Alexander Anderson
(1784/1792-1882)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Catherine Kennedy

2. Isabella Dods

Alexander Anderson 78,81,95,234,235,236,237,238,239,240,241

  • Born: 1784-1792 ?, ??Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland? 78,242,243,244,245
  • Christened: 30 Dec 1792 ?, ??Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland? 246,247
  • Marriage (1): Catherine Kennedy on 13 Dec 1820 in Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland 233
  • Marriage (2): Isabella Dods on 9 Aug 1839 in Caven Twp, Durham Co., Ontario 234
  • Died: 17 Mar 1882, South Monaghan, Northumberland County, Ontario aged 98 78,103,248,249
  • Buried: 1882, Centreville, South Monaghan, Ontario, Canada

bullet   Cause of his death was old age.249

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bullet  General Notes:

"Beckwith, Irish and Scottish Identities in a Canadian Community" by Glen J. Lookwood, Beckwith Township, 1991.

Immigrants located in Beckwith as Settlers by the Richmond Military Settlement Office,

1821 Date Located Con. Lot
Alexander Anderson, Scotland, 29 Sep 1821, concession 8, lot 22NE
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1822 Census Beckwith Twp, Lanark County, Ontario

Head, Women, Children, Total
Alexander Anderson ,Female 1, Sons 0, daughters 0, total 2
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"A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada Before Confederation" by Donald Whyte.
Volume 1, published 1986, Ontario Genealogy Society

item 124, page 5

Anderson, Alexander b. ca 1790 from Crieff, PERTHSHIRE to Beckwith Twp, Lanark Co, ONT 1820 ; moved to Monaghan Twp, Northumberland Co, 1834. m. Catherine Kennedy

Bibliography and guide to the references: DC21 Mar 1981: indicating "Dictionary Correspondence. Letters to the author regarding immigrants to Canada, contained in 9 lever-arch files."
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Ontario Archives, Land Records Office

Alexander Anderson, Beckwith twp, Ontario, index microfiche 929.3713 ARC , sheet #1
East 1/2 Lot 22, concession 8, issue date 1828/04/02
Archival reference 01 series C13, Vol 096, page 114
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Ontario Archives, Land Records Office

Alexander Anderson, Monaghan, Ontario, index microfiche 929.3713 ARC, sheet #1
Lot 2, concession 2, issue date 1833/11/06
Archival reference 01 series C1113, Vol 001, page 031
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McGill University Canadian County Atlas Digital Project
http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/search.htm

Full record for Anderson, Alexander
Last NameAnderson
First NameAlexander
TownshipMonaghan South
Atlas Date1878

Concession and LotLot size
II, 195
II, 2200
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1848 census, South Monaghan, Ontario. Canada National Archives film # M-5911, page 9, line 24
Alexander Anderson, lot 2, concession 2, proprietor, farmer, 8 residents total, religion all Presbyterians, natives of Scotland 2, natives of Canada 6.
Males single 14<16=2, 18<21=2, 21<30=2, married 40<60=2
Females , single 14<45=0, married 45 and upwards=2 . (note these add up to 10 in total, not 8 ) jca
(it is likely that there was only 1 male and 1 female that was over 40 and less than 60) jca
200 acres of land including 120 acres of wooded land, 60 acres of tilled land and 20 acres of pasture.
15 cattle, 4 horses, 22 sheep, and 10 hogs, also produces 50 pounds of maple sugar.
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1850 census, South Monaghan, Ontario, Canada National Archives film # M-5915, page 19, line 5
lot 2, concession 2, Alexander Anderson, farmer, 8 residents total, religion all Presbyterians,
no young children, persons native of Scotland=3, persons native of Canada=4.
Males, single 14<18=1, 18<21=1, 21<30=1, married 40<60=1
Females , single 14<30=2, married 40<60=1
200 acres of land.
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1851 census, South Monaghan, Ontario, Canada Archives film # C11740, page 17-19
Alex Anderson, Farmer, Born Scotland, Presbyterian, age 58 next birthday, (so born abt. 1793? jca),
Isabella ", born Scotland, Presbyterian, age 50 next birthday. (note: second wife for Alexander Anderson ..jca)
John Anderson, labourer, born Scotland, Presbyterian, age 28
Margret Anderson, born Scotland, Presbyterian, age 22
Alexander Anderson, Presbyterian, age 23
Margret Kinghorn, born Scotland, Presbyterian, age 20
Daniel Anderson, Labourer, b. Canada, Presbyterian,age 17
1 story frame house
Wm Anderson, Farmer, Scotland, Presbyterian, age 52
Ellen ", ", ", ", age 54
Alexander ", Labourer, ", ", age 22
Christy ", born Canada, Presbyterian, age 18
Ellen ", born", ", age 16
Ann ", born ", ", age 14
Catherine ", born ", ", age 10


