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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Ship Name
« on: Friday 30 April 21 19:49 BST (UK)  »
Struggling to figure out the Ship name on the first line.  It would be a Coastguard vessel.  I looked at the Rootsweb Ship List but see nothing that fits this scribble. This document is when he switched to the RN after completing his 10 years with the Coastguard. 

Thank you.

Don


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Cheshire / Flaybrick
« on: Saturday 02 January 21 18:46 GMT (UK)  »
Does anyone know if they offer a photo service?  I have been trying to get into their website off and on for serval days but internet keeps timing out.

Thanks,

Don

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Lanarkshire / Walter Stone and Janet Dean
« on: Thursday 15 October 20 23:09 BST (UK)  »
Walker was b 1849 in Grinstead, Sussex.  He retired from the Army, served in Afghanistan.  His first wife Euphemia Cameron (my line) was born and raised in Duirinish (Skye).  They were both at Smithston in Old KD  Walter a clerk and Effy a housemaid.  Were they employees or inmates is the unknown and will remain as such until that COVID thing goes away.  They married in 1884 at Manse in Gourock and settled Glasgow.  In 1888 Effy dies of an abdominal tumour.  After this Walter is no where to be found until….

1901 when Walter 52 appears in Glasgow at 60 Milton St. with Janet his wife age 38 who was born in Kilwinning.  They are both employed as glass packers.  Then in 1902 Walter dies of TB.  On his death reg it states he is a an Army Pensioner (verified); #1 Effy Cameron spouse (verified) and #2 Janet Dean (not verified).  The one thing that bothers me is Janet was the informant yet being a recent bride one would think she would have known at least his mother/father’s given name but apparently not. 

Found a Janet (age 29 and unmarried) in Kilwinning in the 1891 Census living with parents James and Janet (Hopkins) and two other younger family members a Mary (18) daughter, a Janet (granddaughter) age 4 born Glasgow but this not her.  This one married James Neilson in 1887 and died in 1941.  I found no other Janet that fits.

Perhaps Janet and Walter were simply cohabitants or they married outside of Scotland but so far I have been unable to locate them.  Fresh eyes always welcome. 

Don

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Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Clarification - Testament Dative
« on: Friday 18 September 20 14:54 BST (UK)  »
Dead centre Elizabeth Brown...it does say "future spouse" correct?

And if it does how can the recently deceased have a future spouse or does this have another meaning in this context.

Thank you.





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Scotland / Harris Placename
« on: Saturday 22 August 20 16:57 BST (UK)  »
This is from an 1875 marriage at Stein in Waternish both were from there and both lived on Harris.  She was the schoolmistress on Scarp and he a merchant at the attached which I cannot find.  I would assume it would be close to Scarp but it appears not.

Thanks,

Don


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New Zealand Completed Requests / Mabel Lever 1879-?
« on: Friday 03 July 20 18:53 BST (UK)  »
Continuing with my stumbling through Papers Past, I came across another surprise, Mabel Lever wife of Robert Stewart Muirhead (Hutt/Wellington bunch), filed for divorce in 1921 which would explain why I never found her death.  She was born 1879 in Yorkshire, her family emigrated to Australia and she m Robert S Stewart there in 1902, had one child there in 1903, then they emigrated to Nz and had 3 more.

Thinking she perhaps remarried there are two marriages; one in 1925 where a Mabel Muirhead married Harold William Carter. The second to Charles Rosen as Mabel Lever but it is not her, she would have been to old to have children.

Before I spring for the Carter marriage was it allowed in Nz to register the marriage under your former spouse name rather than your birth name?

Thank you.

Don

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New Zealand Completed Requests / Muirhead - East Taieri
« on: Saturday 27 June 20 21:38 BST (UK)  »
I was trolling Papers Past looking for filler on family near Auckland and stumbled across a missing family who left Scotland mid 1800's. I have them travelling to Australia but never found any traces.

The 31 Jan 1936 Obit in the Otago Daily Times for Robert Muirhead is quite informative but now I am in search for records which I should be able to find from past experience.  But what I will need assistance with is East Taieri Cemetery Burials, specifically, Muirhead and Waddell pre 1936.

Thank you.

Don

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Lanarkshire / Memorial Inscription Conundrum
« on: Thursday 13 February 20 14:39 GMT (UK)  »
I have seen a lot of stones but this one has got me.
 
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/154479490/agness-ralston#view-photo=131101083

Erected by John Ralston in the memory of his Father and Son who died 17 July 1804 its all a son can doo
Robert Ralston died 9 Oct 1853 aged 57 years (cir 1896)
Agnes Ferguson his wife died  20 Jan 1871 Aged 73 years (cir 1798)

The author (John) is a son of Robert and Agnes they married 1828 in Dalziel. So who the heck is referring to in the first line 1804.  Would it be his father's, father aka grandfather?

Don

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Kincardineshire / Stuarts of Drumlithie, Glenbervie Kincardinshire
« on: Thursday 28 November 19 22:59 GMT (UK)  »
William Stuart/Isabella Forest Gibson m 31 Dec 1866 Drumlithie, Glenbervie and had 10 Children all born in Drumlithie.  I have all the bmd’s except for these two…

Henry Lockie Stuart b 31 Oct 1867 I have identified him (single) in every census except the 1891 (couldn’t find him) but in the 1901 he is back home in Drumlithie age 32.  What is noteworthy about the 1901 is that his occupation as House Carpenter then further down on the list there is a Jane Stuart age 22 daughter-in-law House Carpenter’s wife birthplace Glasgow no children listed. And then after that nothing again, no marriage of a Jane and variants to a Henry that matches.

Next is his brother William b 16 Feb 1878 I have him as a Joiner (Journeyman), marrying Jessie Ann Brown b 17 Feb 1880 In Glasgow.  They had a daughter Jessie b 07 Aug 1899 and a son William James John Brown b 29 Jan 1902 but James died 21 Feb 1910 and then nothing more on this family including the 1911 Census.

Some family trees say Henry died in the Boer War, I checked and there were 4 Henry’s who died, none are him. I also looked for him and his brother William in WWI, again no records that I can match to spouse or family. Others say they emigrated to Canada with the rest of the family but they didn’t. These are all accounted for including spouses, deaths and burials.

I have done both emigration/immigration searches for North America/Australia and New Zealand. 

They could have headed south or over to Ireland but so far I have found nothing.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

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