Annie was born in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada, on June 27th, 1859, to sea Captain James E Morris (of the prolific sea faring family of Capt. Henry M Morris) and Mary Ann Cogswell (of the well known and documented Cogswell colonial family).
She was their third child, but the only to live past childhood. She had a brother, William Mansfield Morris who died at age 2 from “croup“; as well as a sister Josephine, who died at age 20 months from “hooping cough” (see whooping cough); both several years before she was born. This could explain Annie’s fear of anyone catching cold from the dampness and weather.
Her father, Captain James E Morris, then died at sea just after she was born (see the letter written to inform her mother), so she grew up with her widowed mother who never remarried.
In 1871, at age 11, she and her mother were living in the house of Annie’s aunt, Mary Ann’s sister – Margaret. Margaret was married to a William McDonald. residents of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Annie’s census records indicate that she and her mother immigrated to the US a few years later, when she was 14.
In 1879, at age 18, she was married (in Cambridge) to John Wesley Macdonald of Portland, Maine, and they soon moved to Somerville. Annie’s mother joined them, of course.
In the summer of 1880, their daughter, Mary Edith Olga was born, and they had many years as a family in a beautiful home on Elm Place. Annie’s widowed mother lived with them until her death in 1903.
In 1909, Annie’s husband, John, passed away after 2 years of illness. The address listed on his death certificate was on Walnut Street.
In 1916 her daughter, Edith, was finally married and she moved in with Edith and Clarence Lester at their home on Appleton Street in Arlington Heights.
A granddaughter was born (Audrey), and several years later we begin our investigation of her diaries. The only remaining ones start in 1927, when she was 67 years old, and end in 1931 with a significant gap in the middle.
I still do not have specific information on Annie’s death, but I assume it was around 1933 in Arlington. If any fantastic reader out there can help me track down that information, I’d greatly appreciate it! I find it hard to believe they didn’t put an obituary in the paper, but I can’t find one. Nor are the death records listed online for Massachusetts in the early 1930s.