Part 899sd - Smith Robertson - Autosomal DNA Results

14 May 2017

Good Day,


And my Autosomal DNA or Ethnicity tests are all in.

I had them done by the 3 major companies - Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, and Ancestry. Whatever flair and marketing substance each individual corporation present here are my results, summarized by major region/area and ethnicity.

Family Tree DNA --

Africa - 4.0%
The Middle East - < 2.0%
European - 80.0%
Jewish Ashkenzai - 13.0%

23andMe --

Africa - 3.7%
The Middle East - < 0.1%
Europe - 85.8%
Jewish Ashkenzai - 10.4%

Ancestry --

Africa - 4.0%
The Middle East - 0.0%
Europe - 83.0%
European Jewish - 13.0%


My major highlights are the British Isles and Jewish Diaspora They are as follows, respectively -

Family Tree DNA - 62.0%; 13.0%
23andMe - 50.8%; 10.5%
Ancestry - 67.0%; 13.0%


For further detailed information regarding Autosomal DNA please check the International Society of Genetic Genealogy Wiki at https://isogg.org/wiki/Autosomal_DNA, especially the section of "Accuracy of tests".

Autosomal DNA tests can be used to confirm relationships with a high level of accuracy for parent/child relationships and all relationships up to the second cousin level. For all relationships other than parent/child relationships additional contextual and genealogical information is required to confirm the nature of the relationship.

And if you know of anyone else in the family who may be interested in receiving my updates regarding the search please let me know their email mail so I can include them. Who knows, more than my two eyes and my one aging brain definitely may help with this continued search.

Regards,

Jim
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Part 898sd – Smith Doret - Searching For The Origins of GGG-Grandmother Marie Ann (née Doret) Smith

19 December 2016

Good Day,

I remembered that France's archives for 100th Department, the one I used to find the documentation regarding our July family may be up online. The 100th Department is d'Outre-Mer. I thought that if I was able to use it for French Guiana why could I not use it for Martinique. And sure enough, I was able to find the links to the Archives Nationales d'Outre-Mer  -


A couple of things about using this site and most important it does not work with Google. It does work with Firefox.

Here is the link to the first part of the Birth Registration of Great-Grandmother Catherine Marie Antoinette July, 4 January 1861 in the Goree, Senegal Registration books -

http://anom.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/caomec2/pix2web.php?territoire=SENEGAL&commune=GOREE&annee=1861&typeacte=AC_NA

Hoping we will be able to find something similar in Martinique for GGG-Grandmother Marie Ann Doret. Who knows?


I have begun searching through the documents and registration as available on line. It will be an arduous search as I will have to go town by town.

This Archive may also help in tracing my grandson's mother's portion of their family line of Parisé to the Quebec and the Gaspe Peninsula circa 1697.

The Outre-Mer Department encompasses all those lands and countries that did and still do fall under the auspices of the French Empire.

And if you know of anyone else in the family who may be interested in receiving my updates regarding the search please let me know their email mail so I can include them. Who knows, more than my two eyes and my one aging brain definitely may help with this continued search.

Regards,

Jim
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Part 897sd – Smith Doret – Another Examination of the 1818 Indenture – Property Acquisition

16 December 2016

Good Day:

I, (Thank you Steve and Peter), have been jolted back into the realm of my/our genealogy looking for any idea or thought that may lead me/us to find the origins of my/our GGG-grandparents James and Mary Ann (née Doret) Smith.



On the 27th of February 1818, GGG-Grandfather James Smith appears to have purchased a lot/parcel of land in the Town of St. George, Grenada. This property cost at the time £165, in current funds. (In today’s US dollars this is something over $13 thousand.) GGG-Grandfather James bought this property from a Judith/Judique Dunn.

James Smith is identified as a “Mill Carpenter” and she, Judith/Judique Dunn is a “free Black woman”. Both are of St. George in Grenada. There are some very interesting related facts regarding Judith/Judique Dunn The year is 1818, and a “free Black woman” is recorded as a landowner.

The Indenture, as entered to the Register and dated 13 October 1818 identifies the size and location of the property as 27 feet in the front – the width and 30 feet in depth – the length. The total area is 810 square feet. The lot is “bounded on the North by Gore Street” and “on the West by Halifax Street”. I think I have the location of the property, the following map cut out from Google Maps. (My figure is only a representation.)

Continuing on in the Indenture the description of the property, it borders onto land to the south owned by Robert Napier. And then comes the clincher “and on the East by Lands of Mary Ann Doret”. This is 1818. GGG-Grandparents James Smith and Mary Ann Doret were not married until 11 December 1832.

Taking this into account all of GGG-Grandparents James and Mary Ann’s children, the ones that I can identify, were born between and possibly before 1806 and 1820. Also I have been able to research documentation that both GGG-Grandfather James and GGG-Grandmother Mary Ann were slave owners, per Office of Registry of Colonial Slaves and Slave Compensation Commission: Records; (The National Archives Microfilm Publication T71); Records created and inherited by HM Treasury; The National Archives of the UK (TNA), Kew, Surrey, England.

Family history that I have been privy to when I began my trek into genealogy and the search for my Smith et al ancestry was that GGG-Grandmother Mary Ann (née Doret) Smith was from Martinique and that she was a black female. I was also told that she may have been GGG-Grandfather James Smith’s housekeeper. Well, I am yet still to determine whether she was from Martinique, black, or a housekeeper. I am not discrediting this information it is just that I do not have any viable documentary proof to that effect.

I have located the majority of Birth Registrations for GGG-Grandparents James and Mary Ann (née Doret)Smith’s children: Sophia (1806), Mary Ann (circa 1809), Eley (1812), James Jr (1815 and my GG-Grandfather), Henry (1818), and Thomas (1820). The only reference to a George is in GGG-Grandfather’s last will and testament.

I did find GGG-Grandparents James and Mary Ann (née Doret) Smith’s Marriage Registration dated 11 December 1832. I have found the both GGG-Grandfather James and GGG-Grandmother Mary Ann were property and slave owners, individually and as a married couple.

My current autosomal DNA, the ethnic breakdown by Family Tree DNA, currently shows the following resulting breakdown: European - 78%; Jewish Diaspora - 14%; Middle Eastern - 4%; and African - 4%. 23andMe displays the breakdown as follows: European - 96.3%; Sub-Saharan African - 3.5%; Middle Eastern & North African 0.2%; and Other - < 0.1%. These primary classifications can and are broken down further across a number of classifications.

These are the facts. I am not disputing any of the family histories that I have been provided but a number of logical question do arise when examining the currently available documentation and my DNA percentages.

Logic seems to indicate that GGG-Grandmother Mary Ann Doret was a woman of some means. It also appears that she may have been a free person as she did own property typically reserved for free peoples.

Was she from Martinique, I cannot answer that question but the fact that she appears to have had a French surname, Doret, there may some credence to that possibility. We can only continue to search for a possible birth sometime in the time range of 1770 and 1790.

And then there is the question of the origins of GGG-Grandfather James Smith. The surname Smith does not provide much to go on. There are a number of assumptions but here’s hoping that one day I/we can find an iota of truth to the location of his birth and origin.

Here are the images of the 1818 Indenture, These are copies of the FHL microfilm #1563379 Item 5, Pages 450-2 -



And my transcription -

450

Examd


Entered 13th October 1818

This Indenture made the Twenty Seventh Day of February One thousand
Eight hundred and Eighteen between Judique Dunn of the Town of Saint George in the Island
of Grenada aforesaid a free Black woman of the one part and James Smith of the Parish of Saint
George in the same Island, Mill Carpenter of the other part witne∫seth that the said Judith Dunn
in consideration of Five shillings Current money of Grenada to her in had paid by the said James
Smith before the sealing and delivery of these presents (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged)
hath bargained and sold and by these presents doth bargain and sell unto the said James Smith
his Executors Administrators and A∫signs All that Lot piece of Parcel of Land Situate and being in
the Town of Saint George in the said Island of Grenada containing in front Twenty Seven feet
and in depth Thirty feet and bounded on the North by Gore Street on the West by Halifax Street on
the South by lands late of Robert Napier and on the East by Lands of Mary Ann Doret or howsoever
otherwise bounded and being and all erections thereon and all ways waters Liberties Easements and
Priviledges thereto belonging or usually enjoyed therewith and the reversion and reversions remainder and
remainders Rents, I∫sues and Profits thereof with their and every of their Appurtenances To have and
To hold the said Lot Piece or Parcel of Land and all and singular the Premises above mentioned unto
the said James Smith his Executors Administrators and A∫signs from the day next before the Day of
the date hereof for and during the full end and term of one whole Year thereon next ensuing
Yielding and paying therefore at the End of the said term One Pepper Corn if lawfully demanded
To the intent and purpose that by virtue of these presents and of the statute for transferring Uses
into Po∫se∫sion the said James Smith may be in the actual Po∫se∫sion of the premises and
thereby be enabled to accept and take a Grant and release of the Freehold and Inheritance thereof
by Indenture intended to bear date the day next after the Day of the Date of these presents.
In Witne∫s whereof the party first above named hath hereto set her hand and Seal the Day
and Year first above written. order(?) Mark
of + Judith Dunn +
Signed Sealed and Delivered }
In presence of us } L Vonweiller _ Anthony Lumpres(?)

This Indenture made the Twenty Eight Day of February One thousand Eight
hundred and Eighteen Between Judique Dunn of the Town of Saint George in the said Island of
Grenada free Black woman of the one part and James Smith of ^the Parish of Saint George in the


same


451

same Island Mill Carpenter of the other part witne∫seth that the said Judique Dunn for
and in consideration of the sum of one hundred and Sixty five pounds Current money of Grenada
to her in hand well and truly paid at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents by the
said James Smith (the Receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) hath bargained granted sold
released and confirmed and by these presents doth Grant bargain Sell release and confirm unto
the said James Smith (In his actual Pro∫se∫sion now being by virtue of a Bargain and Sale to him
thereof made by Indenture bearing date the day next before the Day of the date of these presents
and by force of the Statute for the transferring uses into Po∫se∫sion) and to his Heirs and A∫signs All
that Lot Piece or Parcel of Land Situate and being in the Town of Saint George in the said Island
of Grenada containing in front Twenty Seven feet and in depth Thirty feet bounded on the North by
Gore Street on the West by Halifax Street on the South by lands lately of Robert Napier and on
the East by Lands of Mary Ann Doret or howsoever otherwise bounded and being and all erections
thereon and all ways waters Liberties Easements and Priviledges thereto belonging or usually enjoyed
therewith and the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and Remainders Rents I∫sues and Profits
thereof with these and every of these Appurtenances and all the Estate Right Title Interest Trust
Property claim and demand whatsoever both at Law and in Equity of her the said Judique Dunn
of in and to the same or any part thereof To have and To hold the said Lot Piece or Parcel of Land
and all and singular other the Premises above mentioned with these Appurtenances unto the said
James Smith his Heirs and A∫signs to his and their only proper use and behoof for Ever. And the said
Judique Dunn for herself her Heirs Executors and Administrators doth hereby covenant and agree
to and with the said James Smith his Heirs and A∫signs in manner following that is to say that
for and notwithstanding any Act matter or thing done committed or willingly to be hereby granted
and released with the Appurtenances of and in a pure absolute and indefeasible Estate of Inheritance
in fee simple with any condition matter or Thing whatsoever to alter change le∫sen defeat or make void
the same and further that he the said James Smith and his heirs and A∫signs shall at all
Times hereafter peaceably and quietly have po∫se∫s and occupy and enjoy the said Lot Piece or
Parcel of Land and Premises hereby granted bargained and sold and receive and take the Rents
I∫sues and profits thereof to his and their own use without the Let ____ hindrance Interruption
or denial of the said Judique Dunn her I∫sues and A∫signs or any other Person or Persons
claiming under her them or any Predici∫son of her the said Judique Dunn and that
free and clear and freely and clearly acquitted exonerated and discharged or otherwise by the
Said Judique Dunn and her I∫sues well and sufficiently Saved and ^kept indemnified from and
against all and all manner of former and other Gifts Grants Bargains Sales Leases Mortgages
forfeitures Rents Dowers Judgements Estates and Incumbrances whatsoever made done or executed
by the said Judique Dunn or any of her Predece∫sors. And moreover that she the said Judique
Dunn will at all times hereafter at the request of the said James Smith his Heirs and A∫signs
but at his and their proper Costs make and execute such further conveyances and a∫surances
for the more perfectly and absolutely granting releasing and a∫suring the said Lot Piece or parcel
of Land hereby granted and released and the Premises unto and to the use of the said James
Smith his Heirs and A∫signs as by the said James Smith his Heirs and A∫signs or his or their
Counsel shall be reasonably devised and required. In Witne∫s whereof the Party first above
named hath hereto her her hand and Seal the Day and Year first above written.


order(?) Mark
of + Judith (LS) + Dunn
Signed Sealed and Delivered }
In presence of us } L Vonweiller _ Anthony Lumpres(?)

