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Hi skilled photo restorers!  Hoping that you can help.

Relies have sent through a snapshot of a photo of Lieutenant Clarence "Clall" SHERLOCK who served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWI.  He was killed in a plane crash on 19-AUG-2018.

He lies buried among the privileged few in a small private sunken graveyard near the Thames river within the grounds close by Cliveden House near Maidenhead, Berks. in England.  We have just received many other photos of the funeral, at which Lady ASTOR was present.
[The ASTOR owners very kindly allowed the Canadian forces to operate a field hospital there during both World Wars.]

More can be read about him at .  We are (urgently!) preparing an extended article for CWGC, National Trust (and others).

He was the sweetheart of a family member (Jean Scott PARKINSON, grand-daughter of Jean WHITTLEY of Ballycraigy, Carnmoney near Belfast).  She was serving at the same time as a young nurse at Cliveden.  She was left broken-hearted when he died.
[However, she was instrumental in helping to save her severely wounded brother, whom she stumbled across lying on trolley outside, having been diagnosed as a "hopeless" case.  Luckily she knew the chief surgeon, who hailed from her home town in Canada, persuading him to have a second look. Very fortuitous!]


The attached PDF contains two photos, but we are only interested in the 2nd one of "Clall".
[The first is a postcard of Cliveden House.]

The problems needing addressed would seem to be:

1) Large stain centrally, near to face;

2) Background disturbance;
      [? stain from another photo, lying on "opposite" page within the album.]

3) Linear scratch across lower mid-to-right;

4) Missing corner (lower right);

5) Skewing (slight) of the whole photo.

Realise that this could be daunting creative challenge.

All help will be greatly appreciated (and acknowledged in the published articles, as desired).

Thanks in anticipation,

Capt Jock

United States of America / Jamero Almedo MORICO, b. 1859/60 "U.S.A. (BS)"
« on: Wednesday 22 March 17 23:50 GMT (UK)  »
Hi, I am trying to find the birth place of Jamero Almedo MORICO in the U.S.A..

In 1901 he was in Glasgow, Scotland.
The 1901 Census there indicates that he was:
  Born in "U.S.A. (BS)";
  41 years old;  [So born ~1859/60.]
  A blacksmith by occupation.

I understand that the "BS" indicates that he was a "British Subject".
This must (?) mean that (at least one of) his parents was also a British Subject.

He married Margaret McSHANE in Glasgow, Scotland on 30-MAR-1898.
The record of that event indicates that JAM's parents were:
  Father: Jamero MORICO, Farmer
  Mother: Abagail SPELLMAN
[So, guesstimate their life parameters as b.~1830-1840, and d. >1898 ('cos not indicated as deceased at the time of JAM's marriage) .]

One (or both) of the parents might have immigrated to the U.S.A. in the 1850s (say).
[Not necessarily from the UK - perhaps from one of its dependencies?]

Can any one help to identify JAM's exact birth date (~1859/60) and birth place?
[Also the history of his parents' lives ...]

With which ethnic group are the family most likely to be associated?
[Italian, Hispanic, Mexican, ...]

Sorry, not familiar with American records.
Hoping that the estimated dates will not prove to be "too early" ...

Thanks in advance for any help,

Capt. Jock

Antrim / "Crough" Parish / CRAWFORD early 19thC
« on: Saturday 02 February 08 12:56 GMT (UK)  »
Hi fellow trawlers of the seas,

Has anyone come across a parish named "Crough" ?

I can't find it in the PRONI lists.
[It might be an old name.
 e.g. like Carnmoney used to be called Coole.]


Contrat de la Date of 09-SEP-1847,
Royal Court, St. Peter Port, Guernsey

" ... Sieur William CRAWFORD, fils de Jean,
 natif de la Paroisse de Crough,
 dans le Comte d'Antrim
, en Irlande, ...
 et Sarah WILLIAMS sa femme, ..."

Genealogical structure:

= <tbd>
|- William CRAWFORD
   = (<tbd>, before 1847) Sarah WILLIAMS


Capt. Jock

Antrim / James WHITTLE m. Nancy EWING, 1790s, Belfast?
« on: Saturday 06 October 07 02:34 BST (UK)  »

I'm looking for some help with my research for folks in America.