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1861 census, South Monaghan, Ontario, National Archives of Canada film # C1055, page 2
Alexander Anderson, farmer, b. Scotland, age 65, Isabella Anderson, born Scotland, age 64
Alexander, b. Canada, age 22, Sophia Anderson, born Canada, age 24, Elizabeth, age 2, Thomas C. age 1. living in a 1 1/2 story frame house
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1871 census,Federal Census of 1871 (Ontario Index)
This is very likely our Alexander as Cavan is not far from South Monaghan but unfortunately, his wife Isabella (Dods) is not present on this census taking, so unable to prove this out.. jca

ANDERSON , ALEXANDER

Sex:Male
Age:86
Birthplace:SCOTLAND
Religion:Canada Presbyterian/C. Presb.
Origin:SCOTCH
Occupation:GENTLEMAN
District:DURHAM EAST ( 051 )
Sub-district:Cavan ( C )
Division:1
Page:23
Microfilm reel:C-9979
Reference:RG31 - Statistics Canada
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1881 census, South Monaghan, Ontario, National Archives of Canada film # C13241, page 35
Alexander Anderson, b. Scotland, age 96,
Isbell? (spelling?) Anderson, b. Scotland, age 86 both married
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Note by James C. Anderson. Could it be that Alexander wasn't as old as he presented himself, or not as old as presented by Miss Margaret Emberson. judging by his age on the 1851 census (58) he should have only been age 88 in the 1881 census.. How did he get to be 96??.. jca
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The following history of the Anderson family was written to her nieces July 13, 1953 by Miss Margaret Emberson, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Emberson, of South Monaghan, Ontario. Mrs William Emberson was formerly Margaret Anderson, b. 1828, daughter of Alexander Anderson and Catherine Kennedy. WESTON, July 13, 1953

( with additional notes by Miss Hazel Anderson of Toronto , Ontario, Canada)

