I'm sure you are right. From what I can figure out - J Macdonald worked all his life for the public works dept at Chaudiere Falls as deputy slide master. It took a year to figure out what a slide master was! The Candian government records are online which is really nice.
It looks like my 1st great grandfather was born on Victoria island (near Ottawa). Think they lived on the island near Chaudiere falls. My 1st great grandmother's father was a contractor (John R O'Connor). Several great grand uncles were machinist (Macdonald). My grandfather (H A Macdonald) went to McGill University.
I wish I could figure out where the O'Connor's came from in Ireland. I can't imagine what it was likein late 1700's or early 1800's. Your description of it tells me I need to get some history books on Ottawa and surrounding counties. They were hardy people for sure.
Well, I am glad I connected with you. When you search for your husbands people, have you tried last name "," and first initial?
My 2nd cousin tells me the family owned an island at some point. She sent me pictues of their cottage on the island. They also loved scull racing. She sent me pics of metals they won in various races in Ottawa. My cousin has many stories and pictures. The Oconnors were from Ireland too. They moved to Ottawa much earlier than the Macdonald's. The O'Connors lived in Leeds County as far back as 1824 because JR O'Connor was born in Leeds county in 1824. His mother E Robertson was also born there.
I've never been to Ottawa or Leeds County. But that is another trip I plan to make.