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Cornwall / Re: Mary Ann Symons - a continuing brick wall!
« on: Saturday 01 July 17 10:05 BST (UK)  »
Good morning,

I have been meaning to resurrect this post for a while, I've made several interesting developments this year in regards to John Richard Foot and Mary Ann's parents.

I ordered the marriage record of their second born son, John Henry Foot in 1862 and John Sr is listed as deceased, so that gives me a definite and separate M.O.

I contacted the Cornish record office and I ordered the birth/baptism record for Mary Ann Symons/Semmens from 1813, Falmouth, parents Joseph and Martha.
There is something unusual with their specific entry, every other couple and their respective child have their abode listed, whereas the only one not listed happen to be the people I'm looking for, Joseph is recorded as a soldier.
Would this possibly mean that they weren't of the area?

Any help and suggestions are always very much welcome,

Many thanks in advance,


Ayrshire / Re: A Kilmarnock conundrum!
« on: Tuesday 04 April 17 15:48 BST (UK)  »
Hi Looby,

Thanks again for replying.
I have done a lot of searching on the Scots peoples website and I have over the past couple of days gone back over my saved searches, there is a marriage record for Alexander and Janet, I am now convinced - thanks entirely to your very helpful link - that they are my people, Janet is, as you say, McKinlay.

I shall have to go through the saved searches with a fine toothed comb, I am very sure that I have a record there for a birth for an Alexander Bell, born to a James Bell and Elizabeth Beattie, however, I don't think that this is mine, due to the naming of his children, they fit in with the given names of his parents as listed on his death record.

I don't think that I've ever had such a puzzling search before!


Ayrshire / Re: A Kilmarnock conundrum!
« on: Tuesday 04 April 17 09:11 BST (UK)  »
Good morning everyone,

Many thanks for your replies,

I had a look at this John Bell and it's jogged my memory a bit.
Several years ago when I began searching for the birth of Alexander, I came across a birth in Sorn for an Alexander Bell to James Bell and Elizabeth Beattie and I'm fairly sure that they are the parents of John, and perhaps this might possibly make John and Alexander cousins?
I also remember seeing a marriage in 1784 at Edinburgh for a James Bell and Elizabeth Beattie, but I don't want to commit myself to it, it's just such a frustrating situation!

I was wondering whether like several places in England, where the records haven't yet been either transcribed/digitised, the same might apply to various areas in Scotland?

Ayrshire / A Kilmarnock conundrum!
« on: Monday 03 April 17 12:12 BST (UK)  »
Hi everyone,

I've had a huge brick wall that has been quite frustrating for me for quite some time now, regarding my 4th great grandparents, Alexander Bell and Janet Findlay/McKinlay.
Alexander was born in 1805, Sorn and Janet was born in 1800, Kilmarnock, both according to the census records.
They married in late 1831 and went on to have seven children (that I know of) between 1833 and 1850.
I have the birth record of their third born child, also my third great grandfather, Alexander Bell and it states that Janet's maiden name was McKinlay as it also states on the marriage record, however, here's where it becomes ridiculously confusing ;
On the 1851 census, it shows that a nephew is living with the family, his name is James Findlay and his parents were Alexander Findlay and Elizabeth Gebbie, on the death record for Janet, it shows her as being called Janet Findlay and father is unknown Findlay, mother Janet Templeton.
I have several marriage and death records of the children of Alexander and Janet and there appears to be much confusion (?) over her birth name, it changes from Findlay to McKinlay and the occupation of Alexander Sr is always correct on each one.
Alexander Jr was always consistent in his stating that Janet was a Findlay, so you can probably understand my utter bewilderment about the whole thing!

My other issue is with Alexander Sr, upon his death, it states that his parents were John Bell and Margaret Wilson, after I'd put these details into my tree on ancestry, it threw up a hint for a couple of those names who married in about 1789 in Cumbria.
I know that many people have been jumping to and fro across the border for aeons, but I'm still in two minds about this and then there's the baffling issue about there being no birth records for both Alexander and Janet.
I know from both death records that John Bell was a farmer and the mystery Findlay, a shoemaker, but obviously without any birth records, I'm stuck in an extremely confusing place.
Would there be any reason for the absence of these records?

If anyone can help me in anyway, I would be eternally grateful!

Many thanks in advance,


London & Middlesex Lookup Requests / Re: St Anne's Soho
« on: Sunday 02 April 17 16:59 BST (UK)  »
Thank you all for this thread!
I thought I was going mad for a while, my third great grandfather was from St Ann's and I always wondered why I could never find anything to do with his birth, his brother's birth as well and if they had any siblings.
Now I know where to start, thanks once again!


Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Jessie Florence Smith
« on: Saturday 01 August 15 22:23 BST (UK)  »
Thankyou everyone and many thanks to Terry (sorry for missing you!), I absolutely love every single one of these restorations, I can't wait to show the rest of the family, they'll love them! :)

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Re: Jessie Florence Smith
« on: Friday 31 July 15 20:13 BST (UK)  »
Thanks so much Aladdin, this is such an incredible improvement! :)

Sorry! Wrong end of the night to be attempting to use my brain! I've changed it, sadly I can't find a delete function  :-\

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