The Descendants of Robert and Cecilia Stewart of Chamberbane, in Nova Scotia

Strathtummel and a snow-clad Schiehallion

Strathtummel and a snow-clad Schiehallion

In February 1786 Robert Stewart of Chamberbane married Cecilia Stewart of Milltown of Fincastle, parish of Dull, but the Old Parish records provide little information about their parentage.

January 28th 1786, Dull
Robert Stewart in the parish of Blair Atholl and Cecil Stewart in this parish gave up their names in order to marriage. Tax paid

1786, Blair Atholl
Robert Stewart in Chamberbane and Cecil Stewart in Millntown of Foncastle, Dull parish (married) 8th February.

Robert's parents are unknown, but Stewart marriages at Chamberbane (Helen, 22nd March 1773; Janet, 17th December 1779; and Donald, 28th January 1787), may be those of siblings.

Robert and Cecilia probably had nine children.

1787 Blair Atholl
Robert Stewart in Chamberbane and Cecil Stewart his wife had a child born 3rd and baptised 7th March, named James.

1791 Blair Atholl
Robert Stewart in Chamberbane and Cecil Stewart his wife had a son born 1st and baptised 2nd October, named Robert.

Robert Stewart in Chamberbane foresaid and his wife had a son baptised 15th June 1789 named John.

1796 Blair Atholl
Robert Stewart in Chamberbane and Cecil Stewart his wife had a child baptised 27th November, named Donald.

1798 Blair Atholl
Cirsty, daughter to Robert Stewart and Cecil Stewart, Chamberbane, Strathtummel born 26th, baptised 29th December.

1801 Blair Atholl
Elispeth and Jean, lawful twins to Robert Stewart and Cecil Stewart, in Chamberbane, born 4th July and baptised 5th.

1804 Blair Atholl
Patrick lawful son to Peter (error?) Stewart and Cecil Stewart, spouse, in Chamberbane was born 5th April 1804 and baptised 10th.

No record of birth nor baptism has been found for their daughter Isobel Stewart who is thought to have been born between 1793 and 1794.

When David Stewart of Garth listed the Stewart families of Strathtummel in 1817, he included Cecil Stewart (widow) with her five sons and two daughters. Unfortunately no homestead names are provided on the list, but this is probably the Chamberbane family. If so, the twin daughters Elisabeth and Jean had died by 1817.

The "Presbyterian Witness" had the following death notice on Saturday April 15th, 1848. (Antigonish Co was formerly Sydney County).

STEWART, Cecilia died March 5th at Lochaber Lake, Sydney County, aged 89, native of Blair Athol, Perthshire, Scotland. Emigrated in 1833, has been a widow for 45 years.

This suggests that Cecilia Stewart was born around 1759 and that her husband Robert died around 1804, possibly even before the birth of his son Patrick. This might account for the error in the name of Patrick's father in the register of births.

(Generation 1) The Children of Robert Stewart and Cecilia Stewart of Chamberbane and Nova Scotia

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
James Mar 3 1787 Margaret McLauchlan . Westchester N.S. h. Sep 7 1869
w. May 2 1891
'Big' John Jun 15 1789 Ann McDonald Feb 15 1821 Lochaber N.S. h. Oct 16 1869
w. Dec 3 1872
Robert Oct 1 1791 . . . d.
Isobel 1794? Thomas McLauchlan Feb 11 1816 Westchester h. May 15 1866
w. Nov 21 1875
Donald Oct 24 1796 . . . d.
Christy Dec 26 1798 'Deacon' Robert Stewart May 6 1827 Lochaber N.S. h. Jul 22 1873
w. Dec 6 1879
Elspeth Jul 4 1801 died in infancy? . . d.
Jean Jul 4 1801 died in infancy? . . d.
Patrick (Peter) Apr 5 1804 . . . d.

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The family of James Stewart and Margaret McLauchlan of Westchester, Nova Scotia

James, eldest son Robert and Cecilia, married Margaret McLauchlan, but the marriage does not seem to be entered in the Blair Atholl OPR.

James and Margaret McLauchlan had three sons born while they were living at Chamberbane where James was working as a tailor, but only the baptism of their eldest, Robert, is recorded in the Blair Atholl OPR.

1826 Blair Atholl
Robert, lawful son to James Stewart and Margaret McLauchlan in Chamberbane was born 5th January and baptised 10th.

Family records show that the other two sons born in Borenich were John on 12th May 1827 and Donald on 15th July 1830.

