Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~James F. Smith and Mary B Watson~

        Avondale Cemetery ~Stratford Ontario
My Great Grandparents

     James F. Smith
Born Dec. 12, 1856 *   ~Aberdeen Scotland
Died Jan. 01, 1943   ~Stratford Ontario Canada

 Mary B. Watson
Born Jan. 07, 1866   ~Aberdeen Scotland
Died Sept.12, 1939   ~Stratford Ontario Canada
We Will Meet Again

 *Birth Year is incorrect on stone

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Surname Saturday ~Imlah~


 Scottish: variant of Imlach,
This very unusual surname is of Scottish origin, and derives from the Old Gaelic "imeallach" or "imleach", translating variously as "marginal land", or "marshy shore-land", and it was originally given as a topographical name to someone whose dwelling was located on a periphery or by the coastline. It is recorded as a surname in Aberdeen from 1402 onwards.
In my search I have found the spelling as "Imlay" and "Imlah".

My Great-Grandmother Mary Bella Watson was born to Mary Imlah January 07,1866 in New Deer Aberdeenshire, there is no father listed on her birth certificate,and her Birth name is Mary Imlah. From 1871 till the time of Mary Bella's marriage in 1885, she is listed on the census living with her grandparents  Peter and Mary Imlah, and is listed as Mary Watson.

Great- Great- Grandmother : Mary Imlah born abt 1844 in Lonmay, Aberdeenshire. Parents Peter and Mary Imlah. Married Cummin Smith December 23 ,1871.  Died October 11, 1904

  • Children of Mary and Cummin
  • Robert Smith-1866~ Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
  • Margaret Smith-1874 ~Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
  • William Smith-1876 ~Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
  • Alexander Smith-1878~ Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
  • Peter Smith-1879 ~Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
  • Elspet Smith -1881~ Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
  • George Smith-1883 ~Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
  • Charles Smith-1884 ~Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
  • John Smith-1887~Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
  • Cummin Smith-1890 ~Lonmay, Aberdeenshire
Great- Great- Great Grandfather: Peter Imlah born April 05, 1811 in Fyvie, Aberdeen, Scotland. Parents John and Helen Imlah.  Peter Married Mary Wilson October 01,1840. Died August 31,1882 in New Deer.   Peter Imlah's occupation was Crofter of 5 acres.
  • Children of Peter and Mary
  • John Imlah -25th Oct 1840~Methlic Aberdeenshire
  • Peter  Imlah-03 Jan 1842~Fyvie Aberdeenshire
  • Mary Imlah-13 Mar 1844~Lonmay Aberdeenshire
  • William Imlah -27 Apr 1846~New Deer Aberdeenshire
  • Alexander Imlah-07 Jun 1847~New Deer Aberdeenshire
  • Isabel Imlah-03 Jul 1849~New Deer Aberdeenshire
  • Robert Imlah-22 Aug 1852~New Deer Aberdeenshire
  • James Imlah-23 Jan 1855~New Deer Aberdeenshire
  • George Imlah-17 Dec 1856~New Deer Aberdeenshire
  • Peter Imlah-23 Apr 1859~New Deer Aberdeenshire

Great- Great-Great- Great Grandfather: John Imlah is where my search has come to a halt. I do know that  According to Peter's death Certificate John's wife's name was Helen Reid, and at the time
of Peter's death in 1882 both were deceased.

  •   Children of John and Helen Imlah
  • Peter Imlah- April 05,1811~ Fyvie Aberdeenshire

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday ~ Private Ronald Hirst Sivinski~

My dad, Ronald Eric (Hirst) Sivinski in 1944.
He had just enlisted in the Canadian Army.

This medal was awarded to all full-time personnel of the Armed Forces,Who served at least 28 days of counted service. The recipient was awarded this medal if their service period was terminated by their death, disability due to service or capture as a prisoner-of-war and their service qualified them for one of the stars.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Then and Now ~

This is the home of my Great Grandparents, James and Mary Bella Smith. Located at 107 Nile Street, Stratford Ontario Canada around 1918. In the front window on the right you will see what looks like a piece of paper with black marks on it. This is a service flag, the marks are actually 5 stars, one for each son they had overseas in the war.

                                                      The home in 2004.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~ My Great Grandfather Daniel Cocklin

Daniel Cocklin was born Oct. 2 ,1882 in St. Georges East  London England. He served in the First World War, Canadian Army Vet Corps. 18th Battalion from February 11 1916 till 1918.
   He passed  away on March 19, 1919 from wounds sustained in the war. He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey England, Section 3, L 14.

  November 11th each year his name is read out loud along with the other names on page 531 of the "Book of Remembrance" a prayer is said and  then page 531 remains open and on display for public viewing in the Chapel of Parliament of Canada for that day.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Surname Saturday ~Watson~

 Watt is a form of Walter which also gave rise to the surnames Watson, Walters, Waters, Wattie, MacWatt and (mainly in England) Watts, Watkins and Watkinson. In some cases the name can be found in its full form as Walterson.  The name means "son of Walter"or "Watt's Son". First found in the lowlands of Scotland, from ancient times. The name Watson originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled much of Britain. Depending where you are looking for information, the last name is ranked as the 16th most popular in Scotland, where my family is from.

Watson is the Surname of my Great Grandmother "Mary Bella Watson". She was born January 07, 1866 in Aberdeen Scotland to James Watson and Mary Imlah.