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JOHN MACINNES, SAN FRANCISCO
« on: Friday 05 October 18 15:39 BST (UK) »
I am trying to discover some information about John  MacInnes and his wife Annabella MacAskill from Onich in the West Highlands of Scotland who went to San Francisco in 1910.  Annabella appears in the 1930 census and she is a widow living in the house of Jennie Coppage (Enumeration District 144 in San Francisco). In the 1940 census Annabella is an inmate in the Laguna Honda Relief Home.  Annabella died in October 1941. Might anyone know where Annabella would have been buried which in turn might tell me where her husband was buried or when he died. John  MacInnes was the Registrar of births deaths and marriages in the village of Onich before he went to the USA and he was also the man who designed the Clan MacInnes tartan. Any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: JOHN MACINNES, SAN FRANCISCO
« Reply #1 on: Friday 05 October 18 17:08 BST (UK) »
Do you have John's year of birth?

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Re: JOHN MACINNES, SAN FRANCISCO
« Reply #2 on: Friday 05 October 18 17:22 BST (UK) »
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Re: JOHN MACINNES, SAN FRANCISCO
« Reply #3 on: Friday 05 October 18 17:32 BST (UK) »
Do you have John's year of birth?

Born 1851 according to this article -

He was Registrar for Ballachulish and Corran of Ardgour between the years 1874 and 1920.

http://www.tartansauthority.com/tartan-ferret/display/1464/macinnes-clan

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Re: JOHN MACINNES, SAN FRANCISCO
« Reply #4 on: Friday 05 October 18 17:57 BST (UK) »
Is there any evidence that John came to the US?  Or a passenger list with his wife's arrival?  That might shed some light on whether they came/stayed together or not.

There is a possible entry for Annabelle in the naturalization index - https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939N-DWHF-4?i=1009&cc=1849982  The actual papers may mention whether John was alive or still her husband.

If nothing else turns up regarding Annabelle's place of burial, the San Francisco Public Library will do free obituary look-ups.  https://sfpl.org/pdf/libraries/main/mnc/obituary-request-form.pdf

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Re: JOHN MACINNES, SAN FRANCISCO
« Reply #5 on: Friday 05 October 18 18:02 BST (UK) »
1901 census The Stores Ballachulish and Corran Kilmallie Argyll.

John Macinnes   50 General Merchant. born 1851.
Anna Bella Macinnes   38
Jean Macinnes   80 Mother.
Effie Mackenzie   32 James Sinclair 23
David Sutherland 28 John Rowan   43
Joseph Colquhoun 17 David Smith 13
Robert Smith 15 Robert Simpson   12
Elizabeth Simpson 9 Thomas Smith 58

1891 census Ballachulish and Corran Kilmallie Argyll.

John McInnes 40 Genl Mercht & Registrar. born 1851.
Annabella McInnes 30
Jean McInnes   67 Mother.
Cath McIntyre   27
Duncan McInnes 16 Servant.
John McNeill   14
John McKenzie   25

https://www.genealogy.com/forum/regional/countries/topics/scotland/24097/

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Re: JOHN MACINNES, SAN FRANCISCO
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 06 October 18 08:02 BST (UK) »
Thanks everyone for your replies. I know all about John and his wife before they left Scotland as he was part of my maternal family tree. The local newspapers here had an advetisement in 1910 when he was selling of all his household belongings before heading off to the USA. When his widow died her death notice appered in the local paper. I am not convinced they were divorced !,
Thank you for the link to the library and their look up service.
"Tartan John" as he has come to be known in the family is certainly a man of mystery as we have no idea why they decided to go to San Francisco.
Thanks agian
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Re: JOHN MACINNES, SAN FRANCISCO
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 06 October 18 14:48 BST (UK) »
There definitely seems to be some conflict between the info that he was a Registrar until 1920 and he was leaving in 1910.  Is there any way to verify his position as Registrar after 1910?  Any sign of them in the 1911 Scotland census?  Or other mentions in the local paper past 1910?

It also seems odd that people would pack up and go halfway around the world at age 60+ unless they were going to someone or trying to get away from something.  Any other family members of theirs in the US?

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Re: JOHN MACINNES, SAN FRANCISCO
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 06 October 18 16:05 BST (UK) »
I think I've found them crossing from Canada to the US in 1910 :

John McKinnes 49 merchant Scotland , last permanent residence Inverness
Anna Bella McKinnes 48 wife
nearest relative in country whence came : Rev McKaskill , the Manse , Onich
arrived Quebec 3 Jul 1910 , going to San Francisco

Passenger list :
John A McInnes 49 merchant
Mrs A B  "          48
dep Glasgow 25 Jun 1910 on SS Southwark , bound for Quebec.

The corresponding arrival record gives no extra details.
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