I'm interested in solving the mystery of Donald Steele b. 1796 in S. Uist, Inverness Scotland. He was married to Jessie "Janet" Cumming abt. 1820 in Scotland. She was born abt. 1796 in S. Uist, Scotland but died shortly after her arrival in Canada around 1850 or 1851.
They had 6 children, all born in S. Uist:
Donald Steele b. 1821
Ann Steele b. 1826
John Steele b. 1826
Laughlin Steele b. 1828
Angus Steele b. 1831
James John 'John' Steele b. 1833
In the 1851 census they are in Oxford Co as follows:
1851 Census for Oxford West:
Donald Steel 60 Scotland Laborer Widowed RC
Donald Steel 32 Scotland Single RC
Ann Steel 30 Scotland Single RC
Laughlin Steel 28 Scotland Single RC
John Steel 27 Scotland Single RC
Angus Steel 24 Scotland Single RC
James Steel 12 Scotland Single RC
But then I think the family moves to Middlesex County by 1861. I think this may be the 1861 census for Donald Sr. & son Donald Jr.:
1861 Census of Canada about Donald Steel (this is in W. Williams)
Name: Donald Steel
Birth Year: 1786
Marital Status: Widowed
Home in 1861: Middlesex, Canada West
Religion: R Catholic
Donald Steel 75
Listed with the following family members:
Donald Steel age 40, born Scotland
Mrs. D. Steel, age 37 born Scot
Donald Steel, age 75, born Scot
Catherine Steel, age 2, born Canada
Janet Steel, age 1, born Canada
I think Donald Jr. was first married to a Mary Unknown in 1854. Then a 2nd time to a Christina McIntyre in 1868 (I can't locate the marriage record).
I need to find some way to prove/disprove that this is the son of Donald Steele & Janet Cummings. Or, any of the other children for that matter.
I have the marriage records for St. Peter's R.C. Church through to 1900 and the family did not marry there. Since they are R.C., I need to know what other alternatives might be available to me to research on a trip to London (likely a weekend trip).
What resources should I be checking for Catholic Scots in W. Williams Twp., Ontario?
Any advice or input would be appreciated. I'm well versed in Catholic research in St. Peter's London & St. Patrick's Lucan, but am unfamiliar with my options outside of that area.