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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Occupation help
« on: Saturday 22 July 17 18:07 BST (UK)  »
I can't quite figure out what the occupation is from this 1901 census. It's the one on the top line - ________ apprentice.

The census in 1911 has him as a horse keeper.

Hope someone can help..

Dumfriesshire / Halliday, Moffat and Smith families of Moffat/ Wamphray 1700's
« on: Thursday 05 January 17 10:40 GMT (UK)  »
After a break of a few years i'm back looking into my family history and have some gaps i'm looking to fill, namely where did siblings John Halliday ch. 17/9/1731 and Christopher Holliday (Halliday) ch. 2/7/1727 go?

The information I have so far:

- Both were baptised in Oldtown/ Auldtown, Moffat.
- Their parents were Nineon Holiday (Halliday) and Katherine Hunter.
- They had 2 further siblings; James who moved to Panlands farm in Johnstone parish and Jean who married William Leithhead of Moffat.

- John married Jean Moffat of the Craigbeck Moffats in 1776 and they had at least 3 children; William (1776), Ninian (1779) and James (1782).
- The last reference I have for John and Jean is their son James' baptism record of 1782 which places them at Oldton (Auldtown).

- Christopher married Jean Smith 2/12/1752 (Moffat parish)
- Christopher and Jean had 4 children; Cathrain (Katherine), Mary, Jean and Margaret
- Cathrain's baptism record (1755) places them at Frenchland - a farm near Moffat
- The last reference I have for Christopher and family is from their last childs baptism record (Margaret 1771) which places them in the parish of Crawford and Leadhills where they have been recorded through OPR's at Granes and Cowhill.
- There are no further records of Christopher and Jean or their children.

With the odd exception Christopher and John's family were buried in Moffat or Wamphray Churchyards. Jean Moffat's family were with the exception of one sister who is unknown were all buried at Moffat. Jean Smith's family is unknown.

Any help will be appreciated.

Does anyone here have Halliday connections in Trinidad? I have a John James Halliday in my tree. Born 18th June 1870 in Moffat, Dumfriesshire. I have found him in numerous travel records between 1911 and 1936 travelling back and forth between Trinidad and Scotland. His occupation is mostly given as a planter. Any info or where I might find records for Trinidad would be greatly appreciated.

John married Mary between September 1922 and August 1924 but I have not found where nor her surname.

The last record I have for John and Mary is them departing from Dover to Trinidad on 17th October 1936.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight / Pither family of Tadley
« on: Friday 04 July 14 09:57 BST (UK)  »
It's a long shot but I have some old photos of which 3 I suspect are Edward Stephen Pither (1859 - 1935).

If anyone has Pither family from the Tadley area (and even better photos) please get in touch.


Scotland / Proclaimed twice in the same day - Was this common?
« on: Saturday 17 August 13 20:11 BST (UK)  »
I have just came across 2 OPR marriage records (Moffat parish, Dumfries) where the people i was looking for were proclaimed twice on the same day. One of them says "was proclaimed for the third and last time being twice proclaimed this day because of the urgency of their affair"

Did this happen often that couples were proclaimed twice in a day?

What might have been the urgency/ what circumstance might this occur?


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / 1750 OPR query
« on: Friday 16 August 13 15:54 BST (UK)  »
It's been a while since i've lloked at any old documents. This is from a 1750 OPR.

I'm paraphrasing but John and Margaret was proclaimed for the third and last time being ?????(is this hence??) proclaimed this day because of the urgency of their ?????? (maybe affair)

Am i correct and if so what might the urgency have been? Child, illness??

Is the section after this connected or a different matter?


I loose the trail of about 7 ancestors between 1735 and 1796. They were all last known either in the parishes of Moffat or Johnstone in Dumfries or Crawford in Lanarkshire. All reasonably close to each other. I know this is a large timespan but is there any reason why I cannot find further details for them? E.g. epidemics, famine, a gold rush abroad etc??

I have quite a few other ancestors of this era buried mostly in Wamphray including the father and brother to some of them. Another sibling and his family are buried in Johnstone parish. I have done alot of research and these guys just disappear. Obviously grave headstones could have worn away or been removed but there is also no OPR's mostly for death, some for marriage and i have not found any travel records.

Any thoughts from you knowledgeable lot!!

The Common Room / Burried in Woolen
« on: Thursday 21 March 13 11:11 GMT (UK)  »
What does this mean?

I found my ancestor who was burried in Chobham, Surrey in 1754 and all of the entries on the page state they were burried in woolen. I'm pretty certain Woolen is or was not a place in Surrey so what does this mean?

I can make an assumption of what it means but can someone give me the correct meaning please?

Surrey / Chobham MI's?
« on: Thursday 21 March 13 11:06 GMT (UK)  »
I have searched the web and the helpful posts in the resources section but not found anything so as a long shot does anyone know if there a MI inscriptions document anywhere for Chobham St. Lawerence graveyard?

I ask because i have found in the records my ancestor Matthew Holmes burried 12th December 1754 in Chobham, presumably Chobham St. Lawerence. The record does not have any further info but quite often the grave headstones do, like age at death etc. I have been to the graveyard which in places is quite overgrown and couldn't find anything. Any ideas?

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