Fonds MG H 108 - MacDonald family

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MacDonald family

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  • 1857-{1980?]; predominant 1857-1884 (Creation)
    MacDonald family (Queen's County)

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26 cm of textual records
? negatives
89+ prints

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(Branch begins 1762)

Biographical history

Donald MacDonald (1762-1842) emigrated from Skye, Scotland, to Queen's County, New Brunswick, in the mid 1780s. By 1810 he had bought a grist mill at New Canaan where he and his wife, Anne Smith (1772-1853), had a family of 13 children.

In 1818 Alexander Black MacDonald (1794-1880), son of Donald and Ann MacDonald, married Janet Hendry (1795-1887), the eldest child of George Hendry and Susan Belyea. Alexander and Janet MacDonald worked the farm that was part of Janet's inheritance and raised seven children: Susan Ann, James Hendry, Donald, Alexander B. , George Hendry, William Lewis, and Malcolm C.

William Lewis MacDonald (1834-1936), son of Alexander and Janet MacDonald, was a dentist and medical doctor in Boston, Massachusetts. He married Emily Conant, a widow, in Boston.

MacDonald family

Custodial history

The typescript copy of Janet MacDonald's diary was created for W. C. MacDonald by H. Gertrude Paxton in 1904.

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This fonds documents the history of the MacDonald family over several generations.

It includes a diary kept by Janet MacDonald, seven volumes of MacDonald family genealogy and a few documents related to the activities of William Lewis MacDonald.

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Immediate source of acquisition

In 1972, the University Archives received a copy of the transcript of the Janet MacDonald diary from the Public Library, Stockton-San Joaquin Co., Stockton, California. In November 1982, the original of the Janet MacDonald diary was donated by Catherine Strodach. At the same time, Mr. & Mrs. Donald MacDonald loaned the MacDonald family history, which he had compiled, to the University Archives, in order to have it copied, including the photographs. The originals were returned to the MacDonalds. Also, in November 1982, the account book, dissertation and deeds documenting the activities of William Lewis MacDonald were donated to the Archives by Donald MacDonald.


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  • English

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The holograph of Janet MacDonald's diary is too fragile for circulation. Researchers are requested to use the typescript or the photocopied copy.

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An exhaustive index to Janet MacDonald's diary was compiled by Barry Grant. It includes entries not only for proper names, but also for domestic, agricultural, religious, and social subjects.

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Information copied from Archives Canada Database, CAIN No. 158852, 19 October 2012.

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