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GUNN of KINLOCHLAGGAN
the Joseph McIntosh and Ann Murray Gunn
following information is from "the GUNNs of
Kinlochlaggan...A Scottish Diaspora"
compiled and printed in 1979 by Kathleen Gunn Turpin (now
At the time Kathleen compiled our family's history and family tree information, it was determined that Hugh and Margaret were the ancestors of over 750 people, including 41 grandchildren and 91 great-grandchildren. That was twenty years ago. Since then there has been a whole new generation (possibly two) added to the trees. Gary Rhyason, a cousin in Canada, is diligently working on up-dating the whole tree with the help of "Family Tree Maker".
As is mentioned elsewhere in the Homepage, if you have any information that can be added to the family tree or history, please let us know by email so that we can add it to these pages.
JOSEPH McINTOSH GUNN
(1828-1889) m. ANN MURRAY (1838-1935)......
Joseph McIntosh Gunn was the eighth child of Hugh and Margaret (Marion) Murray Gunn of Kinlochlaggan.
The first marriage on the register of Knox Presbyterian Church in Tiverton was that of Joseph Gunn to ann Murray of Southhampton, on Feb. 12, 1858.
Prior to going to Bruce County, Ontario, Joseph Gunn had worked in the Chicago area. A 1953 letter from his son Robert Gunn to Tena Gunn, the youngest daughter of Joseph Gunn states; "At first, father came to America and worked at the railroad around Chicago. I don't know whether he knew anything of our mother before he went back to Canada."
His wife, Ann Murray, had come with her parents, John Murray and Isabella McIntosh Murray, to Amabel Township in Bruce County in 1857 from the croft "Linside" In Creich Parish near where our gunn family had lived. On the 1841 Creich census she was listed as 3 years old.
Dunrobin Castle, owned by the Duke of Sutherland and located near Bonar Bridge, had been enlarged by several wings under the supervision of her father. The mother of John Murray was Anne McDonald -- aunt of Sir John A. McDonald. She was also a descendant of Mary, Queen of Scots. The half brother of the Queen, James Stewart, Earl of Moray, was believed by some to be the beginning of the Murray line.
Ann Murray Gunn's brother, R.H. Murray, was the first assessor of Amabel township in Bruce County -- a position he held for 21 years.
Joseph M. Gunn is listed as one of the early settlersin that township in Robertson's "History of the County of Bruce". Apparently they located there after the 1861 census, which indicated that many lands at that time were brought up by people who were unable to move on to them immediately due to lack of roads:..."Nothing but sleigh tracks through the woods from one clearing to another andthese in several cases are two or three miles apart," the census report said.
With the opening of homestead lands in the Great Plains of the West, the Joseph Gunns and their four children migrated to "The States" into Dakota Territory, going as far by train as was possible at the time. They spent their first winter in Sioux City, Iowa, it being a village of 300 people at that time.
With them on that trek was Joseph's brother John Gunn and his wife, Flora, whom he had married in Knox Presbyterian Church in Tiverton on Dec. 27, 1867, and Katie (Catherine) Gunn and her two sons, Hugh H. and Alex William. Her husband, Hugh Murray Gunn, was still prospecting in the British Columbia gold fields.
For the transition of those three Gunn families from Bruce County to Dakota Territory our best historical account is that which was written by "Tena" Gunn Beecher, of Scotland, SD, when she was collecting materials on early settlers of that area for a Mr. Wilcox in about 1953. This account can be found in LEAVING SCOTLAND...