I: Hugh Robert (1842-1917)

Picture Courtesy of Lawrence McCutcheon – 2008 – Riverside Cemetery Neepawa Manitoba

I:          Hugh Robert “HR” McCUTCHEON (4) (Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1)  – the baby of the family – was born in  May 1842 in Erin Township and died on the 15th November 1917 at the age of 75 in Springhill, MB.    He married Rebecca Lamott on the 10th June 1862 in Erin Township, ON. Rebecca was born on the 27th April 1845 in Ontario and she died on the 9th March 1912 in Springhill, MB.  They are buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa. Her parents were Andrew Lamott and Jane Ferguson.    ►

This Headstone has five engravings:  Robert J, as shown, Ellen (Mrs. W. F. Norris); HR and Mrs. HR; and his father-in-law on the back, spelled incorrectly, Andrew Lamont (Lamott).

95 Years later, Andrew Lamott’s misspelled name had everyone scratching their heads, asking “Who on earth is this?  Including myself.

Finally one day in 2009, long after I had discovered Rebecca’s parents with their correct names, it hit me like a thunderbolt.  That’s when I wrote the story “The Wanderings of Andrew Lamott and Jane Ferguson”, printed here, and I posted it on the internet.  In turn, I received an e-mail from a very nice lady in South Dakota by the name of Phyllis Hanson.  One of her male relatives, who knew him in real life, had been searching for him for years.  They never knew what happened to him other than an old letter from him saying “…..I rather like it here and I may not come back…”  Unfortunately, the old fellow who looked for Andrew’s where-abouts, had died in 2008.  My story came too late for him.

They never knew where “here” was.  She also sent me some old pictures.  All though there is some duplication of infomation, I am including this as part of HR’s history because Andrew Lamott played a very prominent part in HR’s life.

The Rural Municipality of Rosedale was formed on the 22nd December 1883, of which the small locality of Springhill forms a part of.  HR applied for a Land Grant after 1881 and received his land, the NW ¼ of Section 4, Township 19, Range 14.

However, HR farmed more than this ¼ section of land at Springhill.  He owned another ¼ section near Glensmith, MB. which is the attached Letters Patent.

   LETTERS PATENT GRANTED 28THJanuary 1898

located at NW ¼ of section 4; Township 19; Range 14; WPM.

Letters Patent was obtained by Andrew Lamott on the 25th
January 1898 for the SW ¼ section of 4; Township 19; Range 14; WPM.

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/western-land-grants/001007-119.02-e.php?sisn_id_nbr=477704&page_sequence_nbr=1&t=1&PHPSESSID=sbcaso13itheob9kb45valslc5

HR’S  STORY – ONE TOUGH McCUTCHEON

Hugh Robert was his given name at birth; his family called him by his middle name, Robert; everyone else called him “HR”; the only epitaph on his headstone is “HR”.

He was one tough McCutcheon.

HR’s story has been re-created totally from the recollections of his nonagenarian son Andy, who was a great story-teller.  And his grandson, Lawrence who for 16 years was a willing ear, relating what he remembers.  Lawrence has a very unique position as a “generational hyphen” being able to relate stories in 2011 that date back to 1860.

HR was born the youngest son of Hugh and Mary.  He was 15 years younger than his oldest sister, Ann, and yet their paths, or rather her children’s paths, crossed his in Manitoba years later.  We have often wondered if he knew that Lemuel Little was his nephew, who homesteaded very close to both himself and Andy.

His childhood years were quite idyllic on the farm in Erin.  Being the youngest, he was spared a lot of the heavier farm labour that his older siblings bore the brunt of.  That’s not saying that he didn’t have to do farm work, for he did.  He was to become a very successful farmer….later on in his life; so he learned his trade well.  But I am getting ahead of my story.

What possessed him to become a Soldier of Fortune, we don’t know.  As related by Andy only that he did become one.

This picture is Hugh Robert (HR) McCutcheon, Rebecca Lamott and their youngest child, Margaret. The picture has been kindly donated from the family photo albums of Brenda and Janet Anderson, their great-grand-children.

But first, he got a girl “in the family way”.  He met Andrew Lamott’s only child Rebecca about 1861.  It was also the same year that his father, Hugh, died.  The Lamott’s were living 20 miles to the north (in Arthur Township) of the McCutcheons, on a homestead.  According to the historical records found, Andy was 4 months old when his parents married.  It was also around this time HR went to live on that homestead, with his new in-laws and a new born baby.  Over the next several years, he and Andrew Lamott were to became very close.

12th April 1861 and the American Civil War had just begun.  There were 45,000 Canadians who served in this war.  Andrew Lamott and HR McCutcheon were amongst them.  HR, recently losing his father, never inherited anything.  His Dad died intestate and his Mom continued living on the original farm in Erin.  HR needed funds to finance his own farm in Ontario.  The cheap new western Land Grants were still 15 years in the future.

It is believed that HR, after getting married in June 1862, headed south to the USA by August 1862.  He returned once in 1864 or 1865 long enough to make Rebecca “in the family way again” with Mary, then he left, not returning until sometime in 1867.  Robert John was born thereafter.  This coincides with Andy’s recollections. One time Andy recalled “……when he was young, he was no darn good as a father…..”  Andy remembers him coming and going when he was a young boy, not being around very much, henceforth his comments.   It also coincides with the births of the children.  Andy maintained that Rebecca lost no children.  And then there are the existing war records that need to be verified, as of yet.

It’s understandable why a boy would think that his father was “no good” when he wasn’t around very often during Andy’s formative years.

Why did HR go to war as a Soldier of Fortune?  Perhaps adventure, loyal to the cause of slavery (he fought for the Union), maybe he liked to kill, money.  At home on the farm in Arthur, he was lucky if he made $10 per month.  From historical records, Soldiers of Fortune, pedestrian Soldiers, were paid, in gold coin, between $20 and $22 US per month.  They were paid more than the regular recruits, who earned between $13 and $16 a month.  In those days, a sizable sum of money; enough for him to buy a farm.  When he came home to Arthur, his saddle bags would have been jingling with USD gold coin.

In 1867, HR McCutcheon, Rebecca, Andrew and his sister, Mary, were living on EOSR, Lot 26, along with Andrew Lamott and Jane Ferguson.  This was the farm in Andrew’s tale “The Man Who Rode with Jessie James”.  To quote Andrew   “When I was a young lad I lived on my grandfather’s farm near Mount Forest in Ontario…………….” This was the grandfather whom Andrew McCutcheon was named after.

By 1870 he owned the farm in Arthur; Andrew Lamott and Jane had moved south to Neosho, Kansas.  In the 1877 County Atlas for Arthur, Wellington, R. McCutcheon is solely named on EOSR, 26, Lot size 100 acres.  Lamott is no longer listed on that lot.