I want to track down a marriage between:

    James WHITTLE (b. 1764, Glenavy)
    Nancy EWING  [or Mary?]

Timeframe: 1785-1805.

Place: Belfast (most likely).

[JW was in trade with his brother John WHITTLE there, importing English woolen goods and exporting corn/flour.
Some EWINGs in Belfast were bankers and cotton mill owners.]

He was also involved with other brothers in mills (linen/flour) at Muckamore, so may have got married at Antrim town.

Religious presuasion: Protestant (Low Church)

At least one of the couple's early children (Mary WHITTLE) was born in Ireland, in the first decade of the 19thC.

Later James took his family to Liverpool, then to Co. Mayo to run a mill in Clew Bay near Westport. 

Don't know where he ended up - possibly Dublin.

Any help greatly appreciated,



Antrim / FAIRLEY & WHITTLE of Lisburn 18thC
« on: Saturday 05 May 07 01:57 BST (UK)  »

Anyone know anything about the genealogical context of the FAIRLEY family of Lisburn and/or Boardmills, Co. Down in the early 18thC?

I am especially interested in a William FAIRLEY.

He might be the William FAIRLIE, deceased,  whose effects were sold off by Henry BELL in Lisburn in late Dec 1750.
[Belfast Newsletter Index, Doc ID 53452.]

He might be the William FAIRLIE to whom the lease was renewed in 1752 for the Market Square site on which the 1st Lisburn Presbyterian Meeting House was situated .
[Presumably a member of that congregation.
 Seems feasible, the name sounds Scottish.]

He might be the William FAIRLEY, gent of Lisnatrunk (a townland just E of Lisburn) to whom, in 1737, Lady Middleton leased the watermill at Boardmills, with 12 acres of land, the grist of four townlands, of half of Killaney and of the lands in Drumra for £15 a year.

[Boardmills is a small village between Lisburn and Saintfield.]

Earlier, by Act of the Irish Parliament of James II in 1689, a "Hugh Fairley of Boardmil" had a judgement of treason recorded against him, also the forfeiture of land and goods, for favouring the cause of William III.

[He must have had some political or military status to get so noticed.
 He may be WF's father.]


My interest in William FAIRLEY is that he is stated as being the brother-in-law of James WHITTLE.

[In JW's Will, signed 18-APR-1735, proved 14-MAY-1735.
 Overseers: William TATE & John MARTIN
 Witnesses: J? MARTIN, Isabel SAYERS and Jonas SHAW
 Ref: Page 14594, Will proved in Irish Prerogative Court
 Box 9, Tenison Groves Collection, PRONI
 On LDS microfilm 258496, Families Thwaites-Wood]

James' wife was named Jane.
I am trying to establish her surname.

She may be WF's sister, so a FAIRLEY by birth.
[Alternatively  ...
   ... WF may have married a (YTBD) sister of JW;
   ... WF and JW may have married two sisters from another family.]

JW was to be buried in Lisburn Churchyard.
[Presumably (?) surrounding the Cathedral.]

JW's residence was "Lisburn Road, Co. Antrim".
No town given.
It may simply have been nearby to Lisburn town.
In 1720 a JW is in Old Warren and Knockmore townlands to the SW.
[Ref:  PRONI MIC/664/1 Hertford & Wallace estate records
 pps 25 & 43.]

JW instructed that his holding in Camlin parish be sold.
His wife sold "all parcels of lands"  (totalling 103A 3R 16P Scotch Cunningham Measure) in October 1736, to Patrick FERGUSON, a tanner from Belfast.  Amount not recorded.

[Ref: Deed, Memorial No. 61440.
Summarised on page 27of Transcript Book 88.]
Witnessed by William TATE and Hans CAMPBELL, gents of Lisburn, and Francis JOY, gent of Belfast.]

The land was situated at Ederaowen.  This area beside Lough Neagh lying between the Glenavy and Crumlin rivers and includes the townland of Ballyshannaghill (Ballyshannochy) where the later Glenavy WHITTLE family farmed at Thistleborough.

The Lisburn family's issue consisted of:

Dr. John WHITTLE (d. 1747)
    = (01-MAY-1735) Dorcas PRICE  (no issue)



I have found a Violet b. 1699 and a John b. 1700, both with father James WHITTLE in the baptismal records,.

