Neil MacMillan

Male 1787 - 1881  (84 years)

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  • Name Neil MacMillan  [1
    Born 1787  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1871 and 1881  North Mountain, Cape Breton, NS Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I00473  NS MacMillans
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2016 

    Family 1 Catherine (Katie) MacLeod,   b. Between 1815 and 1821,   d. 1929  (Age ~ 114 years) 
    Married 30 Jan 1838 
     1. Elizabeth MacMillan,   b. 01 Jan 1839,   d. 12 Sep 1929  (Age 90 years)
     2. Christy MacMillan,   b. 1843
    +3. Norman (Little Norman) MacMillan,   b. Between 1844 and 1845, Lime Hill, Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1936  (Age ~ 92 years)
     4. Mary MacMillan,   b. 1847
    +5. Flora MacMillan,   b. 15 May 1851
    +6. Rachael MacMillan,   b. Between 1852 and 1853
    +7. Catherine MacMillan,   b. Dec 1853
     8. John Alexander MacMillan,   b. 01 May 1854
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2016 
    Family ID F00161  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Spouse 1 
    +1. Norman (The Bear) MacMillan,   b. 1821, Harris, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 01 May 1900 and 23 Apr 1920, Lime Hill, Nova Scotia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2016 
    Family ID F00163  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • From Debby Bow:
      “What’s your Fa-ther’s name?” (with a particular accent on Fa’). Growing up in Rural Cape Breton, this was a common question asked in conversation, particularly with elders of the community. Everyone knew everyone, or at least someone in their extended family. This area in Cape Breton was largely settled by Scots who emigrated after the “Highland Clearances”. Almost everyone was a Mc or a Mac, and there were only a few common given names. Thus the repetition of Normans, Peters, Catherines and Marys. So it was not uncommon for multiple Norman MacMillans to live in the same county, indeed within the same rural mailing area. In order to distinguish individuals in conversation, they were given nicknames such as Norman The Bear, Little Norman and Big Norman. I knew of 2 John MacLeans who were 1st cousins, the sons of brothers. They lived very close to each other but one lived down by the Bras d’Or Lakes (a saltwater inland sea in Cape Breton) and the other built his house up on the mountain (a few 100 feet higher in elevation). They were always therefore distinguished as Johnny Up and Johnny Down. My own father had a very common name, John MacDonald. He and his siblings were always distinguished by their paternal lineage. So everyone knew him as Johnny Billy (because his father’s name was William). His brothers were Charlie Billy, Malcolm Billy, etc. and his sisters were Catherine Billy, Dolena Billy and Mary Billy, They had other Christian middle names, but these were largely ignored. My mother was called Ida Johnny Billy to distinguish her from Ida Malcolm Billy (both brothers had married women named Ida). My siblings and I are also known by the old folks by this lineage “Are you Johnny Billy’s daughter?” My brother Donald MacDonald is known as Donald Johnny Billy. I try to explain this to my children that they would be distinguished this way in Cape Breton. “Oh, so you’re Nicole Debby-Johnny-Billy!!”

  • Sources 
    1. [S00001] email from Debby Bow.