1891 Nova Scotia Census, Smith's Cove, Halifax County
Notes by John Cordes
Updated February 17, 2007
Note 1: Family #29: Moser, Mrs. Margaret Ann
— My great-grandmother, ne้ MacDonald; my great-grandfather John Henry Moser died in January, 1891. Their daughter, Maggie Moser in the census list, is Margaret Priscilla Moser, my grandmother.
Note 4: Family #59: Shelnutt, Lizzie
— Elizabeth Jane Nelson, first wife of George Richard Shellnutt and mother of his four children. She died in 1913. In 1921 George Shellnutt married my grandmother Margaret "Maggie" (Moser) Greenwood, who had been widowed in 1915.
Note 6: Family #8: Moser, Andrew
— Based on the 1881 Census, the given names in this family are Andrew, Mary Elizabeth, William Norman, George Rubert [sic], Isaac Elvin, Robert Gilbert, Corey Jane. I originally had "Rupert" transcribed as Reuben. However, I am now (2008.03.20) quite convinced that "Reuben" is George Rupert Moser, who died 4 Sep 1919 at the age of 47 years, 8 months, 11 days (which translates to a birth date of 24 Dec 1871). This would make sense of the 1881 listing for one thing. In the 1901 census he appears as Rupert G., married to Etta J. (Cameron), with daughter Maude. He married Etta in Moser River on 25 Feb 1894.
Note 7: Family #4: McDonald, Daniel
— Based on the 1881 Census, the given names in this family are Daniel, Mary Ann, Hennery Elauson, and Mary
Ezabell; the surname is recorded as McDonel
in 1881. George Nicholas (age 24), Mary Ellen (age 21), and Freeman (age 16) McDonel were also with the family in 1881, as was Emly L.
Turden (F; age 5).
Note 10: Family #58: Shelnutt, Margaret Ann
— Mother of George [Richard] Shelnutt, of the next household; widow of George Francis Shellnutt, and a daughter of Thomas Smith and Mary Elizabeth Moser. [private communication: Wayne Shellnutt]
Note 11: Family #74: Moser, Mrs. Elizabeth
— I think Elizabeth is probably the widow of John Leonard Moser, who is known to have married
(Mary) Elizabeth McDonald in 1848 at Lower Quoddy. If this is correct she may be the daughter of Alexander James McDonald and Mary Ann Cunningham.
Note 12: Family #83: Smith, George
— probably belongs with the following family (#84); the census record has a line drawn through the number
Note 13: Family #72: McDonald, Samuel
. This family appears to be a reasonable match for the following from the 1881 Census:
Census Place: Nicumteouch, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Source: FHL Film 1375805 NAC C-13169 Dist 10 SubDist Z Page 4 Family 17
Sex Marr Age Origin Birthplace Rel: Occ:
Ann MOSER F W 66 Scottish Nova Scotia C of E
William Abert MOSER M 18 German Nova Scotia C of E
Samuel MCDONAL M M 32 Scottish Nova Scotia C of E Day Laborer
Olive Maria MCDONAL F M 26 Scottish Nova Scotia C of E
Effe Jane MCDONAL F 7 Scottish Nova Scotia C of E
William Archabald MCDONAL M 2 Scottish Nova Scotia C of E
NS Vital Stats (novascotiagenealogy.com) has a marriage (3 Dec 1878) for Maria Moser (24), d/o George and Anne to Samuel McDonald (28), s/o Arch and Mary; all of McDonald's Cove (is this Harrigan Cove?).
Note 14: Family #72: McDonald, Blanch
. This Blanch McDonald may be the Ella Blanche McDonald, age 15, who marries (NS Vital Stats)
William Joseph McDonald, age 23, on 6 Jan 1900, at Harrigan Cove. William is s/o Charles and Lavinia and Ella Blanche is d/o Samuel and Lavinia.
Is Lavinia here, for Ella Blanche's mother's name, a mistake? To fit with Family #72 the mother should be Maria Olive (or Olive Maria).
William is almost certainly the William of Family
#44, age 15 in the 1891 Census, s/o Charles and Lavinia.
William's birth is recorded at NS Vital Stats: 4 Oct 1875, s/o Charles McDonald, fisherman, Harrigan Cove and Lavinia Parker, also of Harrigan cove (married in 1874). The
marriage of Charles Edward (or Edmu(o)nd?) McDonald and Lavinia Mary Parker is also recorded in Vital Stats: 22 Dec 1874, Harrigan Cove. Charles, 23, fisherman, s/o Daniel (fisherman) and
Mary; Lavinia, 19, d/o Thos. and Letitia (Letitia may be d/o Colin Mitchell (Jeddore) and Eliza Horn (Eastern Passage, if she is the Letitia Parker who d. age 97 on 4 Apr 1925 at Owl's
Head, Halifax County).
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