The Births of John Alexander & Hugh John Macdonald

1847-1850
Hugh John Macdonald by William Sawyer 1852. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Hugh John Macdonald by William Sawyer 1852. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

After their Christmas holiday together in New York City, Isabella found herself pregnant. John A. was by Isabella's side when she delivered a healthy baby boy on Aug. 2, 1847. They named him John Alexander. Thirteen months later, the young John Alexander died in his cot at Bellevue House in Kingston. Despite her illness and opium addiction, at age 40, Isabella became pregnant again and gave birth on March 13, 1850 to Hugh John Macdonald who eventually became the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg.