McArthur, Cornelius 1a

Birth Name McArthur, Cornelius
Gender male
Age at Death 81 years, 10 months, 23 days


Elizabeth Dymant, the youngest daughter of Humphrey Dyment, Lot 13 married Cornelius McArthur on February 12 1861. Witnesses at the marriage were James MacDougall (who was Sarah Dyment's first husband) and John and Sam Ramsay. The marriage bond, dated 7 February 1861, was taken out by Cornelius McArthur, Lot 7, and Humphrey Dymant, Lot 13. Cornelius was known to the Dyment family - he had been one of the witnesses at Humphrey Dyment Jr.'s marriage to Nancy McDougall in 1860.

On US census forms, Cornelius said he had emigrated to the States in 1865 or 1867, and Cornelius and Elizabeth sold some of their land in Lot 7 in 1866. As a result of a suit undertaken by James Yeo against Cornelius McArthur, Richard Hunt, the sheriff, seized 50 acres of property in Lot 7 in July 1867. The newspaper notice said that Cornelius' wife Elizabeth was living there, possibly while Cornelius was in Massachusetts. There is also a document that places the couple in in Brighton, Massachusetts around this time: Cornelius and Elizabeth Dyment from PEI registered the birth of a son, "Josephius McCartey", born in PEI on April 9 1867, the date of birth of their son Alvah. Both Cornelius and his brother Mathias were in a Massachusetts city directory in 1869 and 1870, in Cambridge.

Their son Alvah's obituary said that he had come to Massachusetts at the age of three, about 1870 or 1871, and their youngest son William sometimes gave his place of birth as Massachusetts. This was his place of birth in his obituary. However, it is possible that Cornelius had gone ahead to Massachusetts, leaving his family on the Island to follow later. I was unable to find Cornelius in the US 1870 census although his brother Mathias was living there. Cornelius does not seem to have used the nick-name Neil, so I have disregarded census entries for Neil McArthur.

None of Cornelius and Elizabeth's four children were in the PEI Baptismal Index. Phineas' parents were on his death record, and Cornelius and Elizabeth Dyment were listed as parents in the obituaries of Melvina, Alvah and William. The children later gave different places of birth on census forms, so it is difficult to state with certainty where Cornelius and Elizabeth were living at the time of their children's births.

Elizabeth died on the Island in 1870.

After Elizabeth's death, Cornelius married Katherine Jane Rogers in 1871 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cornelius and Katy can be found in the 1880 US census with their blended family.

name: Cornelius Mcarthur
event: Death, event date: 22 May 1914
event place: Pittsfield,,Massachusetts
age: 81, marital status: Married
birth date: 26 Jun 1832
birthplace: Prince Edward Island
father: Hugh Mcarthur
mother: Nellie
volume/page/certificate number: 392
film number: 2404458
frame number:
digital folder number: 4284202
image number: 00416
Citing this Record: "Massachusetts, Deaths, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 Dec 2012), Cornelius Mcarthur, 1914.

The photograph of Cornelius, his second wife Katie Rogers, and the children from his two marriages came from the Sexton family, descendants of Phineus and Lizzy (Lacey) McArthur.

Deacon MacArthur was born in 1833 in Prince Edward Island. As a boy and a young man he was reared on his father's farm near the sea. He learned and mastered the craft of the shipbuilder, working in yards in New Brunswick and Maine. He became a carpenter at Mr Auburn, and in 1870 assistant superintendant of Mt Auburn cemetery. for 19 years he held that position and in 1889 he came to Pittsfield to be superintendent of the cemetery. In 1898 he retired from that work. Berkshire Evening Eagle May 26 1914


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth June 29, 1832 Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada Naturalization form & census records  
Death May 22, 1914 Massachusetts, United States parents were Hugh & Nellie  
Emigration 1865   entry in 1900 census  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McArthur, Hugh - Lot 13December 30, 18001840
Mother Ramsay, Nellie Helen - Lot 16May 24, 1805
    Sister     McArthur, Eleanor Nellie September 19, 1827 April 24, 1905
    Sister     McArthur, Elizabeth March 23, 1828 April 11, 1917
    Brother     McArthur, William Henry about 1830 March 17, 1910
         McArthur, Cornelius June 29, 1832 May 22, 1914
    Sister     McArthur, Sarah Jane 1835 March 30, 1922
    Brother     McArthur, Matthias April 23, 1837 January 14, 1882
    Brother     McArthur, John 1839
    Sister     McArthur, Julia Ann about 1840 January 6, 1933
    Brother     McArthur, Amos 1845


Family of McArthur, Cornelius and Dyment, Elizabeth

Married Wife Dyment, Elizabeth ( * July 10, 1842 + June 30, 1870 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage February 12, 1861 Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada    
Name Birth Date Death Date
McArthur, Phineas C.August 20, 1862August 17, 1893
McArthur, MelvinaNovember 5, 1864April 1959
McArthur, Alvah H.April 9, 1867January 2, 1943
McArthur, William ErvingNovember 18, 1869May 20, 1955

Family of McArthur, Cornelius and Rogers, Katie Jane

Married Wife Rogers, Katie Jane ( * October 1849 + 1938 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage August 10, 1871 Massachusetts, United States Mass. Marriages  

Source References

  1. Port Hill History Committee: Launched vol 2 Genealogy of the Families of Port Hill, Lot 13 PEI
      • Page: page 124
      • Citation:

        The section on Cornelius McArthur leaves out one of his sons from his first marriage. It repeats the old mistake of saying that Cornelius' daughter married her uncle, and had a child at the age of 4.