Ann Chipman 7 BIGELOW

1592C.41      Ann Chipman 7, BIGELOW, dau of Reuben 6 ( Amasa 5 , Isaac 4, Isaac 3, Samuel 2, John1)  and  Lavinia (SKINNER) BIGELOW, was born 30 September 1803, Cornwallis, NS.  She married Angus MacDonnell from Glengarry, Scotland (settled in Antigonish, NS in 1821 (see below) of Port Hood Cape Breton.  They were parents of 8 or 9 children. Ann died at the age of 106 about the year 1909.

Children of Angus and Ann (Bigelow) MacDonnell:

1592C.411     James MacDonnell, b ____ ; d ___1880; moved to Port Hood 1840; m Charlotte Fuller; son John Angus MacDonnell (see below)

1592C.412     Angus MacDonnell, b ____ ; d _____ ;  m Mary (Ann) Bigelow; 4 children; res. Cape Breton, NS; (see below)

1592C.413     John MacDonnell, b ____ ; d _____ ; m Catherine McDonnell?   

1592C.414     Ann MacDonnell, b ____ ; d _____ ; m Capt. Artemas Cameron

1592C.415     Catherine MacDonnell, b ____ ; d _____ ;  m ____ Horne

1592C.416     Margaret MacDonnell, b ____ ; d _____ ;

1592C.417     Mary Ann MacDonnell, b ____ ; d _____ ;

1592C.418     Ellen MacDonnell, b ____ ; d _____ ;  

1592C.419     William Fraser MacDonnell, b 20 Dec 1837 Cape Breton Island; d 14 June 1891 Chelsea, MA; m thrice; (see below)

Bigelow Society,The Bigelow Family Genealogy, Vol I, pg ;
Howe, Bigelow Family of America;
Research by and records of Bigelow Society historian/genealogist
and correspondence with descendants.
1850 census WI;
Kings Co. Historical Society, Lorna Evans, sent information 2/22/1997;
The Antigonish (NS) Whiddens:  The History of Kings Co. (NS); Kings Co. Marriage Records, 1864-1900;
census records 1871, 1881, 1891: 4/3/2002;

New Note 12/20/06:
From: Roderick James MacDonnell     < >
Hello Rod,

I found your web page on family history and believe that we might have a few common ancestors.
My Father was born in Port Hood,
Nova Scotia to Austin and Josephine MacDonnell….I also know that from my mothers side…there was Bigelow’s in the family.
My name is Roderick James MacDonnell…and to tell you the truth, my brother Kelvin complied a book on our MacDonnell ancestors.
Also, my mother and some of her sisters have a running book on the Miller family that list Bigelow’s as our forerunners.

I thought you might have a bit more info than me. Actually my grandfather was Austin Philip MacDonnell…and as I know Port Hood is a small town…figured that there might be some ties. Port Hood is mentioned in your link. Here is some more info for you from my relatives:
Angus MacDonnell (from
Glengarry, Scotland) settled in Antigonish N.S. in 1821. Angus married Ann Bigelow who was a native of Cornwallis N.S. She lived to the age of 106.
His son James moved to Port Hood in 1840 and married a Charlotte Fuller from Arichat. James died in 1880 and left his house to his son John Angus MacDonnell, who in turn passed it down to his youngest son Austin Philip MacDonnell…my grand father.
My grand father lived in Port Hood (Austin Philip MacDonnell)…he passed away in 198_?
I hope this helps us sort something out?

Subject: Bigelow & MacDonnell
Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 13:10:49 -0800
From: ann smallshaw <  >
Rod, do you have any line on a Mary Bigelow who will have married Angus MacDonnell  from the area of Port Hood Cape Breton?
Or can you give me a referal to someone who may know. My great grandfather was their son William Fraser MacDonnell, he was  born Dec 20,1837. There will have been other children but I have no idea on names or how many.
I mention William birth because it might give you a year factor to know where to look in your files.
Thanks for any help you might be able to give me.
I have just read your web page which I must say is set up very nicely. I now send another two pages on my great grandfather William son of Angus and Mary Bigelow or Anne Bigelow?
I had seen Angus on a document in Halifax one time with Anne as his spouse. But the church where he married have his wife as Mary. Talk about confused?
Ann of Ottawa. 
Hi Rod,
I am seeking info on an Ann Bigelow of Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (likely born somewhere from 1750-1780). She did convert to Catholicism and married an Angus MacDonnell, native of Scotland, who settled in South River, Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. She lived to the age of 106. This is all
I know. Would you have any leads?
Thank you
Bob Ferguson
Rothesay, New Brunswick

