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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