Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Day 1916

Used with Written permission
The Bruce County Museum
   Bramshott Camp, Gants England.

 The men of the 160th Bruce Battalion  set sail on October 18 1916 from Halifax on what turned out to be a very rough 10 day trip to England. On October 28th they arrived at Birkenhead and traveled on to Milford Station, from there they marched on in the pouring rain to Witley Camp. Orders soon came for them to march on, this time  to Bramshott.

On December 25 1916  my Great Grandfather, Private Daniel Cocklin sat down with his fellow Soldiers to share their first Christmas meal away from their homes, family and loved ones.

Used with Written permission
The Bruce County Museum

They  Dined on the Traditional Holiday food ~ Turkey and Dressing, Mashed Potato's and Turnips, Plum Pudding and Brandy Sauce,Canadian Cream Cheese and  Crackers 
 ~ Then a Toast to the King~

 Entertainment was provided and performed by just to name a few; The Band who  played the Regimental March and other selections,a piano Solo by Sergeant Eidt and a Drum solo and Pipes by Sergeant Tucker and Captain Vince.  Private G. Crawford performed the Bear Dance.
Used with Written permission
The Bruce County Museum

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sunday's Obituary~ James Imlay Esq. Farmer in Little Ardo

    Source:Aberdeen Journal,March 24 1847,Page 4.

At Little Ardo, in the parish of Methlic on the 17th March current, James Imlay, Esq. advanced in years. His death will be a severe loss to the poor in the district where he resided. Perhaps no man in his sphere of society bestowed more consideration and substantial aid in supporting and education the children of poor and deserving families, and promoting the advancement of young people in industrial habits and occupations.

*James Imlay my first cousin 6 x times removed, was born on February 10 1767 in Little Ardo to Alexander Imlay and Margaret Anderson. He is buried in Methlick Kirkyard, stone #204. 

Friday, December 09, 2011

~Grant Imlah and Mary Farquhar~

Mary Farquhar
  James Imlay and Jean Milne's son, Grant was born at Meikle Ardo, Methlick, in 1803 and Baptised on Wednesday 19th January. The entry in the register reads:
                          19th Janry 1803
                 James Imlay in Meickle Ardo had a 
  Imlay     Child baptized & named Grant before
                 these Witnesses James Imlay in 
                 Little Ardo, & Alexander Imlay in
                 Meickle Ardo.
 The witnesses were James’s cousin, James Imlay, and his brother, Alexander.

Grant was living in the parish of Monquhitter in April 1830 where he witnessed the baptism of his niece, Helen Imlah, the daughter of Alexander Imlah in Meikle Ardo and his wife, Helen Marr.
1836 O.P.R

By 1836 Grant was in Peterhead working as a messenger at arms and on Sunday the 24th of July that same year he contracted marriage with Mary Farquhar. The entry in the Peterhead register reads : 
Imlah and Farquhar:July 24th Grant Imlah, messenger in Peterhead and Mary Farquhar in Deer.       
 Mary was born in the parish of Peterhead about 1807, the daughter of Alexander Farquhar a farmer and his wife, Mary Clark.
The 1841 Census shows the Imlah's living in a flat in a tenement on Jamaica Street, Peterhead. Grant is described as a messenger at Arms, the only other member of the household is his wife Mary. The Census of 1851 now shows the Imlahs have moved to Marischal Street in Peterhead, Grant is still employed as a Messenger at Arms living with his wife Mary and his unmarried sister in law, Isabella Farquhar who is described as an annuitant (A person who receives the benefits of an annuity or pension).
City Directory for Aberdeen
The Valuation roll for the year 1855-1856 shows Grant and Mary are renting a dwelling at 70/2 Marischal Street in Peterhead from the trustees of the late William Baxter for £8 per Annum. By 1861 they have moved across the road to Merchant Street to a house with 6 rooms and a window and Grant is now described on the 1861 census as a Collector of Inland Revenue, his wife Mary and her sister who is now employed as a shirt maker reside there as well.

