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Margaret "Peggy" McEachern

Female Abt 1814 - 1897  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name Margaret "Peggy" McEachern 
    Born Abt 1814  Argyllshire (includes Isle of Mull), Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Aug 1897  Lot 16, Conc. 13, Bruce Township, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Queen Hill Presbyterian Cemetery about 1 mile from homestead Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I07942  All
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2008 

    Father Donald McEachern 
    Mother Catherine McLean 
    Family ID F1985  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Archibald McGillivrae,   b. Argyllshire (includes Isle of Mull), Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1856 
    Children 
     1. Neil Archibald McGillivray,   b. 1857,   d. 2 Jan 1903  (Age 46 years)
    Family ID F1992  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Neil McGillivrae,   b. Abt 1816, Argyllshire (includes Isle of Mull), Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1855, By a tree while clearing land likely at Lot 16, Conc. 13, Bruce Township, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1841  Parish of Kilfinichen, Isle of Mull, Argyleshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Donald "Dan" McGillivray,   b. 1842, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1883  (Age 41 years)
    +2. Mary McGillivray,   b. 15 Nov 1843, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1922  (Age 78 years)
     3. Hugh McGillivray,   b. 15 Dec 1846,   d. 9 Aug 1920  (Age 73 years)
     4. Alexander "Sandy" McGillivray,   b. 1 Oct 1848, Markham, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932  (Age 83 years)
     5. Neil McGillivray,   b. 21 Mar 1851, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Anne McGillivray,   b. 1852,   d. 1926  (Age 74 years)
    Family ID F1984  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Neil and Margaret had a son, Donald (Dan) born about 1841-42. The family came to Unionville, Ontario about 1842. There were already living at Unionville two families of McKinnons in which both wives were McGillivrays. Perhaps they were relatives of our McGillivrays and thatís why our family came to Unionville in Markham twp. There were Mcleans there as well. According to Ann McGillivray Pooleís obituary in the Markham paper, she came to Canada with her mother, sister and two brothers. The family would have then been as follows: Effy McGillivray (widow), Marion McGillivray, Ann McGillivray, Archibald McGillivray and Neil NcGillivray with wife Margaret (Peggy) and infant son Donald. Neil and Margaret had 5 more children born to them while they lived in Markham Twp: Mary, Hugh, Alexander, Neil and Anne.

      According to Margaret McGillivrayís obituary in the Port Elgin Times, they lived in Markham Twp. about 10 years, and went to Bruce Twp. about 1854.

      Neil McGillivray was killed by a tree when clearing land Oct. 20, 1855. The family story is that he bent over to pick up a button that had come off his coat, and wasnít aware that the tree was coming down. Margaret was left with 6 children. The oldest boy, Donald, was then about 13 years old, but he was severely retarded. Margaret was fortunate to have Neilís brother Archibald living with them and she soon married him. However, Archie died in October of 1856. Margaret was pregnant, and when the child was born he was named Neil Archibald. Her other children were Donald, Mary, Hugh, Alexander, Neil and Anne. So she had a Neil, an Archibald, and a Neil Archibald. She stayed on the farm, and raised her family. Margaret died Aug. 17, 1897, at 83 years. Neil, Archie and Margaret were buried in Queen Hill Presbyterian Cemetery which is a little over a mile north of the homestead.

      Mrs. McGillivray Obituary, Port Elgin Times, Aug. 26, 1897
      On Tuesday morning, Aug. 17th, there passed away on the 12th of Bruce an old and respected resident in the person of Mrs. McGillivray, mother of Neil McGillivray, Port Elgin. She was a native of Mull, Argyleshire, Scotland and came to Canada with the husband about 55 years ago. After living in Markham, York Co., about 10 years, they came to Bruce Twp. about 1854, and settled on the farm on which she died now owned buy Mr. Hugh McGillivray. Fully 42 years ago Mrs. McGillivray's husband was killed by a falling tree and she was left a widow to struggle with the world as best she might and with a family of eight children none of them able to do for themselves. She was a woman of strong faith, good sense, and unceasing industry and she had the satisfaction of seeing her family grow up about her, all doing well a credit to themselves and to her. She was a humbler follower of Christ, always anxious to do his will as she understood it. The funeral took place on Wednesday of last week to the townline cemetery, and the remains were laid alongside those of her husband who had gone so long before. She was a devoted Presbyterian and her pastor, Rev. H. McQuarrie, conducted appropriate services at the funeral.






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