James Shewan Thank you for the photo of the grave of James Shewan. It helps me greatly with my project of identifying the grave locations of Shewans around the world. I appreciate you effort very much!
Unfortunately they are too late in the century to be my ancestors. The Alexander in my tree died in Canada in 1834. I am glad to get your note, it reminded me that there are about 25 or 30 requests for my area, I better get moving.
RE: Fyvie Cemetary I have a draft copy of a deposition in it, it states that Elizabeth Wilson Fowler was the mother of Alexander Fraser McDonald. The document states that he was the son of Archibald McDonald, and that Archibald had two brothers, Alexander and John. The letter states that John encouraged Elizabeth to name Alexander after the uncle not the father, leading me to believe that Archibald was dead or denying claim to an illegitimate son. It states that Alexander was deceased and that John had died in Suriname. It further states that the Alexander Fraser MacDonald had two aunts, Elizabeth and a Mary Anne. Mary Anne was married to Charles Rae. According to the deposition there were no other children to the authors knowledge. My research shows that there was a John McDonald who served in Suriname with the British Army, he died in 1806. So Elizabeth Wilson Fowler lived in Mill Brex Fyvie at least then and maybe a few years longer.
RE: Fyvie Cemetary According to lore, Alexander was born in Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire, Scotland, not in Aberdeenshire. I have been meaning to try Scotlands People, just haven't gotten around to signing up.
I have been building my family tree via ancestry.ca for the past sever months. I have been able to trace my family back to Scotland, and thanks to a deposition a distant relative had posted, I - have found out that my 4th great grandmother lived at Mill Brex in Fyvie, sometime around 1806 +/- 5 years or so. She would likely have been fairly elderly at the time as her son, was born in 1762. I am hoping that she may be buried in the Fyvie Cemetary. Her name was Elizabeth Wilson Fowler. My 3rd great grandfather was Alexander Fraser McDonald, and he died in Canada. I don't know if he was legitimate or not. So I don't know if she would be buried as a McDonald or a Fowler, but the deposition listed her name as Elizabeth Wilson Fowler. I believe my 3rd great grandfather passed on long before, and wonder if he may have died before Alexander was born, it is hard to know for sure, the deposition states that an Uncle encouraged Elizabeth to name him after another uncle, instead of after his father Archibald.
Well enough about the history. If you have an opportunity to go through the Fyvie graveyard again, would you be so kind as to keep and eye out for Elizabeth Wilson Fowler? I am hoping that she would either be buried with family or alone and not in a pauper's grave, as by that time Alexander was a well established gentleman and i would hope that he would send money to help support his elderly mother.
I also sent you an e-mail, but also poted here in case it gets put in junk mail by a spam filter.