Monday, October 17, 2011
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.