Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Gunn - McKay connection

In Greenwood Cemetery in Owen Sound, there is a stone that I photographed back in 2010 with the names Gunn and McKay on it. I do not remember if I photographed it for any special reason. Perhaps because of the surname Gunn. In 2010, I was working on my soldiers project and one of the soldiers that I was researching for the book was Alexander McKay Gunn. In an article over on Janet the Researcher, entitled Elizabeth Shown Mills - Fan Club concept, I talked about the multiple connections I was finding with the Gunn - McKay - McGregor families.

In that article, I talked about Alexander McKay Gunn who was born in Keppel Township on 13 January 1884 and was killed in the First World War. His mother, Johanna McKay was the  daughter of Alexander McKay and Betsy Gunn. His father, John Gunn, was the son of Donald Gunn and Elizabeth McDonald.

I am not sure of the family connection to those listed on this stone but it is interesting to note the Gunn and McKay names.

 East side of the stone

John
1859-1875

Ann             William J
1852- 1895                   1871 -1890

Donald Gunn  his wife Janet McKay
1828-1895                          1828- 1914

Margaret Sutherland
relict of the late
 Neil McKay
1778-1878

Native of Caithess Scotland



West side of the stone
 
Jemima
1870-1870
 
Donald McKay Gunn
1861 - 1926
 
Margaret Gunn
1855-1942
devoted friend James Sayer
 
Checking with the Greenwood Cemetery online listing to see if there were any other burials in G-SEC 6- 8- , I found that there were others listed.  In that section were the following:
 
Adams, Ann age 28 died 27 Sep 1880
Adams, Ann infant died 22 Oct 1880 [death registrations informant Donald Gunn - marriage registration = Ann married to James Adams]
Gunn, Allan (infant of ), still born, 1922
Gunn, Donald McKay 65, died 29 Dec 1926
Gunn, Donald 66, died 21 April 1895
Gunn, Janet McKay, 86, died 15 Dec 1914
Gunn, John, 16, died 28 Dec 1875
Gunn, Margaret, 88, died 4 May 1942
Gunn, William James, 19, died 10 Aug 1890
McKay, James (infant of ) still born, 5 Dec 1872
McKay, Jemima, 1 month, died 12 May 1870
McKay, Margaret, 100, died 9 Nov 1878 
Sayer, James, 88, died 4 Feb 1969

1 comment:

baz201 said...

Thank you for posting this. It has helped me in my family history research into the McKay family.
Neil McKay (1770-1863) & Margaret Sutherland (1778-1878) were my great-great-great granparents. I visited the farm in Northern Scotland where Neil lived before he immigrated to Canada and I have identified his parents and siblings from Scottish records. Always interested in swapping geneological research on this branch of the McKay family.

Barry Mckay
Sydney, Australia
barrymckayau@yahoo.com.au