Mary McFadyen1,2

#446, (bt 1798 - 1805 - 1889)
ChartsAngus McKinnon & Mary McFadyen's children & grandchildren
Angus McKinnon & Mary McFadyen - 5 generations of descendants
Ancestors of Isabella McLean Inkster (my great grandmother)

Children of Mary McFadyen and Angus McKinnon

Life Events

BirthMary McFadyen was born between 1798 and 1805 in Mull, Argyll.3,4,5
Research Note Reported ages early in her life suggest a birthdate around 1805; reported ages when she is elderly are probably overstated! 
MarriageShe married Angus McKinnon in 1824 in Scotland.5
1841 CensusAngus and Mary McKinnon appeared on the 1841 Census of Kilfinichen & Kilvickeon, Argyll, at Bailinahair. Angus was 45, a farmer, and born in this county. Mary was 35 and born in this county. Their children were Chirsty (15), John (11), Flora (9), Catharine (7), Isabella (4), and Donald (2). [In the 1841 census, ages of adults were rounded down to the nearest 5 years].6 
Item In 1843, Angus and Mary joined the Free Church.5 
ImmigrationThey immigrated from Mull in Argyll, Scotland to Vaughan Township in York County, Ontario, Canada in 1849.5 
1851/2 CensusAngus and Mary appeared on the 1852 Census of Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario, enumerated Jan 1852. They lived in a one story log house. Angus was age 60 next birthday, married, a farmer, born in Scotland, and a Free Presbyterian. Mary was born in Scotland, Free Presbyterian, and age 47 on her next birthday. Their children were Nancy (24), John (22), Catharine (18), Issabella (14), Donald (12), Mary (9), and James (7). Enumerated next to them was their married daughter Flora McLean.3 
Residence-Moved In 1854, Angus and Mary and most of their family moved and settled in Bruce County.5 
1861 CensusAngus and Mary appeared on the 1861 Census of Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario. Angus was 72, born in Scotland, Free Church, married, and a farmer. Mary was 55, born in Scotland, Free Church and married. "1857" was written in the margin; it appears to refer to the date of arrival in Bruce. Their children at home were John (30), Donald (19), and Mary (18). They lived in a one story log house with another family (McInnis) and a single farmer named Angus McKinnon (23, born in Upper Canada, family member). [It is possible that young Angus was a separate household but there was no corresponding description of the house]7 
(Other) 1871 CensusAngus and Mary appeared on the 1871 Census of Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario, in the household of their son and wife Donald and Flora. Angus was 84 and a farmer. Mary was 67. Both were born in Scotland, Canada Presbyterian, and able to read but not write.8 
(Other) 1881 CensusAngus and Mary appeared on the 1881 Census of Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario, in the household of their son Donald McKinnon. She was reported to be 82 years old and born in Scotland.9 
(Widowed) DeathHer husband Angus died on 17 Aug 1882.4,5 
Residence Angus and Mary had lived on the 12 Concession, Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario, on the 12th Concession of Bruce Township.5 
DeathMary died on 13 Nov 1889 in Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario.
Details from the register: Mary McFadyen widow of Angus McKinnon, age 91, born Argyllshire Scotland, informant Revd John Eadie of Queenhill, Presbyterian, registered 19 Nov 1889.10
Mary McFadyen, widow of Angus McKinnon
death certificate, 1889, Ontario
ObituaryHer obituary was published in Nov 1889.

North Bruce, 1889
Another Old Settler Gone.

The removal by death on Wednesday of last week of Mary McKinnon, relict of the late Angus McKinnon, of the 12th con. of Bruce was like the taking away of a link that binds the present to the past. How few people there are now living who first saw the light of day before the present century began. Mrs. McKinnon was born in the island of Mull, Argyleshire, Scotland, in the year 1798. She was united in marriage to Angus McKinnon in 1824 who was a native of the same island. He was born in 1785 and passed away in 1882 at the advanced age of 97 years. The late Angus McKinnon was a good man and his name is yet fragrant in the minds of many for his holiness of life and the lofty spirit of devotion that characterized his every act. He was a most conscientious man and in the smallest details of life aimed at serving his Master most faithfully. This might be illustrated by mentioning an incident that happened in his early religious history and is frequently told of him still. In his youth he learned to play the bagpipes and was passionately fond of the music of his native hills. At the period of his conversion, about 1843, he underwent deep conviction ere he found the peace that never left him in his subsequent years. On one occasion during this period of his life on returning from church he deliberately consigned his hitherto beloved pipes to the flames and was never afterwards known to play them. During the stormy times of 1843, he and his wife identified themselves with the Free Church, being staunch defenders of the spiritual independence of the church. The year 1849 found them in Canada and settled in the township of Vaughan, York county, the first home of so many Scottish immigrants who afterwards led the way in pioneer life in many parts of Ontario. Five years later or in 1854, they settled on the lands in Bruce where they were destined to spend the remainder of their days and which are now owned by their sons, Donald and John. On August 17th, 1882, Angus McKinnon peacefully passed away, full of years, and respected by every one who knew him. One who knew him well says, “I never saw a more consistent Christian. He acknowledged God in everything and lived very near to Him, being specially noted for the qualities of reverence, trust and gratitude.” And now after a longer stay of seven years his aged partner in life has also crossed the river. She went home on Wednesday last and her remains were borne to their last resting place on Friday. A large concourse of friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect. The last sad rites were performed by the Rev. John Eadie, pastor of the North Bruce Presbyterian church. The aged couple were tenderly nursed and cared for in their last years by Mrs. Donald McKinnon to whom the other members of the family feel themselves indebted.

