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Hiram MacDonald

Today I added one headstone photograph to the page of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS.

Hiram

MacDonald

Died July 27, 1923

Age 72 years

I could not find Hiram MacDonald’s death record on the Nova Scotia Genealogy website after searching with various spellings and years. Either he died out of the province or his record was indexed incorrectly. According to his headstone, he would have been born about 1851.

According to the 1901 Census, he was born September 26, 1857. However, according to the 1911 Census, he was 59 years old, indicating he was born in 1853 if his birthday was in September.

In 1901, he lived with his father, Archibald McDonald, born November 18, 1817. In my records, I have an Archibald born around the same time who married Mary Ann Englehutt. Searching further, I found the family in the 1891 Census. Hiram was 38 years old (born c1852 if born in September) and lived with his mother, Mary Ann, age 86 (born c1805), and father, Archibald, age 76 (born c1815).

Given that Hiram lived his life in Harrigan Cove, it is highly likely his death record has been indexed incorrectly. There shows no history he left the province, so he probably died here. The census records show no sign of marriage, so he was probably single his entire life.

In the 1911 Census, he was single and living with his nephew, Hiram Jackson, age 23, and niece, Lizzie Jackson, age 29.

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Balcom, Margaret Eveleigh: Born October 20, 1864 at Salmon River, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Ann O’Leary and Samuel Balcom.

Balcom, Margaret Eveleigh: Born October 25, 1873 at Salmon River, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Catherine O’Leary and Edmund Balcom.

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Annie L. and Frank C. MacDonald

Today I added one headstone photograph to the page of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS.

MacDonald

Father

Frank C. 1919 – 1987

Mother

Annie L.: 1919 – 1977

Rest in Peace

I have no further concrete evidence for Annie L. and Frank C. MacDonald. Frank may be the son of Ella Blanche McDonald and William Joseph MacDonald. A Frank was mentioned in the obituary of Olive Margueritte Jewers (nee MacDonald) as a brother. They would be in the same age group to be siblings.

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Searching for surnames starting with the letter A

Atkins, Gordon Blair: Born December 24, 1911 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the son of Emma Alice Hape and Frederick Wallace Atkins.

Atkins, Harold Frederick: Born May 15, 1913 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the son of Emma Alice Hape and Frederick Wallace Atkins.

…and that ends the search for A surnames for the area.

Patricia Mary and Phillip Duncan MacDonald

Today I added one headstone photograph to the page of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS.

MacDonald

Phillip Duncan: 1955 – 1997

his wife

Patricia ‘Patsy’ Mary: 1959 – BLANK

I have no further information on this couple, and I could not find an obituary for Phillip Duncan MacDonald.

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Anderssen, Norman: Born January 3, 1911 at Moser River, Halifax County, NS, the son of Anna Rebecca Tingley and Carl Hauger Anderssen.

Clarissa Johanna MacDonald, Reginald John Hare and Sons

Today I added three headstone photographs to the page of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS. They are for a married couple and their two sons.

Hare

Husband

Reginald J.: 1908 – 1995

Wife

Clarissa J.: 1918 – BLANK

Rest in Peace

According to Clarissa Johanna MacDonald’s obituary, she was born March 10, 1918 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Margaret ‘Maggie’ Catherine Rumley and Henry Ephriam MacDonald. She married Reginald John Hare, and they had the following children: John, Donald, Michael, Lillian, David and Kathleen. Clarissa died April 23, 2009 in the Birches Nursing Home, Musquodoboit Harbour, Halifax County, NS.

According to Reginald John Hare’s obituary, he was born March 15, 1908 at Sydney Mines, Cape Breton County, NS, the son of Hannah Hare and John Hare. He died April 11, 1995 in Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital, Sheet Harbour, Halifax County, NS.

Michael G.

Hare

Born Sept. 21, 1961

Passed Away Aug. 3, 1996

son of Reg. & Clarissa

Hare

Donald R.

1953 – 1987

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Atkins, Edith Rita: Born August 27, 1906 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Emma Hape and Fred Atkins.

Mary Catherine Snow and Roy Hallet Horton MacDonald

Today I added one headstone photograph to the page of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS.

MacDonald

Roy H. MacDonald: 1915 – 1997

his wife

Catherine M. Snow: 1916 – BLANK

 

According to his birth record, Roy Hallet Horton MacDonald was born April 16, 1915 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, to Minnie Lois Hayes and Gilford Morris MacDonald. He married Mary Catherine Snow on December 22, 1934 at St. John’s Rectory, Truro, NS. According to their marriage record, Roy was 19 at the time and working as a chauffeur. Catherine was 18 years old and working as a housekeeper. She was born at Halifax, NS, but was living at Truro. She was the daughter of Sarah Leadbeater and James H. Snow of Harrigan Cove.

According to Roy’s obituary, he died at the age of 82 on December 20, 1997 in the Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital, Sheet Harbour, Halifax County, NS.

According to Catherine’s obituary, she died at the age of 90 on February 8, 2007 in the Victoria General Site, QEII Hospital, Halifax.

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Anderssen, Sherman Rogers: Born September 8, 1904 at Moser River, Halifax County, NS, the son of Annie Rebecca Tingley and Carl Hauger Anderssen.

Ruby Elaine MacDonald

Today I added one headstone photograph to the page of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS.