Received on the Day of the Date of the within written Indenture of and from the within
named James Smith the sum of One hundred and Sixty five pounds Current money of Grenada
being the full consideration money within mentioned to be by him paid to me I say received £165 by
order(?) Mark
of Judith + Dunn
Witne∫ses L Vonweiller _ Anthony Lumpres(?)
Grenada
Before the Honorable Richard Ottley Esquire Chief Justice if his Majesty’s
Supreme Court of Judicature for the Island of Grenada and its Dependencies
Personally appeared Lawrence Vonweiller of the Town of St. George Writing Clerk one of the subscribing
Witne∫s to the annexed Indentures of Lease and Release who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists
of Almighty God deposeth and Saith that he was present together with Anthony Lumpres the other
subscribing witne∫s thereto and did see the therein named Judith Dunn Sign by making her
ordinary Mark not knowing to write opposite to the Seals of the said Indentures of Lease and release
and also sign by the same mark the Receipt for the consideration money thereof And also saw her
Seal acknowledge and deliver the same as and for her free and voluntary Act and Deed And
Testimony thereof this Deponent and the said Anthony Lumpres respectively subscribed their names


as


452

As Witne∫ses thereto at the Request and in the presence of the said Judith Dunn and in the
presence of each other.

Sworn to Before me this } Lawrence Vonweiller
thirteenth day of October 1881 } Richd Ottley


I had previously worked on the 1818 Indenture in A Genealogy. You can cross-reference my earlier work at:

Part 408s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Smith Indenture Study – 1818 James Smith and Mary Ann Doret

Part 409s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Smith Indenture Study – 1818 James Smith – Acquisition of Land

Enjoy, and I’m going to keep looking,

Jim
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Part 896s – Smith Robertson – The Search Continues for GGG-Grandfather James Smith – 1798/9

13 November 2016

Good Day,

And The St. George’s Chronicle and Grenada Gazette dated Friday June 8, 1798; No. 484 provides additional and possible thought in the search for the ancestry of GGG-Grandfather James Smith.





My transcription –

THE Sub∫criber having received full powers
from Thomas Tarleton, John Tarleton, and
Daniel Backhou∫e, E∫q. all the different branches
of the Commercial Hou∫e of Tarletons and Back-
hou∫e of Liverpool, formerly trading to and from
this i∫land under the firm of Thomas Tarleton and
Co. by their ∫everal Agents or Factors, Morris, Fer-
gu∫on, and Po∫tlthwaithe; Morris and Po∫tlethwaite;
William Po∫tlethwaite and Po∫tlethewaite and Smith,
begs leave to inform all manner of per∫ons who may
be indebted in any wi∫e to the above-mentioned
firm of Thomas Tarleton and Co, that he only in
this i∫land is duly authori∫ed to give them valid and
legal di∫charge for their re∫pective debts, as will
fully appear by a reference to the ∫aid powers, duly
recorded in the Secretary;s Office of this I∫land, to
him directed, in conjunction with William Smith
E∫q; of the i∫land of Martinico, merchant; Richard
Hooton, E∫q; of the i∫land of Dominica, merchant,
and Jo∫hua Hinde, E∫q; of Bath E∫tate in the colony
of Demarary, merchant, which were received by the
Sub∫criber on Sunday la∫t in the fir∫t April mail for
this i∫land, brought from St. Vincent’s in his Ma-
je∫ty’s ∫loop Frederic. JOHN FERGUSON


ON the 31∫t ultimo the following notice was ∫ent
to William Po∫tlethewaite, E∫q; his an∫wer
thereto being deeming in∫ufficient by the above
∫igned, he is induced to publi∫h it:
SIR, St. George’s Grenada, May 31 1798.
In con∫equence of my being now duly inve∫ted
with full powers, (which you have paru∫ed in the
Secretary’s office) from Thomas Tarleton, John
Tarleton, and Daniel Backhou∫e, E∫quires, your
late employers, under the firm of Thomas Tarleton
and Co. in this i∫land, I do ∫pecifically demand from
you all their Books of Accounts, Mortgages, Bonds
Notes, and every other Specialty or Specialties, of
‘what∫oever nature they may be, ari∫ing from the
tran∫actions of that Hou∫e during the agencies of
Morris, Fergu∫on, and Po∫tlethwaite, Morris and
Po∫tlethwaite, William Po∫tlethwaite, and Po∫tle-
thwaite and Smith; as al∫o, all their hou∫es, lands,
∫hallops, ∫ailor negroes, and other ∫laves, and every
other article that may appertain or belong unto
them the ∫aid Thomas Tarleton, John Tarleton, and
Daniel Backhou∫e, E∫quires. Your prompt com-
pliance with this my requi∫ition will prevent me
from adopting mea∫ures that will be di∫agreeable to
my∫elf, and which in the end may prove highly de-
trimental to you.
(Signed) JOHN FERGUSON.
William Po∫tlethwaite, E∫q.


