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George Aitken(head), son of John
« on: Friday 28 May 21 16:56 BST (UK) »
In the 1881 census of Scotland, there is a George Aitken, nephew, 23, born Canada, in the household of Alexander Aitkenhead at New Farm, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire.

Alexander died in 1890 and left bequests including one to John Aitkenhead, otherwise Aitken, farmer, Orangeville, Toronto, Canada, whom I assume to be his brother and father of George. I gather that Orangeville is in Dufferin County. John was aged 15 in the 1841 census, so he was born between 1821 and 1826.

However all my efforts to find John and his family, including George, in any census in Canada, have come to naught so far.

Can anyone point me at any information about John and his descendants please?
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Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
« Reply #1 on: Friday 28 May 21 17:22 BST (UK) »
Any middle name for George ?

Interesting entry................??

George Jeffrey Aitkenhead  - George Jeffry Aitken Head - 1859 Glasgow Scotland - aged 24 years
married 13 Sep 1883 Carleton, Ontario
Father Alex Aitken Head Agnes Rankin Aitken Head
Mother Aitken Head Spouse Annie Affleck

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Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
« Reply #2 on: Friday 28 May 21 17:24 BST (UK) »
George Jeffrey Aitkenhead Birth Date:   14 Apr 1859 - Baptism Date 1 Jun 1859
London Road United Presbyterian, Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
Father Alexander Aitkenhead - Mother Agnes Rankine.

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Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
« Reply #3 on: Friday 28 May 21 17:25 BST (UK) »

FIND A GRAVE


George Jeffrey Aitkenhead - 14 April 1859 - 1940 Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.

Westlawn-Hillcrest Memorial Park Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska,
PLOT   Section 24 Lot 139 Space 3

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/105726164/george-jeffrey-aitkenhead

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Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
« Reply #4 on: Friday 28 May 21 17:57 BST (UK) »
Thanks, Sandra.

That's George Jeffrey Aitkenhead, who was born in Glasgow in 1859 and emigrated via Canada to Nebraska, where he died in 1940. He wrote a long memoir about his family and connections.

GJA was first cousin once removed to the John Aitkenhead I'm looking for, who farmed at Orangeville and changed his name to Aitken, and second cousin to George who was born in Canada and visiting his uncles and aunts in Scotland in 1881.
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Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
« Reply #6 on: Friday 28 May 21 19:23 BST (UK) »

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Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
« Reply #7 on: Friday 28 May 21 21:06 BST (UK) »
I can offer you this.

The only "John" is the one below.  They were in New Holland Twp of what was then called North Grey which no longer exists. Today its the area south east of Chatsworth down to Markdale.

The only other Aitken (and spelling variants), during this period was in Turnberry Twp but they were headed by a "James" and they were farmers and millers.

Unfortunately the old https://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/Images/Maps/TownshipMaps/gre-m-holland.jpg is incomplete most names are missing.


1871
https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1871&op=&img&id=4396616_00332

1881
https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1881&op=&img&id=e008194355

1891
https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=Census1891&op=img&id=30953_148140-00587

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Re: George Aitken(head), son of John
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 29 May 21 10:00 BST (UK) »
Thanks, Maureen, I think you've got him. I have to admit that it would not have occurred to me to look for Aikans with an a.

Don, I had found that family but the absence of a George, or a gap where George might have fitted in, in 1871 seemed to be a stumbling block.

I've been to what is now Grey County, and probably drove through Dufferin County though not Orangeville itself.
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