In 1832 the whole family emigrated to Nova Scotia and settled in Westchester where the rest of their family were born.

(Generation 2) The Children of James Stewart and Margaret McLauchlan of Chamberbane in Borenich and Westchester, Nova Scotia

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Robert Jan 5 1826 Christie Stewart Oct 6 1863 Westchester N.S. h. May 9 1888
w. Jun 30 1882
John May 12 1827 Grace Ross Dec 21 1865 Birchwood N.S. h. Mar 16 1910
w.
Donald Jul 15 1830 Lucy Ann Reid Jun 23 1864 Victoria Cross Road h. May 27 1907
w. Aug 5 1899
Christian Feb 12 1834 died in childhood . Westchester N.S. d. Dec 21 1841
Peter Jun 12 1837 Isobella McLeod Jan 25 1872 Westchester N.S. h. Nov 6 1904
w.
Alexander Dec 30 1838 Catherine McArthur Nov 23 1869 Victoria N.S. h. Jun 22 1917
w. Jul 9 1921
Margaret Apr 1841 Isaiah Singer Feb 15 1869 Westchester N.S. h.
w.

It is most likely that the family emigrated along with James 'Ban' Stewart and the Stewarts of Balcastle, as they also emigrated in 1832 and settled in Westchester, Nova Scotia.

The Marriage Bond for the Province of Nova Scotia dated August 4th 1863 shows that Robert Stewart of Westchester, Cumberland County, farmer, bachelor and Christie Stewart, spinster, obtained a licence directed to Rev. Thomas Downie at Antigonish, Antigonish County. John Stewart of Lochaber also signed the bond. Robert and Christie were married at the Presbyterian Church (now the United Church) in Antigonish on October 6th 1863. Robert was given as the son of James and Margaret Stewart, and although the bride's parents are not given, it is almost certain that they were Deacon Robert Stewart and Christie Stewart of Lochaber, two of the Balcastle Stewarts. As such the married couple would have been first cousins.

Details of the parents of Christie Stewart can be found in the Contents Index, under "Deacon Robert Stewart of North Lochaber, N.S. (1798-1873)"

Robert and Christie Stewart lived and farmed at Westchester Mountain, Cumberland County and appear with their family in the 1881 Canadian Census.

Westchester, Cumberland, District 22, Household 16

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Robert Stewart M 56y Scotland farmer Presbyterian
Christy Stewart M 41y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Margaret Stewart 14y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
James A. Stewart 12y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Christine Stewart 10y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Robert P. Stewart 8y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Hattie J. Stewart 3y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
...... Stewart 3m Nova Scotia Presbyterian

Robert and Christie are buried in the Stewart Cemetery in Westchester. Their gravestone has the following inscription: Christie Stewart, wife of Robert Stewart died June 30th 1882 aged 43 years. Robert Stewart died May 9th 1888 aged 63 years.

(Generation 3) The Children of Robert Stewart and Christie Stewart of Westchester, Nova Scotia

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Margaret 1867 . . . d.
James A. 1868 . . Westchester d. 1930
Christine 1871 David Teed . Wentworth, N.S. w. 1946
Mabel Alberta 1871 . . . d. Jul 22 1885
Robert P. 1872 Minerva McLean . . h. 1945
w. 1960
Hattie J. Mar 27 1878 . . . d. Sep 17 1881
(child) Dec 3 1881 . . . d.

Robert P. Stewart and Minerva McLean had a daughter Helen who was born in 1899 and died in infancy in 1905. Their daughter Ethel who was born in 1898 married Ernest Messer and lived in Concord, USA. their son Harold was born 1906. He married Ella Anderson and lived in Chapman Settlement, N.S.

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John, the second son of James Stewart and Margaret McLauchlan married Grace Ross.

The Ross family papers trace Grace's ancestors back to Alexander Ross of Tarbet, Ross-shire, who married Elizabeth Roy on the 27th May 1808. Their children were: Christie Ross (1809-1839); Donald Ross (1811-1864); John Ross (1813-1892); Janet Ross who was known as Jessie (1815-1900); Alexander Ross (1818-1900); Margaret Ross (1820-1865); Walter Roy Ross (1822-1862); and Elizabeth Ross who was born in 1825, but died in infancy.

On 8th February 1838 Grace's father John Ross had married Margaret Stewart, one of the Balcastle Stewarts who had settled at Westchester. John Ross and Margaret Stewart were farmers at Victoria, Cumberland County, and this is where Grace Ross was born.

