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History of Inverness County, Nova Scotia
Chapter XI - District No. 1, Port Hastings


(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 surveyed afterwards.

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 Hastings).

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 sterling.

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.

Archibald MacLean's 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 Port Hastings.

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.

SKINNERS. (a).

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 Walkerville, C.B.

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 property.

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 Cecil Hector.

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.

MACMILLANS.

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 years.

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 Catholics.

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 MacMillan's Point.

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.

MacISAACS.

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 died there.

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 unmarried.

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 MacIsaac's.

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.

CAMPBELLS.

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 Ainslie.

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 Peter Stewart.


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