Circa 1880, HR heard the stories of cheap land opening up in the “Territories,” as Western Canada was called.   For $10 a quarter section of land could be purchased in Manitoba.  He applied for a Land Grant and received it.  After disposing of his farm in Arthur, Ontario around 1885, HR, his wife, and five of their children left Arthur, Ontario for the “Territories”.  According to family folklore, they came west in Red River Carts, settling on a farm in the locality of Spring Hill, Manitoba which is located north-west of Neepawa.  HR and his family first appear in the 1891 census for Manitoba, in the newly formed Rural Municipality of Rosedale.

HR was one of the first settlers in Springhill.

Before the crown would issue Letters Patent, the land had to be accurately surveyed.  “Letters Patents” then grant or confirm title to that portion of land as stated on the document and are issued as first title to land.  Each homesteader had to provide proof that the land in question had been improved.  They were required to cultivate and clear a certain amount of land in a designated length of time, as well as erect buildings, such as a house and barns.  HR received title to his land on the 28th January 1898.

In 1897, building was brisk in the Glensmith area.  Council news lists a few [houses] as follows:  H.R. McCutcheon frame story and a half at $500.00, W.E. Mabley log house $200.00.  This is an entry in the book “Kelwood Bridges the Years”.   This entry is significant in that is an attestation as to the wealth that HR was accumulating.  Compared to the houses of the era being built, log homes at $200, he built a very capacious house; two story framed.  It was “the talk of the town”.

HR’s wife, Rebecca Lamott, died in 1912 leaving him on the farm, living alone.  He got ill not long after she died and was unable to care for himself so a nurse by the name of Cecilia Black was hired.  She stayed with him until his death on the 15th November 1917.  He was finally laid to rest beside his wife of 52 years at the Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa, Manitoba.

When “HR” died, he was relatively wealthy.  The land depression still had not devastated Manitoba and when the farms were sold, $5000 was bequeathed to each of his 4 surviving children.  He also bequeathed $500 to his grandson, Robert McCutcheon, perhaps because Robert (Bob) was his name sake.  Bob, who was only 19 years old at the time, spent his inheritance on a new car called the “Tin Lizzie.”  Bob drove it for a while, as long as the gas lasted and then had to tow it behind a team of horses.  “HR“ also left a small amount of money to his nurse, Cecelia Black. 

THE WANDERINGS OF JANE FERGUSON AND ANDREW LAMOTT

Jane FERGUSON was born around 1808 in Scotland. She married Nathaniel HAY and bore three female children by him; Jane, Catherine and an unnamed female, between 1825 and 1831.  Sometime between 1831 and 1839, Jane became a widow. At least some of the children were born in Johnstone, Scotland.

Johnstone (Baile Eoin in Scottish Gaelic) is located twelve miles west of Glasgow in the west-central lowlands of Scotland.  The town of Johnstone, which is located in Renfrewshire, is not an old town, as defined by Scottish history.  The town sprung up around Johnstone Castle, (House of Easter Cochrane) about 1782.  The population swelled quickly to 1500.  However, by 1831 the population had risen to approximately 5600.

From an obituary of…….Jane HAY LANGDALE some background of the Hay family can be provided by Jane’s obituary published 1st of November 1906 of the Delmont Record, which in part states:  “Jane HAY born in Johnstone, Scotland 27th March 1825, came to Canada with her widowed mother and two sisters in 1840……………….”

While the obituary implies that there were three daughters who came to Canada along with their widowed mother, Jane FERGUSON HAY, in 1840, it is believed only two daughters, Catherine and Jane, made the trip with their mother, landing in Quebec.   Steam ships came into use around 1840, but it is not likely that Jane and her daughters traversed the Atlantic on one.  They probably crossed on one of the many sailing vessels that were still in use.

After 1832, most immigrants arriving in Canada did so though “Grosse Ile.”  After spending 5 to 7 weeks at sea, surviving unbelievable conditions on the ships, once landed, they were forced to spend the next several weeks in quarantine on this small island lying about 30 miles east of Quebec City in the middle of the St. Lawrence River.  The island had disinfection sheds with huge metal furnaces, with large wire cages built to hold the immigrants clothing and property bags. These resembled the concentration camps that sprung up over 100 years later in Europe.  Between 1832 and 1847, the sick were placed in the hospital while the healthy ones were housed in these sheds, which were filthy and crowded.   Here 7,480 people died and are buried in mass graves.  Grosse Ile became the last resting place of hope and despair, joy and heartbreak.

This picture is the approach to Grosse Ile circa 1847.

Jane FERGUSON, and her two daughters, Jane and Catherine, (and possibly the third daughter) probably spent time on this Island before continuing their journey to Quebec City and then by riverboat to Montreal.

By 1844 Jane FERGUSION had met and married Andrew LAMOTT, with whom she had another child, Rebecca LAMOTT.

In the 1851 census, Andrew and Jane and their two daughters (Rebecca and Jane) were living besides James Cleaver MCCUTCHEON, Mary Ann Hughes and James’ brother, Robert MCCUTCHEON Senior, in the sub-districts, Minot, Arthur, Luther in the County of Wellington.  His occupation is listed as “carpenter.”

The 1861 Census of Ontario states that they were living in a log house.  Andrew and Jane built this log house.

The Arthur Township Residents list in 1867 had Andrew LAMOTT and Jane living in Concession OSR, Lot 26, with his son-in-law, “HR” Robert MCCUTCHEON and his daughter, Rebecca.  This was the farm mentioned in Andy McCutcheon’s story about Jesse James when Andy said:  “When I was a young lad, I lived on my grandfather’s farm, near Mount Forest in Ontario……..” so the story went.

However, four years later, by 30th July 1870, Andrew and Jane had drifted down to Erie, Neosho, Kansas, USA and are found on the 1870 Census records living with a young family by the name of Phillips.  This young family consisted of a husband, his wife and two young children, ages 3 and 1.  It is probable that Andrew Lamott sold his share of the farm in Arthur to his son-in-law HR and daughter Rebecca and moved on.  Andrew’s relationship to this Phillips family is unknown, but his occupation is listed as that of a farmer, so they are probably living on this farm as helpers; he as a farm hand; Jane as a housekeeper.

By 4th June 1880, Andrew and Jane were living independently on Ward? Street in the City of East Saginaw, County of Saginaw, Michigan, USA.  Andrew was making a living as a carpenter.  What is now the City of Saginaw resulted from the consolidation of the cities of East Saginaw and Saginaw (west side) in 1889.  These two towns were separated by the Saginaw River that drains out of Lake Huron.  Growth of this settlement was fuelled by the lumber industry beginning around 1850 and the need for housing was at its peak by the 1870’s.  Consequently there was a need for carpenters and, Andrew, who was in his early sixties and needed work; they gravitated to East Saginaw where he procured work.

February 1882, the LAMOTTS homesteaded 160 acres of land in NW-I, section 17-96-61, Kulm Township, Hutchinson County, South Dakota, adjacent to the Charles Langdale acreage, filing 27th February 1882.  In a homestead statement, Andrew said:  “I am the head of a family, a wife and three children, and declared my intentions to become a citizen of the United States.”

