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Sneddon/Snedden Ancestors
« on: Friday 09 February 18 23:18 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

I'm currently researching my paternal side of family tree. I've come stuck on my 3x Great Grandfather - George Sneddon who's the father of Janet Sneddon who was married to my 2x Great Grandfather John Stewart.

According to the records, George married Agnes Moffat in 1847 in Dumfries and Galloway. In the censuses from 1851 to 1901, his birth year kept changing which makes it impossible to track him down, which isn't unusual for that time as I see this a lot with the other members in my tree.) He stated that he was born in Dumfries-shire on every one of these censuses. However, on his death record, it was stated that he died in Dalbeattie in 1902 at the age of 75 and that his father was a Robert Sneddon.

I tried to find a birth record for George but it's been difficult with vague information and lack of mother names. Also I'm aware that his name might not be his "Christian name" as George could be his middle name and his surname will have been spelt differently back then. So any advice on how to search for someone with their middle names and no known Christian name?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Sneddon/Snedden Ancestors
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 10 February 18 12:54 GMT (UK) »
I see what you mean.  I did a broad search of the Registers at Scotland's People using last names only the below is the only OPR marriage of anything close to a Snedden/Sneddon and a Moffat/Moffit in Scotland from 1845-1854.

SNEDAN THOMAS JANET MOFFAT/FR2168 (FR2168)
13/06/1851 821/90 125 Dumfries

I am not suggesting it never occurred simply it is not in the OPR's.  The other possibility is the informant on the death registration may have provided incorrect information if not a family member.

Do you have Janet's birth registration from SP?

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Re: Sneddon/Snedden Ancestors
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 10 February 18 17:53 GMT (UK) »
I think you may be right. When I looked at George's death register and it was stated that the informant was his Son in Law- William Blackwood. So it is entirely possible that he could have got it wrong.

I have attached a copy of Janet's birth register for you to look at.


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Re: Sneddon/Snedden Ancestors
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 10 February 18 20:17 GMT (UK) »
Hi there.

What were the names of Agnes Moffat's parents? They had mostly girls didn't they. Maybe some clues from the names they used for them.

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Re: Sneddon/Snedden Ancestors
« Reply #4 on: Saturday 10 February 18 20:29 GMT (UK) »
George gave his birthplace as Dryfesdale?

Not his entry, but could this be a sibling? From the SP OPR index:

Mathew SNODEN, parents ROBERT SNODEN/JANET COPLAND
04/10/1825
Ref 820/20 23
Dryfesdale

Janet was the name of the first born daughter of George and Agnes in 1847 in Kirkmichael.

Any luck finding George in 1841. Given his birth year, he might be working away from home so this may not help.

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Re: Sneddon/Snedden Ancestors
« Reply #5 on: Saturday 10 February 18 20:45 GMT (UK) »
George and Agnes called their second born daughter in 1849 Dina/Diana.

Have you come across this couple in Lochmaben 1851. Wondering if there some connection to George:

Robert Snedden 45 Agricultural Labourer b. Lochmaben
Dinah Snedden 44 wife b. Hutton

Address: Greensaughs, Torthorwald Dumfriesshire

This couple ((Diana's maiden name is Paterson) marriage/banns show on 6 Dec 1835 in Applegarth,Dumfries. No children showing with them in 1841. They show as living in Broonhill, Lochmaben where George and Agnes are living in 1851.

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Re: Sneddon/Snedden Ancestors
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 10 February 18 20:46 GMT (UK) »
Have you tried looking at the children's christening entries to see whether any family surnames show as sponsors that may help you?

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Re: Sneddon/Snedden Ancestors
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 10 February 18 21:15 GMT (UK) »
Hi there.

What were the names of Agnes Moffat's parents? They had mostly girls didn't they. Maybe some clues from the names they used for them.

Monica

Agnes's parents were called John Moffat and Margaret Craig. She did have a lot of sisters and one brother- John Jnr.

Agnes and George had lots of children-
Janet
James- born 1848
Dinah
William Moffat- 1850
Mary
Elizabeth
Agnes
Jean
Jane
Robina
Amelia
Anella?
George Jr- 1866

I couldn't find George in 1841 Census but I'll need to look again.

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Re: Sneddon/Snedden Ancestors
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 10 February 18 21:19 GMT (UK) »
I struggle to find George too in 1841  :-\

Take care on the child James 1848 you show. There is a mistrancription on the a/try census for 1851 which shows a child James b. 1848. However, this entry also shows as daughter, most likely Janet that you have also born in July 1847.

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