"Since my nieces have asked me to write what I can remember and what I have heard from my parents and people who were old when I was young ( I am now in my 87th year) I shall try to comply with their wishes. Grandfather (Alexander) Anderson and wife, Katherine Kennedy, our mother's father was a shepherd in the Highlands of Scotland and came to Canada about 1830 ( as well I as I can estimate) and settled in Lanark County. There must have been forest all around for one story told me about an experience which our Grandmother had was, one day when walking with two of her children, two little bear cubs trotted along in the path ahead of her. Of course she was frightened when the mother bear came out and followed behind her, but she quietly kept on her way and the little cubs turned off into a side path, so they were safe for the time.
One day when Grandfather was chopping down a tree, he was struck by a limb and his leg was broken or injured so that he could not walk, and his wife carried him on her back to the house.. I understand from report that it was more than her slight frame could bear and she died not long after.. Their family were John, Duncan, Christiana, Margaret, Alexander and Daniel.. Christie was eleven and Margaret , our mother eight years with Alex and Dan younger. His brother-in-law advised him to move farther west to more fertile fields, so somehow he came to Port or Cobourg and filed a claim on the farm where Uncle Alex lived until he died. George lives there still.
There is a part of the history which I do not know. that is about his wife's death, if in Lanark or after coming to Monaghan. Aunt Christie told me how she and her brother Duncan used to do the family wash at the creek flowing east from the house. She said they laid the clothes on a flat rock and Duncan pounded them with a mallet to get them clean. I do not know how long it was before Grandfather met and married Mrs. Kinghorn, a widow with three children; two boys, one a stepson of 11 or 12 years; a girl, Margaret, 5 years, and Jimmie 1 or 2 years old. Her husband, John Kinghorn, was a clever man who could make small pretty trinkets. I believe he was a cabinet maker. They arrived in Montreal where the cholera was raging and was stricken and died. Mrs. K. somehow got to Port Hope and got in touch with her brother, Nichol Dodds, who farmed 5 or 6 miles north of Port Hope in Hope Township.. I never heard how the lone widow with her little flock came in contact with our widower Grandpa, but such was the case. She lived and worked in the home of James Rutherford before the second marriage. They lived on boiled peas and a dark coarse bread of some sort. There was only one white loaf made for the man of the house. Little Margaret Kinghorn did not thrive on this diet and a kind man, Richard Rutherford, brother to James took her into his home, where she fared better as to food. but there were six children. One of them, Mary, a fat chubby baby , was Margaret's special charge and was tied with a scarf on the back of the frail little girl to get an airing and sunbath. The Rutherfords were faithful, devout Presbyterians who walked to church at Centreville from their home on the farm that later Brother James and Rebecca ( who was Mary's daughter) lives on.
One Sunday while the people went to church, Margaret was told to make a pot of soup from a sheep's head, but Mrs. Rutherford neglected to tell her how to prepare it, and the poor little girl (about 11 years) did not know she should have split it open with an axe or something as to remove brains and to cleanse it properly.. She got an undeserved scolding from the sharp tongued Jenny R. which was always remembered. That was not very good soup. Years after, Margaret was our dear stepmother, who cared for and loved us as her own.. When Grandfather married, Christie went to work for Mr. and Mrs. Wat Riddell, whose family consisted of twins, Robert and Jenny and John, whom you will remember, Dorothy, as our Sunday School Superintendent.
Aunt Christie told me how she managed to keep the twins out of mischief and get on with the work by placing them on the floor and putting a heavy iron on their skirts at the back. There were no play pens in those days. These folks lived in a log house, but later built a fine one of stone where Mr. and Mrs. Collins lived, which you will remember.
The girls of those days attended a school taught by Mrs. Kerr ( by the way an ancestress of Miss Annie) where they learned the rudiments of education and also sewing and handicrafts. They spun wool for stockings, blankets and clothing. That was when the girls wore homespun dresses and were quite clever at dyeing the yarn into pretty colours. I wore a blue and red one with small checks. It was warm but scratchy. The men and boys had shirts and drawers made too. The underwear was either white or grey.
I remember Grandfather as a kindly old man who used to take John and me on his knee together and sing his old songs in the quaint Scotch dialect, such as, "O a' the airts the wind can blow, I dearly loe the West. For there the bonnie lassie lives, the lass I love best." He could be ruthless when he was much annoyed; for instance once in the early days some little pigs belonging to his neighbours would get into his grain field. He tried to stop them, but they always found a new place to get in. So one day in a rage, he caught them one by one, beat their heads on the stone fence and threw them over on their own side. Such a thing was rare, however, for he was usually kind in his treatment of animals.
At Christmas, brother Alex would drive to Centreville 5 1/2 miles to bring him and Grandma for the day. Uncle William and Aunt Betty Emberson too were always guests on that occasion as long as they lived. Uncle was the first of the group to go in the winter of 1874. After his death I used to stay and sleep with Aunt Betty to keep her company. One of my brothers or father would escort me to her house in the evening after supper and in the morning when one or other of them went down to feed her cow and pig, I went home again. That winter I did not attend school very regularly as the snow was deep. So John and I spent our days at home.
Grandmother was the next to go at 87 years, then in 1881, Auntie died. Grandfather lived another year was almost 100. The last one of that generation was Mrs. Wright, a sweet patient old lady, Aunt Betty's sister who lived in a little log house across the pasture at north east end of the pond. About the time of Auntie's death, she fell and dislocated her hip, but her friends did not realize this and for 2 or 3 weeks she lay in bed without the doctor, who said the cup of the joint had filled with jelly and he could not the put the joint back in place. She lived 4 years, a helpless invalid, cared for by her two daughters, Grace and Mrs. Montgomery. She was a beautiful old woman whose face was framed in a white cap with frills around it, kept immaculate and spotless, really angelic in her patience and suffering. While she was able to be about her work, she used to keep a watchful eye over her grandchildren, the Montgomery children, and us when we would go near the old house in the pasture field where an open well just covered with boards afforded her household with water. She had queer Irish superstitions and used to frighten us youngsters away from the vicinity of the well by saying there was an old man in the old house. She believed in ghosts and fairies and once when her husband in Ireland was walking home on a dark night, the fairies caught him and knocked him down when he was getting over the stile. I was so impressed by these tales I told father, who assured me they were just myths of Mrs. Wright's fancy. As I have stated she was the last of the old people with whom we were closely associated in our childhood and the memories of them are dear to me, for it brings back the day when I roamed barefooted through the green fields and woods with my brothers Robert and John.

