McFadyen, Kenneth Robertson 1a

Birth Name McFadyen, Kenneth Robertson 2a 3a 4a 5a 6a
Gender male
Age at Death 83 years, 1 month, 27 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth April 17, 1870 Prince Edward Island, Canada incomplete record in PEI Baptismal Index; bap. 1870
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Death June 14, 1953 Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island  
 
Residence 1881 Queens, Prince Edward Island  
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Residence 1891 Queens, Prince Edward Island  
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Marriage May 14, 1896 Braintree, Massachusetts, United States married by the Rev. A. A. Ellsworth. Both Jessie and Robertson gave their occupation as teacher.
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Arrival 1899    
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Residence 1900 Worcester, Massachusetts  
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Residence 1901 Lot 29, Prince, Prince Edward Island Teacher
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Residence 1949    
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Parents

Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McFadyen, Archibald
Mother Beer, Mary Anne
    Sister     McFadyen, Jane Elizabeth
    Sister     McFadyen, Margaret
    Brother     McFadyen, Thomas
    Sister     McFadyen, Hannah Maria
    Brother     McFadyen, John Archibald
    Sister     McFadyen, Rebecca Ellen
    Sister     McFadyen, Elizabeth
    Sister     McFadyen, Elizabeth
         McFadyen, Kenneth Robertson

Families

    Family of McFadyen, Kenneth Robertson and McDonald, Jessie A
Married Wife McDonald, Jessie A
   
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage May 14, 1896 Massachusetts, United States  
 
  Children
  1. McFadyen, Robertson Ellsworth Archibald Percival
  2. McFadyen, Margaret Louise

Media

Narrative

The transcription of Robertson McFadyen's birth record in PEI Baptismal Index was incomplete; he was born April 17, with no year, and baptized 29 June 1870, although on later census forms and other records his date of birth would range from 1871-1874, and even 1883. He was baptized in the Church of England in Milton.

He was the youngest child of Archibald McFadyen and Mary Ann Beer. Although he used the name Kenneth Robertson, or the initials K. R. later in life, the only name on his baptismal record was Robertson.

Robertson was living at home in 1881 and 1891, according to census records. He attended high school in Kensington, and perhaps this is how his sister Elizabeth met Johnstone Mann. He qualified for junior (1888) and senior matriculation (1889), receiving 190 marks out of 200, coming first. He received a teacher's license from Prince of Wales College (he is listed in an annual publication of the Prince Edward Island. Office of Superintendent of Education as attending in 1889), and from local histories of Bonshaw, Crapaud and Cornwall we know he was teaching on the Island in various locations - 1891-92 (Bonshaw), 1894 (Crapaud) and 1895-96 (Cornwall PEI); he could be the R. McFadyen in Springvale school in 1897.

He must have met Jessie MacDonald in Crapaud, where she had been the assistant teacher in 1894.

In 1896 Robertson and Jessie Macdonald, daughter of John Macdonald and Margaret Percival of Crapaud, were married in Massachusetts by Rev. A. Ellsworth of the Congregational Church. Jessie's family history can be found in the History of Crapaud. Robertson and Jessie's two children were recorded as being born and baptized in O'Leary, and their birthplace was given as PEI in the 1901 census. Their place of birth was given as Virginia in later US census records. Robertson was the teacher "Robert McFadyen" in O'Leary, mentioned in the book Threads of the Past: "In 1898, the school received first-class rating. The teachers at the time were Robert MacFadyen and Mary Irving." Provincial government reports confirm that it was Robertson in O'Leary at that time.

In 1900, Robertson (from PEI) is listed as being an officer in the Worcester Insane (or Lunatic) Hospital in Worcester City Ward 2, Worcester, Massachusetts. At that time, he reported being married for 8 years. I was unable to find Jessie and the children in this census. In 1901, Robertson was back on the Island, living in Lot 29 with Jessie and their children. His occupation was teacher. The History of Crapaud gives the teacher's name for 1900-01 as J. Earnest Robertson, and Robertson was not listed in the government reports concerning teachers; perhaps Robertson had been unable to find a teaching position that year.

Robertson went back to the United States to pursue his education. In 1904-05 he attended Grant University in Tennessee, being enrolled in the College of Law, and giving Bridgewater, Massachusetts as his home. In the 1905-06 catalog of the school, he was listed as a junior in the College of Theology. He did not graduate from Grant, but went on to the Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, and then the Lane Seminary (Ohio). He was listed in the Congregational Yearbook of 1906 (McFadyen, Robertson, Forest, Va). He was licensed in Fall, 1906, in the East Hanover Presbytery of Virginia of the Presbyterian Church, and received a diploma from the Union Theological Seminary in 1907. His address was Forest, Va. (1907/08).

His thesis was listed in the catalogue of the Chicago Theological Seminary, dated 1908: The Christian Religion as Inseparable from Christ by Robertson MacFadyen, Chicago Theological Seminary, 1908 38 pages. It is assumed from this that he graduated.

