The Macdonalds Relocate to Hay Bay

1824
The Macdonald Homestead at Adolphustown. Source: Anecdotal Life of Sir John Macdonald, Emerson Bristol Biggar, 1891.Pinterest
The Macdonald Homestead at Adolphustown. Source: Anecdotal Life of Sir John Macdonald, Emerson Bristol Biggar, 1891.

After James Macdonald's horrifying death and the failure of Hugh Macdonald's Kingston ventures, the family decided to relocate to Hay Bay, on the Bay of Quinte, west of Kingston. By 1824, Hugh opened a shop in Hay Bay and was the local agent for the Kingston Chronicle, a weekly newspaper in print from 1819 to 1832. The family settled into their home on the banks of Lake Ontario and the children walked together on their daily six-mile round trip between home and school.