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Cecil G MacFall, from Montreal to USA before 1928
Posted by: Melanie Arscott (ID *****5061) Date: May 12, 2004 at 16:16:20
In Reply to: F. Edward MacFall, Milwaukee Wis by Marie Rosenthal of 14

My grandfather's uncle was Cecil G MacFall. He had 2 brothers, one of whom was born in 1885 in Montreal.

I don't know much about Cecil other than the fact that he went to the USA, but his father used the surname McFall (Cecil changed it to MacFall). His parents were married in 1884 in Montreal, Quebec.

I have a letter from Cecil which you may find interesting. In it he mentions 2 of his children, Ed & Dorothy. I know a lot about his parents and the McFall's in general. If this sounds like a hit I'd be happy to share. Text of the letter follows.


Melanie (McFall) Arscott

Letter written on stationary from The Claridge Hotel, Saint Louis, Missouri. Postage cancel date Aug 22, 1928. Addressed to Mr. E McFall c/o Canadian National Steamships, 384 St. James Street, Montreal.

October 17, 1928

Dear Buster:

I have carried your very welcome letter of September 20th along with the intention of replying to it, but this is the first opportunity I have had to do so.

Very pleased to know that the wax impressions of the coat of arms arrived in good condition. Like yourself, I think the arms rather large, and perhaps unsuitable for a signet ring.

I wish I were in a position to help you on the matter of the family crest, but unfortunately I am not. I have heard various members of the family say that the "Hand of the Bloody Dagger" was the family crest. Personally I do not believe this to be correct although it is possible our branch of the family may have used it. As I understand it, the crest referred to above was a secret Jacobean society, and the use of the crest was not limited to any one family. I do recall seeing this crest used by Aunt Nellie many years ago, but I cannot picture it from memory. I also faintly recall having seen the Eagle's Head in a red crest many years ago, but I was only a kiddie at the time. I am inclined to think that Birks are correct. We are part of the clan Mackintosh, and it may be possible for Brks to trace the crest in that way. The coat of arms shows the Eagles Head. If I knew whether Cleaton Powell was living or not, I'd suggest that you write to him, for the last time I was in Oncton, Birkenhead, he showed me the MacFall silver (Aunt Samuel's) which I think had the family crest on it.

Sorry to hear you have been having an epidemic of colds in Montreal. The weather has been very changeable in Milwaukee, cold one day and summer heat the next. It was 88 or 90 when I was in St. Paul last week, and is fairly warm here. I am now heading for Tennessee, so I expect to enjoy some warm weather before returning home.

The family are all very well, thank you, and send their kind regards. Ed and Dorothy are growing rapidly. The former is quite a big fellow now, and continues to broaden out.

Glad to hear that Eric has recovered from his illness, and is again back at school.

Now, I must close as I leave on the 10:40 pm sleeper and wish to turn in before the train pulls out. I have every night on a sleeper this week.

Give my regards to all the family. I have not heard from your father for many moons, and trust he has not acquired some permanent injury to his right hand.

With kindest regards,

Your affectionate uncle,

CG MacFall

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