Please remember that the letter “∫”, the long “s” is used in the body of the original text. I am very curious now as to when the actual “∫” was used and when the “s” was used. It appears to me that there is now consistent direction, but then again I don’t think that I was around in 1798. If I was I believe I would have walked in to GGG-Grandfather James Smith’s office and asked him directly who his father, my GGGG-Grandfather was.

Something to note, GGG Grandfather James Smith passed away in 1842, His eldest daughter, my gg-grandaunt Sophia was born about 1806. The William Smith mentioned in the above passage could have been at least older than ggg-grandfather James Smith. GGG-Grandfather could have been about, at possibly the youngest between the ages of 7 and 13 years old. This is purely a guess on my part.

If you have any comment, question, thought, idea please feel free to contact me via email at A Genealogy Hunt.

Regards,

Jim
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Part 895s – Smith Robertson – The Search Continues for GGG-Grandfather James Smith – 1798/9

12 November 2016

Good Day,

This may be a surprise to all because it is one to me. And the wheels beginning ticking and turning.

An acquaintance, (thank you, Peter), just forwarded to me some clippings from copy of the 1798 “The St. George’s Chronicle and Grenada Gazette”. And of course, I am excited, and in Peter’s debt.

The copies, albeit the printed articles, refer to both a James and a William Smith. Could these Smiths be the ones that we’re looking for? Is this, are these the pieces of the puzzles that could lead me to the discovery of GGG-Grandfather James Smith’s father and, further, to a connection to a further distant relative(s)?




My transcriptions –


18th May 1798.

FELICITE BOISFERME of the Town of St.
George, Free Mulato Woman, gives this pub
lic notice, that ∫he has this day given up to Wil
liam Stiel, acting executor of the Will of William
Smith, Merchant, decea∫ed, all the Negroes devi∫ed
to her by the Will of ∫aid decea∫ed (except one
lately dead) to be ∫old for the benefit of ∫aid e∫state.

NOTICE is hereby given, that on Tue∫day the
the 22d day of May in∫tant, at ten o’clock in
the forenoon will be ∫old at Vendue, at Farrell and
Waugh’s Long Room, SUNDRY NEGRO SLAVES
late the property of William Smith, Merchant, de-
cea∫ed, and by him in his Will devi∫ed to Felicité
Boisfermé, Free Mulato Woman, and by her given
up to the acting executor of ∫aid William Smith’s
Will, to be ∫old for the benefit of the creditors of
∫aid e∫tate. Terms Ca∫h on delivery.

Remember the "∫" is considered a long "s", and our case an "s"

In consideration of this find, Peter also sent me two more pages of clippings. I will be transcribing them as well as I will attempt to find a/some connection within the boy of my work in A Genealogy Hunt.

If you have any comment, question, thought, idea please feel free to contact me via email at A Genealogy Hunt.

Regards,

Jim
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Part 894bd – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – GG-Grandfather Jacques (Jacob) Brunhammer – Death May 8, 1903

10 March 2016

Good Day,

And who says patience does pay off? Thank you Diane in Pennsylvania, once again. It has been 13 years since we have been looking for great-great-grandfather Jacques (aka Jacob) Brunhammer’s final resting place.


Great-great grandfather Jacques (aka Jacob) passed away May 8, 1903 in Ware, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He is buried at the Old St. Williams Cemetery on West Street in Ware.

He was 65 1/2 years, 17 days old. The record of his birth date, which we have on file, is October 22, 1837 in Dornach, Haut Rhin, Alsace, France. The death register is incorrect as it indicates that his birthplace is “Paris, France.”

I wrote about and presented his 1837 birth registration in Part 133b – Brunhammer Doherty Genealogy – 1837 Birth Jacques (Jacob) Brunhammer of A Genealogy Hunt.

According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Return of A Death gg-grandfather Jacob (aka Jacques) passed way from “Lagrippe” (translated: Influenza) and “Heart Failure”.

