Neil MacDonald’s homestead around 1910
Photograph of the homestead of Neil MacDonald from Caoles in Moore Township, Ontario, taken around 1910.
Courtesy of Mrs Ann Hentschel
Neil MacDonald was born in Caoles in 1831, the son of cottar Donald MacDonald and his wife Marion MacDougall. Sometime between 1851 and 1861 he and his brother Hugh emigrated to Canada. Hugh established himself in the Bruce peninsula where there was large settlement of Tiree immigrants.
Neil chose Moore Township where he purchased fifty acres of land in 1869 and an additional fifty acres in 1873. He cleared the land and built his homestead. In 1877 he married Catharine Beaton and the couple had four children. Life in the early years of the farm was a struggle.
Two of their sons died young; Catharine died a few years later, it was said, of a broken heart. In this photograph of Neil, taken outside the house he built, are his son Donald, his daughter-in-law Laura and his grandson Alvin.
Black and white photograph of Neil MacDonald`s homestead in Moore Township around 1910-1911.
Neil MacDonald`s homestead in Moore Township, Ontario around 1910-1911. Neil purchased 50 acres of land in 1869, cleared the land and built this house. L-R: Neil`s son Donald known as Dan; their dog; his grandson Alvin known as Mac; his daughter-in-law Laura; Neil himself.