I am a descendant of brave men & women who endured great hardships in an effort that their offspring have better opportunities. My paternal heritage is largely from Kildonan Parish, Sutherland, Gunn, MacKay, Matheson, Bannerman, Sutherland, who came to North American in 1813 on the ship 'Prince of Wales'. The passengers were put out prematurely in the Hudson Bay where they endured illness and a harsh winter before travel south to the Red River settlement in 1814. Other Kildonan parishioners followed this route in the subsequent years.
My gr.gr.gr.grandmother Janet Matheson was a young bride in 1813. Her origins are yet unclear, whether of Kildonan, a nearby parish or from Ross & Cromarty. Anyone have Matheson ancestors who traveled to or through the Red River Settlement?
I would love to hear from others whose Scottish origins are from the Kildonan area from about the same time period.