was peace."

More About CATHERINE MCDONALD:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, PEI

Emigration: 1829

Children of DONALD MATHESON and CATHERINE MCDONALD are:

2. i. FLORA2 MATHESON, b. November 28, 1838, Belle Creek, Lot 62, PEI.

3. ii. ALLAN MATHESON, b. 1839, Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI; d. 1927.

4. iii. ALEXANDER MATHESON, b. December 07, 1842, Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI; d. April 11, 1907.

5. iv. CHRISTIANA MATHESON, b. March 03, 1847, Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI; d. November 21, 1937, Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI.

6. v. DUNCAN DONALD MATHESON, b. April 10, 1850, Bell Creek, Lot 62, Queens County, PEI; d. 1924, Vernon River, Lot 50, PEI.

Generation No. 2

2. FLORA2 MATHESON (DONALD1)2 was born November 28, 1838 in Belle Creek, Lot 62, PEI. She married RODERICK MACLEOD October 29, 1869, son of DONALD MACLEOD and CHRISTINA. He was born Abt. 1837 in Melville, Lot 60, PEI.

More About FLORA MATHESON:

Baptism: March 29, 1839, St John's Presbyterian, Belfast, PEI

Notes for RODERICK MACLEOD:

1891 Census: Roderick MacLeod, Lot 60, age 54, born PEI, C. Presbyterian, Farmer. Florah age 51, Mary Ann, 19, Christy Kelly, 17, Serah Margaret 15, Donald, 45, brother.

More About RODERICK MACLEOD:

Occupation: Farmer, Lot 60, PEI

Marriage Notes for FLORA MATHESON and RODERICK MACLEOD:

"MARRIED on the 29th ult. by the Rev. D. McNeill, Mr. Roderick MacLeod, of Melville, to Miss Flora Matheson of Bell Creek, Lot 62." -Islander, 5 Nov 1869, p.2

Bondsman: Duncan Matheson

Children of FLORA MATHESON and RODERICK MACLEOD are:

i. MARY ANN3 MACLEOD3, b. January 19, 1872, Melville, Lot 60, PEI.

ii. CHRISTINA CATHERINE MACLEOD3, b. May 05, 1874, Melville, Lot 60, PEI; m. DONALD EWEN ROSS, 1889; b. Flat River, Lot 60, PEI.

Marriage Notes for CHRISTINA MACLEOD and DONALD ROSS:

Bondsman: Angus MacLeod

iii. SARAH MARGARET MACLEOD3, b. April 17, 1876, Melville, Lot 60, PEI; m. ?DANIEL MACKENZIE, 1907; b. Garlock, Lot 60, PEI.

3. ALLAN2 MATHESON (DONALD1) was born 1839 in Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI4, and died 19275. He married MARY MURCHISON6 Abt. 18817,8, daughter of DONALD MURCHISON and ANN CAMPBELL. She was born January 03, 1856 in Point Prim, PEI, and died 19218,9.

More About ALLAN MATHESON:

Burial: Wood Islands Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lot 62, PEI

Occupation: 1881, Farmer, Lot 62, PEI

Religion: C. Presbyterian

More About MARY MURCHISON:

Burial: Wood Islands Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lot 62, PEI

Children of ALLAN MATHESON and MARY MURCHISON are:

i. CATHERINE3 MATHESON10,11, b. November 22, 1879, Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI12; d. October 31, 1961; m. CHARLES DOUGLAS JOHN MACLEOD, 1910; b. April 13, 1875, Mt Buchanan, PEI12; d. June 09, 1961.

More About CATHERINE MATHESON:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, Lot 58, PEI

More About CHARLES DOUGLAS JOHN MACLEOD:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, Lot 58, PEI

ii. DONALD J. MATHESON13, b. Abt. 1884.

iii. ANNIE MATHESON14,15, b. 1887, Point Prim, PEI; d. 1932; m. JAMES ALEXANDER MACDONALD; b. 1872, Clyde River, Nova Scotia; d. 1965.

They had 5 children.

iv. JAMES CRAIG MATHESON15, b. 1888, Point Prim, PEI; d. 1951; m. JESSIE MACPHERSON; b. 1889; d. 1946.

More About JAMES CRAIG MATHESON:

Burial: Wood Islands Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Military service: US Army16

More About JESSIE MACPHERSON:

Burial: Wood Islands Presbyterian Church Cemetery

v. ALEXANDER MATHESON17, b. 1891; d. 1929.

More About ALEXANDER MATHESON:

Burial: Wood Islands Presbyterian Church Cemetery

vi. CHRISTINE MATHESON, b. 1893, Point Prim, PEI; d. 1978; m. WILLIAM NEIL ROSS, October 21, 1920; b. 1891, Garfield, PEI.