Grant Imlah died at Cuminestown Monquhitter on Monday August 6th 1877 at the age of 74. The cause of death was hemiplegia (The inability to move a group of muscles in one side of the body) The death was registered by his Nephew, James Imlah who described his uncle on the death record as a messenger at arms and collector of poor rates.  Grant was buried at Methlick Kirkyard and is commemorated on the gravestone of his Cousin, John Imlah.
Methlick Kirkyard
Isabel Gordon in testimony of connubial love dedicated this stone to the memory of her loving husband John Imlah sometime farmer in Blackhillock. After acting well the part of a tender husband and affectionate parent died in the Lord 1792 aged 66. In the grave laid the bodies of Richard and James Imlah their sons. The former died 1778 aged 32 the latter 14 April 1798 aged__. Also the body of Alexander Imlah their son sometime farmer in Mains of Iddoch died 11 February 1817 aged 66. Isabel Gordon their mother died 15 September 1820 aged 85 and John Imlay late farmer Blackhillock died 13 January 1845 aged 81. Also Grant Imlah messenger at arms, Peterhead died Cuminestown 06 August 1877 aged 74.
Grant Imlah had made a  Will at Peterhead on the 17th of May 1877. He nominated as executors and trustees William Findlay, auctioneer, Peterhead, John Fraser, engineer,Peterhead and James Mitchell, farmer, Bruckleseat, Fyvie. James Mitchell was married to Jane Imlah, the daughter of Grant's brother, Alexander. Grant and Mary had no children of their own.  By the Terms of the will they were to Manage his Estate for the benefit of his wife,during her lifetime. On her death, the estate was to be divided in two equal halves, one to be divided equally amongst Grant's nearest of kin, the other to be divided amongst Mary's nearest kin. Grant Imlah's estate came to a total of £ 746 0/5. I will post the will at a later date. Mary Farquhar died at 1 Merchant Street in Peterhead on Sunday the 20th of July 1879 at the age of 72. The cause of death was Apoplexy for 2 days . (Sudden impairment of neurological function, especially that resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage; a stroke) The death was registered by her nurse, Euphemia Paul.

18th of October 1879
Source:  Aberdeen Journal

  **Grant Imlah: 2nd cousin 5X Removed

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Wordless Wednesday~Imlah's Inn for Sale

Source:Aberdeen Journal~Friday 31 December 1886

THIS Old-Established and well frequented
          house together with the Goodwill of the Business, will
          be Exposed for Sale, by public Roup, within the Premises,
          on Saturday, the 8th January 1887,at Twelve o'clock noon.
          Attached are suitable Stabling, Barn, Byre, and other
          necessary accommodation, and a large productive Garden
          and Yards.
          The Goodwill of about 12 Acres of Land held at a moderate
          rent will go with the Property.
          The Inn being the only one in the Parish, and situated on
          the main thoroughfare between Turriff and New Maud, on
          the route of a Daily Coach, ought to be inquired after.
              For Further particulars, apply to ALEXANDER GEORGE,
          Solicitor,Macduff,who will exhibit the Titles and Articles
          of Sale.
                                            A. HENDERSON,Auctioneer.
          Macduff,20th December, 1886

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sepia Saturday~ Innkeeper At Cuminestown

James Imlah Sr.
James Imlah was the son of James Imlay and Jean Milne, James was born at Meikle Ardo Methlick in 1791 and baptised on Thursday the 8th of September. The Entry in the Methlick register reads:
Sept 8th
James Imlay in Meikle Ardo had a child
baptized and named James before there
Witnesses Alexander Imlay and Alexander
Marr both in Meikle Ardo.

James grew up to become the innkeeper at Cuminestown, Monquhitter and on a Monday in 1837 he married Catherine George, the entry in the Monquhitter register reads:

Upon the third day of July eighteen hundred and
thirty seven years James Imlah and Catherine George
both in Cuminestown in this Parish were Married.

