PETER & CATHERINE (MACQUEEN) MACKINNON
Memorial stone at Stewartdale Cemetery
This picture from Frances Chisholm
This picture from Shelley Mulhern
Peter MacKinnon was born in Bearnesdale,Isle of Skye,Scotland in 1837. He was a son of Malcolm MacKinnon and Flora MacLead. Grandson of Lauchlan MacKinnon and Anne MacDonald, the oldest of this family to emigrate to Cape Breton Island.
He emigrated to Cape Breton Island, with the rest of his family, in 1840. As far as we know the family came on THE NITH, landed at Sydney, Cape Breton Island and from there travelled, possibly by boat, to Whycocomagh. The family spent the first winter with Ewan MacKinnon, and his family in Ainslie Glen, CBI. and in the spring, father Malcolm bought a farm in Dunakym.
When Malcolm died the farm was left to Peter and Angus. This did not work out, so Peter moved to another farm a few miles away.
The brothers were always friends and helped each other, with their farms, whenever needed.
Peter taught school, in nearby, Port Hood and Port Hood Island, for a few years.
The family belonged to the Church of Scotland, later the Presbyterian Church and in 1925 The United Church of Canada. Peter was an Elder in the Church and often took part in the Church Service.
We have no record of birth, as he was born in Scotland, however, his death certificate shows he died in Dunakin, CBI, on 25 Jan. 1933, at home. No reason for death is listed, and no doctor in attendance. It is assumed that his body just worn out, from hard work.
Catherine (MacQuein) MacQueen was a daughter of John MacQueen and Mary MacQueen.
The MacQueens lived near the road to Rosedale, CBI. - a few miles from the MacKinnons.
Picture from Frances Chisholm
A copy of their marriage is on-line at Nova Scotis Archives and shows the following:
Marriage listed in Book 1825, Page 13 Number 61 Year 1867
15 January 1867 - New Canada -- Peter MacKinnon - Age 29 - Bachelor - Farmer - New Canada
By Licence, Presbyterian Ann McQueen - Age 22 - Spinster New Canada
His parents - Malcolm and Flora MacKinnon - Farmer -
Her parents - John and Mary MacQueen Farmer
Attendants ---- Don MacQueen and Peter MacKinnon
Clergyman - Rev. William Sinclair
1901 Census the MacKinnon family can be found in Glencoe Section, and are listed as follows:
Line 37 - House 145 - McKinnon, Peter - Male - Head - Apr 30, 1837 - age 63
Line 38 - House 145 - McKinnon,Catherine- Female - Wife - Dec.28, 1846 - age 54
Line 39 - House 145 - McKinnon, Malcolm J. Male Son 1868 - age 33
Line 40 - House 145 - McKinnon, John L. Male Son 1870 - age 31
Line 41 - House 145 - McKinnon, Hugh J. Male Son 1875 - age 25
Line 42 - House 145 - McKinnon, Mary B. Female Dau. Apr. 2 1876 - age 24
Line 43 - House 145 - McKinnon, Flora Female Dau. 1879 - age 22
Line 44 - House 145 - McKinnon, Rachael Female Dau. 1881 - age 20
Line 45 - House 145 - McKinnon, Katie S. Female Dau. 1883 - age 18
1911 Census the MacKinnon family can be found in Whycocomagh District / 21
Line 1 House 1 McKinnon, Peter Male Head May 1838 age 73
Line 2 House 1 McKinnon, Catherine Female Wife Dec 1845 age 65
Line 3 House 1 McKinnon, Hugh Male Son Jun 1880 age 30
Line 4 House 1 McKinnon, Rachael Female Dau Jan 1886 age 25
In this Census Hugh and Rachaels dates of birth seem to be different than 1901 Census
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1871 Census the MacQueen family can be found in WHYCOCOMAGH Polling Station #12
( DOB. )
McQueen, John age 72 b. Scotland Presbyterian Farmer ca. 1799
McQueen, Mary age 60 b. Scotland Presbyterian ca. 1811
McQueen, Donald age 37 b. Scotland Presbyterian Farmer ca. 1834
McQueen, Roderick age 22 b. Scotland Presbyterian Farmer ca. 1849
McQueen, Ann age 26 b. Scotland Presbyterian ca. 1845
1881 Census the MacQueen family can be found in WHYCOCOMAGH Polling Station # 12
McQueen, Donald age 47 b. Scotland Presbyterian Farmer ca. 1834
McQueen, Catherine age 26 b. Scotland Presbyterian ca. 1855
This seems to be Donald - his wife was Catherine. Surname unknown at this time.
