While going over Jonathan G. MacKinnons papers we found where he had exchanged information with Hugh MacKinnon of Kinross,PEI. in 1931/32
Preston MacDonald told us that he had a son John living at Kinross and after writing a letter to John had contact with John's daughter Sandra in Charlottetown. We will be getting together this summer and will be adding another family to the MacKinnon tree.
CHARLES MACKINNON & MARY GILLIES
(Tearlach Og) (Mairi nighean Mhaol Mhoire)
We would like to thank: Catherine & Irving MacKay of Murray Harbour,PEI
Preston & Jean MacDonald of Charlottetown,PEI
Harold & Tilly MacLeod of Montague,PEI
These people became "old friends" after about two minutes, when we visited them in September 2002.Harold has a book "The Loyalist Comptons of PEI"
They emigrated with other family members in 1840 on "The Nith"
Dau of Lauchlan & Anne (MacDonald) MacKinnon
We would like to thank Stuart Lane of British Columbia, for providing information on another arm of the MacKinnons. You can check under Peter MacKinnon for his descendents.He is a third cousin of Nelson Poole, the instigator of this web site.
Thanks to Stuart Lane
of B.C. for his input to
this arm of the
Seen on a bumper sticker:
" Its hard to be humble when you're SCOTTISH"
We have made contact with Colin MacKinnon of Sackville N.B. who has provided more info. on
the PEI MacKinnons. Thanks Colin.
Tombstone - Stewartdale
August 7, 1872
Aged 74 Yrs.
Also his wife
Died Jan. 10, 1880
Aged 74 Yrs
c. Margaret Ann Poole-----------Ranald A. MacDonald
1. Timothy MacDonald
2. Tara MacDonald
Domhall Ros (Donald Ross) of Scotland has found us and tells me that Eastside is now known as STAFFIN .
The Gaelic name is an taogh Ear
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Pictures by Steve Taylor of Scotland
This is where Lauchlan MacKinnon & Family
Bernisdale,Isle of Skye----see on map below
R. Catherine--Malcolm Murdoch
"Uncle" Jonathan Gillies MacKinnon had done much research on the MacKinnon Clan and went almost unnoticed until research was done among his papers.
On the weekend of March 21-23/03, Mae & I were in PEI. We met:- John & Isabel MacKinnon-(John is a forth cousin): Sandra & Peter (Sandra is a fifth cousin) Dannie & Christine MacKinnon (Dannie is a fifth cousin). And a result of information received from them we now have about 2000 more cousins.
John lived in "Hunglader" in the northern part of Skye.
Sandra and Peter were to Skye a few years ago and were thrilled to stand on the land that her ancestors lived on.
From research that Jonathan had done we know that Lauchlan was the "best plowman in Bernasdale". We also know that Peter lived here on the south shore of Loch Snizort. His obituary states that this is where he was born..
We discovered that "Our MacKinnons" belonged to The Kilbride family of
MacKinnons.They were descended from Charles of Skye, second son of Lauchlan Og, 25th Chief of that Clan.
Willa Lane of BC, provided copies of pictures of Peter & Catherine.
We have record from obituary of Peter MacKinnon, that the family landed in Sydney,CB on 7 Sept. 1840--We have record of the shipNITH landing at Sydney on this date with 193 passengers for Cape Breton-- the NITH sailed for PEI the next day with more passengers for there.
1. Hugh MacKinnon--Church baptism records show Evan--perhaps should be Ewan--Gaelic for Hugh.
Hughie stayed on the old farm after the rest of the family moved away--He was the rural mail driver, by horse & buggy/sleigh for many years --I heard it said that the horse knew the route as well as Hughie and while Hughie was sorting the mail for the next mail box the horse would walk right up to the mail box without Hughie driving him.
Hughie never married.
In the summer the family would return to visit and, no doubt, help Hughie with the "making the hay". and other "chores"
David Mulhern had this to tell us about Hughie
"My Uncle Charles (known as "Pat" despite not been named Patrick!) thinks he might
possibly recall you from those summers,probably summers in the late 40's. in his case.
. They both have fond memories of going up there, working on the farm with Uncle Hughie"
"Hughie's blindness, to which you refer to, did not come on until later in life; and was a result of glaucoma . His blindness did not strike him until later in his 60's or possibly even after 70"
"I have, hanging in my house a horseshoe that I picked up on the farm, which I imagine to be from one of the horses he used to deliver the mail. "
SEE NOTES BELOW
SEE NOTE "2" BELOW
2. Flora MacKinnon---In 1953 the "Old" MacLean Church was dedecorated and former parishoneers "from away"
Fetridge were asked to help financially. From the old records I found
"Donation: Mrs Florence Fetridge,Seattle,Wash, for church repairs---$ 546.44"
An unbelievable amount in those days. The donation was probably $ 500.00 and the exchange made up the difference.
This, indeed, shows the devotion and respect she had for her "old" church
David Mulhern told us this about Flora MacKinnon Fetridge
"To the extent family anecdotes are of interest, I have 3 quick family memories about Flora:"
1-----Flora and my great grand mother regularly travelled from the west coast to Cape Breton, via New England. They would visit my father and mother along withmy grandfather at that time.Flora was somewhat quiet, but always enjoyed visiting my family and is still remembered for her lively sense of humor."
2.----I have all my life heard a great family story about Flora on a trolley in Boston. The Boston area is obviously heavily Irish. Flora was riding along quietly listening to some young women speaking Irish Gaelic to one another. Evidently Scots Gaelic (Flora's 1 st language and native tongue) and Irish Gaelic are quite similar, so (without their knowing it) Flora understood the Irish girls, and overheard them passing a rude remart about Flora's red hair! As Flora exited the trolley, Flora quietly wished the Irish girls "Good Day"---in Gaelic! (Good for you Flora--don't take any abuse from them!)"
3.----"My mother visited the farm on Cape Breton in 1949 when she was engaged to my Dad. The family had not yet met Jack's fiance, but they knew that she was a New Englander. Flora was evidently greatly distressed that my mother (whom Flora pictured apparently as a slightly"grand"New England lady...wheras in truth my dear Mom is altogether down to earth and totally lacking in all pretension of any sort!!) would have to use the latrine at the farm, since there was no indoor plumbing! Poor soul, Flora was evidently quite a sweetheart,"