Dr. Matthew Thomas MacFarlane was born on the 6th of April, 1869 in Pontiac County, Quebec. He was the son of Matthew MacFarlane and the former Martha Craig. He had an older brother James and 2 younger brothers, William and Harold. The youngest brother, Harold was born in Ridgetown, Ontario in 1887. Dr. MacFarlane’s father was a dry goods merchant and the family resided at 20 York Street in Ridgetown.
Dr. MacFarlane attended The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and he graduated in 1888. Dr. MacFarlane returned to Ridgetown to practice medicine. He is listed in the 1895 and the 1897 Business Directory’s in Ridgetown.
Dr. MacFarlane married Margaret McFarlane on the 29th of August, 1902 in Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario. At the time of his marriage, he resided in Olds, Alberta. Mrs. MacFarlane was born the 22nd of November, 1870, the daughter of David McFarlane and the former Annie Henderson. She came from a large family of 10 children. She had 6 older brothers, James, David, Alex, John, Mackison and Alphonso. She had 2 younger sisters, Annie and Elizabeth and a younger brother William. Her family was from the Fitzroy Harbour area and her parents were farmers. Mrs. MacFarlane was a nurse. (Some of the historical records of Mrs. MacFarlane’s family are spelled McFarlane and some are spelled MacFarlane.)
Dr. MacFarlane died on the 9th of May, 1904, barely 2 years after he was married. It is believed that he had a son, also named Matthew. Dr. MacFarlane was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Ridgetown.
*Dr. MacFarlane’s younger brother Dr. Harold MacFarlane also became a physician and he served during World War I.