Re: [Peterhead] Re: James Milne /19th C. working class/ Industry vs.REPLY..
- Good Morning, Fiona: Your John McWilliam was an uncle of my ggrandmother,
Elspet Milne Thomson. You are in luck. Wade Buchan of Melbourne, Australia,
our webmaster, is a descendant of John's brother, and he is also the webmaster
and controller of the webside: Peterhead Genealogy. He mentions himself
there as a researcher on the McWilliams. I have much of his research on the
McWilliam family that he scanned over to me. Just use Google, and put in the
words: "Peterhead Genealogy" and you will have his other site.
Wade notes that "John McWilliam" was Child no. 4 of William McWilliam and
Jean Rainie. He further remarks that John: " may have married Isabel Robb;
R 17/8/1813 John McWilliam Sailor and Isabel Robb both in Peterhead."
Wade goes on to say: "Isabel Robb died 3/10/1854 Longate Street, Peterhead,
age 68, and is buried in David McWilliam's Lair A370" Then Wade goes on to
say: "Isabel's husband (John McWilliam) died before the 1851 census, no death
details have been found in the Peterhead OPR"
You are correct that John's sister, was Margaret, the second child of of Wm
and Jean Rainie McWilliam. She is my gggrandmother. The first child was Jane
or Jean, (married name, Willox, and lived in Kinmundy, Longside parish) born
in Aberdeen while William was still in the North Gordon Fencibles on his five
year hitch. As mentioned William and Jean were married on September 2, 1782
in Aberdeen. I have the OPR marriage record copy, but is pretty dim.
It is timely that you bring up John now. I have been researching his
brother, Thomas McWilliam, who emigrated to New Zealand in 1852. He located both in
and near Wangunai on the North Island. He lived in that town but had a farm
also near. It is about 90 miles north of Wellington on the west coast. One
son, became a vicar, and so did such vicar' son. That son of Thomas is buried
in Auckland. Another son, Peter, apparently was very successful in a number
of businesses. I have an old e-mail address of one of their descedents
living in Otaki, about 40 miles northwest of Wellington. I have not tried it yet,
but I did get much information off of a genealogical site apparently operated
by Church/University located at Wellington and probably all furnished by the
I have, with my wife, been spending my winters in Virginia Beach, VA. My
oldest daughter was widowed here 10 years ago...and we come here particularly to
watch her son, 12 years old in a few days, grow up.
Most of my information and records on the McWilliam family are back in Iowa..
I have collected over 11 bankers boxes of materials on all of the Scots
families and relevant Scottish social history. There is also quite some social
dynamics in the neighborhood where my ggrandmother and husband settled involving
the written genealogies of the families of two different neighbors with which
their children intermarried. Perhaps you can check some of my writings on
this website in the last week or two, to get some feeling for that
situation...that has led to my extensive investigation of Scottish social history.
I have the McWilliam family history from William's origins in Mortlach
parish, through his marriage and the first generation of his children, and some
information on Jean Rainie' siblings and father.
If you will send me your address...and you do not have to put it on this web,
but just send it to me at: P.O. Box 1023, Virginia Beach, VA. 23451, I will
send you some of the information that you desire...might even send you copies
of the colored plates of a group of Northern Gordon Fencibles in all of their
Scottish Highland finery...Wm McWilliams outfit.
Best Regards, Jim Thomson
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