|About PEI and NS Lineages
This site is the extensions of the Family of Ewen Ross (1755) and Nancy
Gillies (1756) of Kilmuir, Isle of Skye, Scotland. It seems there are varying
stories surrounding Ewen Ross, but the only thing for sure is his death being
prior to 1803 when his wife Nancy Gillies Ross and all of her children but one
left the parish of Kilmuir on Isle of Skye in Scotland and sailed on the Polly
for Prince Edward Island.The following are the children who came to PEI with
their mother 5 sons Donald, John B., Hugh (Ewen), Angus and Murdoch. The three
daughters that also accompanied the mother were Ann, Flora and an unknown
female Ross that married a Peter MacDonald believed to be from Rose Valley which at
that time was known as Lot#67 in PEI. Catherine was the daughter who remained
on the Isle of Skye and she married a Samuel Martin of Isle of Skye. An interesting bit of
"Folklore" about this voyage is the fact that there was a stop over in Halifax Harbour
(Nova Scotia-Canada) by the Polly before sailing on to PEI. It was here in
Halifax harbour aboard the Polly that John B. Ross married Mary Nicholson also
from the Isle. Well like I said "Folklore about the stopover, the "Polly" never did go to Halifax,
while on route to Orwell Bay, PEI in 1803, but yes they were married at some point.
She was the daughter of Old Donald Nicholson of Flodigarry, Isle of
Skye, who also immigrated to PEI aboard the Polly. He was a schoolmaster and settled
in Orwell,PEI. Donald Nicholson was a School Master on Skye, and for this
reason, Lord Selkirk encouraged him to emigrate, granting him 100 acres of land
free on Prince Edward Island for doing so. In PEI, he was known locally as "Old
Donald" to distinguish him from "Young Donald" the son of John Nicholson and
Jane Martin, also emigrants on the Polly in 1803. Lord Selkirk gave them
adjoining farms in PEI, a practice he generally did with brothers.
I will be doing some editing and some additions to this site as time goes
on, so anyone visiting this site that sees a mistake or has further info on any
of the lineages that I have entered, would you please email me and sign my
guestbook even if it is just a shot in the dark visit. email@example.com
I have used names such as M'Eachern, in place of MacEachern or McEachern to make research
easier and that follows suit for all Mc and Mac variations. I have also used common names such as
Weatherby for both this spelling and Weatherbie; this also follows suit for various common names
( I am currently changing names with Mac and Mc to their corrective spellings and I am also
correcting various name spellings, such as Weatherby and Weatherbie, when I can. Some names are
under the previosly mentioned formats when I am unsure of the correct spelling )
ps - If you notice a name that says the person is still living it could be an entry level mistake or
possibly that person has since died: Also if you see a person listed as Died, I probably entered it
wrong if they are still living, In any case please email or leave message in my guestbook
Before I forget I would like to give credit to various sources I have used to
put this information together. These sources are listed in random order:
1. Census Records
2. Ancestral Fies (online)- The Island Register; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
3. Birth Certificates- Nova Scotia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island
4. Gordon Furness(PEI)-Ancestral File- decendant of Ewen Ross born in Kilmuir,
5. The Guardian Newspaper- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
6. HOPEFIELD and Its' Families 1856-1989 by Catherine Fraser; Publication
Information- Williams and Crue (1982) Limited
7.Mary (Nicholson) Ross(PEI)- various files and books that she loaned to me and
also a lot of verbal information and memories she has acquired over the years.
Mary was the wife of my Uncle Malcolm Ross and is an active member of the
Belfast Historical Society of Prince Edward Island.
8. The Island Registar (Dave Hunter)- http://www.islandregister.com/gindex.html
9. Prince Edward Island Baptismal Index ( Prince Edward Island Baptismal
10.- Robert Wayne Ross (PEI)-There is also verbal converstion and Memories
throughout the years of my own family and relatives.
11.-Family History-Frank and Eveyln Ross-1754-AD to 2000AD-Descendants Ewen
& Nancy Gillies Ross-by Frank Ross of London, Ontario, Canada (This book was
mailed to me by his daughter Susan Ross of Ontario, Canada who also supplied me
with information through various emails.)
12.Gayle and Glen Llewellyn (PEI)-Ancestral File was emailed to me through
various emails we have sent back and forth.- Glen is a descendant of Ewen
Ross/Nancy Gillies Ross.
13. Joyce Craven a descendant of Angus Malcom Beaton (emigrated to PEI 1803 0n
the POLLY) and Margaret MacPhee.
