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Lanarkshire / James Waddell, James Waddell and James Waddell
« on: Monday 16 April 18 15:27 BST (UK)  »
James Waddell (1802-1882) and Jane Carswell (1802-1860) were married in New Monkland in 1824 and had eleven of a family, including two named James:

1 James Waddell son of James Waddell Labr in Ballochnie and Jane Carswell was born the 4th Novr and baptised 14th Decr 1824.

2 James Waddell lawful son of James Waddell carter in Standridge and Jane Carswell was born 20th September and baptised 4th November 1838.

No 2 married Mary Smart Jeffrey, had a son (inevitably named James) in New Monkland in 1869, a daughter in Queensland in 1874, and died in Queensland in 1907.

I had always assumed that No 1 had died young. He was not with his parents at Stanrigg/Standridge in the 1841 census.

Enter No 3. He is in the 1841 census at Stanrigg, aged 16, in the household of Alexander Waddell of Stanrigg and his sister Jean, uncle and aunt to No 1 and No 2. Alexander later married Euphemia Waddell, daughter of (you've guessed it) James Waddell of Stonefield, and had two sons, the inevitable James and an Alexander, and a daughter.

Then comes a marriage in 1848, reported in the Glasgow Herald, "At Causeyend Cottage, on the 28th ultimo, by the Rev Dr Bell of Linlithgow, James Waddell Esq, coalmaster, Stanrigg, Airdrie, to Anne, only daughter of John Craig Esq."

In the 1851 census, at Ballochnie House, New Monkland, are James Waddell, coalmaster, aged 27, and his wife Anne, aged 25. I can find no trace of either of them after the 1851 census.

It is very tempting to assume that No 1 and No 3 are the same James Waddell. But if so
- there were two brothers, both named James, living at the same place but in different households in 1841
- if No 3 is No 1, how did the son of a labourer and carter who was a landless youngest son (of yet another James Waddell, just to confuse things further) become a coalmaster?
- what happened to No 3 and his wife after 1851?

I have combed the wills and testaments and the registers of sasines, but none has shed any light so far.

Thoughts, anyone?

Scotland / Where did William Lamb Muir go?
« on: Wednesday 04 April 18 23:20 BST (UK)  »
William Lamb Muir was born in Lochgargens, Kirkcudbrightshire on 18 June 1865. On 4 October 1894 he married Anna Scott in the County Hotel, Forfar. He gave his occupation as draper and his address as 108 Upper Brook Street, Manchester. In 1901 he and Anna were at 27 Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire. I have failed to find them in 1911. Anna died on 24 September 1929 at Craigville, Kirkcudbright, and her death was registered by her widower. I cannot find his death. Any ideas?

A William Lamb Muir, aged 30, immigrated to St Albans, Franklin, Vermont, USA in 1895, but I don't think it's him because the transcription of that record says he was born in Newmains, and the one I am looking for was in Cheshire in 1901.

England / Did Ann Robin Banks ever marry?
« on: Monday 02 April 18 10:53 BST (UK)  »
Ann Robin Banks, parents Air Commodore Francis Rodwell Banks, mother Christine Constance Grant Langlands was born in Brentford in 1931. She became a well-known artist, working among other media in enamel. She shared a London studio with painter John Bainbridge Copnall (1928-2007). She lived latterly on the Isle of Arran, where her mother's family originated, and she died in Barcelona on 17 September 2007, her surname being recorded in all sources so far found as Banks. So far so good.

The reason for my interest in her is that family sources say that she married a relative of mine, Geoffrey Peter Hately Waddell (1921-1982). However we have been unable to find any definite evidence to support this. When Geoffrey married someone else in 1965, he said he was a bachelor, and his wife died just five years later. So if he also married Ann Robin Banks, either they must have been divored before 1965, and Geoffrey lied about his marital status, or they must have been married after 1970. Or the whole thing is a figment of someone's imagination.

Ideas, anyone?

Europe / Brigitte Anna Maria Kathe Suppli (c1926-1971)
« on: Saturday 31 March 18 20:28 BST (UK)  »
Brigitte married Geoffrey Peter Hateley Waddell on 6 November 1965 in Chelsea Register Office in London. She was 39 years old, a spinster, residing at 7 Old Church Street, Chelsea. Her father was Adolf Suppli, school headmaster. She died just six years later, of a brain tumour but not, apparently, in Great Britain.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I might find her birth and death records?

World War Two / What does all this mean?
« on: Thursday 22 March 18 10:17 GMT (UK)  »
I have found two references in the Gazette for Kathlen Greig Neilson (1911-1996).

