I too am seeking a John McDermid and his wife Anna (Phillips) McDermid. They had four children: James J., William, Fanny, and Alexander. Alexander was my grandfather. Alexander was born in Glasgow, Scotland on August 7, 1856. William, Fanny, and Alexander came to the US in 1876. I realize that your McDermids were from Ontario, but since the McDermid surname is relatively rare, I must ask if you might have other family information that would give insight.