Born: 1790/1793, Scotland
Death: 18 Feb 1870, Huron County Ontario Canada
The story of the family is they came to Canada together about 1851. The date 1786 as the birth for Roderick McEachin is from Elmer J Chapman. Date probably from records in Scotland. I do not have conformation. Some evidence found is the family came from Island Flodda Benbecula Scotland- Dunganoch. The father is thought to have died and buried at sea. Some names and dates we know coincide with a family found in 1841 Scotland census. It is only assumption but thought to be our family. Some of the names are not the same but enough information corresponds that we can make a good assumption.
The mother Sarah and Malcom, Margaret and family found in Huron Co. Canada 1860 census. The following obituary in in a photo album belong to Annie McNichol/Chapman.
Malcom McNichol Dead.- An old resident of this locality in the person of Malcom McNichol, lot 26, con 4, passed away on Tuesday of last week. He had reached the good old age of 82-years and had been a resident of Grey over 40 years. He was a highlander and had a great love for his native land. Mrs. McNichol and one daughter, (Mrs. J. T. Chapman, Mich.) , and two sons (Donald on the farm and Rory in Vancouver) survive. Deceased was a Presbyterian in religion and a Liberal in politics. Funeral took place on Thursday to Cranbrook, Rev. D.B. McRae conducting the service.
A visit to the cemetery in Cranbrook found no stone or record for Malcom. We found a stone believed to be that of the grave for Sarah McErhan. Records at the church indicate the lot is in the name of Roderick MeLeod, but no name of when the grave was purchased. Roderick is the name of one of the son-in-law. Margaret's sister Christina's husband.
A search of the records at the county seat found the will of Malcom McNichol written February 4, 1897.
The Will--- This is the last will and testament of one Malcom McNichol of the township of Huron and Province of Ontario, farmer made this day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety Seven. I revoke all former wills and other testament any dispositions by me at any time here to fore and made and declare this only to contain my last will and testament. I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary Expenses to be paid and satisfied by my executers hereafter named as soon as conveniently may be named after my decease. I give and bequeath all my real and personal Estate of which I may die possessed in the manner following: That is to say: I give and devise my farm being the west half of lot number twenty six in the fourth concession of the township of Grey to my son Donald
McNichol subject to the payment of one hundred dollars by him to my daughter Annie Chapman, wife of James Chapman to be paid to her with in four Years after my decease. All the residue bequeath unto my wife Margaret McNichol. And I nominate and appoint James Linday and Malcom McNichol Junior both of the township of Grey in the county of Huron. Farmers to be excuters of this my last will and testament.
A short search did not find a Malcom McNichol Junior. Was there another family before Margaret McEachin? Uncle Elmer Chapman, son of Annie and James Chapman told the story that his Grandma McNichol died when he was a boy. The events of her death as told it seems she was not ill. Just became very weak and unable to get out of bed. One morning as her bed was being straightened, she was rolled over and just passed away. He said she died just as if she gave up greiving for her old home in Canada. The son Donald lost the home and she was forced to leave and lived with Annie and family in Michigan. Elmer told me grandma always took his side when mother scolded him for mischief. He recalled that she knitted him a pair of mittons for Christmas the last year she was alive.
Not much is known about daughter Ann m John McBain clues from Frances Rudd Springfield MA.
(check Thessalon & Morris Twp. Grey Co. Ontario, Canada.)