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Pedigree Charts

6 Generation - Numbered Pedigree Chart
6 Generation Pedigree Chart - 2 page layout - 6" x 8"

One of the basic tools to create a family tree is a pedigree chart. This chart begins with you and branches back in time, displaying the line of your direct ancestors and results in the presentation of family information in the form of an easily readable chart.

An ahnentafel (German for “ancestor table” is a genealogical numbering system for listing a person’s direct ancestors in a fixed sequence of ascent. The subject  of the ahnentafel is listed as No. 1, the subject’s father as No. 2 and the mother as No. 3, the paternal grandparents as No. 4 and No. 5 and the maternal grandparents as No. 6 and No. 7, and so on, back through the generations. Apart from No. 1, who can be male or female, all even-numbered persons are male, and all odd-numbered persons are female

Our Roots - 7 Generation Pedigree Chart
7 Generation Pedigree Chart - 4 page layout - 8.5 x 11

On a pedigree chart you start with yourself (or the person you are creating this chart for) as number one – whether you are male or female. After your name, all the male names will have even numbers and the female names will have odd numbers.

(The paternal side of the family is the father’s blood relatives. Father’s name is always first – therefore all even numbers thereafter are MALE)
(The maternal side of the family is the mother’s blood relatives. All odd numbers from 3 on are FEMALE.)
(To find the father of a person, double that person’s number.- To find the mother of a person, double that person’s number and add 1. The wife is always one number higher than her husband is.

1. Capitalize the surnames; this makes them stand out.
2. For females, use the maiden names.
3. Add nicknames in quotation marks.
4. Use initials only when you don’t know the full name; leave room to add the full name when you have acquired it.
5. Include middle names whenever they are known. Occasionally someone will have as many as four or even five names; your earliest ancestors may have had only one name.
6. Record dates as in the military system. (Example: 16 October 2019.)
7. Record the place names in this order separated by commas: city, county, state.

Pedigree Charts are available in the number of generations. From 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 up to 15 generation foldable charts. Each generation the number of ancestors doubles. Each person has their own number, that also makes it easy add and to file documents and photos associated with that person.

How many ancestors do you have?

Chart #1 is the first chart. If you continue with a branch of the tree, use an un-numbered chart, and give the first person the same number as he/she has on chart #1.

Images for my Genealogy Charts

I am a little OCD about adding photos to my pedigree and family group charts. I like them to be the same size, the same coloration, etc.
Many years ago, a found Photoscape, a free online program. Once downloaded it is easy to use, not very complicated and great for the purposes I need it for. You can resize photos to any size you want, add text and label your photos, crop photos, combine photos, and print photos to any size you desire.
Your first step, if you have not already done so, is to scan all your old family photos into your computer (most printers have to ability to scan, store them on a memory stick and transfer images onto your computer into a separate folder, so they will always be easy to find.
Always keep your original photos in a safe place, away from the sun.
Download Photoscape onto your computer. Once you open the program,, choose the “Edit” option. It will show the all the folders in your top left.
Choose the folder that contains your images. The content of the chosen folder will show at the bottom left. Click on desired image image, which will appear on your screen

Crop the area you want to use, click crop, and then “save as” with a new title for the new image. This will preserve the first image.

I then use the same wedding picture and go through the same process to crop out a picture of the bride.
I did this with all the images of my ancestors to create a collection of portraits which I can use on my genealogy charts.
Go to print, if you need images for your chart.
Set up printer with paper size.
Choose amount of columns and rows, as well as the size of the intervals.
Drag your images onto the screen, choose grayscale or sepia or leave original colors. Print. 

Download Photoscape

There may be better ways to do this, but this works for me 🙂

The Children of Frances & Jessie Munroe

Francis & Jessie Munroe

A small little church, seemingly under construction – but with that task abandoned, with empty paint cans, neglected ladders, and no signs of work being done. It is the United Church in Campbellton, Lot 4, Prince Co. PEI.
A little graveyard can be found on the right. Strolling between the stones, I was struck by the ages of those that had died and were buried here. So many children, that did not make it past the age of 10, teenagers and many adults passed away in the prime of their lives.
One stone in particular struck us.
It states:>Children of Francis & Jessie Munro

Elias. G
born Oct. 23, 1863
died May 5, 1881
Francis A.
born Aug. 6, 1867
died June 5, 1881
Mary E.
born July 2, 1873
died Aug. 27, 1877
Eva K___
born Aug. 15, 1876
died Nov. 26, 1876
Minnie E.
born Sept. 23, 1878
died June 25, 1881
They are gone, though not forgotten

