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Title: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: Forfarian on Friday 28 May 21 16:56 BST (UK)
In the 1881 census of Scotland, there is a George Aitken, nephew, 23, born Canada, in the household of Alexander Aitkenhead at New Farm, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire.

Alexander died in 1890 and left bequests including one to John Aitkenhead, otherwise Aitken, farmer, Orangeville, Toronto, Canada, whom I assume to be his brother and father of George. I gather that Orangeville is in Dufferin County. John was aged 15 in the 1841 census, so he was born between 1821 and 1826.

However all my efforts to find John and his family, including George, in any census in Canada, have come to naught so far.

Can anyone point me at any information about John and his descendants please?
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Friday 28 May 21 17:22 BST (UK)
Any middle name for George ?

Interesting entry................??

George Jeffrey Aitkenhead  - George Jeffry Aitken Head - 1859 Glasgow Scotland - aged 24 years
married 13 Sep 1883 Carleton, Ontario
Father Alex Aitken Head Agnes Rankin Aitken Head
Mother Aitken Head Spouse Annie Affleck

Sandra

Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Friday 28 May 21 17:24 BST (UK)
George Jeffrey Aitkenhead Birth Date:   14 Apr 1859 - Baptism Date 1 Jun 1859
London Road United Presbyterian, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
Father Alexander Aitkenhead - Mother Agnes Rankine.

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Friday 28 May 21 17:25 BST (UK)

FIND A GRAVE


George Jeffrey Aitkenhead - 14 April 1859 - 1940 Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska,
PLOT   Section 24 Lot 139 Space 3

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/105726164/george-jeffrey-aitkenhead

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: Forfarian on Friday 28 May 21 17:57 BST (UK)
Thanks, Sandra.

That's George Jeffrey Aitkenhead, who was born in Glasgow in 1859 and emigrated via Canada to Nebraska, where he died in 1940. He wrote a long memoir about his family and connections.

GJA was first cousin once removed to the John Aitkenhead I'm looking for, who farmed at Orangeville and changed his name to Aitken, and second cousin to George who was born in Canada and visiting his uncles and aunts in Scotland in 1881.
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: MaureeninNY on Friday 28 May 21 18:53 BST (UK)
Not sure:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMV4-357

Maureen
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: MaureeninNY on Friday 28 May 21 19:23 BST (UK)
1881:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVF2-LN2

Maureen
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: DonM on Friday 28 May 21 21:06 BST (UK)
I can offer you this.

The only "John" is the one below.  They were in New Holland Twp of what was then called North Grey which no longer exists. Today its the area south east of Chatsworth down to Markdale.

The only other Aitken (and spelling variants), during this period was in Turnberry Twp but they were headed by a "James" and they were farmers and millers.

Unfortunately the old https://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/Images/Maps/TownshipMaps/gre-m-holland.jpg is incomplete most names are missing.


1871
https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1871&op=&img&id=4396616_00332

1881
https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1881&op=&img&id=e008194355

1891
https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=img&id=30953_148140-00587

Don
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: Forfarian on Saturday 29 May 21 10:00 BST (UK)
Thanks, Maureen, I think you've got him. I have to admit that it would not have occurred to me to look for Aikans with an a.

Don, I had found that family but the absence of a George, or a gap where George might have fitted in, in 1871 seemed to be a stumbling block.

I've been to what is now Grey County, and probably drove through Dufferin County though not Orangeville itself.
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 12:13 BST (UK)
Well done Mo  :)

FIND A GRAVE  (plus death notice)

George Leggatt Aiken 1857 - 1938

Saint Johns Norway Cemetery and Crematorium The Beaches, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
PLOT   13-6-48

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/139082657/george-leggatt-aiken

Mary Jane McGuire Aiken

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/139082656/mary-jane-aiken

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 12:16 BST (UK)

Partial death cert :-

Sandra

Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: Forfarian on Saturday 29 May 21 12:50 BST (UK)
Brilliant, thanks, Sandra.
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: MaureeninNY on Saturday 29 May 21 13:54 BST (UK)
 :) :)

I'm still not sure. How did young George manage to be on 2 census records in 1881? I know it happens but can anyone see an incoming record for him?

