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John Aitken (abt. 1729 - abt. 1799)

John Aitken
Born about in Greenhill, Auchenhay, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotlandmap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died about in Lower Montague, Kings, Prince Edward Island, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Nov 2012
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John Aitken, born in 1729, died in 1799 and is buried in Wightman's Point Pioneer Cemetery in PEI[1].[2]

John, his wife Margaret (Lowden) Aitken and their five children, James, Margaret, *Barbara*, Gideon and Agnes set sail from Dumphries, Scotland, UK on 01 May 1775 on the "Lovely Nelly" for St. Johns Island, now PEI Canada.

There is a story that when John's wife, Margaret, died in 1779, John took a second wife who was "reported" to be a local native Indian woman and she gave birth to George Aitken. This is now shown to be untrue. Pamela Smith, a direct descendent of George, shows no North American Indian in her DNA. George's mother was most likely to have been Margaret Lowden, and her death date was after 1779 and before 1798.


  1. Prince Edward Island, Public Archives Online Death Record; Name John Aitken; Date of Death 1799 ; Source pre-1906 Death Index. Wightman's Point Pioneer Cemetery; Notes Born 1729. Copy cannot be provided (cemetery).
  2. Will of John Aitken, Three Rivers, Estate File Will A-2 dated 1799. Summary in Early Prince Edward Island Probate Records 1786-1850 edited by Linda Jean Nicholson, page 29.
  • WikiTree profile Aitken-223 created through the import of Smith - Aitken_2012-11-05.ged on Nov 6, 2012 by Ron Smith.
  • Aboard the Lovely Nelly of Whavon See: "The Aitkens of Kings County" by Alice Fraser. October 30, 1974.
  • Will of John Aitken. Early PEI Probate by Linda Jean Nicholson, og 29

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Aitken-722 and Aitken-223 appear to represent the same person because: Exact dates, same spouse and child

Rejected matches › John Adam (abt.1749-1797)

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