McFadyen, Angus 1 1 2a 3 4 5a

Birth Name McFadyen, Angus 1
Gender male
Age at Death about 86 years, 30 days


Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth about 1800 Scotland  
Death January 31, 1886 Prince Edward Island, Canada in his 87th year
Emigration 1808   from Scotland


Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McFadyen, John
         McFadyen, Angus 1
    Brother     McFadyen, Hector - St. C
    Brother     McFadyen, Neil
    Brother     McFadyen, John


    Family of McFadyen, Angus 1 and McDonald, Margaret
Married Wife McDonald, Margaret
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage March 7, 1826 Prince Edward Island, Canada  
  1. McFadyen, Flora
  2. McFadyen, Archibald
  3. McFadyen, Sarah
    Family of McFadyen, Angus 1 and McKinnon, Margaret
Married Wife McKinnon, Margaret
  1. McFadyen, Charles
  2. McFadyen, Neil
  3. McFadyen, Catherine
    Family of McFadyen, Angus 1 and , Wife 3
Married Wife , Wife 3
  1. McFadyen, Hannah Mary
  2. McFadyen, Annie
  3. McFadyen, Donald



Angus was born in Scotland in 1800, and according to his obituary, emigrated to Canada in 1808. I believe he was the son of John McFadyen, one of two brothers who arrived on the Island that year from Argyll, Scotland.

However, note that I do not have proof of this.

A possible Angus is the Angus McPhaden, son of John and Mary, born in Tiree, Argyllshire, Scotland around 1798.

Most of what we do know about Angus came from his entries in the 1841, 1848 and 1881 census, his death notice in the newspaper, and his will, written in 1886. An Angus McFadyen was involved in land transactions in Lot 31 in 1832 and 1852. One map indicates that the land was sold to Angus by the landlord Selkirk in 1847 (lib 57, folio 241).

Angus settled on the Bannockburn Road in Lot 31, and his farm was on a map of Lot 31 dated around 1819.

There is a marriage license dated 7 March 1826 for Angus McFadyen (B) of West River and Margaret McDonald of North River. Neil McFadyen's death record said his parents were Angus and Margaret McKinnon. Based on this and census records, as well as the gaps between Angus' children, I have assumed three wives, although it is possible that Margaret McDonald and Margaret McKinnon were the same woman.

The 1841 census of PEI had two men named Angus McFadyen in Lot 31, both farmers with 100 acres, and both of whom had an older man and woman who were born in Scotland. Both households were members of the Church of Scotland. I assume from this that Angus' wife was alive in 1841.

The household of Angus McFadern near Thomas Beer is probably the right one, even though it isn't a perfect fit. (the other Angus was near Thomas Kickham, on the Tryon Road). Perhaps the date of birth for Neil, in 1839, was out by a couple of years.
2 males & 2 females under 16, 1 male, 2 females from 16-45

The 1848 census of Lot 31 was transcribed and published on the Island Register website. Angus 2 was a carpenter/shipwright on the Tryon Road, and this Angus, Angus 1, was a farmer in Bannockburn.

Angus MacFadyen the farmer in Bannockburn in 1848 had 2 boys under 16 (Neil and Charles), one male from 16-44 (Archibald), and 1 from 45-60 (Angus); three girls under 16 (Flora, Mary and Catherine), and one female between 16-44 (daughter Sarah). Angus, b. around 1800, would be the male between 45-60. The wife from the 1841 census seems to have died by 1848.

There are no 1861 census records for Lot 31 remaining. He had to have re-married by 1853, but was again a widower in 1881.

In 1862, a Donald McFadyen provided land for a church for the Reverend Donald McDonald on the West River (later called Churchill) and Angus McFadyen from Dog River was one of the building superintendents. Angus was an elder in this MacDonaldite church, an offshoot of the Church of Scotland. In his article about Donald McDonald in The Island magazine, David Weale noted that the minister chose his elders carefully, entrusting them with church matters in his absence.

Angus McFadyen was described in Meacham's Patron's Directory as a farmer. Resided Bannockburn, Lot 31 in 1880. A native of Scotland. Date of settlement, 1808.

In the 1881 census, Angus was living with daughters Catherine (age 40), Annie and son Donald (b. 1858). The 30 year spread in ages, from Archibald in 1828 to Donald in 1858 would also support the supposition that Angus had at least two wives.