Details of the parents of Grace Ross can be found in the Contents Index, under A. S. Ross's "Genealogical Record of the Loch Tummel Branch of the Clan Stewart (1712-1912)"

John and Grace Stewart farmed at Birchwood, Victoria Cross Road, Cumberland County and appear with their family in the 1881 Canadian Census.

Victoria Cross Road, Cumberland, District 22, Household 127.

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
John Stewart M 52y Scotland farmer Presbyterian
Grace Stewart M 41y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Maggie Stewart 14y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Grace Stewart 12y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
John James Stewart 11y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Peter Stewart 8y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Christy Janet Stewart 6y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Eliza Jane Stewart 4y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Bessie Minerva Stewart 4y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Anna B. Stewart 1y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

Details of this family can be found in A. S. Ross's "Genealogical Record of the Loch Tummel Branch of the Clan Stewart (1712-1912)"

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Donald, the third son of James Stewart and Margaret McLauchlan married Lucy Ann Reid on the 23rd June 1864, and lived fairly close to John Stewart and Grace Ross as shown in the 1881 census.

Victoria Cross Road, Cumberland, District 22, Household 145.

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Donald Stewart M 48y Scotland farmer Presbyterian
Lucy A. Stewart M 44y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Maggie A. Stewart 15y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
James Stewart 13y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Isaac Stewart 10y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Stanley Stewart 8y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

(Generation 3) The Children of Donald Stewart and Lucy Ann Reid of Victoria Cross Road, Nova Scotia

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Margaret 1865 Daniel Crowley . . h.
w. 1936
James D. 1867 . . . d.
Isaac 1870 . . . d.
Robert Stanley 1872 Alice S. Morrison . . h.
w. 1962

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Peter, the fourth son of James Stewart and Margaret McLauchlan married Isobella McLeod on the 25th January 1872, and lived with Peter's mother, and other relatives, just two dwellings away from his older brother Robert's farm in Westchester.

Westchester, Cumberland, District 22, Household 13.

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
William C. Stewart 36y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Jane Stewart W 63y Scotland Presbyterian
Donald Stewart 15y Nova Scotia farmer's son Presbyterian
Peter Stewart M 43y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Isabella Stewart M 36y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Margaret Stewart W 81y Scotland Presbyterian
John Downes 12y England farmer apprentice Presbyterian

Widow Margaret Stewart is Margaret McLauchlan, Peter's mother. The family was living with William C. Stewart who was the son of Alexander Stewart and Jane Renwick (widow Jane Stewart). William was one of the Balcastle Stewarts and married Martha G. Jackson on 31st January 1884. The identity of 15 year-old Donald Stewart is uncertain, but he is probably a relation. Peter Stewart and Isobella McLeod did not have any children.

Details of Alexander Stewart and Jane Renwick can be found in A. S. Ross's "Genealogical Record of the Loch Tummel Branch of the Clan Stewart (1712-1912)"

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Alexander, the fifth son of James Stewart and Margaret McLauchlan married Catherine McArthur on 23rd November 1869. Catherine was the daughter of John McArthur, farmer and miller, and his wife Nancy (Anne) Matheson. During the 1881 census they were living nearby at household 161. Prior to living in Victoria, the McArthur family had lived in Wilken's Grant, Pictou County, having immigrated from Scotland before 1850.

The year before his marriage Alexander purchased a farm in Victoria, next to the one owned by his brother Donald as shown in the 1881 census.

Victoria Cross Road, Cumberland, District 22, Household 144.

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Alexander Stewart M 41y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Catherine Stewart M 31y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Ada May Stewart 10y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
James Frederick Stewart 9y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
John M. Stewart 7y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Robert D. Stewart 5y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Annie M. Stewart 3y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Bessie A. Stewart 1y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

Alexander and Catherine had twelve children altogether and only one died at an early age. Two of the brothers left Nova Scotia and settled in Western Canada or the USA. Alexander and Catherine are buried at the Thompson Cemetery, Nova Scotia.

