Sepia Saturday~ Mystery Piper

Saturday, March 26, 2011



The photo above is from an album that belonged to my Great Grandmother, Mary Bella Watson. Most of the photos are of her mothers side of the family the "Imlah's". Other than the last name  Imlah has been written on the back of the photo I have no clue as to which family member it is or the year it was taken. I did a quick search on Google to see if I could find any information on the photographer I thought perhaps finding the years he was in business might help me determine the year of the photo, but so far I have not found any history for him. I did zoom in on the photo and have verified with the Gordon Highlander Museum that the Emblem on the pipers Sporran is that of a Gordon Highlander.





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Fearless Females~ Timeline for Alice Cocklin

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March 23 — Create a timeline for a female ancestor using your favorite software program or an online timeline generator such as Our Timelines or Time Toast

Alice Margaret Cocklin

Timeline for my Maternal Grandmother

 

Timeline created using Family Tree Maker 2011  

  
Lisa Alzo,  has brought back a 31-day series of blogging themes called Fearless Females, in honor of celebrating March as W omen's History Month. To read more about this series visit Lisa's blog the Accidental Genealogist.

Military Monday~George Duncan of The Gordon Highlanders

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Following information is taken from a letter sent to the Niece of George Smith Duncan  from the Gordon Highlanders Museum regarding his service in WWI.


George Smith Duncan
George Smith Duncan Enlisted in March of 1912 with the Gordon Highlanders for a term of 12 years of which 7 years were to be spent with the colours and 5 years with the reserves. He carried out his basic training at Castlehill Barracks in Aberdeen, and then posted to the 1st battalion then stationed at Colchester in Essex, soon to move to Plymouth Devon.
  Mobilisation was declared the day before war was declared on the 5th of August 1914 and the battalion of 1017 (all ranks) landed at Boulogne, France on the 14th of August. A week later George would have taken part in the Battle of Mons on the 23rd of August during which the Gordon Highlanders suffered light Casualties and retired in good order before the numerically superior German Army. The retreat continued over the next two days closely followed be the Germans until the British forces in danger of being overwhelmed stood and fought at Le Cateau, and although suffering heavy losses, caused the Germans to pause sufficiently to enable the retreat to continue.

 Unfortunately, the 1st Battalion did not receive the order to retire on the 26th and after further fighting and being surrounded by the German forces, the bulk of the battalion went into captivity in the early hours of the 27th of August 1914.  George along with the rest of his comrades would have been taken through Belgium and into Prisoner of War camps in Germany, probably in the north west of the country. In absence of other information, it is likely that he had been wounded at La Cateau though not sufficiently to be repatriated to the UK in exchange for similarly badly wounded German solders who had been captured by the British. Perhaps he initially recovered from his wound but is health had subsequently deteriorated during his long spell in captivity during which he would have been exposed to considerable privations and increasingly short food rations as the war went on, culminating in his death almost three years to the day since his capture.

George Duncan is my 1st cousin twice removed. He was the son of James Duncan and Mary Murray Smith, born on the 7th of May 1893 in Lanarkshire Scotland.

Fearless Females ~ Elusive or Brickwall Ancestor

Sunday, March 20, 2011

March 20 ~ Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information


I have many females ancestors on my list of "Brick Walls" but the one that I know the least amount of information about and have spent the most years searching for (44years) is my Paternal Grandmother, Ethel Stevens. The reason for the lack of knowledge is my dad is adopted and his birth records are sealed. Up until last year I didn't even know her name but after an amazing find on Ancestry.com I at last had that. So what do I know about Ethel Stevens so far?

 I Know: 
1.She was born in England, the only Non-Identifying Information I was able to obtain.
 2. She lived in Canada in 1927, most likely Manitoba since this is where my dad was born.