Andrew built a 20 x 24 adobe house with plastered walls on the land and drilled a well in May 1882.  Later, in 1886, he built a stone stable.  By October 1888, he had 26 acres broken.

1st June 1885 Andrew was now 70 years old, Jane 5 – 10 years older.  Andrew and Jane were listed on the 1885 census living near their daughter, Jane, her husband Charles LANGSDALE and their grand-children.

28th February 1888 Andrew became a naturalized American citizen.

Jane Ferguson Hay Lamott died on 19th June 1888 and was buried in the city cemetery in Delmont, South Dakota lying in an unmarked grave.  In the Langdale-Bundy plot there is an unnamed female occupant in block G, lot 10, grave 8, between Jane Langdale and Ralph Bundy, believed to be the grave of Jane Ferguson Hay Lamott.  It is believed she was the first person buried in the family plot.

“Andrew LAMOTT, as a widower, mortgaged his land for $440 on 26th October, 1888.  The patent on the land was issued 9th December, 1889.  16th May 1891, Mary LANGDALE’S diary states:  “We got a letter from Grandpa (Andrew LAMOTT).  He is still well and likes the country well.  He writes to father (Charles LANGDALE) to offer his place for sale.  He likes the climate and country so well he does not think he will come back.” [In his letter, Andrew must have been referring to the farm located at the NW ¼ of Section 4; Township 19; Range 14; WPM near Glensmith, MB – HR’s original Homestead].   Andrew sold the land 8th April 1892 for $900 plus a $440 mortgage to Homer W. JOHNSON of Douglas County, South Dakota.

According to Mary Langdale’s diary, shortly after Jane died, by 1891 Andrew perhaps came to Manitoba to visit his daughter and grandchildren who were living on HR’s homestead quarter.  Catching the land-grab fever, he applied for a land grant adjacent to HR’s farm – the SW ¼ of Section 4; Township 19; Range 14; WPM.  By the 25th January 1898, Andrew had fulfilled his obligations to the Crown for his homestead and received his Letters Patent.

He lived out the remainder of his days in his birth country, Canada, and, at the age 83 years, died on 7th June, 1898.  He is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa, MB in the McCutcheon family plot.

►  Homestead– Land Grants and/or Letters Patents were applied for.

~CHILDREN OF HUGH ROBERT McCUTCHEON AND REBECCA LAMOTT WERE~

  • Andrew Thomas McCUTCHEON (5).    See i Following.  ☺☺
  • Mary McCUTCHEON (5).                    See ii Following.
  • Robert John McCUTCHEON (5) (Hugh Robert McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 26th August 1868 in Arthur, ON.  Robert moved west with the family circa 1885 but died shortly after on the 27th May 1890 on the farm near Kelwood, MB.

NOTE:   He was buried at the family plot in the Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa.  His memorial is noted above.  Of all of Andy’s siblings, he often spoke of Robert and mentioned his death many times to Lawrence.  However, Lawrence does not recall why he died.

  • William Robert McCUTCHEON (5).    See iii following.
  • Sarah Jane McCUTCHEON (5).         See iv following.
  • Ellen McCUTCHEON (5) (Hugh Robert McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 24th December 1874 in Arthur, ON and she died at the age of 32 years old on the 12th February 1907.  She is buried in the family plot in the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa.

NOTE:   Her memorial is on the back of HR’s headstone.  She married William Frank Norris on the 26th June 1906.  This couple produced no children.  It is possible that Ellen died in childbirth.

  • Ann McCUTCHEON (5).               See v following.
  • Margaret McCUTCHEON (5).      See vi following.

ANDREW THOMAS McCUTCHEON (1861-1924) 

i.    Andrew Thomas McCUTCHEON (5) (Hugh “HR” McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 20th March 1861 in Arthur, ON.  He died on the 20th February 1954 in Kelwood, MB.  He was buried at the Kelwood Cemetery.  He married Lillian SIMPKIN (23rd September 1875 – 18th July 1924) in 1889 in Lambston, NJ.  Her parents were Charles Simpkin and Lydia Ann Earlin.  ☺☺ ►

NOTE:   Andrew McCutcheon didn’t come west with the family in approximately 1885.  Instead, he wandered south to the United States, ending up in New Jersey looking for work in the mines.   It was here where he met and married Lillian Simpkin.   Lillian was 13 years old.  Lillie is buried in an unmarked grave in Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Two of their children were born in New Jersey; Hannah and Blanche.  By 1897, Andrew McCutcheon had arrived in Manitoba and was settled on his farm near Glencairn where the rest of his children were born.

Andy McCutcheon applied for a land grant Circa 1898 located at SE 1/4 5-20-13 W1.

Andy never received his Letters Patent to this farm.  Tragedy struck them when their house burned to the ground from an overheated stove pipe.  He had no insurance, so the family lost everything, including the prized piano they had recently purchased with his inheritance money. The family went to Roche Percee SK where Andy found work in the Souris coal mines.

THE MAN WHO RODE WITH JESSE JAMES 

(BY Wanda Neill Tolboom) (Published in the Winnipeg Free Press 1953)

There will be a big celebration at Kelwood Manitoba next Friday for Andrew McCutcheon who will be celebrating his one hundred and one birthday.  Neighbours will crowd into the little home where he lives with his youngest son George, and his daughter-in-law and grandchildren.  “Old Andy” will dance a jig and there will be plenty of food.

After his jig “Old Andy” will return to his favourite chair to watch the fun.  His great grandchildren will crowd around him and direct his mind to the past.

“Grandpa, tell us about the times you rode with Jesse James,” they will ask.  Maybe “Old Andy” won’t hear them very well at first, so the children will shout a little louder and then finally the old man will smile and nod and his eyes will mist up a bit.

“When I was a young lad I lived on my grandfather’s farm near Mount Forest in Ontario” he may say.  “This fellow came out of the bush one day.  Said his name was Jesse James.  We didn’t know he was a hold-up man.  Stayed and worked at our place for two or three weeks.  Seemed a good fellow.  I was around eighteen at the time and he was four or five years older ‘n me.  Him and me went riding lots of times.  Oh, that Jesse.  Could he shoot.  Could take three nicks out of a squirrel’s tail as he run up a tree.”

The children will laugh as they always do.  This is their favourite story and they know it by heart.  “What else happened, Grandpa?”

But “Old Andy” will have forgotten and will be stamping his foot in time to the music.  The children will persist until he returns to the tale.

Little by little he will tell of Jesse’ prowess with a gun – the wild pigeons they shot in the pea fields, of the bears and the coons they brought home.  There will be admiration in his voice, undimmed by the greater part of a century.

It is with sadness and reluctance he tells the latter part of the story – of how his grandfather discovered that his new hired man was only using his farm as a hide out after a recent robbery in the States and had hidden his share of the loot in the loft of the barn.