[Ref: Page 14892, 1st Lisburn Presbyterian Church Records
 Baptisms 1692-1700, Marriages 1688-1696
 Box 9 (?), Tenison Groves Collection, PRONI
 On LDS microfilm 258497, Surname W & Antrim County]

However, son James (expected b. 1701-1705, say) is proving elusive.
[Ref: Index to baptismal records, 1692-1715, held by the church.
 Looks like I'll have to travel over to NI to study them in detail,
 at Church House or PRONI.]

I am 95% sure that the Lisburn WHITTLEs are the previous generation to the Glenavy ones, linked through son James.

The Glenavy family start with a James WHITTLE.
He married Mrs. Elizabeth DONALDSON in 1726 at Glenavy.
He married a Mrs. CAMPBELL later.
She already had a son, Hans CAMPBELL.

It looks like the first wife was the Elizabeth WHITTLE who died suddenly in 1728.  She was wife of James WHITTLE of Lisburn, soap boiler.  She was a CAMPBELL by birth.

[Ref: Page 14594, Connor Will,
 signed 08-MAY-1728, proved 16-MAY-1728
 Box 9, Tenison Groves Collection, PRONI
 On LDS microfilm 258496, Families Thwaites-Wood]

People from "Glenevie" are listed in the 1st Lisburn Pb records.
The Lisburn JW is mentioned in the Session Book, so obviously took his religion seriously.

The later Glenavy JW was co-warden (with GORMAN) at St. Aidan's CoI.  I understand (from Bob FOY, thanks!) that it was quite common for Pb folks to do this if their Meeting House was not nearby.

I suspect that William FAIRLEY will turn out to have been involved with politics.

[Glenavy James WHITTLE was (supposedly) the only Liberal member of Dublin City Council (so, an alderman) at one time.  The PRICE family were MPs for Downpatrick, Saintfield and Lisburn in the Dublin parliament, so may have "energised" JW in that pursuit.]

Any/all help greatly appreciated.



« on: Friday 14 July 06 13:17 BST (UK)  »
Hi, Are there any kind souls who have access to the church records of Lisburn.
I would like help in confirming some early details of persons listed in a family history.

I don't know for sure that they are in the Lisburn records. However there are strong reasons to believe that they are. [See background below.]

Can't define religious denomination explicitly either.
[But the best search order would likely to be (CoI, Pb, RC).]

Birth of Elizabeth CAMPBELL (~1700)

Marriage of Elizabeth CAMPBELL to Mr. DONALDSON (before 1726) [Mr. DONALDSON likely hailed from Glenavy, though maybe Belfast.  Elizabeth remarried as a widow in Glenavy CoI in 1726 to James WHITTLE.]

Death of Mr. DONALDSON (before 1726) [Though this might have been at Glenavy or Belfast.]

Marriage of Mr.CAMPBELL to ? (~1700)

Birth of Hans CAMPBELL to Mr. & Mrs. CAMPBELL (during 1700-1730)

Death of Mr. CAMPBELL (likely before 1730) [The father of Hans.]

Marriage of James WHITTLE to widow Mrs. CAMPBELL (post 1728) [She was the mother of Hans, by her first husband Mr. CAMPBELL.]

Birth of son James to James WHITTLE & Mrs. WHITTLE (was w. CAMPBELL) (post 1728). [This was the only known (surviving) child of the marriage above.]

Death of James WHITTLE (~1760-1770)

Death of Mrs. WHITTLE (was w. CAMPBELL, His wife, ~1760-1770)

The background to the early connection between a James WHITTLE and two widows (Elizabeth DONALDSON & ? CAMPBELL) comes from the "WHITTLE of Glenavy" family history (written 1919).