 Possible Sources :
1. Ancestry.com: I continue to search all Family tree's with the Name of Ethel Stevens, being born in  England or Canada  from around 1890 to 1910.
2. I still continue to write the Canadian Government  for more information: My last letter was sent  on Feb. 02 2011, I hope to hear back soon.
For now these are the only  2 resources I can think of, I would love to hear from others  who may have some ideas on where to go next in this search.

Lisa Alzo,  has brought back a 31-day series of blogging themes called Fearless Females, in honor of celebrating March as Women's History Month. To read more about this series visit Lisa's blog the Accidental Genealogist

Sepia Saturday~ Elizabeth Imlah

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Elizabeth Ann Imlah and Alexander Findlay
Elizabeth Ann Imlah 
 1st Cousin 3x's removed.

Born to William Imlah and Mary Nicol in Aberdeenshire Scotland July 27, 1871, She married Alexander Findlay November 23, 1888 and gave birth to 2 daughters, Elizabeth Ann  born 1889 and Alice Mary born 1890. Unfortunately Elizabeth did not get the chance to see her children grow up, she was diagnosed with  acute Phthisic (tuberculosis) and on October 13, 1891 at the age of 20 she passed away.



 


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One Lovely Blog Award


Thank you to Nancy from  My Ancestors and Me,  Yvonne from The Mashburn Collection  and Margel from  2338 W Washington Blvd  and Leslie Ann from Lost Family Treasures  for honoring my blog with the One Lovely Blog Award. I'm honored and touched to receive this award 4 times.
             
             Here are the rules for accepting the award:
  • Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and their blog link.
  • Pass the award on to 15 other blogs that you've newly discovered.
  • Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
 It took me longer then I would have liked to come up with the blogs listed below, and I apologize to the 4 wonderful people who awarded me the award, but with work and life being what they are It didn't seem to leave me with  any time left to search for 15 New Blogs, so I have posted 6 that are new to me and deserving of this award. I will post others as I find them :)

Funeral Card Friday~ George McGhie

Friday, March 18, 2011


George McGhie was the husband of my Great Grand Aunt Annie Smith. George was a Police Constable in Blantyre and on November 25 1893 he died while at work. According to his death record he had been ill for 21 days with influenza.

Sepia Saturday~James Imlah of Barre Vermont

Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Great Great Uncle James Imlah
Source: Photo from the  Album of Ron Alexander and Nancy Alexander 

James Imlah was born on January 23,1855 to Peter Imlah and Mary Wilson in Aberdeenshire Scotland. He was the third youngest in a family of 7 brothers and 2 sisters. In 1889 James left Scotland and sailed for America on the Aurania,
Source: :Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont
As the reputation of Barre granite grew, natives of Arberdeenshire, Scotland, began emigrating to Barre, seeking employment in the neophytic granite industry. Small numbers of Scots came to Barre in the 1880's; however, they began coming in greater number in the 1890's. Shortly after the turn-of-the-century, Scots comprised about 20% of Barre's  population.

James worked as a Granite cutter  for his Nephew John Imlah who owned "Imlah & Co." located in Barre Vermont. James older brother Robert, father of John would also join him in Vermont and work at the Company as a granite polisher.

James died on September 17, 1919  at the age of 64 from Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
Source: Vermont Death Records,State Archives and Records



 


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Fearless Females Blog ~ Nana's Butter Tarts

Monday, March 07, 2011

Fearless Females ~ Favorite Recipe
 Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

Nana was a wonderful cook ( I did not inherit this talent ) but of all the foods she made my favorite was her Butter Tarts. I have tried making these twice and can never get them to melt in your mouth like Nana's did.
BUTTER TART'S
Pastry
2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons cold water
Filing
4 cups brown sugar
8 tablespoons Butter
4 eggs
4 teaspoons Vanilla
1/3 Cup Beehive Syrup ( for those in the States Karo's Dark corn syrup)
2 cups Raisins
1 cup Chopped walnuts
Pastry
Blend the shortening and the flour with a pastry cutter until you've created a uniform mixture that is crumbly and about the size of frozen peas.

