- Born: 1829, Ireland
- Marriage: Margaret Jane Cunningham on 24 Apr 1849 in Rafferty Presbyterian Church
- Died: 1897 at age 68 1
Another name for Joseph was Joseph McClurg.
The 1871 census for Artemesia Township (Ontario), Division2, page 74, reel
c.9952 listed a Joseph McLoud (note spelling). Married to Margaret with
children listed as James, Jane, William, Joseph, Robert, Samuel; all born in
Ontario. Living with them was a Margaret Irving, aged 3.
The 1865 W.W. Smith Gazetteer has: McLeod Joseph, Concession 2, Lot 115 West
of the Toronto and Sydenham Road. The Markdale History, page 489 shows Joseph
took this land from the Crown in 1854. Now owned by Ron & Dorthy Hill.
Following from correspondence from Stuart McLeod, my cousin.
Its been awhile since we corresponded. I am also sending a copy of this note to Peggy Moggy who really broke open the information that I needed. The curator of the museum in Manitowaning put us in contact with each other. She is a relative of ours but I have never been good at figuring out the cousin layers. Here is what I have which will fill you in on some of your charts. I am Gordons son and Ruth was Vics daughter so we are one generation removed so as you are aware, when I refer to great grandfather you have to add an additional great.
Here is the relationship between Peggy and myself. My great grandmother was Margaret Cunningham and her great grandmother was Jane Cunningham. Again, great great for you. Jane Cunningham was married to Mathew Irvine and Margaret Cunningham was married to Joseph McClurg...two different spelling pop up and the other is McLurg. Joseph McLurg and Joseph McLoud (the way he spelled it) are one in the same. The children of Joseph and Margaret apparently changed it to the correct spelling as alot of other Mcleods around the Markdale area. You visited the grave outside of Markdale and Margarets inscription is McLoud.
For some reason we will never know, Joseph changed his name from McLurg to McLoud. He emmigrated to the U.S. and settled in New York state where I assume he was practicing his trade which was being a shoemaker. Interestingly enough, his 2nd son who is buried in Manitowaning was also a cobbler for a period of time. Anyway, Mathew Irvine convinced him to take land in Canada near Markdale. I have been to the farm which is owned now by the Hill family. It is about 50 acres and the farm right behind the old McLoud farm was owned by the Cunninghams...Margaret and Janes brother or at least family. Mathew Irvine had an inheritance of 1000 pounds and with that built the first grist mill in the Markdale area. Prior to his settling there all the farmers had to take their grain to Collingwood as that was the closest mill. I have made that trip and can imagine what it would have been like in the days of horse drawn wagons.
The information that Peggy got from the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland is as follows: 24 April 1849: Joseph McClurg, full age, farmer, of Killinchy Woods, married Margaret Cunningham, full age, of Ballyalgin. Respective fathers: James McClurg; James Cunningham, farmers. Witnesses: Robert McClurg; Patrick (?) McClurg. They were married at the Rafferty Presbyterian church. I have pictures of the church which Peggy sent me. The church was apparently built in 1843 so was quite new when they were married.
I later wrote the historical society asking for additional information on McClurgs and they sent me many marriages and baptisms, etc but spelled the name McLurg. Must be the same family group as many of the names meshed with the information Peggy had sent me.
Anyway, your mother Ruth was not a McLeod and neither was your grandfather Vic...Samuel, your great grandfather probably didn't know the connection although may have as was the youngest son of Joseph.
Joseph married Margaret Jane Cunningham, daughter of James Cunningham and Mary McEwan McCune, on 24 Apr 1849 in Rafferty Presbyterian Church. (Margaret Jane Cunningham was born in 1822 in County Down, Ireland, died on 19 Sep 1894 in Grey, Ontario and was buried in Orange Valley Presbyterian Church Yard.)