This is the record of the Andersons.
Alexander and Katherine Kennedy- first wife.
Alexander and Mrs. Kinghorne- nee Isabella Dodds- second wife.

Eldest son- John and wife Margaret Gillanders and family-
John and Margaret lived at Paudash Lake later.
Isabella (Mrs. A. Trotter)
Lauchlin- Duncan- Donald- John.

Note- There were two others in the above family that have not been noted here. They were Alexander, the eldest who was drowned, and William, the youngest, ( this note is by Hazel Anderson)

Second son- Duncan and wife Ann Rutherford- went to Dakota.
William, Dick- Jane- Katie-- Alex-- Jack- Jimmy- Joseph R.

Third son- Alex and wife Sophie Tait.
Elizabeth- Tom- Alf-. -Alex- Carrie- Sophie- Fred- George- Ernest- (lives near R. Finlay)
(George lives on the old homestead)

Daniel and Ann Jane Moncrief.
Alex- Dave- Dan- William- John- Jim- Isabella (Mrs Hamilton)- Katie- (Mrs J. Quinn)

NOTE- there were three others not noted here- They were Jane-, Margaret ( Mrs Moffat) and Christiana
(this note is by Hazel Anderson)

Christie and Joseph Dawson-
Alex- Jack- Jim- Joe- Ed- Katie- (Waterman) Martha-(Beebe)

Kate's family.. Ethel- John- Janet- Joe- Helen- Kathleen

Martha's family.. 3 sons- Dawson- George- Harold

Gerald is the only living son of Alfred A.

George has 2 daughters- Jessie (Mrs R. Robinson) and Jean (Mrs W. Varcoe), He has one son, Charles."

_________________end of letter from Miss Margaret Emberson.__________

NOTE- My records show that George Cameron Anderson had also an daughter Olive, but not a son Charles.. Charles was the son of Edmund Ernest Anderson. (note by Hazel Anderson)

FINAL NOTE BY HAZEL ANDERSON
Regarding the place of Catherine Kennedy Anderson's death, we have some support for the theory that it was in South Monaghan after their removal from Beckwith Township. We base this on the search in the Archives in Toronto which gives the information that the youngest son, Daniel was born in South Monaghan, and also the fact that Catherines's name appears on the tombstone in Centreville Cemetery. (S. Monaghan)

Notes: as per A Family History Of Some Of The Descendents Of Alexander Anderson and Catherine Kennedy by Hazel Anderson of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (1976)

(Regarding the family of Alexander Anderson and Catherine Kennedy:)

"All of the above family from John to Daniel were born in Beckwith Twp, Ont. with the possible exception of Daniel, who may have been born in South Monaghan after the family moved up there from Beckwith Twp. The parents were apparently born in Scotland. They (the Parents) came out here in the early 1820's and settled first in Beckwith and then were persuaded by a brother of Catherine Kennedy's to come up to S. Monaghan where he had some better farmingland. In Beckwith they had become acquainted with several other famlies who had come from England and perhaps Ireland and Scotland. Some of their names were Gillanders, Rutherfords, Dawsons and Embersons. These neighbours decided to come up to S. Monaghan with the Andersons and in course of time, marriages took place between these families. "

These are the baptismal dates for some of the above family members:
John May 11-1823
Duncan Feb 27-1825
Margaret May 18-1829
Alexander Nov. 7-1830

Note- Baptismal records in the Genealogical Library in Salt Lake City show an ALEXANDER ANDERSON, who was the eldest son of ALEXANDER ANDERSON and HELEN ROBISON who was baptized on Dec. 30- 1792. We presume this was our ALEXANDER (1) at the top of this page, but have no conclusive proof.. The details of this family appear on another page herewith."
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Extracts from the letter from Hazel Anderson to James C. Anderson July 31, 1976
regarding the Anderson monument at the cemetery in S. Monaghan Ontario.