In a separate bowl, mix 1 egg, 1 tbsp white vinegar and 2 tbsp cold water. Add to shortening and flour mixture.

Mix all ingredients together, but only until just mixed. Wrap in cellophane and place in freezer for 10-15 mins. Roll out dough onto floured surface  Using either a cookie cutter or jar lid, cut out circles from the dough. Press dough circles into a muffin pan.

Filling
In another bowl, mix well corn syrup, brown sugar, melted butter and egg. Add vanilla and stir in raisins and walnuts Spoon filling into pastry shell to just below the rim.

Bake at 400 for about 10 mins until golden brown.


Lisa Alzo,  has brought back a 31-day series of blogging themes called Fearless Females, in honor of celebrating March as Women's History Month. To read more about this series visit Lisa's blog the Accidental Genealogist

Fearless Females ~ How They Met

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Doreen Mary Smith and Ronald Hirst (Sivinski)
My Parents met on a blind date in the mid 1940's. My dad's best friend, Johnny Horne wanted to go out with a girl named Shirley Coulter, but Shirley would not go out with him unless he brought a date for her best friend Doreen. Johnny asked my dad if he would go but dad had to work that evening and fearing he would be set up with someone he was not attracted too came up with a plan. He would wait across the street for the two girls to get off the bus and then he would decide if he was going on the date or going to work. The bus pulled up, Shirley and Doreen stepped off the bus.....and well the rest is history. My parents would marry in the year of 1948 and not long after Johnny and Shirley would marry as well.


Lisa Alzo,  has brought back a 31-day series of blogging themes called Fearless Females, in honor of celebrating March as Women's History Month. To read more about this series visit Lisa's blog the Accidental Genealogist

Fearless Females~ Saint Paul's and the Marriage of Alice Allen

Friday, March 04, 2011

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.


Saint Paul's
 


My Great Grandmother Alice Mary Allen was 19 when she married Daniel Cocklin age 24  (spelling of his last name is incorrect on marriage record) on the 25th of December 1904 in Saint Paul's Church in the parish of Shadwell. Saint Paul's is known as the Church of the sea Captains and situated within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets located on the north bank of the Thames.


1904 Marriage Record


Lisa Alzo,  has brought back a 31-day series of blogging themes called Fearless Females, in honor of celebrating March as Women's History Month. To read more about this series visit Lisa's blog the Accidental Genealogist

Fearless Females ~ Mary Isabella

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

 March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?


She was Born Mary Isabella Imlah the illegitimate daughter of a domestic servant in Aberdeen Scotland in1866. By the 1871 census she would be known as Mary Bella Watson and living with her grandparents Peter and Mary Imlah.  Mary Bella as she is known to her family is my Great Grandmother and what I love about this photo that was taken probably around the 1880's is the look in her eyes and her pose, to me she has a look of determination and Strength thats says "I Am A fearless Female".


Lisa Alzo,  has brought back a 31-day series of blogging themes called Fearless Females, in honor of celebrating March as Women's History Month. To read more about this series visit Lisa's blog the Accidental Genealogist

Fearless Females ~ Favorite Female Ancestor

Tuesday, March 01, 2011



March 1 — Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check~

 
One of the goals I had set for myself this year was to fill in the missing blanks for my Great Grandmother, Alice Mary Allen.  As you can see I have no photo of her to post, I don't know what color her hair or eyes were if she was tall or short or even when she was born, other than ABT. 1885 in England. I do know when and how she died as I  have a copy of her death certificate dated the 23rd of December 1928 as well as her marriage license.  

 
I 'm sending for what I hope is her record of birth (Alice Mary Allen seems to be a popular name for that time) and trying to locate family who may have photos and stories to share with me. I hope by the end of 2011 I not only have a photo to share of my great Grandmother but a story of who she was to go with it.


Lisa Alzo,  has brought back a 31-day series of blogging themes called Fearless Females, in honor of celebrating March as Women's History Month. To read more about this series visit Lisa's blog the Accidental Genealogist
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