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Generation 1
1. Our family history begins in the province of New Brunswick, Canada with my great, great, great, grandfather, King David MacDonald. He was born around 1825, though no exact date or place of birth has yet to be uncovered. It appears that in most records he used his middle name more often that his first name. He was married to the former Elizabeth Nancy Farris, Daughter of George Farris and Jane Blizzard, on the 8th of August 1851 in a Baptist church in Johnston Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada1. The couple would have eight children together including six boys and two girls.
Elizabeth, or "Annie" as she was commonly called, was believed to have born around 1839 though no exact date or place of birth has yet to be found. No earlier information on where David and Elizabeth were actually born or from where they originally hailed is currenlt available. It is possible that Elizabeth was from England and David from Scotland with both being raised in New Brunswick as listed in the Canadian census records. The first indication of the couple was listed in the 1861 & 1871 Canadian Census2 records. The couple was noted living in the Cambridge parish area of Queens County, New Brunswick. These records listed the religious preference for both David and Elizabeth as Baptist. David’s occupation was also listed as a laborer.
David passed away on 25 February 1881 at the age of 56 years old and is buried in the Lakeview & Cambridge Narrows Cemetery3 in Johnston Parish, Queens Co., New Brunswick, Canada. It is rumored that after David’s death the family immigrated to New England in the mid to late 1890’s eventually settling in the York County area of Maine. Elizabeth passed away o/a 14 July 1908 at the age of 69 years old and is buried in the Forest City Cemetery4, South Portland, Maine.
The Children of King David MacDonald and Elizabeth Nancy Farris are:
2. Andrew M. MacDonald was born on 27 September 1852 in Cambridge, Queens Co., New Brunswick, Canada and died on 10 December 1944 in Kennebunk, York Co., Maine.
* 3. Oliver MacDonald was born around 1854 in New Brunswick, Canada and died on 23 December 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts.
4. Jane Nancy MacDonald was born on 20 April 1855 New Brunswick, Canada and died on 9 July 1928 in South Portland, Maine.
5. George H. MacDonald was born about 1859 in New Brunswick, Canada.
6. David H. MacDonald was born about 1861 in New Brunswick, Canada.
7. Lois E. MacDonald was born about 1865 in New Brunswick, Canada and died on 7 February 1945 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
8. John Duncan MacDonald was born on 2 February 1868 in New Brunswick, Canada and died on 28 December 1936 in Waterboro, Maine.
9. Malcolm C. MacDonald was born about 1870 in New Brunswick, Canada.
Sources & Records
1Marriage Record, Provincial Archives, New Brunswick, Canada MacDonald Standard
21861 & 1871 Candian Census Records, New Brunswick, Canada
3 Lakeview & Cambridge Narrows Cemetery Records
4 Forest City Cemetery Burial Records

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Generation 2
2. Andrew M. MacDonald was the first son born to David and Elizabeth on 27 September 1852 in Cambridge, Queens Co., New Brunswick, Canada. He would later marry the former Sarah Ryder, daughter of Simeon Ryder and Tamzin Perry, around 1895 in Waterborough Parish, Queens Co., New Brunswick, Canada. She was born on 14 August 1851 in New Brunswick. He was a logger and farmer. He and his family came from Canada possibly around 1890 and stayed in Cape Elizabeth for a short time before moving on to York County, Maine. He resided in the area of Kennebunk known as "Little Canada", near the turnpike exit. Sarah would pass away on 1 September 1932 and Andrew would pass away on 10 December 1944 both in Kennebunk, York Co., Maine. Andrew was buried in Hope Cemetery, Maine.
The Children of Andrew M. MacDonald and Sarah Ryder are:
10. Annie M. MacDonald was born around June 1878 in Havelock, Kings Co., New Brunswick, Canada. She passed away in Kennebunk, York Co., Maine and is possibly buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. She was married on 4 Jan 1899 in Portland, Maine to Walter H. Johnson.
11. David Ernest MacDonald was born on 18 June 1880 in Havelock, Kings Co., New Brunswick, Canada. He was married to Helen Prang on 18 June 1902. He passed away around 1953 in Kennebunk, York Co., Maine.