James and Catherine had 6 children ( James had three other children before his marriage to Catherine, the three children were born to different women, and James did not marry any of them. The Children were raised by their mothers.)
  1. Catherine George
    Sarah, born Sunday 17th of December 1837
  2. James, born Sunday 17th March 1839
  3. Catherine, born Friday 24th July 1840
  4. Peter Grant, born Saturday 2nd July 1842
  5. Helen, born Friday 26th July 1844
  6. Janet Milne, born Tuesday 24th August 1847
The 1841 Census shows the family at the inn,Cuminestown. James is described as a "Publican" (publican is a keeper of a tavern, public house, or similar facility) The household consists of his wife, Catherine and their children: Sarah, James, Catherine and two Servants, Eliza Hepburn and Isobel Young, Also present in the home is Catherine's mother Sarah. In 1871 the Census for Village St. No. 1 still shows James as the innkeeper, the building has 5 rooms with a window, His wife Catherine and their children James, who is described as a "Horse Hirer etc" and Catherine and Janet Milne, both work at home, also James Garvock aged 16, a servant.
James Imlah died at Cuminestown on Wednesday 25 th of December 1878 at the age of 87, the cause of death is listed as Senile decay. The was death was registered by his son James, who described him as an innkeeper and Feuar. The 1881 Census refers to the inn as hotel now, and Catherine George is described as an innkeeper, James Jr. is the innkeepers Assistant, daughters Catherine and Helen both are Waiters, they have a visitor at this time, Barbara George ( perhaps a relative of Catherine) who is a widow and described as a housekeeper, she was a native of Turriff. Catherine George died on Monday 4th of July 1881 at the age of 71. After Catherine's death, her son James Jr. continued to run the inn until his death in 1886, His Sisters Catherine and Helen almost certainly continued to live at the inn and help run the business and keep house for their brother.

The contributor of this photos is Greg Stringham
 The Imlah Family Grave at Cuminestown is marked by a stone with the following Inscription:
Catherine Imlah
In Memory of Her Husband
James Imlah Cuminestown
Died 25th Dec 1878 Aged 87 Years.
Also her mother
Sarah George
Died 26 Dec 1851 Aged 93 Years
The above named
Catherine Imlah
Died 4th July 1884, aged 80 Years.
Also their son James died 11th
October 1886, Aged 47 years.
  Also their Daughter Catherine
Died 21st April 1890 aged 49 Years
Also Their Daughter Helen
Waterside Gight Methlick
Died 29th August 1934 Aged 90 Years.

** James Imlah 2nd Cousin 5X removed

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Surname Saturday~Hunter

The Origin Of The Surname Hunter
The name Hunter is an occupational surname relating to an early ancestor who hunted. In Scotland the name has its origins in those who were appointed as officers of the royal hunt.

Sebastian Hunter:
5th Great Grandfather

  • Birth
  •  May 21, 1752
  • Methlick, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • William Hunter in Meikle Methlick had a son baptized named Sebastian before these witnesses, Sebastian Davidson in Meikle Methlick and John Hunter in Tarves Parish
  • Marriage
  •  to Jean Beaton August 29 1782 (age 30 )
  • Methlick Aberdeenshire Scotland
  • Sebastian Hunter and Jean Beaton both of this parish signified their purpose of marriage & C and were Married August 29.
  • Death
  • June 26 1825 Age: 73
  • Methlick, Aberdeenshire :
  • Methlick Kirkyard Stone # 59
  • To the memory of Sebastian Hunter late fewar ( sic) in New Deer d. 26 Jun 1825 aged 73. His daughter Barbara d. 10 Oct 1815 in 28th year. This humble tribute of respect is erected by his widow Jane Beaton d. 26 Nov 1843 aged 86.
 Children of Sebastian Hunter and Jean Beaton

Isabella Hunter  1783 – 1865 ~ 4th Great Grandmother
Barbara Hunter  1785 – 1815
Helen Hunter  1788 – 1870
Sebastian Hunter  1791 -

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sundays Obituary~ John Imlah Esq.

