3726Introducing myself & my Peterhead forebears.
- Feb 5, 2006Hello, all:
I live in Toronto, Canada, and my maternal grandmother's parents
emigrated from Peterhead to Owen Sound, Ontario around 1890. Their
names were Alexander Forbes and Elizabeth Ann Imlah. When they
emigrated, they were already married, with 3 children. Alexander
left for Canada first, to find work, then sent for Elizabeth and the
children to follow. They later had 11 more children here in Canada.
Using the General Register Office of Scotland's on-line database, I
found their marriage certificate. At the time of their marriage in
1884, he was a cooper living at 18E St. Peter St and she was a mill
worker living at 1 Constitution St.
However, when I visited Peterhead last year, I was disappointed to
find that both residences had been knocked down, in the former case
replaced by now apparently derelict apartments, and in the latter
case replaced by a modern shop.
Tracing further back using GROS, I discovered that Alexander Forbes'
parents had lived slightly inland, in the Kirkton of Logie Buchan.
Elizabeth Imlah's family were Peterhead residents, though. Her
parents, Mary-Anne Milne and John Imlah, lived on Kirk Street. They
were born in 1848 & 1847 respectively. He was a carter in 1865, but
had changed his occupation to seaman by 1869.
From their marriage certificate, I learned that Mary-Anne Milne's
parents were named Elizabeth Walker and James Milne (a sawyer), and
that John Imlah's parents were Mary-Ann Burd and James Imlay (note
spelling difference). I have no birth dates or birth places yet for
this generation, but I did find that James Imlay was a slater by
trade and had died by 1869.
When I visited Peterhead, I looked for the graves for these
forebears, but without success. Unfortunately, I was on a very
tight schedule and only had time to search one churchyard, that of
the now derelict church beside the woolen mills. In future, I will
check the ANESFSH lists first.
Looking forward to learning more about genealogical research methods
from all of you, and to hearing from any group members who may share
some of my ancestors. I'm also interested in information about
daily life and culture in Peterhead in the 19th century and earlier.
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