Angus' will named his surviving children:
-the farm to son Donald; $20 to daughter Catherine & use of the room with the loom; $20 each to dau. Mary and Annie; $1.00 each to children Archibald, Neil, Charles, Flora, & Sarah

Here are two possibilities: One, that the children who got the lesser amount were from his first marriage, and the younger children from the second family got the larger amounts. However, perhaps the unmarried children got the larger amount, and the married children the smaller amount, because they had already received a share of the estate when they married. I'm also assuming that the names were given in order of birth for each family group, although with the males first and the females second. It wasn't unusual for the youngest son to be the last child at home, and therefore, the one who took over the father's farm.

Summerside Journal: At Bannockburn 31 January 1886 Angus McFadyen in his 87th year. Emigrated from Scotland in 1808. He was an elder under the ministry of the late Rev. Donald MacDonald (PEI Master Name Index).






Land Transactions involving an Angus McFadyen in Lot 31:
1832 - 51, 70 lease of 95 acres
1852-65, 232 Conveyance

Other transactions involving McFadyens in the area

John & Neil 1803 - Lot 28
Neil - Lot 29
Donald 1829 Lot 34





West River Pioneers

The life of these early settlers was described in an article written by the late Alex C. Shaw, and published in the Guardian 13 September 1947 page 4, entitled The West River Pioneers:

"The borders of West River, in the year 1800, had but few settlers. the Land was covered with a heavy growth of birch, spruce, hemlock, and pine. After this date, and especially in the years 1804, 1806, 1808, and 1912, emigrants began to arrive and locate on the lands fronting on the West River and its tributary, Clyde River, then known as Dog River. Repeated trips of the ship Polly brought many of the emigrants from the western islands of Scotland. The same class settled the greater part of Township 65, excepting a settlement of Irish emigrants near Nine Mile Creek, Canoe Cove, Argyle Shore, and Desable were also settled by emigrants from the western part of Scotland.

Courageously facing the heavy forests, although by no means used to cutting down or hewing lumber they soon became expert and skillful lumberers. After cutting away a small space as near the river as possible, a house was erected, mostly or round logs, dovetailed at the corners, the chinks between the logs being tightly caulked with moss, the roof was covered with bark taken from fir or spruce trees or else sedge grass from the marshes, which was abundant. The floor was the ground, smoothly packed and a huge fireplace often in the centre of the with a hole in the roof for the exit of the smoke, constituted the pioneer dwelling. Chimneys were built as soon as possible, oysters being burned for lime, as they existed in immense quantities.

The houses were built near the shore as there were no roads and the river was the only means of communication. The cellars of these houses can in many cases yet be seen these being dug after a floor of lumber was placed in the dwellings. When a space was cut down the wood was cut in lengths and, after being dried in sun were piled and set fire to, being kept burning until converted into ashes. Potatoes and grain were hoed in, all the members of the family being engaged, and the crops raised from the rich virgin soil were wonderfully large. Year by year the area for cultivation increased and the conditions of the people became better; the thrifty housewife manufacturing flax for many uses in the family, as sheep could not yet be raised or kept from bears, which were very numerous. The nearest approach to Charlottetown by land was a crossing at Bonshaw, then by a blazed footpath to Milton, then turning in a southerly direction to the town, a distance of nearly forty miles being travelled."


  1. McFadyen, John
    1. McFadyen, John
    2. McFadyen, Angus 1
      1. McDonald, Margaret
        1. McFadyen, Archibald
        2. McFadyen, Sarah
        3. McFadyen, Flora
      2. McKinnon, Margaret
        1. McFadyen, Charles
        2. McFadyen, Neil
        3. McFadyen, Catherine
      3. , Wife 3
        1. McFadyen, Hannah Mary
        2. McFadyen, Annie
        3. McFadyen, Donald
    3. McFadyen, Hector - St. C
    4. McFadyen, Neil

Source References

  1. Gallant, Peter: Scottish immigrants to P.E.I. : from death & obituary notices in P.E.I. newspapers, 1835-1910. —
  2. MacFadyen, Jean: For the Sake of the Record
      • Page: page 39
  3. 1848 Census of Lot 31
  4. Island Imagined
  5. PEI Wills
      • Date: 1886