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  • David Matthew
    Jul 26, 2000
      Thank you for your reply. I could not find your e-mail address so can you send it to me, thanks.
      You'd be surprised how many Benzie/s families there are in Aberdeenshire/Banffshire/Morayshire.
      My grandfather, Thomas Matthew Benzies was born at 4 Love Lane, Peterhead in December 1893. His mother was Isabella Benzies who was born in Strichen. What I can see from the various records is that the Benzie/s families come from Rothes in Morayshire in 1770 and spread out from there. There is a website run from Judy Schramm in Australia which includes 21 families in all but omitting those who went to Canada but has only two of the 18th century families so they may all join up!. It is ironical that a distant part of the family may have lived in the same street!.
      Have you checked the 1881 census for Peterhead?. The Benzies families appear to recorded back to the mid-18th century and then the name may have been Baynies before that time, it depends on how the name Benzie/s is pronounced and may have a silent 'z' (do you have any information on this?). What I need is a Benzie/s who took part in the 1715 or 1745 Jacobite Rebellions but no luck yet. I am told that Isaac Benzies' department store that was in Aberdeen up to the 1960s is a relative but I have just started looking at that. Because my great-great-grandfather, George Gordon Benzies, had between 13 and 17 children by 6 or 7 wives it makes the research long, but I have spent 20 years so I have quite a lot of information but am still looking for two of his sons and one daughter. Finally, I don't know if you have come across the name Lorna Moon, real name Helen Nora Wilson Low who came from Strichen and is a Benzies descendant and ended up in Hollywood as a script writer for MGM during the Silent Movies era.
      Do you know where James Benzies came from?.
      Looking forward to your reply.
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      From: I Tilbury
      Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2000 8:11 AM
      Subject: Re: [Peterhead] The Kean Family

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      Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2000 7:59 AM
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      This is interesting, I am researching the Benzie/s line and my grandfather was born in Love Lane, Peterhead.
      It was a great surprise to find someone else with the Benzie name in there family tree
      I have a James Benzie , who married Ann Kean  on the 25th of April 1875 at Peterhead
      Im not shore what children they had , but I think at less a boy and a girl
      Im not shore of names but may be Maggie and Jason but that may be wrong 
      There may be other children
      Now Ann , her parents are Robert Kean and Helen Kean [ maiden name SCOTT]
      When Anns brother  James died in New Zealand , it said in his will that money was to go to his
      sister Ann Benzie wife of James Benzie , OF 12 LOVE LANE , PETERHEAD , ABERDEENSHIRE , SCOTLAND.
      Now in 1895 Helen Scott Kean died at the age of 84 at Love Lane
      Ann Benzie or Kean, died December  1934 at the age of 80 at ABERDEEN 
      James Benzie died April 21 1901 aged 48 [ AT SEA ]
                       Regards Lynley Tilbury    
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      Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2000 6:47 PM
      Subject: [Peterhead] The Kean Family

      For : Lynley Tilbury
      Lynley, I was in Peterhead last week again and have two pieces of information which may be of interest to you (If you don't already know them) :
      The first is a Monumental Inscription from the Old Cemetery (St.Peter's or South Road Cemetery) :
      "Erected by ADAM KEAN in memory of his father, ROBERT KEAN, who died on June 10th.1863 aged 52 years.
      Also his sister, JANE THOM, who died on December 11th.1849 aged 6 years.
      Also his brother, DAVID KEAN, who died at Christchurch, New Zealand on October 16th.1872 in his 32nd. year.
      Also the above ADAM KEAN who died in London on August 26th.1873 in his 28th. year.
      Also his mother, HELLEN SCOTT, who died on October 26th.1895 in her 85th. year.
      Also his brother, JAMES KEAN, who died at Wamita, New Zealand on November 8th.1897 in his 60th. year.
      Also his brother, DUNCAN KEAN, who died in Aberdeen on December 5th.1900 in his 50th. year.
      Also his brother-in-law, JAMES BENZIE, ..................................
                     That's all I could make out on the gravestone.
      Secondly, I have two Lair records for Lairs owned by Mrs.Robert Kean, Erroll Street Peterhead :
      Lair A77
      Eliza Birnie (7 years) buried March 20th.1847    of Erroll Street
      Alexander Birnie (10 years) buried April 21st.1847  of Erroll Street
      Jane Thom (6 years) buried December 11th.1849 of Erroll Street
      Alexander Watt (Infant) buried March 13th.1850 of Erroll Street
      Helen Kean (3 years) buried January 20th.1865  of Back Street
      Lair A78
      Isabella Noble (67 years) buried May 23rd.1845 of Broad Street
      Robert Kean (52 years) buried June 13th.1863 of Erroll Street
      Eliza Kean (1 year) buried November 28th.1863 of Erroll Street
      Helen S.Kean (84 years) buried October 30th.1895 of Love Lane
      Duncan Kean (49 years) buried December 7th.1900 of Aberdeen
      Ann Kean or Benzie (80 years) buried December 5th.1934 of Aberdeen
                                      I hope this is of interest to you (and maybe others).
                                       Kindest Regards............................Alex Ritchie
      Peterhead Genealogy at http://axs.com.au/~wsb/
      Peterhead Genealogy at http://axs.com.au/~wsb/
      Peterhead Genealogy at http://axs.com.au/~wsb/
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