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.      


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge ~L



Is For


George Lovie my 1st cousin 3xs removed was the son of Isabel Imlah Kindness ( See Family History Through the Alphabet ~K is for Kindness) and John Lovie. George was born in the Parish of New Deer in County of Aberdeen, on the  9th day of March 1875, he was born illegitimate to my Great Great Aunt who at the time was a domestic servant, as I mentioned in my post on the 22nd of August 2012, Isabel had 2 children born out of wedlock before she married Alexander Kindness.

 It  wasn't until the 19th of August 1880 that is birth record was amended and his birth fathers name was added. I was unable to make out many of the words on the document below and have therefore left a blank, please feel free  to comment on any words that I have not included or have transcribed incorrect. George went by Both George Lovie and George L. Kindness. I was able to find George on the 1911 census living in Edinburgh with his mother and sister, Willamina, George is listed as age 34, Single and a Stone cutter, I have found no other records documenting what happen to George Lovie Kindness.

Page 82. Register of Corrected Entries
for the parish of New Deer in County of Aberdeen.
In the Birth column of entry No 33 in the register book  of births for the year 1875 before the name of the child's mother insert James Lovie, Servant in Agriculture. In the Authority of a certificate in the form of Schedule (F)  the following offer:
In an _____  ______ ___ paternity of a male child born at Brae of Federate in the Parish of New Deer and County of Aberdeen on the 9th day of March 1875 at the _____ of poor Mrs. Isabella Imlay or Kindness, and Alexander Kindness her spouse: Skelly ________in the parish of____
against James Lovie, Boghead New Pitsligo, the ______ County of Aberdeen and Kincardine at Peterhead on the 14th day of May 1880 found that the said child was the illegitimate child of the said Mrs. Isabella Imlay or Kindness and James Lovie.        
                                                  19th August 1880

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Wedding Wednesday~ Ronald N. Masters

This is a photo of my mom's cousin, Ronald Norman Masters and his wife Angie, this information is all that is written on the  back of the photo, If I had to guess I would say it was probably about 1956 or 1957. I only remember meeting Ronnie once when I was about 5 years old when we were living in Glendale California which would have been 1962, 2 years later Ronnie's mom ( my great Aunt) died and 3 years after her death my mother died, after that the family drifted apart and lost touch with each other completely. My hopes in posting this today is that someone in the family will see it and contact me.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Trove Tuesday~ Imlah's Unicycle

Warwick Examiner and Times  

(St. Lucia, Qld.) 

Saturday 3 November 1894


The Unicycle.
A wheel which can be easily steered and propelled, and which is designed to enable a rider to attain a high rate of speed is   shown in the accompanying illustration, and forms the subject of a patent issued to James Imlah, of Barre, Vt.
This wheel has an inner wheel supporting a suitable framework and having a double rim, the two parts of which engage ball bearings of inner annular flanges connected by spokes with the tire of the outer wheel, so that as the latter travels on the ground the inner wheel rolls off on the flanges, and the rider in his seat holds the  framework in normal position, the inner wheel not revolving. Between the two ball bearings in the rim is an internal gear in mesh with a gear wheel on a shaft in the framework, a sprocket wheel on this shaft  being connected with a similar wheel on the treadle shaft, by the operation of which the large gear wheel is rotated to give motion to the exterior wheel. By means of a brake lever pivoted on the steering lever, a brake may be applied to the shaft of the large gear wheel to stop the machine. The steering lever is arranged in front of the rider's seat, and by means of the mechanism connected therewith friction   rollers may be brought into engagement   with opposite edges of the double rim, the roller coming in contact with one edge of the rim, turning the wheel in the opposite direction. One can easily get into the machine by turning the framework half way around, allowing the saddle to come back into place after stepping in.

James Imlah: Great Great Uncle
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APA citation
The Unicycle. (1894, November 3). Warwick Examiner and Times (St. Lucia, Qld. : 1867 - 1919), p. 5. Retrieved September 19, 2012, from
MLA citation
"The Unicycle." Warwick Examiner and Times (St. Lucia, Qld. : 1867 - 1919) 3 Nov 1894: 5. Web. 19 Sep 2012 <>.
Harvard/Australian citation
1894 'The Unicycle.', Warwick Examiner and Times (St. Lucia, Qld. : 1867 - 1919), 3 November, p. 5, viewed 19 September, 2012,
Wikipedia citation
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