Seeking further information on the parents and military career of Donald McKenzie, b.~1785, probably Invernessshire.Here's what I have:
1818 Joined HBCo. Sailed to York Factory aboard Prince of Wales (from Inverness district) (HBCA Reel 2M75 C.1/787)
1822 A clerk in the English River Dept. with 4 years experience.Rated by Geo. Simpson: "Has been a Lieut in the Army.respectable Education.active and determined in opposition, tolerable Clerk & Trader and has the prospect of advancement in the Service through merit.Joined the South Branch Expedition & is engaged for 3 yrs"
1832 Clerk, rated by George Simpson:"A Scotchman about 45 Years of Age, has been 14 Years in the Service.Tolerably well Educated and has an imposing Manner and address, but a trifling superficial fellow who can Drink & pilfer and rarely speaks the
truth.Was a Lieut in the Army but 'Sent to Coventry' and obliged to Sell out having
Shewn the 'White Feather'.A blustering Cowardly poltroon who is retained in the
Service through mere charity.Stationed in New Caledonia."
1836 Moved to Lac La Pluie
1850 Retired from HBCo
With respect to his family in Rupertsland:
In 1824, probably at Ile a la Crosse, he contracted a country-marriage with Matilda, age about 17, daughter of recently deceased Benjamin Bruce.
On September 8, 1825, at Lesser Slave Lake, son James Bruce McKenzie was born.
On May 6, 1828, at Fort Pelly, daughter Mary McKenzie.
About Aug 23, 1830, daughter Ann McKenzie.
On October 17, 1836, at Grand Rapids Church (later St. Andrews), Red River, Donald McKenzie was formally married to Matilda Bruce.
On Oct 5, 1839, son Benjamin McKenzie.
About 1840, at Lac La Pluie, daughter Matilda McKenzie.
On Nov 25, 1843, son David William McKenzie.
Baptized on Sep 21, 1845, Upper Church (later St. John's), Red River, son John Duncan McKenzie.
On Nov. 13, 1847, at Lower Church district, Red River, son Roderick Alexander McKenzie, baptized July 7, 1848, Upper Church (St. John's)
On Mar. 13, 1849, son Robert McKenzie
Donald McKenzie died July 23, 1865 at his home at Fairfield, Headingly (later Manitoba).