12. Gertrude D. MacDonaldwas born on 1 December 1883 in Portland, Maine. She would be married on 15 Aug 1905 to James A. O'Brien. She passed away in Mattapan, Massachusetts.
13. Charles Amasa MacDonald was born on 3 February 1886 in Maine. He married on 22 October 1923 to Marie Albina Delisle. He passed away on 2 June 1958 in Kennebunk, York Co., Maine.
14. Frances Jane MacDonald was born on 3 January 1888 in Havelock, Kings Co., New Brunswick, Canada. She was married to William Henry Nedeau on 25 September 1907. She passed away on 26 January 1967 in Kennebunk, York Co., Maine.
15. Sarah M. MacDonald was born on 15 November 1891 in Maine. She, also nicknamed "Sadie" was married to Harry E. Coombs on 6 December 1911. She passed away around 1959 in Kennebunk, York Co., Maine.
3. Oliver MacDonald continues my family history as my great, great, grandfather. He was born the second son of David and Elizabeth in the Canadian province of New Brunswick circa 1854. He left home in Queens County and married the former Charlotte E. Hamm, daughter of Samuel Hamm and Lucy Blizzard, on the 11th of October 1875. They were married in the Portland Baptist Church1 in Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada. Charlotte was also born in New Brunswick, circa 1855. Together they would have four children.
It is believed that Oliver and Charlotte immigrated to the United States around the early 1880’s to the Portland, Maine area. Oliver found work as a laborer and teamster. According to death records found at the Maine State Archives in Augusta, Charlotte passed away in Portland, Cumberland Co., Maine2, due to consumption, on the 8th of January 1884 at the age of 29 years of age. She was buried in, Lot I5, Section E, Forest City Cemetery8, South Portland, Cumberland Co., Maine.
Oliver, as noted in some marriage and military records belonging to his two of his sons, was noted residing in the Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts area around the early 1900’s, working as a tallyman in a lumberyard. One address was located in Boston’s Back Bay area, 109 Peterborough Street, in Suffolk County. Oliver’s last address was noted as 57 Chandler Street, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts.
Oliver was re-married another woman, Mary, around the late 1880’s, however, there is no information available on the date of marriage. Mary was born around 1854 in Maine9. It was noted that they had at least one child together. According to Massachusetts death records, Oliver passed away on 23 December 1929 at the City Hospital in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts7. His place of burial was noted as Forest City Cemetery, Lot I5, Section E, in South Portland, Maine. The date and place of burial of Mary is currently unknown.
The Children of Oliver MacDonald and Charlotte E. Hamm are:
16. Charles O. MacDonald was born 7 December 1877, and died 5 January 1882 in Portland, Maine, at the age of 4 years old. Death was attributed to a disease of the brain.4. He is buried in, Lot I5, Section E, Forest City Cemetery8, South Portland, Cumberland Co., Maine.
* 17. John Foster MacDonald was born 4 April 1879 in Portland, Maine, and died 5 July 1957 in Auburn, Maine.
18. Blanch E. MacDonald was born 9 October 1880 in Portland, Maine.3
19. David Holland MacDonald was born 26 November 1882 in Portland, Maine5, and died in June 1965 in Indiana6.
The Children of Oliver MacDonald and Mary Unknown are:
20. Abbie E. MacDonald was born September 1887 in Portland, Maine and died on 26 November 1887. She is buried in Lot I5, Section E, Forest City Cemetery8, South Portland, Cumberland Co., Maine.
4. Jane Nancy MacDonald was the third child and first daughter born to David and Elizabeth on 20 April 1855 in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada. She would later marry James Peter Harrison on 28 October 1877. James was born around 1842 in Nova Scotia. Together they would have eight children. Jane would pass away on 9 July 1928 in South Portland, Cumberland Co., Maine and James passed away on 10 January 1930 in Portland, Maine. Both are buried in Lot 35A, Section MM, in the Annex section of the Forest City Cemetery8, South Portland, Maine.