Family in 1871?
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M47D-3N5

Can't find a death record for the father (John).

Oh well..just dotting and crossing.

Maureen
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: Forfarian on Saturday 29 May 21 14:54 BST (UK)
:) :)
I'm still not sure. How did young George manage to be on 2 census records in 1881? I know it happens but can anyone see an incoming record for him?
I wondered about that too, though I have come across people before who were in two places in the same census.

Suppose he was actually in Scotland, but perhaps by the time the Canadian census form was completed he had returned home and whoever completed the return forgot that he hadn't been there on the census date? Or vice versa? How soon after the census date would the information have been collected?
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: polarbear on Saturday 29 May 21 14:59 BST (UK)
Assuming I have found the correct George...

George L Aiken appears to give his birthplace as the United States on several censuses and Ogdensburg (which I believe is in upper New York State) on his marriage to Mary Jane.

This makes me wonder if his parents might have died in New York State?

PB
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 15:23 BST (UK)


1891 Orangeville, Wellington Centre, Ontario.

John Aiken   68   Head
Annie Aiken 65   Wife
Alexander Aiken 20   Son

https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=img&id=30953_148178-00504

1901 Orangeville, Wellington Centre, Ontario.

John Aiken   78
Annie O Aiken   75

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 15:29 BST (UK)
Annie's death - (widow)  4 th January 1910 Dufferin Ontario

Sandra

Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 15:32 BST (UK)


John Acken - 1824 Scotland - aged 79 years died 8 January 1903 Dufferin Ontario

Religion  Presbyterian - Cause of Death Heart Failure.

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: polarbear on Saturday 29 May 21 15:47 BST (UK)
This looks like the family in 1871. Scroll down to the 2nd page.

https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1871&op=&img&id=4396681_00441

PB
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: RunKitty on Saturday 29 May 21 15:47 BST (UK)
Well done Mo  :)

FIND A GRAVE  (plus death notice)

George Leggatt Aiken 1857 - 1938

Saint Johns Norway Cemetery and Crematorium The Beaches, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
PLOT   13-6-48

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/139082657/george-leggatt-aiken

Mary Jane McGuire Aiken

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/139082656/mary-jane-aiken

Sandra

Short obit in the Globe and Mail for George.  It says George Leggatt Aiken died at Toronto on March 11 1938.  Husband of the late Mary Jane McGuire.  Late of 121 Normandy Blvd..  In his 81st year.

OOPS - didn't see that the findagrave has this!!   The notice is from the Globe and Mail newspaper 12 March 1938, page 26

RK
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 15:52 BST (UK)
This looks like the family in 1871. Scroll down to the 2nd page.

https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1871&op=&img&id=4396681_00441

PB

reply 12 - MaureeninNY  :)  :) :)  Aitken(head)  Aikans  Aiken Acken   :)
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: MaureeninNY on Saturday 29 May 21 15:53 BST (UK)
 :)
Good one, Sandra!

Must say that PB has a good point about Ogdensburg,though!

Freezing cold here (well-chilly- but it's the end of May!).

Moxx

EDIT: And I missed a few posts. ::) ::)
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 15:55 BST (UK)


Spelling - didn't help - did it   :-\

Being on the two census taken 1 day apart - strange as well.  :-\

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: RunKitty on Saturday 29 May 21 15:56 BST (UK)
Obit for son John Bolton Aiken (on the tombstone with parents and sister) in the Globe and Mail 24 Nov 1964, page 41. 

It says Dr. John Bolton Aiken died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on Nov 27 1964.  In his 75th year.   Of Red Lake, Ontario.   Husband of the late Edna Webster.  Father of George of Red Lake.  Grandfather of E, D, J and R.  Interment St. Johns Norway Cemetery.

RK
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: MaureeninNY on Saturday 29 May 21 16:02 BST (UK)


Spelling - didn't help - did it   :-\

Being on the two census taken 1 day apart - strange as well.  :-\

Sandra

I swear I'll get back to RC time.

