Discussion: I'm looking for information on an Alexander Currie. He was from South Uist and came to Cape Breton in the 1820's. He married Ann McIntyre in 1833 here (I have a record for that) and was Roman Catholic.
In the book "A West Wind to East Bay" on page 58 it states, "Another Currie family that originated in East Bay, but eventually settled in Glace Bay, was that of ALEXANDER Currie. I am told that his father's name was Duncan and that his mother was a MacDonald, but I have been unable to verify this or make any connection with the other Currie families we are discussing. Alexander was born in South Uist and was drowned along with his brother-in-law off Glace Bay According to the records of Sacred Heart Parish, Sydney, he married Anne MacIntyre in 1833. They had at leaset ten children: I. Angus; II. Sandy; III. Mary Sarah; IV. Mary Ann; V Jane; the twins, VI. Daniel and VII. Mary; VIII. Ronald; IX. Catherine; and X. Joseph." It then goes on to discuss the children and their descendants. I do have a death record for Alexander.
Interestingly enough a witness to Alexander (who was also called Alex at times) was a man named Ronald (Renald Curry on Alexander's death record) Currie, whom I am assuming was a brother or cousin.
On page 55 of the same book Ronald is listed as Raonull and it states the following: "There was a family of Curries settled at Gillis Lake. This was the family of RAONULL Curry, son of Domhnull, son of Iain, son of Domhnull, of Druimmor, South Uist. He was born in Scotland, but died before the 1871 census and, so, I have no dates for him." It goes on to list who he married and their descendants.
Than later on page 62 of the same book it goes on to state: "The next family of Curries to be treated here is the family of LACHLANN mac IAIN 'ic DHONNCHAIDH 'ic SHEUMAIS ("Laughlin, son of John, son of Duncan, son of James"). He was born in Scotland and came and settled in the backlands of North Side East Bay between MacAdam's Lake and Steele's Crossing. I don't know who his wife was and I believe he died shortly after coming to this country. He had at least two children that I know of: OIGHRIG; and LACHLANN. I have been told that there were at least three other children: DOMHNULL; DOMHNULL BAN; and AGNES, but of these I know nothing more. There is the possibility that one of these Domhnulls was the father of Raonull Currie, who settled at Gillis Lake. In one of his articles in The Casket Michael D. Currie said that Raonull's father was Domhnull mac Iain 'ic Dhomhnuill. There could have been a typographical error introduced when Michael D.'s letter was being transcribed for printing at the newspaper office. Perhaps it should have read "Domhnull mac Iain 'ic Dhonnchaidh". I have not been able to locate Michael D.'s papers, so I cannot compare the originals with the newspaper articles."
I am trying to find out if there is more information on my Alexander and how he pertains to the Curries of South Uist.
There was a lady named Joanne searching (located in the comments of https://westernisles.wordpress.com/genealogy/) that was searching for an Alex Currie who had a "natural" daughter born about 1828 to a Margaret McVicar and the daughter's name was Flora Currie. Margaret McVicar was born about 1780-1785 and it's possible that that Alex and my Alex could be the same one as hers was purported to come to Cape Breton in the late 1820's before the birth of Flora.
I am curious if any of this is familiar and if my Alexander's paternal line could be traced further.
Any direction or advice would be greatly appreciated in my search.