Several friends and I, some of us cousins, are puzzled by the career of a particular James Joseph McDonald born in Prince Edward Island in 1863/64. His parents were Neil Joe McDonald (b. abt. 1838) and Mary Ann (b. abt. 1842). Neil Joe's father seems to be an Alexander McDonald born about 1800 in either Scotland or Canada. Our James Joseph seems to disappear in his teens and we cannot decide among at least 6 James McDonalds who travelled to other places and set up homes and families. Most of us agree he probably went to sea, possibly landed in Australia and established a home base but kept working on ships most likely as a Ship's Steward. He may have died in New Zealand in 1911, from a skin condition in a Mental Hospital [!!]. A grave there mentions his wife (if this is he) Leonora Webber nee Reid/Reed and several children. Leonora and the children have good records in Australia but the father is a mystery. And may be a different man altogether. Can anyone get their teeth into this or is it too vague?