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Durham / How many James Black Johnstons were there?
« on: Thursday 03 August 17 21:58 BST (UK)  »
1. James Black Johnston, son of John Johnston and Janet Black, was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1843. He is with his mother and family in the 1851 and 1871 censuses. He is not mentioned in the will of his uncle William Black, dated 31 December 1888, though his siblings and all of his numerous cousins are mentioned by name.

2. James Black Johnston married Annie Raine in South Shields in 1880. They had a son William, born and died 1880, and a daughter Jessie, born 1882. I have failed, so far, to find them in any later census.

3. A notice in the Liverpool Echo announces the death of James Black Johnston, aged 25, at 92 Uxbridge Street. There is no death in the index of a 25-year-old James Johnston in Lancashire, but there is one in London City. Strictly speaking he is 2 years too young to be No 1, but mistakes have been known to occur.

Plainly there must be at least two James Black Johnstons, as No 2 married and had family after No 3 had died, but which of No 2 and No 3 is also No 1, or are there in fact three different ones? And what happened to No 2 and his wife and daughter?

United States of America / Where to look for a marriage in Washington DC?
« on: Thursday 03 August 17 16:11 BST (UK)  »
I am looking for the marriage of Allan Winfred Henderson to Barbara Louise Robertson. Allan was born in London on 24 May 1899, and served in the British Army. In 1943 he arrived at St Albans, Vermont, on his way to take up a post with the British Army Staff in Washington DC. There is another record of him arriving at the Port of New York on 28 December 1950, which gives his last residence as Washington DC, his address as 3925 Benton St NW, and his next of kin as his wife Barbara, at the same address. It also says he had previously been in the US from June 1943 until 26 December 1950, which is just 2 days before this immigration record. (I don't know what to make of this either!)

According to a stone in the Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno, Nevada Allan died in 1990 and Barbara Louise was born 1908 and died 1997. Family lore says that Barbara's surname was Robertson.

I have not found any record of his marriage in England, Scotland or Wales, so I am wondering if perhaps Barbara was a US citizen and they were married in Washington DC. However I don't know which state to look in for a marriage in Washington DC.

The Nevada birth and death records on Family Search only go to 1992, and they don't include Washoe County, which is where I gather Reno is,  so I can't expect to find any information there about Barbara.

Australia / Peter Gordon Mitchell
« on: Saturday 29 July 17 10:12 BST (UK)  »
According to BillionGraves, Peter Gordon Mitchell (83) and his wife Margaret Millicent (71) both died in 1983 and are buried in Hindmarsh Cemetery, 31 Adam Street, Charles Sturt, Adelaide, South Australia.

I would like to know whether this is Peter Gordon Mitchell, born 6 December 1899 in Aberdeen, Scotland, son of George Mitchell and Jessie Ann McKimmie.

Any suggestions how I might go about that?

If this is the same Peter Gordon Mitchell, I would also be pleased to hear from anyone who has any more information about him and his family.

Northumberland / Margaret Thompson, wife of James Gordon Mitchell Black
« on: Friday 14 July 17 22:20 BST (UK)  »
Margaret Thomson was the daughter of Mark Thompson and Christiana Elizabeth Morrison, and her birth was registered in the March quarter of 1843 in Newcastle.

She married James Gordon Mitchell Black on 24 April 1867 in John Knox Church, Newcastle. He was the son of James Black and Jane Landells, and he was born in South Shields on 22 March 1838.

They had five of a family: Christiana, born 1870; Margaret, b 1873; Jane, b 1875; James Gavin, b1882; and Marion Gordon, b 1884.

I have all the relevant GRO birth and marriage references, and death references for James Sr, daughters Christiana (who married Archibald Petrie Macfarlane and had three daughters) and Marion Gordon (who did not marry) and son James Gavin Black.

I also have all the relevant census records for the family except Margaret jr in 1911, and I know quite a lot about the life and career of James Gavin Black.

Is Margaret Thompson or Black the Margaret Black who died in South Shields in the December quarter of 1926, aged 82?

And what became of her daughters Margaret Black, born 1873 and last sighted in the 1901 census with her mother, sister Christiana Macfarlane and family in Stokesley, Yorkshire, and Jane, born 1875 and last sighted with her mother and her sister Marion in lodgings in Bath.   

Lancashire / James 'Paraffin' Young - 1841 and 1851 census
« on: Monday 10 July 17 22:54 BST (UK)  »
James Young, born 1811 in Glasgow and died 1883 at Inverkip, married Mary Young (1814/5-1868) in 1838. According to the 1861/1871/1881 censuses (in Scotland) they had seven children
James, born 1840/1, England
Mary Ann, born 1844/5, Manchester
Annett Young, born 1846/7, Glasgow
John Young, born 1848/9, Manchester
Eliza Young, born 1850/1, Manchester
Agnes Young, born 1852/3, Manchester
Graham Young, born 1855/6, England (1861) or New Monkland (1871)

In 1841 James Young was working in Newton-le-Willows, and in 1851 he was in Manchester, but I cannot find him or his family in 1841 or 1851. I suspect possible transcription and indexing errors. Can anyone find them via another index or indexes?

I also cannot find the birth references for any of them, either in England or in Scotland.

Clare / Looking for Honorah O'Donnell
« on: Thursday 29 June 17 11:05 BST (UK)  »
A relative of mine, William Bell (1819-1881) was variously a pilot, spirit merchant and ship carpenter. I have not found him in any census except the 1871, when he is listed in Leven, parish of Scoonie, Fife, aged 51, with wife Honorah, aged 35, born Clare, Ireland.

There is a gravestone in Scoonie kirkyard saying that Honorah O'Donnell, wife of William Bell, was born 25 December 1833 and died 21 December 1873.

Her death certificate says that she was 40, and that her father was Terence O'Donnell, but does not name her mother.

I would like to know her mother's name, when and where exactly Honorah was born and baptised, and when and where she was married. I have searched without success.

What are my chances of finding this information, and where should I look for it?

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.

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?

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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