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Robert Anthony McAllister

Robert Anthony McAllister

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  • Name Robert Anthony McAllister 
    Born 23 Apr 1891  Wolfe Island,Frontenac,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
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    Buried Jan 1963  Wolfe Island,Frontenac,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 12 Jan 1963  Toronto,York,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • McALLISTER FAMILY HISTORY

      by Ian G. McAllister, July, 1997.

      The primary sources for this family history are brother Kevin of Whitby, Ontario and his son Tom of Toronto. The convoluted presentation is my responsibility.

      George 1, 1802-1885.

      As far as we can tell, the original McAllister, I call him George I, and his wife Mary Malieu/O'Malley came from County Armagh, Northern ,,,Ireland. In my father's (Robert Anthony) correspondence, he writes that as a child he remembers seeing a branding iron imprinted with "MacAlister" and that his grandfather said that his people had come originally from Scotland to Armagh and changed the spelling to McAllister. As seen from the Family Tree, George and Mary had five children: two were born in ,,,Ireland and the others were born on Wolfe Island, Ontario (Upper Canada at that time). Since the third child was born in Canada in 1837, we assume that George and Mary emigrated to Canada around 1835. My Dad's notes show that a brother of George came with them to Canada and went on to Vancouver. George and his brother wrote to each other until George's death in 1885. Unfortunately, all correspondence was lost.

      Following a trip to ,,,Ireland in 1996, 1 wrote the Armagh Ancestry Research, Armagh, County Armagh, Northern ,,,Ireland. They checked the Tithe Applotment Books and the Marriage Licence Bonds for the Diocese of Armagh between 1729 and 1845 but to no avail. Apparently a lot of records were lost in the Dublin fire in 1921.

      George I and Mary are buried in the "old" Catholic cemetery on Wolfe Island (behind St. Mary's Church). The cemetery was restored in 1995 and brother Kevin had the family stones repaired.

      The original McAllister farm, around 50 acres, is located next to Taggart's farm on Reed's Bay, Wolfe Island. It can be reached from the village by taking the main highway, turning right on Baseline Road, continuing about three miles and. then taking the second road on the left. It is the first farm on the left, before a small steel bridge. The old home is gone but a tree stands near where the house was located.

      The timbers of the old vacant home were recycled into the rebuilding of the big barn which had burned down. The barn was located behind the home of James Thomas McAllister who had taken over the running of farm.

      James 1, 1850-1925, was married to Lucy Hennessey, 1849-1937. James and Lucy were grandparents to myself, brother Kevin, Barbara (Fleming), Shirley (Creamer). Bill McAllister, Carmel Conley, etc.

      James and Lucy had seven children. Three died relatively young: Rose-Ann, Patrick and a George. The surviving children were:

      1)Mary Jane (married Frank Conley). They had seven children and eventually moved from the Wolfe Island Conley farm and hotel on Reed's Bay to Kingston upon the early death of Frank Conley. The surviving children in 1997 are Norman Conley and his sister Carmel Conley both living in Kingston, Ontario.

      2) James Thomas II (married Mae Finn). They had nine children. James took over running the McAllister farm on Wolfe Island. The 150 acre farm is primarily general dairy farming. On James's death, his son Carey operated the farm until his early death. Eventually, the farm was sold to the adjoining farmer, Danny Taggart. The only survivor of this branch is Jim III McAllister.

      3)George Francis 1888-     -(married Jewel Hawkins)

      They had three children: Bill of Dryden, Ontario, who died in 1996, Shirley Creamer of Saint John, N.B. and Barbara Fleming of Boiestown, N.B.
      My Uncle George and Aunt Jewel were like parents to my brother Kevin and me. Our mother Florence (Gleeson) died about a week after my birth in 1931.
      They welcomed us into their family and we lived with them in Yorkton, Saskatchewan and then Moncton, New Brunswick till about 1941. When Dad married Phyllis Peck, Kevin and I lived with them-in Toronto.

      4)Robert Anthony (married Florence Gleeson). They had two children, Kevin Thomas and Ian Gerard . The following is a more detailed history of Dad and, to some extent, of Uncle George.

      Dad was born on April 23, 1890 on the McAllister farm, Wolfe Island, Ontario. He died on January 12, 1963 in Toronto and is buried on Wolfe Island in the new cemetery across from St. Mary's Church.,

      Dad entered Regiopolis College High School in 1902. He was schooled in-shorthand, typing, etc. for probably 2 or 3 years.

