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 LATE JOHN IMLAH, ESQ.
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.