MacDonell Graves

Antigonish and Hants County, Nova Scotia

Saint Bernard's Cemetery, Enfield

This listing of graves started in an attempt to work on the descendants of Donald McDonnell and Mary Scott of Glengarry, Scotland, who were among the early emigrants to Nova Scotia, in about 1790. They settled in Nine Mile River, Hants County. See a family group sheet and a descendant report.

Donald, born in 1753, died at age 104 in 1858! Although his stone (see picture) lists his surname as 'MacDonald', everything else (date of death, age at death and place of birth) fit. His death is reported, presumably separately, in both The Presbyterian Witness and Evangelical Advocate of Halifax, and The Casket of Antigonish. So I'm satisfied that this stone, from a small cemetery in Nine Mile River, is his.

At least three of the children of Donald and Mary moved to Saint Andrew's, Antigonish county - Alexander, Donald and Margaret. Both Donald and Alexander were blacksmiths; Margaret married Donald Angus McDonald of the McBride McDonalds.

Many of the graves are from the cemetery next to Saint Bernard's Church in Enfield, Nova Scotia. Enfield is some 10 miles/16 km from Nine Mile River. Most of the rest come from the Saint Andrew's area - the parish cemetery, adjacent to the church and South River Cemetery, about 4 miles/7 km above the village.

I don't know for certain that all the graves in Enfield are related to this family. I do know that some of the MacDonell graves in Saint Andrews are for a family descended from a Cape Breton pioneer. (See MacDonald, A D, Mabou Pioneers Volume I, Halifax, NS: Formac Publishing Company, 3rd Printing, 2004, pp 614-630).

Pictures were taken in the first two weeks of August, 2004. Listing is by the order in which the pictures were taken, which has the side effect of grouping them by cemetery. The images have been reduced; if you would like a full-size image (average about 700 kilobytes), please write me. Likewise, if you can offer any additional insight into who is who, write me.

See the list of names