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Nova Scotia and PEI Livingstones of Colonsay,Argyll

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2018 1:45 pm
by Canadian Livingstone
Hi All,
A while ago I reminded by one by Prince Edward Island Canada researcher with Mull Livingston ancestral roots in both Nova Scotia and PEI of 2 Livingston families that settled in Nova Scotia and the other in neighbouring Prince Edward Island in the early 1800's.

Here is info on two Livingston families who settled in Nova Scotia and PEI in Atlantic Canada of Colonsay, origin. Many of the other Livingstons who settled in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island province in Canada were of neighbouring Mull ancestry. This is info on two families one that settled in Nova Scotia and the other in neighbouring PEI with a Colonsay connection.

1. Donald Livingstone and Mary Graham a Colonsay, Argyll connection
We have been over the years researching many of the early Livingstons who settled in the early 19th century in Nova Scotia. A significant number of Livingston families settled in Nova Scotia at this time and many of their descendants still live today in Nova Scotia.
Donald Livingston and Mary Graham were married on Feb. 16, 1816 in Colonsay, Argyll according to the Colonsay Parish, records. There is no information as to whom Donald Livingtons parents were. Their first born Mary was baptized on March 5, 1817 in Colonsay and there are no further records for this family in Colonsay or in Argyllshire and the seem to vanish.

According to Murray a well informed descendant of Donald and Mary, they and their daughter proabably left Colonsay for Nova Scotia in then British North America from the port of Tobermory, Mull probably in the year 1819. He kindly shared this informatiom not so long ago with this Forum:

The following appeared in the October 16, 1819 edition of the Halifax Acadian Recorder newspaper. It is believed that many of those aboard this voyage of the ship Economy were from the Isle of Colonsay including Donald and Mary Livingston and their daughter Mary.

Testimonial: "THE PASSENGERS in the ship Economy of Aberdeen from Tobermorry to Pictou, desire in this public manner to express their gratitude to captain James Fraser, the master, for the kind treatment they received from him during the passage, which consisted of five weeks. Two hundred and eighty-five souls embarked at Tobermorry, and were landed in good health and spirits, together with four children born upon the passage. Pictou, October 4, 1819."

I have pieced together the following family, which is neither complete nor guaranteed accurate:

Name: Donald Livingston
Marriage: 17 Feb 1816 Colonsay, Argyllshire, Scotland
Spouse: Mary Graham born abt. 1795 in Scotland according to 1871 Nova Scotia Census (New Glasgow, Pictou COunty.

1 F: Mary Livingston b. May 5, 1817 Colonsay Argyllshire
2 M: Hugh D Livingston
Birth: 31 Oct 1821 Nova Scotia
Death: 21 Jan 1900 Providence Rhode Island USA
Spouse: Christina
3 M: Duncan Livingston
Birth: abt 1827 Nova Scotia
Spouse: Mary Ann
4 M: John G Livingston
Birth: 1828 Pictou Nova Scotia
Death: 12 Jul 1909 New Glasgow Pictou County Nova Scotia
Spouse: Annie Kaye
Marriage: 26 Dec 1867 New Lairg Pictou County Nova Scotia
5 M: James Livingston
Birth: abt 1833 Nova Scotia
Spouse: Mary I
6 M: Allan Livingston
Birth: 25 Apr 1836 Nova Scotia
Death: 25 Jan 1925
Spouse: Elizabeth McDonald
Spouse: Margaret McKay
Marriage: 26 Dec 1907 Minnedosa Manitoba

After looking back at Marshall's earlier contribution this morning, I found some more info on some of children of Donald Livingston and Mary Graham:
1. Mary Livingston b. 1817 Colonsay Argll (not known)
2. The eldest son Hugh b. Oct. 31, 1821 in Nova Scotia and his wife Christy resided in the 1860's, 1870's and 1880's in New Glasgow, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Hugh was employed in New Glasgow as a ship's carpenter. According to the 1871 and 1881 Census records their chlldren were:
1. Margaret b. abt. 1848 in Nova Scotia
2. John b. abt. 1856 Nova Scotia
3. Mary Graham Livingston b. abt. 1860 Nova Scotia
4. Ann b. abt. 1864 b. abt. Nova Scotia
5. George Livingston b. abt. 1874 Nova Scotia
Hugh Livingston died January 21, 1900 in Rhode Island, USA

