McEachern, William Johnstone John

Birth Name McEachern, William Johnstone John
Gender male
Age at Death 72 years, 8 months, 2 days


According to a local history, William Johnstone McEachern married Minerva MacKenzie.

On 14 February 1924, William McEachern b. 1900, entered the United States, giving his sister Mrs. William Boland as his US contact, and his mother Bessie as his Canadian contact. William Johnstone was a paper worker living in Lawrence, Massachusetts according to city directories in 1924 and 1925. He returned to PEI for the first time in four years in February 1929, for the funeral of his brother Garfield.

Johnstone was a carpenter when he started the paperwork to become an American citizen in 1924. On the declaration, he described himself as having light hair and blue eyes. He was 5'10" and weighed 175 lbs. In 1934, when Johnstone filled out another form for US citizenship, he was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was working as a produce dealer. His two sons were living in River John, Nova Scotia at that time.


MARRIAGE INTENTIONS [ARTICLE] Cambridge Tribune 4 July 1931 ... William Johnstone MacEachcrn, 29, millwright, 153 Auburn street, and Minerva Hazel MacKenzie, 23, maid,, Melrose

He was living in Boston when his mother died in 1939.

There is a Minerva MacKenzie in the Nova Scotia 1911 census, daughter of Effie and Leonard. She was born on 16 April 1908. In the 1930 US census, a Minerva MacKenzie, b. Nova Scotia 1909 was working as a servant in Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She had emigrated in 1928. A Minerva H. MacEachern b. 16 April 1908, died in Canada on 23 April 1997, with Massachusetts as the place the social security number was issued.

W. Johnstone MacEachern and his wife Minerva were in Watertown, Massachusetts city directories from 1931-1938. Johnstone was a millright.

Minerva and Johnstone had two sons. The family was not together in the 1940 US census, as far as I can tell. There is a William J. McEachern in the 1940 census in the Boston Asylum as a patient; however, there was more than one William J. McEachern in Massachusetts at the time he was living there.

There is a death record for a William McEachern in 1972, born on the same date, in Massachusetts. Find A Grave Memorial# 157600347




Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth May 13, 1899 Covehead, Lot 34, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada 1901 census, PEI Baptismal Index, bap. 22 December 1909 Records in United Church, Covehead father's name transcribed as Angus McEahern  
Death January 15, 1972 Jamacia Plain, Massachusetts William J MacEachern, b 13 may 1900 died 15 Jan 1972 in Suffol  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McEachern, Angus A.June 20, 18581905
Mother Mann, Bessie AmandaMay 4, 1863June 29, 1939
    Sister     McEachern, Nellie Teresa December 27, 1896 January 18, 1919
         McEachern, William Johnstone John May 13, 1899 January 15, 1972
    Brother     McEachern, Angus Garfield April 27, 1902 January 1929
    Sister     McEachern, Jean Mary Janet Blanche July 21, 1904 February 18, 1994


Family of McEachern, William Johnstone John and McKenzie, Minerva Hazel

Married Wife McKenzie, Minerva Hazel ( * April 16, 1908 + April 23, 1997 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage June 30, 1931 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States according to census and city records, Mass Marriage Index  
Name Birth Date Death Date
McEachern, Aubrey AngusMarch 22, 1932June 3, 1958
McEachern, Johnston LeonardMarch 22, 1933July 12, 2004