A Nova Scotia friend has asked for help to find
what happened to an ancestor named John O'Donnell who came from Scotland. He was
reputed to have already died in the Canadian West by a war time overseas visitor
of 1942. John was known to have been at RoseFlat(s) in 1929 from a letter
written by him. It is thought his family was with him at that time.
Judie Riddell has kindly checked AGS data
and Edmonton Cemeteries; the Queens Park listings, published and as yet
unpublished; and our AFHS site. The AGS info has a 1986 burial for a John
O'Donnell in the St Elizabeth RC cemetery at Rosalind south east of Camrose near
the Battle River who could possibly be a descendant. A John O'Donnell died at
Chilliwack Jan 1979 at age 85 who could possibly be him.
The 1921 Wrigleys Alberta Directory does not
identify Rose Flat per se. It includes Rosalind, Rosebeg, Rosebud, Rosedale,
Roseglen, Roselea, Rose Lynn, Rosemary, Rosemead, Rosenheim, Rosenroll,
Rosenthall and Rosevear.
A Thos O'Donnell is identified as the mine
supt Rosedale Coal Co [SE of Drumheller]. A Thomas Odonnell died in
Victoria May 1958 at age 67 [age 30-31 sounds a little young for
I would seem the location of Rose Flat(s) is a key
piece of the search.
Does anyone know or has anyone heard of Rose
Flat(s) or its location past or present anywhere in Alberta or anywhere in
Western Canada for that matter, or have any clue at all as to location. It was
thought to be in the Edmonton area but maybe the Rosebud is as likely.
Any and all leads and suggestions would be very welcome.