Re: [Peterhead] Peterhead Davidson/Davison Ancestors
Thank you for the information and you are correct, William Davidson/Davison is very common as is Robert, James, John, Andrew, etc. I'll keep my fingers crossed that a Davidson in that area has a family history that goes back to the early 1600's or maybe the right one will come up from YDNA testing matches.
--- On Thu, 7/5/12, Mary Barnes <marysb@...> wrote:
From: Mary Barnes <marysb@...>
Subject: Re: [Peterhead] Peterhead Davidson/Davison Ancestors
Cc: "lost_without_me" <lost_without_me@...>
Date: Thursday, July 5, 2012, 1:28 AM
I have Davidsons from Peterhead among my ancestors, but I haven't been able to trace any of them as far back as the 17th century, so I don't know if this will be of any use to you.
One of my gg-grandmothers was Janet Davidson (also known, I am told, as "Black Janet"). She was born about 1794 in Crimond, Aberdeenshire. Her father was William Davidson, a crofter, and her mother was Janet Crighton or Creighton. I have no birthplaces or birthdates for either of them. Nor do I know anything of any brothers or sisters Janet may have had. In Peterhead in 1822, Janet Davidson married Robert Stephen, a sailor or fisherman, and they lived and brought up a family in Boddam. The 1851 Scottish census shows Janet as a widow, supporting herself as a lodging-house keeper in Ronheads (Peterhead). She died in Aberdeen in 1884.
Given traditional Scottish naming systems, Janet's father's name suggests a slight possibility of a relationship to your William Davidson - on the other hand, William was a very common first name, and Davidson was also common in the Peterhead area, so it may mean nothing.