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I have HOWIEs from Kilwinning, Irvine, Stevenston in Ayrshire. I would be
most interested to know if they connect in to your tree.
Robert HOWIE b 11 Mar 1777 at Kilwinning, marr Catherine Young. They had
children Robert (1807), Hugh (1809), Alexander (1811), Jean (1811), Jean
(1813), James (1816), Elizabeth (1818), William (1820), John (1823), Bryce
(1825), John Colville (1829), George Colville (1829).
Son Robert married Jean WALLACE in 1823 in Kilwinning & had children in
Irvine James (1825), John (1827), Robert (1830), Robert (1834), Robert
Robert & Catherine's son Hugh married Margaret McKenzie in 1834 at
Kilwinning & had children in Stevenston. Robert (b 1834), Ann (1836), Hugh
(1837), James (1840).
There are more people & more details but I am interested to know whether
any of these sound familiar.
from Kerry in Sydney, Australia
>Maybe there are other descendants of Thomas `out there' - from one of the
I would be happy to fill you in on several hundred descendants of Janet
Caldwell Smith, daughter of James Smith and Mary Dempster. Several of the
Smith's children were born in Dalrymple. Janet was born in Tarbolton. She
married my grandfather's brother and they subsequently emigrated from
Scotland to New Zealand in 1864. I have not bothered to research the
Dempster side, but if we have a match, I will be happy to provide details.
Irene in Chilliwack, B.C.
(Just getting ready to drink a toast at 4:00 p.m. which will be midnight in
Margaret DEMPSTER née LEES died at Danston Farm, Dalrymple, on
10 MAR 1855. Her husband Thomas DEMPSTER registered her death on 13 MAR.
Margaret was buried in the Dalrymple Churchyard. She was 79 at the time of
death; Thomas was 2-3 years younger (as per 1851 Census). They had a number
of children - 14 or 15, with 11 of them surviving their mother. Surames of
daughters known to be married were: CORNELIUS (Isabella), HIGGENS, (Jean /
Jane), MURDOCH (Barbara), SMITH (Mary) & WHITE (Susan).
So far Thomas DEMPSTER's death has escaped discovery. Is there
someone who has a copy, or has access to a copy, of the Dalrymple MI book
who would be able to check it for DEMPSTER entries, please?
Or maybe there's a list of Dalrymple burials readily available. Any other
ideas to help track Thomas down would be greatly appreciated. Maybe there
are other descendants of Thomas
`out there' - from one of the other daughters. I'm descended from Isabella
and am in contact with a descendant of the eldest son, John, who went to
America. It is thought that the youngest son, William, remained in
The family had been in Dalrymple for 35 years at the time of
Beaudesert, Qld, Aust.
I just joined this list, so I wished to see if there were others interested
in the same families as I am. I have a fairly extensive "tree" done in the
20's or 30's and my line goes back to the Howies of Lochgoin (near Fenwick,
near Kilmarnock) in the 1600's. I am in the process, as are other
relatives, of trying to verify the data and add on more branches. My
particular branch extends from John of Rushua, with my great great
grandfather, John Howie, leaving Scotland with his children in 1849 and
moving to Pennsylvania, where two other brothers had already moved before
him. His wife, Agnes Todd, apparently died in Scotland before he left, but
we have been unable to find any record of her death.
I would be pleased to share any information BUT the surname is not unique
enough for a one-name study. (I have it on good authority that not all
Howies are related.)
Brantford, Ontario, Canada
Looking for any connections to
Margaret Young d/o Alexander Young and Jane Alexander chr. 2 Jun 1805
Stevenson, m Daniel McTaggart 13 Jun 1824 Irvine
Alexander McTaggart m Isabella Jaffery (Jeffery) 8 Jun 1851 Irvine
Robert McTaggart m Martha Wilson Goble 27 Apr 1866 Irvine
Checking the IGI 1988 edition in Utah, it seem,s that Claude is used
in Sorn, Ayrshire Scotland as far back as 1764. There are only two Claude
Nimmo in America living today per the national Phone Book (United States)
If any Nimmo researcher in Ayrshire, Scotland working on the Sorn
branch of Nimmo,sI will be very please to hear from them.
Happy New Year (and Hogmanay)!
Can anyone help with information about the (former?) locations of
Cookston or Wardneuk in Kilmarnock?
The Kilmarnock OPR 597/4, Frame 966 for my GG-GM Agnes Rankin says:
"Agnes Rankine 9th child of John Rankine Farmer in Cookston and Jean
Galt spouses was born Feb 13th 1805".
The family bible of her son, James Craig, indicates that she was born at
Wardneuk Farm on that date. At least one of her siblings, firstborn
John, was born in Kilmaurs, under 2 miles from Wardneuk. I'll check the
rest of the births on LDS film #1041385 for clues.
I can't find a trace of "Cookston", but on a recent visit to Killie I
discovered on a series of old maps at the Dick Institute that Wardneuk
was on the west side of the Glasgow Road just south of the cunnent
roundabout at Western Road (B7064). Apparently the buildings there are
fairly recent - within the past 4-5 years.
Would appreciate any information about these locations.
Thanks very much!
Cape Cod, Mass
I was thinking that this may be a good time to remind everyone
what a great resource the archives is.
All of the messages ever sent to the list are archived and can be
searched for the surnames that interest you. The search URL
Happy New Year!
First son after paternal grandfather, second son after maternal grandfather,
third son after father
First daughter after maternal grandmother, second daughter after paternal
grandmother, third daughter after mother
Since so many Ayrshire & Glasgow families also relate to Paisley, I hope
this won't be out of place.
I just added a Paisley Memorabilia page on the William HART family that
includes a detailed and vivid description of the 1826 economic
depression there. While I am NOT related to Hart, I was intrigued
because he lived next door to my ancestor John RALSTON and many details
were of relevance.
M.J. Jodoin, Seattle, WA, USA
Here are another couple that qualify.
(s/o William LEES & Mary LAPRAIK)
B. 1835 Auchinleck
D. 31 MAY 1883 Castle Cary, Somerset
Isabella Hastings Dempster CORNELIUS
(d/o Thomas CORNELIUS & Elizabeth PSCH BROWN)
B. 1882 West Kilbride
D. 15 MAY 1969 Wirral, Cheshire
My apologies if I've repeated any from earlier submissions.
Beaudesert, Qld, Aust.
At 18:09 27/12/98 , Tparkie(a)aol.com wrote:
>Would anyone know the address of an historical society, town hall or
>a municipal clerk in Stevenston where I could write to get information on the
>cholera outbreak in the 1850's? I would greatly appreciate such information
>or direction as to how to get this address.
For that sort of information, I would recommend use of the GENUKI pages,
including that for Ayrshire which I maintain.
Your best bet is to contact the:
North Ayrshire District
Library Headquarters and Archives
39/41 Princes Street
Ayrshire KA22 8BT
Tel: (01294) 469137
Three microfilm reader/printers available. List of publications available
Postal enquiries welcome. Personal callers by appointment.
Open: Mon,Tue,Thur, Fri 9am-5pm; Wed closed; Sat 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm.
Yours aye, Iain - in Windsor in the former county of Berkshire
Web Page at http://home.clara.net/iainkerr/index.htm
Rootsweb Sponsor Listowner for the KERR; McTURK and SOUTHON lists at
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Trying again to locate John CAMERON b. abt. 1832, Aberfoyle, PER.
1881 Census shows John's birthplace as Aberfoyle, PER. and his age as
John CAMERON m. Margaret MURDOCH 4 June 1854, Ayr.
Names of known children follow the standard naming procedure and agree
to known parents of Margaret Murdoch. Assuming childrens' names to be
correct then John's parents were John CAMERON and Eliza McEWAN.
>From Scots GRO records John CAMERON m. Elizabeth McEWAN 31 May, 1828
at Drymen or Gaigunnoch, Stirling. However I couldn't find a birth
entry for John with these parents.
If anyone has any information on the families of John CAMERON or
Elizabeth McEWAN (Stirling or Aberfoyle) please drop me a line.
Would anyone know the address of an historical society, town hall or office of
a municipal clerk in Stevenston where I could write to get information on the
cholera outbreak in the 1850's? I would greatly appreciate such information
or direction as to how to get this address.
Thanking you in advance.
Janet in USA
The following MI's for North Ayrshire are held at Ardrossan library. I
believe each town's library has a copy of it's own too. You might want to
contact Ardrossan Library to find out their terms.
Ardrossan, Arran, Beith, Cumbraes, Dalry, Dreghorn, Irvine, Kilbirnie,
Kilwinning, Largs, Stevenston, Saltcoats and West Kilbride.
Also at Cummnock Library:
pre-1918 gravestones in Auchinleck, Dalrymple, Ochiltree, Catrine (2),
Mauchline (2), Patna, Cummnock (2), Muirkirk (2), Sorn, Dalmellington (2),
New Cummnock (2) and Stair.
Source: "Ancestor". Quarterly Journal of the Genealogical Society of
Victoria, (Australia) 1996 Spring edition *Southern Hemisphere* Volume 23,
Number 3. Article: Scotland - Sources for Family History.
Hugh _--_|\ email: hewmac(a)bigpond.com.au
/ \ web: http://www.users.bigpond.com/hewmac.htm
\_.--._/ ___ Hugh McCallum
o Melbourne Australia
From: David & Joy Lyle <d.jlyle(a)net1.nw.com.au>
To: AYRSHIRE-L(a)rootsweb.com <AYRSHIRE-L(a)rootsweb.com>
Date: Sunday, December 27, 1998 9:05 AM
Subject: Re: IRVINE & KILWINNING MI's
>I too woul be interested if anybody knows where they can be obtained.
>Genealogy - Forever looking backwards
I am searching for information about by great grandparents: Lawson Crighton
Hannah born February 1, 1851, Robertson Place I think), his wife Helen
McGhee, also Robert Smillie and Annie McMillan, parents of Mary bortn
September 16, 1880 in Tarbolton. I think Lawson's parents were John and
Jane Crichton but the trail ends there. Can anyone help?
Seasons greetings to all.
I have been a member of this list for a very short time, but
finally got around to posting the surnames of my main
interest. I hope you can imagine my excitement when, within
24 hours, I received a message from a family member
descendant from my Great Grandfather's brother, who had
emigrated from Ayrshire, Scotland to Australia in 1863.
The Christmas season will delay information exchanges I am
sure, but I am anxiously waiting for further information in
response to my messages.
May you all have health, happiness, and the ability to enjoy
both in 1999, and may you uncover more branches of you
George M. McCaig,
Dwight, Ontario, Canada. (presently in Florida for the
By the way, my folks emigrated to Canada in 1923, and they
both insisted I refer to them as Scots or Scottish, never
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