Pioneers and "The Island"
Belfast Families - Rev. Samuel
MacLeod and Other Families
Norman MacLeod, one of the
1829 settlers, died in Uigg in 1837, aged 75. His wife was Margaret,
daughter of Donald Macphee of Skye. His parents were, Neil MacLeod and his
wife Sophia Nicholson.
Mr. and Mrs. MacLeod were
accompanied to P.E.I. by their children, Samuel, Roderick, John, Murdoch,
Mrs. Angus Macdonald, Mrs. James Macdonald, Mrs. Cameron and Neil, who
lived in Vernon River.
I. SAMUEL taught school in
Pinette and Flat River. There he married Margaret Currie, who had
emigrated to that district with her family from Mull, Scotland. From 1840
to 1870 he was minister of the Baptist Churches in Uigg and Belfast. He
died on August 23, 1881, aged 85. His wife died on February 27, 1902, aged
95. Their children were:
1. NORMAN, d. July 1928, aged 91, married, with issue: Hammond, Samuel,
George R. (McGill), Asst. City Engineer. Montreal, married Margaret
Furness, with issue; James D. (B.A. Acadia), minister, married, with
2. MALCOLM, d. April 29, 1903, aged 64, married Esther Robertson, East
Point, d. Sept. 12, 1923, aged 73, with issue:
a. SAMUEL, on the old homestead, married Miss Vaniderstine, with issue,
among others, Florence;
c. ALEXANDER R. (B.A. McGill), Rhodes scholar, barrister-at-law,
Vancouver, married, with issue;
e. DUNCAN, married with issue;
f. HADDON SPURGEON (Guelph Agr. Col.);
3. JAMES (McGill), M.D., Charlottetown, married Margaret Alma Gates, d.
1927, with issue, among others, Dr. MacLeod, Moose jaw;
4. DUNCAN (B.A. McGill), barrister-at-law, Charlottetown, unmarried;
5. SARAH, wife of William MacLeod, Bridgetown, Dundas, with issue;
6. MARY, unmarried;
II. RODERICK, d. June, 1888, aged 85. His wife Catherine, d. Dec. 2, 1882,
aged 75. Among their issue were:
1. MALCOLM, K.C., for two generations the leader of the bar, and the
outstanding man on the Island;
2. JOHN, unmarried;
3. ANN, d. March 4, 1905, aged 58, wife of Alexander Martin, M.P.,
Valleyfield, b. March 14, 1842, d. April 13, 1921, with issue: Albert J. (Dal.
Cornell), C. E. Montague, Belle, wife of H. W. H. Knott, barrister,
4. KATHERINE, died 1929, unmarried.
III. JOHN, married Rachel, daughter of Donald Gordon. She died January 11,
1915, aged almost 98. Without issue;
IV. (BIG) MURDOCH was born in Skye in 1815, and died July 29, 1889. On
October 6, 1837, he married Margaret Gunn in Miramichi, N.B. She died
August 26, 1916, aged one hundred all but two or three months. They had
several children. Of these John Murdoch, one of the most successful
farmers on P.E.I., lives on the old homestead. He was born April 20, 1848.
He married his cousin, a daughter of "Little" Roderick MacLeod of Uigg
Rear, sister of the late judge Neil MacLeod, of Summerside. Their son and
only child, Otis, with his wife Evelyn MacLeod and children, live with
them. Another son of Big Murdoch is William MacLeod, a well-known resident
of Bridgetown, Dundas, P.E.I.
James Macdonald, d. Sept.
12, 1883, aged 90. His son Donald, married Margaret, daughter of Donald
Gordon. Their son, Donald Gordon Macdonald, of Vancouver, the well-known
Baptist minister, was 86 in February, 1929. His brother, Capt. Malcolm, of
Georgetown, was father of Mrs. Richardson, wife of the late H. A.
Richardson, General Manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia.
The MacHamish MacLeods who
at one time lived on Farm 10, now part of John MacLeod's farm, were
notable for their great size. Their average height was about six feet two
inches. James was six feet five, Roderick six feet four, Alexander six
feet two, Christy, Mary and another sister were all about six feet. They
moved to the U.S.A. in the eighties.
Alexander MacLean, miller,
Montague River, who came from Skye in 1829, died December 10, 1878, aged
80. His wife Margaret Macdonald d. April 13, 1899, aged 68. Their daughter
Catherine, wife of John Macqueen, died when about 96.
On the triangular parcel of
land near the Baptist Church lived Alexander Nicholson. One of his sons
was Rev. Alexander B. Nicholson (b. 1845) for many years professor of
Classics at Queen's University, Kingston. Another son, John, was a banker,
in Ellis, Kansas.
In Orwell lives Mrs. Samuel
Jardine, daughter of the faithful Frederick Augustus Kidson, [Son of
Samuel Augustus Kidson, of Hereford, England.] for many years minister of
the Baptist churches at Uigg and Belfast, died South Maitland, N.S., July
3, 1912, aged 83. Edith one of her seven daughters lives with her.
Norman Murdoch MacLeod of
Uigg, later of Orwell River, and his wife, who was Miss MacLean of
Portage, Belfast, moved to Charlottetown where in partnership with J. D.
MacLeod he carried on an extensive grocery business. His daughter Mary (d.
Sept. 1929), after graduating in music in Paris, France, married Dr.
Macdonald, Calgary. Marion is wife of Dr. G. F. Dewar, Charlottetown, Maud
is widow of Dr. Stuart Carruthers, Catherine lives in Charlottetown.
Murdoch, Sidney and Milton live in Alberta.
Peter Gordon of Uigg,
brother of Rachel and Margaret Gordon, was father of J. A. Gordon, M.A.,
D.D. (b. June 24, 1844), the distinguished and eloquent Baptist minister,
now of Montreal, who was the centennial orator at Uigg, 1929. The latter
is father of: Alva H. Gordon, one of the leading physicians of Montreal;
Peter W. of Hamilton; Herbert of Ottawa, and John P., who, with Samuel
MacLeod, owns the well known dry goods firm. Moore and MacLeod,
The said Samuel MacLeod is
great-grandson of Alexander MacLeod (Allistair Taillear), who, with his
family including Murdoch, emigrated from Raasay, Scotland, in 1821, where
they had gone a few years earlier from Skye. They bought the
four-hundred-acre farm extending easterly from Orwell bridge along the
Kinross road, paying therefor £195 currency. Descendants still own half of
this farm. Donald, son of Murdoch, and father of Samuel, built a stone
house on it and to this day the family is known as Stonehouse.
Murdo Raasay, as he was
generally known, was a remarkable man. Before leaving Scotland he married
a Miss Martin, a connection of the Orwell Cove Martins. Her brother Samuel
was one of the first teachers in Orwell. Murdo used to spend much time on
the commanding height beside the Kinross road on his estate. Here with
artist's eye, he loved to scan the panorama spread before him. Looking
westerly there was unfolded to his view a scene of matchless charm and
beauty. At his feet the Orwell river gently hurrying on its ever widening
way to join the distant sea. On the left the wooded hill, with here and
there a clearing flecked with daisies, fell gently from imposing height to
the water's edge beneath. On his right heavily timbered low lands, patched
with settlers clearances, stretched far away northward.
The little mound still
visible on the hill-top marks the final resting place of one who would not
be parted from the place he loved so well even in death.