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Down / Maralin and/or Magheralin
« on: Monday 08 October 18 11:58 BST (UK)  »
I've been looking at various records of the family of Cosslett Waddell and Maria Langtry of Drumcro, and sometimes they say Maralin and sometime Magheralin.

Is it possible that Maralin and Magheralin are different spellings of the same parish?

Canada / Etiquette of showers
« on: Monday 01 October 18 20:43 BST (UK)  »
I've been raking through some old Canadian newspapers, and have come across numerous mentions of a 'shower' being held in honour of a bride-elect. I'd be interested to know what the etiquette surrounding these events is as I have never heard of this practice before.

Angus (Forfarshire) / G McFarlane, railway builder, Dundee
« on: Tuesday 25 September 18 21:42 BST (UK)  »
Does anyone know anything about G McFarlane, Dundee, who built the railway bridge across the River Spey at Ballindalloch in 1863? What else did he build?

Europe / Italy - Giulio Icardi
« on: Sunday 23 September 18 17:37 BST (UK)  »
Anna Sim, daughter of Alexander Sim of Collooney Mills, Sligo, married Giulio Icardi on 22 July 1885 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. He was 46, son of Pierre Icardi, and said in family sources to be an Italian Count.

Previous thread on Anna Sim's family

I would like to know more about Giulio Icardi. Where and when was he born, and where and when did he die? Was he really a count? Also when and where did Anna die?

I have drawn a blank on FamilySearch, FindMyPast, Ancestry, The Genealogist, the civil registration indexes of England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland and Antenati.

Any suggestions? I can read Italian so Italian sites would be no problem.

Other Countries / India - Margaret Binn(e)y
« on: Friday 21 September 18 20:45 BST (UK)  »
I have been looking at the British India Office records from the British Library, and the FIBIS database, and I am wondering if these two records relate to the same person.

First, from the India Office records: Calcutta, 1800, March 25th. Miss Margaret Mr [sic] Binny. My transcription, and it definitely shows her middle name as Mr!

Second, from the FIBIS database, transcribed from the BACSA India and Burma Cemetery Record Books:
Surname     Binny (Binney in B.O.)   
Forename(s)     Margaret Marianne   
Date of death     1800   
Place name     Kolkata (Calcutta)   
Cemetery             South Park Street   
Province/State    Bengal   
Date of birth       1797

I am puzzled by this, because I can't see the clerk using the title 'Miss' for a small child, yet it is surely too much of a coincidence to have two Margaret Binn(e)ys dying in Calcutta in 1800.

I have looked unsuccessfully for a baptism of Margaret M* Binn(e)y in 1796/1797.

Just to muddy the waters, there is a Margaret Emilia Binny born 1794, baptised 1797 and died 1797 as Margaret Amelia. That is to say, that I am assuming (I know, not good) that Margaret Emilia and Margaret Amelia are the same person.

Thoughts, anyone?

United States of America / Georgina Catherine Waddington or Wyllie
« on: Wednesday 19 September 18 17:47 BST (UK)  »
Georgina Catherine Waddington was born in Arbroath, Scotland, on 5 February 1881. Her parents were Thomas Waddington and Elizabeth Allardice.

On 18 July 1902 she married David Jamieson Smart Wyllie, born 17 March 1879, son of David Jamieson Wyllie and Helen Anderson Alexander.

They had a son David, born in Scotland in 1904/5. They then emigrated and went to Connecticut, where two more children were born; Elizabeth in 1907/1908 and Walter in 1910/1911.

In the 1920 census David Sr, described as married, was in the census in New Haven, Connecticut with the three children and his sister Margaret, described as housekeeper.

What happened to Georgina? She didn't die in Scotland. David remarried before the 1940 census. 

Lancashire / Elizabeth Campbell Wyllie or Riley
« on: Wednesday 19 September 18 16:50 BST (UK)  »
Elizabeth Campbell Wyllie was born in Arbroath on 21 December 1900. I have her birth certificate. Her parents were David Jamieson Wyllie and Williamina Campbell Tosh.

I believe that she is the Elizabeth Campbell Riley whose death was registered in Blackburn in January 1984. The index gives her DoB as 31, not 21, December 1900.

She is probably the Elizabeth Campbell Riley who travelled to Buenos Aires from London on the SS Duquesa in 1950.

However I have completely failed so far to find a record of her marriage. I don't even know the given name(s) of her husband, and whether or not she had a family.

Can anyone suggest where I might learn more about her?

Cornwall / James Leslie, fruit merchant, St Michaels
« on: Saturday 01 September 18 11:11 BST (UK)  »
I have information to suggest that James Leslie, son of James Leslie (born 1754) and grandson of Alexander Leslie of Balnageith (which is in Forres, Moray) and his wife Anne Duff, was the James Leslie who married Mary Culbard, daughter of Alexander Culbard, tanner and leather merchant, and his wife Margaret Murdoch.

This marriage is recorded in Elgin, Moray, in 1816.

In 1841 Mary Leslie, 50 and Margaret Leslie, 20, were living with Alexander Culbard, 80, in Elgin. In 1851 the widowed Mary Culbard or Leslie, aged 61, was living in Elgin with her widowed father, who was 92. In 1871 Mary Culbard or Leslie, aged 81, was living with her widowed daughter Margaret Leslie or Michie, aged 52, born St Michaels, Cornwall.

Margaret Leslie married Alexander Michie, surgeon, in Elgin in 1846. He died in Elgin in 1859.

Mary Culbard or Leslie died in Elgin on 5 June 1879, and an item in the Moray Weekly News of 14 June 1879 describes her as the widow of James Leslie, fruit merchant, St Michaels.
Margaret Leslie or Michie died in Elgin on 12 December 1894, and an item in the Elgin Courant describes her as the daughter of James Leslie, fruit grower.

I am intrigued to know why someone from Moray would turn to fruit growing in Cornwall, which is as far as you cen get from Moray and still be in Britain. When did he go to Cornwall? How long did he live there? What did he grow? Did he die in Cornwall, and if so where and when, and at what age?

Can anyone suggest how I might learn more about James Leslie's life and activities in Cornwall? I have looked at FamilySearch and FindMyPast and found nothing useful.

United States of America / Alabama marriage records
« on: Monday 27 August 18 17:25 BST (UK)  »
I would like to know the names of the parents of George W Evans, who married Beatrice Riach Grigor on 2 September 1882 in Jefferson County, Alabama, and John W Martin, who married Beatrice Riach Grigor or Evans on 24 October 1899 in Birmingham, Jefferson County.

Does anyone have experience of accessing marriage records in Jefferson County, and do they give the names of the couple's parents? If so where should I look for them?

George was born in Wales about 1846. He and Beatrice had four children, but George must have died between 1895, when his youngest child was conceived, and 1899, when Beatrice married John W Martin.

John was born in Indiana about 1854.

I have found John and Beatrice and all four children in the 1900 census in Ensley City, Jefferson County.

I also have full information about Beatrice's own family.

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