I'm forwarding this message to list after checking with Laurie that it
was okay. I know a few people on the list are researching the Alexander
Birnie and Elizabeth McKessock. You will need to reply directing to
Laurie as he is not on the list.
Subject: 1851 Census Craighead
Date: Sun, 11 May 2003 09:15:49 -0600
From: "L.D.Malette" <malette@...
To: "Wade Buchan" <wsb@...
Thanks for your help. This is not an easy one to figure out. Sarah
Craighead's maiden name was Milne and she
was born St. Fergus, Banff, about 1824. I suspect that in 1851 they must
have lived in Boddam because some
of their children record their place of birth as Boddam. The daughter
that I am interested in was born at
Stirlinghill which I believe are quarries. She was Ann Craighead born 3
July 1856 and would have been my
gggrandmother. The twist to this story - my great- grandmother was
illegitimate but her father was David
Forbes. My great-grandmother was raised by the Forbes family in
Caithness. She was born the 20 December
1874 and David Forbes married Janet Willox Birnie (thus the Birnie
interest) on 12 May 1875. I have lost David
and Janet after the 1881 census which makes me believe they might have
emigrated to Canada or Australia.
One of Janet's brothers went to Fremantle, eventually returning to
Peterhead. I have also tried looking for a
death registration for David/Janet but come up with nothing. So I am
trying to chase down the Birnie family and
hope I might find a clue! I have a number of registrations - would you
like me to contribute them to your
collection of records? Thanks again...