Born 1749 in Fortingall, Perthshire.
Died 17th of December 1836 at Cote du Midi, Argenteuil, Québec.
wife CATHERINE MCGREGOR
Born 1767 in Fortingall, Perthshire.
Died 19th of February 1813 at Cote du Midi, Argenteuil, Québec.
Origins: Donald was possibly the son of Donald McKercher and his wife Mary McKercher of Balnahanaid, Fortingall. He would have been the uncle of Donald McKercher who settled at Dalesville. This would explain both families being present at Craiguie, Balquhidder prior to immigration.
Catherine McGregor was possibly the daughter of Malcolm McGregor and Christian Fletcher of Rannoch, having married secondly a Euphemia Campbell. This could explain the children naming pattern. More research is required.
son MALCOLM MCKERCHER
Born 16th of February 1783 at Portnellain House, Blair Atholl, Perthshire.
dau EUPHEMIA MCKERCHER
Born 15th of January 1785 at Portnellain House, Blair Atholl, Perthshire.
dau MARY MCKERCHER
Born 1788 at Craigruie, Balquhidder, Perthshire.
Died 19th of March 1806 at Cote du Midi, Argenteuil, Québec.
dau CHRISTINA MCKERCHER husband CHRISTOPHER DANIEL WILSON
Born 27th of April 1788 at Craigruie, Balquhidder, Perthshire.
Died 22nd of April 1876 at Ridgetown, Kent, Ontario.
Christina married Christopher Wilson on 10th of October 1809 at Montréal. He was an immigrant from Yorkshire, England.
He was born 28th of April 1785 in Yorkshire and died at Ridgetown, Kent, Ontario in 1859.
They had 9 children.
Born 10th of August 1791 at Craigruie, Balquhidder, Perthshire.
Died in infancy.
son JOHN MCKERCHER
Born 13th of August 1793 at Craigruie, Balquhidder, Perthshire.
Died 18th of February 1883 at Saint-Hermas, Deux-Montagnes, Québec.
John purchased Lot 23 & 24 in Cote du Midi on the 14th of October 1818. He sold his land on 21st of December 1835, moving to Saint-Hermas.
1st wife ANGELIQUE ALBERT
John had a common law relationship with Angelique Albert of Saint-Benoit, Deux-Montagnes.
They would have 2 children together.
John McKercher b. 1828 d. 1899 at Ottawa, Carleton
Angelique Jean McKercher b. 1831
2nd wife MARGARET CAMPBELL
John married Margaret Campbell on the 6th of November 1832 at Saint-André-Est. She was born about 1800 and died the 26th of June 1836.
They would have 2 children together.
Catherine McKercher b. 1833 d. 1908 at Roxborough, Stormont
Alexander McKercher b. 1834 (birth recorded father's name as Duncan)
3rd wife MARION MONTGOMERY
John married Marion Montgomery on the 22nd of July 1839 at Saint-André-Est. She was born about 21st of December 1814 in Ayrshire and died the 4th of April 1885.
The family resided on a farm at Saint-Hermas, Deux-Montagnes. They would have 10 children. While living at Saint-Hermas, the children were baptized at St-Philippe-D'argenteuil in adjacent Chatham.
Barbara McKercher b. 1837 d. 1879 at Montréal, Québec
Daniel McKercher b. 1838 d. 1922 at Charlottenburgh, Glengarry
James McKercher b. 1841 d. 1933 at Bruce Crossing, Ontonagon, Michigan
Duncan Nicholas McKercher b. 1842 d. 1925 at Saint-André-Est, Argenteuil
Elizabeth McKercher b. 1844 d. 1868 at Saint-André-Est, Argenteuil
Robert McKercher b. 1846 d. 1925 at Reno, Washoe, Nevada
Janet McKercher b. 1847 d.
Peter McKercher b. 1849 d. 1936 at Salmon Arm, British Columbia
Christie McKercher b. 1851 d. 1934 at at Saint-André-Est, Argenteuil
Archibald McKercher b. 1859 d. 1903 at at Saint-André-Est, Argenteuil
son DUNCAN MCKERCHER
Born 28th of December 1795 at Craigruie, Balquhidder, Perthshire.
Died in infancy.
son DONALD MCKERCHER wife CATHERINE CAMERON
Born about 1800 at Craigruie, Balquhidder, Perthshire.
Died the 29th of April 1871 at St Placide, Deux-Montagnes, Quebec.
He married Catherine Cameron on the 21st of March 1821 at Cote du Midi. She was born 1804 in Scotland and died 1887 at St Placide.