(Generation 3) The Children of Alexander Stewart and Catherine McArthur of Victoria, Nova Scotia

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Ada May 1870 Augustus Marshall 1905 Vermont, USA d.
James Frederick 1872 . . Vancouver d.
John M. 1873 Christine Chisholm 1903 San Francisco d.
Robert D. 1875 Mabel Smith 1898 South Victoria d.
Annie Maud 1877 Ashley Watton . San Francisco d.
Bessie D. 1879 James Eaton 1903 Brockton, Mass. d.
Douglas M. 1881 unmarried . South Victoria d.
Estelle J. 1883 John Briggs . Salem, Mass. d.
Pearl 1884 George Watson 1911 Winnipeg d.
Edna E. 1886 unmarried . . d. in her teens
Cyrus A. Laurence 1888 Annie Ross 1921 Victoria, N.S. d.
Annetta G. 1891 unmarried . Salem, Mass. d.

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Margaret, the daughter of James Stewart and Margaret McLauchlan married Isaiah Singer on 15th February 1869. Previously he had been married to Girzel (Grace) Stewart, the daughter of John and Girzel Stewart of Balcastle, who died 12th July 1868. Grace Singer was buried beside her mother in the Stewart Cemetery, Westchester. Her memorial stone records her as "Grace, wife of Isiah Singer and daughter of the late John and Grizel Stewart died 12th July 1868, aged 56. A native of Scotland". The stone is partially broken.

Margaret and Isaiah Singer had a small farm in Westchester with Robert and Christie Stewart on one side, and the farm of William C. Stewart on the other side. So they were living next to Jane Stewart (Renwick) and Margaret's mother, Margaret McLauchlan. By the time of the 1881 census, all of their children had been born.

Westchester, Cumberland, District 22, Household 15+.

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Isaiah Singer M 40y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Margaret Singer M 37y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Irena Singer* 11y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Augusta Singer 7y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Arthur Singer 6y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Annabell Singer 3y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Sarah M. Singer 3y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

(Generation 3) The Children of Isaiah Singer and Margaret Stewart of Westchester, Nova Scotia

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Irena* Apr 7 1870 . . . d.
Augusta 1874 . . . d.
Arthur 1875 . . . d.
Annabella 1878 . . . d.
Sarah M. 1878 . . . d.

* Irena Singer was Isaiah Singer's daughter from his first marriage.

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The family of 'Big' John Stewart and Ann MacDonald of Lochaber, Nova Scotia

'Big' John, the second son Robert and Cecilia Stewart of Chamberbane, emigrated to Canada in 1818. He settled in the Lochaber district of Nova Scotia where he met Ann MacDonald, and married her on 15th February 1821.

Ann MacDonald was the daughter of Ewan (Hugh) MacDonald and Christina Williamson. The family are listed in "A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada before Confederation" by Donald Whyte (entry 5601) with a reference to "A History of the County of Antigonish, Nova Scotia" by Rev D.J. Rankin, Toronto, 1929. In error, Ewan's wife is given as Mary Williams instead of Christina Williamson.

Ewen MacDonald and Christain Williamson were probably married in the town of Inverness, as their daughter Mary was christened there 18th December 1790. They must have moved to Urquhart, just west of Inverness, soon afterwards as their next five children were born there. The Old Parish Record lists the christenings of the children of Evan McDonald and Christian Williamson as: Kenneth, 30th September 1792; Ann, 13th December 1794; Catherine, 15th January 1797; John, 22nd March 1799; and Alexander, 11th July 1801.

The whole family emigrated to Gaspereaux Lake, Lochaber, Nova Scotia in 1803. Their son Donald was born in 1804. The date of birth for their daughter Christine is unknown, but she is said to have been born in Scotland before they emigrated. Ewan died around 1806 after which the family moved to Lochaber.

(Generation 2) The Children of 'Big' John Stewart and Ann MacDonald of Lochaber, Nova Scotia

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Christina Dec 2 1821 Duncan MacKinnon . South Lochaber h.
w.
Robert Jul 4 1823 Barbara 'Harry' Stewart . South Lochaber h. 1855
w. 1867
Mary Aug 1826 Alexander Cameron . Glen Alpine N.S. h. Aug 2 1903
w. Jun 15 1894
Isobel (Bella) Mar 6 1828 Peter 'Ban' Stewart Jul 14 1851 Pugwash N.S. h. Dec 2 1882
w. Mar 27 1911
Ann (Nancy) Dec 12 1829 Archibald MacKinnon . Middleton,
Lochaber
h. 1910
w. 1908
Jane Sep 22 1831 James 'Harry' Stewart . South Lochaber h. Jan 14 1909
w. Jun 6 1896
Hugh Aug 14 1833 Ann McMillan . Stormont,
Ontario ?
h.
w.
Cecilia Mar 23 1835 Alexander MacEachern . Lochaber N.S. h.
w.
Catherine (Kitty) Apr 3 1837 Hugh MacDonald . Lochaber N.S. h. 1915
w. 1919

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'Big' John's daughter Christina married Duncan MacKinnon and farmed in South Lochaber at the time of the 1881 census.

