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JAMES GUNN (1824-1905)
MARY (nee DONALD) McCORRISTER (1818-1890)

(Last Updated: May 13, 2015)


James GUNN was born Jan 6, 1824 in Little Britain (St Andrews, Lockport), son of Margaret SWAIN and Donald GUNN (1797-1878). ** MORE ABOUT HONOURABLE DONALD GUNN


Mary DONALD was born Jan 12, 1818, daughter of Nancy BOLLEN and William DONALD (1795-1866), both half-breeds. By 1835 the DONALD family was also living in Little Britain.


 In 1835 Mary DONALD married Andrew McCORRISTER in St Johns (Red River).


St Andrews Parish from Hind's Map of 1857

St Andrews Parish from Henry Hind’s Map of 1857


On May 10, 1854 Andrew McCORRISTER died in Little Britain. Widow Mary (nee DONALD) was now the single parent of about five children (some had died in infancy).


James marries Widow Mary (nee DONALD) McCORRISTER


Around 1862 James GUNN married Widow Mary (nee DONALD) McCORRISTER, daughter of Ann BOLLEN and William DONALD (1795-1866). ** MORE ABOUT WILLIAM DONALD


Canadian Confederation
A Red River Rebellion
Manitoba becomes a Province


On July 1, 1867 the British colonies in North America were united under the British North American Act to become the Dominion of CanadaSir John A MACDONALD (1815-1891) was appointed as Canada’s first Prime Minister. William McDOUGALL (1822-1905) became the Minister of Public Works, and he began negotiations to acquire Rupert’s Land from the HBC; surveyors were sent to Red River to prepare the way for an expected influx of settlers.


In 1868 step-son Thomas McCORRISTER married Mary STEVENS in St Andrews, daughter of Marie FOULDS and William Richard STEVENS (1829-1918).


On Oct 11, 1869, Louis RIEL (1844-1885) placed his foot on the surveyors’ chain to tell them their work was finished! This marked the beginning of the historic Red River Métis Rebellion.


On July 15, 1870 the Rebellion ended when RIEL’s Provisional Government accepted the terms of the Manitoba Act and Manitoba became the fifth province of Canada.


In 1870 step-son William McCORRISTER married Louise Rachel YOUNG (aka McLEOD) in Little Britain, daughter of Isabella STEVENS and James YOUNG (1822-1870). ** MORE ABOUT JAMES YOUNG


In 1870 James GUNN was recorded as the occupant of Lot 116 in St Andrews Parish. This lot is located near the junction of Hwy. #9, south of Lower Fort Garry (Little Britain). In the census that year the family was enumerated as James GUNN (age 46), his wife Mary (age 50), and their daughter Marguerite (age 7).


In 1875 both Mary and James GUNN claimed their Half-breed Scrip.

Census of 1881 in Little Britain: James GUNN (age 67), wife Mary (age 62) and daughter Margaret Ann (age 16).

In 1883 daughter Margaret Ann married James YOUNG in Little Britain, son of Isabella STEVENS and James YOUNG 1862-1936). **Note: These are the Grandparents of Shaun (nee KELLY) HAINS on our Forum.
** Another note for Shaun Hains: In 1866 James YOUNG’s older sister, Jane YOUNG, had married William FIDLER (1845-1929). This may be the FIDLER connection we were looking for. ** MORE ABOUT WILLIAM FIDLER


On Apr 7, 1890 Mary (nee DONALD) McCORRISTER-GUNN died. She was buried in the Little Britain Cemetery.  

Census of 1891 in Little Britain: James GUNN, widowed, age 64. With him is his daughter and son-in-law Margaret Ann (age 26) and James YOUNG (age 29) and their children, his grandchildren (Mary, Samuel and Bella YOUNG).


Census of 1901 in Little Britain: Widower James GUNN (age 77). Next-door are daughter Margaret with her husband James YOUNG.


On Jan 12, 1905 James GUNN died in Little Britain


Comments and queries at this link: FORUM DISCUSSING the JAMES GUNN FAMILY


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Children of Mary DONALD and Andrew McCORRISTER:
1. Dec 14, 1836 WILLIAM McCORRISTER (m. Louisa Rachel YOUNG aka McLEOD)
2. 1838 MARY ANN McCORRISTER (Died abt 24 yrs old)
4. 1844 ALEXANDER PHILIP McCORRISTER (Died in infancy, 2 mos)
6. 1849 JOHN ROBERT McCORRISTER (Died age 22)
7. 1852 EDWARD McCORRISTER (Died age 15)
Child of Mary DONALD and James GUNN:
1. Sep 3, 1864 MARGARET ANN GUNN (m. James YOUNG)