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Armed Forces / Where were the 3rd Royal Highlanders in 1891?
« on: Thursday 30 November 17 11:04 GMT (UK)  »
I have been looking in the 1891 census for the family of William Frederick Middleton, aged about 38, born Campsie, Stirlingshire, wife Caroline Alice, about 28, and children John Henry, 5; Helen Leslie, 4 and Esme Gertrude, 2. I have failed to find them in Scotland, England or Wales.

I have them all in the 1901 and 1911 censuses.

Esme's birth certificate describes William as a Captain in the 3rd Royal Highlanders, and her death certificate describes him as a Major in the Third Battalion, the Black Watch. I infer that the Third Battalion, the Black Watch, is the same as the 3rd Royal Highlanders, but if I am mistaken in that please correct me.

I assume that he must have been on a posting somewhere outside Great Britain?

Canada / Who was George Cruickshank's wife?
« on: Saturday 25 November 17 11:50 GMT (UK)  »
George Cruickshank, son of Robert Cruickshank and Anne Leslie, was born in Rothes, Scotland, in 1821. He is listed in the 1881 and 1891 censuses* in Montreal with wife Elizabeth, also born in Scotland some time between 1825 and 1830, depending which census you believe. I have a note that they were married in Montreal in 1847, but no further details. George died in Montreal in 1893, and I have a death notice and obituaries from local newspapers in Scotland, mostly quoting one which appeared in the Montreal Witness of 26 December 1893.

Can anyone suggest how I might find details of the marriage and/or Elizabeth's birth, parentage and death?

Also, is it possible to obtain a copy of his will?

*I have failed to find him in the 1851, 1861 or 1871 censuses.

World War One / Can I find someone whose name I don't know?
« on: Monday 20 November 17 21:58 GMT (UK)  »
I am helping a friend who wants to know the name of her great-aunt's fiance who was killed in the First World War. She knows that he was a teacher in a school in Edinburgh before the War, and that he was an officer in the Royal Scots.

Can anyone point me at any lists of officers in the Royal Scots who were killed in 1914-1919 please?

Occupation Interests / Has anyone heard of Henry Turner, novelist?
« on: Saturday 28 October 17 14:53 BST (UK)  »
In the 1881 census Henry Turner is described as "Senior examiner in the Exchequer Dept and novelist". I have him in 1861 described as clerk and in 1871 described as senior examiner in the audit department of the exchequer. However I have found nothing about his career as a novelist.

A brief background. Henry was born in Salford or Manchester, depending which census you believe, in 1829/1830, parents probably William Turner and Mary Alsey. In 1861 he had a wife named Minnie, aged 29, but I do not know what her surname was. Minnie must have died before 1867 because he married Jean Waddell Oswald on 14 March 1867 at St John The Evangelist, Notting Hill, London. They had a son Henry Jean O, born 1869. Jean died in 1869, in the same quarter as the birth of Henry Jean O. On 28 June 1871 Henry married Catherine Wilson Oswald, who was Jean's first cousin once removed. Henry and Catherine had two sons and two daughters, and I think Henry must be the Henry Turner who died in Fulham in 1886, aged 55. Catherine and her children emigrated to America in 1893. Henry Jean O had died in 1877. I have the 1861, 1871, and 1881 censuses and all the relevant birth, marriage and death references except Henry's birth/baptism and Minnie's birth/baptism, marriage and death.

United States of America / Getting a Wisconsin death certificate
« on: Saturday 21 October 17 19:36 BST (UK)  »
See for the background to this.

Is it possible to get Wisconsin death certificates, and if so do they tell you the names of the parents of the deceased?

England / Seeking date and place of marriage of William Duncan
« on: Saturday 21 October 17 19:27 BST (UK)  »
I have been looking at this for years, and I wonder if some fresh eyes might shed some light. However please don't spend time looking for the Lacy family except insofar as it sheds light on William Duncan's marriage. It's William who is related to me, and I don't really need to know all about the Lacys other than Mary, if she is his wife.

