The McDonald/Cass Family
MacDonald, Angus
Cass, Elihu
Story, Elizabeth
McDonald, Donald
Cass, Elizabeth
McDonald, Elihu Joseph


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Moore, Mary Anne

McDonald, Elihu Joseph

  • Born: 21 Sep 1825
  • Marriage: Moore, Mary Anne on 14 Apr 1856 in Fitzroy Harbour near Ottawa. Canada
  • Died: 12 Jan 1904
  • Buried: Summit Cemetery, Pentwater, Michigan

bullet  General Notes:

Elihu Joseph McDonald was born 21 Sep 1825 and married Mary Anne Moore, a native of Ireland, when she was 16. They were married at Fitzroy Harbour (near Ottawa) Ontario 14 Apr 1856 by Rev. Father McPheby. Their first child, Donald David, was born there 17 Jan 1857. In 1858 they moved back to L'Orignal where their second son, John Eugene, was born 4 June 1859.

The lumbering industry was just beginning in the northern part of Hastings County, Ontario in 1860 and since Elihu was a cook, he moved his family to Bangor Township, Hastings County. Their next six children were born there: Mary Ann 16 Aug 1861, Elihu Joseph 7 Jun 1863, Roderick (Lad) 28 June 1865, Robert B. 21 July 1867, Margaret 12 June 1869 and Emmet 7 Apr 1872. The family is listed in the 1871 Census for Renfrew County.

In November 1872, Elihu Joseph, his wife and eight children left Hastings County for Sand Point, a two day journey by horse-train to take the train for the United States. They left Sand Point by train on Tuesday and reached Pentwater, Oceana County, Michigan on Saturday with all their belongings, packed on one high home made box or trunk with hinges and padlock. They had a quantity of home-spun wool which had to be made into garments as they were not permitted to pass the customs officers with merchandise. The bedding also, was made of home-spun wool, blue-gray in colour. One week after settling in Pentwater, all eight children were stricken with measles which they contracted on the train to Pentwater.

Elihu Joseph readily found employment as a cook in the then thriving lumbering industry in that area. Elihu and Mary Anne' ninth child, James F. (Rody) , was born in Pentwater 25 Feb 1874.

In the spring of 1874, Elihu Joseph purchased 40 acres of hardwood timber land of Section 21, Riverton Township, Mason County. During the summer with the help of the older boys, he cleared a spot and built a large two story log house. The logs were all hewed by hand with a broad axe and the roof was made of shake shingles. In November 1874 the family moved to their new home in the deep forest which was inhabited by many wild animals. The children of school age soon entered school which was a log school building in the Morton School district. Elihu Joseph continued to cook in lumber camps during the winter months and clear the land during the summer and as the land was cleared, he raised potatoes and other produce for family consumption. Soon enough land was cleared for the planting of an orchard. The McDonalds were among the first to plant a peach orchard in that area. Mildred was born in the log house 28 Feb 1876 and Catherine (Kate), their last child, 25 Mar 1879. The log house was replaced by a frame house in 1895.


Elihu married Mary Anne Moore on 14 Apr 1856 in Fitzroy Harbour near Ottawa. Canada. (Mary Anne Moore was born in Ireland, died in Oct 1914 and was buried in Summit Cemetery, Pentwater, Michigan.)

The McDonald/Cass Family came from Scotland - - For additional information please contact John Meehan ( or Charlene Deam (

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