He was a farmer. Referred to as Donald McKercher of The Bay. The couple resided at St Placide, Deux-Montagnes. They had 1 child.
dau CATHERINE MCKERCHER
Born 13th of August 1804 at Cote du Midi, Argenteuil, Quebec.
Died 15th of February 1898 at Saint-André-Est, Argenteuil, Quebec.
Margaret resided with her brother Duncan and sister Margaret at Saint-André-Est.
son DUNCAN MCKERCHER
Born 8th of March 1807 at Cote du Midi, Argenteuil, Quebec.
Died 17th of February 1866 at Saint-André-Est, Argenteuil, Quebec.
Duncan resided with his sisters Catherine and Margaret at Saint-André-Est.
son NICHOLAS BROWN MCKERCHER
Born 1810 at Cote du Midi, Argenteuil, Quebec.
Died 4th of January 1842 at River Rouge, Argenteuil, Québec.
Moved from Cote du Midi to adjacent River Rouge where he purchased Lot 27 on the North Side of River Rouge on 1st of April 1830.
1st wife MARGARET CLARK
Nicholas married Margaret Clark the 4th of December 1832 at Saint-André-Est.
They would have 1 child together.
Daniel McKercher b. 1833 d. Missouri
2nd wife CATHERINE JANE MCOUAT
Nicholas married Catherine McOuat on the 23rd of September 1840 at River Rouge. She was born 1813 and died the 1st of February 1899.
They would have 4 children, with only 2 surviving infancy.
Margaret McKercher b. 1840
John McKercher b. 1841 d. Infancy
James McKercher b. 1841 d. Infancy
Nicholas McKercher b. 1842 d. 1929 at Saint-André-Est, Argenteuil
From 1866 to 1871, Canada experinced military incursions by American Irish Patriots intent on capturing Canada in order to exchange it for the independence of Ireland. They were known as the Fenians.
Young Nicholas born 10th November 1842 at River Rouge was residing with his widowed mother on their 270 acre homestead at this time. He styled his name McKeracher. Nicholas readily enlisted in the St Andrews Troop of Cavalry at the outset. He would serve under Captain John Burwash, mustering in April, 1866.
The Fenians began their incursion in Canada West with some successes but ultimately failed.
Deciding to concentrate their efforts on Canada East, 1000 troops marched into Canada crossing into Quebec, seizing Pigeon Hill, Missisquoi county on June 7th, 1866.
The Canadian Militia, including Nicholas McKeracher and the St Andrews Troop of Cavalry quickly confronted the Fenians, forcing their prompt surrender.
Nicholas would be discharged a month afterward when the volunteer unit disbanded.
On May 25th 1870, the Fenians would again cross the border near the same location. The Canadian Militia prepared prior to the incursion, and awaited at the summit of Eccles Hill.
The Canadian Militia was out numbered, but together with armed citizens they charged the Fenians under a hail of fire and drove them into retreat without suffering a fatality.
As result of his actions, Nicholas McKeracher would join the small number of McKerchers who have been medal recipients, recieving the 1870 General Service Medal in recognition for his service in the Fenian Raids.
He would continue military service, serving in the 11th Regiment, Argenteuil Rangers and later the 6th Regiment of Cavalry - both units later redesignated as The Royal Canadian Hussars. He would marry twice, but died without issue on the 12th of May 1929 at Saint-André-Est.
son PETER MCKERCHER wife MARGARET DICKSON
Born 1st of May 1810 at Cote du Midi, Argenteuil, Quebec.
Died 7th of December 1867 at Alfred, Prescott, Ontario.
Peter married Margaret Dickson the 2nd of July 1834 at Carillion.
The family would move across the Ottawa to Alfred, Prescott, where they established farms. They would have 10 children.
Donald McKercher b. 1836 d. at Alfred, Prescott
Peter Dickson McKercher b. 1839 d. 1905 at L'Orignal, Prescott
Archibald McKercher b. 1840 d. at Plantagenet, Prescott
John McKercher b. 1843 d. 1930 at Plantagenet, Prescott
Robert McKercher b. 1845 d. 1921 at Coleman, Timiskaming
Nicholas McKercher b. 1847 d. 1890 at Hay, Cavalier, North Dakota
James William McKercher b. 1850 d. 1852 at Alfred, Prescott
Janet McKercher b. 1852 d. 1936 at Los Angeles, California
Catherine McKercher b. 1855 d. 1869 at Alfred, Prescott
Duncan McKercher b. 1857 d. at Alfred, Prescott
dau MARGARET MCKERCHER
Born 1813 at Cote du Midi, Argenteuil, Quebec.
Margaret resided with her brother Duncan and sister Catherine at Saint-André-Est.