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BOYD family from Argyll, Scotland-did they immigrate to AU
« on: Sunday 14 July 13 19:54 BST (UK) »
Hi,

I’ve come to a full stop tracing three out of five children of Hugh/Ewen Boyd who were born in Argyll, Scotland.  Hugh’s first wife was Ann Cameron, she died about 1847 and in 1849 he married Mary Cameron.  They had one child, also Hugh in 1850 showing in the 1851 Kilmallie, Argyll Scottish census.  No sign of the parents in 1861 so presumably they both died before 1855 when civil registration of BMDs was introduced.  The children were all in separate households in or near Kilmallie in 1861.  No sign anywhere in Scotland after that.

These children were:
1. John Cameron Boyd, born 1832 Glasgow, married Elizabeth Boxhall Vic. died 1902 Talbot, Vic. A Civil Servant.
2. Ann Boyd born 1840 Argyll, thought (but not confirmed) to have emigrated aboard the ‘Atalanta’ in 1861. 
3. Sarah McEachern Boyd b. 1842 Argyll, Scotland, also thought to have been aboard the ‘Atalanta’ in 1861; married Alexander H Corbet, an Accountant; died 1916; buried Ballarat Old Cemetery.
4. Alexander Boyd born 1845 Argyll, Scotland. 
5. Hugh Boyd born 1850 Argyll, his mother was Mary Cameron.

With John & Sarah Boyd fairly well documented in Victoria I think it possible that their 3 siblings may also have gone there, can anyone please help me look, have tried PRO Vic for Wills and immigration records and BDM vic.gov for marriages and deaths and have now run out of ideas!

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brigau

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Re: BOYD family from Argyll, Scotland-did they immigrate to AU
« Reply #1 on: Monday 15 July 13 00:36 BST (UK) »
Hi.  I've only had a chance for a quick search this morning, but PROV records confirm that there was an Ann Boyd age 20 and a Sarah Boyd aged 18 both from Scotland on the Atalanta in 1861 as Assisted Immigrants. You may have seen those records but just not have confirmed them as your Ann and Sarah.

An option I suggest is a bit hit and miss, but the National Library of Australia website TROVE has an archive of digitised newspapers.  I have found it useful it tracking down ancestors, and it occasionally throws up information about other siblings - subject to verification, of course.

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Re: BOYD family from Argyll, Scotland-did they immigrate to AU
« Reply #2 on: Monday 15 July 13 00:45 BST (UK) »
Here's Sarah Corbet's death notices (in case you don't have them).  Unfortunately no mention of siblings.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74512624
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2097908

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Re: BOYD family from Argyll, Scotland-did they immigrate to AU
« Reply #3 on: Monday 15 July 13 03:03 BST (UK) »
Hi,
I don't know if you have any details from the Ballarat Old Cemetery, but this may be of help .

Burial Index.
CORBET, Alexander. Secretary. Aged 76. Date 18/2/1913.
Location B.2.1 3

CORBETT, Sarah McEachen. Widow. Aged 72. 26/6/1916
Location B.2.1 3

CORBETT, Louis Cameron. Aged 11weeks {EDIT to add omitted date}  31/12/1878
Location B.2.1 3

CORBETT, Blanche. Aged 2 hours. 24/2/1914
Location B.2.1 3

CORBETT,Olive Boyd. Aged 9 months. 7/6/1921
Location B.2.1 3

Monumental Inscription

CORBETT, Alexander Houlston. b. Edinburgh 1833. D. 1913. Husband of Sarah McEachen b. Glasgow 1846, d. 1916

Sue 
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Re: BOYD family from Argyll, Scotland-did they immigrate to AU
« Reply #4 on: Monday 15 July 13 09:36 BST (UK) »
Thank you both for taking the time to look.  Ann & Sarah on the Atalanta certainly fit but I didn't want to jump to a conclusion with that particular record simply because it's the only one.  Didn't pick up from the transcription that they came from Scotland, though.  Is there anyway to see the original manifest that may record more family details?

I also found the burials in Ballarat, Sue and a photograph of the headstone.  There's also quite a bit on the Corbet family in the NLA Trove newspaper indexes, mostly family notices.  John C Boyd is also accounted for so it's really just Ann, Alexander & Hugh I'm looking for.

Thanks again  :)

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Re: BOYD family from Argyll, Scotland-did they immigrate to AU
« Reply #5 on: Monday 15 July 13 09:50 BST (UK) »
Is there anyway to see the original manifest that may record more family details?

I think the only way is to view the records at PROV or a library where the fiche are held.

The transcriptions at A******y sometimes contain a bit more than those of the PROV, and that is where I saw the Scotland reference.

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Re: BOYD family from Argyll, Scotland-did they immigrate to AU
« Reply #6 on: Monday 15 July 13 10:08 BST (UK) »
There is an Alex McKeller Boyd born "abt 1846" father Hugh died in West Melbourne in 1894 - Registration No 14335.




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Re: BOYD family from Argyll, Scotland-did they immigrate to AU
« Reply #7 on: Monday 15 July 13 10:53 BST (UK) »
Is there anyway to see the original manifest that may record more family details?

I think the only way is to view the records at PROV or a library where the fiche are held.

The transcriptions at A******y sometimes contain a bit more than those of the PROV, and that is where I saw the Scotland reference.

The fiche are also available at many family history/genealogy centres.

The transcriptions of the PROV passenger lists on Ancestry often detail the nationality but there are errors and not all passenger lists have been transcribed.  As your people of interest were Assisted Passengers there hopefully will be more information on the fiche.

You have not completed your profile so a little difficult to suggest where to search the fiche.

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« Reply #8 on: Monday 15 July 13 11:51 BST (UK) »
Sorry Cando, should have said.  I’m in the UK and not entirely knowledgeable about Australian records.  I found the Atalanta passenger list on PRO Vic but don’t have a world wide subscription to A*y so the Scottish origin of Sarah & Ann included in their record is new to me.  I believe that free passages to Australia were available to young women of marriageable age about this period in time. 

Again, I did find the 1894 death record for Alex Mckeller Boyd (cost me all of 99 cents!) but on the Vic gov site the record doesn’t give any indication of a birth year, ‘abt 1846’ is a new fact, not that the name Mckeller means anything to me at this stage.  Will look into him further if I can.

Thanks again,
brigau