Goshen & Giant's Lake, Guysborough, District 8, Household 5

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Duncan McKinnon M 65y Scotland farmer Presbyterian
Christy McKinnon M 59y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Nansey McKinnon 37y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Angus McKinnon 32y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Jane McKinnon 23y Nova Scotia school mistress Presbyterian
Isabell McKinnon 20y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Maggie McKinnon 18y Nova Scotia school mistress Presbyterian

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'Big' John's son Robert married Barbara 'Harry' Stewart and settled in South Lochaber where they had three children: John R, born 1851; Robert, born 1853; and Annie (Barbara Ann), born 1854. Robert died in 1855 and Barbara later married James Malloy. There is a memorial stone to Barbara Stewart Malloy (1828 - 1867) in the South Lochaber cemetery.

Barbara was the daughter of John 'Harry' Stewart and Margaret Robertson who were originally from Borenich, and had married on 6th November 1825.

John 'Harry' Stewart and his family emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1833 on the same ship as the Balcastle Stewarts, and there is a reference to this event in the “History of Nova Scotia” by David Allison, Halifax 1916 (volume 3, page 681).

Further details about John 'Harry' Stewart and his family can be found in the Record Room.

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'Big' John's daughter Mary married Alexander Cameron. They were farming at Glen Alpine in 1881.

Upper South River, Antigonish, District 21, Household 31

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Alexander Cameron M 65y Scotland farmer Presbyterian
Mary Cameron M 52y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Samuel Cameron 30y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Ann Cameron 25y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Robert Cameron 24y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Mary Cameron 21y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Martin Cameron 20y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Hugh Cameron 17y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Duncan Cameron 14y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Christina Cameron 12y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

Alexander's widowed mother, Mary Cameron aged 99 years, and his two brothers Martin aged 70 years and Duncan aged 60 years had the farm next to them. All had been born in Scotland.

Alexander's parents, Samuel Cameron and Mary Cameron, were married on 5th February 1811 at Ratalich, Kilmonivaig, just to the north of Fort William in Lochaber, Scotland. Martin Cameron was christened at Ratalich on the 2nd June 1812. Alexander was christened at the same place on 30th August 1814. His younger brother Duncan was christened 30th December 1819 at Garrigholash.

There are three memorial stones in the North Lochaber cemetery relating to these Camerons. "Duncan Cameron of Glen Alpine, Antigonish County died April 19th 1898 aged 77 years". "Martin Cameron of Glen Alpine, Antigonish County died August 8th 1888, aged 77 years". "Mary Cameron, wife of Samuel Cameron. Born at Lochaber, Scotland in the year of 1780. Died at Lochaber, Nova Scotia March 3rd 1884, aged 104 years".

Mary Stewart died in 1894 and her memorial stone in the North Lochaber cemetery reads "Mary Stewart died June 15th 1894, aged 67 years and 10 months, wife of Alexander Cameron. Samuel their son drowned in Washington June 28th 1882, aged 31 years and 6 months".

Her husband's memorial stone in inscribed "Alexander Cameron, August 20th 1815 - August 2nd 1903. Alexander, son aged 9 years, Samuel, son aged 1 year.

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'Big' John's daughter Isobel married Peter 'Ban' Stewart, the son of James 'Ban' Stewart of Milltown of Borenich and his first wife, Margaret Stewart. The couple had eight children and are buried in the Palmerston Pugwash cemetery. Their gravestone inscription reads "Peter Stewart died December 2nd 1882, aged 62. His wife Isobel born March 6th 1828 died March 27th 1911 aged 83".

(Generation 3) The Children of Peter 'Ban' Stewart and Isobel (Bella) Stewart of Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Annie 1852 . . . h.
w.
John Allen 1852 . . . h.
w.
Margaret 1857 . . . h.
w.
Grace Elizabeth 1859 . . . h.
w.
Janet MacDonald 1861 . . . h.
w.
Mary Jane 1864 . . . h.
w.
Isabella Christy 1867 . . . h.
w.
James R. 1871 . . . h.
w.

The 1881 Candian census provides the following information.