Shortly after this Jesse ‘borrowed” a horse and rode away.  Down the trail he was joined by an accomplice.  The two men headed for Mount Forest where they committed a robbery and then disappeared.  “Old Andy” shakes his tousled white head.  “That Jesse sure could shoot” he always says.

Andrew McCutcheon was born near Arthur, Ontario in 1852.  His acquaintance with the notorious outlaw Jesse James may be a fact but there is no record that Jesse James or any member of his gang ever reached Canada.  But, there is a period of time around 1870 when his whereabouts were never definitely ascertained.

Mr. McCutcheon may unknowingly hold the missing link to the James story.  His reference to Jesse’s age as compared to his own is correct as records show the outlaw was born in 1847.

A recent research conducted by the Mount Forest Historical Society revealed no written record to show definite proof that Jesse James was ever in the district but several residents were convinced of the fact because of stories which had been handed down to them from reliable sources.

The exact location of a shack in Proton Township, which he once used as a hide-out, was also established.

As a young man Mr. McCutcheon worked in the lumber woods of Muskoka.  He helped to make the first rut roads in this area.  Here, he recalls many a skirmish with the Indians.  At one time he was captured by a marauding band of Indians but allowed to go free after they stripped him of all his possessions.  He still recalls with sadness that it was here he lost his beloved Bible and hymn book given to him by his mother.

Later he wandered down through the northern States where he worked on small river boats and in the iron mines.  In 1889 he was married in Lambston, New Jersey.  He moved to Manitoba in 1896 when they took up a homestead.  In 1915 they moved to Saskatchewan where he continued to farm at various places.  After the passing of his wife in Northgate, Saskatchewan, he returned to Manitoba in 1935.  This time he settled on a farm in the Kelwood district.  Later he moved into the village of Kelwood but with no thought of retirement.

At eighty five years of age he was available for part time employment and worked intermittingly for several years.  But around the time he marked his 100th birthday, his doctor persuaded him to stop buck sawing wood.

He accepts his longevity with apparent unconcern.  He continues to enjoy above all three hearty meals a day, his pipe, the visits of his friends and memories of the days when he rode with Jesse James.

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Jesse James was born in Missouri in 1847.  He joined a confederate guerrilla band when he was fifteen and participated in the Civil War in Kansan and Missouri.  In 1866 Jesse and his brother Frank became leaders of a gang of outlaws who ranged through the central states.  At first they robbed only banks, but train robberies were added to their repertoire in 1873.

Their downfall came in an attempted bank robbery at Northfield, Minnesota in 1876, when they lost several gang members and were themselves captured and imprisoned.  They escaped, however, and lived quietly until 1879 when they robbed another train.  A reward offered by the Governor of Missouri tempted gang members Robert Ford and his brother, who caught Jesse (then living as Thomas Howard at St. Joseph, Missouri) and killed him.  Frank surrendered later, but was twice acquitted and lived out the rest of his life on a farm in Missouri.  He died in 1915.

KELWOOD BRIDGES THE YEARS:

Excerpts from the Book published 1967:

The town of Kelwood did not set out being named “Kelwood.”  The village of Glensmith was named in honour of Samuel Smith, one of the first pioneers to take up a homestead in the area about 1889.  This small village was situated 2 miles east of where Kelwood exists today.  Officially the town of Kelwood came to being in 1903 with the coming of the CNR railroad with many of the existing buildings being moved from Glensmith 2 miles west to the present day site of Kelwood.

During the hungry thirties, the men from the district would go to the bush [Riding Mountain] for the winter, just returning home on the weekends.  They cut cord wood that was shipped to the city for fuel.  It was nothing to see as many as twenty teams at a time hauling out cord wood.  Among this group of men was [Andy]  McCutcheon [and sons].

One of the most accurate and undoubtedly fascinating records of pioneer Kelwood is an old leather bound day book kept by Barber’s store, first at the Glensmith site, then later at the new store in Kelwood.  This book is now in the Kelwood Centennial Archives.

Entries for July 1907;  Sid Ennis bought a hay fork;  T.B. guest stocked up on fly pads;  Andy McCutcheon, who lived to be a hundred and one, was buying more plug tobacco than ever.  [The first thing Andy did with his old age security check was to go to Barber’s store, later called Becker’s store, cash it and then pay off his bill at the store.]

Knox United Church Sunday School began in approximately 1900.  Susie Hall (McCutcheon) was the first bridal shower of the Junior Bible Class of the Church.

Now the book talks about the various clubs that arose and operated in Kelwood over the next 60 years, such as girl guides, boy scouts, the Kelwood Orange Lodge [of which the Whytes were active members], the Red Cross, and the Kelwood Women’s Institute.  The Women’s’ Institute sponsored many charitable events in the interest of public welfare stoically over the years, from supporting sanatorium patients to sending food parcels overseas during World War ll.

Blanche McCutcheon was an active member of this organization from its onset, more in a supporting role than administrative.  Socially, the Grandmother’s parties were an annual event for many years.  It is at this point in the book [page 62] that a picture of the 1959 Grandmothers’ Women’s Institute party is inserted, depicting Blanche McCutcheon [Grannie Andrew to her 21 grand-children] third from left.  This picture has been added to the “picture portion” of this family tree.

On page 272 of the book, under the heading “The Robert Smiths Come to Kelwood” the writer says: “Our father rented land from Mr. McCutcheon east of Kelwood, George McCutcheon’s grandfather. He put in the crop, then went to Springhill to get work.”  The land mentioned was the NW 1/4 of section 4; Township 19; Range 14.

Finally, the various sports teams are mentioned, along with pictures of the teams.  On page 103 is an old picture of the Kelwood Boys Hockey Team of 1946 or 1947.  Willy McCutcheon is the boy front row, third from right.  This picture has also been added to the picture gallery of this family tree, under William “Willie” McCutcheon (1932-1987).

At that time, the town erected a cairn 2 miles to the east, on the site of the old village of Glensmith.  There were only 5 people surviving, who were the original pioneer settlers of the district Glensmith/Kelwood and who still resided in Kelwood:  4 men and 1 woman.

Each one of the survivors’ names were encrypted on a scroll and sealed in this cairn, which is to remain sealed, to be opened many years in the future.

40 percent of the pioneer survivors of this small hamlet were McCutcheons.  One of the four surviving male pioneers in 1978 was George McCutcheon.  The sole surviving female pioneer of this small village in central Manitoba in 1978 was Blanche McCutcheon.

KELWOOD CENTENARIAN DANCES ON BIRTHDAY:  ANDREW McCutcheon

Page 246: Kelwood, March 31–A Kelwood man who claims that from now on things will be better, celebrated his 100th birthday March 20th.