This aged couple left a numerous family. Eleven children were born to them. Two of these died in infancy and another at a more matured age. The remaining eight survive and all were present at the funeral on Friday. They are Mrs. Thos. Smith, Tara ; Mrs. McGillivray, Port Eligin ; John McKinnon, Bruce ; Mrs. McLean, Bruce ; Mrs. John Bell, Saugeen ; Donald McKinnon, Bruce ; Mrs. Gilchrist, Bruce, and James McKinnon, Port Elgin.

In all there were born to this patriarchal couple 11 children, 72 grand children and 19 great grand children, making the whole number of descendants 102. There are now living 8 children, 63 grand children and 17 great grand children, or 88 in all. The grand children are scattered widely, among them being teachers, preachers, merchants, &c. It might be worthy of note in concluding to say that nearly all the children and grand children who have come to years of maturity are members of the Christian church. How far this may be in answer to Angus McKinnon’s earnest and frequent prayer for blessing “on children and children’s children” we know not.5
Mary (McFadyen) McKinnon
obituary, 1889
BurialShe was buried in Queen Hill Cemetery, Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario. "Mary McKinnon age 91 yrs."4 
Last Edited20 Jul 2016


  1. Letters from Betty McKinnon, Ontario, to J Kolthammer, various dates, "14 July 1997; marriage records of Bruce (marriage of her son James)."
  2. 1851 Census for Ontario "Vaughan Township, p221, #15."
  3. 1851/52 Census for Canada . York County (42), Vaughan (401), page 221.
  4. Ontario Genealogical Society. Bruce & Grey Branch, Cemetery Inscriptions of Bruce Township, Bruce County, Ontario (Port Elgin, Ontario: OGS).
  5. Obituary of Mary McKinnon in Unknown newspaper, 1889 (J Kolthammer, photocopy (no source)).
  6. 1841 Census for Argyll, Scotland (Family History Library, microfilm), The primary occupations are farmer, crofter, ag lab, cotter, servant. Almost everyone is born in the county. Dozens of residents (male and female) are reported to be in service in the south. There is evidence of widespread destitution. "a great portion of this district has of late been laid out as sheep walks which was formerly thickly inhabited by small farmers -- the most of whom are now poor cotters wherever they could find houses and destitute of means to defray their expenses to the Colonies particularly to Canada where they would in general expect to meet Friends who would render them assistance.", Kilfinichen & Kilvicheon, District 10, page 2, house 8.
  7. 1861 Census for Ontario "Bruce County, Bruce Tp (13), district 4, page 10."
  8. 1871 Census for Canada "Ontario, North Bruce (28), Bruce Tp (a-2), page 59."
  9. 1881 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ontario, Bruce North (177), Bruce Township (a-2), Page 13.
  10. Ontario Death Registration. Mary McFadyen widow of Angus McKinnon, #001745-89.
  11. Ontario Death Registration. Ann McGillivray, #009033-21.
  12. Microfilm of the Old Parochial Register of Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon, Argyllshire, 1804-1854 (Family History Library, 1041079), 102388 is another filming.
  13. Microfilm of the Marriage Registers of Bruce County, Ontario, 1859-1869 (Family History Library, film #1030055), McKinnon/McGillivray, 1862.
  14. Ontario Death Registration. Catherine Bell, #010216-29.
  15. Microfilm of the Marriage Registers of Bruce County, Ontario, 1859-1869 (Family History Library, film #1030055), Boyd/McKinnon, 1862.
  16. Microfilm of the Marriage Registers of Bruce County, Ontario, 1859-1869 (Family History Library, film #1030055), Gilchrist/McKinnon, 1868.
  17. Ontario Death Registration. Mary Gilchrist, #008452-22.
  18. Ontario Marriage Registration. McKinnon/Tolmie, #001535-78.