More About CHRISTINE MATHESON:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, Lot 58, PEI

Military service: Nurse WWI, Harvard University Unit19

More About WILLIAM NEIL ROSS:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, Lot 58, PEI

vii. MARGARET M. MATHESON, b. 1896, Belle River, Lot 62, PEI20; d. 198720; m. LT WILLIAM ALEXANDER MACQUEEN, 1917; b. 1883, Rona (Mt Vernon), PEI20,21; d. 196022.

More About MARGARET M. MATHESON:

Burial: Wood Islands Presbyterian Church Cemetery

They had 4 children, two of whom died prematurely.

More About LT WILLIAM ALEXANDER MACQUEEN:

Burial: Wood Islands Presbyterian Church Cemetery

4. ALEXANDER2 MATHESON (DONALD1)23 was born December 07, 1842 in Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI, and died April 11, 1907. He married FLORA ROSS July 20, 187524, daughter of WILLIAM ROSS and CHRISTY MACLEOD. She was born March 04, 1855 in Flat River, Lot 60, PEI, and died January 17, 1926.

More About ALEXANDER MATHESON:

Baptism: March 15, 1843, St John's Presbyterian, Belfast, PEI25

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, Lot 58, PEI

Occupation: Farmer, Lot 62, PEI

Religion: C. Presbyterian

More About FLORA ROSS:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, Lot 58, PEI

Children of ALEXANDER MATHESON and FLORA ROSS are:

i. JAMES3 MATHESON26.

ii. RUBY MATHESON, m. GARFIELD ROSS2728.

More About GARFIELD ROSS:

Occupation: 1928, Ross & Sons Sawmill, "largest in PEI"29

They had at least 4 children.

iii. CATHERINE ANN MATHESON30, b. December 06, 1876, Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI; d. Whim Road, Lot 59, PEI; m. NORMAN T. MCDONALD, 190131; b. Commercial Cross, Lot 59, PEI.

More About CATHERINE ANN MATHESON:

Baptism: November 11, 1877

They had at least 8 children.

More About NORMAN T. MCDONALD:

Occupation: 1928, Road Master, School Trustee

Residence: Whim Road, PEI

iv. CHRISTINA MATHESON32,33, b. October 10, 1878, Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI; m. ?CHARLES DOUGLAS34.

More About CHRISTINA MATHESON:

Baptism: June 30, 1879

v. DONALD MATHESON35,36,37, b. December 10, 1880, Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI.

More About DONALD MATHESON:

Baptism: April 15, 1881

vi. CHARLOTTE ANN MATHESON38, b. April 25, 1883, Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI; m. ALEXANDER DONALD MCKENZIE, 1910; b. Melville, Lot 60, PEI.

More About CHARLOTTE ANN MATHESON:

Baptism: December 01, 1884

vii. WILLIAM A. MATHESON38, b. 1885; d. 1928.

More About WILLIAM A. MATHESON:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, Lot 58, PEI

viii. LAURA MATHESON39, b. April 02, 1888, Belle River, Lot 62, PEI40,41; d. August 10, 1984, Flat River, Lot 60, PEI42; m. ALBERT JOHN MACDONALD43, 1912, Queen Hotel, Charlottetown, Lot 33, PEI43,44; b. November 20, 1878, Flat River, Lot 60, PEI45; d. May 20, 1951.

More About LAURA MATHESON:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, PEI

Notes for ALBERT JOHN MACDONALD:

They had 11 children.

More About ALBERT JOHN MACDONALD:

Burial: St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, PEI

Residence: Flat River, PEI46,47

ix. FLORA A. MATHESON48, b. Abt. 1889.

x. MATILDA JANE MATHESON49, b. 1893, Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI50; d. February 06, 1939, PEI Hospital, Charlottetown, Lot 33, PEI; m. ALEXANDER SINCLAIR STEWART MACMILLAN, 191751; b. Wood Islands West, PEI.

Notes for MATILDA JANE MATHESON:

Organist and Sunday School teacher at Belle River United Church.

My grandfather says his family would visit the MacMillans on their day-long trips to the Murray River/Belfast area to visit relatives, as Matilda Matheson was his mother's cousin.

More About MATILDA JANE MATHESON:

Burial: February 08, 1939, St John's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Belfast, PEI

Cause of Death: Complications following childbirth

They had 7 children.