He is Andrew McCutcheon, who came to this district in 1896, and still works at his garden in the summer.  When more than 80 neighbours and friends came to call on him following a family dinner to mark his birthday, he treated the visitors to a lively step dance.  The dinner was held at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George McCutcheon.

Born in Arthur, Ontario in 1852, he moved to Manitoba in 1896.  He lived 12 years in Glensmith, the former centre just east of Kelwood, then moved to Glencairn where he homesteaded and farmed for 14 years.  [Tragedy struck the family in 1923 when their house on the farm burned to the ground, losing everything.  The fire was caused by over-heated stove pipes from a Quebec heater in the middle of the floor.  Andy had no insurance.]   He moved to Roche Percee, Saskatchewan [to work in the coal mines] and returned to Kelwood where he has been living since his retirement.

He married Lilly Simpkin (who was born in 1871 in Lambston) in Lambston, New Jersey, in 1889.  Mrs. McCutcheon died on July 15th 1924 [in Northgate, SK].

He has nine children:  Mrs. James Whyte, Reeve;  Mrs. Edwin Andrew, Kelwood;  Mrs. Harry Andrew, Glencairn;  Mrs. Stewart McClement, Wheatland;  Richard, George and Walter, all of Kelwood;  Robert, Neepawa;  Elmer, Northgate, SK.

He has 39 grand-children and 48 great-grand-children.  Mr. McCutcheon died in the Minnedosa Nursing Home on February 7th 1954, leaving 41 grand-children and 56 great-grand-children.

All of the above information has been taken from the aforementioned book, which was published by the Kelwood Centennial Committee in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s 100th year birthday.  Kelwood at that time was 64 years old.

11 years later, the town of Kelwood held its own 75th  year celebration.  Hundreds of people from around the country attended this celebration, including myself (Angela Andrew).

CONCLUSION: In the fall of 1953, Andy was cutting wood for the household with an axe when it slipped and he cut his big toe.  Gangrene quickly set in and he was hospitalized.  The doctor informed him that in order for him to survive, his big toe would need to be amputated.  Andy’s replay was “..absolutely not.  I was born with all my body parts and I am going to die with them….”

While he was in the Neepawa hospital, a rumour circulated the small communities of Neepawa and Kelwood.  The story was that some old guy in the hospital (no names were mentioned) who was a 101 years old was groping all of the nurses……….

As it turned out, that old guy was Andy.

~CHILDREN OF ANDREW McCUTCHEON AND LILLIAN SIMPKIN WERE~ 

  • Hannah Lydia McCUTCHEON (6) B. 16th March 1893 in New Mills, NJ.  D. 31st May 1975 in Kelwood, MB.  She married William James WHITE (1885-1951) on the 13th September 1913 in Plumas, MB.  Their children were:  Margaret Kaye (1913-1966); William James (1915); Jennifer (1917-1929); Robert (1919); Thomas (1921).
  • Blanche McCUTCHEON (6) B. 16th March 1895 in New Mills, NJ.  D. 13th January 1979 in Neepawa, MB.  She married Edwin Arthur ANDREW (1891-1944) on the 6th January 1915 in Glenella, MB.  Their children were:  Alfred Edwin (1917-1944); Wilfred Lawrence (1918-1971); Harold Clifford (1920-1972); Russell Albert (1922-2005); Pearl Margaret (1924-2009); Phyllis Ellen (1927); Merle Arthur (1929-1983).  ♥  ►
  • Clara Jane McCUTCHEON (6) B. 11th January 1898.  D. 1979 in Kelwood, MB. She married John Henry (Harry) ANDREW (1889-1970) in September 1914.  Their children were: Henrietta Clara (1916-1990); Louisa Frances Jane (1918-2000); Sydney Wilbert (1920-2002); Eunice Hannah (1924-1991); Violet Grace (1927-2002); Arnall Henry (1940-2011); Marie Carol (1943).   ♥
  • Robert Andrew McCUTCHEON (6) B.  16yh June 1898.  D. 30thAugust 1974 in Kelwood, MB.  He married Susan Emily HALL (1897-1954) in 1917.  Their children:  Earl (1918); William H (1920-1987); Rosetta (1929); Girl who died in a house fire (1935-1942); Eleanor (1936-2007).
  • Richard William McCUTCHEON (6) B. 20th January 2001.  D. 27th November 1976 in Kelwood, MB.  He married Mary Wilson Stevenson HAMILTON (1912-1949) circa 1930.  Their children were:  John (1830); William “Willie” (1932-1987); Willie owned a taxi when he lived in Moose Jaw, SK.  He committed suicide by hanging himself.  He was buried in an unmarked grave in the Rosedale Cemetery in Moose Jaw.  Christine “Chrissy” (1934-1995); Doreen (1936-2011); Arnold (1937-1942); Irene (1938); Donald (1940-2012); Grace (1944-2009); Ruby (1946).  ♥♥
  • George Henry McCUTCHEON (6) B. 9th August 1905.  D. 1st August 1994 in Kelwood, MB.He married Eva HAYWOOD circa 1937.  Their children were:  Lawrence Henry (1938); Lenore Clara (1941-1996); Larry Andrew (1943 – 2011); Georgina May (Twin – 1945); Christina (Twin – 1945-1945); Marylyn Marcia (1946); Laverne Eva (1953-2001); Vernon Larry (1955); Bonnie Jean (1957).
  • Walter Lawrence McCUTCHEON (6) B.  1908 in Kelwood, MB.  D. 10th October 1969 in Neepawa, MB. He married Susanna “Sadie” (1910-1994.  Their only child Ken (? – 1998).  Ken left no heirs.
  • Elmer Thomas McCUTCHEON (6) B. 5th April 1910 in Kelwood, MB.  D. 3rd April 1985 in Regina, SK.  He married Beatrice Elinor Melissa FERGUSON (1911-1989) on the 19th January 1929.  Their children were:  Beatrice Lillian (1930); Marjorie Susan (1933-1999); Darrel Douglas (1936); Ranay Elinor (1953).
  • Lillian viola McCUTCHEON (6) B. 1915.  D. 1993 in Kelwood, MB. She married twice.  Her first husband was William (Bill) HAMILTON.  He was killed in a mining accident at the coal mines near Bienfait, SK.  Their only child was Viola (?).  Her second husband was Stewart (Stu) McCLEMENT (1903-1979).  Lil and Stu were buried at Kelwood Cemetery.   ♥♥

♥  Siblings Married Siblings:  In this case two brothers, Edwin and John Henry (Harry) Andrew married two sisters, Blanche and Clara Jane McCutcheon.

‡‡         This family had a set of twins.  

♥♥  Siblings Married Siblings:    In this case brother and sister. Richard (Dick) and Lillian (Lil) McCutcheon married sister and brother, Mary and William (Bill) Hamilton.

►  Homestead – Land Grants and/or Letters Patents were applied for.

