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New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Stanaway-Olympian
« on: Saturday 18 October 14 00:14 BST (UK)  »
There is a John James Stanaway born 28 November 1872  in NZ. Died 1954. Could this be him? He is connected to the earlier John James Stanaway. If it is him just Google his name and the Hotten family website has lots of details.

South Africa / Re: Wilson Rowntree - Douglas Wilson
« on: Thursday 16 October 14 19:48 BST (UK)  »
Hi mblake4u

As I said I can't send a PM to you until you post 3 messages here. i have since been digging into the Wilson family history and I am sure Herbert is Robert's son. Look forward to hearing from you.


United States of America / Re: James Wilson Stevenson - Massachusetts - Help please
« on: Thursday 16 October 14 19:36 BST (UK)  »
Thanks for explanation of the address details and the link to the website. Haven't seen it before so should be useful.


United States of America / Re: James Wilson Stevenson - Massachusetts - Help please
« on: Tuesday 14 October 14 20:14 BST (UK)  »

Thanks for the tip re the library for an obituary. I am following this up along with the cemetery.
I have found an entry in a 1924 Boston directory for a James W Stevenson, salesman which has the following entry - 221 Columbus Av rm 52h Portland ME. I know he is in the 1926 Dedham directory but this could also be him as it mentions Portland.
Can anyone tell me what the entry means, particularly rm 52h Portland ME.
Maybe I am clutching at straws!!!


South Africa / Re: Wilson Rowntree - Douglas Wilson
« on: Saturday 11 October 14 10:08 BST (UK)  »
It was great to see a message here after such a long time.
As I said on my post I am related to Olga Wilson, Douglas's wife. Olga was my father's cousin. I have read about Herbert. James, Douglas father was out in the Cape before Robert his brother and started the Wilson Sweet Factory in 1895 and then Robert joined him and in 1901 the company became J & R Wilson and Co. There is a book on Google about Rowntree's history and it contains quite a bit on the Wilsons.
I didn't know where Herbert fitted in. i thought he was Robert's son. I know both he and Douglas worked together in the company with Robert as managing director in the early days.

i would be pleased to hear from you.

I can't send a PM as you need to post 3 messages on RootsChat. Look forward to hearing from you.


United States of America / Re: James Wilson Stevenson - Massachusetts - Help please
« on: Thursday 09 October 14 18:40 BST (UK)  »
Hi All

Thanks so much for your replies.
In answer to some of the questions  -
DOB 22nd October 1884 born in Scotland -
Death 10 March 1946 buried in Swampscott Cemetery, Essex , Massachusetts. I also picked this up through the Find a grave website. Thanks Sandra
On his death certificate the informant is his wife Alice F Stevenson nee Smith. The address given is 3 Sunbeam Lane with ties into the 1949 Swampscott directory.
James occupation is given as Salesman - with the type of business stated as Specialty Co with Self in brackets so I assume he may have worked for himself.
In another section of the certificate it states
'I hereby certify that I attended deceased from 01/08/1944 to 3/10/1946. I last saw him alive on 3/8/1946.' Length of stay in this community 2 years.
Buried at Swampscott Cemetery. It says the funeral director is H Richardson, Address 48 Lafayette Road , Lynn. He had no Social Security No.
I haven't contacted the cemetery but I will do so. Thanks again.

The 1928 Dedham directory entry is interesting saying he had moved to Portland Maine. I have made contact with his family but it is thought no contact was made after he left.

Background information on James - He was court martialled from the Royal Marines, deserted and disappeared until I found him in the US. I believe he may have been a remittance man where the family paid for him to stay away.Father's name William and mother's name Emily. I am not sure their names would help as I have found many family members' don't know these names.

United States of America / James Wilson Stevenson - Massachusetts - Help please
« on: Wednesday 08 October 14 23:32 BST (UK)  »
James was my Great Uncle and left the UK sometime in the early 1900's. I have his marriage details in 1912 and birth details of two sons in approximately 1915 and 1918. Both the WW1 Draft card and the 1920 census have him in Dedham. He does get divorced sometime between the 1920 and 1930 census and although I have found his wife and sons in 1930 I haven't been able to find him in the 1930 or 1940 census. His WW11 draft card give details of a contact person in North Branford, Connecticut who I believe is unrelated. I discovered his death by chance in Swampscott in 1946. I purchased a copy of his death certificate to gain further details as he had another wife, Alice F Stevenson. I am hoping someone may have some ideas on how to track him down in the years 1930 - 1940 as I have looked many times in the census but can't see any possible candidates. He was born 22nd October 1884 in Scotland. I would also like to know how I could find details of his marriage to Alice whose maiden name was Smith.
As I am a resident in England any help would be great as my knowledge of US records and how to access them is minimal.
Many thanks in advance

New Zealand Completed Requests / Re: Archives NZ .. Dunedin
« on: Wednesday 03 September 14 20:24 BST (UK)  »
Hi Alex

If you have anytime left I would appreciate you finding the following probate

Mark Sherwood Broadbent -1951
Hope I have address correct?


Scotland / Re: Court Of sessions
« on: Tuesday 04 March 14 23:02 GMT (UK)  »

Once again thanks. I must admit I thought I was probably being rather hopeful in finding any additional information. It has been interesting learning about these new sources of information.


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