Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~Kissing Cousins~

My Pal and Cousin, Ricky Smith and myself dressed up in front of my house in Glendale California.

 ~1961~
 

 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday ~Methlick Old Parish Churchyard

                       
      Methlick, Aberdeenshire Scotland

                                   
      ~ Grave Stone of ~
           James Imlay~  my 3rd Great Grand Uncle
          Helen Reid~ my 4th Great Grandmother.


Inscription : This Stone marks the grave of James Imlay overseer at Woodhead of Cairnies, Parish of Lonmay Died 15 April 1842 aged 34. His Faithfulness and honesty rendered him beloved in life and regretted at death. He was the 3rd son of John Imlay and Helen Reid in Blackhillock, Fyvie. Said Helen Reid died 1 March 1840 aged 63, her remains lie under the stone on the left. She was an affectionate wife and a loving mother. Erected by their son John Imlay.


 I want to thank David Peters in Aberdeen Scotland who was kind enough  to drive out to Methlick and take photos of all the grave stones of my family members who are buried in the old church yard.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Sentimental Sunday ~ Jack Richard Smith I



I got up this morning at 6 A.M. made a pot of coffee and with no plans for the day, I sat down at my computer and started going through my emails, sorting genealogy and grave request and online bills into their correct folders, when I came across a fulfilled grave request notice. I had sent out my request a few weeks ago for my Uncle (thank you Larae Cox) who is buried in Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier California. I had forgotten all about it really. Sitting there looking at the grave stone, I cried a little and smiled a lot, remembering my Uncle and all the love and memories.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Surname Saturday ~ Smith~


SMITH : Derived from the Anglo-Saxon "smitan," to smite or strike, SMITH and its derivations are an occupational name for a man who works with metal (smith or blacksmith), one of the earliest jobs for which specialist skills were required. It is a craft that was practiced in all countries, making the surname and its derivations the most common of all surnames. Smith still tops the list of most popular surnames in England and America, and is also a very common last name in Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Canada and Australia.

The "Smiths" in my line came from Scotland and Canada.

Doreen Mary Smith : My Mother
Born: 29 Aug 1929 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Married: Ronald Eric Sivinski (Hirst) 12 Jun 1948
Died:  16 Mar 1967 in Joshua Trees CA
Occupation: Housewife and world's best mom

Melville Morrison Smith: My Maternal Grandfather
Born: 23 Aug 1901 in Perth, Ontario, Canada
Married Alice Margaret Cocklin Abt. 1925
Died : 18 Apr 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Circus Performer Aka Speedy Smith and worked for the Canadian National Railway at the time of his death.

Children:
Melville Smith 1927 – 2007
Doreen Mary Smith 1929 – 1967
Living Smith 1930 –
Dolores Smith 1933 – 1933
Jack Richard Smith I  1934– 2005

James Fenton Smith : Great Grandfather
Born 12 Dec 1856 in Aberdeen, Scotland
according to birth record James was illegitimate at birth, but his parents married 2 months after his birth, thus the record was changed to legitimate
Married :Mary Bella Watson (Imlah) 04 Jul 1885
Died: 01 Jan 1943 in Stratford Ontario Canada
Occupation: according to marriage record; Farm servant.

Children:
Mary Ann Smith 1885 –
James Smith 1887 – 1969
Jessie Murray Smith 1889 –
Albert George Smith 1894 – 1969
Ralph John Smith 1897 – 1960
Harold Edward Smith 1899 – 1959
Melville Morrison Smith 1901 – 1945
Stanley Watson Smith 1905 –

John Smith: Great Great Grandfather
Born: Abt. 1831 in Tyrie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Married: Ann Morrison 07 Feb. 1857 ( Ann died in 1869 and John married Ann Elrick in 1870).
Died: 04 Oct 4 1900 in New Pitsligo, Scotland
Occupation: Blacksmith

Children:
James Fenton Smith:1856 – 1943
Robert Smith 1858 –
Mary Murray Smith 1860 – 1950
Jane Wright Smith 1862 –1863
 George Smith 1864 –1946
John Smith 1865 –
 Ann Smith – 1868-after1943

James Smith: 3rd Great Grandfather
Born:11 Oct 1790 in Keith,Banffshire,Scotland
Married: Jane Matthew
Died: 17 Mar 1873 in New Pitsligo, Scotland
Occupation: Hand loom Weaver

Children:
Robert Smith 1815 –
Mary Ann Smith 1818 – 1856
Alexander Smith 1826 –
Elizabeth Smith 1830 – 1899
John Smith 1831 – 1900
James Smith 1834 – 1897

Alexander Smith is where I have stopped. I continue to search and find documentation that he is the father of James Smith.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ 1936 Toronto Canada ~


Mom (Doreen Mary Smith) and Aunt Gerry (Geraldine Rose Smith) sitting in Uncle Harry Cocklin's Car in the summer of 1936.