The Airline Route

  1. Location and Background
  2. History
  3. Migrations and Towns
  4. Traveler: The McDonald Children

  1. Traveler: The McDonald Children
Thomas and Katherine Rack McDonald and their children emigrated from Scotland to Quebec City sometime in the 1840s. The parents died, and their four young children were "farmed out" among families, most likely in the Beauce region. Margaret, Mary, Thomas, and John McDonald were unhappy at their separation and, when they met at a community gathering in their teenage years, made arrangments to leave. Margaret gathered her siblings together and they travelled down the Canada Road to Moose River in Maine. The McDonald children first stopped with the Colby family in Moose River. Margaret married David Hughey and Mary married John Foster; the two women lived and died in the area of Levant and Stetson, Maine. John settled in south-east Maine, in the town of Amherst, on the Airline Road, prior to 1860. He was reported to have spoken English with a French accent. Thomas settled in Connecticut. (Note: Family tradition reports that the family had come from Scotland, but census records state that at least Mary McDonald had been born in Ireland in 1830).


Connee Jellison of Amherst, Maine circa 1990.
Connee Jellison, Hancock County: a rock bound paradise, 57; Amherst, Maine, Her Settlement and People, 1790-1975, **; Letter, to Barry Rodrigue, circa September 1995.

Ruth Reed, Manuscript papers about the Hughey family; oral history, 30 November 1998.

United States, Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Moose River, Maine, 1850, *.

Others roads :
The King's Highway - Lake Megantic Route - Coos Road - Canada Road - Aroostook Roads - Airline Road
Grand Trunk Railway - California Tote Road - Canadian Pacific Railway