These are the mysteries I’ve encountered while creating this website.

If you can help solve any of these mysteries, please contact me:

Mystery #1: MacDonald Baby, born and died in 1954

A MacDonald boy who was born and died in 1954 is buried in St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Harrigan Cove, NS. 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 to produce results. 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:

Mystery #2: Velma and Edward MacDonald

The full identities of the individuals found on a steel cross at St. Mary’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Shiers Road, Harrigan Cove, Halifax County, NS, is not known.

33-macdonald-edward-and-velmaSteel Cross

Left Blade: William Edward

Right Blade: Blanch Velma Gaudet

Base: MacDonald

Left Blade

Left Blade

I attempted and failed to find out more information on these two individuals. I’m unsure if they are siblings or a married couple. Because Gaudet is a surname, I’m leaning towards the pair being a married couple. If anyone has additional information they’d like to share, please contact me (Diane:

Right Blade

Right Blade

It appears the cross was either used before or errors were made and the original inscriptions were ‘blunted’ out and the new names crudely added. This cross sits about ten feet away from the headstone for Maude L. and Jeremiah F. MacDonald. Perhaps there is a connection there. As I continue with my work, perhaps I will find it.

36-macdonald-edward-and-velma-centreHowever, the names that have been marked out—Blanch and William—may suggest something else. Also buried in the cemetery are Ella Blanch and her husband William J. McDonald. Perhaps the cross was initially made to mark their graves, and when a proper headstone was erected, the steel cross was repurposed.

Searching for vital records for Velma MacDonald uncovered nothing, but I found a birth record for Edward Stanley McDonald.

Edward Stanley McDonald was born September 11, 1874 at Harrigan Cove. He was the son of Isabel Marks and James MacDonald. James was a mariner at the time, and the couple were living at Harrigan Cove. They were married in 1873 at Dartmouth, Halifax County, NS. Without more research, I won’t know if this is the Edward inscribed on the steel cross.

I wrote a blog post about Captain James MacDonald and his wife here.

The steel cross is the right and Jeremiah F. MacDonald's headstone is the first one on the left.

The steel cross is the right and Jeremiah F. MacDonald’s headstone is the first one on the left.

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