The Children of Jane Nancy MacDonald and James Peter Harrison are:
21. Frances Jane Harrison was born on 23 March 1876.
22. Malcolm Ernest Harrison was born around 1879.
23. Etta Sterling Harrison was born arond 1882.
24. Alice Nancy Harrison was born on 16 January 1882 in Portland, Maine and died on 14 Aug 1969 in North Dakota.
25. Mable C.Harrison was born around 1884.
26. Ida Harrison was born around 1886.
27. James Thomas Harrison was born around 1888.
28. George Alexander Harrison was born on 19 May 1901.
7. Lois E. MacDonald was the fifth child and second daughter of David and Elizabeth born around 1865 in New Brunswick, Canada. She was married around 1903 to Sumner Dyer. Sumner was born around 1860. Together they had four children. Lois passed away on 7 February 1945 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, though the year could be early around 1934. Sumner passed away around 1913. Both are buried at the Bayview Cemetery in South Portland, Maine.
The Children of Lois E. MacDonald and Sumner Dyer are:
29. Clara Isabel Amanda Dyer was born on 20 March 1904.
30. Sumner Lee Dyer was born on 1 January 1908 and was possibly married on 17 March 1928 to the former Lenora T. Collins. She was born around 1907. Sumner passed away on 27 December 1970 and his wife Lenora died on 22 June 1973. Both are buried at the Bayview Cemetery, South Portland, Maine.
31. Harold M. Dyer was born on 23 May 1911.
32. Wiliam Dyer was born on 26 September 1915.
8. John D. MacDonald was born the seventh child of David and Elizabeth on 2 February 1868 in St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada. He would later marry the former Valborg Margarethe Hansen of Norway around 1895. Valborg, an immigrant from Norway, was originally married to a Mr. Bragdon, and was born on 16 August 187110. Together they had six children. John would pass away on 28 December 1936 in Waterboro, Maine. Valborg passed away on 4 May 1949 in Kennebunk, Maine. Both are buried at the Forest City Cemetery, South Portland, Maine, along with their two daughters Harriet and Josephine.
The Children of John D. MacDonald and Valborg Hansen are:
33. Harold B. MacDonald was born on 8 November 1895.
34. Josephine MacDonald was born around 1898.
35. William H. MacDonald was born around 1904.
36. Frederick E. A. MacDonald was born on 28 June 1908 and died on 26 April 1996.
37. Harriet MacDonald was born around 1908.
38. John L. MacDonald was on 18 May 1911 in Maine. He was married to the former Cora Bradford on 15 Mar 1930. Cora was born on 26 June 1914 and passed away on 19 Feb 2009. John passed away on 9 Feb 19782,6. Both are buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery, West Kennebunk, Maine.
Sources & Records
1Marriage Certificate & Bond, Provincial Archives, New Brunswick, Canada
2Death Record, Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine
3Birth Record, Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine
4Death Record, Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine
5Birth Record, Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine
6Social Security Death Index, Ancestry.com
7Death Record, Massachusetts Death Records 1929 Vol. 2; pg 323 MacDonald Standard
8Grave & Burial documents, Forest City Cemetery, Portland, Maine
9U.S. Census Record, Boston City, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
10U.S. 1900 Census Record, Portland, Cumberland Co., Maine

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Generation 3
17. John Foster MacDonald continues my family story as my great, grandfather. He was born on the 4th of April 1879. It is currently believed that he was born in Portland, Maine, however, since his parents lived in Portland, Saint John Co., New Brunswick, Canada, it is possible this is where he was born. Family information dictates that he was married twice. No information is currently available on any possibly first marriage.
According to the U.S. 1900 Census Record1, John enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed, during the early 1900s, at Fort Preble, Portland, Cumberland Co., Maine, as a Private in Battery E, 7th Artillery Regiment. He would later move up to Lewiston and begin his second marriage to the former Marie Soucy, daughter of Francois Soucy and Lena Nadeau. They were married on the 2nd of August 1915 in Saint Mary’s Church2, Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine. Marie was born on the 25th of March 1886 in Winn, Penobscot Co., Maine.
They couple worked in the shoe factory3 industry for several years in the Lewiston area. John had a military career and was listed as signing his World War I registration card4 on 12 September 1918. In 1927, John would trained5 and certify6 as a fireman and was assigned to Ladder #1 and Engine #3 with the Auburn City Fire Department7. He retired from the fire department in 1942. Together the couple had one child.