As a mother of 7 children I can not even begin to imagine the loss of 5 children, or even to lose 3 children in the span of 6 weeks. The sadness, the heart break……..
There were no other stones that bore the Munroe name. Where was the rest of the family?
My goal was to create a complete list of the family of Frances and Jessie Monroe.
My first step was to find this family in the 1881 Canada Census:
I found Frances and Jessie living in Lot 4 in Campbellton, Lot 4, PEI,  with 7 children.
Francis Munroe    46  (Mechanic)
Jessie Munroe       44
Belle Munroe         23
John W. Munroe    22 (Block Maker)
George E Munroe   19 (Tin Smith)
Elias R Munroe      17
Jessie L. Munroe    16
Francis A Munroe  13
Minnie E Munroe    3
The date of the census is not mentioned – but it must have been taken before May 5, since 3 of their children die within 6 weeks, Elias at the age of 17, Francis at the age of 13, and Minnie at age 3.
It also mentioned that all of them, including the parents were born in Nova Scotia, except for Minnie, who was born on PEI. All belonged to the Church of England.

I combined  the information from the Illustrated Historical Atlas of the the Province of Prince Edward Island (by J. H. Meacham & Co. – 1880), the 1881 Canada Census and the grave stone, I have the following facts:
Frances and Jessie Munroe settled on PEI in the year 1870, they came from Nova Scotia. He owned and farmed 60 acres of land in Campbellton, PEI – on the Dock Road.
He was the proprietor of a fishing stage.
They had 9 known children, of whom 5 died on PEI, and were buried in the Campbellton, United Church Cemetery.
Francis Munroe        born 1835  NS  – Mechanic
Jessie Munroe           born 1837  NS
Belle Munroe             born 1858 NS
John W. Munroe        born 1859  NS
George E Munroe       born 1862  NS
Elias R Munroe         born Oct. 23, 1863  NS        –  May 5, 1881  PEI   (age 18)
Jessie L. Munroe        born 1865 NS –
Francis A Munroe      born Aug. 6, 1867   NS       –   Jun. 5, 1881  PEI  (age 14)
Mary E. Munroe         born July 2, 1873   PEI      –   Aug. 27, 1877 PEI   (age 4)
Eva K. Munroe           born  Aug. 15, 1876  PEI     –   Nov. 26, 1876 PEI  (age 3 months)
Minnie E Munroe       born Sept. 23, 1878   PEI         – Jun. 25,  1881  PEI  (age 3)

Next I searched the 1891 Canada Census for Frances and Jesse. I found them living in Hackett’s Bay, Halifax County, NS, where he is listed as a farmer.
Frank Munroe – 56
Jessie Munroe – 54
None of their children are listed here, but with them live:
Edward MacDougall, age 5
Isabelle Grono – age 74 – widowed
As I look at their neighbours, there are a few more Munroes living in the area, as well as more Gronos. Many of the residents making a living with fishing and farming.
I was unable to find them in the 1901 Canada Census.
I changed the search parameters to include the US.
I found Jesse Munro, age 64, widowed –  living in Bristol, Massachusetts.
An interesting fact here, it says the she was the mother of 10 children, of which 3 are living. (I only had 9 on my list, so I added a child)
She lives with her daughter Jesse L., who is married to Edward L’Aubin.

1900 United States Federal Census for Jessie L L'Aubin Massachusetts Bristol Taunton Ward 05 District 0228
Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915 for Jessie L. Munroe
Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 1912 Taunton
I  found the marriage certificate of daughter Jessie L., who married Edward C L’Aubin Nov. 19, 1886 in Taunton, Mass., US, where they settled. They have 2 sons, Frank  – born 1 Oct 1891 in Norton Mass., and Arthur 13 Feb 1894 Frank dies on Sept. 27, 1892 at the age of 9. The death certificate states the cause of death as Exhaustion, for 2 days. Arthur died in 1915 at the age of 21. Jesse dies on April 22, 1912 of cerebro spinal sclerosis, and buried at theMayfloer Hill  Cemetery in Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, along with her husband who passed away in 1920.

I also stumbled upon the a marriage certificate of George Munroe, a plumber, who marries Emma Willis on June 20, 1883 in Taunton, Mass., US. This document states states that George was born in Halifax, and the names of his parents are Frances and Jessie.

Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915 for George Munroe

Further research revealed, that George and Emma had 2 sons (Arthur (1884) and Norman L (1902) , and 2 daughters, Artymecia (1888) and Jessie (1898), who died at the age of 3 of Diphtheria. George himself died Dec. 30, 1912 in Taunton at the age of 50 years of Cirrhosis of the Liver. (on the death certificate his mother’s maiden name is named as Jessie Grono)

Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 for George E Munro

Next I looked for daughter Belle. I found an Isabell Munro (Belle must have been short for Isabell. Also, in the 1891 Can. Census, Isobel Grono was living with them – this must have been Jessie’s mother)
On Nov. 6,  1883 Isabell marries John Edward McDougall in Norton, Mass. (he is a carpenter, the son of John and Grace MacDougall – born on PEI – age 23 – living in Minneapolis, Minn.)
On Sept. 4, 1884  a son, Edward James McDougall is born (baptized in 24 Sep 1884 in Minneapolis, Minnesota ,  St. Andrew Presbyterian Church – Baptisms, Births, Deaths)
This must be the same  Edward McDougall, that lives with Francis and Jesse in 1891, since his mother Belle, died Dec. 26, 1884, 3 months after the birth of her son of meningitis. Husband John remarries and dies Apr. 13, 1932 in South Dakota.
Son Edward dies 17 Sep 1929 in Britton, South Dakota at age 45.

Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915 for Isabell R Munro 1883
Minnesota, County Deaths, 1850-2001 Hennepin Death register, 1870-1886, 1888-1889

Looking for son John W. Munroe was a bit more difficult and time consuming.
born Sept. 22, 1858 in Hacketts Cove, NS.
Immigrated from Summerside, PEI – Oct. 15, 1880
and arrived in Emerson, Minnesota Oct. 20, 1880 by CPR. He made his way to Seattle, Washington and on Aug. 20, 1890 he married Mathilda Louisa Nordstrom from Sweden .  They have 7 children: Arthur (1891); Allen (1892); Jessie (1895); Herbert (1898); John (1900); Paul (1904); Alice (1906)
(info from  US Naturalization Records for John William Monroe – 1920)
His profession: Ship’s Carpenter
He died March 24, 1927 – the last of the 10 siblings at the age of 69. He was interred at the Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Seattle.

U.S., Naturalization Records, 1840-1957 for John William Monroe Washington District Court Petition and record, 1920

Francis Munroe   born 1835  NS  – died between 1891-1900  Mechanic
Jessie Grono Bell  born May 30, 1839  NS  – Oct. 7, 1913 Taunton, Mass. ( 73)  – Paralysis & old age

Isabell Munroe                born 1858 NS                  – dies Dec. 26,  1884 (age 26) – Minneapolis, Minn. – Meningitis
John William Munroe      born Sept. 22, 1858  NS  – 24 Mar 1927, Seattle, Wash., US (age
George E Munroe             born Nov. 1862  NS          – Dec. 30, 1912 Taunton, Mass., US (age 50)  – Liver Cirrhrosis
Elias R Munroe                born Oct. 23, 1863  NS     –  May 5, 1881  PEI   (age 18)
Jessie L. Munroe              born Feb. 27, 1865 NS      –   April 22, 1912 Taunton, Mass. US (47) – cerebro spinal sclerosis
Francis Arthur Munroe   born Aug. 6, 1867   NS     –   Jun. 5, 1881  PEI  (age 14)
Mary Elizabeth Munroe   born July 2, 1873   PEI    –   Aug. 27, 1877 PEI   (age 4)
Eva K. Munroe                  born  Aug. 15, 1876  PEI    –   Nov. 26, 1876 PEI  (age 3 months)
Minnie E Munroe              born Sept. 23, 1878   PEI    –  Jun. 25,  1881  PEI  (age 3 )
N.N. Munro

This is the complete list of the children of Francis and Jessie Munroe. I am missing one child (because 1900 US Census states that Jessie was the mother of 10 children), which must have been born somewhere in between, it never showed up in a census.
By the time Jessie died, only one child was still living, which was so John in Seattle.
Jessie was not alone though, she remarried on June 16, 1902 to widower William Bell in Taunton Mass. (On the marriage certificate we find her parents names: William Greenough and Isobel Deaphney and Halifax is named for the town she was born in)
I find Jessie and William Bell again in the 1910 Census, but seems to be the last trace of them.
She dies in 1913 – at age 73 from Paralysis and old age. She is buried at Mayflower Hill Cemetery inTaunton, Bristol County,Massachusetts.

Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 - 1913 Taunton - page 585

These are the dates, the facts, the sources and just a little information for the lives and deaths of this family. So many unanswered questions.
Questions I was unable to find answers to:
What was the cause of death for the 5 children that died on PEI?
(the PEI genealogy group suggested:  “It was usually something communicable, like measles, diphtheria, or whooping cough when children in the same family died around the same time.” and:”In the late 1870’s and early 1880’s Tuberculosis (known then as consumption) was epidemic. Often many from the same family died.”
When and where did Francis Munro die?
I was unable to find his date of death. He must have died sometime between the 1891 Canada Census and the 1900 US Census.
When did they get married, and where did they live during the first years of their marriage?
I did find somewhere the date of marriage as  29 Dec. 1856 in St. Margaret’s Bay, NS – but it was not accompanied with a source of information, so not sure it it is correct.

If Houses could speak – MacWilliams

Recently, on one of our Sunday drives we spotted this abandoned property on the side of the road, a house, a well-built barn, a shed and a garage. It would not be fit to live in, but yet it is well preserved still standing straight (mostly) and tall.  Telling a story of people farming, making a living, living off the land.
It sparked my curiosity. Who built this once stately house? What is their story? Where did they come from, and where have they gone?
We were in Lot 8 – PEI – on route 14 – Hamilton Road close to the intersection with route 164 – Hebron Road.
Google Maps gave us these images:
With that information we consulted our old PEI Maps:
Atlas of Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada (published by the Cummins Map Co. – 1928)
Illustrated Historical Atlas of the the Province of Prince Edward Island (by J. H. Meacham & Co. – 1880)
In the 1880 Meacham Atlas we find this land belonging to William MacWilliams, a farmer, who is also listed as the owner of a saw & shingle mill. It also gives additional information: he was born on PEI, settled in 1825 (birth date??). We also find J. J. MacWilliams as a millwright and farmer who settled in 1858 (birth year??)
The Story starts with David MacWilliams, born about 1761 in Caithness, Scotland, the son of David MacWilliams. It appears that he came here with his parents and sisters in 1772 with other Scottish settlers. For a while the MacWilliams family lived in Covehead  and settled on the Tryon Point Road on the Creek Farm. On Feb. 12, 1784 he married Theresa (Tracy) Mutard(Muttart) in Tryon Point, at that time known as Coffin’s village, by Rev. Desbrisay. She was born in March 1766 in Bellechasse, QC, the daughter of Balthazar Moutarde/Muttart and Marguerite Holleri.
Tracy was Roman Catholic, David was a Presbyterian, and before they were married, they had agreed that Tracy would take the girls and David would take the boys to their respective churches. Tracy was understandably annoyed when she bore 5 sons in succession (James, Joseph, David, George, John) Eventually a daughter, Margaret was born. It is then that Theresa left David  refusing to bear any more sons. She took their daughter, and moved to Big Clear with her sister Sophia McInnis, where she raised Margaret in the Catholic religion. There are no records of divorce.
She died abt. 1838 in Dunblane (at son James’ farm), Lot 8, Prince and is buried at the Immaculate Conception Church Cemetery in Brae.
David, a farmer by trade, moved from the Creek Farm to the Crossroads and took a section of land between Tryon and North Tryon in order to provide farms for his sons. It was here the sons lived until they moved to Western PEI.
David died abt. 22 Oct 1818 in Tryon (2 mi W of Crapaud), Lot 28, Prince Co., PEI, Canada (Tryon People’s Cemetery).
Son James MacWilliams who was born around 1785 in Tryon (2 mi W of Crapaud), Lot 28, and died 01 Dec 1864 in Millburn, Lot 9, Prince County and was buried at the West Cape Presbyterian Church Cemetery. James was a miller, he operated a saw and grist mill at Milburn, Lot 8, several miles inland at the Big Pierre Jacques River which runs in from Egmont Bay between Glenwood and Hebron. He married Margaret Leard bef. 1806 in Tryon, Lot 28, daughter of Samuel Leard and Margaret Rogers. She was born 1787 in Tryon and died there on 24 Aug 1842 and is buried at the Tryon People’s Cemetery. James and Margaret lived on the Crossroad and then moved to Millburn, Lot 8, where James built a mill.
