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  • Shell Leo
    hi ray thanks for info Michele ... __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 17, 2006
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      hi ray thanks for info
      Michele
      :D

      --- Ray Hennessy <ray@...> wrote:

      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > Michele, "Shell Leo" wrote:
      >
      >
      > > "Alexander Cumming's wife Margaret was
      > > pregnant with her eleventh child when she was
      > > widowed by the untimely death of her husband
      > > on 12 February 1848, at the age of only 47.
      > ....
      > > With eight children to care for, we can have no
      > > idea how Margaret coped in the circumstances
      > > that must then have confronted her.
      > ....
      > > ... the 1851 census shows that with the help of
      > > her older children she was then scratching out a
      > > living on a three-acre farmlet ... down the
      > > road to Boyndie village. With their mother still
      > > were seven of the children, her daughters
      > > Margaret, 22, Elizabeth, 15, Helen, 7 and
      > > Jane, 5, and her sons Alexander, 18, John, 11
      > > and little William, 2.
      > ______________________________________
      >
      > Hi Michele
      >
      > I've only just caught up with this one - sorry for
      > the delay.
      > Can't help with your family although I have a very
      > distant,
      > possible interest in the surname for a 3rd child
      > born in the
      > 1870s to Ann SMITH, spinster in Forgue parish - so
      > it's
      > unlikely there's a connection! But, to the point:
      >
      > A three-acre holding or croft might well have been
      > plenty
      > enough to support the family, given that Margaret &
      > two
      > of her daughters and two of her sons were well able
      > to
      > bring in a bearable income. Even John (11) could
      > have
      > earned something as a shepherd boy. Ann SMITH's
      > first son was doing just that at the age of 12 in
      > 1881.
      >
      > I don't think it would have been easy but if these 5
      > or 6
      > were all working and they had land to grow
      > vegetables
      > and maybe have a cow, then economic self-sufficiency
      >
      > was well achievable.
      >
      > The area is still very much the same as it was in
      > 1896.
      > Boyndie doesn't have a village as such. The modern
      > map [see http://tinyurl.com/pzz6w ] shows a place
      > named Boyndie but it really only identifies a few
      > [? about 6-8] houses round the Kirk. There were
      > even fewer, only 2 or 3, nearby in 1896.
      >
      > Although the map now shows Auds as a specific house,
      >
      > in 1896 the legend applied to a wider area with
      > three or
      > four tiny buildings. Loch of Auds is still in the
      > same
      > place - and about the same size from the maps!
      >
      > Best wishes
      >
      > Ray
      >


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