Mary McCutcheon – 1865-1916:

ii.    Mary McCUTCHEON (5) (Hugh “HR” McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 26th August 1865 in Arthur, ON. and she died on the 26th December 1916 in Wynyard, SK.  She married Thomas Albert DENHAM (1866-1948) on the 24th July 1889 in Neepawa, MB. The spelling of her name on the Manitoba Vital Statistic marriage record is “McCuthion”. ►

As was suspected, when she was approximately 20 years old, Mary came west with her parents and siblings from Arthur, Ontario circa 1885, arriving in Springhill, MB.  As noted in the following records, tracing her was very difficult considering the many miss-spellings of her maiden name.

Thomas Denham was born in Ontario in 1866.  He arrived in the Rosedale area circa 1886 and applied for a land grant.  He received his grant located at Township 15; Range 16; WPM, the south east quarter of section 24 in the township of Springhill, MB and fulfilled his obligations to the government, receiving his Letters Patent on the 21st July 1891; Homestead # 28180.

The Denham homestead was situated 3 and ¼ miles south-east of HR’s farm.

In January, 1899, Thomas and Mary lost 4 of their 6 children to diphtheria. Diphtheria was and still is a deadly disease.  Von Behring shook the scientific world for his discovery of a serum therapy for diphtheria and was awarded the first Nobel Prize in medicine in 1891.  In 1913, Behring developed a vaccine for the treatment of this often fatal illness to children. Unfortunately for Mary and her 4 children this treatment was not readily available until about 1924.

Sometime between 1891 and 1901, they converted from Methodist to the Seven-Day Adventist religion.  Shortly after the deaths of these children, the family moved north to the Village of Birnie while still farming their land in Springhill.

By 1916, they left Birnie and moved westward, settling in Wynyard, Saskatchewan, located on the Yellow-head highway. The stagecoach era was drawing to a close; however, in northern Saskatchewan there were still a lot of isolated areas that were accessible only by stagecoach.  They were living on King Street in Wynyard, where Thomas was working as a teamster, doing odd jobs on the side.  It was here where Mary died and was probably buried in the Seven-Day Adventist Cemetery in Wynyard.  Mary’s death registration has recorded her parents as “Rebeeca Lamolte and Robert McCulehim”.

~CHILDREN OF MARY McCUTCHEON AND THOMAS DENHAM WERE~

  • Robert James DENHAM (6) was on born the 14th July 1890 and he died of diphtheria in 1899 in Springhill, MB.  His death registration with the Manitoba Vital Statistics shows his name as “Albert”.  However, the birth date on the statistic coincides with Robert’s.  See Albert following.
  • Albert Lawrence DENHAM (6) was born in Springhill, MB on the 4th October 1891 and he died in 1984 in Indiana, USA at the age of 93 years. He enlisted on the 9th March 1916 in Winnipeg in the Canadian army and was discharged on the 30th June 1916 as “medically unfit”.  ☺☺
  • Della Rebecca DENHAM (6) was born on the 13th September 1893 and she died of diphtheria on the 8th of January 1899 in Springhill, MB. This is the second child named after her grandmother – Rebecca Lamott.
  • Mary Myrtle DENHAM (6) was born on the 17th of August 1893 and she died of diphtheria on the 7th January 1899 in Springhill, MB.
  • Alice DENHAM (6) was born about 1896 and she died of diphtheria on the 11th January 1899 in Springhill, MB.
  • Margaret Alice DENHAM (6) was born on the 17th August 1897 in Springhill, MB and she died on the 27th November 1986 in San Diego, CA at the age of 90 years. She married Earl West CARLE (1891-1995) on the 1st October 1921.  Their children: Ross West (1922); Garth Earl (1936). ☺☺
  • Dorothy Bertha DENHAM (6) was born on the 23rd November 1899 in Springhill, MB. D. in February 1991 in Illinois, USA at the age of 92 years. She was married twice. First to Unknown Vinette; Second to George Harold Condon (1899-1971). In August 1923, Dorothy’s address was Armstrong, BC but she was a resident of the Bethal Sanitarium in Calgary, Alberta. She was probably not a patient but a nurse-in-training. From 1917 to 1925, the Bethal Sanitarium occupied a two-storey main building with 31 rooms and several outbuildings on a 23 acre piece of land at Bowness Park. It was known to treat between 200 and 400 patients per year. This Sanitarium offered nurses training in affiliation with one of the Seventh-day Adventist schools of nursing in the United States. It was likely here where Dorothy trained as a nurse; on her immigration form for entry into the USA in 1938, her occupations was listed as “trained nurse”. She became a naturalized US citizen in 1942. They had one known child; Dorothy Marie Frances Condon (1934-1969). Dorothy Condon married James Arthur HANES (1934-2004) circa 1955. Their sons; Patrick James;  Kevin Duran Hanes (1957-1998). Kevin was the victim of a One-Punch Homicide on the 25th July 1998. ☺☺
One Punch Homicide – Pauline Repard:

Publication: Union-Tribune; San Diego, California: 11th August 1998; Section – Local – Edition 7,8; Page B3:

ASSAULT VICTIM DIES OF INJURIES

A 41 year old man has died from injuries sustained when he was knocked unconscious in a July 25th assault. Kevin Duran Hanes had gotten into a dispute with another man in front of Harbor Bait and Tackle Shop on Marina Park Way about 4:30 p.m. Hanes was struck in the head and fell to the ground, police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died Sunday. Homicide unit Seargent Bob Lopez described the assailant as a black man 20 to 25 years old, 5 foot 5 and 150 pounds. He wore a white tank top, black shorts and a gold chain around his neck.

  • Walter G DENHAM (6) was born in August 1900 in Springhill, MB and he died in 1950.
  • Clarence Wilfred DENHAM (6) was born on the 21st November 1903 in the Village of Birnie, MB and he died on the 17th March 1983 in Flagler, Florida. Mary’s last name was spelled “McCutchin” on this birth registration.
  • Roscoe Koble (Ross) DENHAM (6) was born on the 12th August 1905 in the Village of Birnie, MB.
  • Cecil William DENHAM (6) was born on the 3rd April 1907 in the Village of Birnie, MB and he died on the 16th May 1990 in Porcupine Plain, SK.  Mary’s last name was spelled “McCutchin” on this birth registration. He married Jonina Gudran BUASON (1912-2011) on the 21st September 1929. Their Children: Donaldene Margaret (1930-1930); Lorraine Emily (1931-1987); Hugh Conrad (1932); Earl William (Twin) (1935-2004); Emil Walter (Twin) (1935); John Cecil (1938); Myrna Marlene (1940); Shirley Vernace (1942); Lorna May Bjorg (1945-1973); Linda Margaret (1946); Arnold Thomas (1947); Leonard Ernest (1950); Clifford Orville (1951); Elaine Faith (1952); Donna Louise (1953); Donald Allan (1954); Keith David (1956).  ‡‡

NOTE:  Seventeen children in total.  This family holds the record in the book for the largest number of children born to a single set of parents. All of their children, with the exception of Donaldene who died around the age of 6 months in a tragic accident, survived into adulthood.  As this family was so large, the older children at a tender age were ousted to forge their own way in the world.