      In 1905 he first worked for C.P.R. Railways as Secretary to the Divisional Superintendent, at Sudbury, Ontario.

      In 1910 he left the C.P.R. and went to Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He worked in the Parts Department at Massey-Harris.

      He was not medically fit for service in World War I. His brother George enlisted and served in the cavalry.

      In 1919 Dad went to Kelvington, Saskatchewan (just north of Yorkton). Here he drew two property lots - one for his residence and one for business and opened a Massey-Harris dealership.

      He worked at the dealership during Spring, Summer and Fall. In the Winter, when business was slack, he acted as a collections agent for Massey-Harris. I believe Dad was the first mayor of Kelvington. When his brother George returned from the war, they worked together in Kelvington. The business was called McAllister Brothers, Massey-Harris Farm Implements. During this time, George also taught school at Rhein and Kelvington, Saskatchewan.

      In 1926 Dad sold the dealership to Charlie Barker. That year he married Florence Gleeson. In 1927 he moved to Toronto as Assistant Manager of Massey-Harris. Their son Kevin was born in October 1928 in Toronto and was only 10 weeks old when Dad was made manager of Massey-Harris in Saskatoont Saskatchewan. Their son Ian (me) was born July 12, 1931 in Saskatoon and our mother died a week later of infection. She is buried in Yorkton Cemetery. We were members of St. Gerard's Church.

      In 1933 Dad was made Ontario branch manager of Massey-Harris and retained that position until his retirement in 1954.

      Upon our Mother's death, Kevin and I went to live with Uncle George and Aunt Jewel on Wallace Avenue in Yorkton. In October 1935 we moved to 165 Westley Street in Moncton New Brunswick. Uncle George was Manager of the Maritime branch of Massey-Harris.

      In 1942 Dad married Phyllis Peck and Kevin and I moved to Toronto to live with them at 53 Old Mill Drive (near Jane & Bloor Sts.).

      Brother Kevin attended St. Bernard's School in Moncton, then St.James and St. Michael's High School in Toronto. He started his business career as a Massey-Harris dealer in Brampton, Ontario. He married Doreen Murphy and raised four sons, Kevin, Thomas, Robert and Patrick. After the dealership in Brampton and Kitchener, Ontario and Sales with Sherman Ford Products, Kevin and Doreen went into the furniture retail business in Oshawa and Whitby. Their son Robert (Bob) is now working with them at McAllister's Traditional Interiors in Whitby.

      Ian attended St. Bernard's School in Moncton through Grade 3 and then in Toronto he went to St. James and St. Micheal's High School; then Guelph Ontario Agricultural College (B.Sc in Agriculture), and one year at the University of Toronto (BSc. Mech. Eng. 1956). He joined Alcan in Arvida, Quebec. He married Sheila Chester in 1958 and they had three children, Michael, Myrna and Kevin. Ian joined Air Reduction (Arcweld) about 1960 to about 1987. Sheila died April 28, 1980. Ian married Jennie Frosst in 1985. lie joined Moldcast, Prescolite in 1988 to 1991 when he retired.
    Person ID I13293  Rgstrong Family genes. | Descendants of George McAllister, b. 1802
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2012 

    Father Ancestors James McAllister,   b. 3 Mar 1850, ,,,Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1925, Wolfe Island,Frontenac,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
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    Mother Lucy Margaret Hennessey,   b. 10 Aug 1850, ,,,Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1937, Wolfe Island,Frontenac,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Family ID F4786  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Florence Gleeson,   d. Jul 1931, Yorkton,,Saskatchewan,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1926  Kelvington,,Saskatchewan,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Kevin McAllister
    +2. Ian McAllister Married: 2x2x 
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2006 19:43:00 
    Family ID F4782  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Phyllis Peck,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1942  Toronto,York,Ontario,Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2006 19:43:00 
    Family ID F4781  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Apr 1891 - Wolfe Island,Frontenac,Ontario,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1926 - Kelvington,,Saskatchewan,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1942 - Toronto,York,Ontario,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Jan 1963 - Wolfe Island,Frontenac,Ontario,Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Jan 1963 - Toronto,York,Ontario,Canada Link to Google Earth
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