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;
From: Roderick James MacDonnell < firstname.lastname@example.org >
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.
might have a bit more info than me. Actually my grandfather was Austin
MacDonnell…and as I know Port Hood is a small town…figured that there
be some ties. Port Hood is mentioned in your link. Here is some more
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 < email@example.com >
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.
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?
Rothesay, New Brunswick
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:
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
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
of Emerald Isle. Barrington NS The PANS RGM 32 on their marriage is
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
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.
Francis Eldridge MacDonnell, "Frank" b 25 Nov
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;
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. 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
1592C.4193A.5 Jack Walton "Wally" MacDonnell, b
1592C.4193A.6 Ralph Oliver MacDonnell, b
1592C.4193A.7 Eric Halsey MacDonnell, b