Sunday, December 09, 2012

Church Record Sunday~ August 04, 1905

The Baptism Record on the left belongs to Daniel Charles Cocklin my Great Uncle. I was surprised when I discovered the record as I don't remember ever hearing my Nana ( my Maternal Grandmother) talk of having an older brother, perhaps she didn't have many memories of him since he passed away in 1911 when she was only 4 years old or maybe I didn't ask enough questions when Nana was living that would of prompted her to share.
 Daniel was the first child born to my Great Grandparents, Daniel Cocklin and Alice Mary Allen, he was born on the 18th of March 1905 and Baptised on the 4th of August at St. John the Evangelist, at the time of his baptism the family was living at 40 Samuel St, my Great Grandfathers Occupation at the time was General Labourer, the Baptism was performed by W.J. Thorburn.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Amanuensis Monday~John Imlah Last Will And Testament

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

PRESENTED BY David Troup, Solicitor in Peterhead.

I, John Imlah, retired crofter, Weetingshill, New Deer, in order to regulate the settlement of my affairs in the event of my death, Do hereby appoint Mr Alexander Horne, Clothier, New Deer, and Mr Peter Crighton, Bank Agent, New Deer, or the survivor or     survivors of them to be my Executors and Trustees, and I hereby give, assign & dispone to them or the survivor of them my whole heritable & moveable estate, wheresoever situated, but that for the following purposes:- First, for payment of my just & lawful debts, sickbed & Funeral expenses & the expenses connected with the winding up of my affairs; Second for payment to the aforesaid Alexander Horne of the sum of Five pounds Stg and to the aforesaid Peter Crighton of the sum of Ten pounds Stg. Third for payment to my brother Alexander Imlah, of the sum of Fifty pounds Stg. But I direct that my Trustees & Executors shall pay this legacy only in the event of the said Alexander Imlah having paid before my will comes into effect, that is, before my death, the interest accrued on the loans amounting to One hundred & seventy pounds Stg which he has from me, and on which the interest is meantime considerably in arrears, Fourth for payment to the managers of the Congregational Church, New Deer for the funds of the congregation, the sum of Twenty pounds Stg. Fifth for the erection of a suitable tombstone on my grave in New Deer Cemetry (sic) the sum of Thirty pounds  Stg. Sixth I leave the whole residue of my estate, after deduction of the aforesaid debts expenses & legacies, to my wife Margaret/Margaret Watt or Imlah, in liferent. Seventh after my wife’s death I ordain & instruct my Executors & Trustees to pay the whole residue of my estate in equal portions among the following (that is one ninth part to each) my brother James Imlah   No. 1 Long Street, Barre Vermont, my natural son William Imlah, my natural daughters Barbara Imlah, Annie Imlah or Rankine (sic),  Jessie Imlah, Helen Georgina Imlah, my brother in law Cumming Smith, 188 Gerrard Street, Aberdeen, my sister Isabella Imlah or Kindness, and my sister in law Mrs Shirran or Imlah

:- IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have signed these presents at Weetingshills (sic),  New Deer this Nineteenth day of April Nineteen hundred and seventeen years before the following witness (sic), viz; Helen Connon or Kelman, Domestic Servant, Weetingshill, New Deer and Albert Taylor, Postboy, 87 Main Street, New Deer.
 (Signed) John Imlah
Helen Kelman Witness Albert Taylor Witness.

**John Imlah my GG Uncle, the son of Peter Imlah and Mary Wilson.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Church Record Sunday~ October 1790

The Baptism Record above belongs to my Great Great Great Grandfather, James Smith, the first born Child to Alexander Smith and Mary McDonald.  James was born and Baptised according to the record on the 11th Day of October 1790, in the Parish of Keith.

The record reads as follows:

"James lawful son to Al. Smith and Mary McDonald in the Brae of Glen Garrick was born
and baptized this day. Witnesses James and Agnes Longmoor at Brae and Mary Adamston
at Crosburn".