"Gerald has given me the following details from said monument;

North side of monument- Margaret, daughter of Alexander Jr. age 5 years. died July 14, 1875

East side- Alexander died Mar 17-1882 age 97 yrs. Perthshire
Catherine Kennedy died June 4- 1838- age 44 yrs.
Isabella, died May 25-1881- age 87 yrs

South side- Sophie Tait -wife of Alexander died Jan 28- 1902 age 67 yrs
Alexander, died July 9, 1910- aged 79"

"P.S. With regard to Duncan and Ann's removal from S. Monaghan to N. Dakota, I have been informed that their eldest son, William went there first, and eventually the rest of the family followed, with one exception. A daughter Ann Jane, who remained in Ontario. Some of the family later moved back to Canada and settled in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Alex (1) and Catherine came from Crieff, Scotland"
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Note: by James Clinton Anderson of Kelowna B.C. Nov 10, 2000

In the text of the letter included in these notes written by Margaret Emberson she says:
"Grandmother was the next to go at 87 years, then in 1881, Auntie died. (This would have been Christiana Anderson ), Grandfather lived another year was almost 100."

"The calculated birth date from Alexander Anderson's cemetery memorial.. died March 17, 1882 ..age 97 years would be 1785 but this does not agree with the documented age of Alexander on either the 1848, 1850 or 1851 census from S. Monaghan, Ontario which would indicate a birth date of about 1792. note by jca.. February 17, 2001.
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Dear cousins,

The oldest proven ancestors carrying the Anderson name for our little band of Andersons was Alexander Anderson. He married Cathrine Kennedy in 1820 in Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland.
(ref parish records, Comrie, Perthshire)
Within two years of their marriage they can be found in Ontario, Canada, where hopefully they could enjoy better conditions to start raising their young family.
Some serious attempts have been made to trace our Alexander and Cathrine to families in Perthshire, Scotland. A trip was made to Scotland in 1979 by cousin Alistair J. Anderson of Calgary, Alberta to further research the family of Alexander Anderson and Helen (or Elin ) Robison. They did have a son Alexander that was baptized on Dec 30, 1792 in Crieff, Perthshire. ( note Crieff is a larger town just a seven miles east of the small town of Comrie)

See a map of the towns of Perthshire at the following link: http://www.scottish-towns.co.uk/perthshire/

Other siblings of Alexander Anderson and Helen ( Elin) Robison or Robertson were John, Christian, Margaret, Robert, Elizabeth, Helen and Duncan.
This family had been reported earlier by cousin Allan Anderson of Orem, Utah.

In a letter to myself around 1980 an elderly cousin of ours, Miss Hazel Anderson of Toronto stated that Alexander Anderson and wife Catherine came from Crieff, Scotland.. My father (Earl C. Anderson) also told me that it was handed down from previous generations that our family had come from Crieff in Scotland..

The evidence of our Alexander being born in 1785 is ambiguous, as indicated both on the cemetery monument in S. Monaghan, Ontario which reads "Alexander Anderson , died 17 March, 1882, age 97, Perthshire" and also the story written in 1953 by Miss Margaret Emberson which states that "grandfather died 1882 was almost 100"
However, the 1851 census record for South Monaghan , page 16 , says "Alexander Anderson, age 58".
This would indicate a birth date of about 1792. The census records for 1848 and 1850 also indicate that Alexander Anderson was born after 1789.

I hope that further research can positively identify either this family or another one as our definite ancestors from Crieff or Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland.

James Anderson
Dec 8, 2000
Kelowna , B.C.
jimander@shaw.ca
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Comrie, Perthshire - A small summer resort located on the River Earn, in Strathearn, near Loch Earn, at the eastern end of which lays St. Fillan's. The White Church of Comrie dates from 1805, the steeple being by John Stewart. To the north of Comrie is Glen Lednock, with its falls, and to the south is Glen Artney, the two glens facing each other across the Highland "fault," which has given rise at various times, notably in 1839, to minor earthquake shocks in this district. Comrie is composed of three distinct villages, Comrie proper on the north bank of the River Earn, The Ross at the junction of the Rivers Earn and Ruchill, and Dalginross to the south of the River Earn. An excellent book "About Comrie" by C. Gordon Booth has recently been published which describes this village.
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Dear cousins,
I believe that we now have enough information to better establish the date of birth of Alexander Anderson, our oldest confirmed Anderson progenitor. The calculated date of birth from all the various sources obtained so far are as follows:

1: S. Monaghan cemetery monument: died Mar 17, 1882, age 97 yrs =1785
2 Letter from Miss Margaret Emberson died "allmost 100" =perhaps 1785
3: 1881 census age 96 =1785
3 1871 census not yet found
4: 1861 census age 64 at next birthday =1796
5 1851 census age 58 at next birthday =1792
6 1850 census age less than 60 =after 1791
7 1848 census age less than 60 =after 1789

It is my considered opinion that the ages that are recorded earlier in a person's life are likely to be more accurate than the the calculated ages that are made in ones advanced years. The first three census takings (1848, 1850 and 1851) at least are consistant with each other with the later census takings showing a high variance in both directions from the earlier ones. Note that from 1851 to 1881 , Alexander has somehow aged 38 years. This is in spite of the 1851 census being taken late and not completing until 1852. Perhaps in a man's later life there is a tendency to unconsciously exaggerate one's age and therefore wisdom.. (Personally , I try to use this tactic as well, unfortunately without much success). The age inscribed on the cemetery monument in S. Monaghan would have been obtained from Alexander personally in the last few years of his life, without benefit of any recorded information such as a birth certificate or other documentation that is taken for granted today, and as such, should not be considered to be any more accurate than the age that he gave at the 1881 census.

In conclusion, unless further evidence comes to light I believe that a reasonable birth date for Alexander Anderson, died March 17, 1882 in S. Monaghan, Ontario, would be about 1792, not 1785.

your cousin,
James C. Anderson.
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an addendum to the issue of the age of Alexander Anderson at his death is that the death registration of 1882 at the time of his death indicated that he was 98 years old, which calculates backward to a birthdate of about 1784... what do we believe?? jca.
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A search through the Old Parochial Register from Comrie for this time period (LDS film # 1040075) so far reveals only the marriage record of Alexander Anderson and Cathrine Kennedy on 13 December, 1820.
No children by this marriage have yet been found in Scotland, indicating that the couple have left the country.
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Crieff

Perth and Kinross Resort town at the southern edge of Highland Perth and Kinross, situated 12 miles (19km) west of Perth overlooking the River Earn which is joined here by the River Turret. Formerly the administrative centre of Strathearn, the original settlement was known to the Celtic Earls of Strathearn as Cref.
The later village of Drummond, destroyed by the Jacobites in 1716, was rebuilt after 1731 on a grid plan by James Drummond, 3rd Duke of Perth who encouraged handloom weaving. Although the Drummond Estates were subsequently forfeited to the Crown following the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion, the Forfeited Estates Commissioners encouraged the development of bleaching, tanning, paper-making and other industries.
Between 1672 and 1770, prior to the establishment of the Falkirk Tryst, Crieff was also the centre of Scotland's largest cattle market and the hub of a system of drove roads. During the early 19th century whisky distilling, malting and woollen manufacture were the chief manufactures. Later in the century Crieff became one of Scotland's most notable holiday resorts, taking advantage of its sheltered, sunny location on the south-facing slope of the Knock. The railway arrived in 1856, Morrisons Academy was founded in 1859 and the Hydropathic Establishment (Crieff Hydro) opened its doors in 1868.
The town remains an important resort and rural service centre with hotels, visitor centre, factory shop outlets, Highland Tryst Museum, two 18-hole golf courses and the Glenturret Distillery, Scotland's oldest Highland malt whisky distillery (1775). Local crafts include the manufacture of pottery and glassware and there are recreational facilities in the Macrosty Park. Crieff Highland Gathering has been held annually since 1870.
1995-2002 Gazetteer for Scotland. Supported by: The Robertson Trust, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, The Royal Scottish Geographical Society, The Department of Geography, University of Edinburgh.