John was a member in good standing of St. Joseph's Church and he was a member of the Auburn Firemen's Relief Association8. Marie passed away at St. Mary's Hospital on 16 April 1939 in Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine9. John would pass away later at the Pease Nursing Home on 5 July 1957 in Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine10. Both John and Marie are buried at the St. Peter's Cemetery11, Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine.
The Child of John Foster MacDonald and Marie Soucy is:
* 39. Edward Henry MacDonald was born 10 May 1916 in Lewiston, Maine, and died 23 Jan 2002 in West Paris, Maine.
Sources & Records
1U.S. 1900 Census Record, Fort Preble, Maine
2Marriage Record, Maine State Archives, Augusta, Maine
3U.S. 1920 Census Record, Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine
4WWI Registration Card, Ancestry.com
5Auburn Fire Department, Training Certificate
6Auburn Fire Department, Certification Record
7U.S. 1930 Census Record, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine
8Obituary Column, Newspaper
9Death Certificate, City Clerk, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine MacDonald Standard
10Death Certificate, City Clerk, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine
11St. Peter's Cemetery Records

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Generation 4
39. Edward Henry MacDonald continues my family history as my grandfather. He was born on the 10th of May 1916 in Lewiston, Maine1. Edward was baptized on 26 September 1929 in St. Patrick's Church2, in Lewiston, Maine. Edward was married, on 31 March 1937 at the St. Joseph’s Parish3 in Lewiston, Maine, to the former Lilla Mae BRYANT, daughter of Everard Alton Bryant and Jennie G. Levanseller.
Lilla was born on the 11th of July 1916 in Waldo4, Waldo Co., Maine. Both Edward and Lilla were graduates of Edward Little High School, Class of 1936. Edward performed almost 15 years in the US Armed Forces. He served from 14 August 1933 to 19 October 1940 in the Service Company Band, 103rd Infantry, Army National Guard located in Lewiston, Maine5.
During World War II in 1945, he was assigned to the NRS Portland, Maine and NTC Sampson, New York as a Seaman Second Class (AS S2C) in the US Naval Reserve5. Then from 25 January 1947 to 31 March 1954 he served at Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Second Battalion, 103rd Infantry RCT, Army National Guard, Lewiston, Maine. In 1952 he qualified as an expert on the 30mm machine gun with a score of 183. Edward's highest rank was Army Sergeant First Class (E-6)5.
Edward was also noted as an accomplished Trumpet player. He performed with the Lloyd Raffnel Orchestra6. He also played in the Dominican Fathers Band6 in the 1930s and with the Cliff Lachance Orchestra6 during the 1940-50s. He also played in the 103rd Army National Guard Band. Edward would later retire from H.P. Hood & Sons Dairy.
Edward was a member of the Auburn United Methodist Church and President of the Men's Club7. He was a member of the Tranquil Lodge #29 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons as well as the Pine Cone Chapter 26, Order of the Eastern Star7. Lilla was the Assistant for the Auditor of the City of Auburn for 23 years7. She was also past matron of the Pine Cone Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star7. She was a member of the Viola Circle of the OES and the Past Matrons Association of OES7. She attended the United Methodist Church of Auburn and was a member of the WSCS of the church7.
Edward and Lilla had four children during their marriage, all of which are still living. Lilla passed away at the Central Maine General Hospital on 29 June 1970 in Lewiston, Maine8. Edward passed away at the Ledgeview Living Center on 23 January 2002 at the in West Paris, Oxford Co., Maine9. Both are buried in Gracelawn Memorial Park Cemetery10, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine.
The Children of Edward Henry MacDonald and Lilla Mae Bryant are:
40. Living MacDonald.
* 41. Living MacDonald.
42. Living MacDonald.
43. Living MacDonald.
Sources & Records
1Birth Certificate, City Clerk, Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine
2Baptismal Certificate, St. Patrick's Church, Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine
3Marriage Certificate, City Clerk, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine
4Birth Certificate, Town Clerk, Waldo, Waldo Co., Maine
5Military Records, Personal Copies
6Newspaper Articles
7Obituary Column, Newspaper
8Death Ceritificate, City Clerk, Lewiston, Androscoggin Co., Maine MacDonald Standard
9Death Certificate, Town Clerk, West Paris, Oxford Co., Maine
10Gracelawn Cemetery Records, Auburn, Androscoggin Co., Maine

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