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Timeline For John Imlah~

John Imlah and Margaret Watt
Peter Imlah and Mary Wilson’s son, John, was born in the parish of Methlick in October 1840 and baptised there on Sunday 25th October. The family was probably living at Petty, Fyvie, at the time, and Mary may have gone to her parents’ home to have her first child.
The entry in the Methlick register reads:
25th Octr
Peter Imlah in the parish of Fyvie had a child  baptized & named John before Witnesses William Mason in Chapelton & George Wilson in Braclay
The 1841 census shows John, aged eight months, living with his parents at Petty, Fyvie.
The 1851 census shows John with his parents at Whitebog of Culsh, New Deer. He is at school.
The 1861 census shows John at the farm of Little Millbrex, Fyvie, working as a ploughman for his cousin, James Imlay.

The 1871 census shows John working as a farm servant at Wester Greenskares, Gamrie.  On Tuesday 16th May that year he had twins, Barbara and William, born at Backhill of Clenterty. Their mother was Barbara Donaldson, a crofter’s daughter. John and Barbara appeared before the Gamrie kirk session on Sunday 7th May and were admonished. They appeared again on Sunday 4th June. Both were admonished again and John was dismissed from church discipline as it was his ‘first lapse in fornication’. As this was Barbara’s second child, she was dismissed under censure and ordered to appear again on the first Sunday of July. However, nothing further appears in the minutes.

 On Monday 5th July 1875  he had a daughter, Ann, born at Overbrae, New Byth. Her mother was Margaret Bain, a domestic servant. Margaret later married William Inglis, a general labourer.
On Thursday 29th June 1876 John had another daughter, Jessie, born at 33 High Street, New Pitsligo, Tyrie. Her mother was Jessie Milne, a domestic servant. When he signed the birth certificate John gave his address as Millbrae, New Deer. Jessie Milne later married Alexander Milne, a crofter.

On Saturday 5th August 1876 John had yet another daughter, Helen Georgina, born at Hill of Cook, New Byth. Her mother was Jane Bowie, a domestic servant. John again gave his address as Millbrae of Ironside, New Deer.
On Tuesday 4th January 1881 John had a daughter, Lizzie Jane, born at West Mosstown, Lonmay. Her mother was Helen Mackie, a domestic servant. This time John’s name did not appear on the birth certificate. On Saturday 4th December 1880 Helen, of Dartfield, Lonmay, had appeared before the New Deer kirk session and accused John Imlah, late of ‘Blairmaud’ (perhaps Blairmormond, Lonmay), now at Uppertown, Invernettie, Peterhead, of being the father. John was cited to attend the session on Tuesday 29th March, but did not turn up. Helen brought a letter from him which seemed to deny guilt. On Sunday 2nd October Helen brought a letter from John admitting paternity and on Saturday 10th December, “after suitable admonition she was restored to Church privileges”. At no time did John appear before the session.

When his father died, John took on the croft at Millbrae of Ironside. The 1885-1886 valuation roll shows him as  tenant of the croft and house and also as tenant of another house there occupied by his sister Isabella and her husband, Alexander Kindness. The annual rent is £6. The landlord was James Dingwall Fordyce of Culsh, tutor-at-law of Alexander Dingwall Fordyce.

The 1891 census shows John Imlah as a crofter at Bridgefoot of Ironside, New Deer. The house has three rooms with a window. The rest of the household consists of his mother, Mary Wilson, who is described as an annuitant, and Maggie Smith, aged 17, a general domestic servant. Maggie Smith was John’s niece, the daughter of Cummin Smith and Mary Imlah.
The 1895-1896 valuation roll shows John as tenant of the “Croft and house, Millbrae”, and as tenant of the neighbouring house occupied by his widowed sister, Isabella. The rent is £6 0/6d a year, including the value of £1 for Isabella’s house. The landlord was Alexander Dingwall Fordyce.
The 1901 census shows John at Bridgefoot, Ironside. The house has four rooms with a window. He is described as a crofter and forester’s labourer. The rest of the household consists of his sister, Isabella, who is his housekeeper, and her daughter, Williamina, who is at school.

By 1905 John was renting a croft and house at Weetingshill, New Deer, from Alexander Dingwall Fordyce. The valuation roll for 1905-1906 gives the rent as £8 1/4d.
John Imlah married Margaret Watt at the Congregational manse, New Deer, on Saturday 27th May 1905. The witnesses at the wedding were David Will and Jeannie Rae. Margaret, from Upper Weetingshill, was the daughter of Alexander Watt, farmer, and his wife, Margaret Ironside. Margaret, aged 57, was the widow of James Pyper. This was John's first Marriage, though he had 6 children at the time of this marriage, he never married any of the children's mothers.

The 1911 census shows John ‘Imlay’ at Weetingshill Croft. The house has four rooms with a window. John is described as a crofter. The rest of the household consists of his wife, Margaret, a native of New Deer, and John’s brother-in-law, Cummin Smith, who is described as a general labourer. Cummin is listed as a boarder.
The 1915-1916 valuation roll gives the rent of the croft and house at Weetingshill as £7 1/4d.

Margaret Watt died at Weetingshill on Thursday 31st May 1917, aged 75. The cause of death was chronic nephritis. The death was registered by a friend, P. Crighton, who lived at 1 Main Street, New Deer. He was probably Peter Crighton, the bank agent.
John Imlah died at the Royal Asylum, Aberdeen, on Wednesday 26th December 1917, aged 77. The cause of death was chronic heart disease and bronchitis. The death was registered by William Morrice, the Asylum’s house steward. He described John as a former crofter and gave his usual residence as Weetingshill. He gave his age, wrongly, as 76.
John made a will on 19th April 1917 nominating Alexander Horne, clothier, and Peter Crighton, bank agent, both New Deer, as executors. The value of his estate was £1,045 0/8d.


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday’s Obituary ~Alvin Alexander July 1948

 Young Workman Fatally shocked in T.H.& B. Shop
                  Fail To Revive Alvin Alexander

A 2,200 volt shock electrocuted Alvin Alexander, aged 30, of 230 Macaulay Street East, as he worked on a defective electric motor in a pump house at the T.H. and B. Railway roundhouse yesterday afternoon. First aid and artificial respiration was administered by a newly graduated railway first-aid crew, a fire department crew from Bay Street and a Hydro first aid squad but at 5:45 p.m. he was pronounced dead by the doctors in attendance.
Worked With Father
Robert Alexander,49 Melbourne Street,father of the deceased man and a T.H. and B. employee since 1913, said that his son and he had been working together during the morning. One of the electric motors driving the diesel pumps gave trouble around noon and electricians were called in to inspect it. He believed that his ( bottom line is cut off)

motor and had been shocked by a current in it. Found by J.G. Stonehouse, 87 Carbury Street, the victim was brought to the pump house. He was still breathing, though stertorously, at the time , his father said, then he had turned  blue. Dr. W.E. Glass, railway physician, was called and at first,  Mr. Alexander said, it was believed that his son had suffered a heart attack. However, on inspecting his hands, he found deep burns on them and it was realized that he had been the victim of of a violent electrical shock.
Tribute to the work of the railway, fire department, and Hydro crews was paid by Mr. Alexander, :They worked really hard and did everything possible. They were wonderful" he declared.
Dr. J. Heurner Mullin, Chief coroner, was called at four o'clock and he appointed Dr. Chilvers Gooch as coroner to open the investigation into the accident.
           Served In Navy
Alvin Alexander had worked for the T.H. and B. Railway Company since he was 16. Serving three and one half years in the Royal Canadian Navy, he rose to the rank of Petty Officer and took part in the landing on Normandy. He attended the Earl Kitchener and Westdale Schools before serving his apprenticeship with the railway.
He joined the Navy in Hamilton at H.M.C.S. Star and served three years overseas, part of the time in the destroyer, Kootenay.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alexander;his wife, the former Mary Fiddler, of Hamilton, who was reported yesterday to be holidaying in the Haliburton Highlands; four brothers, Robert,Clarence,Sidney and Cyril; and three sisters, Mrs. John Parker, and Mrs. James Hyslop, both of Ancaster, and Audrey at home.
Mr. Alexander was a member of Trinity United Church, and of Local 1260 of the International Association of Machinists, A.F. of L.
The remains are resting at the Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home for service on Thursday afternoon at 3:30. Interment will ( rest is cut off).
Alvin  James Alexander my 1st Cousin 1x Removed 
Obituary from Unknown Newspaper