Yes-both supposedly in April 1881. Granted there are no outgoing UK records but you would think he should be on an incoming one!
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 16:11 BST (UK)
UK return started 1878 but there are so few of them and they give such little information.  Of course he could have come in between 1871 - 1878 anyway.
 

Sun would be welcome, went out and got in position in my chair and the big cloud covered it up  :-\
So here I am, back again.  :-\

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: MaureeninNY on Saturday 29 May 21 16:23 BST (UK)
 :) :)

I wrote:
"Granted there are no outgoing UK records but you would think he should be on an incoming one!'

I meant back to the US or Canada. :)

Moxx
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: polarbear on Saturday 29 May 21 16:23 BST (UK)
Oops, sorry MaureeninNY.... I completely missed that post about the 1871 census.

I did notice in that 1871 census that Isabella was apparently born in Quebec so I was wondering if John and Ann might have been there on the 1852 census but don't see them at the moment.

PB
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 16:38 BST (UK)
SORRY MO. I must have mis-read.  :) Just making general comment really...........
The 1865 - 1922 Canadian passenger lists don't give anywhere for a name or surname ...or do they ?

https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/immigration-records/passenger-lists/passenger-lists-1865-1922/Pages/search.aspx


Thought we might have had a chance of finding that birth for Isabella in Quebec but I never turned up anything.

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: MaureeninNY on Saturday 29 May 21 16:39 BST (UK)
Oops, sorry MaureeninNY.... I completely missed that post about the 1871 census.

I did notice in that 1871 census that Isabella was apparently born in Quebec so I was wondering if John and Ann might have been there on the 1852 census but don't see them at the moment.

PB

No problem,PB!!

They are tricky!

I do wonder how long John and Ann* were married (as in- when/where).

Best,
Maureen
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: MaureeninNY on Saturday 29 May 21 16:45 BST (UK)
Thought we might have had a chance of finding that birth for Isabella in Quebec but I never turned up anything.

Sandra

Nothing on my part.

Even a hint on the Drouin Collection-maybe a Leg*t. ::)
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 16:49 BST (UK)
 :)

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 17:17 BST (UK)
Long - shot - Could this be a possibility for Annie -    Ann Orrick Leggat

Birth Date 11 Jan 1824 Banff, Banff, Scotland (the birth date on death cert was 1 Jan 1826 Inverness - or is that to far from Inverness ?)

Father George Leggat - Mother Isobel Henry.

1851 Census  Beauharnois County

Ann Leggett born 1825 Scotland.

also a Thomas Leggett born 1823 Scotland living same area,

Sandra

Might be a few births to same couple - George Leggett and Isobel Hendry. (Interesting if first born daughter was Isabella ?)

http://www.rootschat.com/links/01qn8/

also a George Leggatt - 65 years - Beauharnois County
Isabella Hendry - 68 years - Beauharnois County
Thomas Leggett 23 years - Beauharnois County


Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 17:24 BST (UK)
If Thomas on that 1851 was a brother - marriage of Thomas Leggitt 23 December 1862 Perth Ontario.
Parents George Leggitt and Isabella.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2CB-QB8V

Sandra
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 17:29 BST (UK)
Just speculation at mo but death of Thomas Leggitt ?

Sandra

Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 17:32 BST (UK)
Some of the Aiken births were Mitchell Perth County which is another coincidence

FIND A GRAVE

Knox Presbyterian Cemetery Mitchell, Perth County, Ontario.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/142056533/thomas-leggatt

Spouse Maria Murphy Leggatt  - 1847 - 1925

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/142056506/maria-leggatt

Sandra


Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 17:35 BST (UK)
This could be the parents of Thomas Leggatt and Annie Leggatt

Headstone in brilliant condition and very clear inscriptions for over 150 years -

Canada Genweb

George Leggatt died 1864 (aged 74 years)

http://geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/1295101

Isabella died 1869 (aged 83 years)

http://geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/1295101

Sandra


Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: polarbear on Saturday 29 May 21 17:36 BST (UK)
In case I didn't also miss the 1961 census, this looks like the family. It has Isabella as born U C but perhaps this is a mistranscription of L C which Q(uebec) from the 1871 census would have been written as.

https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1861&op=&img&id=4391567_00240

Back to that 1871 census...

