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Title: Gairloch McKenzies - my branch
Post by: jessiboo_17 on Monday 23 November 15 17:33 GMT (UK)
Looking for any information on the following man before 1838 in Gairloch.  He may have been married in Gairloch before a second marriage in Nova Scotia with a first wife dying in Nova Scotia.  Oldest three children are listed as born in Scotland, so he may not have came over to Nova Scotia until 1847ish.

My 3x Great Grandfather has the following family:

Alexander 'Sandy' McKenzie b. 4 Dec 1817 (could be variance in years as suggested on census records) and d. 25 Jan 1912 in Dominion #4, Glace Bay, NS.

He married Isabel Elizabeth Annabel "Bella" McGregor about 1838 either in Scotland or Nova Scotia.  There is a chance that she is a second wife and was even born in Nova Scotia. B. about 1826 (varies on census records up to 1833 which is why I think she could be a second wife) and d. 1 Oct 1911 in Dominion #3, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

Alexander's children are as follows:

Catherine (1838-1887) b. Scotland d. Boston, MA, USA
Annabell (1845-1929) b. Scotland d. Glace Bay, NS
Colin (1846-?) b. Scotland d. USA
Malcolm (1853-1918) b. Nova Scotia d. Bronx, NY, USA
Annie (1855-?) b. Nova Scotia d. Boston, MA, USA
Murdock "Murdo" (1860-1902) b. Nova Scotia d. Boston, USA
Jessie Isabel (1864-1942) - my 2x Great Gran and name sake :) b. Nova Scotia d. Glace Bay, NS, Canada
William (1866-1877) b. Nova Scotia d. Manhattan, NY, USA

In 1871 they're listed as living in Little Narrows.  They had land on Hunter's Mountain for a while.  In 1881 they're living in Lingan.  1891 sees them in Glace Bay.  1901 they're living in Glace Bay next door to Donald/Daniel Lynk and his wife Jessie McKenzie.  In 1911 they're living with Donald/Daniel Lynk and his wife Jessie.

I can't get any further back, but there is also a Donald/Duncan and family that lived in Baddeck.  Donald/Duncan's parents were Colin McKenzie and Mary McLenan.  Not sure if this is any connection to my Alexander but I found it interesting.  There was also a William living in Middle River that also immigrated in 1838 like my Alexander and they all have the same/similar family names.

Where it gets interesting is that all my top cousin matches so far have been 4th cousins via McKenzie in New Zealand and Australia!  That was a surprise.  Two families that have been tracked to were the Weaver McKenzies and the Smuggler McKenzies. 

My thing is that my Nannie (great grandaughter to my Alexander) had mentioned that our McKenzies were Weaver McKenzies.  This came about while talking with her and my aunt when during the week before my step grandfather passed away.  It came about after her mentioning about the Cooper McNeils and I had a crash course about Clan nicknames.

All my top matches also have Weaver McKenzies.

My Alexander is listed on his death registration as being born in Gairloch. 

If you have done your DNA my gedmatch kit # is M260700.  I would love to get in touch anyone  that shares DNA with these particular groups of McKenzies or others that may match up.

Jessie Ross