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- What is Your Matrilineal Line?

From Randy at Genea-Musings:

* Dear genealogists everywhere, it's *Saturday Night!* Time for some *Genealogy FUN.* Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to: 

1) List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

1). Tracie Sivinski-Hirst (Me) Ontario Canada
      Doreen Mary Smith:  b. Aug 29, 1929 Toronto Canada ~d. Mar 16 1967 Los Angeles        
      Alice Margaret Cocklin: b. Nov 29, 1907 Mile End England~d.Sep 29, 1997 Clear Lake 
      Alice Mary Allen: b. Apr 20,1885 Bromley By Bow England~d. Dec 23,1928 Ontario       
      Mary Ann Christain: b. Dec 20, 1857 Tower Hamlets, England~d. abt 1890 Bromley
      Sarah Fish: b. Nov 11, 1826 Deptford England~d. Unknown England
      Mary Ann Hall: b. Abt. 1794 England~d. Feb 24, 1837 Deptford England

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.
 Not yet, hopefully soon.

3) Post your responses on your own blog post, in Comments to this blog post, or in a Status line on Facebook or in your Stream at Google Plus.


4) If you have done this before, please do your father's matrilineal line, or your grandfather's matrilineal line, or your spouse's matrilineal line.

Will do another time

5) Does this list spur you to find distant cousins that might share one of your matrilineal lines? 

I have found many distant cousins and some not so distant in the last couple of years, and I'm always hoping to find more.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge ~M

 Is For
~ Mary MacKay ~

Mary Mackay was the wife of my 2nd Great Uncle, Alexander Imlah, she was born about 1847 in Sunderland Scotland the daughter of Walter Mackay and Emiline Munro, the 1861 Census shows Walter Mackay  age 70 farmer of 160 Acres in Achnaluncbrach, Mary is listed as age 13 and going to school. In the censuses from 1881 to 1911, Mary gave her birthplace as Rogart, except for in 1891 when she said it was Dornoch.

Mary MacKay
 Mary’s father died at Achnaluachrach, Rogart, Sutherland, on Tuesday 9th April 1867, aged 75. Her mother died there on Thursday 30th October 1890, aged 83.

Mary MacKay married Alexander Imlah at the Free High Church manse, Culduthel Road, Inverness on the 23rd of January 1880. The witnesses at the wedding were Isabella Stuart and Margaret Black. The marriage record shows Mary, a domestic servant aged 28, she gave her address as Tower Street, Tain.
Mary holding Alexander, Alexander
is holding Mary, Walter seated on floor,Unknown standing

Alexander and Mary had the following children: 
Mary Emeline, born Friday 8th April 1881,  
Walter, born Wednesday 24th January 1883,
 Alexander, born Tuesday 3rd February 1885,
 Emeline Robina, born Saturday 3rd July 1886,
Alexander, born Wednesday 4th June 1890.

Mary MacKay died at 12 High Street, Buckie, on Monday 22nd December 1913, aged 61. The cause of death was cancer of the uterus and exhaustion. The death was registered by her son, Alexander.
Alexander Imlah died at 12 High Street, Buckie, on Tuesday 16th July 1918, aged 71. The cause of death was stomach cancer. The death was registered by his son, Walter.