Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge ~ I~

                              I  IS FOR  Robert "IMLAH"
Robert Imlah was my 2nd Great Grand Uncle  was born at Whitebog of Culsh, New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland on Sunday 22nd August 1852 and baptised on Wednesday 6th October. The entry in the New Deer register reads:

 October 6th 1852
 Peter Imlah farmer Whitebog of Culsh had a Son born to him by his wife Mary Wilson on August 22nd baptized this day & named Robert   witnesses Alexr Webster & George Laird Servants Whitebog.

Robert Imlah
 Robert was one of 10 children born to my 3rd Great Grandparents who were farmers in New Deer. The 1861 census shows Robert living at home with his parents at Ironside, New Deer, He is in school. Ten years later we find Robert age 19 on the 1871 census working as a farm servant for Barbara Burr at Nethertown, Millbrex.
Robert Imlah married Catherine Rettie at Monquhitter manse on Saturday 5th December 1874. The witnesses at the wedding were Robert’s brother, John, and Catherine’s father or brother, James. Robert gave his address as Fedderate, New Deer. Catherine, a domestic servant, was living in Cuminestown. She was born there on Monday 9th December 1844, the daughter of James Rettie, a feuar, and his wife, Eliza Yeatts. Catherine previously had a son, James, born at Cuminestown on Friday 21st May, 1869. His father was William Ingram, a farm servant.

The Imlahs had the following children:  
John, born Tuesday, 19th January 1875,
Catherine, born Friday, 25th January 1884, 
Robert, born Wednesday 3rd November 1886.

In 1889 Robert Imlah decided to emigrate to the United States of America. His brother, James, had already gone there and was working as a stone-cutter at Barre, Vermont. Robert sailed from Liverpool, via Queenstown in Ireland, aboard the S.S. Aurania, reaching New York on Monday 29th April. The passenger list describes him as a labourer. Catherine and the children stayed in Scotland. In 1892 Catherine and the children joined Robert in America.
Catherine Rettie
The 1900 census for  Ward 3, Barre, Washington County, Vermont, was taken on Monday 11th June. It shows the Imlahs living in a rented house at 3 Long Street. Robert is described as a stone-polisher. He is not naturalised, and identified as an alien. The rest of the household consists of his wife, Catherine, and their children, Catherine and Robert, who are at school. The year of immigration for Robert senior is given as 1889. For the others it is 1892.
At the time of the time of the 1900 census Robert and Catherine’s son, John, was living in the village of Hardwick, Caledonia County, Vermont. The enumeration was made there on Thursday 21st June. John is described as a granite-cutter. His year of immigration is given as 1892 and he is naturalised. He is boarding with Henry J. Clifford, himself a granite-cutter.  In 1903 Catherine Rettie made a visit to Scotland. She sailed back from Liverpool aboard the S.S. Columbus on Thursday 1st October, arriving at Boston on Saturday 10th October. She had $15 with her and stated that she was going home to 63 Merchant Street, Barre. According to the passenger list, she had never been in prison, was neither a polygamist nor an anarchist and did not support the overthrow of the government of the United States.
Catherine Rettie died at Barre on Monday 16th March 1908, aged 63. The cause of death was angina pectoris. The record card gives her age wrongly as 59 and gives her mother’s name as “Gates” instead of Yeatts.
The 1910 census shows Robert Imlah living in ward 3 of Barre. There are no other Imlahs with him. The head of the household is given as John C. Allen, a native of Scotland.
Robert Imlah died at Barre, Vermont, on Monday 5th January 1925, aged 72. The record card gives his age wrongly as 70.
Record For Robert Imlah 1925



  1. Nice post!

    My RETTIE line was in Cuminestown in the Parish of Monquhitter too.

    If you don't mind, I'll mention Catherine on the 'Migration' page on my RETTIE Family History site and link back to here.

  2. Hi Stephen
    That would be wonderful to link it to my post...
    Thank you for stopping by.