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Peter McCaskill (McAskell/MacAskill) from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Posted by: Stephen Chappell (ID *****9242) Date: December 09, 2006 at 21:48:30
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I'm looking for some information on Peter McCaskill, whose last residence in Nova Scotia was listed as Framboise, Cape Breton Island. Peter was my great-grandfather. He was born about April, 1868 on Cape Breton Island; I believe he had at least two brothers, one of whom may have been named Roderick (I had a letter from another brother, since lost in the 1995 Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles).

He seems to have emigrated to the U.S. in 1894 (traveling with Roderick). He arrived on the ship S.S. Florida, which sailed from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on November 2nd of that year, and arrived in Boston on November 5th. The ship also docked at Port Hawkesbury in Cape Breton (probably where my great-grandfather got on board) on the way. Peter listed Framboise, CB, as his last address in Nova Scotia. Both he and his brother are listed as traveling salesmen.

I really don't know a thing about the family's history in Cape Breton, aside from that one letter from Peter's brother in Englishtown, N.S. My grandmother also used to say that we were related to Angus McCaskill, known as Nova Scotia's 'Gentle Giant', whom my great-grandfather used to tell my grandmother about when she was a little girl.

Peter died relatively young (which devastated my grandmother, who still cried when she talked about his funeral, even when she was quite old) sometime between 1910 and 1920. Any info on Peter, Roderick or any of their family (their father may also have been named Angus), would be wonderful.

I do have a bit of info from the 1881 Canadian census, showing Peter, his brother Roderick and their seven other brothers and sisters, along with their parents, Angus and Ephemia (Euphemia?). The location of the census data was Forchu, Richmond, Nova Scotia. Their last name on the census was spelled MacAskill; the spelling on the ship's manifest was Mcaskell; the spelling on my great-grandfather's citizenship papers was McCaskill. Typical.


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