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Dictionary of Miramichi Biography

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MACDOUGALL, JOHN (1801-1866)

MACDOUGALL, JOHN, teacher, merchant, JP, and consular agent; b. Argyll, Scotland, c1801; m. Jane Smith; d. Chatham, 23 Feb 1866.

John Macdougall came to the Miramichi in 1837 with his wife and daughter Margaret. Until 1838 he taught school in Newcastle parish. After living for a time in Richibucto he opened a store in Chatham in 1843. In 1850 he had stores in both towns, in which he was selling fashionable clothing, glassware, stationery, and books. He conducted his Chatham store, at least, until 1858, when it was taken over by Macdougall & Snowball, a partnership into which he had admitted his son-in-law, Jabez B. Snowball.

In 1847 Macdougall was one of the trustees of the Chatham Joint Stock Co., which placed the first steam ferry on the Miramichi. In the early 1860s he was president of the Chatham Gas Light Co., which introduced gas street lighting to the town. He was one of the incorporators of the Miramichi Mechanics' Institute in 1847 and its president in 1859. In 1851 he was appointed a justice of the peace, and in 1859 he became French consular agent at Miramichi. He was elected president of the Chatham YMCA in 1860 and was ordained an elder of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in 1862. At the time of his death he was a commissioner for taking bail in the Supreme Court of New Brunswick.

Macdougall, who "was noted for his uprightness," and whose "kindness was proverbial," was survived in 1866 by his wife, Jane Smith, and daughter, Margaret Macdougall, the first wife of Jabez B. Snowball.

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[d] Gleaner 24 Feb 1866 / Fraser (C); Gleaner 28 Feb 1843 (ad), 16 Feb 1847, 13 Apr 1847, 22 Jul 1850 (ad), 20 Jan 1852, 1 May 1858, 16 Apr 1859, 21 May 1859, 21 Jan 1860, 11 Feb 1860, 11 Jan 1862, 20 Dec 1862; Hutchison's; tombstone (J. B. Snowball and family)


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