They had 11 children Joseph MacWilliams (1806-1894), Margaret MacWilliams (1812-1885), James MacWilliams,
John MacWilliams (1819-1884), Samuel MacWilliams (1820-1911), Agnes MacWilliams (1822-1823), Ann MacWilliams (1823-1903), William Bramford MacWilliams (1824-1919), George Miller MacWilliams (1825-1905), Stephen MacWilliams (1831-1899), Elizabeth MacWilliams (1839-1920)
William Bramford MacWilliams was born 1824 in Tryon. The 1880 Atlas lists him on Hamilton Road, Lot 8, as an owner of Saw & Shingle Mill and farmer. On 27 Aug 1847 he married Mary Grace Boulter, daughter of Henry Oliver Boulter and Maria Gard. She was born 04 May 1829 in Bedeque, Lot 26 and died 27 Mar 1905. She is buried at the Millburn West United Church Cemetery
After the death of her father, Mary Grace received 200 acres of land in her father’s will.
Their children were Theodore MacWilliams, Adolphus MacWilliams, Lorena MacWilliams (1852), John James MacWilliams born 11 Feb. 1857,
Seymour A. MacWilliams b. 1859, William Allison MacWilliams b. 1868, Maria Jane (abt. 1865 – May 30 1919)
After the death of William’s daughter Maria Jane, the newspaper The Pioneer, June 7, 1919 described it the following:
Mrs. Alonzo Boulter (nee Maria MacWilliams)
“There passed away at her residence at Milburn on Friday, May 30th, Mrs. Maria Boulter, the widow of the late Alonzo Boulter, who passed away last year. And a year previous her daughter passed away. The deceased was the daughter of Mr. Wm. McWilliams Sr., who is 95 years of age and who attended the funeral service of his daughter. The old gentleman, feeling the parting very much, made a sad sight as he stood by the casket.
The deceased, aged 53 years and 10 months, leaves a son Levi and a daughter May to miss her tender care. In addition, the following brothers are left: John J., Seymour, Theodore, Adolphus and William A.; also one sister, Mrs. A. Betts of Glenwood.
Mrs. Boulter, who was a member of the Methodist Church, was a much respected lady, hence on Sunday morning a large number of people came from all around to attend the funeral service which was led by the Rev. R. Brodie. After a brief service in the home of the deceased the casket was taken to the Methodist Church at Milburn, which was overcrowded, where the following hymns were sung: “Asleep in Jesus,” “O God Our Help” and “Rock of Ages,” while Misses May and Hazel sweetly sang “Shall We Gather At The River”. After a most solemn service the remains were laid in the little cemetery adjoining the church. The pallbearers were Messrs. George Wedlock, G. Thomas, James Silliker, W. H. Boulter, Alvin Boulter and Wm. Dyment.”
William himself passed away 4 months later, on Sept. 5, 1919 in Milburn, Lot 9, Prince County and was buried at the Millburn West United Church Cemetery
  ~ Agriculturalist    20 Sept. 1919 ~ 
“The death occurred on Friday Sept. 5th, at his home at Milburn, of Wm. McWilliams, one of the most respected residents of the district. Deceased, who in recent years had been an intense sufferer, had reached the great age of 96, and in his passing the pioneers of this productive Island lose one of their staunchest comrades. Interment took place on Sunday. The funeral service held in Milburn Methodist Church was conducted by Rev. G. Ernest Whitham and the large gathering present was a fitting tribute to the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot.”
“The death occurred at his home at Milburn of Mr. William McWilliams, one of the oldest and most respected residents of this county. Deceased, who during the latter months suffered intensely, passed away quietly on Friday, Sept. 5th. The funeral, which was one of the largest ever held in the district, took place on Sunday. The service, which was held in the Methodist Church, was conducted by the Rev. J. E. Whitham. Interment took place in the family plot.
Deceased leaves to mourn one sister, Mrs. N. Boulter, four sons, Seymour, William, Theodore and Adolphus, and one daughter, Mrs. Amasa Betts of Glenwood.”

