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Canada Lookup Request / Lucy Bingham ***Completed thank you***
« on: Monday 19 June 17 18:26 BST (UK)  »
Lucy Bingham, nee Marsh, married my 4th cousin 3 times removed, Robert Stewart on 17 December 1877 in Hamilton, Ontario. She was the daughter of James Marsh and Margery Atkinson, and the widow of Edward Bingham.

According to FamilySearch, she was listed in the 1861 census as Lucey Bingham, and in 1871 as Lucy Bingham, living in Bradford, Simcoe County, Ontario.

I looked for the originals on the Libraries Canada web, but the 1861 image is so faint that I cannot read it, and there does not seem to be an image of the 1871.

Is there anyone who has access to the originals, or to legible images of them, and would be willing to transcribe both records for me please?

Thank you in anticipation.

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Devon / Who was Bertram Mitford's wife?
« on: Sunday 11 June 17 10:21 BST (UK)  »
In the 1911 census, there is a household at White Lodge, Seaton, Devon including Elizabeth Florence Mitford, 80, widow; Bertram Vernon Mitford, son, 39; Beatrice Agnes Mitford, daughter-in-law, 30; Florence Allardice, visitor, 31. Both Beatrice and Florence were born at Mylemoney, Kadar, India.

What I would like to know is whether Beatrice and Florence were sisters.

I have a lot of information about Florence's family. Her father, William Alexander Allardice (1840-1897), was a coffee planter at Mylemoney, which is in southern India near Bangalore or Mysore. Her mother was Helen Guthrie (1844-1928), my 4th cousin 4 times removed. They had 13 children, but so far I have found only 10 of them including Florence. I have marriage and/or death information for all of these except one child who probably died in infancy.

According to the death indexes Beatrice Agnes Mitford was born on 15 October 1880, which is only 11 months after Florence's birth on 12 November 1879. This does seem to be rather soon, but I suppose it's not impossible.

However I have, so far, completely failed to find the marriage of Bertram Vernon Mitford to Beatrice Agnes to find out whether or not she was one of the three missing Allardice children.

Any ideas?


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Scotland / Looking for a needle in a haystack: James Thomson, born 1859
« on: Monday 05 June 17 13:23 BST (UK)  »
James Thomson was one of nine children of Alexander Milne Thomson and Jane Ann Cargill. He was born on 19 July 1859 in Brechin, and must have died after 1911, when he is recorded as unmarried, aged 51, with his mother and two unmarried sisters in Arbroath. His occupation is listed as private means, but I have yet to find him in 1881, 1891 or 1901, so he may have been out of the country.

I have looked at every death of suitably aged James Thomsons in Scotland from 1911 without success. I have not so far found a newspaper announcement of his death, or a burial or other clue, or a will.

Only two of his siblings married. All except his youngest brother David, who died in New Jersey, died in Scotland.

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Lanarkshire / William Miller, accidentally drowned in 1840?
« on: Wednesday 31 May 17 10:38 BST (UK)  »
William Miller was born at Myvot, New Monkland on 16 June 1806, son of James Miller and Janet McLean.

As his elder brothers John and Matthew both predeceased their father, he succeeded his grandfather John Miller of Myvot (other spellings are available) in 1820.

He sold the family lands of Myvot about 1829/1830.

I have a note, taken from The Monkland Tradition by Thomas Ronald Miller (his second cousin twice removed) that he died unmarried in a drowning accident in 1840, but I have no more details of this. I have tried the British Library 19th Century Newspaper Collection and the British Newspapers on FindMyPast without success.

Any suggestions?

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Occupation Interests / Horatio Ross Thomson, Merchant Seaman
« on: Wednesday 10 May 17 17:58 BST (UK)  »
Horatio Ross Thomson was born in Montrose on 10 July 1832. I have found two tickets relating to him in the BT 113 series, pieces 169 and 256. He went to sea aged 16 in 1848.

My first question is how do I interpret the numbers in the columns headed 'Reported Voyages'? For 1848 these read "Out 284,71,1; In 284,71,1; Out 71, 31, 3; In 62, 26, 6"; and for 1852 "In 284, 71,1 and 50, 13, 11".

The first ticket (No 3371095) is endorsed "Cancelled. Ft Given in Rd 510120". The second one (No 510120) says, "?Mr Bye. S 3578.623. 6.7.52". What is this telling me?

The last sighting I have of Horatio is in the 1861 census, when he was staying with his brother in Montrose. After that, nothing.

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England / Availability of GRO indexes
« on: Tuesday 09 May 17 20:18 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know whether and if so when the indexes to England and Wales BMDs after 2005 might become available to consult?

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London and Middlesex / Norah Emily Gorman Power
« on: Sunday 07 May 17 16:07 BST (UK)  »
According to the 1871, 1881, 1901 and 1911 censuses, Norah Emily Gorman Power was born in London, and as her age was successively 3, 13, 33 and 43 it appears that she was born in 1867 or 1868. Her father was Sir William James Tyrone Power and her mother was Martha Moorhead. Some of her siblings were born in Ireland, but I cannot find a birth or baptism for Norah in either London or Ireland.

I have all the necessary information about her marriage, husband and children; it's only her birth and baptism that I am missing.




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Kent / Jordan House, Tunbridge Wells *** Completed, Thank you***
« on: Sunday 07 May 17 14:27 BST (UK)  »
Has anyone come across Jordan House?

Annette Guthrie or Wilson, widow of Dr Claude Wilson, died in Jordan House, 68 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, on 2 October 1945.

Jane Guthrie, spinster, died in Jordan House, Tunbridge Wells on 28 December 1928.

I think that Jane was probably Annette's younger sister, but I would like some more evidence to be sure of this. I was wondering if the coincidence of address is significant, or if it was some sort of eventide home or hospital. I have had a look online and know something of its history, but I have not found anything to confirm my hypothesis and prove that Jane was indeed Annette's sister.

Ideas, anyone?

PS Annette and Jane Guthrie were two of the seven children of the Rev David Kelly Guthrie of Liberton Free Kirk, Edinburgh. Please don't go to any trouble looking for BMDs or census  :) as I have either copies of certificates of, or references for, all the family's births, marriages and deaths, and I have all the relevant census, including Jane living at 7 Church Road, Tunbridge Wells in 1911 with their brother Thomas Clement Guthrie and his family.

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Limerick / John Christopher Baker and Lilian Waddell, Curraheen House
« on: Sunday 30 April 17 13:44 BST (UK)  »
I am interested in tracing the descendants of John Christopher Baker and Lilian Waddell, who were married in Liverpool in 1935. Both are commemorated on a stone in Ballingrane Churchyard. John was born on 24 July 1893 and died on 22 November 1972. Lilian was born in Liverpool in 1908 and died on 8 April 1980.

They lived in Curraheen House, which is variously described as being in Askeaton, Ballingrane and Nantinan.

Lilian Waddell was a (very!) distant cousin of mine.

I have seen the 1901 and 1911 census, John's birth certificate, the Rootsweb thread with the transcription of the stones in Ballingrane Churchyard, and several web sites with information about the history of Curraheen House.

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