We found no details about her mother, Mary Campbell,
but her father, Charles McDonald, was born in Scotland on the
Isle of Skye. Ann has many siblings which were all born in
Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. So with further research we may be able to find some current Canadian /Scotch relatives.
Charles McDonald was born December 1815 and at some point immigrated to Nova Scotia where he became a merchant at Sydney Mines, a coal mining town. Resources about the area can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Mines
sydney mines cape breton nova scotia canada for images
Information about typical life of a Scottish immigrant can be found here: http://www.blupete.com/Hist/Gloss/Scots.htm#ImmigrationN
The Scots who came to Nova Scotia during the last half of the 18th and first half of the 19th century were Highlanders.4 They came to the shores of Nova Scotia, and, unlike many other immigrants that also came during this time, the Highlanders stuck and generally did not bleed away to other parts.5 Truly, Nova Scotia, especially that of Cape Breton, reminded the new arrivals of their native land, the Highlands of Scotland. They found the same looking land and soil; the same weather; and, in time, the same people (their brethren who had arrived earlier).
The Isle of Skye resources can be found here:
Isle of Skye resources
The Island has a rich History covering many topics, such as: Dinosaur Fossils, Clan Warfare, Highland Clearances and the infamous ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and the Jacobite Rebellion.
Both Clan MacDonald and Clan MacLeod have their Clan Castle’s on the Island and should be on your list of places to visit.
Clan Donald Gardens and Museum of the Isles. Clan Donald Skye is a magnificent 20,000 acre estate in south Skye.
Here are some of my favorite photos of the Isle of Skye: