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Offline Ken Cameron

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Laing Family from North Uist 1853
« on: Wednesday 14 August 13 12:13 BST (UK) »
Hi all
More ancestors of mine left N.U. on HMS Hercules 1853 and only some arrived Port Adelaide on that ship. They were all from the same Laing family.
The father Alexander Laing died N.U. about 1847, and the mother Catherine (Macdonald) Laing my ancestor, immigrated with her children on Hercules.
They were eldest daughter Janet (19) and new husband Angus Ferguson (27), daughter Margaret Laing (17) {these three arrived P.A. on Hercules}, mother Catherine (45), Ann (16), Ranald (14) listed as Ronald, Alexander (12) and Flora (8) were on Hercules when it left Campbelltown 1852 and were reported as transhipped to Olivia sometime during the voyage. Probably when Hercules was in quarantine in Cork, Ireland Feb, '53.
They do not appear on the Olivia passenger list. A search of all passenger lists for 1852/53 failed to find any of them.
Any information about the Ferguson's and Janet Laing after they arrived Adelaide would be great.
Illumination of possible connections to the missing Laing family members would also aid me in my search.
PS Flora was aged 8 at the time, don't know why funny face appeared there in the text!

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Re: Laing Family from North Uist 1853
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 22 August 13 10:41 BST (UK) »
Hi Ken

I found the details below and I think they are your people. I don't understand what some of the abbreviations on the death registration information mean, but other Rootschatters probably will.
The details for the funerals I found on the Trove Newspapers website.

Hope this helps
Noells

Surname: FERGUSON     Given Names: Roderick
Date: 1861-11-05 Birth
Father: Angas FERGUSON         Mother: Janet (not recorded)
Birth Place/Residence: Mount Gambier
District Code: Gre
Book: 23   Page: 441

Surname: FERGUSON       Given Names: John
Date: 1860-01-10 Birth
Father: Angus FERGUSON        Mother: Janet LINK
Birth Place/Residence: Port Gawler
District Code: PtG
Book: 18    Page: 481
Digger - South Australian Deaths Registrations 1842 to 1915


Surname: FERGUSON       Given Names: Janet           Date: 1906-07-16
Age: 71y               Status: Widow    Death
Relative: Angus FERGUSON (DH)
Residence: Yahl           Death Place: Yahl           District Code: Gre
Book: 319
Page: 80



Surname: FERGUSON       Given Names: Angus             Date: 1900-04-23
Age: 75y    Death                Status: N
Relative: (not recorded)
Residence: Yahl Paddock               Death Place: Yahl Paddock
District Code: Gre
Book: 270
Page: 69

DEATH. Border Watch Newspaper (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954Wednesday 25 April 1900
FERGUSON.-At Woodlands Station, Yahl Paddock, onthe 23rd April, 1900 Angus, the dearly beloved husband of Janet Ferguson, aged 76 years and three months
FUNERAL NOTICE.The Funeral of the late Mr. Angus Ferguson is appointed to leave his late residence, Yahl Paddock, on THURSDAY AFTERNOON at 1 o'clock p.m. for interment in the New Cemetery. Friends will kindly accept this intimation.

DEATHS. Border Watch Newspaper (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954) (Saturday 11 August 1900)
FERGUSON.-At his mother's residence, Woodlands, Yahl Paddock, on August 7th, Alexander, dearly beloved husband of Margaret Ferguson, and eldest son of Mrs. Angus and the late Angus Ferguson, of Woodlands, Yahl Paddock. Aged 45 years.

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Re: Laing Family from North Uist 1853
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 22 August 13 13:44 BST (UK) »
Some obits to Angus Ferguson 1900 - he left a widow and 7 daughters and 5 sons!
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36954570
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article81039251

An index to some South Australian BDM's here http://www.genealogysa.org.au/

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Re: Laing Family from North Uist 1853
« Reply #3 on: Friday 23 August 13 09:18 BST (UK) »
Hi Ken

I have had a bit of spare time and have found the following details on those who could be your family in South Australia. The ages seem to tie up with those in your post. Yahl paddock also seems to be where the family settled in South Australia.

The surname of Laing seems to be transcribed as Link. Maybe their accent?

Bye for now
Noells

Death possibly Catherine Laing
Surname: LINK     Given Names: Catherine      Death Date: 1885-03-26
Age: 75y           
Relative: Alexander LINK (H) Symbol seems to indicate died in Hospital
Residence: Yahl Paddock    Death Place: Yahl Paddock
District Code: Grey            Book: 145              Page: 202

Marriages possibly Margaret and Flora Laing.

Groom: MCCALL            Given names: Nicol
Bride: LINK              Given names: Margaret
Date: 1863-06-11        Groom Age: 33
Status: Not recorded
Groom's Father: Malcolm MCCALL
Bride Age: 24       Status: Not recorded.             Bride's Father: Alexander LINK
Place: Travellers Rest Hotel [Allandale East]
District: Grey           Book/Page: 54/352

Groom: KERR           Given names: Robert
Bride: LINK                Given names: Flora          Date: 1874-09-30
Groom Age: Full age            Status: Single        Groom's Father: Adam KERR
Bride Age: Full age          Status: Single          Bride's Father: Alexander LINK
Place: Travellers Rest Hotel Allendale East
District: Grey   Book/Page: 100/946

Death of Flora Kerr at 46 years of age giving birth year about 1845 ties in with age 8 on arrival in Oz with mother Catherine and sister Margaret.

Given Names: Flora  Kerr      Death Date: 1891-11-19
Status: M
Relative: Robert KERR (H)         
Residence: Allandale East          Death Place: Allandale East
District Code: Grey      Book: 198          Page: 52



DEATH. Border Watch Newspaper (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954
Wednesday 25 November 1891
KERR.-On the 19th of November, at her residence,
Allandale East, of heart disease, Flora, the beloved wife of Robert Kerr, aged 46.



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Re: Laing Family from North Uist 1853
« Reply #4 on: Friday 23 August 13 09:41 BST (UK) »
Following on from Noell's hints, this seems to be death notice for Nicol McCall in 1913
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5801198
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Re: Laing Family from North Uist 1853
« Reply #5 on: Friday 23 August 13 10:44 BST (UK) »
Hi Ken and Rosball

I am now reasonably sure the Link family are the Laing family from North Uist, Scotland.
I just found this death notice in the Mount Gambier paper. It seems to be the Ranald (Ronald) Laing in the first post by Ken.

Border Watch Newspaper Mount Gambier Saturday 1st February,1873
DIED.      LINK.-At Allandale, on the 28th instant, Mr. Ronald Link, farmer, a native of North Uist, Invernesshire, Scotland, aged 30 years. (Inverness papers please copy.)
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Re: Laing Family from North Uist 1853
« Reply #6 on: Friday 23 August 13 11:21 BST (UK) »
Hi Noells & Rosball

Thank you for the great work! I never would have transposed Laing into Link. I had been trying names like Lane and Lang without success.

I get my own broadband connection on the Tuesday 27Th, so will let you know how my research of your findings progresses when I can spend more than an hour on the Internet, and have all my Family Tree details at hand. I am using the local library at the moment, which is very limiting on what I can accomplish in any session.

I have taken a copy of this on my USB stick and will peruse it at home over the weekend. I had begun to think that Mother Catherine and the junior children had been lost at sea and never reached Oz. I have been searching for any trace of them on passenger list for some time now without success.

If either of you require assistance with research in Scotland, please let me know and I will do all I can.

Many, many thanks
Ken

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Re: Laing Family from North Uist 1853
« Reply #7 on: Friday 23 August 13 15:08 BST (UK) »
Hi Ken

Very pleased to help you.  You won't know yourself with broadband on your home computer.
I will be interested to hear how all this information from Oz fits into your family tree.
It is midnight on Friday night here (23/8) but I will see if I can uncover anything further on the Laing (Link) family over the weekend.

thanks for you offer of help with Scottish research.  At this stage I have gone back as far as I can go there (1700's) but maybe in the future I might need some assistance.

Noells


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Re: Laing Family from North Uist 1853
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 24 August 13 01:54 BST (UK) »
Hi Ken
Some more information on that family.
You will see that Margaret Link and Flora Link were both married in the Travellers Rest Hotel in Allendale East. I found a list of the Publicans for that hotel and have copied the relevant ones for you.

Owners of the Travellers Rest Hotel in Allendale, South Australia
1864 1866 -   N.  McCall
1872 1877  - Robert Kerr
1883 1916 -  Robert Kerr

Here are some more details on Flora Link/Kerr who died in 1891. Firstly births of children.
Surname: KERR               Given Names: Alexander Dick         Birth Date: 1875-12-24
Father: Robert KERR                          Mother: Flora LINK
Birth Place/Residence: Port MacDonnell
District Code: Grey           Book: 161                Page: 232

Surname: KERR          Given Names: Adam John        Birth Date: 1877-08-13
Father: Robert KERR             Mother: Flora LINK
Birth Place/Residence: Allendale East
District Code: Grey            Book: 189                       Page: 81

Surname: KERR            Given Names: Jean Jannet          Birth Date: 1879-09-23
Father: Robert KERR                 Mother: Flora LINK
Birth Place/Residence: Allendale East
District Code: Grey
Symbol: A              Book: 227           Page: 237

Surname: KERR            Given Names: Ronald   Birth Date: 1881-12-06
Father: Robert KERR                   Mother: Flora QUIK
Birth Place/Residence: Allendale East
District Code: Grey
Symbol: A            Book: 272               Page: 117

Surname: KERR             Given Names: Catherine          Birth Date: 1884-04-10
Father: Robert KERR                     Mother: Flora LINK
Birth Place/Residence: Allendale East
District Code: Grey       Book: 326             Page: 151

then I found that Robert Kerr married again after Flora's early death. This was quite normal in those days for someone to look after the widowers' children. The age fits for Robert Kerr.

Groom: KERR          Given names: Robert             Bride: MCCORMICK       Given names: Margaret J
Date: 1892-06-10
Groom Age: 54          Status: Widow            Groom's Father: Adam KERR
Bride Age: 27      Status: Single                      Bride's Father: Henry MCCORMICK
Place: Manse Mount Gambier         District: Grey            Book/Page: 171/990

This from the Newspaper -

Border Watch Newspaper  (Mount Gambier, SA Wednesday 15 June 1892
MARRIAGE.
KERR-McCORMICK.-On the 10th June, at the Manse,Mount Gambier, by the Rev. R. A. Caldwell, Robert   Kerr to Margaret Jane (Maggie), youngest daughter of Henry McCormick, both of Allandale East.

I have not yet looked for any children to this couple, however sadly Margaret Jane McCormick/Kerr also died at a young age

Surname: KERR            Given Names: Margaret Jane   Death Date: 1906-08-14
Age: 41y                  Status: Married             Relative: Robert KERR (H)
Residence: Allendale East       Death Place: Allendale East
District Code: Grey              Book: 320              Page: 3

I also have details on the McCall family, but will send them by a separate post.

Noells





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