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Offline kirkbairn

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sievewright ancestors
« on: Saturday 22 January 22 11:51 GMT (UK) »
wonder if some one can help looking for the birth marriage or death  OF parents and siblings of James william Sievewright he was born c1850 in Aberdeenshire his father was William Sievewright mother Jane Machray?? unsure of her surname due writing on certificates

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Re: sievewright ancestors
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 22 January 22 13:28 GMT (UK) »
Have you looked on for a marriage & deaths for them?

What is the last census you have found them on? 

Please list his siblings details at that time

Where & when were William & Jane born?
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Re: sievewright ancestors
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 22 January 22 13:29 GMT (UK) »
Have you looked for them at Scotland's People (SP)?

According to the church records there James William, son of William Sievwright and Jane Machray, was baptised in Lumphanan on 5 January 1853. I took a look at that. The original document says, "Sept 1st 1852. James William, natural son of William Sievwright, farmer, Mains of Auchlossie, and Jane Machray in Wester Kincraigie, was born; and was baptized on the 5th day of January 1853".

In the 1861 census he is probably the child listed as William, a boarder, aged 8, in a household in Aboyne.

Jane Machray, aged 21, is living with her widowed mother and her siblings at Kincraigie, Lumphanan, in 1851.

William Sivewright, unmarried, 29, farmer, born Drumoak, is in the 1851 census at Auchlossen, Lumphanan, with his widowed mother, three sisters and several servants including one who is possibly Jane's brother.

I have not yet found either William or Jane in the 1861 census.

You can view the originals of all these documents, and a lot more, on the SP web site at modest cost.

Hint: When searching on SP, use wildcards. S*v*r*t will pick up all the spelling variations of Sievewright.
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Re: sievewright ancestors
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 22 January 22 14:37 GMT (UK) »
It looks like Jane Machray went on to marry James Calder in Lumphanan in 1859. James William Sievewright, aged 18, is working as a farm servant at their farm, Cairnton, in Lumphanan in the 1871 census. It looks like Jane and James Calder had at least six children that I can immediately see from census records, all born in Lumphanan. Jane Calder (nee Machray) died in 1914 at Kincraigie, where her daughter Jessie Bella Calder and husband James Littlejohn were farming.

William Sievewright married Helen Robertson Birnie in 1852 in Lumphanan. They moved to Banchory Ternan, where William Sievewright died in 1901. He's buried in Birse with his father David Sievewright and mother Elspet Adam. Looks like he and Helen Birnie had at least four children that I can see from census records.

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« Reply #4 on: Saturday 22 January 22 16:03 GMT (UK) »
Minutes of Lumphanan kirk session

11 July 1852:

Compeared Jane Machray W. Kincraigie, confessing
herself with child, & naming William Sievewright in Mains
of Auchlossan as the father of it. She was ordered to desire
him to attend with her, this day fortnight

25 July 1852:

Compeared Jane Machray, adhering to her former con-
fession, that she was with child & that William Sievewright
Auchlossan, was the father that she had sent notice to him
to appear to-day, which he has not done. Whereupon
William Emslie, the Officer was ordained to summon him
to appear here, next Lord's day.

17 October 1852:

Compeared William Sievewright, Auchlossan confessing
himself the father of Jane Machray's child (see 25th of last
July) The Session informed him that if he gave evidence
of true repentance, the Session would absolve him two months

4 December 1852:

Compeared Jane Machray - (see 25th
of last July) for the sin of fornication, She was re-
buked and suitably exhorted to repentance by the
moderator [i.e. the minister], & restored to the priviliges of the church

2 July 1853:

Compeared ... Wiliam Sievewright ...
They were all suitably rebuked, admonished
& exhorted to repentance & upon their profession of repent-
ance & reformation were restored to the priviliges of the

[William is one of a number of parishioners listed.]