The last child is indexed as James Aikens but the ditto appears to be crossed out. I think his last name should perhaps be Leggatt and wonder if he is related to the Thomas *Sandra* has found the marriage for?

PB
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: RunKitty on Saturday 29 May 21 17:36 BST (UK)
George L Aitken's sister Agnes Ferguson of Cowan Ave. was witness on his death record. 

Obit for Mary Agnes Aitken Ferguson, wife of Hugh Ferguson, died March 25 1939 says that her address was 115 Cowan Avenue.  Mother of Eleanor Kearns-Batchelor, Norah, and Mary Agnes Ferguson of Toronto.   Globe and Mail 28 March 1939 page 22. 

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/138748117/mary-agnes-ferguson

Daughter Norah Isabella is buried with her parents.

Daughter Mary Agnes Ferguson...Globe and Mail 7 Feb 1968 page 35.  Mary Agnes Ferguson of 130 Jameson Ave, formerly of Cowan Ave., died on 4 Feb 1968.   Aunt of Hugh Batchelor of England.  Interment Prospect Cemetery. 

RK   
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 17:38 BST (UK)
In case I didn't also miss the 1961 census, this looks like the family. It has Isabella as born U C but perhaps this is a mistranscription of L C which Q(uebec) from the 1871 census would have been written as.

https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1861&op=&img&id=4391567_00240

Back to that 1871 census...

The last child is indexed as Aikens but the ditto appears to be crossed out. I think his last name should perhaps be Leggatt and wonder if he is related to the Thomas *Sandra* has found the marriage for?

PB

Great find PB.   :)
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: RunKitty on Saturday 29 May 21 17:48 BST (UK)
Alexander W Aikens from the 1871 census - was a doctor.  Died in Cook County, Illinois in 1920.   Parents were John Aiken and Annie Leggatt.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3WL-SD4

Alexander in Illinois 1910
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK86-LWW

1920
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJ7V-TC6

RK
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 18:12 BST (UK)

John H Aikens - son of John and Annie - birth 1855 Orangeville, Ontario died 16 January 1890
Dufferin, Ontario. Religion Presbyterian - Gentleman.
Cause of Death   Pneumonia.

Sandra

Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: *Sandra* on Saturday 29 May 21 18:14 BST (UK)
Elizabeth Aikens - married David A Forrester

https://www.familysearch.org/search/ark:/61903/1:1:FMN7-GR2

Elizabeth Forrester died 4 October 1921 Clinton, Huron, Ontario.
Father's Name John Aiken - Mother's Name   Annie Leggatte.

https://www.familysearch.org/search/ark:/61903/1:1:JXC2-FRW



Sandra

Added pedigree file

https://www.familysearch.org/search/ark:/61903/1:1:FMN7-GR2

https://www.familysearch.org/tree/pedigree/landscape/LDMR-19V
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: Forfarian on Saturday 29 May 21 18:48 BST (UK)
Assuming I have found the correct George...

George L Aiken appears to give his birthplace as the United States on several censuses and Ogdensburg (which I believe is in upper New York State) on his marriage to Mary Jane.

Yes,  I've noticed that too, and can't account for it. Unless he was born in Ogdensburg and brought back to Canada at a very young age, and everyone else assumed he'd been born in Canada?

Just to complicate things further, there seem to be two Ogdensburgs -one is St Lawrence County, New York and another in Sussex County, New Jersey.
Title: Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
Post by: polarbear on Saturday 29 May 21 19:14 BST (UK)
Mary Agnes is quite a bit younger than George and perhaps just assumed he was born in Ontario when she gave the info on his death cert since that is where she was born? His sister Elizabeth also gave Ogdensburg as her birthplace on her marriage if I remember correctly. James and John were also born in the US but haven't seen info of where at this time.

If Isabella was born in Quebec, Ogdensburg New York would not be that far and just across  the St Lawrence River from Ontario. My vote would be for that one.

PB