Re: [Peterhead] John Wilson
- sorry i cant help you im just starting looking up my family tree as im the last of the roanheads martins but funny you should be looking for a john wilson thats my next door nieghbours name
peterscotnz <ngratton@...> wrote:I am trying to trace the birth and parents of John Wilson who
married Elizabeth Farquhar in peterhead on 6 july 1858. I have
picked up from the Peterhead website (Marriages) that his father's
name was George, mothers maiden name is listed as Wilson. A recent
update to the family search site gives his mothers name as Mary.
The 1881 census shows John and Elizabeth and three daughters,ages
10, 12, 14 living at 16 Kirk Str. There was also 3 sons of the
union, John, Robert and George. The census lists John's birthplace
as peterhead and his age as 44. The peterhead website gives his
birth as 1836 this is ok by me. I am unable to pick up his birth in
peterhead and have come to 2 conclusions.
1. He was not born in Peterhead but moved there when very young and
did not know any better.
2. The birth was not "registerd /christened" with the church or
whatever for financial reasons as I picked up from previous
I have since serched the L D S site and picked up only 3 John
Wilson's with parents of George and Mary. One in Inverness,1838 one
in Edinburgh, also 1838 and one in South Leith, Midlothian 1836.
If someone with access to the 1851 census would be able to check out
if a George and Mary Wilson with a son John were in Peterhead and
check all their birth places. I would be grateful So that I can
confirm or deny his birthplace as peterhead, otherwise I would opt
for the South Leith as the names of sibling are more in line with
A second query I have is regarding the second son Robert. In the
IGI he is listed as only Robert Wilson, while some of the others
have other family names. Any records in New Zealand have him listed
as Robert Cowie Wilson, Cowie being his Maternal Grandmothers maiden
name. Is/was it common or not uncommon for family members to take a
family name on board for some reason or whim or were often all names
not recoreded. I am convinced I have the right people as at least
one of Roberts sons collected all the family names. Robert by way
of possibly keeping it all in the family married a Farquhar, whose
death registraton and cemetary records read as Cowie-Wilson,
Ausralian Born but of Peterhead and other Scotish parentage.
Any clues as to any of these puzzles would be much appreciated
Hamilton New Zealand
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