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Charles Moffat

Male 1831 - 1909  (78 years)


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  • Name Charles Moffat  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Born 1831  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Alternate Death 1906  [2
    Submitter 165 
    Buried after 1906  Durham, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 1909  [1
    Person ID I6545  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 March 2007 

    Father Henry Purvis Moffat,   b. 1806, Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1878  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Margaret Young,   b. about 1811, Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. February 1886, County Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Family ID F4113  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Christina Steele,   b. about 1830, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 July 1852  St. Cuthberts Parish, Edinburgh, Edinburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Robert Moffat,   b. about 1854, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +2. John Moffat,   b. about 1855, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1927  (Age ~ 72 years)
    +3. Thomas Moffat,   b. about 1857, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
    +4. Henry Moffat,   b. about 1867, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
     5. Anna Moffat,   b. about 1871, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes - date unknown
    Family ID F4031  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    Henry Purvis Moffat and Margaret Young
    Henry Purvis Moffat and Margaret Young
    Article about Henry Purvis Moffat and Margaret Young written by Marion Doidge.

  • Notes 
    • Moved to Durham, Canada. Married to Christina Steel who wrote "The Waifs of Fair Edna". Death date also given as 1915.

      re Charles and Christina (Steele) Moffat notes: 1st emmigration from Edinburgh was to New York, second time to Guelph Ontario then on to Edgehill Ontario just outside of Durham. Christina returned to Edinburgh to publish her book at the family publisher (Robert Y Moffat, son of Henry P and Margaret Y)
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      a. Charles (1831-1906)(1909?) was a cabinet maker, farmer, politician; he married Christina Steele, an author who wrote “Waifs of Fair Edna”, on 30 July 1852, St. Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh. From Edinburgh, Charles and Christina Moffat went to New York, then back to Edinburgh, then to Quebec, then to Guelph, and finally to Durham, Ontario where they rented a house. Eventually they purchased a farm at Edgehill, Conc 2, Glenelg Twp, Grey County, Ontario. Edgehill is just outside Durham. This Charles is Sandra McGinn’s gt gt grandfather.
      The 1881 Canada Census shows the Charles Moffatt (census spelling) household thus:
      Charles, born <1832> in Scotland, age 49, farmer, married, Scottish origin,
      Presbyterian, census at Glenelg, Grey South. Enumerated in the household of Robert Ector, farmer.
      Also Christina, age 51, married, born in England, Scottish ethnicity.
      Robert, age 27 born USA, single
      John, age 26, born USA, married to Mary age 24, born in Ontario, Scottish ethnicity. Their son Charles was 2, born in Ontario.
      Henry, 14 son of Charles and Christina, born in Ontario.
      Anne, (sic), 10 daughter of Charles and Christina, born in Ontario.

      The next household is that of Thomas Moffatt (Sic), 24, born in Ontario.
      Probably the son of Charles and Christina who had a son Thomas. He had wife Sarah J. age, 27, Irish ethnicity, born in Ontario. Thomas and Sarah had a son Harold, age 1. Census taken at Glenelg, Grey South. It is my guess that this is the same Thomas who went west to hunt bull buffalos for taxidermy. One of these bulls was on display in the Union Station in Winnipeg. For many years he managed the docking/shipping yards in Owen Sound. After he retired, he went to Scotland. Upon his return, he had a house built in Durham two blocks from Sandra Moffat McGinn’s family. Thomas had a daughter Hattie who married into a Washburn family in/near Wainright, Alberta. Marlaine Elvidge is linked to this branch of Moffats.

      Charles and Christina’s daughter Anna married someone by the name of Jack McFadgen. They had no children.

      Charles and Christina’s son John Y. (Jack) married Mary McArthur. John and Mary were Sandra McGinn’s gt grandparents. They in turn had one son Charles Henry, farmer and cabinetmaker, who married twice, both wives dying very young and leaving him with two small daughters. After his wife Mary died, John and Charles Henry sold the farm, moved to Durham and built the house (1923) that Sandra lives in now.

      Charles Henry married a third time, this time to Ida Davis, and they had one son, Charles Davis Moffat, Sandra’s father who died in May 2003. Sandra bought her father’s house and is the fourth generation Moffat to live in it. Charles Davis Moffat was a master of fine carpentry/handyman/hobby farmer and was a reference for two books of local history in the Durham area. See details of Charles Davis Moffat’s life written by his daughter Sandra McGinn in e-mail message of 16 April 2004. [Source 934] [1, 2, 3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Original Moffat GEDCOM File, Robert and Frances Moffitt.

    2. [S934] Document titled “Henry Purvis Moffat and Margaret Young”, written by Marion Doidge.

    3. [S471] titled henry purvis moffat, Margaret Young line correction, eMail Message from Sandra Moffat McGinn.


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