3. Duncan Livingston b. abt. 1827 and his wife Mary resided in the 1880's in Halifax Nova Scotia where Duncan was employed as a ship's carpenter as was his brother Hugh.
1. James b. abt. 1866 in Nova Scotia

4. John G. Livingston was born abt. 1828 in New Glasgow, Pictou County, Nova Scotia and was married to Annie Kaye b. Jan. 27, 1849 They resided in the 1870's in New Glasgow, Pictou County, Nova Scotia In the 1871 Census JOhn's widowed mother Mary Graham Livingston age 76 was residing with John and family. From this 1871 Census it can be then estimated that Mary Graham's birthdate was abt. 1795 in Scotland.
1. Thomas Livingston b. abt. Oct. 5 1867 in Pictou County, Nova Scotia
2. Mary Ann Livingston b. abt. 1869 in Pictou County, Nova Scotia
3. Lizzie Livingston b. abt. 1871 in Pictou County Nova Scotia
4. Arnot Livingston b. abt. 1874 in Pictou County, Nova Scotia
5. Headly Livington b. Nov. 21, 1875 in Pictou County, Nova Scotia m. Sadie Hayden in 1901 Pictou, Pictou County, Nova Scotia
6. Winnie Livngston b. Nov. 19, 1881 in Pictou County, Nova Scotia married a Fraser and later lived in Kirkland Lake, Ontario in 1950'sj
John G. Livingston died July 12, 1909 in New Glasgow, Pictou County, Nova Scotia and his wife Anne died June 9, 1912 New Glasgow, Pictou County

5. James Livingston b. 1833 in Nova Scotia m. Mary?

6. Allan Livingston b. April 25, 1836 in New Glasgow, Pictou County, Nova Scotia d. January 25, 1925 in Minnedosa, Manitoba m. 1859 (1) Elizabeth McDonald 1839-1906 (2) Margaret McKay Marriage Dec. 26, 1907 Minnedosa, Manitoba
1. Mary Livingston b. abt. 1861 Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario
2. Elizabeth Livingston b. abt 1864 Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario
3. James Livingston b. abt. 1866 Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario
4. Christy Livingston b. abt 1868 Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario
5. Neto ? Livingston b. abt 1870 Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario
6. Walter Livingston b. abt 1872 Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario
7.John Livingston b. Jun. 10,1874 Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario
8. Maggie Livingston b. abt.1876 Lobo, Middlesex County, Ontario

2. John Livingstone of Colonsay Argyll and Margaret McLeod born Isle of Skye lived in Lot 64 Kings County PEI

John Livingstone abt. 1793 Colonsay, Argyll died Jan. 1, 1864 Buried Belle River, Lot 62 Queens County, PEI.
and wife Margaret Mcleod born on the Isle of Skye 1815 d. April 29, 1903
They are buried at Belle River Pioneer Cemetery, Belle River, Lot 62 Queens County, PEI

Children were:

1. Flora Livingstone b. abt. 1840 d. Feb. 24, 1880 m John Stewart
2. John Livingston b. 1852
3. Donald Livingston b. Aug. 2, 1853 Cape Bear, PEI d. May 12, 1917 High Bank, PEI m. (1) Sept 20, 1889 Mary McNeil Munn Feb. 2, 1865 d. July 12, 1899 Kings County Lot 64, PEI m. (2) Mary Ann McLeod b. abt. 1868 d. January 7, 1948 Kings County, PEI Donald Livingston and second wife Mary Ann McLeod buried Little Sands Cemetery, Lot 64, Kings County, PEI
4. Margaret Livingston b. Dec. 15, 1855

1881 Census Kings County, Lot 64 PEI

Duncan Livingston age 40 PE!
Annie Livingston age 39 PEI
John D. Livingston age 6 PEI
Daniel D. Livingston age 2

Margaret Livingston age 67 Scotland widow of John Livingstone 1793-1864
Donald Livingston age 27 PEI
John Livingston age 29 PEI