McHenry County, Illinois
Mackey Family Records
(Told by Daughter Lucille; Transcribed and Submitted by Kate Spiess)
John ( John Andrew Mackey ) and Sarah ( Sarah Jane McDonald ) Mackey Birth Certificate
Certificates: John - Death: died at age of 68 yrs. states birthplace is Hartland Il, his father John Mackey from Ireland .
John's Mother, Margaret O’Niel is from Irleand
Sarah Jane McDonald : 1880 Birth Certificate, Waseca Co Minnesota. City of Otisco Twp.
Father: Thomas McDonald, birth place NY; farmer.
Mother: Margaret McDonald, Birthplace Ireland
Sara Jane McDonald Death Certificate: Maiden name Sheehan; died at 75
Homestead application and deed Saskatoon : Saskachatchewan Archives board.
John and Sarah Mackey were married in 1900 in U.S.A. John and Sarah farmed near Chicago for the first five years . Due to ill health John Mackey was advised to move to a [ word?: cooler ] Climate for his heath.
They chose Saskathuan , Canada for the new home they came to Zealandao Sask and filed on a homestead there in 1908. I [----] of their homestead but it was six miles north of Zealandia or 6 miles west and two miles sough of Harris.
John Mackey came with a carload [ cartload? ] of a feeb [ feed or feb ] horses, cow and some furniture and a few pieces of machinery. Sarah Mackey followed a few moths later by train with four children the oldest seven years and a baby a few months old. They stayed at Sarah Mackeys brothers place (note: Tom’s - Sheehan - place) four miles north of their homestead until a sod house was built for them- I remember the sod house very well there were four rooms and they had the roof shingled to keep out the rain and cold. There were no schools on this vast prairie when they moved to this homestead – however a school was built a few years after – two and a fourth miles north of their homestead the name of the school was” Glen Eagle” Margaret their oldest daughter was nine years old when she started school but her mother Sarah Mackey taught her at home so she wasn’t to far behind her regular grade. Eight more children were born to this family 4 girls and 4 boys. Times were very hard but somehow they seemed to manage. A lot more homesteaders came in about this time and many good social times were had at Glen Eagle school – It was a lonesome hard life for many of the pioneers as their method of travelling was so primitive that sometimes for weeks they saw not one except their own families.
However, as time went by the – got broken and grain was grown- and livestock was raised – the roads were better so life on the homestead improved as each year went by. The Mackeys farmed on this land until 1920. When they sold their homestead and moved to another farm near Biggar, Sask. They farmed at Biggar until 1927 when they returned to their ole home near Chicago [ Hartland Il ] There they farmed again until John Mackeys health wasn’t to good. They then retired to Woodstock (IL ) U.S.A. in 1932. John Mackey passed away in 1937 – Sarah lived in U.S.A. for several after her husbands death – later she came back to Canada and spent her last ten with her eldest daughter Margaret .
Sarah Mackey passed away in 1956 and was taken back to U.S.A. to be buried beside her husband. There are still 10 children living- 4 are living in Candada and the others in U.S.A.
I write this in memory of my parents who I think were true pioneers, who suffered great hardships as others did also in developing new land and communities.
Letter from Irene :
Of all aunts and Uncles the only one Irene Mackey-Samen remembers was Uncle Will who came and would help dad cut fire wood + ect.. As I remember my Dad as being quite sickly.
Note: Lucielle Thom
Sarah's Brother tom lived 3 miles north of her home in Zealandia.
Sarah's Father and son George lived south of Biggar at the time
Luciell's older sisters were the first pupels at Glen Eagle 2 miles north of homestead.
Luciell married Gordon Thom March 12, 1934 at United Church, Lloyd minster sask
Emma Eveyln when she became a US citizen in her 20’s She changed her name to Evelyn Emma
She was known as Evelyn from then on , except to her family she was known as [end of info]