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Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, in 1850. They are two of the 9 children of Jeremiah FARRELL and Ann MUIR, who were married at St Quivox, Ayrshire, in 1829. I have the details of the other 7 children, the youngest of whom is my great grandfather.

I have census information for James, in 1841, and 1851, and then nothing. I have traced the story of a James FARRELL who emigrated to the USA in 1854, and died in New Haven, Connecticut in the 1890s, but there is nothing, apart from his age, to link him to my James. A query on the American Rootschat board was unsuccessful.

I have Mary in censuses up to 1881, but after that, nothing; she may have died, married or emigrated.

Is anyone else here researching this family?

United States of America / Did James FARRELL emigrate to the United States?
« on: Thursday 07 December 17 01:45 GMT (UK)  »
James was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, about 1831, to Jeremiah FARRELL and Ann MUIR or MOORE.
He appears in the 1841, and 1851 censuses, in Scotland, and then I lose track of him.

I searched the American records on Family Search, and found a James FARRELL, aged 24, from Great Britain, arriving in New York in May 1854. With him was Bridget, aged 23.

On February 17th 1855, there is an Ann FARRELL, born to James, from Scotland, and Bridget, from Ireland, at Charlestown in New Hampshire.

In the 1860 census, the family, with 3 more children, Ellen, Mary, and John, is living at Enfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

In 1870, James, with Ann, Ellen, Mary and John, but with a wife called Johanna, and a child, Elizabeth, are living at New Haven, Connecticut. James, Johanna and Elizabeth are at the same place in 1880.

After this, I lose track. I haven't found a death for Bridget, a marriage for James and Johanna, or a death for James - all things that might link me back to the Scottish Farrells.

I think Johanna is living with a daughter and son in law , Timothy CONLEY, in Lewiston Town, Maine, in 1900.

To make things more complicated, There was another couple called James and Johanna FARRELL having children in Connecticut in the 1850s and 1860s. This Johanna was living with her second husband James B BOURKE, in Tolland Connecticut in 1880.

Can anyone help with records to link this James to the Ayrshire Farrell family?

New Zealand / Looking for a photograph of David BONTHRON
« on: Sunday 26 November 17 07:00 GMT (UK)  »
David was a Scot, who emigrated to Invercargill in 1863. He was heavily involved in the temperance movement, and was a founder of the Total Abstinence Society, in Invercargill. When David and his wife Isabella moved to Pahia, near Orepuki, in the 1880s, the society presented David and his wife with portraits of themselves. I have a copy of Isabella's portrait, from the Riverton museum, but they don't have David's, and I wonder if anyone here might know its whereabouts. David was my wife's 2nd great grandfather. He died in 1903.

Armed Forces / John BATH, Greenwich Pensioner 1861 - finding a Navy record.
« on: Saturday 11 November 17 02:18 GMT (UK)  »
John was baptised on 16 Jan 1791 at Saint Stephens By Launceston, Cornwall. In the 1841 census he is living at St Stephens, Launceston, and his occupation is "Navy P" - which I interpreted as pensioner. In the 1861 census, he is living at the same place, and his occupation is "Pensioner Greenwich".

I have tried to find a military record for him, on Ancestry and Find My Past. FindMyPast has a pension record for a John Bath, Royal Marine, pension awarded 5th August 1825. This man is noted as 41 years of age, having served 21 years, 4 months. Did volunteers overstate their ages?

This morning I visited our local Family History Centre, to check the film of attestation papers for marines for 1804. I couldn't find him - in fact there were few surnames starting with "B" in the records.

I have looked at two other John BATHs - one awarded a pension in 1815...he is too old to be the man I'm looking for. Another, awarded a pension in 1842, and with a military record on Ancestry, wouldn't have been on the 1841 census.

Where else can I look for information on John? Is it worth requesting the microfilm of 1825 attestations? A note on Family Search said the attestation paper could be filed by discharge date.

New Zealand Completed Requests / Naturalisation in New Zealand in the 1880s.
« on: Wednesday 12 July 17 00:15 BST (UK)  »
Does the Archives have copies of the applications for naturalisation in 1880? I have found the letters of naturalisation issued, and we have the person's origin and date of naturalisation from the index.

England / Arthur BLYTH, man of mystery.
« on: Saturday 17 June 17 11:49 BST (UK)  »
Arthur married Sarah PROCTOR at the parish church of St Giles, Camberwell, Surrey, on August 19th 1854. Sarah was a spinster, of full age. Arthur was a batchelor, of full age, a gardener. Arthur's father was William BLYTH, a farmer. The witnesses were James BLYTH and Eliza CHEYNEY.

Arthur and Sarah had two children registered in Middlesex. William George BLYTH, born 1855, registered Upper Clapton, and Frances Eliza BLYTH, registered Stamford Hill. Frances was baptised on 15th August 1858 at the Parish of Reigate district of Redhill, Surrey. Arthur is named as father on the baptism.

In the 1861 census Sarah is living with her sister Frances CHEYNEY at Reigate Foreign in Surrey. She is married, but there is no sign of Arthur.

In the 1871 census, Sarah is living with her mother in Stretton, Staffordshire. She is married, but there is no sign of Arthur.

In 1881, Sarah is a housekeeper for her uncle, Benjamin WALKER, in Stretton, Staffordshire. Still married, no Arthur.

In 1891, Sarah is still living in Stretton, as a widow.

I have not been able to find a trace of Arthur BLYTH, apart from his wedding, and the baptism of his daughter.

Europe / Help with translation from Norwegian
« on: Monday 24 April 17 06:14 BST (UK)  »
My wife's 2nd great grandfather, Peder BRUNGOT, died in Aalesund, Norway. I have found his probate online, and would appreciate a translation of it. What I'm looking for is the family information it contains - I don't need the list of assets and expenses translated.

The probate is here:

number 7, 1873, page 36. It continues on page 37, and at the top of page 38.

Antrim / Who was William McCULLOUGH's mother?
« on: Wednesday 22 March 17 22:36 GMT (UK)  »
William is a great grandfather of my wife. He was born in the early 1850s, in the Ballymena area of County Antrim. We have been unable to find a baptism for him, or his mother's name.

On 7th January 1874 William married Margaret MILLAR at the 3rd Presbyterian Church, Ballymena. His age is given as "full", and his father's name is also William McCULLOUGH, a farmer.

In the 1901 census, his age is 47 years.
In the 1911 census, his age is 58 years.

In December 1911 William, his wife, daughter Agnes, and two grandchildren left London for New Zealand, to join the other members of his family here.

William died in Christchurch, New Zealand on April 17th 1929. His age on his death registration is given as 82 years. His age at marriage as 21 years. The informant did not know the name of William's mother. I have attached a copy of this registration.

The naming patterns of William's children may give a clue to his mother's name.
His first child, James, named for Margaret MILLAR's father
Second child, William, named for William's father.
Third child, Jane, named for Margaret MILLAR's mother
Fourth child, John - family name?
Fifth child, Mary Ann ??
Sixth child, Martha.

Ernest was born in Easington, Durham on 21st November 1879. At some stage he emigrated to New Zealand, and in 1907, at Waihi, he married Mabel CARLESS. Ernest's occupation was engineer.
In 1916, he enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, and served in England. He was demobilised in May 1919, and disappeared. In 1922, Mabel was granted a divorce from him - I have attached a copy of the newspaper report.

In UK outward passenger lists, an E R Emerson, locomotive superintendant, left Liverpool on the "Agapenor", departing 23rd November 1919, bound for Singapore. Was this him?

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