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Prittie (Prettie), Wolfe Island from abt 1838 to 1852

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Re: Prittie (Prettie), Wolfe Island from abt 1838 to 1852

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Hi Mandy
Gerald was the youngest son of John L McMaster and May Prettie.
He may be buried with his grandparents due to no offspring and a desire to keep the family together in the cemetery. By the 70's you'd be buried in a different section of Willowbank. Lack of money is also a factor. Or overflow from full family plot. John L. is the son of Joseph McMaster and Dorothea Laidly. I've been told Ledlie and Laidlaw for Dorothea but my Grandmother's sister is Helen Laidly and that's pretty solid confirmation for me. My Great Grandfather William McMaster knew his mother's last name.
Helen's sister was Dorothea McCormick named after Dorothea Laidly.
My Grandmother was Emma McCormick named after Emma McMaster, her Aunt. (William's daughter, not John's)
Ironically William and John L. McMaster would name their sons William L. and John L. after their own names. Or their wives did. :-)
There is an Edward McMaster buried in Willowbank, married to a Mary Reid. I have been told he was a brother to Joseph but am yet to confirm. Joseph McMaster was from County Down Ireland (GreyAbbey). One Aunt claims he lived US another said Ireland. Another unknown.
My Great Grandparents Hugh McCormick and Martha McMaster were married on Amherst Island and I believe Mary Reid's family farmed on Amherst.
There were Reeds in Pittsburgh close to Edward McMaster's 200 acres but not sure if kin.
The reason there are no immigration records is that Canada became a country in 1867 and many families in the Kingston area travelled back and forth as if New York and Canada were one. Many families in this area hail from the Watertown area (Brownsville.)
An Aunt of my Uncle married into Canadian Freemans and now they are one of the pioneering families of Cape Vincent NY. Not sure when a clearly defined border occurred?
Everyone travelled by boat - no roads - heavy forest so all intermarried farming families from Halifax to Michigan.
Wolfe Island was a holding base for people being situated with land claims (Loyalists) - many traded their claim to remain on Wolfe Island land.
All of these old names from County Down have ancestors still residing on the Islands - Amherst, Howe and Wolfe. Scots/Irish came during the potatoe famine to link up with Loyalist Scots/Irish already here.

John L McMaster (Laidly?)b. 1863 d. 1944
Lily Mary Prittie b. 1874 d. 1945
c. Ross McMaster
c. Elga McMaster
c. Alvin McMaster
c. Bruce McMaster
c. Gladys McMaster
c. Myrtle McMaster
c. Kenneth McMaster
c. Helen McMaster
c. Edward McMaster

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