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Angus GILLIS MACDONALD[1]

Male Abt 1755 - 1833  (~ 78 years)


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  • Name Angus GILLIS MACDONALD 
    Born Abt 1755  Morar, Inverness-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Abt 1770  [2
    gille (body servant) to his cousin and chieftain John McDonald ofGlenaladale 
    Emigration 1773  United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • came to America with his chief young Glen, John McDonald of Glenaladale.
    Anecdote 1783  Merigomish, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • received an allotment of land
    Died 9 Aug 1833  West Merigomish, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Aug 1835  Egerton, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    Saint Andrew's Cemetery 
    • "In memory of Angus McDonald of French River. Died August 9, 1835, aged80. Cairid na chiad Gaeil a thainigin duthch" (friend of the firstHighlanders who came to the country)
    Death 9 Aug 1835  French River now Egerton, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Anecdote
    • A legend states that a Gillis woman from Morar married one of the MacIanMacDonaldfs from Glencoe, and lived in Glencoe. She escaped the Massacreperpetrated by the Campbells under English orders in 1692. Her husbandwas killed, but she made her way home over the mountains to Morarcarrying their child. Living with her parents, she brought up the childas a Gillis, fearing Campbell vengeance on a survivor of the Massacre.When Angus "Pioneer" settled in America nearly a century later he tookback the proper name of MacDonald which his ancestor had abandoned.
    Anecdote
    • Subject: Descendants of Angus (Gillis) MacDonald, Morar, Inverness-shire,Scotland and his wife, Elizabeth Grant.
      In St. Andrew's Cemetery, Egerton are two gravestones, side by side,close to the place where the Catholic Church stood during the earlyyears of the 19th century. On one stone is "In memory of Angus McDonaldof French River. Died August 9, 1835, aged 80. Cairid na chiad Gaeil athainigIn duthch". On the other stone is "In memory of Elizabeth Grant,spouse to Angus McDonald, departed this life April 18, 1825, aged 67years". She was the daughter of Peter Grant, Little Harbour.
      Angus "Pioneer" MacDonald came to Prince Edward Island (then SaintJohn's Island) with John MacDonald of Glenaladale, a Clanranaldchieftain, in the early 1770ts. With his chieftain he fought against theAmerican invaders who attacked Quebec in 1775.
      Angus "Pioneer" and his brother John (Ban) Gillis settled in Arisaig.But Angus soon moved west,-taking up a lot of land on MerigomishHarbour, in what is now Egerton. The home of Angus and Elizabeth becamea stopping point for many travellers making the journey between Pictouand the new settlements in Antigonish and Cape Breton. This is thereason for the Gaelic inscription on Angus's gravestone: "friend of thefirst Highlanders who came to the country". Family tradition has it thatFather (later Bishop) Angus B. MacEachern and Father Vincent de Paul theTrappist missionary enjoyed the MacDonald hospitality.
      We know of seven children born to Angus and Elizabeth:
      (1)Mrs. MacNeil (Anne)
      (2)John
      (3)Angus (Squire)
      (4)Donald
      (5)Peter (Paddy)
      (6)Mrs. MacK. (?)
      (7)Jane - Mrs. "Pilot" MacDonald, Pictou
      Explanations:
      (2)John had 13 children; his wife was a Chisholm.
      (3)"Squire" Angus, so-called because he was a Justice of the Peace, waskilled in 1850 in an accident on the Albion Mines Railway. He wasmarried twice, both times to MacDonalds from Little Harbour.
      (4)Donald was married to Catherine MacDonald. They had four sons, twodaughters - Donald, "Big Angus", Paddy, John (Custos), Annie andElizabeth. A descendant of this union, Donald "Point Betty", brought upa large family on Point Betty Island in Merigomish Harbour. His daughterKatherine is the family historian. Donald's son "Big Angus" marriedEunice MacLeod. A son, Father W.B. MacDonald, was long-time pastor ofLourdes Parish in Pictou County. Another descendant of "Big Angus" wasAngus "Printer" MacDonald of Egerton and New Glasgow. Angus "Printer's"first wife was "Squire" Angus' grand-daughter. By her he had a number ofchildren: Bernard, Donald, Bertha (Mrs. Bob Beaton, Pictou), Vincent,and others. The "Printer's" second wife was Pauline "Blacksmith"MacDonald, they had no children. John "Custos" was a public official(Custos Rotulorum) at North Grant, Antigonish County. Descendants ofJohn "Custos" include the children of John "Piper" MacDonald (well-knownas "Jack the carpenter" at St.F.X. in the 19401s). John Piper's wife wasCatherine Sutton, grand-daughter of John "Custos". They had 9 children:Robbie, well-known teacher in Antigonish; Hugh A.; J.J.; Frank; SisterMonica, C.N.D.; Mrs. James Hanrahan, and others. A daughter of John"Custos" son Donald was Mrs. "Johnny Jim" Chisholm, Brierly Book. Herson, Dan, retired CN Telegraph foreman, lived in New Glasgow. A brotherof Mrs. "Johnny Jim", Peter, was drowned in Massachusetts in 1898. (Alineman, he was splicing a cable under a bridge over the ConcordRiver.)
      (5)Peter "Paddy" married a Campbell from Antigonish.
      Comments
      (A)Of the numerous descendants of Angus "Pioneer" and his wife, no onenow (1992) lives in Egerton to carry on the MacDonald name (Katherine,historian, is a summer resident).McCarrons, MacInnises and A.A.MacKenzie are descendants, but are not MacDonalds. Many of the relativesare in the United States.