Ruby Elaine

MacDonald

1955 – 2001

daughter of Rita & Raymond

An obituary was published in the Chronicle Herald, Halifax, NS, on February 4, 2001 for Miss Ruby Elaine MacDonald, age 45. It also appeared in the Halifax Daily News on February 5th. If I find it amongst the many obituaries I’ve saved, I will add it to the website. From her parents’ headstone, she was the daughter of Rita M. and Raymond L. MacDonald.

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Andersen, Sigrid Isabel: Born September 23, 1902 at Moser River, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Annie Rebecca Tingley and Carl Hauger Anderssen.

Rita M. and Raymond L. MacDonald

Today I added one headstone photograph to the page of St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS.

MacDonald

Husband

Raymond L.

1928 – 1995

wife

Rita M.

1931 – BLANK

Rest in Peace

I don’t have any further information on this couple. Raymond may be the son of Mary Ann Jordan McDonald and Trueman Lester MacDonald. From the symbols on his headstone, it appears he was a member of the Orange Order.

The F L T in the three links of chain represents Friendship, Love and Truth. This symbol is also used on headstones of Independant Order of Odd Fellows and Freemasonry, however, the archway, snake, eye of Providence (covered by flower), ladder and 2 1/2 are exclusive to the Orange Lodge. The symbols supposedly represent the following

  • Snake – Everlasting Life
  • Archway – Passageway to Heaven
  • Five-point Star – Spirit Rising to Heaven
  • Formula 2 1/2 – Two and a Half Tribes

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Anderssen, Eric Archibald: Born: July 7, 1901 at Moser River, Halifax County, NS, son of Anna Rebecca Tingley and Carl Anderssen.

Levine and Charles MacDonald

Today I added one headstone photograph to the page for St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS. It is one of four steel crosses in a row.

Charles

Levine

MacDonald

This couple may be Lavinia Mary Parker and Charles Edmond McDonald who married on December 22, 1874 at Harrigan Cove. According to the marriage record, Lavinia was 19 years old at the time of marriage. She lived (and may have been born) at Owl’s Head, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Letitia and Thomas Parker.

Charles was 23 at the time of the wedding. He was born at Harrigan Cove, the son of Mary and Daniel McDonald. He worked as a fisherman. This may be the same Charles who died August 23, 1931 at Harrigan Cove. According to his death record, he was Charles Edward McDonald, born April 4, 1847 at Harrigan Cove, the son of Miss Parker and Daniel McDonald.

The birth year calculated from Charles Edmond’s marriage record puts him born about 1851, so a few years off of the death record, which is NOT uncommon. Charles Edward was married, but no spouse was noted. His son, Edward C. MacDonald provided the information for the death record.

According to the 1891 Census, the family of Charles (age 40; born c1851) and Lavinia (age 35; born c1856) had a son named Edmond, who was five at the time. Their other children were William, Amelia, Daniel, Mary, Jerimiah and Annie.

I’ll leave this information as is, and individual researchers can use it to seek further evidence that the couple on the headstone matches those in the vital records and Census record. If anything further comes across my desk, I’ll added to their names in the Book of Names.

Update: I took a second look for Lavinia’s death record and found it. She was indexed as Mary Lavenia McDonald. She died April 12, 1932 at Harrigan Cove. According to the record, she was born November 11, 1854 at Owl’s Head, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Lettie Parker and Thomas Parker. Although her mother was recorded as a Parker, I’d need more evidence to prove this was her actual maiden name.

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Atkins, Jennie Frances: Born April 15, 1901 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Minerva Jane Swallow and Rueben Atkins.

Spencer and Harry MacDonald

Today I added one headstone photograph to the page for St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS. It is one of four steel crosses in a row.

Spencer

Harry

MacDonald

This could be Spencer Harry MacDonald, but from other steel crosses in the same cemetery, I believe the cross marks the burial for two people: Spencer AND Harry MacDonald. More than likely, they are brothers.

I have not found any records to indicate who Spencer and Harry MacDonald are. The names on the other steel crosses are: Jim, Edward, Charles and Levine MacDonald.

Assuming these individuals are from the same family, we might also assume the couple Levine (also spelt Lavinia in some records) and Charles are the parents of Spencer and Harry.

Found in the 1891 Census is the family with the following children: William, Amelia, Daniel, Mary, Jeremiah Freeman, Annie A., Edmond, James F, Maud Julia, Adam, Freeman and Henry E. The Edmond in this group might be the Edward on the steel cross. The Henry might be Harry, and James could easily be Jim. I have not found any vital or census record with the name Spencer in the area. Hopefully, the name will show up as I continue to add information to this page, and I will be able to properly identify him.

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Atkins, Grace Evelyn: Born May 17, 1901 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Margaret Catherine Smith and George William Atkins.

Edward MacDonald

I added one headstone photograph to the page for St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS. It is one of four steel crosses in a row.

Edward MacDonald

I have not found a record to indicate who Edward MacDonald was nor when he died. The names on the other steel crosses are: Jim, Spencer, Harry, Charles and Levine MacDonald.

Assuming these individuals are from the same family, we might also assume the couple Levine (also spelt Lavinia in some records) and Charles are Jim’s parents.

Found in the 1891 Census is the family with the following children: William, Amelia, Daniel, Mary, Jeremiah Freeman, Annie A., Edmond, James F, Maud Julia, Adam, Freeman and Henry E. The Edmond in this group might be the Edward on the steel cross. The Henry might be Harry, and James could easily be Jim.

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Searching for surnames starting with the letter A

Atkins, Mary Lucinda: Born December 25, 1898 at Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, the daughter of Augusta Pye and Charles Richard Atkins.