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.**

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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



Madness Monday~ Brentwood Asylum

Monday, December 16, 2013



London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 
           Reference Number: POBG/129/08


WEST HAM POOR LAW UNION, ESSEX.
In the matter of Sarah Christian a Lunatic Pauper, aged 70 years
                     _________________
The Examination of EDWIN KEIGHT, Clerk to the Clerk  to the Guardians of the WEST HAM Poor Law Union, in the County of Essex,  taken on oath before us, the undersigned, two of Her Majesty's Justice of the Peace,  acting together, in and for the said County of Essex, this 5th day of August, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety Seven; touching the Lunacy, Chargeability, and place of the last legal settlement of Sarah Christian aged 70 years or thereabouts, a Pauper Lunatic; upon the complaint and application of the Guardians of the Poor of the WEST HAM Poor Law Union, in the said County, made unto is the said Justices,  That the said Pauper Lunatic has become, and now is actually chargeable to the said WEST HAM Union, and that she was, under and by virtue of an order in such case made and provided, conveyed as a Pauper Lunatic from the said Union to the Lunatic Asylum, for the County of Essex, at Brentwood, where she was received, and hath ever since been and still is confined as a pauper Lunatic, at the expense, cost, and charge of the said WEST HAM Poor Law Union.

And I the Said EDWIN KEIGHT, upon my oath, say that I am Clerk to the Clerk to the Guardians of the WEST HAM Poor Law Union, in the County of Essex. That by a certain order (made in pursuance of and in strict conformity with the provisions of the Statues in such case made and provided) bearing date the 26th day of August, 1896, directed to the Superintendent of the Public Lunatic Asylum for the County of Essex, at Brentwood, in the said County, whereby he was required to receive into the said Asylum as a Patient, the said Sarah Christian the Pauper Lunatic; and subjoined to which said order is the necessary and certificate, as required by law.

And I say that Sarah Christian the therein-named Pauper  Lunatic, was before and at the time of making the same order chargeable to the WEST HAM Poor Law Union, in the said County of Essex, and by virtue of which said order the Pauper Lunatic was duly conveyed to said Asylum.

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 and was then and there received as a patient, and hath ever since been and still is therein confined as a Lunatic at the expense, cost, and charge of the said WEST HAM Poor Law Union, And that the said Pauper Lunatic is not settled in the said WEST HAM Poor Law Union, neither is she irremovable therefrom.

And I further say that the said Guardians of the Poor of the WEST HAM Poor Law Union have incurred, or paid the of two pounds five shillings and seven pence, in and about the examination of the said Pauper Lunatic, and in conveying her to the said Asylum. And they have also incurred, or paid to the Treasure of the said Asylum, the further sum of twenty two pounds eighteen shilling ans eight pence, up to the 5th day of August for the lodging, maintenance, medicine, clothing, and care of the said Pauper Lunatic in the said Asylum, and which amount has been incurred within Twelve Calendar Months next before the day of date hereof.

And I further say that the sum of Fourteen shillings  __ pence, weekly is the sum now fixed by the Committee of  Visitors of the said Asylum to be paid for the future lodging, maintenance, medicine, clothing, and care of the said Lunatic.

And I have been informed and I verily believe the same to be true. That the said Sarah Christian is the lawful wife of Samuel Christian. That prior to February 1896 the said Samuel Christian resided for the term of three years at 77 and  24 St. Leonard Street in the parish, Hamlet, or Township of Bromley St Leonard in the Poplar Union, in such manner, and under such circumstances, in each of such years, as would in accordance with the several statutes in that behalf, render him irremovable therefrom and settled therein.

Signed Edwin Keight

The photo below shows that Sarah Received a visit from her oldest daughter, Sarah Ellis in September 1897.


I have been spending a lot of time searching for a record of death on Sarah Christian nee Fish who is my Great Great Great Grandmother (maternal)  her trail went cold after the 1891 West Ham Census where she is living at 14 Florence Rd. with her husband Samuel, daughter Emily and visiting Grand daughter (my great Aunt) Jane Matilda Allen, but last week I stumbled upon the Poor Law Removal and settlement records for 1897 showing Sarah was admitted to the Brentwood Lunatic Asylum and now my head is filled with so many questions, why was she sent there? was she actually insane or was it something else? did she die there? Was her daughter Sarah Ellis the only person to ever visit?

And so my search continues for answers to these new questions about my 3rd Great Grandmother.

Used With Permission: Warley Hospital, formerly Brentwood Asylum
 

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