14. Debbie ( Hunter ) Dixon and Files Descendants of Malcolm Beaton 24 Jun 2006 / Revise 3 Aug 2009
/Online File at The Island Register
15. Pete and Barbra Ross of Quincy, Massachusetts, USA: a 3rd cousin whom I met on 2 Aug 2011 and
had various email transcriptions through emails. He is a grandson of Norman Edward Ross/Isabelle
Smith who had left Flat River, PEI as a 17 year old, with the above info Pete was able to link his
family lines to my site and follow his family back to Isle of Skye in Scotland and their
Emigration on the Polly in 1803. They have updated me on the continued line of Norman Edward Ross.
I also talked to his brother Gordon on the phone when we met.
16. Genealogies of the David REID and Evelyn SCHROEDER families by Dave Reid & Lynn Schroeder
17. Guysborough County Website ( Welcome To The Tor Bay Area )
This site is in reference to my Wife's Maternal Ancestorial Lines in Nova Scotia
18. Island Lives Book Viewer - Various Authors
19. Tribal Pages - Various Sites and Submitters
20. Veterans Affairs Canada - Canada Remembers
21. Marilyn Tusher ( who done research on earlier descendants of the Buckler Family ) via email to
Lawrence Buckler ( who is a brother of the Family I was trying to locate ) via email to Don and
Doreen (Buckler) Ross ( who authored "William Henry Buckler and Grizella MacBurnie Family Tree" by
Don and Doreen (Buckler) Ross ) via email to and from Debbie (Buckler) Unelli who is one of the 3
daughters of the family I was trying to find.(Deborah "Debbie" Buckler and Robert Wayne Ross are 2nd
cousins. Their common ancestors are Daniel "Dan" John MacDonald and Katherine Bessie MacDonald)
22. With the help of my Family administrators I hope that this will be one of the most up to date
sites around and maybe, just maybe I will be able to tweek the the interest of not only our past but
also our future. Thank you all. Isn't it strange , I have done this on my 58th birthday, let's make
this my present to our future generations. - Bob
23. With the help of my 4th cousin Aaron Ross, on the 15th of July 2012 we had a small family
reunion at the Little York community hall, entertainment and all. It was hosted by Judy MacLean,
whom I found out is also a Ross descendant ( 4C1R ) and one of the entertainers was the Veda Ross -
Storey ( Double 4C1R ) family ( Double 4C2R ) from Georgia, USA along with her mother Emma (Tweedy)
Ross ( 4C ) from Vernon Bridge, PEI. Thanks to all and especially you Aaron who brought this venue (
Sunday Night Shenanigans ) to my attention, because of this I am sure we can make this tree grow
24. Abt Jan 4 of 2014, I made contact with another relative ( Colleen Kelly - 4C1R ). I have
made various updates of that branch of the Family ( Finlayson )through her generous help and her
Find a Grave Records. She has also put me in touch with another cousin of hers and relative of mine
( Scott Bowen - 4C1R )whom I am pesently waiting to review my site.
25. Books, I recieved on Dec 15 2014, from ( James Allen )a relative of mine through my mother's Mac
/ Mc / M'Eachern lines. James currently resides in Brooklyn, New York and I would like to take this
oppurtunity to thank him for them. The Books are as follows; -
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
1745 - 1830
HIS CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
HARRY MCEACHERN, DICK MACDOUGALL
ESCUMINAC, NORTHUMBERLAND CO.,
1784 - 1879
HIS CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
HARRY MCEACHERN, DICK MACDOUGALL,
26. Betty Dobson ( a genealogist of Nova Scotia ) and her various copies of works on families in the
Guysborough, Nov Scotia Region
27. On 9 Jul 2015, I made contact with David Arthur Oulton who is a relative of my wife Rose Marie,
I was able to make additions to Rose's family line and update some others on that line
Some of the info from my sources may not have been used as of yet. I will be
adding more sources as time goes on. I just don't want these credits to be
unnoticed by the readers of this site.- Monday, July 16, 2012.
ps: - please be careful about copying some of the info here as I am just starting
to enter it and I have not had time to check over site for mistakes or errors I
may have made. Any specifics just email and I will try to be of assistance.
In closing, here is a genealogy poem I came across in one of my searches :
THE STORY TELLERS
We are the chosen, in each family there is one who seems called to find the ancestors. To
put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow
they know and approve. We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been
called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So, we do. In finding them, we
somehow find ourselves. How many graves have I stood before now and cried? I have lost count. How
many times have I told the ancestors you have a wonderful family you would be proud of us? How many
times have I walked up to a grave and felt somehow there was love there for me? I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who I am and why do I do the things I do?
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever to weeds and
indifference and saying 'I can't let this happen'. The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of
It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish. How they contributed to
what we are today.
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses, their never giving in or giving up,
their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for Us; that we might
be born who we are; that we might remember them.
So we do. With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence, because we are
them and they are us. So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family. It is up to that one
called in the next generation to answer the call and take their place in the long line of family
storytellers. That, is why I do my family genealogy, and that is what calls those young and old to
step up and put flesh on the bones.