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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Carmichaels Revisited Part II

I have found James Carmichael, parents unknown, born c. 1690, in Blairshannoch, Aberlour, Banff, Scotland. He married Elspeth Harper, parents unknown, c. 1717, in Aberlour. I have found five children for them, all born in Aberlour.

*James and Elspeth Harper Carmichael had children:
          *William, b. 1717, d. Jul 29 1780, m. Dec 12 1749 in Mortlach, Scot. to                          Isobel Thomson, b. Mar 10 1725, d. aft. Oct 4 1774
           ^Peter, b. Apr 1, 1719, d. Jan 1, 1792, m. Jan 3 1782 in Inveravon, Banff,                               to Mary Stronach, b. 1702, d. Jun 20 1802. Their son James,                               (1752-1836) m. Jean Anderson (1761-1838)
           Margaret, b. Nov 25, 1723, d. bef. Mar 1725
           Margaret, b. bef. Mar 19 1725, d. ?
           John, b. bef. Mar 24 1728, d. 1746, Culloden, Scot.
^I found the name Peter to be used interchangeably with the name Patrick. It isn’t clear if the name was Peter Patrick, Patrick Peter, or whether one was a nickname for the other. Or there could be other reasons not yet understood by me.

To follow this line, I will proceed with *William. He and his spouse, Isobel Thomson had 10 children:
          Elizabeth (1750-?)
          John (1750-?) m. in 1776 Elspet Hepburn – 4 children
          Elspet (1753-?)
          James (1755-1836) m. in 1771 Ann McKenzie (1748-1830) – 5 children
          Isabel (1757-?) m. in 1778 James Murray (1747-?)– 8 children
          William (1759-?)
          Alexander (1761-?) m. in 1787 Margaret Achoindach+
          *Francis (1764-1838) m. in 1794 Elizabeth Keillor (1778-1838) – 9 children
          Mary (1771-?)
          Mallie (1772-1834)
+ There is a location in Scotland called Achindach
  • ·       John and Elspet Hepburn Carmichael had at least 4 children: John, William, Isobel and Alexander, all born in Banff, Scotland.
  • ·       James and Ann McKenzie Carmichael had at least 5 children. James and Ann immigrated c. 1778 to Pictou County, Nova Scotia. James is credited with being one of the founders of New Glasgow, NS. Their children were: Isabella, James, William, Ann and an unknown child.
  • ·       Isabel and James Murray had 8 children, all born in Banff, Scot. They were: John, Isabel, Margaret, Mary, Alexander and James (twins), Robert and Francis. All were born in Aberlour, Banff, Scot. Robert is found in Nova Scotia later on. He marries another Isabel  Carmichael, dau. of Francis. This Robert and Isabel were 1st cousins. He died there in 1884 at Fraser’s Mount, New Glasgow, NS. Other of this family may have also immigrated to NS, but I haven’t tracked them. From three fairly large gaps in the birth years of the children, it’s likely there were more children in this family.
  • ·       Alexander and Margaret Achoindach Carmichael – no further information
  • ·       Francis and Elizabeth Keillor Carmichael immigrated to Nova Scotia around 1798, when their son Thomson was about 2 years old.

       Home of another James Carmichael, grandson of James and Ann, New Glasgow, NS

                    From Researcher: Kathryn Heaton Wells:
                    Fisher's Grant cemetery;  Francis was granted 200 acres of land in                                        1792 {NS Land Petitions}   Francis Carmichael, b. July 13, 1764 in                                           Mortlach, Banffshire, Scotland; d. Nov 16, 1838 in Fisher's Grant,                                           Nova Scotia.  He was the son of William Carmichael and Isobelle                                           Thomson.  He m. Elizabeth Keillor.
                    Elizabeth Keillor, b. c. 1778 in Mortlach or Aberlour, Banff, Scotland; d. Nov 23,                     1838 in Pictou, Nova Scotia.
          Notes for Francis Carmichael:
                    BURIED:   Fisher's Grant Cemetery, Nova Scotia
                    OCCUPATION:    Farmer
                    NOTES:  Mortlach has one of the oldest churches in Scotland, established in                         566 A.D. by the missionary Saint Molaug, a Culdee  Christian from the isle of                         Lismore and a contemporary of Saint Columba from the isle of Iona.
                    According to info. sent to me, Francis & Eliz. Keillor Carmichael moved to Nova                     Scotia about 1798 when son Thomson was only 2 yrs. Francis brother James                       was one of the founders of Pictou, Nova Scotia.  Sgt. James of the 82                                     Regiment, (or Hamilton Regiment) was given a land grant in Merigomish in                             1785 containing 200 acres of land.  Many of the regimentals had been                                   stationed at Halifax, with the exception of an expedition to Casco Bay, Maine.                        There was a contingent who were employed in the Southern States. The                     worst event to befall the reg't was the shipwreck of a transport on the coast,                           near New York when of 300 men aboard the ship, only 18 were saved. They                         were taken off of the rigging to which they had clung for a long time. The                                regiment was disbanded at Halifax at the end of the war. A large tract of land                          was set aside for them in Pictou, mainly the grants of Fisher and others, which                     had just been escheated, in spite of the efforts of Wentworth who tried to                                maintain the titles of the old grantees, but only succeeded in upholding his                              own. It included Fisher's Grant, Chance Harbour, Little Harbour, and                                      Merigomish. It was said to contain 26,030 acres in all.  
                    PROOF: I viewed Aberlour Parish Records to confirm Birth & Marriage                                    Records; Cemetery records at Hector Center, Pictou, Nova Scotia;  More                               information about this is written in the book "The history of Pictou County".                             Also see: " Loyalist and Land Settlements in Nova Scotia".   
                    Notes for Elizabeth Keillor:
                    BURIED:   Probably at Bridgewater Cemetery, Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

Elizabeth Keillor is a brick wall. Days of research have given me only clues and  theories. One article I read stated that Keillor was a sept of the MacKellar clan, but I found nothing to confirm this. I found many Keillors in Angus, Scotland and Australia, but nothing that would shed any light on Elizabeth. I did locate a place called Inverkeillor in Angus. So far all things seem to point to this name being a corruption of Kellar.

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