( I do not know, why son John J. was not mentioned in the obituary. He is clearly listed in his sister’s death notice 4 month earlier. Maybe just an oversight)

John James (J.J.) MacWilliams was born on 11 Feb 1857 in Bedeque, Lot 26. He died on 3 Nov 1946 and was interred in the Millburn West United Church Cemetery
He married Minnie MacDonald on 11 Aug 1879 in Summerside, Lot 17, PEI. Minnie MacDonald was born in 1859. Died in 1882. Buried in Milburn West United Church Cemetery.
They had the following children:
William N “Bill” MacWilliams (b. 07 Sep 1879 – 1930)
Johnson MacWilliams (09 Dec 1882 – 1939)
Minnie died soon after the birth of Johnson, at the age of 23 – I assume in childbirth, or complication thereof.
John James remarried about 2 years later to Caroline Clements in 1884, daughter of Felicien Clements and Jane Currie.
She was born 25 Mar 1868 in Indian Point, (Hebron, Lot 9) and died 02 Oct 1939. She is also buried Millburn West United Church Cemetery.
Children of J.J. MacWilliams and Caroline Clements are:
Allison Milburn MacWilliams (25 May 1886, Millburn, Lot 9 –  14 Nov 1976) (Dunblane West Point Presbyterian Church Cemetery
John James MacWilliams (28 Sep 1887 – 1889,  Millburn West, Lot 9 )  (Millburn West United Church Cemetery)
Infant MacWilliams (05 Oct 1888, Millburn West, Lot 9)        (Millburn West United Church Cemetery)
Clarence Davis MacWilliams (01 Nov 1890, Millburn, Lot 9 – 19 Jun 1967) (Millburn West United Church Cemetery)
Sarah May (Sadie) MacWilliams (05 Oct 1894, Millburn, Lot 9 – aft. Oct 1994)
These are the facts, I know where they came from, but I do not know where they went.
I assume, that the house was built either by William Bramford MacWilliams, or by his son John James. His sons, Allison, John and Clarence seem to stay in the area, but unsure which one, if any, took over the family farm.
Who was the last family to reside in this home? Who owns it now?
What I am sure of,  that this place has served its purpose for many years – a home for those that were born in it, grew up in it, lived in it and even died in it. A farm that provided for the needs of many families, a farm that required many long days of hard labour.
It will further dilapidate, deteriorate, and fall into ruin until there will be nothing left.
But for now these temporary structures are a testament to the hard work, accomplishments and endeavors of the MacWilliams families and we know that they were there.
My great PEI resources:
Island Lives – Remember Yesterday – A history of North Tryon, PEI 1769-1992
Island Lives – A History of Tryon – Muttart Family
Island Register
The Descendants of David M’Williams and Theresa Muttart
The Descendants of Duncan McWilliams and Christian Downie
The Descendants of Henry Oliver Boulter and Maria Gard
PEI Archives – PARO
Family Search
1881 Canada Census – Ancestry

The Sad Story a Stone Can Tell – Ella Nelson

As I was doing some research, I came upon this grave marker at the Riverside Cemetery, Wallace RiverCumberland CountyNova Scotia, Canada.
The story of Ella Morton Nelson(Purdy), read from a stone – a marker to remind us that there was life.
This stone, like all other stones in every cemetery, tells a story.
A baby, unnamed, was born and died in 1895.
Son Carlson G. dies in 1904, at the age of 11 – cause unknown.

Son Richard died on November 29, 1912 at the age of 27 from acute nephritis. He was sick for 10 weeks, developed an edema of the lungs and died.
Son Walter R. died February 29,1918 at the age of 17. It states that he was Highland Hospital in Amherst N.S and died there, from Paralysis.
Husband and father Arthur Nelson, a farmer, died November 14, 1918 in Hartford, Cumberland County, NS. He suffered from acute rheumatism with toxaemia, and after 6 days in the hospital he passed away at the age of 56.
Daughter Mona A. died November 12,1921 at the age of 34. She was single, lived at home and died of bowel obstruction.
Surviving son Noel B. continued to farm, staid unmarried and died at the age of 52, on March 16th, 1951, being struck down by Influenza A, after 3 days developed Broncho-Pneumonia and 2 days later passed away.
Wife and mother Ella Morton Nelson survived them all, living to a ripe old age of 96. She died January 6th,1956 from cerebral haemorrhage and arteriosclerosis.
These are just the facts I gathered. My mind can not even imagine the untold stories surrounding this family, the pain, the loss, ….
At the same time, this stone does not tell about the good times these men and women may have had.
There was a glimmer of hope, as I searched this family in the Canadian Census(1891,1901, 1911 and 1921),I realized there were 3 more children (Sadie-1890, Ernest-1896 and Eva, born in 1904).
I did find them, in close proximity in the same cemetery.It was good to know,that when Ella Nelson died at the age of 96, she was not alone – that she still was surrounded by some of her living children. A comforting thought.

All this information was found online, from the comfort of my couch. 🙂
Canadian Census  1891,1901, 1911 and 1921
Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics

Find A Grave

My Genealogy Wall

My Genealogy Wall

Many years ago I created a genealogy wall, with the images of ancestors, that I have a photographs of. I do not use the original photos 
that I have , since they would be damaged by the sun, but have scanned them into the computer and printed copies of the photos.
I used the smaller size clipboards and painted them with chalkboard paint.
I created labels so the pictures can be easily identified by others and
hung them in family tree formation.
My genealogy wall is often a conversation piece to those that visit our home. 
I do not have all the photos, but I have added over the years, by connecting with family through the internet, and family tree websites.
Maybe in future years I can fill in some of the gaps.

