McFadyen, Donald

Birth Name McFadyen, Donald
Gender male
Age at Death about 32 years


Donald was the youngest son of Angus McFadyen, and was left the family farm by his father. He was living in Lot 31 in 1881. There was no Donald in lot 31 in the 1891 census, and the other men named Donald McFadyen in nearby lots can be found in both the 1881 and 1891 census records.

Living near the McFadyens in 1881 - the next entry on the census record - was the family of Archibald Henderson. In the 1891 census, Archibald's daughter Jane was Jane McFadyen, age 26, a widow, and with a son Hedley, aged 2.

Groom's Name Donald McFadyen
Groom's Residence Bannockburn,, Lot 31
Groom's Status Bachelor
Bride's Name Jane Henderson
Bride's Residence Bannockburn
Bride's Status Spinster
Source RG19/s3/ss5: Marriage bonds, 1888

(According to the local history Our West River Heritage, Donald never married.)

There are administration papers for the estate of Donald McFadyen of Kingston, who died without a will, around 1890. The papers, dated 1893, mention his widow Jane McFadyen, since married to James Arbing and living in Crapaud, and their son Hedley, living with his mother. Donald's property was betweenn the South Wiltshire Road, one boundary being land owned by John McDougall, and the other by Robert H. Simmons. Robert Henderson was living on the farm, the executor found.

Janie Henderson, widow of Donald McFadyen, married James Arbing in 1892. Her son Hedley Donald McFadyen, born April 15 1889, went out west. He married Eileen Margaret Davis (b. 1903 in Ontario) and died in Abbotsford BC in 1969. Unfortunately, the family member who filled out his death certificate did not know the name of either parent.

Groom's Name James Arbing - possible this is him? James b. 13 Apr. 1851 and m. Hannah Matthews a sister of Samuel Matthews. She was drowned at a Sunday school picnic in New Annan in 1883.

Groom's Residence Crapaud, Lot 29
Groom's Status Widow/Widower
Bride's Name Jane McFadyen (Isabelle Jane Henderson)
Bride's Residence Bannockburn
Bride's Status Widow/Widower
Date of Marriage License or Bond 7 May 1892
Date of Marriage Ceremony 17 May 1892
Officiant's Name F. D Davison
Source RG19, Series3, Subseries4: Marriage Licenses, 1892

Isabelle Jane and James Arbing had one son, James Fenton Arbing, born in 1894. Fenton gave his mother's name as Elizabeth Jane on his marriage record.

The farm of Angus McFadyen, left to his son Donald, was no longer in the family by 1928.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1858 Bannockburn, Lot 31, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada 1881 census  
Death about 1890 Lot 31, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada "on or about 1890" in the estate admin papers  


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father McFadyen, Angus 1about 1800January 31, 1886
Mother Unknown, Wife 3
    Sister     McFadyen, Annie November 1, 1856 May 5, 1914
    Sister     McFadyen, Flora 1856
         McFadyen, Donald 1858 about 1890


Family of McFadyen, Donald and Henderson, Isabelle Jane

Married Wife Henderson, Isabelle Jane ( * June 19, 1862 + ... )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage January 17, 1888 Prince Edward Island, Canada Pioneer Feb 28, 1888  
Name Birth Date Death Date
McFadyen, Donald HedleyApril 15, 1889March 28, 1969