James Macdonald's Death

1822
Helen Shaw Macdonald circa 1850. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Helen Shaw Macdonald circa 1850. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

John A. Macdonald was the middle child of five born to Hugh and Helen (Shaw) Macdonald. He had an older brother who died in infancy. His older sister, Margaret, and younger sister, Louisa, were among his lifelong friends. Their younger brother, James, died in 1822, when John A. was seven-years old and James was just five. The exact details are not known, but James' death was a result of being severely mistreated by a family servant.