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McDonald, Donald

  • Born: 29 Sep 1782, Knoydart Invernessshire , Scotland
  • Marriage: Cass, Elizabeth
  • Died: 19 Feb 1871
  • Buried: Catholic Cemetery, Old Bay Road, L'Orignal, Canada This cemetery no longer exists

bullet  General Notes:

Donald McDonald was born 29 Sep 1782 in Inverness Shire, Scotland. The earliest surviving baptismal register for the whole
Highland District in Scotland begins in 1793, so it is impossible to obtain the names of his parents. On 28 Nov 1818, when he was 26, he married Elizabeth Cass in St. John the Baptist Church, L'Orignal, Seignory of Longueuil, Prescott County, Ontario. At that time Ontario was called Upper Canada. Elizabeth was born 24 Apr 1799 and was the daughter of Elihu Cass and Elizabeth Story.

They all came on the ship Macdonald in 1786 and settled in Glengarry. So Donald who married Elizabeth Cass would have only been about 4 at the time they emigrated.

On 1 Nov 1819, Donald purchased "Mile Square Farm" from Nathaniel H. Treadwell. This farm was 530 acres comprising farm lots 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 and part of Lot 20 on the west side of Longueuil Street. He also bought Lots 5, 6 and 8 on the east side of the street from Mr. Treadwell. Donald obtained a mortgage for 192 pounds from Nathaniel C. Platt of Platsburgh, United States
which became due 15 Jan 1821.

Donald was the member for Prescott in the ninth, tenth and eleventh Parliaments of Upper Canada during the years 1824-1834 and in the first Parliament of United Canada 1841-1844.

There were many McDonalds, MacDonalds and MacDonells in that part of Ontario then, and the names were often confused.

Historians state that Donald was the son of Janet MacDonell Aberchalder) and Alexander MacDonell (Greenfield) and brother of John who was aide-de-camp to General Brock and was killed with Brock at the Battle of Queenston Heights on 12 Oct 1812. My research refutes their claims. One historian comments that Donald's nickname "Mile Square" was amusing when applied to Elizabeth.

Donald and Elizabeth had eleven children: Catherine, Margaret, Angus, Elihu Joseph, Mary, Ann, John D., Angus Eugene, Christopher Thompson, Emma Lauretta Catherine and Catherine Theresa.

Donald and Elizabeth continued to live there where Donald died 19 Feb 1871 at the age of 89. Elizabeth died 11 Aug 1892 and both were buriedin the Catholic Cemetery on the Old Bay Road in L'Orignal. This cemetery no longer exists.

bullet  Marriage Notesl Notes:

Donald married Elizabeth Cass, daughter of Elihu Cass and Elizabeth Story. (Elizabeth Cass was born on 24 Apr 1799 in Cassburn, L'Orignal, Ottawa, Canada, died on 11 Aug 1892 and was buried in Catholic Cemetery, Old Bay Road, L'Orignal, Canada This cemetery no longer exists.)

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