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Scotland / Re: James Ross
« on: Yesterday at 23:02 »
Regarding the second Ross on those marriage lines for James and Isabella,  I  think he was George Ogilvie Ross. Therefore second letter an O.

This George was the Superintendent of the Printing Office,  married to a Dorothea. They were having children in the early 1800s in Cape Town.

I haven't firmed up but this George was reputed to be the son of a John Ross and Lady Jane Ogilvie. Also supposed to have been born in Edinburgh in the mid 1770s. He died relatively young in the London area in 1825. Dorothea remained and remarried in England.

Interesting...but how to possibly connect this to your James...assuming there is a family connection between them.


Scotland / Re: James Ross
« on: Yesterday at 21:39 »
I saw that one also. Don't worry too much about approximate years. A couple of years out is pretty standard really for these times, together with spelling variants on first and surnames.

One thing to bear in mind when looking at BMD events in Scotland before 1855, and the start of official registration there, is that only about a third of birth and marriages were recorded in the old parish registers. Burials and deaths too were the worst kept of all events. Lots of reasons for this as always, registers lost and destroyed over the years being some of them.

Have you looked for other Ross males in Cape Town at that time and tried to find out more about them to see if they link up to Scotland and possibly James?

The main names coming up in the City and Area Directories for Cape Town are:

George - Superintendent of the Printing Office...maybe witness?
Hamilton - Merchant
Richard - Shipwright
Alexander - Musician
Robert - Merchant
Donald - Cooper

There may be more for sure but these names were the main one showing between 1813-25.


Scotland / Re: James Ross
« on: Yesterday at 20:10 »
The main first names jumping out to me are John and Alexander, also Mary and Helen.

John and Alexander were repeated following early deaths, which normally indicates an important family name.

They only had one girl Mary Helen, so 50/50 on that one!

We can only use it as a guide really on searches, keeping an open mind of course in case they did not follow any Scottish naming order.


Scotland / Re: James Ross
« on: Yesterday at 20:05 »
Looks like initials for second Ross....G for first letter?

You can post here for help with deciphering too


Scotland / Re: James Ross
« on: Yesterday at 16:51 »
Have you looked at the images of the children's baptisms to see whether any potential family could have acted as sponsors (Ross or Lamont)?


Added: Just been looking through some of the images. Doesn't look like any sponsors' details were included  :-\

Scotland / Re: James Ross
« on: Yesterday at 13:58 »
Great news that you have found details on his death. Hopefully something to now work with trying to find his roots.


Inverness / Re: Seeking information about Doanld Cameron, Inverness
« on: Sunday 14 October 18 16:27 BST (UK)  »
Like Looby, I am thrilled that you have been able to confirm and make contact  :)

You have worked so hard on finding him, enjoy learning about him.


Scotland / Re: James Ross
« on: Saturday 13 October 18 18:08 BST (UK)  »
I don't know, sorry  :-\ At a guess, possibly too early.

Have you checked archives such as here


Scotland / Re: James Ross
« on: Saturday 13 October 18 15:53 BST (UK)  »
John Alexander Ross, b. 20 Feb 1812, chr. 12 Apr 1812, d. 28 Oct 1813. 
Alexander Ross (twin) b. 17 Jan 1814 chr. 5 Feb 1814
James Ross (twin) b. 17 Jan 1814 chr. 5 Feb 1814
Mary Helen Ross b. 25 Jun 1816 chr. 22 Jul 1816
John Norman McLeod Ross chr. 3 Jan 1819 (English church)
Patrick Colquhoun Ross chr. 4 Nov 1821 (English church)

This is probably an easier way to see children's details from an older post of yours.  Also final son from your details, a Robert McMillan Ross b. 1824.

You also have details on Isabella's death in 1844 at the age of 63, birth year therefore c. 1780-1.

Isabella showed as a widow when she died. Have you been able to find anything on James' death to try to firm up approx birth year?


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