The following appeared on page 35, Column 2 of " The Aberdeen Herald and General Advertiser for the Counties of Aberdeen, Banff, and Kincardine" on Saturday 28th of February 1846:
At Hammersmith, the residence of his brother, near this town, on the 9th January, deeply lamented by his relatives and friends, sincerely regretted by a numerous circle of acquaintances, JOHN IMLAH Esq., a man of unaffected manners and great singleness of heart, who to a lively imagination and versatile talent, possessed a ready store of general knowledge of works of modern literature, which rendered his society very acceptable to those whose congeniality of mind had led them to similar pursuits. Mr. Imlah was the author of a collection of lyrical poems, chiefly Scottish, of considerable merit, and several productions of a higher order not yet collated for publication. He died in Christian hope and resignation, and, we trust, in an odour of mind like that which dictated, in one of his sacred poems, the following line: -
 " O,dark would be this of tears- more dark the vale of Death,had we no hope, through God-ward thoughts- no saving trust through faith. Where tear shall never dim the eye, nor sob disturb the heart,Where meet the holy and the just- and never more to part."
~Cornwall Chronicle , Jamaica.

In column 3 of the same page the following appeared:

The Death of this gentleman, which it is our painful
duty to record to-day, will, we are sure, be matter of
deep and lasting regret to many of our readers. Mr.
Imlah, while alive, was perhaps better known and more
generally like than any other person in the same sphere
of life. During a long residence for the better half of
each year in London, he had formed a wide and intimate
acquaintanceship, and his periodical visits to the north
of Scotland had secured for him an attached circle of
friends, in almost every town an district, from the Tay
to the Pentland Frith. His lively and social disposition
based on intelligence, uprightness, a sense of honour,
and real goodness of heart, made him a general favourite
with all classes.
Mr. Imlah possessed a great deal of nationality -Nationality
of the right kind; not the ignorant assumption of undue
superiority, but a rational apprehension of the real
excellencies of the character and position of his native
land. In  England, he was ever foremost to defend Scotland
and Scottish habits from prejudiced assailants; while,
in Scotland, on the other hand, he was equally ready to
point out our shortcomings, and wherein we might
advantageously take a lesson from our Southern neighbors.
To all the metropolitan associations established for the benefit
of his poorer countrymen, he was, according to his means, a
liberal contributor, and, in his private capacity, he was never
found wanting when the claims of the needy, unfortunate, or
the meritorious were urged. to such recommendations (sic) it
might seem trifling to add that he bestowed much time,trouble,
and expense in making his friends at home when they visited
London, were it not that it affords additional proof of the 
kindness of his disposition.
Mr Imlah has been cut off prematurely in the vigour of life,
while performing a duty of affection which he had long
looked forward to with pleasurable anticipations. Two brothers-
the one resident in Nova Scotia, the other in the West Indies-
had been separated from him for a period of thirty years. At length
an opportunity occurred of meeting them together at Halifax. After
a joyful, and ( to him) complimentary parting in London, he
set sail, and had a delightful meeting with his relations. He
spent some time in Novia Scotia, and then accompanied one
of his brothers and a nephew to Jamaica, where he was seized
with the fatal disease of the island, and cut off in twelve days.
Among his last requests was to be remembered kindly to his friends
in his country, by whom we are certain he will not soon be forgotten.

John Imlah  my 1st Cousin 5X removed.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Mystery Monday~The Mystery of James Watson Solved

Before I explain the solved mystery I need to do a little updating for everyone. On  September 24 I received an email from a cousin in Scotland who had discovered my blog some months ago and had made several attempts to get in touch with me, but apparently my Internet provider had blocked his emails and I never received those first letters, I'm so grateful he didn't give up and gave it another try. Graham has spent over 30 years researching and documenting our family and his knowledge and work are truly amazing. Since his letter we have been sharing and exchanging information. I can never say Thank you enough Graham for your kindness and sharing all of this with me.

 OK so now to the Solved mystery! Back on January 24th of this year I posted about who I thought may have been  the father of my Great Grandmother, Mary Isabella Watson. Thanks to Graham who sent me the information below from the Kirk Session minutes of 1866 I now have the evidence that backs up my findings.

New Deer Kirk Session Minutes (CH2/1119/5) 1st April 1866
Imlay & Watson: Compeared Mary Imlay daughter of Peter Imlay
Ironside admitted to having given Birth to an illegitimate child about
two months ago & of which she accused as the father thereof James Watson
son of William Watson Ironside who compeared at same time said Watson &
admitted himself the Father of Imlay's child.After a rebuke & admonition they were
dismissed for the present. 

 4th November 1866
Imlay & Watson: Compeared Mary Imlay  3 appearances craving to be restored to Church
privileges to which the Session agreed when the Moderator in their name absolved her from
Censure & restored her privileges of the Church.

Since James Watson had passed away on July 4th of 1866, he did not appear with Mary Imlay before the Kirk Session on the 4th of November 1866.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sepia Saturday~ Waiting for the Governor

Alan's Prompt for Sepia Saturday 91 is a photo entitled "President Wilson on a speaking Tour" The photo shows President Woodrow Wilson Speaking  to a couple from a train in 1919. Staying on Theme this week I offer a photo from 1914 of the town folk of Ephraim gathered together at the old train Station waiting to welcome the Governor of the state. The train station no longer stands but the home in the back ground built by pioneers in the 1880's still remains. The little house has seen some changes over the last 130 years but still holds much of its original old charm, it also just happens to be where my hubby and I have called home for over a decade.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wedding Wednesday~ December 09, 1871

1871 On the ninth day of December at Cairnballoch in the Parish of Alford after Banns according to the Forms of the Established Church of Scotland

 Granite mason (Journeyman)
age 25
Federate in the Parish of New Deer


Mary Nicol 
Domestic Servant
 ( Single)
age 20
Cairnballoch in the Parish of Alford

** William Imlah 2 Great Uncle

Monday, August 01, 2011

Military Monday~Aberdeenshire Rifle Volunteer's

"Presented by Captain Hutcheon 13th  A.R.V to Private James Smith for efficiency at drill and shooting 1879~"
The Aberdeenshire Rifle Volunteers  
A.R.V. Medal awarded to my Great Grandfather
The Volunteer Force was the United Kingdom’s original Territorial Army. The Volunteers were active in two periods: during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1794 to 1816, and from 1859 onwards. The first Volunteers 1794, during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars . Corps were formed in various towns and the rural districts of Aberdeenshire and Banffshire while the British army was fighting abroad. In 1798 the Volunteers were reorganized, with 33 companies in Aberdeenshire and 20 companies in Banffshire. The Volunteer companies were dissolved in 1802. In 1859, facing fears of a European war while most of the British Army was serving in India, the Volunteer Force started up again and rifle units were established in many parts of Aberdeenshire and Banffshire, with artillery units in coastal towns. Regular shooting competitions kept up the standard of marksmanship. Source: Aberdeenshire Council

Inscription on Back of Medal

The 13th Regiment of the Aberdeenshire Rifle Volunteers existed as such and were based at Turriff between 1861 and 1880 at which time the name changed to D Company of the 2nd Aberdeenshire Rifle Volunteers. I was informed by one of the research volunteers at the Gordon Highlanders Museum that  the records for these units did not survive. If you are interested in learning more about the Aberdeen Rifle Volunteers see  Google books The History Of The Aberdeen Volunteers

** James F Smith My Great Grandfather

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sepia Saturday~ 1948

The Car of Dad's Dreams
Dad  in Detroit on his Honeymoon 1948

Back to reality      

In Toronto Canada

He never did buy his dream car
But he did marry the girl of his dreams.