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Since the marriage of Alexander Anderson and Catherine Kennedy occured in Comrie in December of 1820, and would certainly apears to be in Beckwith, Ontario in 1821, it is entirely possible that Alexander and Catherine came over to Quebec City on board the bark "George Canning" along with many other Scottish settlers bound for the new world. Another ships that might have brought Alexander Anderson is the "Cherub" which arrived on May 15 at Quebec with about 1000 settlers from Greenock. The likely route would be to Quebec City and then on to Montreal on the St. Lawrence Steamship line (The Lady Sherbrooke). see newspaper notes below:

Emigrants:-The Lady Sherbrooke brought up last Thursday, 429 men, women and children, part of those 2000 we lately mentioned to have been destined for this country at the expence of government. They are well behaved people, are under the guidance of eleven leaders and belong to the same number of Scotch Emigration Societies. Baggage to the weight of nearly 309 tons, shows them to be persons of some substance and capable of creditably establishing themselves instead of being a burthen to their adopted country. - Herald -(ed: Lanark county settlers who had arrived aboard the bark George Canning)
( sailed from Greenock, Scotland)

June 02 , bark George Canning, Ship's Master: Potter
54 days, departure port: Greenock
489 settlers to Rogerson, Hunter & Co. / in ballast - goes to the Miramichi to load
(Lanark </ships/passengerlists/1821/lsjun05.htm> county settlers)

Listed here are the Lanark county settlers who arrived aboard the barque George Canning 2nd June 1821. They were sponsored by eleven (twelve) Parish emigration societies, not identified on this list. click the hyperlinks to see the George Canning </ships/Arrivals/ships1821a.htm> arrival noted and a news item </ships/Arrivals/ships1821a.htm> about their travel on this steamer.
15 men, 10 women & twenty-two children above 12 & fifteen children under 12 years x x order no. 23
12 men, 9 women & ten children above 12 & twenty-four children under 12 years x x order no. 16
7 men, 7 women & eight children above 12 & fifteen children under 12 years x x order no. 17
6 men, 5 women & four children above 12 & ten children under 12 years x x order no. 18
8 men, 5 women & four children above 12 & five children under 12 years x x order no. 19
11 men, 4 women & thirteen children above 12 & eleven children under 12 years x x order no. 20
14 men, 12 women & fourteen children above 12 & thirty children under 12 years x x order no. 21
14 men, 12 women & eighteen children above 12 & twenty-eight children under 12 years x x order no. 22
6 men, 4 women & two children above 12 & four children under 12 years x x order no. 15
15 men, 13 women & eighteen children above 12 & nine children under 12 years x x order no. 24
6 men, 5 women & eight children above 12 years x x order no. 25
1 man, 1 woman & four children under 12 years x x order no. 27

[x x indicates steerage class to Quebec to Montreal]

National Archives of Canada MG 28, III, 57 - Reel M-8272 vol 7

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I have been interested in the other Andersons that also
settled in Beckwith, prior to the arrival of Alexander thinking there was a connection??
Duncan or Donald Anderson, ex Comrie via Greenock
21 July 1818 on ship Curlew. Beckwith Nov 1818, Conc 6 lot 11N/E
John Anderson ex Kenmore via Greenock on ship Sophia
26 July 1818. Beckwith Nov 1818 Conc 7 Lot 10N/E
Peter Anderson ex Kenmore via Greenock 26 July 1818 on ship Sophia. Beckwith Nov 1818 Conc 7 Lot 8N/E
Anyway, have done some trumping thru South Monaghan.

If I recall, the info on Duncan, John and Peter, also
Alexander was taken from the publication by Donald
Whyte " A Dictonary of Scottish Emigrants to Canada
Before Confederation"

A 1842 Census of Beckwith Twp showed the following:
Duncan, settled 1819 from Scot. 2 born here 5 total 7
Conc 6 lot 11
John, settled 1820 from Scot. 1 total 1. conc 6 lot 9
Peter, settled 1820 from Scot. 5 total 5. conc 6 lot 5

Season's greetings. Bill Pickering - Cornwall, ON, December 23, 2002
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March 25, 2003
I have a Testament of my Great great grandfather, John Anderson (no known relationship to your Andersons) that indicates he bought a piece of property from your Alexander Anderson who was living in Beckwith at the time.

