McFadyen, Elizabeth

Birth Name McFadyen, Elizabeth 1a 2a 3a 4a
Gender female
Age at Death 87 years, 7 months, 29 days

Narrative

Elizabeth McFadyen was the seventh child, and youngest daughter, of Archie and Mary Anne (Beer) McFadyen of Lot 31. According to the PEI Baptismal Index she was born on 24 March 1865 and baptized 10 June 1869; since the records for other members of the family show a baptism within months of the birth, the 1865 is perhaps an error and should be 1869.
In the 1881 census, her age is smudged, and could be read as 14 or 16; in 1891 as 22; and in 1901 as 31; in the 1901 census she gave her date of birth as 22 March 1870. She gave her age as 50 in the 1921 census. According to a note in the Summerside Journal, she died at the age of 89 in 1956.
Elizabeth McFadyen married Johnstone Mann in Zion Presbyterian in 1892.
She must have been a strong woman. When her husband died suddenly in his forties, she was left with a farm to manage and a baby girl, twin toddlers and three older boys, the eldest of whom was 9. Census records don't mention a hired man living in the house, although some of her husband's brothers lived on neighbouring farms and may have helped. Elizabeth gave her occupation as farmer in the 1911 census, and the three older boys were "farmer's sons".
During the war, Robertson went overseas, where he was wounded; in the second world war, son Johnstone was on a submarine cable ship, working in a potentially dangerous situation.
In 1921, Elizabeth was the head of household and a farmer, with children Leslie (27), Keir (24), Johnstone (21) and Hazel (20). Robertson and Allison were living together on another farm. Leslie was a farmer; Keir was a lobster fisherman; and Johnstone was a cheesemaker. Hazel was keeping house.

1911 census:
Name: Elizabeth Mann
Marital Status: Widowed, Age: 41
Birth Date: Mar 1870, Birthplace: Prince Edward Island
Tribal: Scotch (Scotish)
Province: Prince Edward Island, District: Queens, Sub-District: Part - Township 20
Place of Habitation: Burlington
Elizabeth Mann 41
Leslie A Mann 18
Robertson A Mann 17 - 2 months in school
William K Mann 15 - 6 months in school
Johnson A Mann 11 - three youngest, all 10 months/year in school
Allison B Mann 11
Hazel E Mann 10

She was healthy into her 80s, and it was her custom to walk from her farm, outside of Kensington, into the town of Kensington once a week. She was known as Mother to her grandchildren, and the snapshot of her as an older woman is how they remembered her.

A lengthy obituary was published in the Guardian.

Narrative

Many relatives and friends from far and near were filled with deep regret to hear of the sudden passing of Mrs. Johnstone Mann in her 89th year.
Mrs. Mann was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Archibald MacFadyen of Clyde River a family of seven. She came to live in Burlington as the wife of Johnstone Mann where in her home, her church and her community she was loved, revered and honoured. Early in her happy married life she was called upon to mourn a most devoted husband leaving her with six small children with her own hands and the help of God she kept them all together, until they were able to do for themselves.
All who were near and dear to her as one by one her sisters and brothers were taken from her.
Possessed of unusual Christian grace she bore these great sorrows as only a real Christian could.
She was a woman that was loved by old and young. She will be greatly missed in her home where many pleasant evenings were spent there by friends and neighbours. Words cannot express what she meant to her family and her vacant place can never be filled. she leaves to her family not worthy goods but a shining example of a good mother and a true friend.
Honest, trustworthy and possessed of a cheerful and humorous disposition and those who lived near her knew what a kind friend and neighbour she was as at any hour of the day or night she was ready and willing to assist anyone in time of sickness or trouble. At a early age she affiliated herself wit the Presbyterian Church and was ever a loyal and consistent member.
She leaves to mourn a family of six: Leslie, Kensington; Robertson, Kensington; Keir, Burlington; Allison, Kensington; Johnstone, Moncton; Hazel (Mrs. Roscoe MacDonald), York; twenty-two grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren who mourn the loss of a loving and devoted mother. the many letters and cards of sympathy received of which her family gratefully acknowledge were silent testimonies to her memory.
The funeral was the largest seen for many years from the Geddie Memorial Church.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth March 24, 1869 Bannockburn, Lot 31, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada date given as 1865 in PEI Bap Index- other children in the family were bap. soon after birth 1b 2b 3b 4b
Baptism 1869      
Death November 22, 1956 Kensington, Lot 19, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada newspaper says in her 89th year  
Residence 1881 Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   4c
Residence 1891 Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   3c
Residence 1901 Lot 20, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   1c
Residence 1911 Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada   2c

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McFadyen, Archibald1828December 12, 1900
Mother Beer, Mary AnneNovember 11, 1832March 24, 1898
    Sister     McFadyen, Jane Elizabeth February 18, 1854 May 4, 1889
    Sister     McFadyen, Margaret October 30, 1855 July 22, 1925
    Brother     McFadyen, Thomas
    Sister     McFadyen, Hannah Maria April 12, 1858 November 17, 1944
    Brother     McFadyen, John Archibald September 9, 1859 February 13, 1942
    Sister     McFadyen, Rebecca Ellen May 22, 1861 September 18, 1948
    Sister     McFadyen, Elizabeth August 9, 1863 before 1869
         McFadyen, Elizabeth March 24, 1869 November 22, 1956
    Brother     McFadyen, Kenneth Robertson April 17, 1870 June 14, 1953

Families

Family of Mann, William Johnstone and McFadyen, Elizabeth

Married Husband Mann, William Johnstone ( * November 15, 1859 + April 10, 1901 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage February 22, 1892 Charlottetown, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada marriage license, Zion Presbyterian, RG19, Series3, Subseries4: Marriage Licenses, 1892  
  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Mann, Leslie ArchibaldSeptember 8, 1892December 10, 1974
Mann, Andrew RobertsonApril 13, 1894November 22, 1961
Mann, William KeirDecember 6, 1896June 6, 1992
Mann, Allison BeerOctober 18, 1899August 8, 1987
Mann, Johnstone AngusOctober 18, 1899June 3, 1971
Mann, Hazel ElizabethDecember 8, 1900December 24, 1997

Source References

  1. 1901 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1870 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 20, Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1870 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 20, Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1870 Birth place: Pe Residence date: 1901 Residence place: Lot (township/canton) 20, Queen's (west/ouest), Prince Edward Island, Canada

  2. 1911 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: March 1870 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: March 1870 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: March 1870 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1911 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  3. Library and Archives Canada: 1891 Census of Canada [database on-line]Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427.
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        Birth date: abt 1869 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1869 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: abt 1869 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1891 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

  4. 1881 Census of Canada
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        Birth date: 1860 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1860 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada

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        Birth date: 1860 Birth place: Prince Edward Island Residence date: 1881 Residence place: Queens, Prince Edward Island, Canada