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Alexander Millar

Male 1766 - 1828  (62 years)


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  • Name Alexander Millar 
    Born 1766  of, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1790  Dundee, Forfar, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-12296 
    Died 1828  Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lewiston Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I12296  Generations
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 

    Family Janet Gourlay,   b. 1769,   d. 1822, Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 22 Mar 1790  Dundee, Forfar, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. John Millar,   b. CALC 3 Jan 1791, Dundee, Forfar, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1871, New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
     2. Willam Gourlay Millar,   b. CALC 21 Apr 1792, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1880, New Dundee, Wilmot Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 87 years)
     3. David Millar,   b. CALC 20 Nov 1796, , Dundee, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1866, near New Dundee, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     4. Janet Millar,   b. 20 May 1803, Dundee, , Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1885, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     5. Lillias "Lily" Millar,   b. 3 Nov 1804, Dundee, , Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1890, Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     6. Frederick Gourlay Millar,   b. 6 Apr 1810, Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1887, Burford, Burford Twp., Brant Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. Elizabeth Millar,   b. 26 Jul 1812, Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1896, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 11 Jun 2024 
    Family ID F17030  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • TRANSCRIPTION FROM THE HANDWRITING OF WILLIAM G. MILLAR

      The ship's name in which we crossed the ocean was the Mentor of New Bedford, 250 tons Burden. We learnt through the papers that she was lost on the coast of America some years afterwards. We left Dundee in Scotland on the fourth day of June 1804 and did not reach New York in the United States until the fourth of August. We staid in that City about three weeks and then removed to Albany
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      In coming over to America Our Ship encountered a severe storm off the banks of Newfoundland. She was laid to for many hours under the three sails seen on the ship below. Our Father [Captain Alexander Millar] who had been many years at sea declared he had never seen the waves run higher. They seemed to me to to reach an altitude as high as top of the main mast.
      We shipped a sea that rose like a house. It swept decks of everything on them. Our Father saved himself by running his arm down to his shoulder into one of the holes in the windlass. The Captain told the owners of the ship at New York that, but for the assistance of our Father, they would never have seen their ship again.

      We landed in New York from Dundee in Scotland on the 4 of August 1804, where we staid three weeks and then removed up to Albany, and remained there nine months, and during that time our Father purchased land on the Niagara River, and to which place we removed in the spring of 1805, and where we continued to reside until we Came to Canada, about the Year 1824.

      Our brothers, John & David, had preceded us to Canada to Waterloo township, and Commenced to keep a store at what was called Crofts. After a time we joined them there and I assisted in the business for nearly three Years. About that time David and myself left Crofts and went to New York City in order to purchase some goods, and which we did-- and again returned to Canada, and made a beginning at Stoney Creek. But not likely to succeed there, we returned to Waterloo again & commenced the second time near Abram Erb's mill. After a time we removed to Green Bush and carried on our business for nearly three Years there, in a rented house. Soon after this we purchased a lot in Berlin as it is now Called, and we built the first frame house there.

      W. G. M


  • Sources 
    1. [S2180] Scotland - Old Parochial Register Extract Form.
      Dundee Parish, Forfar, Contracted Parties Alex' Millar Mercht. and Janet Gourlay daughter of Willm. Gourlay both in this parish married 22 Mar 1790

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1766 - of, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1790 - Dundee, Forfar, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 22 Mar 1790 - Dundee, Forfar, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1828 - Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lewiston Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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