Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sepia Saturday~ Pine Falls Manitoba

Pine Falls Railroad ~October 1926
A couple of years ago I started wondering what the little town of Pine Falls, Manitoba was like when my dad was born, so I sent an email to the Town Council explaining I was working on my Dad's family history and looking for photos of the town around the time my dad was born and lived there, Within a couple of days I received 27 photos of Pine Falls dating from 1926 to 1944. I have posted a few of my favorites that go along with this weeks Sepia Saturday theme~

Mercantile delivery wagon
Manitoba Paper Co. Mercantile Store 

Manitoba Paper Co. Delivery

Pine Falls Hotel


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge~ C is for Christian

Samuel and Catherine Christian
Christian: Samuel Thomas Christian (Christie) My Second Great Uncle, younger brother of my Great Great Grandmother, Mary Ann Christian. Samuel was born on the 28th of February 1861in Poplar England to Samuel Christian and Sarah Fish. On December 22,1890 he sailed from London on the "Oruba" for Sydney New South Wales. In 1892 he married Catherine Close and together they raised 10 children
Samuel worked as an engineer and later as a watersider worker in Cairns Australia, He died September 30,1940 from pneumonia, and is buried in the Martyn Cemetery on Anderson Street, Monumental Section, Row I, Plot # 3955.
1861 Census
 C is for Census: The 1861 Census for Poplar London England shows the Christian family residing at 8 Thomas St. living there are my 3rd Great Grandparents Samuel Christian and Sarah Fish, Samuel is listed as a blacksmith, residing in the home with them are four of their six children, Daniel, Sarah, Mary Ann ( my GG Grandmother) and Samuel Thomas  (Thomas and Emily were born later).

Monday, May 21, 2012

Amanuensis Monday~Extract Inventory Of the Personal Estate of Mrs. Catherine 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.

 At Aberdeen the Sixth day of January in the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy Two in the presence of John Guthrie Smith,Esquire, Advocate, Commissary of the County of Aberdeen. Compeared David Littlejohn, Advocate, in Aberdeen as Procurator, and gave in the Inventory of the Personal Estate of the after designed now deceased Mrs. Catherine Shearer or Imlah and oath thereon under written, and craved that the same might be insert and registered in the Commissary Court Books of    
 James Mackie
Aberdeenshire in terms of the Act of Parliament passed in the forty-eighth year of the reign of his Majesty George the Third, chapter one hundred and forty-nine, entitled " An Act for "repealing the Stamp  Duties on Deeds, Law "Proceeding, and other written or printed Instruments, and the Duties on Legacies, and succession to Personal Estate upon Intestacies, now payable in Great Britain; and for granting new duties in lieu thereof," and subsequent Acts: which request the Commissary foresaid found reasonable, and ordained the same to be done accordingly, and of which Inventory (the principal being written on paper stamped according to law) the tenor follows, namely:--- Inventory of the personal Estate wheresoever  situated of the late Mrs. Catherine Shearer or Imlah, Widow, residing at Millbrex Fyvie who died there on the 28th day of March 1871.  
 1. Household furniture,implements of husbandry,bestial, crop and conform to
appraisement___________________________________________________£ | 38 | 19| 6 
2. Principal ___________________________________________Forward   £ |      |     |
James Mackie
2. principal sum contained ? a deposit receipt dated 20th March 1871 No 22/? Granted by the agent at Fyvie of the Aberdeen and County Bank in favor of the deceased    ___________£214.00
 Interest thereof to the date hereof   ________________3.13.0 | 217.13
Amount of personal Estate wheresoever situated_______ £250|12|6
5th Dec 1871. This is the inventory of personal Estate referred to in my affidavit of this date annexed hereto (signed) James Imlay James Mackie J.P.____ follows tenor of executors oath namely at Fyvie  the fifth day of December Eighteen Hundred and seventy one in presence of James Mackie Esquire one
    James Mackie   
  of her Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County of Aberdeen. Appeared James (Mackie) Imlah, Crofter,Millbrae Fyvie,Executor of the deceased Mrs. Catherine Shearer or Imlah,Widow residing at Millbrex Fyvie who being solemnly sworn and examined the depones that the said Mrs Catherine Shearer or Imlah died at Millbrex Fyvie afore said upon the twenty eighth day of March last and the deponent has entered upon the possession and management of the deceased estate as Executor quâ one of the next of kin conform to Decree of the Commissary depute of the County of Aberdeen dated the eighteenth day of November last herewith produced.That the deponent knows of no testamentary settlement or other writing left by the deceased relative
James Mackie
relative to the disposal of her personal estate or effects or any part thereof. That the foregoing Inventory signed by the Deponent and the said Justice of the Peace is a full and complete inventory of the personal estate and effects of the said Mrs. Catherine Shearer or Imlah wheresoever situated and belonging or die to her beneficially at the time of her death in so far as the same has come to the deponents knowledge. That the deponent does not know of any money or property belonging to the deceased liable to the duty imposed by the acts 23 Vict. C 15 and 23d. and 24th Vict C 80~ that the value at this date of the said personal estate & effects wheresoever situated including
James Mackie
including the proceeds accrued thereon down to this date is two hundred pounds sterling and under three hundred pounds sterling. That confirmation of the said personal estate is required in favor of the deponent. All which is truth as the Deponent shall answer to God. 
James Imlay, James Mackie J.P.
Extracted on this and the five preceding pages by me Commissary Clerk Deputy of Aberdeenshire.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

