McArthur, John

Birth Name McArthur, John 1a
Gender male
Age at Death 85 years, 7 months, 8 days


John McArthur was born in PEI in the month of November, between 1847 and 1849, and according to his death record, was the son of Hughie McArthur. Both of his parents were said to be born in England. Although his birth was not recorded in the PEI Baptismal Index, his name is included in most McArthur & Dyment family trees as a son of Hugh and Susanne, and this is the best fit for him.

However, a child of his age was not included in what I think is the 1861 census record for this family. He could be the young man in the household of his grandfather Humphrey Dyment Sr. in 1861.

He married Sarah Noye or Noyes, daughter of Charles and Anne (Kenny) on March 1 , 1876. According to his marriage record, both he and Sarah Noy were from Lot 10, and the farm next to that of Charles Noy in the 1881 census was Robert and Lydia McArthur, who would be an uncle of John's.

John and Sarah had at least 13 children. There were eight children in the PEI Baptismal Index. In 1881, he was farming in Lot 7 with his wife Sarah Ann and children Charles (age 5, 26 Feb 1876), Annie Maud (age 3, 30 March 1878), Susan (2), and John (March 1881). The first two children were named after Sarah' s parents, and the next daughter after John's mother and grandmother.

Ten years later, John gave his occupation as fisherman. They were living in a two room house with a loft on Lot 8, and had 9 children (Charles, Annie, Susan, John J., Janie (Jane Ellen, age 8, 23 November 1882), Abram (Abraham Spurgeon, age 6, 2 May 1884), Willie (William Henry, age 5, 19 December 1885), Alvin ("Albion", age 3, 13 November 1888), and May (Laura May, age 2, 27 May 1899). On this census, John said his father was born on the Island and his mother in England.

They were still in Lot 8 in 1901. In that census, John and Sarah were living with children John James (March 6 1881), Abraham (May 2 1882), William (December 19, 1885), Alvin (November 13 1887), Laura May (April 6 1889), Catherine (possibly Katie, born 30 May 1891, in census as April 23 1891), Corbett (June 3 1894), Bertha (April 19 1897), and Andrew (April 20, 1899).

In 1901, some of the sons were working, John James as a mill apprentice, and Abraham as a labourer.

John and Sarah and some of their family emigrated to New Hampshire. John arrived in 1902, and the family followed a year later. In 1910, they were in Coos County, New Hampshire with Alvin, Bertha and Andrew. Sarah said she had had 13 children, all living, in their 34 years of marriage. John said both of his parents were born in Scotland. He was working in a mill. By the time of the US 1920 census, John and Sarah were on their own. On one of the children's marriage certificates, John had been working as a mill hand in New Hampshire.

Sarah died in 1925. John died on 23 April 1934, of exhaustion. At the time of his death, he had been living in New Hampshire for 31 years.

Information on McArthur families came mainly from McArthur family trees on the Island Register and the Dyment genealogy of Roger Dyment and Connie Ladner, as well as the Descendants of Hugh McArthur and Susannah Diamond. Some information has been checked against census, birth and marriage records where available.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth September 15, 1848 Lot 7, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   1b
Death April 23, 1934 New Hampshire, United States certificate gives his father's name (Hughie) only  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McArthur, Hugh M.March 17, 1812October 17, 1906
Mother Dyment Diamond, Susanna AshtonOctober 19, 1824May 19, 1913
    Sister     McArthur, Mary November 22, 1842 March 7, 1929
    Sister     McArthur, Ellen Helen Eleanor Ann January 1845 March 3, 1938
         McArthur, John September 15, 1848 April 23, 1934
    Sister     McArthur, Sarah Ann October 6, 1848 December 27, 1935
    Brother     McArthur, Duncan May 20, 1851 August 17, 1937
    Sister     McArthur, Louisa May 19, 1853
    Brother     McArthur, Edmund Wallis September 22, 1855 March 11, 1941
    Brother     McArthur, William James April 30, 1858 March 18, 1942
    Brother     McArthur, Robert Henry December 15, 1860 October 6, 1950
    Brother     McArthur, Abraham Spurgeon February 15, 1863 April 29, 1929
    Brother     McArthur, George Gordon December 23, 1865 September 7, 1944
    Brother     McArthur, Nathaniel Theodore December 25, 1867 December 25, 1958


Family of McArthur, John and Noye Noyes, Sarah Ann

Married Wife Noye Noyes, Sarah Ann ( * July 16, 1856 + May 2, 1925 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage March 1, 1876 Prince Edward Island, Canada    
Name Birth Date Death Date
McArthur, CharlesFebruary 26, 1876December 4, 1931
McArthur, Annie MaudMarch 30, 1878July 11, 1962
McArthur, Mary SusanNovember 19, 1880September 8, 1959
McArthur, John JamesMarch 6, 18811936
McArthur, Jane Ellen JanieNovember 23, 1882February 23, 1978
McArthur, Abraham SpurgeonMay 2, 1884before 1984
McArthur, William H. WillieDecember 19, 18851938
McArthur, Alvin AlbertNovember 13, 1887July 6, 1965
McArthur, Laura MayApril 6, 1889October 5, 1918
McArthur, Katherine Catherine KatieApril 23, 1891October 1972
McArthur, George CorbettJune 3, 1894April 10, 1968
McArthur, BerthaApril 19, 1897September 26, 1984
McArthur, AndrewApril 20, 1899June 15, 1982

Source References

  1. 1881 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: abt 1848 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1848 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Prince, Prince Edward Island, Canada