1592C.419     William Fraser MacDonnell, b 20 Dec 1837 Cape Breton Island; d 14 June 1891 Chelsea, MA; m thrice;
William Fraser MacDonnell  said to have been born Dec-20-1837 in Port Hood Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, died in Cheesy MA. on Jun-14-1891, buried in Holy Cross Cem. Malden, MA. William is recorded to be the son of Angus and Mary (Bigelow) MacDonnell of Port Hood Cape Breton, From the records of Father William MacLeod of St. Peters Parish in W. Pubnico, NS

The information we do know for certain is as follows:
He (m) 1st to Winifred Rebecca Hipson, lived in Argyle, Yarmouth. Co., NS. William was a Sea Captain.
Rebecca was born 1836; died June 22,1851. They had four children together:

1592C.4191.    John Franklin MacDonnell Born Dec 18,1855 died Aug 17,1951
He married Ella A Williams had one daughter Gladys M. b. Mar-4-1894 died Aug-27-1949.
Gladys  (m) Frederick Earl Sheldon in Chelsea Mass. No issue.
1592C.4192.   William E MacDonnell b.1858, d. May-18, 1937 unmarried. No issue. (Lived in USA.
1592C.4193.   Francis Eldridge MacDonnell, b. Nov-25-1859 d. Sep-16-1936 (see below)
   He m. Ada “Edith” Brannen on Aug 27-1885(my grandmother)
(They had 12 children. I have records for all of their many descendants, (see further on in this document.)
1592C.4194.   Annie Lavinia MacDonnell b.1861 (cr: Oct-29-1869 age 8yrs.) d. Nov-8-1944
   (m)Alfred Brown on Jul 26,1886, had 5 children lived in New York State.
       1.Alfred Brown b. 1888, d. Feb 24,1907
       2.Dorothy Brown b. 1890, d. Oct 27,1923
          (m) Harry Munsey had 3 ch: Harry W. died young, Marjorie died young, Francis S born Dec 10,
          1915 (m) Frances Stoll on June 1-, 1938 in NY.
        3. Nanette Brown b. Sep. 7, 1892, d. Aug 12 1917 (or 1944?) (m) Adolfe Remon.
        4.Olivia Brown b. Oct 19, 1896 d. Dec 15, 1928 (m) Lewis Herley
        5. Donald Brown b. abt 1900, d. Apr. 13, 1932 (m) Mildred Cunningham
            Ch: Winifred Brown b. May 19, 1923, (m) John Donahue on Jun 27, 1945
                   Donald A Brown b. Jan 26, 1926 (m) Patricia Cleary on Nov 19, 1949
                   Dorothy Brown b. Aug. 14, 1931 (m) John Brannen on Nov 26, 1950.

Capt. William MacDonnell (widower) (m) 2nd on Nov 7,1868 at age 31 in Argyle NS to Henretta Goodwin age 20, dau of Whitmore and Nancy Goodwin. Henretta born 1850 died of TB. They had one son together. 

1592C.4195.  Whitmore John MacDonnell b. Sep-1869, cr: Oct 29, 1869 age 7wks by Father McLeod of West Pubnico NS He d. Nov-15-1893 at age 24 yrs. Unmarried.

Capt Wm MacDonnell, Shipmaster of Argyle Nova Scotia (widower)(m) 3rd Sophia Wrayton born Feb 22-1853 died 22 Mar 1895 dau of Michael Wrayton Esq. of Emerald Isle. Barrington NS The PANS RGM 32 on their marriage is lengthy so I shall send what is pertinent.
Married at St Peters Church in Pubnico Nova Scotia performed by Rev Wm.McLeod on Wed May 28, 1872. Capt Wm. MacDonnell of Argyle and Miss Sophie Wrayton 3rd daughter of Michael Wrayton Esq and Sophie Cunningham of Emerald Isle, Barrington NS.
They lived for a time in Argyle, later moved to Chelsea, MA.
There were two children of this marriage.