On This Day ~ In 1934

Margaret Smith and James Mathieson
On this day May 19, 1934 my Great Great Aunt, Margaret Smith passed away at the age of 60 at the Brechin Infirmary. Cause of death was arterial degeneration and cerebral hemorrhage, W.S. Mackie her son-in-law provide the informantion on the register. Margaret was born in1874 in Lonmay Abedeenshire to Mary Imlah and Cummin Smith. She married James Mathieson on the 16th of June 1894, together they raised 14 children. James passed away in 1931.

Register of death for Margaret Smith 1934

Sepia Saturday~ Benjamin Christian

 Allan's challenge for Sepia Saturday 126 is an easy one - give us a group, give us a wedding, give us a top hat - or give us anything at all.
Benjamin Christian and Margaret McCarthy

Benjamin Christian and Margaret McCarthy on their wedding day September 1926, Poplar, London. Benjamin is the son of my 2nd Great Grand uncle, Joseph Christian, he was born in 1899 in Bromley and died in 1968 in Poplar.

Friday, May 18, 2012

‘Family History Through the Alphabet’ Challenge~ B is for Beaton

Jean Beaton my 5th Great Grandmother  was born in Aberdeen Scotland in 1757.  On August 29, 1782 she married Sebastian Hunter in Methlick, the entry in the register reads:
"Sebastian Hunter and Jean Beaton both of this parish signified their purpose of marriage & C and were Married August 29".
Together they had 4 children, Isabella Hunter was my 4th Great Grandmother.
Isabella Hunter 1783 – 1865
Barbara Hunter 1785 – 1815  
Helen Hunter 1788 – 1870
Sebastian Hunter 1791 –  

1782 Marriage to Sebastian Hunter

Jean Beaton Hunter died November 26,1843 and is buried in Methlick Kirkyard  Stone #59  the gravestone reads:   "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 yeard.  This humble tribute of respect is erected by his widow Jane Beaton d. 26 Nov 1843 aged 86."

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wordless Wednesday~

My Mother (Doreen) and sister (Heather) this is one of my favorite photos of the two of them together.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Amanuensis Monday~ Last Will and Testament of James Center

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.
James Center
At Aberdeen the Twelfth day of October in the year One thousand eight hundred and fifty five in the presence of Archibald Davidson Esquire advocate Commissary  of the Commissariat  of Aberdeen compeared John Yeats advocate in Aberdeen as Procurator and gave in the Testament under written executes by the after designed now deceased James Center and now 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 the 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 viz: I James Center farmer X Whitehill parish of New Deer being at present sound in mind, memory and judgment and having determined to settle my worldly affairs so as to prevent all disputes there-anent after my death.  Do hereby make my last Will and Testament as follows viz- I hereby nominate and appoint my son George Center who is my partner in my farm to be my sole Executor, haill and universal Legator  and Intromitter with my whole goods, gear,debts,sums of money and Effects and in general all moveable and personal property and Estate of every kind, and whenever situated, that may pertain and be xesting owing to me, or in which I may be in any wise interested at the time of me death, with full power to him to enter upon possession and management, and sue for recovery of the same, and confirm testament and with all other powers competent to an Executor by the law of Scotland, but always under the following burdens viz- First of paying all my just and lawful debts and deathbed and funeral expenses. secondly of giving to my wife Isabel Hunter or Center who is to reside with you, one third part of my moveable or personal Estate- Thirdly to  give
to my Eldest daughter Jean Center or Smith, wife of William Smith Kirk Officer New deer the sum of Eight pounds sp.for a Cow- fourthly to give to my second daughter Isabel Center or Corbet wife of Alexander Corbet Whitehill the sum of Two pounds Sp. and a like sum of Two pounds Sp. to my other daughter Helen Center or Watson wife of William Watson in Ironside- and this I declare to be my last Will and Testament revoking all former Testaments made by me heretofore (if any have been) and I dispense with the delivery hereof declaring that the same shall be valid and effecutal  though found in my custody or in that of any other person at the time of my death undelivered any law or practice to the contrary notwithstanding  and I consent to the registration hereof in the books of Council and Session or others competent for preservation and execution as affairs and thereto constitute my procurators in witness whereof I have subscribed these presents written by the Reverend James Welsh, Minster of New deer at Whitehill this Twenty eighth day of February Eight hundred and fifty one years before these witnesses John Falconer farmer and Alexander Greig Schoolmaster Whitehill. (Signed) James Center, John Falconer Witness, Al Greig Witness. Extracted on the this and four proceeding pages by me. Commissary Clerk Deputy of Aberdeenshire.

*** James Center my 4th Great Grandfather  1777~1855