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The Common Room / Re: Possibly stupid question about farms and horsemen
« on: Sunday 06 June 21 17:42 BST (UK)  »
We were largely Cattle but a couple of farms were in Barley, Oats and Corn so we used Mules for ploughing.  You could plough more land with a pair of Mules over a heavy horse.  They were built for this type of work their legs are leaner with a smaller hoof so they can get in and out of the furrow easier.  Any four legged beast has to travel 8.25 miles/acre a Mule can cover 5 acres/day while a heavy horse 3-4 acres per day if its flat land.  We had 5 Mules and heavy horses which my GG Gran bred.  We got rid of the Mules in 1919 replaced by the tractor. 

Inverness / Re: Artafallie, Nr Kessock, Black Isle
« on: Friday 04 June 21 15:45 BST (UK)  »
Ross & Cromarty

Era maps are here


Canada / Re: John William Simpson
« on: Friday 04 June 21 11:35 BST (UK)  »
Thank you Eileen,

Didn't know he was career soldier.  He and his family would have been at Fort York.  If his son died in Toronto he would have been buried at the Portland Ave Burial Ground.


Canada / Re: John William Simpson
« on: Friday 04 June 21 00:03 BST (UK)  »
They aren't in the 1851 Ontario Census (took place Jan 1852) and not in the 1851 SCT Census (March 1951) so young John either died in Canada, onboard the returning ship or in Scotland. 

Canada had no interest in the Crimean War and I don't see William running home to sign up in 1853 if he had he would have been in the 1851 Census.  So, they would have returned spring of 1851-1853 and therefore missed both Census.  And they would have sailed when the spring shipping season begun or until it closed in the fall.

Also note in 1851 Ontario experience one of the worst recorded winters ever.  It would have certainly helped with the decision to return to the UK.

I don't know how you find a pre 1851 death in Canada unless you try the church records.

Or, check the 1855-1861 deaths on SP or even the OPR 1851-1854.


Canada Lookup Request / Re: Windeatt obituary: Winnipeg Free Press
« on: Thursday 03 June 21 14:33 BST (UK)  »
Here is another source possible family member.


Renfrewshire / Re: Fisher Loan
« on: Wednesday 02 June 21 16:44 BST (UK)  »
Where did you get Fisher Loan from?



Here is a contradiction of sorts.

This is something I find frequently depending on how old the history was written, was it based on oral or factual history.  Oral history is seldom factual; the tools simply weren't around.  And its not just in the U.S. its everywhere. 

This is your search its on your turf which is why I suggested contacting the NCGS.

Since the events take place in the U.S. you might receive more responses if the Moderator moved this to the U.S. Board.


Sutherland / Re: Another Sutherland born in Sutherland Scotland
« on: Saturday 29 May 21 18:34 BST (UK)  »

SP OPR index only has one in Loth and his father was William (no mother listed).  Did you try Family Search?

His death, providing he died 1855 or later should list both parents.


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