Donald Ross Stewart (Ancestor # 10, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, 2015)

S# 0004, Doc #2  B&WDonald Ross, born about 1827 at Barney’s River, Nova Scotia. He was the son of Archibald Stewart and Elizabeth Crocket. Archie came over from Scotland around 1801, landing in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.

Donald moved to Prince Edward Island from Pictou County as a young man and taught school at Cape Traverse. On 27 December 1862, Donald married Fannie Glover, daughter of William Gover and Ann Watmough. The J. P. officiating was Harry Compton Green, the husband of my 3x great aunt, Elizabeth “Caroline” Ellis. Finding this record and a few others in and around Summerside, where different branches of my family are connected in the records, really makes me realize how small a community it really was.

Donald and Fannie had two children, Lucy, born 26 Aug 1863, who went on to marry Kenneth Forbes Ellis (they are my great-grandparents) and William Allan, born 22 March 1864, who married Emma Blanche McPhail.

Donald died on the 21st of January 1873 of tuberculosis. He had been ill for a year. He is buried at the North Bedeque United Cemetery. His widow, Fannie, went on to run a hotel/boarding house situated on the waterfront in Summerside.

Cheers,

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