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Yorkshire (West Riding) / Tom Bourne?
« on: Wednesday 06 June 18 20:47 BST (UK)  »
Following on from  I am interested in investigating the possibility that the child named Thomas Adair Bourne Howson, born 1874 in Birmingham, is the Tom A Bourne who appears, aged 6, in the household of Elizabeth Green in Knaresborough in 1881, and also the Thomas Adair, aged 17, draper apprentice in the household of Riley Fortune, silk mercer, at Ravensgill, Bilton, Harrogate in 1891.

Can anyone point me at anything that might confirm or refute this theory?

Warwickshire / Seeking birth, baptism and parents of Thomas Adair
« on: Tuesday 05 June 18 11:37 BST (UK)  »
Thomas Adair first appears in the 1891 census as a 17-year-old draper's apprentice, born Birmingham, in the household of Riley Fortune, silk mercer, in Harrogate. I believe that his father was also Thomas Adair, but of him I have found no trace at all.

The 1939 Register gives his DoB as 6 May 1874.

I have failed, so far, to find a birth record in the GRO index or at FreeBMD. Nor can I find him in the 1881, 1901 or 1911 censuses. The latter two are not surprising because he became an East India merchant and travelled regularly to Hong Kong and Japan.

In 1903 he married Sarah Ellen Liddiard in Basford. She and their first two sons were living with her mother in Quorn, Leicestershire in 1911. A third son was born in 1912, all three births registered in Barrow-on-Soar.

Can anyone suggest anywhere else to try?

Banffshire / Keeping it in the family, Banffshire style?
« on: Saturday 02 June 18 21:41 BST (UK)  »
11 April 1862. Birth of Alexander Gordon, son of Alexander G and Jane MacDonald, at Clashmarloch, Aberlour
17 January 1866. Birth of John Gordon, son of Alexander G and Jane MacDonald
6 September 1868. Birth of Jane Rigby, daughter of William R and Janet Marshall
25 July 1872. Birth of Margaret Rigby, daughter of William R and Janet Marshall
15 October 1892. John Gordon, son of Alexander G and Jane MacDonald, marries Jane Rigby, daughter of William R and Janet Marshall
1 August 1898. Margaret Rigby, daughter of William R and Janet Marshall, gives birth to an illegitimate child.
5 September 1898. Maggie Rigby, 78 Moss Street compeared before the Keith Kirk Session confessing to having given birth to an illegitimate child and charging Alexander Gordon, coachman, Blairgowrie as the father, and who has admitted paternity.
12 May 1906. Death of Jane Rigby or Gordon, daughter of William R and Janet Marshall and wife of John Gordon
30 March 1908. William Rigby, husband of Janet Marshall and father of Jane Rigby or Gordon and of Margaret Rigby, applies to Keith Parochial Board. He states inter alia that his daughter Margaret is keeping house for a brother-in-law in Glasgow.
22 August 1910. John Gordon, son of son of Alexander G and Jane MacDonald and widower of Jane Rigby, marries his sister-in-law Margaret Rigby, daughter of William R and Janet Marshall

Question. Is Alexander Gordon, son of Alexander G and Jane MacDonald, the coachman in Blairgowrie who was the father of Margaret Rigby’s illegitimate child?

I have all the relevant birth, marriage and death certificates, and all the census records except those for Alexander Gordon after 1881. For the sake of simplicity I have not listed five children of Maggie's and six of Jane's, not all of whom were born in wedlock, or any of the siblings of Alexander and John or of Jane and Maggie, all of whom I know about.

Canada / William John Boyer, 1911 census
« on: Friday 04 May 18 18:28 BST (UK)  »
William John Boyer married Margaret Marshall Rigby in Winnipeg on 23 July 1908. I have a brief report from the Manitoba Free Press of 25 July 1908.

Margaret died in Winnipeg on 30 June 1927, described as wife of W J Boyer, 666 Beverley Street. I have two items from the Manitoba Free Press, one announcing the death and the other giving the time and place of the funeral.

I would like to find out a bit more about him - where and when born, when and where died, and so on.

I cannot find the couple in the 1911 census, however.

Any suggestions?

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.

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