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Looking for death cert of maternal grandmother Scotland
« on: Monday 29 August 22 05:15 BST (UK) »
Have been searching for many years and finally DNA connected me to my maternal grandma. She had used only part of her name on my mothers birth cert so that prolonged the search.
Cecilia Milne Nairn (married name Davidson) born Edinburgh 1875 married Wm Davidson 1896.
Four children three surviving sons who left for USA1920 with their father.
Cecilia and husband had separated 1911 and my mother born 1912 father unknown. The unknown bio father is another story.This query is regarding Cecilia who was jailed for committing bigamy 1914
Dundee court. another mystery is name of bigamous partner. Her husband Wm Davidson is granted divorce 1916 Dundee court.  After that Cecilia disappears .Cannot find her Death Cert on Scots People. also checked to see if she had gone to USA but no sign on ship lists. Sorry this is such a long saga...........but am hoping to fill in the four blanks I have this being the first one. Someone suggested your site and  hope my first post is acceptable.............

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Re: Looking for death cert of maternal grandmother Scotland
« Reply #1 on: Monday 29 August 22 08:38 BST (UK) »
Welcome to rootschat, Evelyn.

Just to start, have you got her exact date of birth?

Most of mine who committed bigamy did not get sent to jail, seems a bit harsh, perhaps English judges were more lenient, or different circumstances.

Added: In about 20 trees on Ancestry, but no-one seems to have any extra information on her on the public trees.  Have you tried to contact the private tree holders?


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Re: Looking for death cert of maternal grandmother Scotland
« Reply #2 on: Monday 29 August 22 09:42 BST (UK) »
What were the names of her parents? What name did she use on the 1912 birth?

None of the 1914 papers mention the surname of her 'bigamous' marriage. Some state it took place in March 1913. No obvious marriage entries in 1913 Scotland, England, Wales or Ireland under Milne/Nairn/Davidson.

If the 'bigamous' marriage took place in Scotland, perhaps when she was found guilty, it was then removed from the indexes - might be worth an email to Scotlandspeople asking if this was likely, although I would have thought it would remain, but with an RCE to show the annulment of the marriage on the basis of a court case finding the marriage to have been bigamous, and hence unlawful. Either way, worth checking. Of course, she may not have used her usual name for the marriage.
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Re: Looking for death cert of maternal grandmother Scotland
« Reply #3 on: Monday 29 August 22 09:44 BST (UK) »
Welcome from me too  :)

For others looking for Ceclia's death , her father is recorded as James Nairn, a steam boat  stoker and Barbara, MS Crichton

 27 March 1875, South Leith

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Re: Looking for death cert of maternal grandmother Scotland
« Reply #4 on: Monday 29 August 22 10:04 BST (UK) »
Ok, then marriage of parents indexed under two different spellings for the female:

CHRIGHTON
BARBARA
NAIRN
JAMES
1866
237/B 1
Savoch

and

CRIGHTON
BARBARA
NAIRN
JAMES
1866
237/B 1
Savoch


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Re: Looking for death cert of maternal grandmother Scotland
« Reply #5 on: Monday 29 August 22 10:09 BST (UK) »
And Barbara's death indexed under the Crighton spelling:

NAIRN
BARBARA
63
HARNOCH
1909
282/3 78
St Clement

CRIGHTON
BARBARA
63
HARNOCH
1909
282/3 78
St Clement
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Re: Looking for death cert of maternal grandmother Scotland
« Reply #6 on: Monday 29 August 22 10:23 BST (UK) »
Hello and welcome, Evelyn!

Was there an address on your mother's birth registration?

And speaking of addresses:
At the time of the divorce (July 1916), William Davidson was living at 10 South George Street, Dundee, and Cecilia was living at 41 Reform Street, Dundee. (Source: Dundee Courier 17 July 1916)

Does anyone know of any directories (or other sources) available for that year, to see who else might have been at 41 Reform Street?

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Re: Looking for death cert of maternal grandmother Scotland
« Reply #7 on: Monday 29 August 22 10:31 BST (UK) »
Hello and welcome, Evelyn!

Was there an address on your mother's birth registration?

And speaking of addresses:
At the time of the divorce (July 1916), William Davidson was living at 10 South George Street, Dundee, and Cecilia was living at 41 Reform Street, Dundee. (Source: Dundee Courier 17 July 1916)

Does anyone know of any directories (or other sources) available for that year, to see who else might have been at 41 Reform Street?

1915 valuation record is closest, and, amongst others, includes a:

MILNE
CECILE
Tenant Occupier
DWELLING HOUSE 41 REFORM STREET
DUNDEE
1915

who may or may not have been the same person as this 1891 census entry:

MILNE
CECILE
1891
F
15
251/3 1/ 1
Cults
Kincardine

Could Cecile have been related to Cecilia or could she have actually been Cecilia Milne Nairn/Davidson using a variation of her name?



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Re: Looking for death cert of maternal grandmother Scotland
« Reply #8 on: Monday 29 August 22 10:34 BST (UK) »
She is recorded on her son William's death record in New Hampshire, 1963. No info about her status though.

(I'll check on my previous info, bbart.
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