Does anyone know of this family?


Allan Mc Neil, Adaline Proctor-Mc Neil, and son Alan W. Mc Neil have not been found on any Canadian or US census after 1901, and none are listed in Ontario death records. Where has this family vanished to? Why is daughter Anna living with a cousin in Michigan in 1910, and why is son Hugh in an orphanage in Maine in 1910? What happened to Adaline (there's no Canadian Death Record for her)? I cannot not find Allan on the 1911 Canadian census or 1910 through 1930 US census records -- where di he go? Family history says Allan was a sea captain, and was seen alive after 1918.


Generation 1

1871 census: Duncan Mcneal born 1822-1823 - Scotland; Living Goderich Town, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada; Baptist.

1881 census: Duncan MCNEIL 60 <1821>; Scotland; Labouer; Baptist

Margaret MCNEIL 49 <1832>; Prince Edward Island ; Presbyterian

Annie MCNEIL 18 <1863>; O <Ontario>; Presbyterian 

Ellen MCNEIL 12 <1869>;  O <Ontario>; Presbyterian 

John MCNEIL 10 <1871>;  O <Ontario>; Presbyterian 

Neil MCNEIL  7 <1874>;  O <Ontario>; Presbyterian 

Allan MCNEIL 15 <1866>;  O <Ontario>; Presbyterian 

Duncan MCNEIL 26 <1855>;  O <Ontario>; Presbyterian

Living Goderich Town, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada

No 1891 census.

Ontario Death Registrations: Derncan McNeil (image reads Duncan) is this our Duncan???
abt 1821 Scotland
died 26 Dec 1899
Adelaide, Middlesex

More about Duncan McNeil

Generation 2

Allan MC NEIL [Allen / Allan / Wm. A.] b. 31 July 1864/66 in Goderich, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada; m. 31 OCT 1887 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada to Adaline Mary PROCTOR b. 22 JUN 1862 in Goderich, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada; d/o William Proctor & Ellen Sturdy; living in Sarnia in 1891 and 1901; religion Baptist; Allan a laborer in 1891 and a sailor in 1901.


i. MC NEIL, Alan W (or N) was born 12 APR 1891 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

ii. MC NEIL, Annie Margaret "Anna" b. 8 NOV 1892 in Detroit, Wayne Co., MI.

iii. MC NEIL, Hugh S. (above) was born 7 SEP 1894 Detroit, Wayne Co., MI.

From: Sarnia 1901 census - they lived at 254 Bright Street. Allan McNeil b 31 July 1876 age 36 born Ontario (year and age do not match) Adaline 22 Jun 1862 age 38 born Ontario Alan W 12 Apr 1891 ONT Anna M 8 Nov 1892 8 US Hugh S 7 Sep 1894 6 US

Note: In 1891 (census) there is just Allen and Ada McNeal - Alan Jr. was born before the census was taken 23 Apr 1891 but the data was to reflect the family as of 6 Apr 1891, the official census date. Their religion is Baptist which matches the marriage information.

In 1891 Allen was a general laborer but in 1901 he was a sailor.

ALAN W. MC NEIL died young according to family legend. He has not been found on any Canadian or US census after 1901, and he is not listed in Ontario death records.

Boys choosing sides for hockey on Sarnia Bay, [Ont.], December 29, 1908
Source: Library and Archives Canada/John Boyd collection/PA-060732
© Public Domain - nlc-6354. Could one of these have been Alan McNeil?


This is my grandmother. She married in 1912:

ANNA MC NEIL was found on the 1910 United States Federal Census:
Age 17, born about 1892; living in 1910: 1-WD PORT HURON, ST CLAIR, Michigan; Race: White; Gender: Female; Series: T624; Roll: 673; Part: 2; Page: 51B.
Census image seems read cousin to head of household. The head of house is Anthony Beale age 27. He was born about 1883/4 in Michigan; White; Male.

(left to right) Mary Cotier-MacNeil, Annie M. Mc Neil-Head, son Herbert behind, grandson Jerry in front, Velma Head, Robert Head behind, Hugh Sturdy Mac Neil, Leonard Head. Photo about 1944 in Van Nuys, CA


HUGH S. MC NEIL was found on the 1910 United States Federal Census:
Age 15, born Michigan, pupil in the Good Will Home (orphanage) at Fairfield, Somerset Co., ME.

Hugh was found in the 1917 WWI draft registration:
Hugh Sturdy Macneil; born 7 Sep 1894, Michigan; Caucasian; Living at (town not stated), Kennebec, ME

Hugh was found in the Maine Military Men, 1917-1918
Name: Hugh S. MacNeil; Serial Number: 388489; Birth Place: Detroit, Mich; Birth Date: 07 Sep 1894; Residence: Waterville; Comment: Ind: Waterville, Kennebec Co. No. 2, May 31/18. Private. Org: 156 Dep Brig to July 13/18; Cp Jackson July Aut Repl Draft to --; Btry E 77 FA to disch. Eng: Meuse-Argonne; Defensive Sector. Overseas: July 23/18 to May 2/19. Hon disch on demob: May 2, 1919.

Hugh Mac Niel was found on the 1920 United States Federal Census:
Living in Greenville, Piscataquis, Maine; born about 1895, Michigan; White; He is a clerk working for the YMCA

Hugh is married September 7 , 1921:
Macneil Hugh S. of Greenville, ME
Cotier Mary F. of Greenville, ME

Hugh was found on the 1930 United States Federal Census:

Name: Hugh S Mac Neil and Mary F Mac Neil
Birth: abt 1894 - Michigan
Residence: Greenville, Piscataquis, Maine
He is a bookkeeper for a Paper Manufacturing Company.

Hugh and Mary Mac Neil had no children.

Social Security Death Register:
Hugh Macneil
born: 7 Sep 1894, MI
died: Jan 1963, ME

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