John Leod McDonald (1853 - 1906)

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Birthplace: Broekfield, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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About John Leod McDonald

JOHN LEOD MCDONALD senior (1853-1906)

Many of the firsts in Stony Plain can be directly attributed to their first settler. John L. McDonald was one of the first pioneers to truly settle in the area that was at the time called the Stoney Plain. He was the first settler to the area of the Stoney Plain and is now referred to as the "founding father of Stony Plain" McDonald was born October 22, 1854 in Broekfield, Prince Edward Island to Scottish parents. After graduating from school, he apprenticed as a carpenter and cabinet-maker. He worked his trades for a while but there was a pioneering spirit in McDonald and he headed west in the late 1870s.

While in Fort Garry (which is present day Winnipeg) he worked in construction and then got a freighting job which, to McDonald, was a bit more exciting. His "rig" consisted of two oxen (named Mick and Duke) and a Red River cart. McDonald's route was from Fort Garry to Fort Edmonton; a long and treacherous journey to be sure.

In 1884, McDonald was offered a job from Indian Affairs to build log cabins for the reservations of Wabumun and Enoch. McDonald wanted to be in a centralized location and asked the local Indians where he could find a place. The local Indians told him of a place with lush grass and a creek that was teeming with fish. They called it Atimoswe (or Atim Ozwe Sipi) Dog Rump Creek.

He settled in that area which is about two miles south of where Stony Plain is today. In fact, a lot of the new development that is happening around Stony Plain is where the "old Stony Plain" used to be. John Leod McDonald was the first white settler and before long others started to lay claim in the area. More and more people came to settle in the "Stoney Plain" and with that McDonald decided it was time to apply for a post office. Before that, settlers would have to travel to Edmonton to get mail from families and loved ones. The application for a post office was a big step in a community. Literarily it would put you on the map. McDonald applied for the name Stony Plain, and amidst a bit of controversy, received the rights to the name; this put Stony Plain on the map http://www.museevirtuel-virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/histoires_de_chez_nous-community_memories/pm_v2.php?id=story_line&lg=English&fl=0&ex=375&sl=3074&pos=1

STONY PLAIN

is a town in Alberta that has deep sense of history, with many fascinating stories that have become folklore and a part of our heritage. The first homestead in the Stony Plain area was that of John L. McDonald. His settlement would later become the original town-site that is two miles south of present day Stony Plain. In 1906, the railway came through but, it was about a "country mile" from where the town-site was. The town moved itself to what is the current location of Stony Plain. By 1908, the population was about 1000. It was then decided to become a town and an application was submitted to the provincial government. On Dec. 10, 1908 it was incorporated officially as a town http://www.stonyplain.com/Visitors/Our-Community/Our-Heritage.htm

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John Leod McDonald was appointed postmaster for Stony Plain, Northwest Territories on June 1, 1893 and he resigned from the position on April 28, 1903. Burial Place: Pioneer Cemetery, Spruce Grove, Alberta,Canada block 112 plot 3 west Parents name were Alexander (1816-1888)and Christine MacLeod (1819-1861) Married Mary Ann Kay Watt and they had 4 children; when Mary Ann died he later married Jannett Watt, full sister of Mary Ann and they also had 4 children.John Leod was born October 22, 1853, Brookfield, Prince Edward Island, Canada [Ancestry.com] http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.canada.alberta.parkland/4.16.1/mb.ashx

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John Leod McDonald (October 22, 1854 - August 25, 1906) Married to Mary Ann Watt in 1881. She was born in 1858 and died July 21, 1888. They had four children Louis Michael, May Josephine, Laura Anna and Annie Christian. John Leod remarried after the death of Mary Ann Watt. He married Jannet Watt, sister of Mary Ann, in 1892. They had four children Peter Alexander, Maybell, Nellie and John Leod Jr. John Leod McDonald was the postmaster in Stony Plain, Alberta and a mural on the post office has his picture. He is believed to be buried somewhere in the Parkland county [Ancestry.com] http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.canada.alberta.parkland/4/mb.ashx

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John Leod McDonald's Timeline

1853
October 22, 1853
Broekfield, Prince Edward Island, Canada
1901
June 26, 1901
Age 47
Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada
1906
August 25, 1906
Age 52
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