Pugwash, Cumberland, District 22, Household 97

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Peter Stewart M 60y Scotland farmer Presbyterian
Isabell Stewart M 53y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
John A. Stewart 27y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Grace E. Stewart 21y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Janet M.D. Stewart 19y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Mary J. Stewart 16y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Isabella C. Stewart 13y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
James R.H. Stewart 10y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

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'Big' John's daughter Ann married Archie MacKinnon and had three daughters. There is a memorial stone in the North Lochaber cemetery for Archibald MacKinnon (1847-1910) and Anne Stewart his wife (1830-1908).

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Bessie 1867 Answorth Manson . Boston, USA h.
w.
Annie 1869 Minot Roblee . Salem, USA h.
w.
Christine 1871 William L. Handy . Pasadena, California h.
w.

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'Big' John's daughter Jane married James 'Harry' Stewart, the son of John 'Harry' Stewart and Margaret Robertson and brother of Barbara 'Harry' Stewart.

The 1881 Candian census provides the following information.

Goshen and Giant's Lake, Guysborough, District 8, Household 67

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
James Stewart M 54y Scotland farmer Presbyterian
Jane Stewart M 49y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Alexander Stewart 23y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Jane Stewart 22y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Margaret Stewart 18y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Hugh Stewart 16y Nova Scotia farmer's son Presbyterian
Albert Stewart 12y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Mary Stewart 9y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

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'Big' John's son Hugh married Ann McMillan. It is thought that they emigrated to Stormont, Ontario.

Finch, Stormont, Ontario, District 101, Household 8

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Hugh Stewart M 48y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Ann Stewart M 38y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Euphemia Stewart 14y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian

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'Big' John's daughter Cecilia married Alexander MacEachern, the son of Archie MacEachern of Lochaber. Cecilia was widowed at a young age when Alexander drowned in Lochaber Lake. The 1881 census provides the following information.

Lochaber, Antigonish, District 21, Household 115

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Cecilia Eacheron W 42y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Archibald Eacheron 23y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Annie Eacheron 21y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Neil Eacheron 19y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Donald Eacheron 17y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
John Eacheron 15y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian

The numerator seems to have made a mistake with the spelling of the surname. In the 1891 census Cecilia McEacheron is given as family head of household number 88, aged 55 years. Two sons are also listed: Donald, aged 26, is a miner and John, aged 24, is a farmer.

Cecilia's sons Neil and Donald moved to Leadville, Colorado, USA. Her daughter Annie married her cousin James Stewart (the son of James Stewart and Jane Stewart of Lochaber). The married couple moved to North Dakota, USA.

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'Big' John's daughter Catherine (Kitty) married Hugh McDonald.

Lochaber, Antigonish, District 21, Household 112

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Hugh McDonald M 48y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Catherine McDonald M 41y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Catherine A. McDonald M 14y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Maggie B. McDonald M 12y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Charity C. McDonald M 10y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Mary G. McDonald M 8y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Alex D. McDonald M 6y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Lellie L. McDonald M 3y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
John R.H. McDonald M 1y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Ann McDonald W 71y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

There is a memorial stone for Hugh MacDonald (1833-1915) and his wife Catherine (1837-1919) in the North Lochaber cemetery.

The nearby memorial stone for Alexander MacDonald (July 11th 1801 - March 12th 1867) could be that of Hugh's father.

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The Family of Isobel Stewart of Chamberbane, Borenich and Nova Scotia

In 1833, the year after James Stewart and his family had emigrated to Nova Scotia, his mother Cecilia and the rest of the Chamberbane Stewarts left Borenich to join them. It is certain that Cecilia's remaining two daughters, Isobel and Christy were with her, together with their families. It is probable that her three remaining sons; Robert, Donald and Patrick also emigrated with them in 1833, as they do not appear in the 1841 census for Borenich, and there are no more marriages at Chamberbane linked to this family.

Isobel Stewart had married Thomas McLauchlan, the son of Thomas McLauchlan and Margaret Murphy.

1816 Blair Atholl
Thomas MacLauchlan in Fincastle and Isobel Stewart in Chamberbane of this parish (married) 11th February.

The couple probably had four children before they emigrated, Elizabeth, Cecilia, Isobel and John.

