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James Laing Edinburgh resident
« on: Saturday 29 July 17 20:50 BST (UK) »
Would anyone please help me to find the family of James Laing.
He married Elizabeth Smith born in Dublin daughter of David Smith from Old Machar Aberdeen in Leeds in 1883 and named as James Tait Laing.
The 1911 England & Wales census shows him living in Leeds with his wife and his occupation as retired major Dist. aged 50. I think the regiment was Edinburgh Artillery Volunteer Corps.

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Re: James Laing Edinburgh resident
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 29 July 17 21:05 BST (UK) »
Hi ArizonaBoy

Have you been able to confirm at least his father's name from that 1883 marriage cert in Leeds?

Possibility this might be his birth here from indexes in 1860 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQ5W-C7D

Two other children to this couple show the surname of Tait as a middle name:

Janet 1861 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQWM-L41
John Tait Sorlie 1864 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQFK-RHT - must have died young and name reused
John Tait Sorlie 1867 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQFK-R6J

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Re: James Laing Edinburgh resident
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 29 July 17 21:13 BST (UK) »
This 1861 census entry is likely for the family above. Everyone born in Edinburgh:

James Laing 23 Brassfounder Finisher b. St Cuthbert, Edinburgh
Isabella Laing 20
James Laing 8 Months
William Laing 21 brother printer compositor

Address: 12 Lochend Close, Edinburgh Canongate

This couple look to have married in 1859 https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XYMR-QP2

There are so many James Laings born around the 1860s in the Edinburgh area, would be good to get further confirmation of some details for him at least from his marriage registration.

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Re: James Laing Edinburgh resident
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 29 July 17 21:20 BST (UK) »
From family trees online, someone else is claiming this James! They have him marrying and then dying in Australia in 1909...

His marriage registration in Leeds shows him as James Tait S Laing - https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2DZP-PSN  So, wondering whether the S is for Sorlie and we are on the right lines (and it is the other family tree that is incorrect).

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Re: James Laing Edinburgh resident
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 29 July 17 22:16 BST (UK) »
Hi Monica

Thanks very much for the info.
Unfortunately I got the marriage details from findmypast.ie England & Wales Marriages Transcription and no details of father was shown.
Also I have James Laing on the electoral list for 1919 at 103 Harehills Avenue Leeds Yorkshire.

Do you think James Laing and Isabella Sorlie are his parents?.

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Re: James Laing Edinburgh resident
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 29 July 17 22:36 BST (UK) »
I don't know if the birth we are talking about from 1860 is the right one unfortunately. The only way to start confirming would be to order that marriage cert and see what it says about his father and then work that info back to Scotland. I only made the reference due to the middle name of Tait. The family I mentioned seem to like to use the middle names of Tait and also Sorlie.

You have details on Elizabeth Smith's side. Is that the line that you connect with? I couldn't easily see children to James and Elizabeth from the 1891 and the 1911 censuses.

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Re: James Laing Edinburgh resident
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 30 July 17 12:42 BST (UK) »
Hi Monica

Yes I an coming from the Smith side. Elizabeth Smith's mother was Ellen Monahan my great aunt.
As you advise I will go to Scotlands People site and get the marriage cert for James Laing/Isabella Sorlie.

Once again thanks for your help.

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Re: James Laing Edinburgh resident
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 30 July 17 13:43 BST (UK) »
Hi Monica

I downloaded the marriage cert for Laing/Sorlie. I find it hard to read. I tried to post the file but it is too large. I also have James Laing birth cert.

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Re: James Laing Edinburgh resident
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 30 July 17 15:54 BST (UK) »
Hi Monica

I've had another stab at working out the names on the marriage cert.

James Laing Father: James Laing  Mother: Elizabeth Melrose (not sure)

Isabella Sorlie Father: James Sorlie  Mother: Janet Tait

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