More About ALEXANDER SINCLAIR STEWART MACMILLAN:

Residence: Wood Islands West, PEI51

5. CHRISTIANA2 MATHESON (DONALD1)52 was born March 03, 1847 in Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI, and died November 21, 1937 in Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI. She married MALCOLM R. STEWART 1865. He was born in Scotland, and died July 26, 1896 in Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI.

More About CHRISTIANA MATHESON:

Baptism: July 31, 1847, Belfast, PEI

Burial: Caledonia Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lot 60, PEI

Notes for MALCOLM R. STEWART:

1881 Census: Malcolm Stewart, Lot 60, Farmer, C. Presbyterian, age 54, born in Scotland. Christina 35, born PEI. John 15, Donald 13, Mary Ann 10, John W. 8, Norman 6, Effie Ann 4, Ronald 1.

1891 Census: Malcolm Stewart, Lot 60, Farmer, C. Presbyterian, age 60, born in Scotland, Christy 44, born PEI, John 24, carpenter, Donald 22 cook, Mary Ann 19, John 17, Norman 15, Ronald 11, Mark 7.

More About MALCOLM R. STEWART:

Burial: Caledonia Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lot 60, PEI

Children of CHRISTIANA MATHESON and MALCOLM STEWART are:

i. JOHN3 STEWART52, b. February 26, 1866, New Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI.

ii. DONALD M. STEWART52, b. November 02, 1867, New Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI; m. CATHERINE MCLENNAN, 1900; b. Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI.

Marriage Notes for DONALD STEWART and CATHERINE MCLENNAN:

Bondsman: John McLennan.

iii. MARY ANN STEWART52, b. July 07, 1870, New Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI; d. 1946; m. ?MALCOLM MACLEAN; b. 1869; d. 1951.

More About MARY ANN STEWART:

Burial: Caldedonia Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lot 60, PEI

More About MALCOLM MACLEAN:

Burial: Caldedonia Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Lot 60, PEI

iv. JOHN WILLIAM STEWART52, b. July 23, 1872, New Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI.

v. NORMAN STEWART52, b. September 17, 1874, New Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI; m. ?CHRISTY ANN MCPHEE, 1899; b. Murray Harbour Road, PEI.

vi. EUPHEMIA ANN STEWART52, b. November 25, 1876, New Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI.

vii. RONALD STEWART52, b. January 06, 1880, New Caledonia, Lot 60, PEI.

viii. MARK STEWART53, b. Abt. 1884.

6. DUNCAN DONALD2 MATHESON (DONALD1) was born April 10, 1850 in Bell Creek, Lot 62, PEI, and died 1924 in Vernon River, Lot 50, PEI. He married EMMA LUCETTA FURNESS October 06, 1886 in Vernon River, Lot 50, Queens County, PEI, daughter of JOHN FURNESS and CATHERINE VAN IDERSTINE. She was born October 02, 1867 in Vernon Bridge, Lot 50, PEI, and died 1936 in Vernon River, Lot 50, PEI54.

Notes for DUNCAN DONALD MATHESON:

1891 Census: Lot 50R2, Duncan age 40, born Scotland [sic], Presbyterian, farmer; Emma L. age 23, born PEI. Catherine age 1.

Headstone says born 1849.

More About DUNCAN DONALD MATHESON:

Burial: 1924, Stone 31, Vernon River United [Methodist] Church Cemetery, Lot 50, PEI54

Religion: Bible Christian

More About EMMA LUCETTA FURNESS:

Burial: 1936, Stone 32, Vernon River Methodist Church Cemetery, Lot 50, PEI

Marriage Notes for DUNCAN MATHESON and EMMA FURNESS:

Summerside Journal, 14 October 1886 p. 3 col. 3: At the residence of the bride's father, on the 6th instant, by Rev. George Steele assisted by Rev. A.S. Stewart, Duncan Matheson of Lot 62 (Belle Creek) to Miss Emma Lucetta, daughter of John Furness Esquire of Vernon River Bridge.

Bondsman: Robert Toombs

Witnesses: George Forbes, Hayden Van Iderstine

Children of DUNCAN MATHESON and EMMA FURNESS are:

i. CATHERINE LUCELIA3 "Lou" MATHESON, b. December 04, 1890, Vernon River, Lot 50, PEI; d. August 28, 1976, PEI Hospital, Charlottetown, Lot 33, PEI; m. MATTHEW HENRY "Harry" TWEEDY, June 19, 1913, Vernon River, Lot 50, PEI55; b. October 29, 1876, Earnscliffe, Lot 50, PEI; d. October 15, 1960, Earnscliffe, Lot 50, PEI.

