1809 - 1841
||Margaret McPherson  |
||7 March 1809
||Killin, Perthshire, Scotland [1, 2]
- Originally entered as “Killan Parish, Perth, Scotland” - I believe it should be Killin - Roger 29 June 2004
||Oro Twp., Simcoe Co., Ontario, Canada [1, 3]
||Clan Moffat Genealogy
||22 March 2010 |
||James Speirs Moffat, b. 1791, Loch Erin, County Fermanagh, Ireland , d. 8 March 1888, Curtis, Frontier Co., Nebraska, USA |
||12 January 1835
||Orillia, Simcoe Co., Ontario, Canada 
- Rev. Samuel Belton (Wesleyan Methodist Minister); Witnesses Ar’d Moffatt and John McPherson
||Family Group Sheet
- East Georgian Bay
District of Muskoka, District of Parry Sound, County of Simcoe
Bass Lake Pioneers: Reminiscences
Mary E. Garbutt
The second daughter Margaret was married to the late James Moffatt. He was a local missionary among the Indians here. He was a brother of the late Andrew Moffatt, onetime owner of the Moffatt Farm. They were only about a year married when she died & she was also laid beside her Father and brothers at the time of her death. They were living on the farm that for many years belonged to Mr. D.C. Anderson on the townline between Oro & Orillia. At that time the settlers went to Holland Landing for their flour & meal & they had to carry it on their back from Hawkestone, also their mail. Then the Coldwater Mill was built & they took their grain there to be ground as that was the nearest grist mill & it took a day to go there with the oxen, a day there & a day to come home. So the neighbours at Bass Lake banded together & bo't a steel mill like a large coffee mill & put it up on Mr. John Hardie's gate, that being the most central place & in the evening after their day's work they all took turns at grinding their grain & that was principally rye & Indian corn & oats as they sold their wheat to pay for their farm. 
- Why we could think Margaret McPherson was the mother of the first two or three children:
Margaret died in 1841, according to the Feltus family records. There is a note in the East Georgian Bay Historical Journal which also states that Margaret died not long after the marriage.
The first child, James Jr., was born in 1838. Margaret and James Sr. were married in 1835. I forget who sent the marriage date to me, but it also stated the following:
Rev. Samuel Belton (Wesleyan Methodist Minister); Witnesses Ar’d Moffatt and John McPherson
Now, the second child, Anna, was born in 1840 and died in 1856.
The third child, Samuel, was born in 1842.
So, can we reason that child birth was the reason for Margaret's death? Perhaps she really died after Samuel was born.
- [S413] Reunion data file, submitted by C A Hocker.
- [S357] Mormon-LDS Web Site.
- [S383] Family genealogy, Carolyn Davis Dyk .
- [S386] Periodical titled “East Georgian Bay Historical Journal”, Mary E. Garbutt.