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps .... The undermentioned Sisters from QAIMNS(R), Emerg Commns, to be Lts, 6th Feb 1951 .... Kathleen Greig Neilson (318909) [London Gazette, 6 February 1951]

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps .... Army Emergency Reserve of Officers. Lt Kathleen Greig Neilson (318909) from RARO to be Lt, 15th May 1956, with seniority 13th June 1947. [London Gazette, 15 June 1956]

Not being familiar with the ways of the military, this raises several questions in my mind
(a) why Kathleen, who was already a Lieutenant in 1951, was appointed a Lieutenant again in 1956?
(b) what is RARO?
(c) why was she given seniority in 1956 to a date before her original appointment as a Lieutenant in 1951?
(d) what does QAIMNS(R) mean?
(e) was 40 not rather old to become a Lieutenant?
(f) are there possibly some appointments missing from her record as I have it at the moment?

Any clarification will be greatly appreciated.

United States of America / What happened to the McCartneys?
« on: Sunday 18 March 18 11:26 GMT (UK)  »
Alexander McCartney was born in Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland in 1842/1843. On 2 July 1875 he married Margaret Burgess, born Keith, Banffshire. They had a son William McCartney, born 6 April 1876, and a daughter Marion Baird McCartney, born 1 March 1879.

They emigrated in 1880. I don't know when Alexander travelled, but Margaret, William and Marion arrived at New York aboard the SS Bolivia on 21 September 1880.

A daughter Margaret Burgess McCartney was born in New York on 18 June 1888, and a son Alexander Burgess McCartney was born there on 11 July 1890.

Apart from that, and a report of an American Marion McCartney visiting Keith almost half a century ago, I have found no further traces of them.

I have looked in the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 US census, and the 1892 NY census, for them, but so far without success.

Any suggestions, anyone?

United States of America / The wandering Lasts
« on: Friday 16 March 18 19:44 GMT (UK)  »
Denis Walter Harrison Last was born in India on 28 October 1897, parents Walter Last of the Indian Civil Service and Kate, surname unknown. I have his baptism record.

In 1901 he was living with his Indian-born mother and baby sister Cecily with his paternal grandparents, and in 1911 he was a pupil in the Royal Naval College at Osborne on the Isle of Wight. I have both census records. (Cecily was also in a boarding school, and their mother, now a widow, was visiting friends, both in England.)

He embarked on a career in the Royal Navy. I have numerous references to him from the London Gazette and the Navy List. However he was transferred to the retired list in 1922, and resigned altogether in 1934, having become a pacifist, according to a web site called 'Up Periscope'.

In 1931 he married in Scotland, his wife being Marion Mitchell Allan, born 1902, who is related to me. I have reams of information about her family including all relevant births, baptisms, marriages and census, and deaths for all except Marion.

In 1939 he was living with his wife, mother and three children in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, described as a BBC talk officer, whatever that is. I have no idea what, if anything in particular, he did during the Second World War, because the next sighting of Denis and Marion is their departure in 1956 for Bombay, with the stated intention of residing permanently in Australia.

It seems they didn't actually stay in Australia, because the final sighting I have is notices in a Santa Fe, New Mexico, newspaper, in 1970 and 1971 informing the world that his widow is executrix of his estate, but I have not found a death of either Denis or Marion.

Their daughter became engaged to a South African in 1953, but I have not found a marriage record. One of their two sons married in London and I think must still be alive, unless he too went globetrotting and died somewhere abroad. I have no idea what became of the other son.

Can anyone help to fill in the gaps, and in particular find death or burial records for both Denis and Marion? And what was his mother's maiden surname?

Can anyone help me to find Adelaide Emily Halls in the 1891 or 1901 census please?

Her birth was registered in Cirencester in the December quarter of 1885, mother's surname Nicholson.

In 1908 she married Harold Albert Curd in Greenwich. I have her in the 1911 census, which gives her place of birth as Sapperton, Gloucestershire, which fits because Sapperton is in the Cirencester registration district.

However all my efforts to find her in 1891 or 1901 have failed so far.

There are a John William and James Frederick Halls, born 1888 and 1891 in Yorkshire, mother Nicholson, but they are a different family and I have them John in the 1891 and James in 1901 with parents Frederick and Mary Jane, whose marriage I haven't found.

There's also a Mabel Halls, mother Nicholson, registered in Potterspury in 1889, and I can't find her in 1891 or 1901 unless she is the one who turns up as Enid M Hall in Potterspury with parents Arthur and Hannah but no sister Adelaide.

I suspect a case of seriously creative spelling in indexes/transcriptions. Can anyone do better than I have so far?

Armed Forces / Where was the Royal Horse Artillery between 1808 and 1835?
« on: Sunday 11 February 18 10:42 GMT (UK)  »
I am trying to pin down the baptism of Alexander Wyper, son of William Wyper and Jean Edwards. Full details in this thread

His father was a gunner in the RHA, and it would be very helpful if someone could point me towards information about where this regiment was and when between these dates, and in particular around 1820-1822.

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