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Catherine McPhee MacDonald

Catherine McPhee MacDonald

Posted: 20 Jan 2006 1:58AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: MacDonald/McDonald and MacPhee/McPhee
I have an original letter dated 8th September 1813 Gengarie addressed to her brother James MacPhee
of Nine Mile River Nova Scotia. In this letter she states has two daughters named Katie who is married and
Jenny who is married (unknown married names) and
her eldest son is Hugh who is married and 2nd
eldest son is Donald who is at Quebec (in 1813) and
has a cousin Peggy who has a son Donald believed
to be living in 9MR Nova Scotia. In addition she has
a nephew Hugh and his wife living with her. The
author of this letter has signed "Dear Brother yours
till Death Catherine MacPhee alias MacDonald.
LOOKING FOR DESCENDENTS AND NAME OF HER
HUSBAND AND AREA OF GLENGARRY ONTARIO
THAT THEY LIVED.

Re: Catherine McPhee MacDonald

James Allan McDonald (View posts)
Posted: 20 Jan 2006 2:44AM GMT
Classification: Query
There was a Catherine M(a)cDonald married to a Donald M(a)cPhee. This couple resided on Lot 20, 6th Concession, Kenyon Twp. Donald's death was in March of 1884 and he was buried at St. Alexander of Lochiel in Lochiel Twp. Donald was b. abt 1788 based on the purported age of 94 years at the time of his death. It seems that Catherine predeceased her husband as she is noted as deceased in 1870 at the time of their child Angus' marriage. This couple was Catholic.

I don't know if this is the correct couple?

Re: Catherine McPhee MacDonald

Alice Mombourquette (View posts)
Posted: 20 Jan 2006 3:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes could be Catholic - it is worth investigating.
I had someone look at the letter and they thought
she was Protestant - I did not ask how this thought
was determined but assumed because of the lack
of any religious context ie. God Bless you etc. The
information posted is all that I know. I have the
genealogy information on her brother James McPhee
born 1758 Inverness-shire Scotland in the Glen Moriston/Glen Urquhart/Strathglass area.
DNA testing has shown that he is not the son
of John McPhee b. 1725 which has been the accepted
line for many many years. Looking for James McPhee
siblings and parents plus more information on his
sister Catherine McPhee MacDonald. It is noted she
signed her letter with Mac Donald but used MacPhee
when he brother used McPhee. Thank you for you
assistance. Do you have any other information on this
MacDonald line?

Re: Catherine McPhee MacDonald

James Allan McDonald (View posts)
Posted: 20 Jan 2006 3:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
There was also a Catherine M(a)cDonald, U.E. who was marred to a Hugh M(a)cPhee. Catherine was a daughter of John Roy M(a)cDonald, U.E.L. and Anne McDonell of Knoydart. I've only documented a marriage for their son Angus (married 1827 at St. Raphaels). This couple was also Catholic. This Catherine was likely a bit older than the Catherine from the first reply. This Catherine could have been born 1760 or earlier.

I know nothing more regarding Catherine (from my first reply)'s lineage. She is likely (from context) born closer to 1790-1800.

Re: Catherine McPhee MacDonald

James Allan McDonald (View posts)
Posted: 20 Jan 2006 3:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
It seems I did not read your intial email closely enough. You are likely looking for a M(a)Phee married to a M(a)cDonald... not the opposite? I don't seem to have any likely candidates in my database for a Catherine born M(a)cPhee married to a M(a)cDonald of the generation that you are searching. My Glengarry Co. database is primarily Catholic. Do you know if the male children you mention were M(a)cDonald's or some other surname?

Re: Catherine McPhee MacDonald

Alice Mombourquette (View posts)
Posted: 20 Jan 2006 3:46AM GMT
Classification: Query
This is also very interesting as Hugh is interchangeable with Ewan/Ewen and both names
are showing in the McPhee lineage. The McPhee's
among others, ie. Fraser, Chisholm, Grant, etc. were
on the Ship Glasgow from Scotland arrived New York
1775 and impressed into the Royal Highland Emigrants later the 84th Regt. 2nd Bat. in Nova Scotia.
Do not know where they were heading but suspect it
was the Mohawk Valley of New York State which during
the US Revolutionary War formed their own military unit under Sir Wm Johnson's son, while other loyalist
all went to Glengarry Ontario and other parts from
Quebec down to the Niagara area of Ontario. Do not
know if Catherine McPhee who married Mr. MacDonald
was a loyalist or with a military unit or direct from
Scotland into Glengarry Ontario. Thank very much for
your information. I am up against a brick wall as I need
to know Catherine's husband first name and area in
Glengarry that they settled in in order to get information
from Glengarry Ontario. I am gratefull for your answers because they give me an area to investigate. Thank you again. Alice

Re: Catherine McPhee MacDonald

Alice Mombourquette (View posts)
Posted: 20 Jan 2006 3:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have only the original letter to go by in which she
signed her name Catherine MacPhee alias MacDonald. It is noted her brother James signed his
name McPhee. Not concerned about Mc/Mac and
lately wondering about religion. The McPhee's are a
broken clan and no doubt tenants - when they arrived
in Nova Scotia they were Protestants but they COULD
have been tenants with the Catholic Chisholms. On
the Glasgow ship there were Catholics and Protestants. I am beginning to think Scottish loyalties
were stronger than religion barriers considering the
British after 1745/1746 barred Catholic religion and
Scottish kilts, etc. Thank you. Alice

Re: Catherine McPhee MacDonald

Posted: 7 Jan 2013 5:51AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McPhee, McDonald, McMillan
Hello, I realize this is 6+ years later but still searching.
James McPhee is my gggrandfather. I know Alice M. she is about 5 generations from James 1758 as am I. I had my DNA tested and the Haplotype is I1b where the John McPhees are R1b. this leads me to believe McPhee was not the name they were born with. John's wife could have been married to some one else (James and Catherin's father) and due to the termoil in Scotland Highlands their name wasn't healthy. I am grabimg at straws but the "brick wall" is thick. I was thinking maybe McMillan. I have hired Genealogists and they were stumped also. I don't know when Catherine came to America and if she was married at the time. The letter was written from Glengarry Ontario and sent to James in Hants County, Nova Scotia. when the revolutionary war started they probably left New York and moved to English terratory. Any help is appreciated.
Thank you, William McPhee
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