David McGowan, Senior

Claim Value Date Age Reliability
Birth Tradeston, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland [ 8:KZLZ-WKL ] [ 38 ] Oct. 15, 1873
Marriage Jane McCover (1876-1963), Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland [ 38 ] Mar. 4, 1898
Immigration St. John, New Brunswick, Canada [ 38 ]
immigrated with: Jane McCover
immigrated with: Annie Jackson McGowan
immigrated with: Jeanie McGowan
immigrated with: Margaret McGowan
Took out homestead papers in the North West Territories (now Alberta) for the 1/4 section at 36-41-14-W4, which they thought was close to the Battle River.
Mar. 24, 1905
Homestead Alberta, Canada [ 363 ]
No: 207132; Application Date: Nov 7, 1905; Date of Grant: "Patented"; SW-36-14-41-W4; Application No. 10934; Homestead Fee $10
Nov. 7, 1905
Death Alberta, Canada [ 38 ] Jan. 25, 1956
Claim Value Date Age Reliability
ID I357      
User ID Reference AAE3427839B941388EBD88E380958C757E48      
User ID Reference KZLZ-WKL      
Gender Male Gender    
Name David McGowan Senior    
Burial Galahad, Alberta, Canada [ 38 ]
  • Eldest of 12 children, father was a Embroidering Machinest, mother was a midwife Moved to Paisley when David was an infant He enjoyed playing the accordian, known as the malodian in earlier times Member of St. Johns Operative Lodge #347
  • Homestead papers were taken out on 23 Oct 1904 on Section 36-41-14-W4. The family immigrated to Canada in 1905 with three other families: William and Agnes Muir, no family; Hugh and Jane Parks, with their five sons, Matthew, James, Hugh, William, and John; Mr. and Mrs. John Atkinson with their three daughter, Agnes, Cathrene and Janet. The boat left on 24 Mar 1905 for Canada. They where on the boat for sixteen days. Once in Canada, the McGowans took an immigration train west. Once the McGowans got to their homestead, they lived in a sod hut (called a soddy) until the summer of 1910. At this time a new home was built with a kitchen and a living room on the ground floor and two bedrooms upstairs. The scottish celebration of Hugmony (which happened on Now Year's Eve) was often held at the McGowan house with many nieghbours there. David would play the acordian and Jane would amaze people with the speed of her knitting. They named their homestead "Pleasent View" Usual Residence at time of Marriage David: 39 Rminind Street, Glasgow Jane: 296 Gookston Street, Glasgow

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