The Good Old Days?

Were those really the ‘good old days’?

The other day I took our daughter to outpatients, because she had a red line on her arm – which went from a small scratch on her palm to half way up her upper arm.
By googling the problem, we had already determined that she had “Lymphangitis”, and that she was in need of antibiotics.
When we arrived at the hospital the anticipated waiting time posted was 9-10 hours. This seemed like a long time, an inconvenience – but we knew we needed the medication, because I did not want her to have blood poisoning as a result of the lymphangitis.
After an 8 hour wait, 5 minutes to see the doctor, a diagnosis of lymphangitis and  a prescription for antibiotics, we went home.  The issue cleared up within a few days, and there were no reminders of the problem.
I did not think of it again, until I read an account this story from
the Diary of Janie LePage Parkman, who was born in 1903, in Rustico, PEI.
As written by Janie:

“Janie Gladys (who was her daughter, born in 1929), when she was only 6 years old and started to school , she hit her toe on a stone, it was only a small cut and it healed up, but apparently there was pus underneath the cut, and she came from school limping, but we could not see anything wrong with her toe. Then she started holding her leg up and could not put it down. So we called our doctor, then was Mellish. He said it was Lymphangitis, caused from pus under the toe, and it gathered in under the back of her knee swelled awful, and turned into blood poison. It had to be lanced three times. We had to keep her in bed, and keep hot flannel pads around her leg for 6 weeks. The pads had to be wrung out of almost boiling water and put around her leg. How she ever stood it I will never know. But I know her leg was almost cooked for a while. The doctor came every day. The pus that was gathered there was dark green, doctor scooped it out with a little ladle. She was out of school six months. Then, after she got better she wouldn’t straighten her leg out, so we had to keep massaging her leg and finally we got it straightened out.”

The only thing good in this story is, that the doctor came in every day and made house calls.
I only had to wait for 8 hours, and that was the end of the story.
For Janie it was a 6 month ordeal – probably heart wrenching, having to place boiling pads on your child – causing a lot of pain.
So let us be thankful for today.
Yes, the “Good Old Days” were much simpler,
but were they really better??

Off to Australia – A Mystery of a Different Kind – Part 4

Another piece of history has found a home.
This week I received an e-mail that said:

Hi Elisabeth,

I am interested in the book How To Be Always Well on your webpage
I am the great-grandson of Neil Simpson. My mother’s mother, Evelyn (Simpson) MacKechnie was the daughter of Neil. The family had moved to Vancouver, BC before she was born and they made several trips back to PEI. My grandmother was born in Cavendish in PEI on one of the return trips.
My grandmother married Dr Hugh Alexander MacKechnie in Vancouver, where my mother, Margaret and her brother (my uncle) were born. My mother immigrated to Sydney, Australia and married my father, Leonhard , who had immigrated from Germany. My father passed away in August. My mother and I still live in Sydney, Australia.
Note that my Mum is Anne with an e. She feels very connected with “Anne of Green Gables” as Neil and Lucy Maud Montgomery used to sit close together in school. They were cousins.
My grandmother made several contributions to the archives in Charlottetown.
I visited PEI in 2010, I went to the archives. I tried to find a porcupine box that my grandmother had left there but the archivists could not find it. I also tried to find the location of William Simpson’s original log cabin near Cavendish. I have many relatives still living in PEI and across Canada.
If you still have the book and are willing to part with it I would love to have a piece of family history. My brother is also very interested in our family history.

Kind Regards,
So I packed up the book, and it is now on a journey across the continent – where I hope Neil Simpson’s family will be enriched by the wisdom he left behind.

Wightman Point or St. Andrew’s Point Pioneer Cemetery

St. Andrew’s Point Pioneer Cemetery
Wightman Point Pioneer Cemetery

One of the quaintest and peaceful cemeteries I have ever visited was the Wightman Point Pioneer Cemetery. It is located on a point of land in Lower Montague, King’s County, PEI, just off the St. Andrew’s Point Day Park – across the bay from Panmure Island. It has an entrance gate and is located near the shore in a treed area. There are only five remaining headstones as well as several worn sandstone markers. The site has endured coastal erosion and a section of it has disappeared. Many of the gravestone remnants were of a red sandstone and have become totally illegible over the past 200 years.

