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Birth Name McArthur, Alexander
Gender male
Age at Death 66 years, 3 months, 3 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth 1819 Prince Edward Island, Canada from census record & gravestone - at age 66; PEI Baptismall Index 12 March 1820
 
Death April 4, 1885 Victoria West, Prince Edward Island Presbyterian Cemetery Tyne Valley at age 66
 

Parents

Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McArthur MacArthur, Hugh
Mother Ramsay, Nancy
         McArthur, Alexander
 
Father McArthur MacArthur, Hugh
Stepmother Murray, Margaret (Peggy)
    Half-sister     McArthur, Catherine
    Half-brother     McArthur, Donald
    Half-brother     McArthur, George
    Half-brother     McArthur, William
    Half-sister     McArthur, Maria
    Half-sister     McArthur, Margaret

Families

    Family of McArthur, Alexander and Abbott, Elizabeth
Married Wife Abbott, Elizabeth
   
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage January 28, 1847 Newcastle, New Brunswick February 2 1847 County Northumberland Place Chatham Newspaper The Gleaner and Northumberland: m. Thursday, by Rev. John McCurdy, Alexander McCARTHUR / Miss Elizabeth ABBOTT both of Newcastle par. (North. Co.)
 
  Children
  1. McArthur, Alexander Clifford
  2. McArthur, Catherine
  3. McArthur, Jane Ann
  4. McArthur, Albert Edward
  5. McArthur, Elizabeth
  6. McArthur, Flora
  7. McArthur, Margaret
  8. McArthur, Laura Belle

Media

Narrative

Alexander McArthur was born on Prince Edward Island around 1819, according to census records and his gravestone. The book Climbing the Hill says he was the eldest son of Hugh McArthur, who settled in the Port Hill area in 1811, and his wife Margaret, but if he was from this family, he would have been the son of Hugh and his first wife, Nancy Ramsay. One source has Alexander with the middle name Hugh, but there was no middle name - or date of birth - on the baptism record in the Richmond Presbyterian Church in 1820.

There was another Alexander McArthur born around this time, who married Ellen Lee. My reason for placing this Alexander in Hugh's family was based on the obituary of William McArthur, which said that William had bought a property in Enmore, Lot 10, from his half-brother Alexander.

Nancy Ramsay died when Alexander was very young, and his father had remarried by 1823.

There was considerable traffic between the west coast of the Island and the Miramichi area of New Brunswick when Alexander was growing up, and some members of the McArthur family moved to New Brunswick. Alexander followed them.

An Alexander McArthur from PEI met and married Elizabeth Abbott, daughter of Thomas Abbott and Jane Crawford, in New Brunswick in 1847. (February 2 1847 County Northumberland Place Chatham Newspaper The Gleaner and Northumberland: m. Thursday, by Rev. John McCurdy, Alexander McCARTHUR / Miss Elizabeth ABBOTT both of Newcastle parish.) I was unable to find them in the 1852 New Brunswick census, which is incomplete, and from the places of birth given by their children on later records, Alexander and Elizabeth were living in Prince Edward Island by the early 1850s - their son Alexander said by 1848.

In the 1861 census, there were 7 Presbyterians living in lot 13 in the household of Alexander McArthur. Two were born in another British Province (wife Elizabeth Abbott and their son Alex) and 5 on the Island, which means they had returned to the Island by the time of the birth of their daughter Jane Ann in 1854. There had been one birth in the previous year, probably Flora.
One boy under 5 - Albert
One boy between 6-15 Alex
one male between 21-45 Alex Sr.
2 girls under 5 (Elizabeth, Flora)
1 girl 6-15 (Catherine)
One female between 21-45 - Elizabeth

The name of the daughter born around 1850 is given as Catherine on some family trees, but no records have been found to support this. She did not appear with the family in the 1881 census. However, there was a girl of that age in the 1861 census. Given the gap between the birth of their son Alexander and daughter Jane Ann, I am assuming that there could have been another child who died before 1861. Jane Ann would have been named after her two grandmothers.

The family was living in Lot 13 in 1881, according to the census of that year. Household members were: Alex McArthur 62, Elisabeth McArthur 53, Albert McArthur 25, Margaret McArthur 18, Laura Bell McArthur 16.

Alexander died in 1885: d. Victoria West, P.E.I., 4th inst., Alexander McARTHUR, age 65. Daniel F. Johnson : Volume 62 Number 3218 Rank 152, Date April 13 1885 Saint John Newspaper The Daily Telegraph, from NB Archives website; Alex McArthur April 11 1885 Daily Examiner. At Victoria West April 4 of inflammation of the lungs Mr. Alex McArthur aged 65.

See also the McArthur family trees on the Island Register.

 

 

 

 

Pedigree

  1. McArthur MacArthur, Hugh
    1. Ramsay, Nancy
      1. McArthur, Alexander
        1. Abbott, Elizabeth
          1. McArthur, Alexander Clifford
          2. McArthur, Catherine
          3. McArthur, Jane Ann
          4. McArthur, Albert Edward
          5. McArthur, Elizabeth
          6. McArthur, Flora
          7. McArthur, Margaret
          8. McArthur, Laura Belle

Source References

  1. Birch Hill W.I.: Climbing the Hill - A History of Birch Hill, Lots 13 and 14
  2. 1881 Census of Canada
      • Page: Lot 10
  3. Presbyterian Church Cemetery Tyne Valley Lot 13-2
  4. Phillips, Donna: Descendants of Hugh McArthur
  5. Gleaner and Northumberland
      • Date: February 2, 1847
  6. 1861 Census of Canada
      • Page: Lot 13
  7. Johnson, Daniel F.: Daniel F Johnson's New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics
      • Date: 1885