1818 Dull
Elizabeth, daughter to Thomas MacLauchlane and Isabel Stewart in Newton, Foncastle, baptised 1st October.

1820 Dull
Cecilia, daughter to Thomas MacLauchlane and Isabel Stewart in Newton, Fincastle, baptised 18th August.

1824 Dull
Isobel, daughter to Thomas MacLauchlan and Isabel Stewart, Balnafeat, baptised 17th November.

1827 Dull
John, son to Thomas MacLauchlane and Isabel Stewart in Balnafeat, baptised 7th January.

James Stobie's map of Perthshire (1783) shows Newtown as being situated between Carrick and Achastle, at the top of Glen Fincastle. John Thomson's map (1827) copies Stobie's work but subsequent maps do not identify Newtown. John Waterston's 'Reduced Plan of the Estates of Fincastle (Borenich), Lick and Duntaulich' (1832) names the farm in this area as Uchtavrittie. Finally, the Dundee College of Education publication 'Glen Fincastle 1841-1901: A Study of a Perthshire Glen' (1969), names the farm as Uchdabhriedy linking it to a nearby limestone ridge called Creag Bhridean. The ruins, which were deserted at the time of the 1841 census, show only the remains of grass-covered foundations for a house (22m x 4m) internally divided (6m, 10m, 6m), and two farm buildings (7m x 4m). Map reference NN 857631.

James Stobie's map of Fincastle (1783)

James Stobie's map of Fincastle (1783)

The ruins of Balnafeat (Balnavid in James Stobie's map) are further down Glen Fincastle, on the east side of the river between Dundavie and Pitfeolan. In 1841 there was only one house being occupied by nine people, including a handloom weaver and a mantle-maker. The remains indicate that originally there were two houses and three outhouses, one with an extension, in addition to a well and a small lime-kiln. There were a large number of MacLauchlanes living in Glen Fincastle at the same time as Thomas and his wife. Some of these are almost certain to be related.

The 1881 Canadian census suggest that Thomas was the first of the children to be born in Nova Scotia, in 1833. Thomas McLauchlan, senior, died 15th May 1866, and his wife Isobel Stewart died 21st November 1875.

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The Children of Thomas McLauchlan and Isobel Stewart of Chamberbane, Borenich and Nova Scotia

Name Born Married Date Residence Died
Elizabeth Oct 1 1818 George Manson . Guysborough N.S. h. Aug 30 1904
w. Dec 27 1882
Cecilia Aug 18 1820 John Inglis . Lochaber N.S. h. Jul 14 1899
w. Oct 27 1903
Isobel Nov 17 1824 . . . d.
John Jan 7 1827 Janet Stewart Mar 24 1857 Lochaber N.S. h. Jun 5 1907
w. Apr 10 1918
Thomas 1833 Sophie Cameron Jul 14 1866 Lochaber N.S. h. 1931
w. 1935
Nancy 1839 Duncan Taylor Mar 7 1865 Lochaber N.S. h.
w.

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The Descendants of Elizabeth McLauchlan and George Manson of Guysborough, Nova Scotia

Elizabeth McLauchlan married George Manson, the son of Alexander Manson and Jean (or Jane) Waters, who had emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1817, from Bower Parish, Caithness, Scotland. George was born 2nd July 1818, and was one of twelve children.

George Manson and his wife married in Lochaber and their son Francis G. Manson was born there 29th October 1860. In 1868 the family moved to Sherbrooke, and were there during the 1881 Canadian census.

Sherbrooke, Guysborough, District 8, Household 12

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
George Manson M 63y Nova Scotia carriage builder Baptist
Eliza Manson M 63y Scotland Presbyterian
Francis G. Manson 20y Nova Scotia carriage builder Baptist

Eliza Manson died 27th December 1882 and her husband George died 30th August 1904. Both are buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Guysborough.

Francis G. Manson married Agnes Ann McGrath, the daughter of Matthew McGrath of Sherbrooke. Details of them and their children are available on the Angelfire Website, listing Maureen Brown's "Riverside Cemetery, Sherbrooke Part 2, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia".

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The Descendants of Cecilia McLauchlan and John Inglis of Lochaber, Nova Scotia

Cecilia McLauchlan married John Inglis and the couple farmed in Lochaber. Both are buried in the North Lochaber cemetery "John Inglis died 14th July 1899 aged 78 years. Cecelia McLaughlin died 27th October 1903 aged 84 years". Thomas, their son in buried nearby "Thomas Inglis died 25th May 1876 aged 14 years". Their son Robert is also commemorated "Robert Inglis died 17th September 1880 aged 23 years, in Dakota, U.S."

The following year the rest of the family are shown in the 1881 Canadian census.

Lochaber, Antigonish, District 21, Household 117.

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
John Ingles M 62y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Cecelia Ingles M 62y Scotland Presbyterian
Mary Ingles 26y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
George Ingles 21y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Annie Ingles 16y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

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The Descendants of John McLauchlan and Janet Stewart of Lochaber, Nova Scotia

John McLauchlan married Janet Stewart, the daughter of James 'Ban' and Janet Stewart of Milltown of Borenich who emigrated in 1832. Details of the children and grandchildren of John McLauchlan (McLaughlin) and Janet Stewart are given in A. S. Ross's "Genealogical Record of the Loch Tummel Branch of the Clan Stewart (1712-1912)"

By the time of the 1881 census, all of their children had been born. The eldest, Thomas, had died in 1863 when only 5 years old. John McLauchlan and Janet Stewart are buried in the North Lochaber cemetery. "Jannet McLaughlin died 10th April 1918 aged 78, John McLaughlin died 5th June 1907 aged 81.

Lochaber, Antigonish, District 21, Household 39.

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
John McLauchlan M 55y Scotland farmer Presbyterian
Janet McLauchlan M 50y Scotland Presbyterian
James McLauchlan 20y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
(Isabel) Ann McLauchlan 18y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Janet (Ellen) McLauchlan 16y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Eliza McLauchlan 15y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Christina McLauchlan 14y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
John McLauchlan 12y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Sicilia McLauchlan 10y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Peter McLauchlan 7y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Willis (William) McLauchlan 7y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Maggie McLauchlan 6y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

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The Descendants of Thomas McLauchlan and Sophie Cameron of Lochaber, Nova Scotia

John McLauchlan's brother Thomas married Sophie Cameron who was the daughter of Kenneth Cameron of Barney's River. They are both buried in the North Lochaber cemetery where there is a memorial stone. "Thomas McLaughlin 1831-1931, Sophia Cameron 1847-1935". The couple had the farm adjacent to that of John McLauchlan, as shown by the 1881 census.

Lochaber, Antigonish, District 21, Household 38.

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Thomas McLauchlan M 48y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Sophia McLauchlan M 34y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Isabella McLauchlan 13y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Thomas McLauchlan 11y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Ann McLauchlan 9y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Hugh McLauchlan 7y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Jane McLauchlan 2y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Secilia McLauchlan 9m Nova Scotia Presbyterian

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The Descendants of Nancy McLauchlan and Duncan Taylor of Lochaber, Nova Scotia

Nancy (Ann) McLauchlan married Duncan Taylor in 1865 and also appear in the 1881 census for Lochaber.

Lochaber, Antigonish, District 21, Household 57.

Name Status Age Birth-place Occupation Religion
Duncan Tailor M 42y Nova Scotia farmer Presbyterian
Ann Tailor M 42y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
Isabella Tailor 15y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Ann Tailor 13y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Martha Tailor 11y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Sicilia Tailor 9y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
William Tailor 7y Nova Scotia school Presbyterian
Alice Tailor 4y Nova Scotia Presbyterian
George Tailor 2y Nova Scotia Presbyterian

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The Emigration of 'Deacon' Robert Stewart and his wife Christy Stewart of Balcastle and Lochaber, Nova Scotia

Cecilia Stewart's daughter Christy married 'Deacon' Robert Stewart of Balcastle on 6th May 1827 in Borenich. Three children were born to them while they were living at Balcastle (Robert, Janet and John).

In 1833 the family emigrated to Canada along with his brother Donald's family, widow Cecilia Stewart, and Thomas McLauchlan's family. The first wave of Stewarts, at least twenty two people, had emigrated the previous year and settled in Lochaber and Westchester. This second wave of another fifteen people went to join those who were already established in Nova Scotia. Widow Cecilia Stewart of Chamberbane went with them, but old Robert Stewart of Balcastle remained behind with the last of his sons, John 'Bonnety' Stewart.

'Deacon' Robert Stewart and his family settled in Lochaber, where another three children (Cecilia in 1833, Donald in 1836, and Christie in 1839) were born.

Much fuller details of this family are given in 'Deacon' Robert Stewart of North Lochaber, N.S. (1798-1873)

The Descendants of Robert Stewart and Cecilia Stewart of Chamberbane

The Descendants of Robert Stewart and Cecilia Stewart of Chamberbane

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