A section of this 213-years old cemetery has already disappeared due to erosion Bones exposed in historic cemetery investigated

John Wightman and Margaret Ray Armstrong

In 1821, John Wightman and his wife, Margaret and their family emigrated from Hoddam in Dumfries, Scotland. Their son, the Hon. Joseph Wightman (1806-1887) would be a major business and political figure in the area, serving as High Sheriff of Kings County. Two of his sons were killed in action in the American Civil War – one lies next to his grandparents, James Wightman.
The Grave stone describes John as a Loving husband , a kind parent who leaves a wife, son and a daughter to mourn the sad loss of one esteemed by all who knew him.
Margaret’s Grave stone describes her; “During her sojourn here she was exemplary in her charity to the poor and bore the character of a good Christian virtuous wife and loving mother and leaves her relatives to mourn their bereavement”.

Dr. James Wightman

Graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1862. He was the assistant surgeon to the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry during the U.S. Civil War – part of the Union army – fought against slavery. According to (The record of the Second Massachusetts Infantry, 1861-65) a faithful man, assistant surgeon to work himself to death in a few weeks. He contracted typhoid and died on June 16, 1863 in the Armoury Hospital in Washington, D.C. His remains were sent back to the Island.

Neil Mackinnon

Neil MacKinnon (1829-1858), the son of

Angus and Mary MacKinnon

of Sturgeon PEI was drowned at sea

Drowned at sea t age of 28





James Young

James was born January 23, 1790 Prince Edward Island to David Young
and Elizabeth Rae Young.
His father David was born in Scotland, moved to PEI in 1785 and received 200 acres of wilderness. He served in the Revolutionary War in New York. James, who was a Constable and a Three Rivers Farmer died September 1876. He. Among other crops he also grew 500 bushels of potatoes. He married Bridget O’Brien, a Catholic whom came from Ireland in 1809. He belonged to the Church of Scotland. So she converted to the Church of Scotland (Source: Steve Young), so they cold get married.

Job Creed

The story of Job Creed, the son of William Creed and Elizabeth Prince, a direct descendent of William Brewster, the leader of the Mayflower Expedition; an Anglican who wanted to get married to Mary Thistle, a Catholic born in Ireland, much to his father’s dislike.
His father, a wealthy man, threatened to cut off his son’s inheritance “without a shillin'” if he married a Catholic.
That did not seem deter Job Creed, because he married her anyway and they lived very happily together and raised a large family.
Job was a very talented man, he was a lay preacher in the English Church at Georgetown, and performed many funerals. He is buried near his mother’s grave and it cannot be found today.
Mary is buried across the bay in the Panmure Island cemetery, and Job is buried in the cemetery at Wightmans Point. Since being of different religions, they could not be buried in the same cemetery. They requested to be facing each other in their different cemeteries., a bay separating them.

The earliest known grave in this cemetery is that of John Aitken (1729-1799). His stone is legible and enclosed by a fence.
His name should really have been Job.
He came to Canada aboard the “Lovely Nelly” which departed Dumfries, Scotland in 1775. With him were his wife, Margaret (Lowden) Aitken and their two sons and two daughters. He was listed on the ship’s register as a “labourer” who was leaving “to provide for his family a better livelihood.” They decided to settle near Three Rivers, where John bought his first 100 acres. “He bought a quantity of supplies which would have seen them through the first winter . . .
But in this year occurred an invasion of mice which destroyed everything in the houses as well as in the fields, even the potatoes planted in the ground.” (Wellwood Waugh).
A second catastrophe followed in the fall of 1775. American fishermen broke into the building where Aiken’s supplies were kept and made off with everything. The ship that was to bring additional supplies was lost at sea and they were forced to dig through four feet of ice for clams to keep from starving.
Since their cattle kept wondering off and getting lost in the woods, they then moved to Panmure Island (adjacent to Cardigan Bay) only to find that at low tide the cattle still strayed, so they eventually returned to their first location. His daughter Agnes died crossing the ice to Lower Montague and froze to death during a storm, coming home from visiting friends. She was the first to be buried in the Panmure Island cemetery.
John himself died in 1799 (the year in which St. Johns Island was renamed Prince Edward Island) and was buried at St. Andrew’s Point where his grave was marked by a rudely cut slab of Island sandstone. It has been told that a well cut stone was prepared in Scotland, UK in his memory but the ship bringing it over was lost at sea.              (http/


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