Mystery Monday~ Another Mystery Solved

Sunday, June 01, 2014

On January 03 2014 I  posted a Mystery photo from Great Grandma's photo Album in hopes someone would be able to identify the man in the photo, I thought it may be a relation to my Great Grandfather due to some of the Smith facial features but wasn't sure, if so which Smith was he? On March 27 I was on Ancestry looking through  photos of different tree's with the last name Smith and  I came across this photo ~

Mary Ann Murray and George Smith

 I knew this had to be my mystery Man, his hair was now gray and he was sporting a mustache but he still looked the same to me,  I sent a message to the owner of photo to confirm my suspicions, Well not only did I solve another mystery but I gained a Cousin!!! Thank you Cousin Morag and Ian for allowing me to share this photo of your Great Grandfather and my Great Grand Uncle George Smith and his wife Mary Ann Murray, Morag  also shared  more photos with me which I will post at a later time (thank you again). I'm so excited to have found another family member and one who enjoys family history too!!


Sunday’s Obituary~ George Shearer Imlah

Sunday, February 23, 2014

 The Aberdeen Daily Journal
May 20, 1912
Fatal Accident at Turriff.
Farmers son Killed by young horse,

Page 5 of the Aberdeen Daily Journal dated Monday May 20, 1912

 George Imlah, son of John Imlah, Marywell, Turriff, who worked with his father on the farm, was engaged on Thursday afternoon trimming the hoof of a young horse, while thus employed the animal kicked out, striking him on the lower part of the abdomen. Dr. Crerar, Turriff, was sent for, and did all that was possible for the unfortunate man, who lingered till Saturday evening, where he succumbed to his injuries. Deceased who was 29 years of age, leaves a widow and young family.


George Shearer Imlah was the son of John Imlah and Margaret Davidson, he married Elsie Runcie the daughter of Alexander Runcie and Isabella Stephen, at the Union Hotel in Turriff on February 25, 1905. The newspaper article gave Georges age incorrectly he was 39 years of age at the time of his death, see Corrected Register of Death below.

**George Shearer Imlah my 2nd Cousin 3x removed.**

Statutory Deaths 247/00 0014 RCE 


Tombstone Tuesday~Imlah and Imlach

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Methlick Kirkyard

 Stone 206


IN MEMORY OF JOHN IMLACH.
SOMETIME IN WOODHEAD OF DELGATY,
PARISH OF MONQUHITTER,
WHO DIED 29TH AUGUST 1821, AGED 32 YEARS.
ALSO JAMES IMLACH, SON OF
JAMES IMLACH, NORTHBURN, WHO
DIED IN MAY 1849 AGED 27 YEARS.
AND THE ABOVE JAMES IMLACH, DIED
AT NORTHBURN, 15TH MARCH 1878
AGED 81 YEARS. 
AND HIS WIFE MARGARET SMITH,
WHO DIED AT CUMINESTOWN, 7TH APRIL
1889 AGED 85 YEARS.
ALSO JOHN IMLAH SON OF JAMES IMLAH,
NORTHBURN, WHO DIED AT TEUCHAR MONQUHITTER,
23RD APRIL 1899, AGED 54 YEARS.

James Imlah worked for his father at the Mains of Idoch, Turriff,  after his father’s death, he continued to work there for his brother, Alexander. When John, died in 1821 James took over from him the tenancy of Woodhead of Delgaty in the parish of Monquhitter, he stayed at Woodhead for over forty years until somewhere between 1866-1871 when he left and took on the tenancy of the farm of Northburn, Monquhitter. The 1871 census shows James described as a farmer of ninety acres, of which eighty are arable. The farmhouse has six rooms with a window. The rest of the household consists of his wife, Margaret, and their sons, Alexander and John, who both work on the farm, Alexander’s daughter, Margaret, his wife, “Lousie”(Louisa), and their children, “Bella”, Agnes, “Luisie (Louisa)” and James. There are two servants – Isabella Gall, a general domestic servant, and William Scott, who is a farm servant. James Imlah died at Northburn on Friday 15th March 1878, The cause of death was bronchitis for one month. The death was registered by his granddaughter, Margaret Johnston. 

John and James Imlah are my 1st Cousins 5 X removed, two of the three son's born to Alexander Imlah and Jean Panton, their son Alexander is buried in plot 205 (I will post about him at a later). 

Life After Rootstech

Sunday, February 09, 2014


What an incredible time I had at the 2014 Rootstech in Salt Lake City Utah, I  had originally planned on attending all  3 days of classes but by Friday evening after walking back from the FHL found I was exhausted from the getting up early, attending classes, walking the HUGE Salt Palace many times in the day, walking the Vendor area many many times, walking to the FHL and back to hotel, walking to...well you get the idea, you do a lot of walking at Rootstech, besides I was excited to get back home and start applying all I had learnt from Thursday and Friday Classes, so Saturday morning I packed, checked out of the hotel and headed back home, 2.5 hours later I arrived home with the intention of unpacking, writing and applying my new found knowledge but that didn't happen...what happened was, I walked in the door, sat down on the couch and fell asleep for 5 hours.