I can find no record of marriage, either in the MacLean Church Records or at NovaScotiaGenealogy.
Pictures of Peter & Catherine from Willa Lane
1881 Census the MacKinnon family can be found in Glencoe District, and are listed as follows.
Line 4 House # 39 - 1---- McKinnon, Peter ------ Male ------ -age 43
Line 5 House # 39 - 2 McKinnon, Catherine Female age 38
Line 6 House # 39 3 McKinnon, Malcolm Male age 13
Line 7 House # 39 4 McKinnon, John L. Male age 11
Line 8 House # 39 5 McKinnon, Mary Ann Female age 9
Line 9 House # 39 6 McKinnon, Ann M. Female age 7
Line 10 House # 39 7 McKinnon, Even Male age 5
Line 11 House # 39 8 McKinnon, Mary B. Female age 4
Line 12 House # 39 9 McKinnon, Flora Female age 2
Line 12 House # 39 10 McKinnon, Rachel Female age 1
I spent a lot of time looking for Hugh - he should be listed--I figured, then I notied Even (Ewen) the Scottish name fior Hugh.
1891 Census the MacKinnon family can be found in Whycocomagh District, and are listed as follows.
House # 97 1 McKinnon, Peter M age 52 Farmer
House # 97 2 McKinnon, F. Ann F age 46
House # 97 3 McKinnon, Malcolm M age 23 Farmer
House # 97 4 McKinnon, John M. M age 22
House # 97 5 Mckinnon, M. Ann F age 19
House # 97 6 Mckinnon, A. Margare F age 17
House # 97 7 McKinnon, Eleason M age 15 ---- This was Hugh - how this came out like this ??
House # 97 8 McKinnon, Mary F age 15
House # 97 9 McKinnon, Flora F age 12
House # 97 10 McKinnon, Rachael F age 10
House # 97 11 McKinnon, Kate Sarah F age 8
It was difficult to find the family. They were not listed in order, rather alphabetically. Catherine became F. Ann, Hugh became Eleason,
1891 Census I found the following:
McQuien, Donald age 58
McQuien,Catherine age 38
McQuien, C. Ann age 9
McQuien, M. Sarah age 8
McQuien, J. Roderick age 5
McQuien, M. Catherine age 4
McQuien, Lexix (e) age 6/12
I do not knmow if this is the right family. I have records for 1901 and 1911 Census Donald does not appear in the 1911 Census and Catherine is listed as a widow.
I can fiind no records of birth, marriage or death for any of this family. The MacLean Church records should have the family listed but to no avail.
Making things more difficult, is the fact that there are no records of Donald and Catherine in Stewartdale Cemetery, which, should be their burial place.
Peter MacKinnon ------------------------------------------------------Catherine (Kate Ann) MacQueen
1. Malcolm Peter MacKinnon
2. John Q. MacKinnon
3. Mary Anne MacKinnon
4. Anne Margaret MacKinnon
5. Hugh MacKinnon
6. Mary MacKinnon
7. Flora MacKinnon
8. Rachael MacKinnon
9. Catherine Sarah MacKinnon
1. Malcolm Peter MacKinnon -------------------------------------------- Margaret Gillis
b. 7 March 1868 Dunakym,Inv.Co.CBI b.
There is no record of Malcolm and Margaret. They were reported to be living in Dawson City,NWT
There is no records for who Margaret✧s parents were, or vital stats.
The birth date for Malcolm was taken from the MacLean Church records. They do not agree with the census records, however we are using the Church records.
The 1901 Census shows Malcolm as still living at home, age 33. It would be after this that he and Margaret got married.
In the 1911 Census for Dawson City, Yukon Territory, shows a Malcolm MacKinnon age 35 born in Nova Scotia. No mention of Margaret.
2. John Q. MacKinnon ----------------------------------------------------------Ruth Cecilia Walker
b. 15 July 1869 b. 12 Apr.1876--(1901) Census
d. 1940 d.