In turn, this produced an avant-garde story that needs honorable mention here – a “rags to riches” tale.

Denham Ford anyone?  In the early 1950’s, two male members of this family (John and Hugh) opened Wetaskiwin Ford in the small town of Wetaskiwin, Alberta. The name derived from the Cree “witaskiwin-ispatinaw”.  Wetaskiwin demographically sits 43 miles south of the provincial capital of Alberta, Edmonton.  In 1951 the population of the town was 3,824 people. An historic oil strike had just been made (13th February 1947) 10 miles to the north at Leduc, Alberta.  The area was booming. Roughnecks (oil rig workers) flocked from across Canada to work atop the oil derricks in rain, sleet, snow and hail, arriving on graveled and rut-infested roads.  Soon with serious money in their wallets, they needed a mode of transportation.

Pick-up Country was born.

Ahhh…the Ford pick-up truck; the mainstay of early rural farm hands in western Canada.  The Denham’s were on the front edge of this boom and soon two more brothers joined the Denham team, Leonard and Earl.  Outside of the major centers, anyone buying a Ford in rural Alberta, parts of Saskatchewan and British Columbia, are buying a “Denham Ford.”

Another news-worthy story currently happening is the development of a shopping mall called “Denham landing”.  In the Wetaskiwin City Council Economic Development Report, dated 30th March 2012, one of the items on the agenda was “Address Development of Denham Landing”, a new power center located at 56th Street and 36th Avenue. Wal-Mart is one of the tenants in this shopping mall. John Denham is the Vice-president of the Denham Landing Board.

  • Iyona Florence Wilhemia DENHAM (6) was born on the 21st February 1909 in the Village of Birnie, MB. Mary’s last name was spelled “McCutchin” on her birth registration. It is not known when Iyona died but she probably died before 1934. She married James Proctor ATKINS (1909-1962) on the 20th October 1928 in Vancouver, BC. He had remarried by 1936 and had a child with another woman, so it is probable that Iyona was deceased by then.

►  Homestead – Land Grants and/or Letters Patents were applied for.

☺☺       Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more.

WILLIAM ROBERT McCUTCHEON (1872-1917) 

iii.      William Robert McCUTCHEON (5) (Hugh “HR” McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 30th October 1872 in Arthur, ON and he died on the 7th April 1917 in Neepawa, MB.  He married Elizabeth BOWMAN (1873-1940) in 1904. They are buried at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB.

NOTE:      William and Elizabeth farmed on a farm in Springhill, MB. next door to his parents farm (HR’s farm was the NW ¼ of section 26; William’s was the NE ¼ of section 26) and he operated a granary for a while.

~CHILDREN OF WILLIAM McCUTCHEON AND ELIZABETH BOWMAN WERE~

  • Marion Helen Rebecca McCUTCHEON (6). 18th December 1908-?  Helen married David E PARTRIDGE in Neepawa, MB.
  • William Robert Thompson McCUTCHEON(6). (1914-1914). This baby was buried at the family plot shown.

SARAH JANE McCUTCHEON (1872-1904) 

iv.     Sarah Jane McCUTCHEON (5) (Hugh “HR” McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born 1872 in Arthur, ON. and she died at the age of 32 years on the 23rd September 1904.  Jane was buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa.  She married Richard Abner POCKETT (1871-1951) on the 24th December 1891 in Minnedosa, MB.  Richard remarried after Jane’s death and produced more children who are not mentioned here.

~CHILDREN OF JANE McCUTCHEON AND RICHARD POCKETT WERE~

  • Lillian Mabel POCKETT (6) B. 13th January 1893 in Neepawa, MB.  D. 1960 in Comox, BC.  She married twice:  1st to Frederick CROWE; 2nd to Edgar SCARLY.  Lillian had no children.
  • Clara POCKETT (6) B. 29th January 1895 in Neepawa, MB.  D. 4th October 1983 in Dauphin, MB.  She married Thomas Fitzgerald KEATS (1884-1957) on the 22nd November 1916.  Their children were:  Mary Jane Elizabeth (1917); Norman Charles (1919-1995); Maybelle Violet (1921-1991); Howard Richard (1923-1983); Thomas Frederick (1925); Earl James George (1928).
  • Sadie POCKETT (6) B. 13th September 1904.  D. 22nd May 1905 at the age of 2 years.  She was buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa, MB.  Her mother, Jane predeceased her by one year.  Jane never fully recovered after Sadie’s birth and couldn’t care for Sadie; consequently, Sadie was raised by her grandparents, HR McCutcheon and Rebecca Lamott, for the short duration of her life.  (Pictured being held by Elizabeth Weaver).)

DEATH OF MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

Jane McCutcheon died very young, at the age of 33, soon after her third and final daughter was born.  She never recovered fully after her last birth.

She was incapable of caring for Sadie, so for the short two years of Sadie’s life, she was raised by her grandparents, HR McCutcheon and Rebecca Lamott.

Although the historical records do not reflect it, Jane died before her baby girl, Sadie.

She thankfully never knew that her baby girl died.  Sadie was two years old when she died.

This story has been told to me by Lawrence McCutcheon.

The Riverside Cemetery, located in Neepawa, Manitoba, records say that “Sarah” Jane McCutcheon died 22 September 1906.  However, the coffin breastplate from her casket says she died 23 September 1904.  This agrees with family recollections that say Sadie was raised by her grandmother, Rebecca Lamott McCutcheon.

NOTE:    Mrs. Jane Pocket aged thirty years, beloved wife of Richard Pocket of Glensmith, and daughter of Robert McCutcheon of Springhill, died on Friday September 23rd at her home in Glensmith. Funeral services were held at 8 o’clock Sunday morning, the interment taking place in Neepawa. The deceased leaves a husband and three children to mourn her loss. The funeral was attended by a number of sorrowing relatives and friends.

ANN McCUTCHEON (1877-1955)

v.     Ann McCUTCHEON (5) (Hugh “HR” McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 17th February 1877 in Arthur, ON and she died on the 29th November 1955 in Neepawa, MB.  She married George Richard Lageson JACKSON (1874-1932) on the 22nd June 1898 in Clarkesville, ON.  They were buried at the Riverside Cemetery in Neepawa.

Picture from the family album of Brenda and Janet Anderson.  Caption on the picture says:  Grandma’s sister Annie, mother of Hal.

NOTE:   A dainty wedding took place at 4 o’clock at the home of Mr. Robert McCutcheon of Springhill which united in matrimony Miss Annie McCutcheon with Mr. Richard Jackson, both well-known and highly esteemed members of society in Springhill.  The bride was attended by Miss May Jackson while the groom was ably assisted by Mr. William McCutcheon.  The Rev. T.J. Johnston BA officiated. The guests comprised the near relatives of the contracting parties. We all heartily join in wishing the young couple long life and happiness.

