19 September 2018

The McDonald Connection

The first clue that the Howard family was connected to the McDonalds was drawn from William Howard's 1843 obituary:

"His mother was afterwards married to a Lieutenant McDonald, with whom he removed to Upper Canada when but a boy."

Information found in a 1792 request for land in Canada by Martha Howard [of the River a la Tranche,now the Thames River, Upper Canada] on behalf of her son William Howard:

"Six years ago she [Martha Howard] was in possession of Lot No. 7, Fort Erie Township
Surveyed for Allan McDonald who made it over to her...".

William Howard was eventually granted Lot #5 [Howard Twp., now in Kent County, Ontario, Canada], a part of which was sold in 1805 to Hannah McDonald Lipscomb, daughter of Allan McDonald, of the Township of Gainsborough, yeoman, formerly a sergeant in Butler's Rangers.

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