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.