The Jackson homestead was situated 2 miles north-west of HR’s farm.

~CHILDREN OF ANN McCUTCHEON AND GEORGE JACKSON WERE~

  • Richard Alexander Roy JACKSON (6) B. 20th October 1899 in Rosedale, MB.  D. 23rd October 1982 in Winnipeg, MB.  He married Louisa Viola CLARK (1901-1974) on the 2nd November 1921 in Franklin, MB.  They are buried at Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa.  Their children: Alvin Roy (1924-1944) » see story following; Gerald Clark (1928); Audrey Joyce (1930); Keith Weldon (1933-2007).
  • Violet M JACKSON (6) B. 3rd February 1901 in Neepawa, MB.
  • Harold JACKSON (6) B. 1905 in Neepawa, MB.
  • Olive JACKSON (6) B. 9th October 1906.  D. 26th March 1911 in Neepawa, MB.
  • Lila JACKSON (6) B. 1909 in Neepawa, MB.
  • Lawrence JACKSON (6) B. 1916 in Neepawa, MB.

The following two pictures can be found on Veteran’s affairs – Deceased War Veterans.

∞∞∞∞∞

http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/photos&casualty=2101995

MARGARET McCUTCHEON (1879-1953) 

 vi.     Margaret McCUTCHEON (5) (Hugh “HR” McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 9th June 1879 in Arthur, ON. And she died on the 20th June 1953.  She married William ANDERSON (June 1871-1st November 1940) on the 7th August 1897 in Spring Hill, MB.  They were buried at Riverside Cemetery, Lot 6, Block 4, Range 11. His parents were James A Anderson and Lucia Jane Millar.

Margaret McCutcheon

Margaret McCutcheon was born in Arthur, Ontario during the Victorian Era into a family of 8 siblings, the youngest child of HR and Rebecca. As a very young child, around the age of 4 or 5 years, she made the long arduous journey west in Red River Carts, arriving in Springhill, Manitoba.

There was a 17 year age gap between her and Andy McCutcheon, who didn’t come west with the family circa 1883-1884.

When William and Margaret were married, they homesteaded on a farm east-north-east of the now named town of Kelwood.  However, in 1906, it was still being called “Glensmith”. Andy and Lillian were living on Section 4, Township 19, Range 14.  William and Margaret lived on Section 8, Township 19, Range 14.  They lived very close to each other.  6 of their eleven children were born on this farm.

My recollection of the farmland in this area east of McCreary, Manitoba, from stories handed down, was that the land was very rocky, more suited to grazing sheep and cattle, than grain farming.

In the later part of 1906, William and Margaret purchased a farm in Springhill, MB, across the road from her parents, HR and Rebecca.  HR was farming the NW ¼ of section 26 and Margaret and William lived across the road on the NE ¼ of section 27. The farmland in Springhill was more suited to grain farming, as there were no rocks and stones that needed picking.  The remainder of their children were born on this farm.

The family raised pure-bred Holstein cattle on this farm.

NOTE:   On the 4th August at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. William Anderson of Glensmith was united in marriage to Miss Maggie McCutcheon, youngest daughter of Mr. Robert McCutcheon of Springhill. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J.T. Johnston. Quite a number of their friends were witnesses of the happy event. Mr. George R. Jackson acted as groomsman and Miss Annie McCutcheon assisted the bride. The wedded couple will reside on the farm at Glensmith. Their friends wish them continuous joy.

The wedding picture of Margaret McCutcheon and William Anderson was shared from the family photo albums of Brenda and Janet Anderson, their grand-children; the children of Archie Anderson.

~CHILDREN OF MARGARET McCUTCHEON AND WILLIAM ANDERSON WERE~

  • William Hugh ANDERSON (6) B. 8 June 1897 in Glensmith, Manitoba.  Children: Blanche, Cliff, Rita, Doreen, Ray, Ken.
  • Alexander Norman ANDERSON (6) B. 25th February 1900 in Glensmith, Manitoba.  D. 1962. No children.
  • Nora Margaret ANDERSON (6) B.  7 September 1901 in Glensmith, Manitoba. D. May 1974.  She married Alfred BRUCE.  No Children.
  • Robert Hector ANDERSON (6) B. 25 March 1903 in Glensmith, Manitoba. D. Circa 1966 USA.  Children Ted; Hazel; Vera; Kenneth Anthony; Mae Virginia.
  • Walter Clifford ANDERSON (6) B. 29 September 1904 in Glensmith, Manitoba. D.  15 September 1974 in Victoria, BC.  He married Doris McDONALD.  No children.
  • Laura Irene Rebecca ANDERSON (6) B.  9 April 1906 in Kelwood, Manitoba.  D. 30 September 1989 in Winnipeg, MB.  She married Harold WALTON.  No children.
  • Vera Adeline ANDERSON (6) B. 11 July 1908 in Springhill, Manitoba.  D. 21 February 1983.  Vera never married..
  • Hazel Aileen ANDERSON (6) B. 3 February 1910 in Springhill, Manitoba. D. 2002.  She married Al MUSGROVE.  Their children:Jim (1940); Phyllis (1943). ☺☺
  • Raymond Archibald (Archie) ANDERSON (6) B.  19 July 1914 in Springhill, MB.  D. 20 January 1984.  He married Lillian Agnes ROSE. (1914-2005).  Archie and Lillian were buried at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB.  They had 2 daughters;  Brenda (1948); Janet (1951).
  • Frederick ANDERSON (6) B.  1 April 1917 in Springhill, Manitoba.  D. April 1918.
  • Phyllis Ellen ANDERSON (6).  B. 29 April 1919.  D. August 1919 in Springhill, Manitoba.  Buried at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa, MB.

☺☺      Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more.

 A page from the family photo album of Brenda and
Janet Anderson.

This  Springhill Farm was located directly across the road from the original Springhill  homestead of HR McCutcheon.

The  page was produced by the Anderson sisters to share with their cousins. 

Quite  historical.

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Below is a portion of the grid for the Township of Springhill showing how close in proximity that 5 members of this family lived to one another. The sections that are colored are: blue sections were reserved for the Canadian Pacific Railway; green sections were reserved for schools; purple were reserved for the Hudson Bay Company. It appears that both HR and his son William purchased their farms from the Hudson Bay Company. The original patentee on the 1/4 section where Margaret McCutcheon and William Anderson farmed was William Pockett.

One thought on “I: Hugh Robert (1842-1917)

  1. I am currently doing research on my family and had come to a standstill on Mary McCutchon wife of Alfred Thomas Denham whom you have as Thomas Alfred Denham. My mother was Lorraine Denham their second daughter. Reading this has been a pleasure. Thank you so much for doing this. I am a writer and do plan to write about my family. Again thanks!

    All my relations Jonina Kirton

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