      (B)Barnabas McGee, Roys, Copelands and others were settled in what isnow Merigomish before Angus and Elizabeth came to these shores (andMicmacs and Acadian French before any of them). But Angus and Elizabethwere Highland Scotch pioneers in what is now Egerton. The community nowcalled Merigomish was long known as French River. (The ICR railroadstation at Merigomish was called French River Station for some years).Angus lived near the mouth of Sutherland's River, and is known to somedescendants as "Angus the River".
      (C)We might note the large number of nicknames - "Squire" Angus;"Widow's Angus" (also called "Cabbage Angus"); "John California"; "Sandythe Caulker"; Donald "Blacksmith"; Donald "Point-Betty"; "Old YoungJohn"; "Old Young John"s Big Johnny's John"; Angus "Paddy"s" Allan;Jimmy "Island John" - his father was from Prince Edward Island; Katiefrom the Ponds; Angus "Governor"; Angus "Jimmy Dan"; and there areothers.
      (D)There were many second marriages - usually of widowers. It was ahard life for women. One branch of the family had so many daughtersmarry widowers that my grandmother - Janet (McVicar) MacEachen and hersister-in-law -- Catherine (Grant) McVicar wished to put a large sign atthe gate to that relative's property: MORE WIDOWERS WANTED. Familypressure stopped the project.
      There was also a considerable amount of intermarriage among cousins.
      (E)Remarkably little is known yet of Angus "Pioneer's" three daughtersand their descendants.
      There may also have been another son of the pioneer -Alex.
      (F)How did Angus "Pioneer" come to change his name to MacDonald?Several sources suggest that he did it out of gratitude to hischieftain, MacDonald of Glenaladale. But "Squire" Angus grand-daughters,Rachel and Dolena MacDonald, had an explanation received from theirfather. A Gillis woman from Morar married one of the MacIan MacDonaldfsfrom Glencoe, and lived in Glencoe. She escaped the Massacre perpetratedby the Campbells under English orders in 1692. Her husband was killed,but she made her way home over the mountains to Morar carrying theirchild. Living with her parents, she brought up the child as a Gillis,fearing Campbell vengeance on a survivor of the Massacre. When Angus"Pioneer" settled in America nearly a century later he took back theproper name of MacDonald which his ancestor had abandoned.
      A.A. MacKenzie
      Department of History
      St. F. X. University
    Anecdote
    • Angus Pioneer MacDonald
      Letters in Halifax Chronicle from Aonghas Qg (Young Angus), reprinted inAntigonish Casket. Letters deal with Father D.J. Rankin (History ofCounty of Antigonish) statement that Angus Gillis took the MacDonaldname to get Glenaladale's help to get land in Merigomish.
      Casket July 31, 1924
      Angus Gillis was adopted by his near relative MacDonald of Glenaladalewhen a child in Scotland, so was made a member of the Laird's ownfamily. In his teens he came to Prince Edward Island with Glenaladale.Glenaladale had 20,000 acres in P.E.I. but never secured a foot of landin Nova Scotia for himself or anyone else.
      Young Angus MacDonald joined Glenaladale's Regiment during the AmericanRevolution. On disbandment in 1784 he got a soldier's grant of land nearthe mouth of (illegible, likely Sutherland's River]. Hence he -was knownto his contemporaries as Aonghas na h'aibhne -- Angus at the River. Someyears later he bought a lot of 400 acres at Merigomish about 2 milesfrom his first settlement. There some of his descendants are to be foundtoday. He bought this land from Sir John Wentworth on October 25, 1815for the sum of 400 pounds sterling. It was registered at Pictou onNovember 10, 1815 on the oathe of William Fraser before Hugh Denoon,Deputy Registrar.
      Casket August 3, 1924
      Father Rankin questions Aonghas Og sources and credibility.
      Casket August 28, 1924
      Aonghag Og demolishes Rankin.
    Name Angus (Gillis) MacDonald 
    Name Angus Gillis  [2
    Name Angus MacDonald  [2
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    Person ID I3805  Work in progress june2018
    Last Modified 25 Jun 2018 

    Father Roderick Donald GILLIS,   b. 1730, Inverness-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1796, Barra, Inverness-shire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother MACGILLIVRAY,   b. Abt 1730, Morar, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1755  Morar, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2140  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elizabeth GRANT,   b. 1758, Little Harbor, British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1825, Merigomish now Egerton, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married Abt 1775  [4
    Children 
     1. Anne MCDONALD,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Daughter MCDONALD,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Peter MCDONALD,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Allan MACDONALD,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. John MCDONALD,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Peter MACDONALD,   b. Abt 1786,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. John Gillis MACDONALD,   b. 1787,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Donald MACDONALD,   b. Abt 1788, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Jane MCDONALD,   b. Abt 1792,   d. Yes, date unknown
     10. Angus MACDONALD,   b. Abt 1800, Merigomish, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850  (Age ~ 50 years)
     11. Daniel MCDONALD,   b. Jan 1837, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1928, New Glasgow, 1654157, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F2138  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 MACDONALD,   b. Abt 1750, Lochaber, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1775  [1
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F2139  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart