(By Rev. D. MacDonald.)
One of the first white
settlers at the Strait of Canso was Stephen Reynolds senior, who came from
Pillsbury, Mississippi, U.S.A. after the Revolutionary war, and settled
first at Sand Point near the southern end of the Strait, and, after a
lonely experience there, moved northward and made a home for himself about
two miles north of where Port Hawkesbury now stands.
Here were two other white
settlers with families who had come to the Strait about the same time.
These were Linden and Butterworth, who had settled on a lot of land which
became later the property of John MacEachern, and is now occupied by his
son Hugh. Linden and Butterworth had each a crown lease of the lands
selected. Other newcomers obtained similar leases. These lands were
The next addition to the
little community was Astbury King who married Stephen Reynolds' sister,
and made a home for himself and family on adjoining land to the West.
Then came Colonel Belhace.
He owned 2000 acres of land in a strip extending along the Strait
northwest-westerly from King's north-western line to Beaton's line, now
northwest of John MacMillan's. This strip was a mile and a quarter wide
and included what is now Port Hastings.
The first white man to make
a home in Port Hastings was a Murphy. Murphy's well was on the property
now occupied by Wm. A. MacLean.
Col. Belhace was from the
Island of Jersey, as indicated by the following inscription on a tombstone
at MacMillan's Point:
"In memory of Douce
Elizabeth Belhace, who departed this life 23rd July, 1795 aged six years
and eight months. She was born on the Island of Jersey and descended from
Philip Belhace and Douce Hubert."
Col. Belhace left the
Strait on a sailing vessel to pay a visit to the home land. The vessel and
all hands were lost at sea. His widow remained at the Strait till her
death. The late Rev. Wm. S. Forbes, Presbyterian minister of Port Hastings
and River Denys, lived for some years at the beginning of his ministry in
the house formerly owned and occupied by Mrs. Belhace.
A block of land sold by
Col. Belhace to a man named Higgins in-cluded the site of the present
Village of Part Hastings.
In the early days, Mrs.
Belhace could boast of having an expert: weaver in her employ. This was
the late John Buck from whose loom came excellent fabrics, fine and
coarse, and special values for clothing and household furnishings. To her
maid, Miss Douce Johnson, Mrs. Belhace made a gift of what was later known
as the Baillie property, East of Port Hastings.
Another of the pioneer
settlers at Port Hastings known until after Mr. Hastings Doyle became
Governor, as Plaster Cove, was Nathaniel Clough, who immigrated from the
United States in 1843 or,'4. He lived for a short time at Antigonish and
then at Judique before making his home at Plaster Cove (now Port
Nathaniel Clough was born
Feb. 22nd, 1790 and on October 18th 1818 married Mary Towne, daughter of
Moses Towne, Senr. and Mary Gray, Nashua, New Hampshire. (Moses Towne was
married Dec. 3rd, 1761 near Nashua).
Nathaniel Clough had ten
children: Mary Ann, wife of the late James G. MacKeen, merchant, Port
Hastings, (whose daughter, Sarah, was married to the late Henry A. Forbes,
Port Hastings); Sarah Jane, Caroline, Jedidiah and John died in their
youth: Daniel died at his home Lennox Ferry, had no family; Elijah died in
California leaving two sons in the United States; Thomas Stewart had a son
and daughter in the States; Alicia Murray, unmarried, recently deceased;
John George, no family; William Moses, Port Hastings, left four children
all living:-Dr. Charles Clough, Inverness; Wm. H. Clough, Postmaster, Port
Hastings; Miss Bessie with her mother at Port Hastings; and Mrs. Blackburn
in the United States.
One of the first pioneers
at the Strait, as already stated was Stephen Reynolds. He married Miss
Mary Strachan and had a family of five sons and five daughters:-Tom,
George, Stephen, Isaac, Elisha, Sarah, Ann, Maria, and two daughters who
married in the United States.
Of these Tom married a
woman from Guysboro County and had eight children, Stephen, Isaac,
Caroline, Lydia, Mary Jane, Ruth, Ann and Abbie. George, Stephen's second
son, married Annie S. MacLennan, and had three children. John W. (now the
venerable Capt. Reynolds of Port Hastings), Kenneth Finaly and Catherine.
Stephen, third son of
Stephen Reynolds senior, never married.
Isaac went to the United
States in his youth. Elisha married and left children, Stephen, living
some time ago at New Glasgow, N.S., and Caroline, who married Robert
Johnson of Port Hawkesbury.
Sarah, daughter of Stephen,
Senior, married John Bull, Port Hood, C.B., and left no family. Ann
married Tom Kenny and left a family in Tracadie, Antigonish County. Maria
married John Fitch, also of Tracadie, and left a number of children.
Another early pioneer at
the Strait was Allan MacLean, (Allain Mac Thearlaich), who had been a
Laird for the landlord of Coll. Scotland, an uncle of his. Allan bought a
lot of land, two hundred acres or more, West of Kings line, from Mrs.
Belhace, for a large sum of money, some say, fifteen hundred pounds
Allan was married to Sarah,
daughter of Roderick MacLean, Isle of Rum, Scotland, and they had four
children, Ann, John, Archibald and Charles. Ann and John remained single.
Archibald married Flora MacLean, daughter of Hugh MacLean, (Eobhainn Ban)
of Judique Intervale whose wife was a sister to the late Alexander Fraser
of South Cape Mabou.
children were: Allan, Annie, Elizabeth, Hugh, Sarah, Mary and Flora.
Of these, Allan married
Mary Grady and left three daughters, Nellie, Annie and Julia, all of whom
are married in the United States.
Annie Archibald's daughter,
died single. Elizabeth married. Daniel MacQuarrie, and lives with her son
Daniel Lauchlin MacQuarrie on a part of her grandfather's property East of
Hugh, Archibald's son, died
single. Sarah married James Parker and had two sons and two daughters in
the United States.
Mary married Harry S. Lord
and had two sons, Harry and Fred, in the United States.
We now come to Charles, the
youngest son of Allan MacLean. Charles married Mary Ann King, sister to
Astbury King and aunt to George King still living. Charles had a family of
seven children, Mary, Flora, Allan, Sarah Ann, Stephen, George and Jane.
Of these Mary married Alex. King and left one daughter, Mary Frances;
Flora married Nicholas Nicholson, Port Hastings and is still living; Sarah
Ann left one son, Frank Thompson; Allan married Catherine Nicholson and
left three children, Mary, Ann, John M., and Annie; Stephen married
Catherine Murphy, Guysboro County, N. S., and left two sons, Charles and
George; George MacLean had one son, who died in infancy; Jane was married
but had no family.
Another early pioneer at
the Strait was Astbury King. He married a sister of Stephen Reynolds;
Senior, and settled on a lot of land west of her father's line where they
raised a large family. Astbury II. John, Henry, William, Stephen, Mary Ann
and Giles. Of these, John,, Henry, Stephen and Giles made their homes in
the United States: William was married to a Miss Brown and had two
daughters, and a. son. He was drowned on a fishing trip in North Bay.
Astbury II. married a
nurse, a woman of very exemplary piety, and made a home on a part of his
father's land and had sons and dau ghters; Astbury III, Stephen, George,
Tom Mary and Ellen.
Of the family of Astbury
II, Stephen died young; Astbury III went to South Africa, a young man; Tom
was drowned; Mary married and died in Gloucester; George married Ruth
Reynolds, Tom's daughter. He and his children, William, Abbie and Lettie,
are still living.
Reference was made already
to the late John Buck of Port HastHe came to the Strait with Col. Belbace
and was in the family service as expert weaver for years. He left a widow
and two sons, William J. and John. The widow was afterwards married to
Geo. Baillie, father of Alex. G. and Henry T. and Lillie, well known at
the Strait some years ago. The Baillie home was below the
Hastings-Hawkesbury-road about half a mile from Plaster Cove. George
Baillie's son, Alex. G., was married to Lydia Ann, daughter of the late
Stephen Reynolds, Port Hastings, and had children. The family moved to
Montreal. Henry T. is married in the United States. Tillie lives in Park
city, U.S.A. Her uncle, David Keith, left her a nice sum of money.
Capt. J. W. Reynolds, Port
Hastings, son of the late George Reynolds, son of pioneer Stephen
Reynolds, married Charlotte Heughan daughter of Thomas Heughan, Blacksmith
and carriage builder, Port Hastings. Children: Samuel Finlay, George
William, Thomas Clarence, Anna Elena Sophia, and William, of whom the
oldest two are living. George W. is married and lives in Montreal.
Captain Reynold's has
sailed the seven seas and visited the chief cities and ports of all the
world to which large ships had access, having been a mariner for over
fifty years. His wife accompanied him for twelve years. Their son Thomas
Clarence was born off Cape Horn, South America.
This account of them goes
back to Rev. James C. Skinner, poet, preacher in Ardnamurchan, Scotland.
Two sons of his were ministers. and came out to Canada West about 1800.
Two other sons, James and
Hugh B., came out from Edinburgh on the Brig Aurora. The ship was bound
for Pictou but stranded at Port Hastings, and James, who was a medical
doctor, and Hugh B. passed the winter at the home of Mrs. Belhace at Port
Hastings, then Plaster Cove.
Dr. Skinner had married in
Scotland. After passing through one rigorous winter at Port Hastings he
proceded to Pictou and settled there. He had four sons: John, Colin, Hugh,
and Michael, who ran a drug store in Charlottetown, and two daughters, one
of whom was the wife of Rev. Alexander MacGillivray, MacLellan's Mountain,
N. S., and the other Mrs. Martin, who had two daughters and a son.
Hugh B. Skinner married
Catherine Beaton of Uist, Scotland, and had a large family: John, Donald,
Archibald B., Hugh, James C., Kenneth, Hector, Jessie I, Elizabeth, Mary,
Jessie II. Another James and Hector died young.
John Skinner married Jane
Cameron, daughter of Hugh Cameron, General Line. Children: James, Dan,
Hugh, Christina (Mrs. Angus MacLeod, Little Narrows), and Catherine.
James died single. Dan
married Sarah, daughter of Michael Skinner, Charlottetown, and did
business at Port Hastings for some years, after which he moved with his
family to Louisburg where he died some years ago leaving seven sons and
one daughter. Mrs. Skinner and the sons survive: Wallace, John Hugh, Dan,
Everett, Laurie, George, Mamie and one or two younger. The daughter died
at Louis. burg some years ago. Hugh Skinner, John's son, married Sarah
MacPherson, Grandance, and had four sons and two daughters: James
Alexander, John Hugh, Cassie, Dan, Murdo and Barbara.
Donald Skinner, son of
pioneer Hugh B., married Annie MacPherson, Grandance. Children: Catherine,
Alexander, Frank, Elizabeth, Robert. The youngest two survive, viz:
Elizabeth (Mrs. James Walker) and Robert. Both gave families at
Hugh Skinner, son of Hugh
B., married Jessie Cameron of Port Hastings and had four daughters and two
sons: Mary Ann (Mrs. Geo. Laurence, Boston), Martha (Mrs. Stewart
MacLennan, Sydney), Catherine, (Mrs. MacKay, Boston), and James, deceased;
and Hugh, who was drowned at sea. The youngest of all, a dear little girl
died when about six years old.
Archibald B. Skinner, son
of pioneer Hugh B., married Annie B. Creighton of West Arichat. Children:
William H., Archie, Martha, Cassie, Isabel, Mary Jane, Annie, Elizabeth,
Victoria, Henrietta. Annie and Victoria died in youth and were buried the
same day. Willam had no family. His wife was Mary G. Strople, Bayfield.
Archie married Annie Kent and had two sons and a daughter at North Sydney:
Archie Le Baron, Eddie, Jessie.
Martha married George I.
Smith of Mabou, N. S., and had one boy who died in infancy. The mother
died some months later.
Cassie married William M.
Strople of Bayfield, N. S., and had two sons and two daughters: Janie,
Ettie, Harold and Huntley. Huntley died young.
Mary Jane married Guy P.
Scott of Guysboro, N. S., and had two sons and a daughter: Percy, Carl and
Elsie. Their home now is in Calgary.
Henrietta Married J.
Reynolds Smith of Arichat, N. S. No family.
Capt. James C. Skinner
married Mary Ann Creighton, West Arichat, N. S. Children: Martha,
Catherine, Mary Bell, Annie, David, James, William. Of these Catherine
married Andrew MacLeod and has one son, James. Her husband lost his life
in a railway accident. Mary Bell married Isaac Reynolds, Brockton, Mass.
No family Martha died single. Annie died young. William fell off the
Hastings shipping pier to the deck of a steamer and died in a few hours.
David and James are home.
Kenneth Skinner, son of
Hugh B., died in California leaving two daughters and one son.
Hector, son of Hugh B., was
burnt to death in Davis Hotel, Gloucester. He was not married. His sister
Jessie died single-the first Jessie.
Elizabeth Skinner daughter
of Hugh B., married John MacDonald Cape Jack, No family.
Mary Skinner, daughter of
Hugh B., married John W. Cameron, Port Hastings. No children.
Jessie Skinner, daughter of
Hugh B., married Allan Campbell, son of John Campbell a highly respected
elder of the Presbyterian Church, Port Hastings.
THE FOX FAMILY
Thomas Fox, an early
pioneer at the Strait of Canso, came from the north of Ireland. His wife
was a MacKnight, and his children: Alexander, Charles, Philip, John, Mary,
Robert, Tom, Jennie and Sally. Their home was at the Ponds (Foxes Pond),
over a mile North of Port Hastings; their religion, English Church.
Of this family, Alexander
married Mary MacKiel of Pictou and had children; Robert, Rebecca, Jane,
John, Hannah, Mary, Alvina, Martha (Mrs. Chandler Martin) Roderick and
William. Another William was drowned in the Strait. Charles Fox, son of
pioneer Thomas, married Kate MacQuarrie and had eight children: Rachel,
Hannah, Mary, Sarah, John, Charles, Edward, and Dan.
Philip, son of pioneer
Thomas, married Jane MacMillan, and made his home below the road on a part
of the Fox property, but had no children from this marriage. His second
wife was a Miss Talbot, Auld's Cove, and his children by her, John Lewis,
who married a Miss Maguire: Eunice (Mrs. Farrington), in U.S.A.; Emma
(Mrs. Webber), in U.S.A. and George who married, and died in California.
John, son of pioneer Thomas
Fox, married a Miss Cummings and lived at Sand Point and had a son
Alexander; Marjory married a MacMaster; Jean (Mrs. William Wilkinson) and
Hannah (Mrs. Bruce).
Jennie, daughter of pioneer
Thomas Fox, married John Crewe, said to belong to the family of the Earl
of Crewe. His home was below the road where Mrs. Rod. Fox's barn now
stands. He was well educated and a great Bible reader. He and James
MacDonald, Indian Point, (Seumas A' Rudha), often had interesting
discussions. He was too much for James. At a time when whiskey drinking
was a common habit, he joined The Sons of Temperance, and was never known
afterwards to taste strong drink of any kind. In religion he was of the
Church of England. He took much interest in clock and watch making and
made himself very useful at that work.
Sally, another daughter of
pioneer Thomas Fox, became Mrs. Peter Keiley, and had her home at the rear
of the Fox property.
Mary, daughter of pioneer
Thomas Fox, married a Mr. Sawyer of Halifax. Children: Robert and William.
Mary's second husband was
Lawrence Kiely. Her family from this marriage is at Marble Head, Mass.
Captain Robert Fox, son of
pioneer Thomas, was married to Hannah Swan in England.
Robert Fox, son of
Alexander Fox, and grandson of pioneer Thomas, married Flora Welsh of
Foxes' Pond. Children: Mary Jane, John James, Alicia, Blanche, Alexander,
Annie Bell some of whom live in Massachusetts and some in Alaska.
Rebecca, daughter of
Alexander Fox married John Johnson, a Swede. Their daughters Jennie and
Mary are living in Attleboro, Mass.
Roderick Fox, son of
Alexander, married Isabel MacQuarrie, daughter of Neil MacQuarrie, Loch
Ban, C. B. Children, Mary Bell (Mrs. Lewis Reynolds), John Robert and
LeRoy. The family had their home near Foxes' Pond.
Among the great-grand
children of pioneer Thomas Fox are the children of Chandler Martin and
Martha Fox, his wife, Minnie, Hubert, Rufus, Gordon, Etta, Fred, Lemuel,
Gertie and Olive, now in the United States, except one deceased formerly
at Port Hastings.
Also the children of John
MacLean, Troy, and Alvina Fox, his wife, Neil (deceased) Hannah, Mary at
home; Rebecca Jane, (Mrs. Jack MacDougall), Whycocomagh; William A.
Engineer, Port Hastings; John Hugh and Neil Hector (deceased).
Also the children of
William Fox, Mary (Mrs. John Reynolds), Sam and John, on part of the Fox
Also any other
grandchildren of Alexander Fox from marriages in the United States.
Also grand children of
Charles Fox, viz; children of Rachel and Patrick Collins (R. C.) if any,
Marble Head Mass: of Hannah and Lauchie MacQuarrie, her husband, Edward in
Inverness and a daughter, Alice, at Marble Head, Mass.
Also the children of David
Fox and Mary MacQuarrie, his wife Thomas Edward (deceased), Douglas
Daniel, Rena Mary (deceased), John Charles (deceased), Errol Howard, and
Tom Fox, son of pioneer
Thomas married a Miss Murphy of Port Hood and had quite a family. He was
lost at sea with the schooner Atlantic owned by the Skinner brothers.
One of the leading pioneers
at the Strait of Canso in the early days was Hugh MacMillan, who
immigrated from Invernessshire, Scotland.
He soon established, at
MacMillian's Point the largest business at the Strait of Canso. To give
profitable employment to many of the people and to help his own business
at the same time he undertook to do some shipbuilding. Without much delay
he built and equipped a respectable schooner. A government ferry between
the Point and Auld's Cove was secured for the benefit of the public as
well as his own, and was operated by the MacMillan's for some eighty
His wife was Christy
Cummings of a well-to-do family in the old land. A silver spoon with her
initials engraved is in possession of Mrs. D. A. Campbell, Strathlorne, C.
B., nee Catherine Cameron. A gift from Mrs. MacMillan as a token of
friendship and having the same initials.
Hugh MacMillan's children
were: Donald, John, Angus, Mary, Alexander, and Jane. The whole family was
Presbyterian in religion. Hugh 's remains are in the old Kirk Cemetery.
The oldest son, Donald, married Jennie MacMillan of Barra, Scotland. Their
children were James, Margaret and Hugh. Hugh was drowned off MacMillan's
Point. Jane Margaret became the wife of George Nicholson. She followed the
religion of her mother, and brought up her children in the Roman Catholic
faith. George Nicholson made his home at MacMillan's Point, Port Hastings.
The children were Catherine, Mary Jane, John Hugh, Dan Angus (deceased),
Jessie (deceased), Margaret (deceased), George Alexander, Allan.
John MacMillan, son of
pioneer Hugh, married a Scottish lady and made his home for a time at
Buctouche, N. B., and became a shipbuilder. It was in a large ship which
he had built in Buctouche that he emigrated to Australia.
Angus MacMillan settled in
Buctouche. Some of his family live in Moncton. Protestants.
Mary MacMillan, married a
Mr. MacIntosh and some of her family are in Moncton. Protestants.
Alex. MacMillan married
Anne MacDonald of Little Mabou. Their children were Hugh, John, Christina
(Mrs. John Chisholm), Duncan, Finlay, William, Alexander, Jessie. Roman
Jane MacMillan, daughter of
pioneer Hugh married Philip Fox, Port Hastings, and had no family.
Pioneer Hugh had a brother
John MacMillan, who lived at Harbour au Bouche, N. S. His wife was a lady
of considerable refinement.
Of their children three
were well known at the Strait of Canso, Donald, Mary and Anna, who
remained single and lived together.
Another three were married
and made their homes in Gloucester, Mass. Of these, Allan and John had
families. Jane (Mrs. Neil Campbell) had no children.
Christina married Geo.
MacKay, Cape Jack, and had some family and moved to the United States.
Alexander MacMillan, son of
pioneer Hugh, had a large family already referred to, and lived at
Of this family, Hugh was
married first to Euphemia MacIsaac of Troy, C. B., By this marriage he had
a son and daughter-Jack and Annie (Mrs. John J. MacNeil). Jack built for
himself on a part of the old homestead. Mrs. MacNeil, after the death of
her husband taught school for some years. She now lives at MacMillan's
Point and has her children with her, Douglas and Roderick.
Hugh MacMillan's second
wife was Miss Mary Beaton of Little Judique. From this marriage three
children survive, Euphemia, Beaton and Douglas.
Euphemia is a trained nurse
and recently became Mrs. Dr. B.A LeBlanc, M.P.P. Arichat, N.S.
Beaton is at Inverness, and
Douglas lives with his mother on the old homestead and has charge of the
Inverness Railway Station and Shipping Pier at Port Hastings.
Christina, daughter of
Alexander MacMillan, married John Chisholm, merchant, Port Hastings. By
this marriage they had three children, Annie (Mrs. Petrie), Alexander (now
in California)' and Mary Bell (Mrs. D. R. MacDonald) of Glengarry, Ont.,
with a home in Alexandria, in the same province, and a ranche in Sask.
Duncan, Finlay, William and
Alexander, sons of the late Alexander MacMillan, were not married.
His daughter, Jessie,
married Neil Chisholm, New Town, and her only daughter, Margaret an
accomplished musician and Frenchquist, educated in Nova Scotia and
Montreal, survives her and reside, in Rochester, New York.
Archibald MacIsaac, one of
the early pioneers that came to this district from Scotland, was about
twenty years of age when he landed in Cape Breton. Schools were much
needed at the time, and teaching appealed to him. He engaged as a teacher,
and kept at it for over twenty years, placing the young people of his day
under lasting obligations to him for the chance he gave them to make a
fair start in life.
He married Mary, a daughter
of Mrs. Mary MacMaster of Creignish and raised a large family, three sons
and seven daughters. At the rear of Port Hastings Archie, the oldest,
married Katherine MacDougall, rear Long Point. No family. John, the second
son, went, to sea. On a voyage from India he went to Constantinople and
Donald, the youngest of the
sons, is the only one living of the whole family. He married Mary Ann
Cameron of Troy, daughter of' John Cameron. Children: Archibald, John A.,
Hector, Malcolm, Mary, Jennie, Jessie and Phernie.
Of these Archibald, at Port
Hastings, married Agnes Fraser, daughter of Angus Fraser, Port Hastings.
John A., on the old
homestead, Mackdale, Rear Port Hastings married' Margaret, daughter of
Hugh A. MacDonald, Kingsville.
Hector is in the United
States and enlisted and fought in the American army in the late war.
Malcolm in Alberta enlisted
at the beginning of the war, was gassed and wounded after serving eight
months in the trenches.
Mary, married John K.
MacInnis of Portsmouth., N. H., and formerly of Queensville, C. B.
Jennie married Frank
O'Connell of Portsmouth, N. H.
Jessie married Archibald
Fraser, Port Hastings, and died in May, 1921. Phernie, single, lives in
Portsmouth, N. H.
Pioneer Archibald MacIsaac
had seven daughters: Margaret, Mary, Ann, Kate, Mary Ann, Flora, and Jane.
Of these, Margaret married
John MacDonald, Princeville and had three sons and four daughters.
Mary married Roderick
MacDougall, Long Point and had three sons and three daughters.
Ann married Donald
MacVarish, Rear Creignish and had three sons and five daughters.
Jane married James O'Brien,
once of Port Hastings. No family.
Flora died at home
Kate married Angus Fraser,
Mackdale, and had a large family. Two sons, John and Alex. were sea
captains sailing from Gloucester. Both were drowned when their fishing
schooner, Sigfrid, went down with all on board at Sable Island about
nineteen years ago.
Pioneer Archibald MacIsaac,
school teacher, and the Maclsaac's; of Broad Cove Banks are of the same
Two brothers of Archibald
MacIsaac came out from Scotland in pioneer days and settled in Antigonish.
John was a tailor and Donald a mason by trade.
Three Campbell brothers
came to Cape Breton from Scotland some time before 1843, sans of Edward
Campbell of Scotland: John made his home about three or four miles north
of Port Hastings, in the Troy neighbourhood. Hugh settled at East Lake
Ainslie, and Angus at Whycocomagh.
John married Flora MacLean,
daughter of pioneer John MacLean, Troy, and had a family of three sons and
four daughters. Allan, John E., Peter, Julia, Kate, Margaret and Sarah.
Julia married John Smith Grand River. No family. Kate married her cousin
Edward Campbell of Whycocomagh; Margaret and Sarah remained single; Allan
married Jessie Skinner, daughter of pioneer Hugh B., Children: Esther,
Julia, Cassie, Mary, Maggie, (died young), Kenneth, Jennie, Martha and
Willie John. Of these Julia married Malcolm Stewart, now of Cristobal,
Panama. Children: Dorothy, Harry, Walter, Clarence and Ruth.
Esther was twice married,
first to Tom Jamieson by whom she, had one son, Allan Campbell and again
to Alex. Busesh, U.S.
Mary married Frank
Shackleford. Children: Esther, William,. Martha, Allan, and Edith the
youngest, in the United States. Maggie Campbell married Alex. MacPherson,
Grandance. Children:. Murdo, Barbara, Allan, Cassie and Bertram. After the
death of her husband she married Murdo MacPherson, Grandance, by whom she
had one son, Alexander Campbell.
Of these children, Murdo
was Major in the 49th Battalion overseas, was severely wounded and
unfitted for the front but recovered and is now a lawyer in Regina, Sask.
Barbara married Malcolm
MacDonald and has a son Allan in Edmonton, Alta.
Allan MacPherson was
severely wounded at the front but recovered and lives in Vancouver.
Cassie MacPherson married
Robert Urquhart and has one son, Lloyd, in Grandance.
We now come to Hugh
Campbell, son of Edward, and one of the three pioneer Campbell brothers.
Hugh married, Jean Hamilton and made his home at East Lake Ainslie, C.B.
Children: Peter, Edward, John, Angus, Mary, Julia and two others. East
Lake may give fuller data.
Angus, another of the
pioneer brothers, made his home in Whycocomagh and had five sons and four
daughters: John, Hugh, Edward, Tom, Malcolm, Margaret, Kate, Janie and
Bell. Angus' sister, Julia, was the mother of Rev. Donald MacMillan,
lately Minister of Sydney Mines and grandmother of Rev. Dr. D. M. Gillies
of Glace Bay, C.B.
Another pioneer sister,
Kate, married William Hamilton, and had a larger family at East Lake
Another pioneer sister,
Mary Campbell married William Campbell one of the pioneers of Whycocomagh,
and had a family of thirteen: five sons and eight daughters: Mrs. J. E.
Campbell, Port Hastings, Bell, Margaret, Julia Ann, Jane, Jessie, Mary,
Elizabeth, Dugald, Edward, Duncan, John and Hugh, all lived in Whycocomagh
and had families, excepting Mrs. J. E. Campbell. Her husband was a son of
pioneer John Campbell and her own first cousin.
Peter Campbell, Port
Hastings, deceased, was another son of pioneer John Campbell. He married
Susan Metcalfe and had one daughter, Florence, and two sons, Willie, who
died young, and James of St. Thomas, Ontario. James married Katie
Matheson, Port Hawkesbury, N.S., and has two sons, Harold Matheson and