The Keynote speakers were amazing, both Thursday and Friday I left the talks with tears in my eyes. I would have to say that one of my favorite speakers was Judy Russell, AKA The Legal Genealogist, whose talk "Just Three Generations" made me realize how important preserving oral history was, according to Judy it only takes 3 generations for the events that take place to disappear if not accurately recorded.
I sat in on some great Classes, DNA and Megadata, were two classes I had not planned on taking, but after arriving at Rootstech and talking to other's I decided I needed to learn more about these topics, as you can see from the photo above I even purchased a DNA kit (cant wait to drop it in the mail box tomorrow) Some of the Classes I had planned on taking filled up fast and I had to go with alternatives,which worked out fine, these were classes where I thought I already knew all there was to know, but turned out there was plenty for me to still learn. So what did I learn at Rootstech 2014 ? That  next year I will try not to spend so much time talking to people and get to my class on time, well okay to be honest while the classes where fantastic I wouldn't trade the time I used for meeting new people so I will just take my chances next year that I find a seat, That I need to get in better shape so I can make it through all three days of the conference, that technology is allowing us to access records we never dreamed we would see while sitting at our computers, it's allowing us to record and document our lives and that of our living family members so future generations will know who we were and they will be able to tell Our stories with accuracy, and these stories and histories will be preserved for all generations to come.

I'm looking forward to next years Rootstech February 12-14 at the Salt Palace.

Rootstech 2014 Here I come!

Saturday, January 11, 2014


I'm so excited!! Registered and rooms booked, I'm looking forward to being able to attend 3 days of classes this year ( last time I was only able to do one day).

Friday’s Faces from the Past~

Friday, January 03, 2014



This photo is from my Great Grandmother, Mary Isabella Watson's Album, If I had to put a date to it I would guess it would be sometime in the 1880's?, there is no writing on the back but I think he may be someone in the Smith family ( Mary Watson was married James Fenton Smith) the mystery man has some of the same facial features as my Great Grandfather James Fenton and Annie his sister. notably the thick chin and nose. My Great Grandfather had 2 brothers who were still alive in 1880 ( Robert died in 1869) so could this be a photo of George 1864-1946 or John 1865- ?. The Picture was taken in Turriff, Aberdeenshire,Scotland. I would love to hear from anyone who knows the identity of today's Faces From The Past.

Military Monday~ Battle Of Trafalgar

Sunday, December 22, 2013




DAVID CHRISTIAN
David Christian my 4th Great Grandfather a Private in the 130th Company of the Royal Marines, served 6 months before being discharged after the loss of  his left arm (from the elbow down) at the battle of Trafalgar. He was aboard the HMS Africa, a 64 gun third rate ship, one of  twelve ships in Admiral Nelsons "Weather Line".  The Africa under the command of Captain Henry Digby had drifted north during the night of October 20th 1805 and on the morning of the battle was unsupported and north of the Franco-Spanish fleet. Admiral Nelson signaled the Africa to increase speed and rejoin the fleet, whether Captain Digby choose to ignore the signal or did not see it seems to be undecided, but the Africa attacked alone from the North making his way along the Franco~Spanish line,exchanging broadsides with various ships.
 In the book  "The Trafalgar Captains: Their Lives and Memorials, Colin White wrote this about Digby and the HMS Africa " Although one of the smallest battleships present at the action, she played one of the most remarkable and courageous rolls in the battle."  
The Africa sustained heavy damage in the battle, 8 men died and 44 were wounded.  David Christian received £ 40 from Lloyd s Patriotic Fund for his wounds and was discharged at Chatham on the 2nd day of March 1806.

No. 311 
By Lieut General John Barclay
Commanding the Division of Royal Marines at Chatham.
ADM 73/5/117
These are to certify,  That the Bearer David Christian a Private in the Hundred and Thirtieth  Company, hath served honestly, and faithfully for the space of six months, but having lost his left hand by gun shot wound he is hereby discharged from any further service in the said Corps or Company, having first received all his pay, Arrears of pay, clothing, and all other Demands whatsoever, with Twenty-one days pay to carry him home, as appears by the Receipt at the back hereof, and in consideration of his  loss as above stated he is recommended as a fit  object to receive his majesty s bounty of Greenwich Hospital.  And to prevent any ill use which may be made of this Discharge, by its falling into the hands of any other person whatsoever, here follows am exact description of the said David Christian he is aged 26 years five feet Eight inches high Swarthy complexion Dark hair Hazel eyes. Given under my hand and Divisional Seal, at the Royal Marine Barracks, Chatham, the Second Day of March 1806  John Barclay



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