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Australia / Mary Ann(e) NORTON b. NSW
« on: Friday 27 August 21 01:05 BST (UK)  »
Seeking date, location and parents of Mary Ann(e) NORTON, born NSW 1870-1875. By 1895, she was married in Fremantle, WA. Her mother's forename probably Elizabeth or variant thereof.
Mary Ann(e) appears under a previous enquiry I made some years ago while researching surname BEVAN.

Australia / Seeking any information - Mabel, Norah and Emilie BELL
« on: Monday 01 February 21 07:06 GMT (UK)  »
Mabel, Norah and Emilie/Elsie (?) were noted in the 1891 & 1901 Census living with their parents and Leonard their brother.
A cousin has obtained a copy of Leonard's 1957 probate which divides his assets equally between M.E. Hocken (Mabel?) - 1/3rd as sister,  N. L. Green (Norah?) – 1/3rd as sister and  E. E. Bell (Elsie/Emilie?) – 1/3rd as sister.
As all three ladies were noted in the 1891 Census, it is highly probable they are now deceased.

Sincere thanks for any information.

Lancashire / Seeking a Still-Birth
« on: Thursday 13 August 20 10:05 BST (UK)  »
Seeking any information relating to a still-born male (?) child, approximately 1960 - 1970.  Place of birth believed to be a major city, eg. Manchester or similar. Parents Stephen and Catherine (m.s. MONAGHAN) McCREADIE, married 1960, Barrhead, Scotland. If memory serves, Stephen was employed at a Ford factory but upon losing their child, my uncle and aunt returned to Scotland for familial support. Both are now deceased.

New Zealand Completed Requests / Seeking contact with CHERRYs (COOPERs)
« on: Friday 23 August 19 15:41 BST (UK)  »
Hi, on a paid site, I have located a CHERRY (COOPER) tree listing my great-grandfather William McCREADIE. His wife’s forename was Elizabeth and her surname was Irish - am attempting to be circumspect. I would be thrilled to establish contact with the owners of the tree whom I assume are NZ based.
The viewable limited information is correct, listing events in Ayrshire and Dunedin. Some family members emigrated while others remained behind in two adjacent towns on the Clyde. My father was informally fostered by son Edward & his wife and I and my 3 siblings grew up knowing them as Gran and Granpa. My father identified as a McCREADIE all his life as do I and my remaining 2 siblings.
Hoping to hear from you, whoever/wherever you are.
Fremantle, WA

Europe / HOLLAND -Marriage Circa 1945?
« on: Wednesday 25 April 18 06:46 BST (UK)  »
Seeking information concerning the marriage of Paul HOTZ and Catharina Maria Sofia VREDENBREGT. One male child was known to have been born 21 March 1945 at The Hague, Netherlands.

Specifically seeking data which would reveal parents of both parties and siblings of known child (now deceased).

Wigtownshire / Are You Seeking A Research Challenge?
« on: Saturday 03 February 18 06:45 GMT (UK)  »
My aim was to locate an OPR marriage. However, despite using wildcards and an ever widening time-frame, all my searches were unsuccessful.
In 1855, one daughter married a John INNIS (sp ? ). Her parentage was recorded as James NELSON and Jane ROBINSON (dec) while in 1874, one son married and his parentage was recorded as James NELSON and Jane ROBERTSON, (both deceased). ROBINSON and ROBERTSON would be detected using wildcards.

Cause of Names Confusion:
In 1871, when yet another daughter married, her parentage was recorded as James NELSON and Margaret INNIS (this daughter's own forename and surname of brother-in-law John INNIS above ? ). When she re-married in 1882, her parentage was recorded as Alexander NELSON and Jane ROBERTSON. Alexander was a younger brother. In both instances, this daughter appears to concoct parental names from her own and extended family.

I seek an OPR marriage for James NELSON (1841 Census, 41 years, Portpatrick and 1851 Census, 52 years, Stranraer) and Jane (1841 Census, 30 years, 1851 Census, no entry) ROBINSON or ROBERTSON   OR    Margaret (Margret, etc) INNIS probably in Wigtown.

Thank you.

Kent / Fatal Rail Accident, Tonbridge, November 1915
« on: Saturday 25 November 17 06:17 GMT (UK)  »
The following partial report was carried in the deceased's local newspaper:
November 4.
Archibald McDonald, a sergeant in the 6th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers died in a rail accident at Tonbridge on his way back to the Western Front after home leave.

On 4 November 1915, my ancestor died in a rail accident, see CWGC entry below for date confirmation. Despite searching , no rail accidents during November 1915 at "Tonbridge", "Tonbridge Junction", "Tunbridge", "Tunbridge Junction" or "Tunbridge Wells" were located.

Supplemental Information:
Serjeant MACDONALD Archibald, Service Number 12098, Died 04/11/1915, Aged 22, "D" Coy. 6th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers. (Surname mis-spelled. "Died" corresponds with Date displayed on newspaper report.)
Archibald McDONALD, born 1893. No Death Extract located, suggesting he died in England.

Any information relating to the rail accident would be gratefully received.

South Africa / Look-up Request - 1904 Free State Census Return
« on: Thursday 28 July 16 07:35 BST (UK)  »
Would a fellow contributor kindly look-up an Annie Murray McEWAN (b. unknown date and location) in the 1904 OFS Census Return?

The sole information I am certain of is her marriage on 12 Sept 1910 at Wesleyan Church, Heilbron, to Archibald WORKMAN (b. circa 1885, Scotland d. Jan 1914, Heilbron).  As her marriage occured in 1910 and allowing age at marriage as between 18-30 years old (DOB 1880-1892), her age at 1904 Census would be between 12-24 years.

I have made certain assumptions concerning the lady:
1.  In 1904, she resided in OFS, precise location unknown,
2.  As McEWAN is a Scottish surname and she married a Scot, she was Scottish born (a large assumption, I realise).  Without refining data, searches on ScotlandsPeople website result in literally hundreds of female McEWANs, which makes locating her almost impossible, and
3.  Her second forename of MURRAY is possibly her mother's maiden surname,

I have located the following information re OFS Census Returns:  "The Orange Free State has census reports taken 31 March 1880, 1890 and 17 April 1904. These have information and statistical data on birthplaces, ages, education, religions, occupations and sickness and infirmities of the inhabitants. No information regarding relationships of individuals is given".

I hold sufficient data on Archibald WORKMAN and their son Robert Speir WORKMAN [b. 26 Mar 1911, Heilbron d. Western Australia]. Annie and Robert returned to Scotland before Archibald's estate was wound up. She gave their lawyer the right to sign papers etc; on her behalf.

Sincere thanks.

A couple wed at Heilbron, OFS in 1910. I am satisfied with my data on the groom but not the lady. Assuming she was Scottish-born, as was the groom, searches of the ScotlandsPeople website resulted in literally hundreds of female with her maiden name born throughout Scotland between 1880 and 1892. Lacking detail to refine my search, further action was/is uneconomical.

Hopefully, in South African Marrage Certificates of 1910, the Date/Place of Birth and Parents' names of both parties were recorded. 

As three email enquiries to the Cory Library in the Cape have gone unanswered, perhaps a fellow subscriber could advise which details were recorded on Marriage Certificates of the era?

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