Veteran Arthur W. MacDonald

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

26-macdonald-arthur-wArthur W. MacDonaldpoppy


CDN Scottish Regt.

6 AUG 1983 – Age 58

I also added two obituaries…

  • Gammon – Martin, Bessie Viola
  • MacDonald – Jewers, Olive Margueritte

…and one birth record

  • Atkins, Susan Catherine

Ella Blanch and William Joseph McDonald

Today I added one headstone to St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery in Harrigan Cove.


In Loving Memory

William J. McDonald: 1876 – 1950

his wife

Ella Blanch McDonald: 1884 – 1954

This headstone is an example of facts ‘not being written in stone’. Ella’s death certificate clearly states she died in 1955, not 1954. Her death record states she was born in 1884, and her marriage record suggests 1885 as a birth year.

Ella Blanch died January 30, 1955 at Moosehead, Halifax County, NS. According to her death record, she was born either June 4th or June 20th, 1884. Both numbers are recorded, and neither are crossed out. Taking the age at death (70 years, 6 months, 30 days) into consideration, she would have been born on June 31, 1884 (using Ancestry’s Age Calculator), but that’s not one of the options, so the closest one to it is June 20, 1884.

Ella was the daughter of Maria Mosher, born Moosehead, and Samuel McDonald, born Harrigan Cove. She married William Joseph McDonald at the tender age of 15 years old on January 6, 1900 at Harrigan Cove.

William Joseph’s birth record states he was born October 4, 1875 (not 1876 as carved into his headstone) at Harrigan Cove. He was the son of Leveina (though the spelling of the name is difficult to read on his birth, marriage and death records) Parker, born Owl’s Head, Halifax County, NS, and Charles McDonald, born Harrigan Cove. William died on September 15, 1950, at Moosehead, at the age of 75 years, 11 months, 1 day. He had been a fisherman for 56 years.

Birth, marriage and death records were all found at Nova Scotia Genealogy, and transcribed to this site.

John Raymond MacDonald and 3 Obituaries

Today addition to the website included one and three obituaries.


In Loving Memory of

John Raymond

1902 – 1973

Ever Remembered


Obituaries added today…

  • Gammon, Clarence Garfield: 1933 (O) – 2005 (O)
  • MacDonald – Eisan, Annie Greta: 1909 (O) – 2007 (O)
  • MacDonald – Keeping, Julia Isabelle: c1935 (O) – 2004 (O)

Hayes – MacDonald, Minnie Lois

Today, Minnie Lois Hayes’ headstone was added to the page for St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery on Shier’s Road, Harrigan Cove.




Minnie Lois

1888 – 1940

Ever Remembered – Ever Loved


No birth record was found for Minnie probably because birth registrations in the 1880s were infrequent. Her marriage record was found on the Nova Scotia Genealogy website. She married Gilford Morris MacDonald on November 18, 1913 at Harrigan Cove. The record shows she was born at Harrigan Cove and living at Beaver Harbour. However, her death record states she was born at Isaac’s Harbour, Guysborough County, NS. Since her father was born at Isaac’s Harbour, I’d have to say that’s where she was born too—but maybe not. Read on.

Minnie was 27 when she married to Gilford, who was 28.

According to the death record, Minnie was born on January 28th. No year was given, but her age of 53 years, 5 months, 22 days, indicate, she was born in 1887, not 1888 as the headstone suggests. She was the daughter of Mary Shiers, born at Harrigan Cove, and Joseph Hayes, born at Isaac’s Harbour, a fisherman. She died on July 20, 1940.

Minnie lived for 23 years at Harrigan Cove before she died. Her sister Winnifred Wamboldt (sic) (probably Wambolt) of 90 Young Street, Halifax, NS, gave the information for the death record.

Minnie Hays (sic) was found in the 1901 Canada Census, Nova Scotia, Halifax County, Port Dufferin, page 21 (Automated Genealogy). She was recorded as 14 years old, having been born January 28, 1887 (that’s 2 records for 1887 and 1 for 1888). She was the step-daughter of Leonard Jewers. It appears her father had passed, and her mother Mary (age 42) had married again.

Also in the household was Leonard’s step-children Bessey Hallet (age 21), Frank Hallet (age 19), Standford Hallet (age 18) and Winnie Hays (age 11, born September 26 (or 20), 1889). Winnie would have been Minnie’s sister Winnifred, who provided the information on her death record. Minnie and Winnie had both spent 10 months in school in 1900.

Looking further, I found Minnie’s mother’s delayed birth registration. Her full name was Mary Sophia Shiers and throughout her life, she used one or the other and sometimes an initial. Mary was born May 19, 1846 at Harrigan Cove. Her parents were Ann Backett and Frederick Shiers, a blacksmith who lived at Harrigan Cove. He had been born at Eastern Passage, Halifax County, NS.

More on Mary Sophia Shiers tomorrow.

Gilford Morris MacDonald

Today Gilford Morris MacDonald’s headstone was added to St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery on Shier’s Road, Harrigan Cove.



In Memory of

Gilford M. MacDonald


Feb. 8, 1924

Aged 38 Yrs.