1592C.4196.   Roy Wrayton MacDonnell was a Sea Capt of his own vessell “The SS Arabic” in the USA
     b. Feb 19,1874 d. Apr 26,1925 Roy is said to have married Viva Berry had one adopted girl. (Name unknown)

1592C.4197.   Ina Isabel MacDonnell b. Aug. 16, 1876 d. Apr 20 20,1958. Ina m. in Malden MA. Feb. 11, 1902 to a successful Real Estate investor by the name of Jewell Dowling. Jewell and Ina were very wealthy. They had no children. She died tragically in an accidental drowning in 1958.
Newspaper articles are on hand regarding that as well as the articles on the impeachment trial.  in Florida of the Judges and lawyers who swindled the Dowling Estate of possibly millions of dollars. At the time of Aunt Ina’s death the remainder of her estate was down to less then 2 million. The Florida Estate went to the Salvation Army, not sure about the New York properties. By the time everything was settled the 12 nieces and nephews ended up with about 40 thousand dollars if memory serves me correctly?
 The 1871 Census of Argyle Nova Scotia as seen at the Public Archives in Halifax NS (PANS pg. 22)
William MacDonnell, age 34, widower, Scottish origin, R/C, Ship Captain: children John F. age 16, William E age 13, Frank E age 12, Annie L age 10, Whitmore age 1 year and housekeeper Emile Foost age 23.
The 1881 Census of Argyle NS (PANS pg. 38)
William MacDonnell age 44, storekeeper, 70 acres of land, wife Sophie age 27, children John F age 26 fisherman, William E age 23, Frank E age 22, Annie L age 20, Whitmore age 11, Roy age 7, Ina age 4.

1592C.4193      Francis Eldridge MacDonnell, "Frank" b 25 Nov 1859, d 16 Sept 1936
Son of Wm Fraser MacDonnell and Rebecca Hipson of Argyle NS
(m) Ada Edith Elizabeth Brannen  b. Nov 20, 1869, d. Jul 24, 1939
Dau of William Watson Brannen and Hipsabeth Nickerson of Woods Harbour NS
Frank and Edith (m) Aug 27, 1885
It is said that Frank had been a store merchant and a revenue collector. All merchandise coming in or out on foreign ships had to be cleared through him.
After he died his wife lived in Halifax with her youngest daughter Dorothy and her husband Gerald Nicoll She went to Berwick to visit the eldest daughter Frances Illsley and while there died of a heart attack. Both Frank and Edith are buried in Greenwood Cem. in Woods Harbour, NS. Their 12 children listed as follows:

1592C.41931     Mary Francis MacDonnell,
1592C.41932     Eldridge Fenimore MacDonnell,
1592C.41933     William Wallace MacDonnell,
1592C.41934     Edith Mae MacDonnell,
1592C.41935     Annie Maud MacDonnell,
1592C.41936     Osma C. MacDonnell,
1592C.41937     Harold John MacDonnell,
1592C.41938     Frank Dougal MacDonnell,
1592C.41939     Gladwyn James MacDonnell,
1592C.4193A     Malcolm Murdock MacDonnell, b 23 Jan 1901 Woods Harbour, NS; d 16 Oct 1999; m 23 June 1923 Elva Jeffrey; 7 children; (see below)
1592C.4193B     Royal MacDonnell, b 1905;
1592C.4193C     Dorothy Winifred "Dolly" MacDonnell, b 22 Jan 1906;

1592C.4193A     Malcolm Murdock MacDonnell, b 23 Jan 1901 Woods Harbour, NS; d 16 Oct 1999; m 23 June 1923 Elva Jeffrey; 7 children;

1592C.4193A.1     Ruth Leona MacDonnell, b
1592C.4193A.2     Phyllis Marie MacDonnell, b
1592C.4193A.3     Jean Mildred MacDonnell, b 05 Sept 1928; d _____ ; m Clifton Neil Goreham; 3 children; (see below)
1592C.4193A.4.   Malcolm Leroy MacDonnell b. Nov 6, 1929 in Wds. Hbr. NS., son of Malcolm and Elva MacDonnell ; d 30 April 2011
  (m) Ella Mae Nickerson (1950) b. Jul 16, 1927 dau of James Burton Nickerson and Henrietta Swim 
      Profile: Mackie and Ella lived their married years in Wds. Hbr.  He had been a lobster fisherman. 
     Ch: 1. Brian Leroy MacDonnell b. Jul. 12, 1951 
              (m) 1st Kathie Gaye Crowell b. May 19, 1952 
              Dau of Victor Crowell and Amelia Flemming 
              Ch: 1. Candi Victoria MacDonnell, b. Mar 5, 1972  (She and Scott live at NE Pt. on CSI) 
                   (m) Scott Daley  (July 11, 1992) b. September 6, 1968, Son of Sinclair Owen Daley & Clarice Evelyn Nickerson 
Ch: 1. Jason Nathaniel Daley b. May 6 1997 
                     Ch:2. Maya Victoria Daley b. Septmber 11, 2009
Brian (m) 2nd Shelly Anne Ryer b. Apr 28, 1965 Dau of Frank Ryer & Eleanor Watt. 
Ch: 1. Chad Ryan MacDonnell b. Sep 12, 1988 