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On this Day~July 30


Today is our baby sister's 29 30  40 something  Birthday! We want her to know how much she is loved, admired and adored by her older  big   Wise sisters. We hope your day is filled with much joy and love. We love you!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday~ John and Margaret Imlah

John Imlah  &   Margaret Watt
1840-1917         ~          1843-1917

** John Imlah 2 Great Uncle

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday~Catherine Muriel Imlah

Rosedale Cemetery
Manchester, Massachusetts

 1878      Fred E. Phillips       1950
His Wife
1884    *Catherine Imlah     1974
1905      John F. Their Son   1980
           1911      Helena His Wife                         
1938      John C. Shell II       1974

*Catherine Muriel Imlah my first cousin 3X' removed
Daughter of Robert Imlah and Catherine Rettie.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sepia Saturday~The Summer of 1936

 A summer's day in 1936 spent on the River some where in Toronto Canada, Three brothers enjoy a day of fishing and Clowning around. L to R: James age 10, Harry 24 and Edward 22.
   Uncle Jim soaking up sun and the  attention of 2 unknown females.
I wonder what my Uncles talked about as they stood on the banks of the river casting their lines into the water, would they have said more or done things differently that day if they would have known before the end of Summer one of them would no longer be with us?                                             
Uncle Harry with the catch of the Day.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Funeral Card Friday~ Mary Imlah

In Loving Memory
The dearly beloved wife of CUMMIN SMITH,
Who Died
At Millbrae, Feddrate, New Deer
On the 11th day of October, 1904
Aged 60 Years.
Our Father in His Mercy called
The boon His love had given,
And though in the Earth the body lies
The Soul is still in heaven.

On a cold and damp fall morning at 3 A.M  in the Parish of New Deer,  Mary Imlah Smith, my Maternal  2nd Great Grandmother passed away having lost her year long battle with an abdominal Tumor. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday~1878 Needlework Sampler

A Needlework sampler made in 1878 by my Great Grandmother Mary Bella Watson age 11 in New Deer, Aberdeen Scotland.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Talented Tuesday ~ Untited States Patent # 480,585

My Great Uncle James Imlah  of     Barre Vermont was a Granite Cutter by day, but was he also and inventor and dreamer  by night?           
  While doing a Google search on my Imlah line I came across a patent for a Unicycle filed in Barre Vermont in 1892 and an Article from Scientific American published in 1893 about a James Imlah and his "Unique Unicycle". Could This James Imlah be my relative?  
Here is what I know about my Great Uncle.  
 James Imlah arrived in the United States from Aberdeen Scotland in 1882 and lived in Barre Vermont until his death in 1919. I searched the city directory for 1890-1891 and the only James Imlah listed is my Uncle. I could not locate a directory for 1892-1894, but in the 1895 Directory my  uncle is still the only James Imlah listed in Barre Vermont. The  Vermont Census records  for 1900 (1890 Census records are not available ) list 2 James Imlah's one being my uncle the other his son age 5. Until the time of his Death in 1919  my Uncle and his son are the only 2 James Imlah's listed in the city directories or on census records. There are two witnesses on the bottom of page two; George Patterson and William Moir. According to the 1890-1891 City directory, George Patterson was employed by C.W. McMillian, Charles Wallace McMillian (C.W.) is the Brother in law of my uncle James, William Moir was Employed with McLeod and Simpson a granite Company in Barre. Given the fact that there are no other James Imlah's listed for Barre Vermont during the years my Uncle lived there I feel pretty sure that  it was my Great Uncle who filed on February 26th 1892  for a Patent with the United States Patent Office for his New and  Improved Unicycle having a wheel which could be easily steered and propelled and designed to enable a rider to attain a high rate of speed.

April 29 1893 Article from Scientific American

Monday, July 11, 2011

Amanuensis Monday~Last Will and Testament of James Imlah

Amanuensis Monday – An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.