Citation: FHL 2069137 Image 1135 of 1880

Death registers, 1901-1905
Taunton [Aug. 18 - Dec. 31], v. 52 1903 (begins with the name Reilly, Hugh H.) Templeton to Uxbridge [May 01>], v. 53 1903 Wakefield to Warren [May 01>], v. 54 1903 Warwick to West Tisbury [May 01>], v. 55 1903 Westborough [May 01 - Aug. 24], v. 56 1903 (ends with the name Lyons, Mary)

"Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11848-179980-3?cc=1463156 : accessed 9 March 2016), 2069137 (004292283) > image 1135 of 1880; State Archives, Boston.

GG-Grandfather Jacob/Jacques’ wife and our gg-grandmother Marie/Mary (née Katz) Brunhammer were the original Brunhammers, and family who landed at Philadelphia in 1875 and 1876 Part 92b – Brunhammer Genealogy – A New Start. All-things-being-equal all Brunhammers and Brunhamers today in the United States can and should be able to trace their ancestry to Jacques and Marie. Yes we at A Genealogy Hunt do dig and present roots further back in time, but this is the real connection.

GG-Grandfather Jacques/Jacob is buried in St. Williams Cemetery in Ware, Massachusetts and gg-grandmother Marie/Mary is buried at Arlington Cemetery in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Part 558b – Brunhammer Genealogy – GG-Grandmother Mary Brunhammer’s Final Resting Place Found! Based on this information their resting places are 277 miles apart.



If you have and comment, question, thought, idea please feel free to contact me via email at A Genealogy Hunt.

Regards,

Jim
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Part 893s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – GGG-Grandfather James Smith – The Continued Search

20 February 2016

Good Day,

I'm back.


The search never, ever ends. I am still looking for the possible origin of my 3-times great grandfather James Smith.

In the past couple of weeks my cousin made a fantastic discovery. It was a letter penned by a great-aunt to his mother. The discovery is a possible measure of luck which may or may not provide a clue to the search of the origins of our great-great-great-grandfather James Smith. The last sentence of the note/letter is what has definitely piqued our interest.

As transcribed, (thank-you David) –

“Your great grandmother (Ella) Granny Smiths was born in Eng. (York I think) he was an Anglican priest; Rev Alexander Scott- he married Sarah Ann Roseta McKowen, whose father was an Irish D; Mckowen-Mrs. Mckowen was the daughter of a Mrs. McEwen they came from Aberdeen Scotland. Granny Smiths; father & mother went to Nassau when they married. Their children were born there. They then went to Jamaica, where grandfather Scott died & Gran Scott came back to Grenada with 3 children. Ella, Hubert & Percy. Ella (your gran) Hubert lived in Trinidad and died there & Percy died at the age of 92 and is buried here. Ella my mother, & your Gran (Scott) married William James Smith my father whose Grandfather came from Glasgow.”

It is great-aunt Olive’s last sentence

“Ella my mother, & your Gran (Scott) married William James Smith my father whose Grandfather came from Glasgow.”
that provided me with the impetus and motivation to check another path of research.

From my previous research and write-up, Part 347s – Smith Robertson Genealogy – Indenture Research – 1842 James Smith – LWT – Distribution ggg-grandfather James Smith in his last will and testament mentions his sister Betsy (née Smith) La Grenade two times.

Given this fact, ggg-grandfather James had a sister Betsy, and that grandaunt Olive mentions that her father, my great-grandfather William James Smith’s grandfather came from Glasgow, I thought that I may search the FHL Scottish Parish Records for the birth and/or christening records of a brother and a sister born in the area of Glasgow. I increased my search to include the county of Lanarkshire as on older maps Glasgow is found within the area pre-1975. As ggg-grandfather James passed away in Grenada in about 1843 I set the range of my search for the siblings’ records to 1760 through 1800.

These are the parameters of my search –

  1. The years 1760 – 1800, first pass.
  2. All birth and christening (baptism) records as indexed in the Scottish Parish Records LDS database.
  3. All birth and christening records specific to the county of Lanark.
  4. All birth and christening records record for a male child named James.
  5. All birth and christening records record for a female child named Elizabeth, Elisabeth, Betty and other variations. I did not find a record for the spelling of Betsy. (I did find a site which very nicely charts out names that may be related to that of Elizabeth – Behind the Name ).

To date I have found 72 Elizabeth, et al, records and 146 James records. Now the matching to same/mutual parents begins, if possible.

Here's a sampling of the records I have recorded.


If you have and comment, question, thought, idea please feel free to contact me via email at A Genealogy Hunt.

Regards,

Jim
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