52 Ancestors: Bearded

I had a hard time finding an ancestor with facial hair, as I seem to come from a long line of clean-shaven individuals. The few I found, I had already written posts about.

I did find one mustache worth noting, that of my 2nd great uncle Neil McCallum.


Neil McCallum portrait
Neil McCallum


Neil was born 12 October 1869 in Grey, Ontario, Canada, three years before his brother (and my great-grandfather) William. Neil was the sixth child of Thomas and Margaret.

Neil lost his mother at the age of 7 and his father at 16. He spent some time living in the United States around the turn of the century, even marrying his wife Margaret Stoughton in Eden Prarie, Minnesota on 12 January 1899.

Maggie Stoughton portrait lo res
Margaret “Maggie” Stoughton


Soon after they married Neil and Maggie settled in Vancouver, Canada, where they had three girls: Maud (born 14 June 1900), Bessie (born 12 November 1901), and Mabel (born 19 September 1903).


McCallum Family portrait
Neil and Maggie McCallum with Mabel, Maud, and Bessie.


My grandpa was close with his cousins Maud and Bessie, visiting them often, even later in life. My mom recalls many visits to Vancouver throughout her childhood. I wonder if my grandpa even named my mom after his aunt Margaret.

This is a short but sweet post, mainly to show off Neil’s great mustache.

Until next time,