It’s ANZAC day again and time to catch up on the all the extended family members who served their country that I’ve found in the past year. Previous ANZAC days posts can be found here, here and here. Some of these men and women I have quite a bit of information on and others very little. If you know more about them, have photos or anything else I’d love to hear from you.
Whilst re-checking some research to share with someone I delved more into my McGillivray / MacIvor line. My 4 x great grandmother Ann MacIvor married Archibald McGillivray. He was the son of Charles McGillivray and Marion McLean. Archibald died in the late 1830s but Ann living until 1857 at Teangue, Sleat on the Isle of Skye. Her son Angus (my 3 x great grandfather) was the informant on her death certificate. He gave her age as 94 and her parents as Kenneth MacIvor and Marion MacInnes.
James Boyd was born in Inchyra village on the River Tay on December 27, 1827. His parents were James Boyd, a weaver and fisherman and Mary Brown. James had six full siblings, Mary, John, Janet, Ann, Catherine and Alexander and one older half-brother David. Tragically his father and two older sisters, Mary and Janet died in a six week period. Mary was buried on 25 December 1840, aged 22, Janet was buried on 1 January 1841 and his father James on 7 February 1841. They were all buried in Kinfauns cemetery which overlooks their village of Inchyra and the Tay.
Joseph John Baldwin and his wife Maria Roberts migrated toAustralia in 1852 with their seven week old son, Henry and Maria’s daughter from her first marriage Lottie (Charlotte). I’ve had contact with a member of Maria’s sister Martha’s family who shared some photos that Maria had sent back to London to her sister Martha. They had been handed down through Martha’s family and have now been given to me. Martha Elizabeth Roberts married James Dartnall. There was also a photo of their brother William John Roberts who was an actor and comedian. My contact remembered seeing a playbill that one of his uncles had. I haven’t been able to source any information about William John Roberts yet, beyond the normal census records etc. Perhaps someone out there knows more?
Since writing my earlier posts on John George Dunlop I’ve had descendants of members of the Dunlop family contact me. George (as I believe he was known) must have been a prolific writer. Letters have turned up from Australia and Ireland that he wrote to family members, along with more poems that he wrote and additional photos of him.
On my trip to Ireland in August I drove via county Armagh to Raphoe, county Donegal from Belfast airport. I wanted to see the countryside that the McFaddens came from. Peter Patrick McFadden (son of Thomas) was born in Lower Grange, Oneilland West co Armagh around 1831. He married Mary Reid (daughter of Septimar Watson and James Reid) in Armagh at the registry office on July 17, 1852.
I’m back after too long without any posts. I had an eventful 2016 which included two genealogy trips, the second to the UK with my mother. We visited Donegal and Belfast in Ireland at the end of August on the trail of our McKnight, Gregg and Dunlop families from Raphoe in County Donegal. I also visited where the McFaddens (on my dad’s side) were from in County Armagh but more about them in another post.