Catharine McKinnon1

#449, (1834 - 1929)
FatherAngus McKinnon2 (bt 1792 - 1796 - 1882)
MotherMary McFadyen2 (bt 1798 - 1805 - 1889)
RelationshipDaughter of Angus McKinnon
ChartsAngus McKinnon & Mary McFadyen's children & grandchildren
Angus McKinnon & Mary McFadyen - 5 generations of descendants
Catherine McKinnon Bell and her daughter Flora
[Source: Roots & Branches of Saugeen]

Children of Catharine McKinnon and John Bell

Life Events

BirthCatharine McKinnon was born on 8 Jan 1834 in Scotland.3
 
Research Note As with so many others, Catharine's birthdate is not certain. In the 1841 census she was 7 years old, the 1901 census said her birthdate was 8 Jan 1834, the 1911 census said Jan 1835, and her death registration said 31 Dec 1832. 
(with Parents) 1841 CensusCatharine appeared on the 1841 Census of Kilfinichen & Kilvicheon, Argyllshire in the household of her parents. She was 7 and born in the county.1 
(with parents) ImmigrationShe immigrated with her parents from Mull in Argyll, Scotland to Vaughan Township in York County, Ontario, Canada in 1849.4
 
(with Parents) 1851/2 CensusCatharine appeared on the 1852 Census of Vaughan Township, York County, Ontario with her parents. She was born in Scotland, free Presbyterian, and age 19 next birthday.5 
Research Note There is also a Catherine McKINNON, age 18, free pres, born Scotland, servant, enumerated with the Martin McLEAN family.6 
MarriageShe married John Bell.7,8
 
1861 CensusJohn Bell Junr and Mrs Bell appeared on the 1861 Census of Saugeen Township, Bruce County, Ontario. John was 35, his wife 27, both born in Scotland, religion Church of Scotland. John was a farmer. Their children were Dunc (5), Alexr (3), and Angus (1). The family lived in a one story log house.9 
1871 CensusJohn and Catharina [sic] appeared on the 1871 Census of Saugeen, Bruce County, Ontario. John was 44 and a farmer. Catharina was 35 and could read but not write. They were both born in Scotland and were Presbyterian. Their children were Duncan (14), Alexander (12), Angus (10), Flora (8), James (5), Archibald (2), and Isabella (2 months). The eldest 4 attended school.10 
1881 CensusJohn and Cathrine Bell appeared on the 1881 Census of Saugeen Township, Bruce County, Ontario. John was 55, born in Scotland, Presbyterian, and a farmer. Cathrine was 46, born in Scotland, Presbyterian. The children, all born in Ontario, were Duncan (24), Alexander (22), Angus (20), Florah (18), James (14), Archibald (12), Isabella (10), and Catherine (7). The youngest four attended school.7 
(Mentioned) ObituaryShe was mentioned in Mary McKinnon's 1889 obituary as daughter Mrs. John Bell of Saugeen.4
Mary (McFadyen) McKinnon
obituary, 1889
1891 CensusJohn and Catherine appeared on the 1891 Census of Saugeen Township, Bruce County, Ontario. The Bells lived in a two story wooden house with 6? rooms. John was 65, born in Scotland, parents born in Scotland, religion Presbyterian, and was a Farmer. Catherine was 54, born in Scotland, parents born in Scotland, and religion Presbyterian. The whole family could read and write. Their children at home were Duncan (32), Alexander (31), Angus (21), Flora (28), James (25), Archibald (22), Isabella (20), and Catherine (17).11 
1901 CensusCatherine Bell appeared on the 1901 Census of Saugeen, Bruce West, Ontario. She was a widow, age 66, born 8 January 1834 in rural Scotland, immigrated in 1849, of Scotch origin, Presbyterian, a farmer working on her own account and literate with her mother tongue Gaelic. Her unmarried children at home were Flora (37), Archibald (32), and Alexander (42). They lived at Lot 16 Concession 5 in a 10 room brick house with 2 outbuildings and owned 100 acres.3 
(Other) 1911 CensusCathrine appeared on the 1911 Census of Saugeen Township, Bruce County, Ontario, in the household of her single son Alexander Bell. She was a widow, age 76, born in January 1835 in Scotland, immigrated in 1860. Also there were her unmarried children Flora and Archie.12 
Photograph13
Catherine (Kate) McKinnon Bell & daughter Flora
(Other) 1921 CensusCatherine Bell appeared on the 1921 Census of Saugeen Township, Bruce County, Ontario, in the household of her son Alexander. She was 87, widowed, born in Scotland, immigrated in 1852, spoke Gaelic as well as English, and was Presbyterian.14 
DeathCatharine died on 4 Jan 1929 in Lot 16 Con 5, Bruce County, Ontario.
Information from death certificate: Scotch, widow, age 96 yr 3 days, born Scotland Dec 31, 1832, farmer's wife, at place of death 73 years in Ontario/Canada 80 years, father Angus McKinnon born Scotland, mother Mary McFadden born Scotland, registered by son Alex Bell of Port Elgin, buried Port Elgin 5 Jan 1929.2
Catherine Bell
Death Certificate
Last Edited25 Aug 2014

Citations

  1. 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.
  2. Death Registrations of Ontario, 1869-1938. Image viewed at Ancestry.com. Catherine Bell, #010216-29.
  3. Online image of the 1901 Census for Canada, Bruce W (50), Saugeen (h-2), page 1, line 30. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com.
  4. Obituary of Mary McKinnon in Unknown newspaper, 1889 (J Kolthammer, photocopy (no source)).
  5. Online image of the 1851/52 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada, http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/020122_e.html), York County (42), Vaughan (401), page 221.
  6. Online image of the 1851/52 Census for Canada (Library and Archives Canada, http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/020122_e.html), York County (42), Vaughan (401), page 175.
  7. Online image of the 1881 Census for Canada (viewed at Ancestry.com), Ontario, Bruce North (177), Saugeen (c-2), Page 12.
  8. Saugeen History Hunters, compiler, Roots and branches of Saugeen, 1854-1984 : a history of Saugeen Township (Flesherton, Ontario: Saugeen History Hunters, 1984), John Bell family, page 185.
  9. Online image of the 1861 Census for Canada (viewed at Ancestry.com), Canada West, Bruce County, Saugeen Township (3), Page 12.
  10. 1871 Census for Ontario, Canada "Bruce North 28, Bruce B-2, Page 8 (photocopy from Library & Archives Canada)."
  11. Online image of the 1891 Census for Canada (viewed at Ancestry.com), Ontario, Bruce West (53), Saugeen Township (g), page 58.
  12. Online image of the 1911 Census for Canada, Ontario, Bruce North, 38 Saugeen, page 1. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com.
  13. The Bruce Township Historical Society, Bruce Township Tales and Trails from early days to 1983 (Ontario: The Bruce Township Historical Society, 1997), FHL fiche #6087691, page 185.
  14. Online image of the 1921 Census for Canada, Ontario, Bruce North, SD 36, Page 1. Image viewed at Ancestry.com.
  15. Death Registrations of Ontario, 1869-1938. Image viewed at Ancestry.com. Flora Bell, #010100-36.