                   Ch:1. Taylon Gary Derrick Stewart b. Dec. 13, 2007

Source: Candi Daley < >

1592C.4193A.5     Jack Walton "Wally" MacDonnell, b
1592C.4193A.6     Ralph Oliver MacDonnell, b
1592C.4193A.7     Eric Halsey MacDonnell, b

1592C.4193A.3     Jean Mildred MacDonnell, b 05 Sept 1928; d _____ ; m 08 June 1950 Clifton Neil Goreham (1929-2000);
1. Margo Jane Goreham, b 08 June 1950; d _____ ; m 21 Aug 1970 Kirby Evan Cunningham; 2 children; (see below)
2. Anne Marie Goreham, b 07 Feb 1954;
3. Douglas Neil Goreham, b 22 Oct 1956;
1. Margo Jane Goreham, b 08 June 1950; d _____ ; m 21 Aug 1970 Kirby Evan Cunningham; 2 children;
a. Amber Marquel Cunningham, b 06 Dec 1972; d _____ ; m (1) John Baker (div 2001); m (2) 17 Nov 2001 Paul Richard Hiltz; (see below)
b. Ian Lanning Cunningham, b 27 Feb 1974; d _____ ; m 07 Jul 2001 Jane Stanley; 3 girls: Danae Marquel Cunningham, Peyton Jane Cunningham (fraternal twins) born November 17, 2004 and Brooke Elise Cunningham, born May 9, 2008. 

a. Amber Marquel Cunningham, b 06 Dec 1972; d _____ ; m (1) John Baker (div 2001); m (2) 17 Nov 2001 Paul Richard Hiltz;

i.   Brianna Richelle Hiltz, b 23 Feb 1993; (child of John Baker-adopted name Hiltz)
ii.  Savannah Marquel Hiltz, b 12 May 1996; (child of John Baker-adopted name Hiltz)
iii. Cassidy Emma Hiltz, b 09 Aug 2001; (nat child of Hiltz)
iv. Ryan Richard Hiltz, b 23 May 2003; (nat child of Hiltz)
Subject: Family Tree update 2009.
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2009 15:42:14 -0400
From: "Amber Hiltz" < >
Hi there.  My name ia Amber HIltz, and I am a descendant of Malcolm Murdock MacDonnell...I was directed to your website by a family member: There are several corrections and updates that need to be made to the descendants of Malcolm Murdock MacDonnell.  They are as follows: Under Amber Marquel Cunningham (me) it should read that I divorced John Baker in November of 2001.  We had 2 children, who he is now NOT the father of: Brianna Richelle HILTZ b. Feb.23, 1993 and Savannah Marquel HILTZ, b. May 12, 1996.  I divorced John in November of 2001.  I married PAUL RICHARD HILTZ,b.Jan 28, 1971 ( son of Harold Victor Hiltz and LIllian Ann Chetwynd of Lockeport, NS) on November 17, 2001.  He ADOPTED Brianna and Savannah on June 11, 2004.  We also have 2 more children:  Cassidy Emma HILTZ, b.August 9, 2001 and Ryan Richard HILTZ, b.May 23, 2003.  Also, Ian and Jane Cunningham now have THREE girls: Danae Marquel Cunningham, Peyton Jane Cunningham (fraternal twins) born November 17, 2004 and Brooke Elise Cunningham, born May 9, 2008. 
Under Douglas Neil Goreham, his eldest daughter's name is JESSICA, not Jessie.
 Under Anne Marie Goreham, COLIN and his wife, Maureen have 2 children:  Tyler Neil Thomas Wickens Born November 25, 2000, and Morgan Dawn Wickens, born June 11, 2002.
If you need more info on our family, please feel free to contact me.  Genealogy is important!  Cheers!  Amber

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