Here is an extract from the Testament

"(First) All and Whole that small corner of ground on the south side of the road leading to Glen - Lednaig with the house built thereon acquired by the late John Anderson from Duncan Comrie Feuar in Comrie conform to Missive dated the sixth December eighteen hundred and ten and which piece of ground and others were purchased by me from Alexander Anderson residing at Beckwith in Upper Canada on twenty seventh April Eighteen hundred and thirty one conform to Articles and Conditions of Roup executed by Duncan McKenzie residing at Croft martig near Kenmore, Factor and Commissioner for the said Alexander Anderson and Minute of preference and enactment annexed to said Articles and Conditions of Roup both of the foresaid date"

Regards,

Terris 'Terry' C. Howard
6535 Seaview NW #303B
Seattle, WA 98117-6051
USA

(note1:: feuar: one who holds land in feu. Variants fewer, fiar, fewar, feuer)
(note2: Glen - Lednaig is the same place as Glen Lednock)

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bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Immigration: from Scotland, 1821, Beckwith Twp, Lanark County, Ontario. "Beckwith, Irish and Scottish Identities in a Canadian Community" by Glen J. Lookwood, Beckwith Township, 1991.

Immigrants located in Beckwith as Settlers by the Richmond Military Settlement Office,

1821 Date Located Con. Lot
Alexander Anderson, Scotland, 29 Sep 1821, concession 8, lot 22NE

land sale: In Comrie, to John Anderson, 1831, Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland. 254

move, 1834, Monaghan twp, Ontario. 253

Residence, 1851, South Monaghan Twp, ON. 95

Residence, 1861, South Monaghan Twp, ON. 81

Residence, 1881, South Monaghan Twp, ON. 251

Religion: Presbyterian, 1881, S. Monaghan Twp, ON. 251


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Alexander married Catherine Kennedy, daughter of John Kennedy and Christian Carmichael, on 13 Dec 1820 in Comrie, Perthshire, Scotland.233 (Catherine Kennedy was born about 1794 in Scotland 78,255,256, christened on 27 Jan 1794 in Kenmore, Perthshire, Scotland, died on 4 Jun 1838 in Ontario, Age 44 78,257 and was buried in 1838 in Centreville, South Monaghan, Ontario, Canada.)


bullet  Marriage Notes:

Comrie
Perth and Kinross
A village in highland Perth and Kinross, situated 7 miles (11km) west of Crieff where the broad valley of Strathearn narrows at the confluence of the Ruchill Water and River Lednock with the River Earn. Its name is derived from the Gaelic for the 'confluence of streams'. In 79 AD Agricola built one of his Highland line of forts here, calling the place Victoria. It later developed as a kirktown that expanded in 1796 with the influx of dispossessed Highland crofters who came from Glenlednock to work in the village's distillery and two breweries or as handloom weavers.
Between the Earn and Ruchill lies The Ross, a former crofting and weaving community that is still accessed by a stone bridge built in 1792. To the south of the Earn is the 'suburb' of Dalginross, formerly a separate village.
A prominent landmark is the White Church (1805) which is now used as a community centre and the focal point of the New Year Flambeaux procession which was originally performed to drive evil spirits from the village. At the head of Glenlednock are a reservoir and hydroelectric dam and on the summit of Dunmore overlooking Comrie is a monument built in 1812 to commemorate the first Lord Melville, Henry Dundas, who was Lord Advocate and Home Secretary under William Pitt the Younger.
To the west of the village is Aberuchill Castle (1602) and to the south are the former prisoner of war camp at Cultybraggan and the Auchingarroch Wildlife and Highland Cattle Centre. There are scenic walks to the north towards the Deil's Cauldron waterfall and Laggan Wood. The village has hotels, a caravan park, bowling green, public library and a 9-hole golf course.

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Alexander next married Isabella Dods, daughter of James Dods and Margaret Johnston, on 9 Aug 1839 in Caven Twp, Durham Co., Ontario.234 (Isabella Dods was born on 3 Jan 1794 in Eccles, Berwick, Scotland 258,259,260,261, christened on 18 Feb 1794 in Eccles, Berwick, Scotland, died on 25 May 1881 in South Monaghan, Northumberland County, Ontario 103,262,263 and was buried in Centreville, South Monaghan, Ontario, Canada.). The cause of her death was old age.249


bullet  Marriage Notes:

Hi Jim,

Your file looks good. I do have something for you to add to though.
Alexander Anderson married Isabella (Dodds) Kinghorne Aug 9, 1839 in
Cavan Twp, Durham Co, Ontario although it could have been South Monaghan
Twp if they were married at home and not in the church.

June 264



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