Posting a translation of an article on the history of the McFadden and related
families of Buctouche, N.B from "Le Moniteur Acadien" of Shediac, N.B. dated
28 March 1890.
As I am by no means a professional translater, this post should not be cited as
a source. Please consult the original article available on microfilm interlibary
loan from the National Libary of Canada.
Died at Bouctouche, on the 19th of March, Michael McFadden, Esq., at the age of
On the occasion of the death of Michael Mcfadden, Esq., I have prepared the
following remarks on his family.
John McFadden, born in Ireland, arrived at Saint John in 1824 at the age of 16.
A sister by the name of Ellen later married to Patrick McCullough, of Saint
John, had preceded him to America by a couple of years and with no knowledge of
where she was, he found her in Saint John. He became engaged with a compatriot
by the name of Hart to work in the lumber camps of the upper Saint John River.
His employer was most pleased by his excellent qualities but John was not able
to earn a living by swinging an axe and as a consequence was not of much use.
Hart counselled his young friend to become a peddler and acting as his mentor
provided him with a generous advance. John took the money and in the course of
his travels, he had the good fortune to visit Bouctouche. He decided that here
was where he was going to live. In 1830 he purchased a fine property, the land
of Wenceslaus Roy, on the south bank of the Madagouiac (Little Bouctouche)
River, where his son Patrick still lives in fine comfort. In 1832, he married
Ann Kiswick who converted to the Catholic religion.
Anne Kiswick was the sister of John Kiswick who died in Bouctouche in 1882 at
the age of 80 and of Mrs. John Potts who is still alive at the age of 78. The
Kiswick family came from the north of Ireland and arrived in Bouctouche around
1828. Mrs. John Mcfadden died in 1853 at the age of 45 and the widower married
a second time to Marguerite Desprez who is still alive. John died on the 6th
of May 1868 at the age of 60.
His brother Patrick was married first to Rose Mulhern and then for a second time to
Marie Henri. His sisters, Sarah who married Michel Carroll, Mary who married
William Elliot and Suzanne who is a deceased spinster, arrived in Bouctouche in
William Elliot has left two sons: Thomas who married Alice McPhelan, and Joseph
who married Marie Chamberland. Michel Carroll is still alive at a very advanced
age while his wife Sarah, died in March 1879 at the age of 66. Patrick McCullough
and his wife died several years ago in Saint John. They left a grandson in
Bouctouche, Harry, aged 10, who resides with the parish priest, Rev. Michaud and
takes classes at the convent of the Immaculate Conception with great success and
another granddaughter, Kateline, aged 7 who lives with her mother and also takes
classes at the convent. These children are the sole offspring of Patrick
McCullough who died in 1884 and Ruth Trenholm, this Patrick being the son of the
elder Patrick McCullough.
John McFadden and Patrick McCullough Sr. were for a long time associated in
The children of John McFadden and Anne Kiswick are:
Michel, deceased bachelor;
Jane, married to John Plume of South Branch, Richiboutou;
John, deceased bachelor;
Ellen, elderly spinster living in Saint John;
Thomas, elderly bachelor;
James, died in Ireland;
Patrick, married to Sarah O'Sullivan and father of a large family;
Mary, married to John Gifford, Saint John;
Joseph, married to Ellen O'Flaherty.
The McFadden family came from Clones, Fermanagh County in the north of Ireland,
the same village that has given this province the esteemed Bishop of Saint John,
Monsiegneur John Sweeny. The elderly John McFadden took great pleasure to relate
that he had assisted at the marriage of the father and mother of the Monseigneur
of Saint John.
John McFadden had purchased for his brother Patrick the property of the heirs of
Julien Collet comprising the second lot at the tip of the Point and adjacent to
the grant of Jacques Cormier. When the elderly Patrick who had spent all his
life in the neighborhood of the Church, decided in 1874 to spend his final years
in Saint John, Miss Marguerite Maillet, no doubt inspired by divine providence,
purchased from him the plot of land between Black River and the road to the
Church, containing 20 arpents. When Rev. Michaud arrived in the parish in 1876
and spoke about building a convent, Miss Maillet, in order to encourage such a
fine enterprise, donated this fine property whose value today is uncountable.
The rest of the lot was purchased and added to this property for the usage of
the convent. Miss Marguerite Maillet, born in St. Louis, is today the esteemed
Sister Julienne, superior of the convent of Ste. Anne in Shediac.
Some comments on this extensive article:
Michael McFdden was reported to be 56 in the burial entry in the Bouctouche
parish register. The writer reports him to be 66.
The three Kiswick siblings, John, Anne and Margaret always reported that they
were natives of Scotland when enumerated by census takers. The writer asserts
they originated in northern Ireland.