Jan 13

52 Ancestors: #2 Joseph H Waddell

52 Ancestors: #2 Joseph Howe Waddell

The parents of Sara Waddell were Joseph H Waddell and Elizabeth (called Libbie) McDougall who were married in Windsor, Hants County, Nova Scotia, 1 June 1871.[1]

Children of Joseph and Libbie were[2]

  1. William John Waddell, born 23 February 1872
  2. Ruby Waddell, born 11 September 1874[3]
  3. Maude Waddell, born 23 September 1875
  4. Warren Waddell, born 26 January 1877[4]
  5. Gertrude Waddell, born 16 August 1880
  6. Sara Waddell, born 25 December 1881
  7. Bessie Waddell, born 18 July 1884
  8. Herman Waddell, born 18 July 1884 and died 26 June 1895.[5]
  9. Owen Waddell, born 20 January 1886
  10. Grace Waddell, born 17 November 886
  11. Joseph H Waddell, born 15 January 1889 or (15 February 1889)[6]

According to Joanna Currie and Jane Wile, Joseph Howe Waddell was born in Maitland, 25 October 1884, the second son of John and Mary Waddell; and died 30 June 1942 at the age of 98. [7]

The family of Joseph Waddell and Lizzie McDougall were enumerated in the 1881, 1891, and 1901 Census of Canada.[8]

On the 18th of April 1891, the family of Joseph Waddell, ship carpenter, was enumerated in the 35th District of Hants County.[9] The Waddell family was Presbyterian.

Elizabeth (McDougall) Waddell died, 18 April 1918, and was buried in the McDougall Cemetery in South Maitland.[10]

Sibling photographs

Waddell Sisters

Waddell Sisters

Waddell Sisters—back center is Sara (Waddell) Woodward, the others are Maud, Bessie and Gertrude, but I can’t match position with a name.

Owen Waddell

Owen Waddell

I had the pleasure of briefly meeting my great uncle, Owen Waddell, in July of 1975 when traveling through Nova Scotia. I took the photograph of him at that time.

Research of the records of Nova Scotia have barely begun, but will be a main focus when I’m in Salt Lake City in February. There is so much to learn.

[1] Marriage of Joseph H Waddell and Libbie McDougall, Nova Scotia, Canada, Marriages, 1763-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, viewed 12 January 2014.

[2] Interview with Virginia Woodward Smith, granddaughter of Joseph H Waddell and Lizzie McDougall, 7 September 1991.

[3] Birth Record of Ruby Waddell, Births registered at Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia, 1874; FHL microfilm 1,319,533 (item 2)

[4] Birth record of Warren Waddell, Births Registered at Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia, 1877; FHL microfilm 1,319,554.

[5] McDougall Family Cemetery, South Maitland, transcribed by Glenda Clooney, 1987; viewed at Hants County, Nova Scotia GenWeb Project (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nshants/resources/cemetery/somaitmc/index.htm), 8 December 2008. Hereinafter cited as McDougall Family Cemetery.

[6] Attestation Paper, Joseph Howard Waddell, Jr., #134214, Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force; Family History Library microfilm xxx.

[7] Joanna (MacLean) Currie and Jane (Currie) Wile, Genealogical Profile: Mathews [and] Waddells (Turo, Nova Scotia: privately printed, n.d.), 50. The organization is un-orthodox and frequently difficult to follow.

[8] 1881 Census of Canada, Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia, family 82, FHL microfilm 2,476,820; 1891 Census of Canada, Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia, family 94; Family History Library microfilm 1465741; and 1901 Census of Canada, Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia, family  ; Family History Library microfilm 2,854,645.

[9] 1891 Census of Canada, Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia, family 94; Family History Library microfilm 1465741.

[10] McDougall Family Cemetery.

© 2014. Linda Woodward Geiger, CG, CGL. All Rights reserved.

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  1. Patricia e moody

    My nana grace is tall one on far left. Aunt bea is I think at far right. Not sure about other this is so amazing. Thanks. Tricia moody.

  2. Audrey

    Hello, I am related to the Waddells of Nova Scotia although I haven’t yet found a connection between my ancestors and yours. I’m descended from Rev. John Waddell born 1771 in Scotland, and arrived in Truro NS in 1797 to attend to the ministry. He married Nancy Ann Blanchard in 1802 and they had seven children that I know of. If you’d like to compare notes I’d be happy to help.

    1. admin

      I regret, Audrey, that I have no knowledge of Rev. John Waddell or his wife Nancy Ann Blanchard. Now that I’m retired from taking genealogical clients and speaking, I hope that I can make progress in my personal family history including the Waddell family. I have an undocumented and poorly organized family history (Joanna (MacLean) Currie and Jane (Currie) Wile, Genealogical Profile: Matthews [and] Waddells, privately published, 60-64) that includes a segment called, “Rev. John and Nancy (Blanchard) Waddell” that may be of interest to you.

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