About the Campbells…

A comment just made…

Good day,

There were no demobilized soldiers in Col. Fraser’s 78th Regiment by the name Daniel McKinnon; there was, however, one named [Corporal] Donald McKenon. He discharged in 1763 in Quebec. – Daniel & Donald are sometimes, but not always, interchangeable in Scotland, because “Domhnall,” the Gaelic version of Donald, may be Anglicised as Daniel.

I can confirm Col. Fraser did have a small footprint in Deschambault-Grondines c.Nov. 1761, but the length of duration is currently unknown. The document I have on Donald states had the misfortune of being plundered by some indians, where he lost many of his personal effect – including discharge papers from the Regiment. It also states he fathered 20 children – 10 that were still alive in March 1800, the date of the document. You can contact me through email or my blog if a copy is required.

The transcribed version is here: https://frasers78th.blogspot.com/2017/11/private-donald-mckinnon-78th-regiment.html

Donald discharged from Capt. John Nairn’s Company of the Regiment and listed as soldier #118 here:


Hope this helps!



Will I ever stop?

Will I ever stop writing on Our Ancestors? 

I would not bet on it. There is so much out there on cyberspace that’s it’s mind-boggling. 

Some people have been addicted to genealogy for years… 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years and more. I have been addicted only since 2007 starting with old pictures.

My addiction for my ancestors grew and grew with each picture I found or family members shared… Then I began to get addicted to your ancestors like Charlotte M. Campbell who was lost in time.

Her story is on this blog for her descendants to find as well as her photo album saved by Earl Campbell who cared about preserving the past. 

Caring is what’s it’s all about on Our Ancestors. Caring but mostly sharing my research and other people’s research like Jeffrey Campbell did last week. 

Will I ever stop? Not in the near future because someone found my message in her spam folder and wrote me about it. 

Hello Pierre, 

I am so sorry I did not see your email until now. My email was inundated with spam and advertisements. I was clearing it out when I came across your message. 

What can you share about William Alexander Campbell? I am very interested to learn more. I am actually travelling to Scotland in August, it would be amazing to learn more about his life, where he lived, and my Scottish Heritage. 

Thank you! 

To be continued…

About the Campbells

Anna Campbell

Jeffrey sent me this message…


Regarding the 1731 birth year of William (Guillaume) Campbell (husband to Marie Josephte Chartier), new evidence has arrived, from a 1784 document taken at St. Philippe, La Prairie, that lists Guillaume as age 62, which places his birth nine years earlier than originally anticipated. The original 1731 date was calculated from type script taken from his death/burial record stating, “about 80 years old” in 1811. In light of this new evidence, the original birth year appears to have been an approximation at best, and Guillaume now appears to have been born circa 1722.

In corroborating this new document, two gentlemen listed as neighbors (Francois Girou and Gabriel Laroche) are the same two gentleman listed on William’s July 1798 ‘Donation of Farm to Son, Michel’ document, proving we have the correct ancestor.

For those wishing to learn more about William’s military regiment, Fraser’s 78th Highlanders, I’ve just open a new online blog dedicated to providing transcriptions of original regimental documents. Feel free to stop by and browse. http://frasers78th.blogspot.com

As always, I will be more than happy to provide this new document at your request, and also answer any questions you may have.




Comment added by Michele 

Hi Jeffrey, 

I am a descendant of William Alexander Campbell/Marie Chartier and have been working on my family tree since 2004. My paternal grandmother was Aurore Campbell, born to Jules Campbell, who was William’s great-great-grandson. 

I know for many years several of us have tried to trace William’s family in Scotland. To my surprise, on familysearch.org it appears someone has made a tree connecting his parents as James Campbell and Mary Fisher. By James and Mary’s birthdates it looks like they definitely could have been married by 1722 and had William then. But if William is actually 9 years older than we first thought then he could belong to a different family altogether. 

Here is the link: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:34HR-S85

Thanks for this blog. 

Michele Pecoraro

How I met Anna Campbell? Update

This is a short intermission. It’s about Anna not Charlotte M. Campbell. 

This post has received lots of comments since I posted it. The last comment is most interesting.


This is the comment Jeffrey Campbell wrote.

I have undisputable proof, with documentation, of some very important details with regards to William Campbell and his wife, Marie.

First, I have paperwork which proves William Campbell was a member of the 78th Regiment of Foot, or Fraser’s Highlanders. This paperwork places William together with Major James Abercrombie of the 78th.
Secondly, I also have paperwork which will prove Marie Josephte Chartier (b. 1732) to be the daughter of Louis Chartier and Marie Madeleine Lefebvre dit Boulanger. This will finally put to rest any theories about Marie being the daughter of anyone else.
Finally, I have definitive paperwork which lists William’s full name as Alexander William Campbell. I find this quite compelling, because this is the first instance where we see a different forename for him.
All documentation is archived on the LDS website, http://www.familysearch.org, located on William’s personal ‘Memories’ page. William’s PID# is: KP3R-TZJ.
Or, you can contact me directly and I’ll be happy to email anyone these recently discovered documents from the Quebec National Archives.


This is the proof he sent me in a PDF form.

Campbell & Chartier Inheritence 1793

To contact me so I can contact Jeffrey…