1851 Census: 21 Moor Street, Blackburn (household of Catherine Conway, lodging house keeper, born Ireland)
Micheal Lacy                Lodger Mar 65  Chair bottomer                                        Ireland
Bridgett Lacy               Lodger Wid 45                                                                     Ireland
Mary Lacy                    Lodger Unm 17  Drawer at factory                                     Ireland
Ann Lacy                      Lodger 15  Creeler at factory                                     Ireland
Bridgett Lacy               Lodger 13  Scholar                                                     Ireland

1861 Census: 101 Penny Street, Blackburn, Lancashire
Michael Lacy                 Head Mar 56 Chair bottomer                                           Ireland
Bridget Lacy                 Wife Mar 40  Housekeeper                                           Ireland
Honor Lacy                   Daughter Unm 20  Cotton spinner                                           Ireland
Mary Lacy                    Daughter 22  Cotton spinner                                           Ireland
Michael Conway              Cousin Unm 13  Scholar                                                Yorkshire, Leeds
Bridget Tyman               Visitor Unm 28  Weaver cotton                                         Ireland
1871 Census: 14 Back Banks, Little Bolton, Lancashire
Bridget Lacy                Head Mar 56  Smallware dealer                              Ireland
Maria Riley                  Daughter 17                                                           Lancashire, Bolton
Mary Flanagan              Sister Unm 52  Hawker                                             Ireland

1871 Census: Lancashire Court, Westminster, London
Mary Lacy                    Head Wid 36  Laundress                                         Ireland
Bridgett Lacy               Daughter 10  Scholar                                              Marylebone
James Lacy                   Son 6  Scholar                                                      St George
William Lacy                 Son 1                                                                   St George

1881 Census: 118 Camden Road, Tonbridge, Kent
William Duncan            Head Mar 56  Painter and cabinet maker                Scotland, Murrayshire
Mary Duncan               Wife Mar 45                                                        Blackburn
Bridget Lacy                Mother-in-law Wid 66                                           Lancashire

1891 Census: 67 Beulah Road, Croydon
William Duncan            Head Mar 66  General dealer                               Scotland
Mary Duncan               Wife Mar 56                                                    Lancashire

1901 Census: 67 Beulah Road, Croydon
Mary Duncan                  Head Wid 63  General dealer                                 Blackburn
Kate McLaughlin             Visitor Unm 25   Independent means                        Blackburn
Harriet McLaughlin        Visitor Unm 21   Independent means                        Blackburn
Annie McLaughlin            Visitor Unm 19   Independent means                        Blackburn

Was William Duncan's wife Mary Lacy, and if so where and when were they married? I have William's baptism and death (Croydon, 1898), and reams of information about the rest of his family, but I have not found him in the 1851, 1861 or 1871 census. They were not married in Scotland, and I have not found a marriage in England or Wales, or indeed in Ireland.

Ideas, anyone?

Northumberland / Looking for the death of John Johnson
« on: Wednesday 18 October 17 22:54 BST (UK)  »
John Johnson was born in Wigan about 1850. In 1877 he married Mary Weddell or Weddle Noble (1852-1937) in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Mary was the daughter of John Noble and Mary Weddle Black.

There were two children: John Tyrer Johnson DSO (1878-1960) and Mary Weddle Johnson (1880-1951), married Frank Gordon Fife and had three children.

I have the 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 census records of the family, all in Newcastle, latterly Jesmond. In the first three John Johnson is described as a merchant, and in 1911 he is described as a commercial clerk.

Mary's probate describes her as a widow, so John must have died between 1911 and 1937.

Unfortunately there are frighteningly large numbers of deaths of John Johnsons in the indexes.

Does anyone have access to information that might help to home in on John Johnson's death please? For example a burial somewhere with his wife, or a newspaper announcement in a local paper that I cannot access, or anything else?

England / Asking a Registrar a question
« on: Thursday 12 October 17 15:57 BST (UK)  »
I am under the impression that, before ordering a certificate, one is allowed to ask a local Registrar a question to which the answer is either yes or no. I have in fact done this several times, contacting several different Registrars, and have always received a reply saying either yes or no.

The other day I sent a question to a different Registrar asking if the groom's father's name is on the certificate, and I have now received a reply saying that they cannot tell me the answer unless the certificate is ordered.

I do not want to shell out 9.25 if the certificate isn't going to tell me the name of the groom's father, which is the only piece of useful information on it that I don't already know. (He was born illegitimate in Scotland.)

Is this 'ask-a-question' a right, or a privilege at the discretion of the Registrar, and if it is a right can anyone point me to chapter and verse so that I can quote them out to this Registrar?

Other Countries / Searching on FindMyPast for events in India
« on: Friday 06 October 17 16:33 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know how to search on FindMyPast for events in India without getting pages of results in Indiana please?

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