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“Missing” great great grandfather - where did he go...?
« on: Sunday 24 November 19 17:32 GMT (UK) »
I’ve started looking into my family tree, and I’m really enjoying the process and the tidbits of information I’m uncovering along the way. This weekend I’ve been working on my father’s side of the family - I should maybe mention that I no longer have grandparents on this side to sense check things with!

This side of the family are Scottish so I’ve been using the Scotland’s People website to help my search - I’ve found it to be pretty thorough and meets my needs very well for the most part. But I’ve hit a bit of a brick wall, and would appreciate guidance if possible from those more experienced than myself.

Here’s the situation. My great great grandparents were Jane (sometimes called Jeanie) Reid and David McClintick. They had three daughters together - the first born in 1897 prior to their marriage in 1898. Their third and final daughter was born in 1902. In 1909, Jane filed for divorce from David, and the document stated that his “present address is unknown”. I’ve been unable to find on Scotland’s People any evidence of death or remarriage, which has led me to believe he may have left the country (even if just to England). I am struggling to know how to tackle the search results on Ancestry UK... I’ve got several McClintocks (different spelling) including in Canada and the United States but have struggled to find one whose age/dates seem to line up properly.

Does anybody have any advice for me finding where this ancestor ended up? One thing I wondered was whether there is some sort of database of people leaving Scotland e.g. by boat (although of course this wouldn’t help if he moved to England). I’d really appreciate any searching tips.

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Re: “Missing” great great grandfather - where did he go...?
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 24 November 19 17:46 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to Rootschat.

There are shipping lists on both Ancestry and FindMyPast under The umbrella UK.

So others can help can you please give his date of birth, and his occupation.
And details of his parents and siblings that you know.
Side tracked to a friend’s very interesting Norfolk families. MORGAN, PRATT, HORNOR, SUCKLING, GLEANE etc. And in London DOWNES, du CROZ, MORGAN (same MORGANs as the Norwich lot)

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Re: “Missing” great great grandfather - where did he go...?
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 24 November 19 17:59 GMT (UK) »
Thank you for the swift response. David McClintick was born 4th March 1872 to William and Margaret (Laidlaw) who married 28th November 1871. I’ve not yet been able to find sibling information, but I’ve equally not necessarily ruled it out that siblings did exist.

At the time of his third daughters birth in 1902, David was working as a Railway Goods Checker.

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Re: “Missing” great great grandfather - where did he go...?
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 24 November 19 18:00 GMT (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat

I see that Jane is in Glasgow with her parents in 1901, no sign of David
Hugh Reid   56
Janet Reid   54
John Reid   21
William Reid 16
Robert Reid 11
Jane McLintock   27
Janet McLintock   3
Agnes McLintock 1
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Re: “Missing” great great grandfather - where did he go...?
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 24 November 19 18:31 GMT (UK) »
There is a David McLintock, a lodger, born in Scotland and aged 28 in the 1901 census, who is recorded as married and living at 47-49 Winding Road, Halifax. His profession is "Deputy". Might this be him?

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Re: “Missing” great great grandfather - where did he go...?
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 24 November 19 18:54 GMT (UK) »
Thanks both! With his name being on the 1902 birth register it perhaps rather stupidly hadn’t occurred to me that he might have left prior to that. Your help is very much appreciated.

The Halifax lodger looks like a promising lead, and one I hadn’t seen before.

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Re: “Missing” great great grandfather - where did he go...?
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 24 November 19 23:33 GMT (UK) »
'I’ve not yet been able to find sibling information, but I’ve equally not necessarily ruled it out that siblings did exist.'

He is in several trees on Ancestry, with sibling and half-siblings.

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Re: “Missing” great great grandfather - where did he go...?
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 24 November 19 23:56 GMT (UK) »
The full name for a "Deputy" is normally a Deputy Overman in a coal mine. Some coal mines in Elland, Halifax, Yorkshire.

Except in the USA when it means a Police Officer.

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Re: “Missing” great great grandfather - where did he go...?
« Reply #8 on: Monday 25 November 19 21:10 GMT (UK) »
Thank you very much for helping me onto the right track!