One of the stories told to me as I began researching the Tennant family was that Isabelle Tennant's father was a circuit preacher of Scottish ancestry and that he used to take his daughter with him as he traveled. He would make frequent trips into Wisconsin and Minnesota preaching and as provisions dwindled, he would return to "Canada" to restore the supply. No other family members are mentioned. I have not found evidence to support or disprove this story.
Isabelle Tennant became the wife of Matthew Watson Elgie 07 Oct 1841 in Blenheim Township, Ontario. This event was recorded in the Brock District marriage Register, Upper Canada and Canada West, 1839-1857. Both parties were shown to be residents of Blenheim Twp., and witnesses to their marriage were Peter A. Weaver and George Lowthian of Blenheim. Isabelle and Matthew were my 3rd great grandparents.
Isabelle may have been born about 1821 in Minnesota while Matthew was born 21 Feb that same year in Knaresborough, N. Yorkshire, England. This couple appears in the Wisconsin State Census records in the town of Caledonia, Columbia County as early as 1855 when the record states there were two males and 6 females in the household. In 1875 there were only one male and one female listed, but in 1885 the record shows one male and two females. Matthew was listed as a farmer. He died 07 Nov 1889 at the age of 68 leaving the widow Isabelle. I have not yet found records for her death or burial.
Isabelle Tennant Elgie was the mother of 5 known children: Isabelle born ca 1845, Jane born ca 1847; William born 1851; Margaret born ca 1853 and Elizabeth born 21 Jan 1855. The youngest of these children died at the age of 14 and was buried in the Old Indian Farm Cemetery at Caledonia, WI where her father was later buried.
While studying records of burials in the Old Indian Farm Cemetery (OIFC) at Caledonia, I found information about Robert Tennant born in Roxburyshire, Scotland and his wife Margaret C. (____) Tennant. Robert died in 1879 in Missouri and Margaret died 26 Aug 1886 in an unspecified location and was buried near two of her children in the OIFC. These children were listed only as R and M Tennant, both born in 1853 and both died in 1857. Were they twins? Was there an outbreak of disease at that time?
Another child of Robert and Margaret Tennant was born 09 Aug 1842 in Canada. She was named Isabelle. As she grew to adulthood, she married on 21 Nov 1862 David Marshall who was born 05 Dec 1841 in Lanarkshire, Scotland. David and young Isabelle Tennant Marshall became parents of six children, Mary, John D., Robert T., William McFarlane, David J, and Janet. Three of these sons married ladies who were descendants of James and Agnes Matheson Blacklock. Following David's and Isabelle's children we see --Robert T Marshall married 15 Mar 1896 to Agnes Matheson Blacklock, daughter of William Elton and Katie Roddan Blacklock.This becomes important because the son of the older Isabelle Tennant and Matthew Watson Elgie, William, married another Blacklock descendant. This tentative connection, along with the use of the name Isabelle for Robert's daughter, leads me to believe Robert and the older Isabelle Tennant are brother and sister.
William McFarlane Marshall married Anna/Annie Steele, daughter of John S and Agnes Blacklock Steele. (Agnes was the daughter of David and Anne Davis Blacklock.)
David J Marshall married Elizabeth Steele, another daughter of John S and Agnes Blacklock Steele.
There are a number of clues to follow in learning more about this family, so I don't feel I am facing a brick wall here yet; however, if anyone reading this recognizes these people and can or will share information with me, I would love to hear from you.
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