According to a newspaper item, Robertson was "dismissed" from Virginia to Chippewa Wisconsin in 1908. He went on to a life as a supply minister, or stated supply. From annual publications of the Presbyterian Church in the United States and other sources, he was in Radison, Wisconsin (1909 - May 4, 1909 — Robertson MacFadyen. by ordination. Oct 13, 1909), St. Louis Mo (1910), Rollo, ND (1911, 1912), Wisconsin Sept. 12. 1911—Robertson MacFadyen, to St. Joseph Presbytery, Casper, Wyo (is this him? 1913 - Rev. and Mrs. R. MacFadyen of Big Horn were Sheridan visitors last evening?), The First Presbyterian church of Casper church building was erected in the fall of 1913. The first pulpit supply was Rev. Robertson McFadyen; Sheridan, Wyo (1914), Aberdeen, Idaho (1915), Minnesota Congregational Church 1917-1918, Presbytery of Mankato, Minnesota (1917), Cottonwood, Minnesota (1918), Minneapolis (1919); Robertson MacFadyen, B.D. Minneapolis (1920), Pickford (1922), Northminister (Michigan?) is served by K. R. MacFadyen (1923), Rev. Robertson MacFadyen was coming to Michigan from the Presbytery of Lake Superior (1923), Detroit (1925), Denver, Colorado (1926, at 1445 California Street), Emmett, Idaho (1928), Boise, Idaho, and Detroit (1929, 1930 - address given as 31 Hill Avenue, HP). All of these locations and dates are approximate, as he may have moved on by the time the annual list (from the Minutes of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, and Minutes of the ... Annual Meeting of the Synod of Michigan) was published.
1921 Minutes: Robertson MacFadyen, B.D. 0. R.
From the Interior, vol 54 1923: The second anniversary of the founding of Northminster mission, soon to be organized into a Presbyterian church, was held Oct. 21. Rev. Robertson MacFadyen is stated supply.

Census records could not be found for Robertson for this period of his life.

He was described as a single man in a North Dakota newspaper article in 1912: "Rev. Robertson MacFayden, of New Hampton, Mo., arrived here last Friday evening to begin his work as pastor of the Presbyterian church of this place. He comes as a stated supply, which means that he is engaged for one year, but has not yet received a formal call. Mr. MacFayden is a single man, of good appearance and pleasing address, and gives every promise of being a successful and influential pastor. He preached very acceptably last Sunday morning to a large congregation. No service a held in the Presbyterian church Sunday evening, on account of a very general desire to hear Rev. C. E. Vermilya, who closed his week's work at the Methodist church."

There is a registration form for the first World War in 1918, where Robertson gives Margaret MacFadyen at the same address as a contact. He also gave his year of birth as 1883, and his occupation as minister of a Congregationalist church in Minnesota, not a Presbyterian one. However, the signature on the form matched that on other items signed by Robertson; his first initial was K; and he was born in Canada. According to Presbyterian records, he was in Minnesota around this time. So was this a second wife, or is it his daughter, Miss Margaret MacFadyen? It looks more like Mrs. on the form. No record of a second marriage could be found for Robertson.

Robertson continued to work as a supply minister in the 1930s, in Toronto, ON. He gave an address in Chicago in 1934, 5757 University Avenue, which is the Chicago Theological Seminary. In the Minutes of the Presbytery of Michigan, 1937: MacFadyen, K. Robertson, Ford Hotel, Toronto, Ontario. Robertson wrote to Union Theological Seminary in 1945 from the Ford Hotel in Toronto. He said he had been in Chicago. He also said he was working with a group of other ministers and had had an article published recently in the Globe and Mail on the church and state in world history. He recalled his time at the school, and in particular noted the school's kindness to him when he was suffering from Malaria while attending classes. Malaria was common in the Southern states at that time, and might be the reason why Robertson went west.

According to the Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives, Robertson was in Calgary from 1932 - 1933. He was in Toronto, residing at the Ford Hotel 1932-1934-1940-1945-1950. He received mail at the Adelaide St. Post Office until 1952. He belonged to the Presbytery of Toronto, and after 1949 he was with the Presbytery of East Toronto (from The Acts and Proceedings of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada). His living in a hotel might be an indication that he was living as a single man during the Toronto years. Robertson was living in a boarding house run by Mr. and Mrs. George Greach. This is from a 1949 voter's list. He was still listed in the Minutes of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1951 ( MacFadyen, K. Robertson, Ontario, Can.), but also at an address in Charlottetown in 1952 (323 Fitzroy Street, Charlottetown, PEI - the address of his nephew, Norman MacFadyen, in the 1953 Voter's list).

In the 1940s, a series of articles appeared in the Globe & Mail by "Rev. K. R. MacFadyen, B. D." K.R. MacFadyen also wrote letters to the editor, usually on religious/social matters. He returned to PEI by 1951. His name appeared in the newspaper - some poems of his were in the Guardian, and he preached at different churches.

