Duncan McEachern bc. 1825 Scot.(blacksmith) d?
1m.c 1850 Ann MacLean bc. 1834 d ? pre-1873
Both Came from Isle of Islay, Scotland and settled in the area of St. Ann's, Victoria County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
i) Duncan Jr. b 1854 d -1917 -Lived in New Brunswick for a while, but was chief of police in Sydney, N.S. so he must have moved back there.
ii) Mary Ann b. 1859 unmarried d 26.01.1911 Boston
iii) Murdoch b 1860 (other ref has yob 1861),
iv) Alexander (Stewart) b1863 - d. 1927, St. John, NB
v) Johanna b. 1868 - d1958
2- Duncan McEachern SR 2m 1873 Jessie MacDonald bc 1840
3- Alexander McEachern b1863 (iv above)
1M Christina MacDonald b1867
Alexander was somehow "lost at sea" no details given. Rejoined the living in New Brunswick as Alexander Stewart, widower. His family knew he hadn't drowned because he met up with his father in Nova Scotia and stayed with his brother Duncan in New Brunswick for a while. It was when Duncan returned to N.S, that Alec moved to New Castle, N.B. Married one Mary Wallace 18/08/91 and they had 7 children, 2 of whom died as children. Alec is my great-grandfather. I am so proud.
We only found out about this deception a little over a month ago. We did hear a rumour many years ago that either Alec or his father had been running from the law in Scotland and took his wife's maiden name to avoid capture. We were told the name was "McCracken." Not too far a stretch. Based on all the other information we were given, including government records, we didn't give this too much credence. Of course, the government got the information from Alexander, so it supported his claim. There were always holes, but the Cape Breton records were notoriously hard to find.
Does anybody have any information on Duncan McEachern and Annie McLean like the towns they were born in, their birth families, etc.
Any others with Islay roots may find it interesting to hear that the English/British tax collectors took over a century to work up the guff to set foot on Islay to collect the whiskey tax from the many distillers there. The excuse given was "they are a wild and barbarous people." Strangely, they didn't go on Islay until the first waves of emigrants left for the "new" world. Hmmm...
Thanks for taking the time to read through this,
Deborah Stewart (?)