When baptised, at MacLean Church he was named John - no second name - In the school, there were several Johns so the teacher gave each John an initial, to distinguish the Johns in class. This John was given the initial Q.--(True story)
1901 Census shows John,Ruth and George as living in BC. Yale & Cariboo - Kootenay West,Revelstoke.
The Census shows John as a merchant. The family was listed as Presbyterian. They lived at 22 1st Street Revelstoke,BC.
1911 Census shows John,Ruth,,George, Ruth, Robt. J and Peter. We had John, however he was known as Robt. in 1911 Census. The Census shows John as a merchant and living at 22 1st Street Revelstoke,BC
a. George Ernest MacKinnon
b. Ruth Catherine MacKinnon
c. John MacKinnon -----May 1903 ---
d. Peter Everett Q. MacKinnon
a. George Ernest MacKinnon -----------------------------------------Willa Sarah Hughes
b. 24 June 1900 b. 1899
d. 1966 d. 1991
1. Willa Catherine MacKinnon
2. George Ernest Mackinnon
1. Willa Catherine MacKinnon --------------------------William George Lane
a. Stuart Lane
b. Gillian Marjorie Lane
c. Alexandra Catherine MacKinnon
d. William Gregory Andrew Lane
2.. George Ernest MacKinnon
b. Ruth Catherine MacKinnon ------ W. H. Sutherland
b. Sept. 1901 b.
d. 1978 d.
1. Shirley Anne MacKinnon -------- Alex Melzak
a. Catherine Alexandra Melzak
b. Adam Melzak
c. John MacKinnon
b. May 1903
d. Peter Everet Q. MacKinnon (Major.) ---------- Katherine Louise Steele
b. 1909 b.
d. 1996 d.
1. Ruth Ellen MacKinnon
2. Susan MacKinnon
1. Ruth Ellen MacKinnon ----------- Richard Grimsdale
a. Jennifer MacKinnon
b. Claire MacKinnon
c. Esther MacKinnon
3. Mary Anne MacKinnon ---------- Charles Mulhern
4. Anne Margaret MacKinnon ---------- Donald MacKinnon
b. 1873 b.
a. Rhoda Anne MacKinnon
b. Grace MacKinnon
c. David MacKinnon
5. Hugh MacKinnon
b. 22 May 1875
6. Mary MacKinnon --------- Archibald MacDonald
b. 22 May 1877 b.
a. Rachel Bell MacDonald
b. Peter Hugh MacDonald
c. Sadie MacDonald
d. Christie MacDonald
e. Catherine MacDonald
f. John MacDonald
7. Flora MacKinnon ------ Robert Fetridge
b. 14 Oct. 1878 b.
8. Rachal MacKinnon
b. 14 Oct. 1879
She was unmarried.
9. Catherine Sarah MacKinnon ------- Harding Hay Harris
b. 11 June 1881 - Dunakym,Inv.Co. b. 24 May 1884
m. 27 Sept. 1908---Sydney,CBI.
d. d. 26 Jan. 1959
Both were listed at age 25 at time of marriage. - He was listed as a merchant. He was a salesman with Canada Packers Ltd. He was listed as been from Canard,NS- His parents were listed as Arthur ( 10 May 1857) & Emma (20 May 1861) - Her parents were listed as Peter & Catherine.
Witnesses were Jonathan G. MacKinnon & Mary B. MacQueen.
The minister was Rev. Norman MacQueen, Presbyterian Church
Hay used to fish for trout in the Skye River, Whycocomagh, CBI. He always used to use minnow for bait. I remember going with him and holding the net. He would always catch a two to three pound trout. When he caught his second he always left. ∢Got to leave some for someone else∢
he would say.
a. Emaline Harris
b. Catherine Kaye Harris
c. Arthur Hugh Harris
a. Emaline Harris ----------- Lewis Payne
1. Anne Payne ---------------- _________________
b. Catherine Kaye Harris ------------ Andrew Chisholm
1. Frances Chisholm ------------------- Murtha
a. Scott Murtha
b. Tommy Murtha
c. Catherine Murtha
This page was last updated: March 20, 2016
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 1940'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. "
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
"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!)"
Emaline,Mary Ann, Catherine and Arthur
Just before Arthur going oversea.
Hugh, Mary Anne and Catherine
Florence, Catherine, Hay Harris and Mary Ann
a. Scott Murtha -----------------Elma Ong
m. 7 Oct. 2006 Vancouver,BC.
1. Declan Murtha
2. Shae Murtha