I am trying to match it up with:     P. 14594 of the Tenison Groves will transcripts     "Familes Thwaites - Wood" [Source: LDS film no. 258496]

Connor Will  signed 8 May 1728   proved 16 May 1728
Elizabeth WHITTLE wife of James WHITTLE of Lisburn, Co. Antrim  soapboiler, has power by her marriage settlement to dispose of £200, which she does as follows ..
£10 to husband James WHITTLE
£20 to her mother
£15 to William STEWART  my sister's son
£60 to sister Mary CAMPBELL who is to be executrix
£20 each to sister Davison, cousin Barbara CAMPBELL & John CAMPBELL my brother's son
£10 to Elizabeth CAMPBELL my brother's daughter
£10 to John BRYAN my eldest sister's son
£5 to Mary SHARPLEY my sister's Margaret's daughter
£5 to John DONALDSON son of Joseph DONALDSON of Glenavy
£5 to Mr James BLOW of Belfast
Witnesses   Richard COULSON, Robt    TOWNSLEY, William CARROLL
Probate to Executrix
The will is couched in Lisburn terms (with other places explicitly mentioned), so I conclude that Elizabeth's CAMPBELL immediate relations, like herself, were mostly Lisburn based.
Elizabeth appears to have died quite young (her mother was still alive) and also quite quickly (the will was signed and proved within a week).  So she is likely to have died from something major (scarlet fever or childbirth haemorrage), only a few years in to her second marriage to James WHITTLE.

James WHITTLE subsequently remarried to a widow CAMPBELL, possibly one of Elizabeth's ex-in-law relations, and had a son, also called James WHITTLE (~1730-1801).

There was a firm named CAMPBELL & DONALDSON operating in Belfast.  These people may be associated with it.
[A "car" carrying 172 (?spanish) dollars was robbed on the road between Crosshill and Glenavy on its way to Dublin in June 1765, with this firm offering a reward for its return.  It was probably payment for linen exports.]

I've re-formatted the information from the will transcript in to a more amenable graphic shape.
[The ordering of siblings cannot be totally determined.
 Also, I've assumed the simplest solution for the descent of "cousin" Barbara.]

CAMPBELL, tbd (grandfather) = TBD, tbd (grandmother)
|-CAMPBELL, tbd (father) = TBD, tbd (mother, still alive)
| |
| |-CAMPBELL, tbd (brother) = TBD, tbd (sister-in-law)
| | |
| | |-CAMPBELL, John (nephew)
| | |
| | |-CAMPBELL, Elizabeth (niece)
| |
| |-CAMPBELL, tbd (sister, eldest) = BRYAN, tbd (brother-in-law)
| | |
| | |-BRYAN, John (nephew)
| |
| |-CAMPBELL, Margaret (sister) = SHARPLEY, tbd (brother-in-law)
| | |
| | |-SHARPLEY, Mary (niece)
| |
| |-CAMPBELL, tbd (sister) = STEWART, tbd (brother-in-law)
| | |
| | |-STEWART, William (nephew)
| |
| |-CAMPBELL, Elizabeth (self) = WHITTLE, James (husband, soapboiler, Lisburn)
| |
| |-CAMPBELL, Mary (sister, Executrix)
| |
| |-CAMPBELL, Davison (?sister)
|-CAMPBELL, tbd (uncle) = TBD, tbd(aunt)
| |
| |- CAMPBELL, Barbara (cousin)

DONALDSON, Joseph (?, of Glenavy) = (?)
|-DONALDSON, John (?)

BLOW, James (?, of Belfast)

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, John

Channel Islands Lookup Requests / Deaths & Census WHITTLE / WHITTLEY
« on: Thursday 13 July 06 14:27 BST (UK)  »

Could I ask for a kind soul to help to re-confirm the details of some Death records, as transcribed from the Greffe registers many years ago:

WHITTLE, Wm. Laine died Mar. 29, 1856
WHITTLE, Wm.  Alley & [?Sgt.] Major, d. Nov.24, 1859  H.D. 

WHITTLEY, William Digman   Feb. 27, 1860    MGTHE

[Think that the first two could have been soldiers at the fort.]

Does anyone know what the initials at the end of the records mean?

I am especially interested in the age-at-death of the last person.  It was transcribed as "42", but might be "4 1/2".

If it is the latter, then it is the WDW b. 1854 that we know.
However, he is known to have survived to return to Belfast in 1862, then went to the silver mines of Idaho with his father(also William) later in later life!

Could someone re-confirm his continued existence past 1861 from the census of that year (residence was in George Road or Victoria Road)?

If the age is "42" then the person is likely to be a completely unknown family member.  Very exciting!



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