Tho’ lost to sight, to memory dear


His death record was found on Nova Scotia Genealogy, stating he was born September 15, 1885 at Harrigan Cove, and that he was the son of Isabel Marks (born Ship Harbour) and Captain James MacDonald (born Harrigan Cove).

The surname is spelt McDonald in this record and his marriage record.

Gilford was married to Minnie Hayes at the time of his death. They had married on November 18, 1913 at Harrigan Cove. The record shows Gilford being born at Isaac’s Harbour and living at Harrigan Cove, but that might be the other way round. Which means Minnie was born at Beaver Harbour, not Harrigan Cove, and she had been living at Harrigan Cove at the time of the wedding.

Gilford was 28 at the time and working as a clerk, perhaps with his father who was a merchant. Minnie was 27 years old, the daughter of Mary and Joseph, who was a fisherman.

Also added to the site today was the marriage record of Amelia Publicover and Peter Moser who married on December 22, 1871 at Halifax, NS. At the time of their marriage, they were living at Bay of Islands.

Amelia, the daughter of Jane and John Publicover, was 24 years old. Peter, the son of May and Jacob, was 26 years old.

Captain James MacDonald and wife Isabel

Today I added the headstone for Captain James William MacDonald and his wife Isabel C. Marks.

21-macdonald-james-and-isabelIn memory of

Capt. James MacDonald

1851 – 1940

his wife

Isabel C. Marks

1849 – 1931

Asleep in Jesus

The headstone was difficult to read, so I searched for their death certificates and found them. I also transcribed Isabel’s parent’s marriage bond and her father’s death certificate to clarify her maiden name.

Death Records added…

  • MacDonald, James William
  • Marks – MacDonald, Isabel C.
  • Marks, Jacob

Marriage Record added…

  • Eison, Ann and Marks, Jacob

MacDonald Baby Born 1954 Mystery

Today I added the headstone for a boy who was born and died in 1954. There is no indication of who he is except for his last name. An attempt to find his death record on Nova Scotia Genealogy failed. Perhaps it was miss filed (in other words, the name was spelt incorrectly by the person entering the record into the database) or the year on the headstone is incorrect.


Baby MacDonald

1954 – 1954

Beloved Son

The next headstone photo taken after this one was for Pauline Ethel Romkey (1920 Necum Teuch – January 30, 1993, Sheet Harbour) and Gordon ‘Rexford’ MacDonald (twin; September 13, 1912 Harrigan Cove – May 21, 2001, Sheet Harbour). Could this baby boy be their son?

According to Bob Hegerich’s website Our Family – The Relatives (and In-Laws) of Robert L. and Mary J. (Mahoney) Hegerich, Pauline and Rexford did have an infant child who died before 1970. They had three other children who lived to adulthood: Susan, Thomas and Bonita J.

If anyone can shed light on who this little boy is, please send me (Diane) an email:

I’ve also added the headstone that contains the names of Pauline, Rexford and Bonita. These two headstones were filed under Churches, St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Mc and Mac.


Pauline E. 1920 – 1993

wife of

G. Rexford: 1912 – 2001


Bonita J.: 1946 – BLANK

February 4th Update

I added the following headstone to the site today. It is found at St. Mary’s Anglican Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, NS.

18-mcdonald-alexander-aAlexander A.

son of Susan and William F.


1912 – 1919


Looking for clues to this young boy, I searched for his death record on the Nova Scotia Genealogy website. None was found. He lived between the 1911 and 1921, so he wouldn’t show up in any census records.

The closes match in my search was Alexander Absolom, son of Susan Fleet and William F. McDonald. Alexander lived only 3 months and 10 days. He died on May 18, 1915. Unless the headstone contains incorrect dates, this is NOT the Alexander A. McDonald buried here, but another son of Susan and William with the same name.

You can view Alexander Absolom McDonald’s death record, and the marriage record for his parents. Susan Fleet married William F. McDonald on June 5, 1908 at Port Dufferin, Halifax County, NS. Susan’s father’s name was Absolom, so we can assume she named her son after him.

I also added the following:

Death Record

Mosher – McDonald, Frances Elizabeth, who was born October 5, 1842 at Harrigan Cove, the daughter of Thomas Mosher. She died at the age of 94 on March 30, 1937 at her son’s, Norman McDonald, home at 4 Lockman Avenue, Halifax, NS. She was buried at Trenton, NS on April 2, 1937.

Vitals Section Added and Three Headstones

Today I added a section for Vitals Records. From there will be links to transcribed birth, marriage and death records. So far, the Death Records page contains two entries:

  • MacDonald, Arthur Gordon
  • MacDonald, Gladys

I added three headstones to the site today. The names on them were…

  • ? – MacDonald, Elizabeth: 1845 (H) – 1935 (H)
  • ? – MacDonald, Nina: 1904 (H) – 1931 (H)
  • Dahr, Agnes May A.: 1920 (H) – 1994 (H)
  • MacDonald, George A.: 1885 (H) – 1912(H)
  • MacDonald, Gordon: 1884 (H) – 1911 (H)
  • MacDonald, W. A. Stanley: 1895 (H) – 1979 (H)