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My ggg grandfather was James Bennard, he was born around 1844 (this is from his marriage cert as I cant find his birth) he married a lady called Jeanie Fyfe Rankin (Jeanie, Jean or Jane she seems to have gone by all 3) on the 30th of April 1863 Kilburnie, Ayrshire, Scotland. His parents appear to be James Bennard and Jane Galbrailth ( again I cant find them)
My ggg grandfather James and Jeanie had 5 children, Jane (1864), Anne (1865 died 1866), Agnes (1868), James (1869 - died 1941), and George (1871). The first 4 children were born in Scotland but George according to the Scottish census from 1881 was born in Maryland, USA. By this time his wife Jeanie Fyfe Rankin had married for a 2nd time, a man called William Carrick in 1875 I also notice that her children form her 1st marriage are called Bennett now instead of Bennard. She has put on the marriage register that she is a widow and I cant find a UK death for James Bennard or Bennett. Can anyone point me in the right direction please, I'm a total newbie and have no idea where to start looking for his death. I'd also like to find the travel documents to see how and when they went and when Jeanie and the children returned. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
thanks for reading
Magiccat 1978 :)

Fife / Re: HEADSTONES in Kirkcaldy Cemeteries(Part 2)
« on: Sunday 19 May 13 19:28 BST (UK)  »
wow thats fantastic  ;D

Fife / Re: HEADSTONES in Kirkcaldy Cemeteries(Part 2)
« on: Wednesday 15 May 13 20:04 BST (UK)  »

I'm new here so I hope you dont mind me asking but do you have anything on your lists for the Rev John Williamson he was buried on the 30th of August in Hayfield Cemetery. ( found in the Glasgow Herald Obituaries) or his wife Mary Cecilia Williamson (maiden name Cummings) who died on the 22nd of August 1949.
Thanks for your time
magiccat  :)

Renfrewshire / Re: Looking for help Williamsons from Greenock / Ireland
« on: Tuesday 14 May 13 07:32 BST (UK)  »
Thankyou  :D I hadn't seen those, the link you have given looks really interesting, I had looked in the Glasgow Herald but couldn't find much. I have had a quick look and think there may be a few moreof my relatives in there too so lots to go on.
Thanks again

Renfrewshire / Looking for help Williamsons from Greenock / Ireland
« on: Sunday 12 May 13 23:01 BST (UK)  »
I'm a newbie here and relatively new to the family research thing. I am trying to piece together my fathers line (the Williamsons) but I have been unable to find a few things and I'm hoping someone may be able to help me.
My great great grandfather was Joseph Williamson ( sugarhouse labourer) according to census info he was born c 1864 in Co Antrim, Ireland. His parents were John Williamson ( Farmers Labourer) and Eliza O'Drain. I can find any record of his birth or how/when he came to be in Greenock. He married an lady called Janet McIlhagga on the 31.12.1886 in Greenock. They had 6 children as far as I can work out, John born c1877 ( I cant find a record of birth so this is from the census data) and I would like to find out what happened to him as I cant find anything after the 1901 census. Joseph who died aged 3 from a brain tumour in 1891, Allan born 1890 died 1973 (my Great grandfather), James born c 1895 died 1938 and Mary born c 1897 plus a mystery birth that I cant find. Janet Williamson (McIlhagga) died on the 7.6.1908  aged 41 at 7 Ingleston Street, Greenock. The cause of death was given as ' heart failure following child birth' but I cant seem to find any records for the child that caused her death (Its possible I'm not searching in the right way as I'm new to all this  ;) ). I am assuming that the child was born as it says following child birth not during child birth ??? What could have happened to the baby? If the child had been stillborn would there be a birth/death record or would the baby just be buried with its mother and not documented at all ? Would the cemetery records (if I can find out where Janet was laid to rest) show if the baby is buried with its mum. Sorry for all the questions. Any help you can offer me would be greatfully received.

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