 Testament of James Imlay 1842

At Aberdeen the first day of November in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty two in presence of Andrew Munay Esquire Advocate Commissary of the Commissariat of Aberdeen compeared John Dugurd Milne advocate in Aberdeen as Procurator and gave in the testament under written executed by the after designed now deceased James Imlay and craved that the same might(along with an inventory of the personal estate of the said deceased) be insert and registered in the Commissary Court books of Aberdeen in terms of the acts

of Parliament 44 Geo III Cap 98 and 48 Geo III Cap 149 which request the Commissary foresaid finding reasonable ordained the same to be done accordingly and of which testament the tenor follows I James Imlay residing at Woodhead of the Cairness Lonmay considering the propriety of setting my affairs do appoint Mr. John Dugurd Milne  advocate in Aberdeen and John Imlay my brother to be my executors with the usual powers and they shall first pay all my accounts doctors bills and deathbed and funeral expenses and secondly I leave and bequeath the following legacies: To Helen Imlay fifty pounds (the said Helen Imlay  being my sister) to my sister Elizabeth Imlay 10 pounds to my father John Imlay five pounds to my brother John Imlay five pounds to my brother Peter five pounds to my brother Alexander five pounds. To my brother John’s son one pound to brother  Peter’s son one pound to my sister Elizabeth’s daughter Elizabeth Paterson

one pound to Cecilia Esson housekeeper at Woodhead one pound my body clothes to be equally divided between my three brothers except a Coat and trousers to James Milne who waits on the Cattle at Woodhead My watch at present at the watchmakers to be given to my sister Helen and the residue of my estate to be taken charge of by my said brother John for my fathers behalf. My father to receive the interest of it during his lifetime and at his death it to fall to my said brother John and this I declare my last Will and Testament in Witness there of these presents written by John Dugurd Milne Jun. Written in Aberdeen are subscribed by me at Woodhead this twelfth day of April one thousand eight hundred and forty two before witnesses James Mackie farm servant at Woodhead and the said John Dugurd Milne Junior at the special desire of the said James Imlay he being unable from weakness to sign his name he having first touched

my pen I the Rev Alexander Boyd Min of Crimond in the absence of the minister of Lonmay sign for him (signed) Alex Boyd   John D Milne Jun Witness James Mackie Witness extracted on these four pages be me Commissary Clerk of Aberdeenshire

* Comments: James Imlah was the son of my 4X Great Grandparents, John Imlah and Helen Reid and older brother of my 3X great grandfather Peter Imlah. He was born the 26th of December in 1808 in Blackhillock and died on the 15th of April 1842, he is buried in Methlick Kirkyard. James never married and his cause of death I have not been able to find mention of it on any records. You will note in the Will the last name is "Imlay" this misspelling is common and  often the case when some else was writing the name. 

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Sepia Saturday~Annie Smith

Annie Smith
This is a photo of my Great Grand Aunt Annie Smith , the youngest of  seven children born to John Smith and Ann Morrison on the 7th of August 1868 in Aberdour, Abderdeenshire Scotland. She married George McGhie  in 1887, at the time of their marriage George was a Ploughman and later he would become a Police Constable. They had two sons, George John McGhie Born in 1888 and Charles William Bruce McGhie born in 1889. 

Annie Smith
Circa 1893
At the age of 25 Annie became a widow when her husband died from influenza, The photo above I believe is a mourning photo of her taken in 1893 as the dress she is wearing appears to be Crape. In 1900 Annie was a shopkeeper in Wishaw and residing in the Coogan Building in Berryhill where she meet and Married William Morrison an Iron Worker on the 28th of September 1900. Sometime after 1913 Annie and William left Scotland to make their in home Canada, according to her brother James(my Great Grandfather) Obituray in 1943 Annie was living in Welland Ontario. This is all I know about my Great Aunt ,if there are any Cousins out there who have more information to share I would love to hear from you.

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