Rev Robertson Macriedyen of United states is enjoying a pleasant vacation at the home of his niece: Mrs. Roscoe Mac Donald. although having been sick at Mrs. MacDonald's for some weeks he is now up and around in his usual good health. Charlottetown Guardian Thursday December 21, 1950

Robertson died in 1953 at the age of 83 in the hospital in Charlottetown. He was buried in Clyde River, but his name is on his parent's gravestone in the Brookfield, Lot 24 Presbyterian cemetery as the Reverend Robertson K. McFadyen. On the death record, his marital status was separated, and only the name of his first wife Jessie was listed.

At some point in his career, Robertson abandoned his wife and children, most likely when he went to Wisconsin in 1908/1909. Jessie and the two children were in Virginia in the US census of 1910. Jessie, Ellsworth and Louise were living in Crapaud in 1911, next to her mother Margaret MacDonald. In 1920, Jessie was back living in Virginia with Ellsworth. Margaret Louise had married Julius Coffman in 1919. Jessie was a schoolteacher, and later farmed with Ellsworth. Ellsworth went out to California where he died a single man.

Two records for Robertson:
Name: Robertson Macfadgen
Event: Marriage, Event Date: 14 May 1896
Event Place: Braintree, , Massachusetts
Age: 24, Birth Date: 1872, Birthplace: , , Prince Edward Island
Father: Archibald Macfadgen, Mother: Mary A Beir
Spouse: Jessie A Mcdonald
Spouse's Father: John Mcdonald, Spouse's Mother: Margaret Percival
Source Citation: "Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N4NQ-67N : accessed 21 July 2012), Robertson Macfadgen, 1896.

Name: Robertson Mc Fadgen
Event Date: 1900
Event Place: ED 1825 Worcester Insane Hospital in Worcester city Ward 2, Worcester, Massachusetts,
Birth Date: Apr 1872, Birthplace: Prince Edward Is Canada Eng
Relationship to Head of Household: Officer
Father's Birthplace: Prince Edward Is Canada Eng, Mother's Birthplace: Prince Edward Is Canada Eng
Years Married: 8, Estimated Marriage Year: 1892
Immigration Year: 1899
Source Citation: "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M9BC-VPP : accessed 21 July 2012), Robertson Mc Fadgen, ED 1825 Worcester Insane Hospital in Worcester city Ward 2, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States.

Pedigree

  1. McFadyen, Archibald
    1. Beer, Mary Anne
      1. McFadyen, Thomas
      2. McFadyen, Jane Elizabeth
      3. McFadyen, Margaret
      4. McFadyen, Hannah Maria
      5. McFadyen, John Archibald
      6. McFadyen, Rebecca Ellen
      7. McFadyen, Elizabeth
      8. McFadyen, Elizabeth
      9. McFadyen, Kenneth Robertson
        1. McDonald, Jessie A
          1. McFadyen, Robertson Ellsworth Archibald Percival
          2. McFadyen, Margaret Louise

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        Birth date: abt 1872 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1872 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1872 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  3. 1881 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1871 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1871 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1871 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: Apr 1872 Birth place: Prince Edward Is Canada Eng Marriage date: 1892 Marriage place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: in Worcester city, Worcester, Massachusetts Arrival date: 1899 Arrival place:

      • Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Worcester Ward 2, Worcester, Massachusetts; Roll: T623_696; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 1825; FHL microfilm: 1240696.
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        Birth date: Apr 1872 Birth place: Prince Edward Is Canada Eng Marriage date: 1892 Marriage place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: in Worcester city, Worcester, Massachusetts Arrival date: 1899 Arrival place:

      • Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Worcester Ward 2, Worcester, Massachusetts; Roll: T623_696; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 1825; FHL microfilm: 1240696.
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        Birth date: Apr 1872 Birth place: Prince Edward Is Canada Eng Marriage date: 1892 Marriage place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: in Worcester city, Worcester, Massachusetts Arrival date: 1899 Arrival place:

      • Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Worcester Ward 2, Worcester, Massachusetts; Roll: T623_696; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 1825; FHL microfilm: 1240696.
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        Birth date: Apr 1872 Birth place: Prince Edward Is Canada Eng Marriage date: 1892 Marriage place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: in Worcester city, Worcester, Massachusetts Arrival date: 1899 Arrival place:

      • Page: Year: 1900; Census Place: Worcester Ward 2, Worcester, Massachusetts; Roll: T623_696; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 1825; FHL microfilm: 1240696.
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        Birth date: Apr 1872 Birth place: Prince Edward Is Canada Eng Marriage date: 1892 Marriage place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: in Worcester city, Worcester, Massachusetts Arrival date: 1899 Arrival place:

  5. 1901 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1872 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 29, Prince (east/est), Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1872 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 29, Prince (east/est), Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1872 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 29, Prince (east/est), Prince Edward Island, Canada

  6. Ancestry.com: Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980
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        Residence date: 1949 Residence place: St. Paul, Ontario, Canada

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        Residence date: 1949 Residence place: St. Paul, Ontario, Canada