SHDP Winter 2020 Newsletter
2020 is here!  A new year, a new decade! 
My resolution: to find more descendants of Ship Hector passengers!
Wishing you a Happy and Healthy 2020!
(a separate page on the project website)
offering a variety of Hector related books, cards, prints, posters and
pewter items for sale. 

The most popular items have been the books and the pewter Hector ornament.  More items will be added in the future.  I would like to add items that ship easily and affordably (which are small, light and flat).  If you have suggestions for items, I would love to hear from you. 
Thanks to everyone who has made a purchase or donation!
Anyone notice the photo on the cover of Ken McGoogan's new book, Flight of the Highlanders? 

It is the image of the arrival of Hector passengers! 

I haven't seen the book up close yet, but I am hoping to get a copy soon. Ken McGoogan has published more than a dozen books. 

You can learn more about this book on the Harper Collins website
Musician Dave Dresser released a video to accompany his Hector song, just click on the picture to view.  Thanks Dave!
Late in 2019, representatives from the Town of Pictou and the McCulloch House Museum & Genealogy Centre met to begin discussions re 2023 planning.  The Town of Pictou will be celebrating its 150th birthday (year of incorporation) in 2023 making the year even more special!
Do you belong to a genealogy society?
Local genealogy societies are always in need of new members and volunteers.  In my experience, members are always willing to help with various tasks and projects. 
If you can lend a hand or buy a membership, please do! 
Your contributions will be appreciated!
Profile of A Distinguished Descendant:
Rev Dr George Patterson, 1824 - 1897, was the son of Abraham Patterson, Esq and Christiana McGregor.  Two of his grandparents were Hector passengers (his paternal grandfather John Patterson and maternal grandmother Ann MacKay). His grandfather was Rev James MacGregor, the first Minister of Pictou County.  Rev Patterson was a journalist, author, Presbyterian minister and historian.  Rev Patterson's book History of Pictou County written in 1877 is one of the best sources of early Pictou County history.  The chapter on the arrival of the Hector has been invaluable to this project. The book is available as a download at
Rev Patterson was educated at Pictou Academy and studied with Rev Thomas McCulloch at Dalhousie College.  Aside from his career as a minister, he was also the first editor of the Eastern Chronicle.   More about Rev Patterson can be found at this website.
In December, I travelled to San Diego, California for a vacation and met up with a Ship Hector descendant.  We had connected before my departure and the timing to get together over the holidays worked out. Jean Tempke is an active genealogist and involved in her local genealogy society. It was fun to learn more about Jean's ancestors, the Thomas' and Blaikies' who settled in Boston and Pennsylvania.  Jean's ancestor Rev Alexander Cameron Blaikie (1804-1885) was born in Pictou County, educated at Pictou Academy, went on to become a Presbyterian Minister and served in several US cities including New York and Boston. He also authored several books including, "The History of Presbyterianism in New England".  Rev Blaikie was the son of William Blaikie and Lillias Cameron of Greenhill, Pictou County; and grandson of Hector passengers Alexander Cameron and Janet Ross. William's ancestor Charles Blaikie arrived in Pictou on the Lovely Nelly and settled in Greenhill, Pictou County. 
Gravestone of Duncan McKenzie, a child on the Hector who lived til 100. It reads:
"In Memory of Duncan McKenzie, who was born in Rossshire, Scotland, and immigrated to this country with his parents in the year 1773 and was at the time 3 years old.
Departed this life Nov 13, 1869,
Aged 100 years"
Duncan was the son of Colin McKenzie & Isabel Robertson.  He married Christy Murray, daughter of Hector passengers Walter & Christianne Murray.  Duncan & Christy had 7 children, & 14 grandchildren.
Gravestone is situated near other Hector passengers at the
Murray Point Cemetery, Merigomish, Pictou County. 
Photo taken June 1, 2019
For those of you who are on Facebook, thank you for your support of the Ship Hector Descendants Facebook page!  There are now over 800 followers!  You may be interested to know that there are hundreds of Facebook pages in Canada and the US (and other countries) that focus on genealogy, history and the growing industry of Genealogy & DNA.  Gail Dever, a well known genealogy writer, blogger and researcher updates a list each year.  Check out her list on her Genealogy a la Carte website   She also has a link to an international Facebook pages compiled by Katherine R Willson in the US. Worth a look!
Have suggestions for content or information you'd like to share in this newsletter? 
Please send your ideas to
It would be great to hear from you!
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