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Ayrshire / Re: Looking for info on Thomas Ross - 1819
« on: Tuesday 19 June 18 21:30 BST (UK)  »
Hello Biatak and welcome to Rootschat,

Thomas and Mary Ross with their son William are recorded on the 1851 Census at Allans Hill, Maybole. There is a 73 year old woman, a widow, - Janet Bryce (noted as Mother of householder) living with them. This would appear to be Thomas's mother.

Janet Bryce is recorded 10 years earlier in 1841 with her husband Robert Bryce at Welltrees Street, Maybole. Both are aged 60. Robert Bryce could be a second husband for Janet as there is a marriage recorded in Maybole on 25th November 1839 between a Robert Bryce and Janet Sloan.

Looking on Scotlands People , there is a death of a 87 year old Janet Bryce at Maybole in 1864. This could be Thomas's mother. There is a chance that the name of her first husband (if she was married before Robert Bryce) is recorded on her death certificate. You can purchase credits for Scotlands People and view the death registration online.

Looby :)

Thanks Monica - you are right , the records may not have survived.

Thanks Skoosh , obviously don't know about Judy's family - but mine are on 1841 Census and yes, origins are Irish  :D - they must have arrived in 1820s or 30s.

Looby :)

Hi Judy,
Do you mean that your gt grandmother Jane and her brother were baptised in a different church ? Or do you mean that they were not baptised at all?
If the latter I would assume it was perhaps the cost - or maybe even the hassle of travelling from Stoneykirk to Stranraer (it's only 6 miles but if you had to walk it in winter maybe you wouldn't bother  ::) )
I've a gt gt grandmother born in same area in 1850s , she was from a large family - some of her older siblings were either not baptised or were baptised at St Josephs RC in Stranraer. The younger siblings were christened at the local Church of Scotland parish church (1860s)  - I have no idea why.

Looby :)

Australia / Re: Robert Aitken born 1829 Glasgow Scotland
« on: Tuesday 08 May 18 10:33 BST (UK)  »
Young Ellen Aitken - aged 2 on 1841 Census , could be the 12 year old Helen Aitken recorded as a House Servant on the 1851 Census ?
This Helen Aitken is living at 57 High Street, Gorbals with Archibald P Allan and his family.

Looks like the family was split up prior to 1851

Looby  :)

Australia / Re: Robert Aitken born 1829 Glasgow Scotland
« on: Tuesday 08 May 18 10:17 BST (UK)  »

There is a 16 year old Andrew Aitken - a glazier born in Glasgow , lodging with John Crombie and his family at 38 Bridge Street, Gorbals, Glasgow (Civil Parish - Tradeston).

This could be another of the Aitken children out on his own,

Looby :)

Scotland / Re: census 1851 Edward Storry -Storrie
« on: Tuesday 01 May 18 08:59 BST (UK)  »
Thank you. this matches up in more ways that one. Have checked that one on Scotland's people and the name is Robert. It is amazing what they have translated this surname to. And yes there is a daughter called Mary, but we thought she was born in 1852. The daughters have been mixed up in ages, and is Robert his real name. Would have understand if he had been called Ted.

Good. I'm pleased to have found them.
Spelling of names was so flexible back then. Many people couldn't read or write, so naturally couldn't spell their own names. It often depended on a registrar or a census enumerator to spell out the name they were told.
Re- daughter Mary. If you have evidence that Mary was born in 1852 that could mean the 4 year old Mary on the 1851 Census may have died. It was not unusual when a child died to reuse their name when another was born  :'(
Have you found the family on the 1861 Census?  I have found what appears to be some of the children ( including a Mary who would have been born circa 1852) recorded as Stonis  ???  I don't think they are with their parents.

Looby :)

Scotland / Re: census 1851 Edward Storry -Storrie
« on: Tuesday 01 May 18 00:40 BST (UK)  »
Hi -

I have found this entry on 1851 at Calder Bank, Old Monkland , Lanarkshire. Ages may be slightly out :-\   - but I wonder if Edward has been mistranscribed  as Robert - the original census record would need to be checked on Scotlands People. Of course, the surname varies too. However the name of the brother-in-law clinches it for me as a strong contender for the family you are seeking.
STORRY  Robert  Head  34  Iron Work Labourer    Ireland
STORRY  Jane  Wife      24                                  Ireland
STORRY  Mary  Dau        4                                  Lanarkshire - Old Monkland   
STORRY  Elizabeth  Dau  1                                  Lanarkshire - Old Monkland
DOCHERTY John  Brolaw  34 Labourer In Fire Clay Mine    Ireland

Looby :)

West Lothian (Linlithgowshire) / Re: wilson r benson
« on: Monday 30 April 18 22:15 BST (UK)  »

You may already know this but there are deaths of a Thomas Benson aged 2 and a Thomasina Benson aged 0 at Fauldhouse in 1899. There is also the death of a 20 year old Jessie P Nathan Benson at Alva, Clackmannanshire in 1920.

There are also 2 marriages in Alva :
1918 Annie Isabella Benson to James Moore Paterson
1921 Jemima Benson to Robert Grant
If you have already found these marriages, have you looked at who the witnesses were ? Always a chance Wilson was witness at a sister's marriage , and if so that would establish him as still being alive at that date.
Of course Wilson was just the right age to enlist for the First World War :-\ although I can't see him as a casualty on the CWGC website.

Looby  :)

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Names of witnesses
« on: Monday 30 April 18 13:25 BST (UK)  »
That letter does look like a d.

But I'm having trouble finding a name  H*d*ward/mead


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