1823 marriage of James Donald and Kathrine MacIntosh.
My 4th Great-Grandfather on my mother's side of the family, James Donald,was baptised on August 3, 1786 in Alyth, Perthshire, Scotland. His parents were Peter Donald and Margaret Sheppard. There is a record of a James Donald age 19 (could be 16),
born in Alyth, Perthshire, in the Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service in the 42nd Foot Soldiers, 2nd Battalion in 1803. It is not clear if he went to Canada in his youth, however he was married in Scotland 20 years later.
James married Kathrine McIntosh, who was approximately 15 years his junior, on February 2, 1823 in the parish of Longforgan, Perthshire. Together they had ten children, many of whom were named after their ancestors, including my
3rd great-grandfather Peter (week 36), presumedly named after his paternal grandfather, and Peter's son, my 2nd great-grandfather, was named James (week 6) likely after his paternal grandfather.
James and Kathrine are recorded in the 1841
and 1851 Scotland census living in Ratttray Perthshire, with their youngest children. James was a handloom weaver and Kathrine is listed as a grocer merchant. They cannot be found in any further census and I have not located death records for either
of them. It is possible that they immigrated to Canada as some of their younger children appear in Canada and U.S. census documents after 1851. Others researching the Donald family tree have concluded they left Scotland for Canada in the 1850's. I have
yet to confirm this through ships' passenger lists or other records. Hopefully one day this mystery will be solved.