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Dumfriesshire / Re: Gretna Old Church lookup for George Johnston 1751?
« on: Saturday 11 March 17 17:02 GMT (UK)  »
Hi Bellysally!

Was it ever neat to open my email and see a response on the this long defunct thread!  I'm replying from work, so the details are unclear to me.  I completed the research as far as I could on this family, indeed linking them back to "Long Gun" Harkness.  I've also compiled information on other various interesting members of the family-including wills and newspaper clippings.  I honestly don't recall George J (of Bonshaw) in the geneaology, so we will definately have to compare notes.

Regarding Emily Kate:  If I recall correctly, I think Thomas's will makes quite an explicit point about excluding them from any inheritance.  (or I may have this confused with another liaison that happened). 

I've written a book regarding the genealogy of this family, and will go home after work and consult my tree.  There's nothing to say I didn't make a mistake.

Do you want to email me privately at (*) and we can carry on?

Thanks!  Good to hear from you!

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Dumfriesshire / Re: Gretna Old Church lookup for George Johnston 1751?
« on: Thursday 23 January 14 21:18 GMT (UK)  »
thanks Cupcake!

I have those inscriptions, and I was plugging happily along thinking that the George Johnston in Reidhall was my guy...but then...(isn't there always?) his last son, also George born 1752.  His OPR entry reads to "Jean Little Relict of George Johnston" George was dead by the time younger George was born.  Had to have died 1751.

The inscription with Ann Harkness and Thomas Johnston is indeed my bunch-the George I am currently stuck on is Thomas' father

thank you also for confirming where Reidhall was.  I had been scratching my head over that one.

I guess this is one that I need to put on hold for awhile and hope something shows up.

"Goldieslee" is interesting.  Thomas went to Birmingham, and a few generations later a branch of  the family adopted the surname St. Johnston, and the family home there is still called Goldieslea.  They also had a descendant move to New Zealand (physician, major historical figure) who built a historic home named "Goldie's Brae"  Obviously it was important to them!

I appreciate your efforts.


Dumfriesshire / Gretna Old Church lookup for George Johnston 1751?
« on: Sunday 19 January 14 17:40 GMT (UK)  »
Hoping someone can help me out here.  I've got George Johnston m. Jean Little.  One of their sons is George Johnston bap: Jan 7, 1752.  His birth registration reads "Baptized George son to Jean Little Relict to George Johnston in Goldiesleigh".

So, now I'm on the hunt for the father, George Johnston of Goldiesleigh.

Can someone do MI lookup for me, I'm thinking Gretna Old Church, but perhaps there are others.

Any help or advice greatly appreciated!


Angus (Forfarshire) / Re: MI Lookup-Easson-Kettins Parish?
« on: Saturday 31 December 11 02:23 GMT (UK)  »

I appreciate you taking the time to look this up for me.  I was so hoping to find something more than just what's in the OPR for his death...however, not meant to be I suppose. (and a bit of a long shot).

And thanks again!

Angus (Forfarshire) / MI Lookup-Easson-Kettins Parish? Completed, Thank you.
« on: Thursday 29 December 11 22:58 GMT (UK)  »
Hi All:

Can anyone help me out with this? I have James Easson d: April 1791, Coltward, Kettins.  Hoping to find an MI for him-to help me move backwards...

Any help greatly appreciated for James, and any other Eassons that may crop up!


Dumfriesshire / Re: Johnstones of Beattock and Broomhills
« on: Friday 21 October 11 00:04 BST (UK)  »
Hi Judy:

I'm probably of very little help, but I'm stuck in approximately the same place as you.  I believe that your "Adam Johnston" m. 1730 may just be Adam, son of David of Beattock-who is in my family tree.  Are your Johnstones with the "e" as all my records indicate them without...I've gotten back no farther than David myself.

Can I ask what source you have for David Johnstone c 1695?

Happy hunting

Dumfriesshire / Re: Harkness-Gretna/Kirkmichael/and area-Completed
« on: Monday 05 September 11 18:13 BST (UK)  »
Love Scotland's People!  Just ask my Mastercard.....

Problem is though, now I'm back in time to where potentially there weren't records kept in some parishes.

So, the question then become is the person I've found in the OPR the "right" person or just the same name in a parish that happened to have records?

Dumfriesshire / Re: Harkness-Gretna/Kirkmichael/and area-Completed
« on: Monday 05 September 11 05:23 BST (UK)  »
Thanks C_W,

I think it's the parish of Kirkmichael, just outside Lochmaben, Dumfries.

None of the monumental inscriptions matched my particular genealogy, so I think I'm okay for photos-but thank you so much for the generous offer!

I've pretty much decided with this genealogy to simply write up both options-including my references, as future genealogists may be able to sort it out.

1. Anne Harkness, born 1749 to Thomas Harkness and Janet Kirkpatrick (from OPR/Kirkmichael-still in the correct area).
2. or Anne Harkness, born 1749 to George Harkness and Anne Currie (from many other genealogists/ and she's in the correct area of Dumfriesshire, but Anne would have been 46 years old!).

Bit of a cop out but there it is!

Dumfriesshire / Re: Harkness-Gretna/Kirkmichael/and area-Completed
« on: Saturday 03 September 11 20:28 BST (UK)  »
Oh shoot!  now that I've reread for comphrension I get what you're saying!

Yes, it does look as though Ann (d 1807) is James' daughter, not George.

So my Ann could be George's daughter.....

Gack...but now I also have Ann Harkness, daughter of Thomas, born 1749 according to the OPR.

Still muddy, just different water!

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