McKeever          McIvor


St. Malachy's
This site is dedicated to Hugh McIver (McKeever) and his wife, Mary Quinn, who with their 6 children , left Ireland in 1839 to cross the Atlantic Ocean for the third time to settle on Prince Edward Island in the area now known as Newton. They previously had left Ireland in the early 1820's and settled in Philadelphia where some of their children had been born. They were in Ireland in 1837 where the baptismal record of their son, Michael, was found.



Picture of Hugh McIver and Mary Quinn


Also need to include his will and land transactions.






Hugh McKeever (1801 – 1857)                Married              Mary Quinn (1850 – 1876)

Farmer, Newton, PEI


Last Will and Testament of Hugh McKeever


In the name of God Amen the twenty-first day of February, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty-seven.


I, Hugh McKeever of South West being very sick and weak of body but of perfect  mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, therefore calling unto mind the mortality of the body knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament; that is to say:


Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend  to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God and touching such---------- property whereas that it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of same in the following manner and form:


First I give and bequeath to Mary, my dearly beloved wife, my farm No. one on Lot Twenty six together with all my household goods and moveable effects and stock together with all debts of book accounts and notes of hands as long as she lives and at her death the said farm and stock to be fairly divided between my dearly beloved sons Michael McKeever and Peter McKeever.  Also I give to my well beloved son, John McKeever, the farm joining to No. one in Lot Twenty six with ten pounds and no more.  Also, I give to my well beloved daughter, Catherine McKeever, the sum of thirty pounds currency to be paid by the aforesaid John McKeever when she is twenty-one.  Also I give to my well beloved son, Owen McKeever , the farm namely No. three in Lot Twenty six with forty pounds currency to be paid by aforesaid John McKeever in the following manner - that is to say the first twenty pounds to be paid January Eighteen hundred and fifty-nine and the remainder twenty pounds to be paid January Eighteen hundred and sixty.


Also I give to my well beloved son, Hugh McKeever, the sum of one hundred pounds currency to be raised and levied out of my property and paid to him by my Executors hereafter named an the first day of January, Eighteen hundred fifty eight.


Also I give to my well beloved daughter, Mary McKeever, the sum of eighteen pounds currency with interest when she is twenty one.


Also I give to my well beloved daughter, Susan McKeever, the sum of seventeen pounds currency with interest when she  is twenty one.


Also I give to my well beloved daughter, Margaret McKeever, the sum of fifteen pounds currency with interest when she is twenty one.


In Witness whereof I have herewith to set my hand and seal the day and year above written.


                                                                                             (Signed)   HughMcIver


__________Sealed Published

and Pronounced and Declared

by the said Hugh McKeever as

his will and testament in the

presence of us the subscribers.


(Signed)   Bernard McCort


                  John McIver



                  Thomas             Murray





To Honorable Charles Young, Judge of Probate:


I -hereby- the widow of the late Hugh McIver renounce my rights to administer to his estate in favor of my eldest son, John McIver.


Dated at Charlottetown April 21, 1857.



Mary            McIver



Witnessed: A S DesBrisay




Probated April 21, 1857




A photocopy of the original document, courtesy of the Public Archives, Charlottetown, PEI, can be found in the back of this book.




On the 19th May last, at the residence of her son, Mr. Michael McIver, of Crapaud, Mary, relict of the late Hugh McIver, aged 70 years much and deservedly regretted by a large number of friends and acquaintances.  Her many admirable qualities, her edifying and exemplary conduct, her amiable disposition and gentle manners endeared her to a large circle of friends who will deeply regret her absence from amongst them.  She leaves behind her nine children and a number of grandchildren to mourn the loss of a good and wise mother.  May her soul rest in peace.


The death notice which appears above was copied from a clipping sent to me by Joe Kelly, Saint John, N.B. ( Sister Winnifred McIver, Charlottetown, also sent one).  The original was found inside an old prayerbook owned by Margaret (1849-1931), daughter of the deceased.  Inside the prayerbook was her name:


Miss Maggie McIver

Desable, P.E.I.


This book eventually became the property of her son, Emmett Kelly (1882-1983), Joe Kelly’s uncle.


1985                                                                                              RONALD MCIVER