More About CATHERINE LUCELIA MATHESON:

Burial: August 1976, Stone 40, Cherry Valley Memorial Cemetery, Lot 50, PEI

More About MATTHEW HENRY TWEEDY:

Baptism: August 13, 1878

Burial: October 1960, Stone 40, Cherry Valley Memorial Cemetery, Lot 50, PEI56

Occupation: Farmer, Gallas Point, Earnscliffe, Lot 50, PEI

They had 5 children.

ii. OLIVER W. MATHESON, b. October 27, 1892, Vernon River, Lot 50, PEI; d. 1970.

More About OLIVER W. MATHESON:

Burial: 1970, Stone 30, Vernon River Methodist Church Cemetery, Lot 50, PEI

iii. FURNESS GORDON MATHESON, b. March 23, 1895, Vernon River, Lot 50, PEI; d. 1972, Charlottetown, Lot 33, PEI; m. GRACE I. JENKINS, (daughter of Truman Jenkins and Annie MacKinnon) May 04, 1927; b. 1906, Cherry Valley, Lot 50, PEI; d. 1995, Truro, Nova Scotia.

Notes for Furness Matheson: They had two children.

Endnotes

1. PEI Provincial Archives, Phase I, Cemetery Transcription.

2. The Island Register, St John's Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Baptismal Records.

3. PEI Provincial Archives, Baptismal Records.

4. Ann Bonnell, Churches & Cemeteries of the Maritimes Website.

5. PEI Provincial Archives, Phase I, Cemetery Transcription.

6. The Island Register, The Descendants of Donald Murchison and Ann MacGillvray.

7. FamilySearch Entry, all descendants.

8. Ann Bonnell, Churches & Cemeteries of the Maritimes Website.

9. PEI Provincial Archives, Phase I, Cemetery Transcription.

10. PEI Provincial Archives Phase I, Census Records.

11. PEI Provincial Archives Phase II, Census Records.

12. PEI Provincial Archives, Phase I, Cemetery Transcription.

13. PEI Provincial Archives Phase I, Census Records.

14. Leal Brinegar, email correspondance, most descendants..

15. PEI Provincial Archives Phase II, Census Records.

16. Cummins' PEI Atlas circa 1928.

17. Ann Bonnell, Churches & Cemeteries of the Maritimes Website.

18. PEI Provincial Archives, Phase II.

19. Cummins' PEI Atlas circa 1928.

20. Ann Bonnell, Churches & Cemeteries of the Maritimes Website.

21. Ruby MacMillan Matheson, Echoes of Home: Stories of Bygone Days in Wood Islands.

22. Ann Bonnell, Churches & Cemeteries of the Maritimes Website.

23. The Island Register, St John's Presbyterian Church, Belfast, Baptismal Records.

24. PEI Provincial Archives, Phase I.

25. PEI Provincial Archives, Baptismal Records.

26. Susan Hornby, ed., Belfast People.

27. Cummins' PEI Atlas circa 1928.

28. Cecil Tweedy, personal interview.

29. Cummins' PEI Atlas circa 1928.

30. PEI Provincial Archives Phase II, Census Records.

31. Cecil Tweedy, personal interview.

32. PEI Provincial Archives Phase II, Census Records.

33. PEI Provincial Archives, Baptismal Records.

34. Cecil Tweedy, personal interview.

35. Susan Hornby, ed., Belfast People.

36. PEI Provincial Archives Phase II, Census Records.

37. PEI Provincial Archives, Baptismal Records.

38. PEI Provincial Archives Phase II, Census Records.

39. Ruby MacMillan Matheson, Echoes of Home: Stories of Bygone Days in Wood Islands.

40. Susan Hornby, ed., Belfast People.

41. PEI Provincial Archives, Phase I, Cemetery Transcription.

42. Susan Hornby, ed., Belfast People.

43. Cecil Tweedy, personal interview.

44. Susan Hornby, ed., Belfast People, p. 79.

45. PEI Provincial Archives, Phase I, Cemetery Transcription.

46. Cecil Tweedy, personal interview.

47. Ruby MacMillan Matheson, Echoes of Home: Stories of Bygone Days in Wood Islands.

48. PEI Provincial Archives Phase II, Census Records.

49. Cecil Tweedy, personal interview.

50. PEI Provincial Archives, Phase I, Cemetery Transcription.

51. Ruby MacMillan Matheson, Echoes of Home: Stories of Bygone Days in Wood Islands.

52. PEI Provincial Archives, Baptismal Records.

53. PEI Provincial Archives Phase I, Census Records.

54. PEI Provincial Archives, Cemetery Transcription.

55. PEI Provincial Archives.

56. PEI Provincial Archives, Cemetery Transcription.


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