Valentine – is Robert Gray my Mr Right?

Valentine card, from ?? There’s sometimes an air of mystery, someone who doesn’t want to identify themselves. I have a potential x5 great grandfather who married on 14 February 1769, but is he Mr Right? (Valentine is the theme for #52ancestors challenge this week) Robert Gray – working backwards The starting point is Janet or  |  more…

Oh my darling Clementina

James, John, Jean, Ann… my direct line is full of very common names. There are some more unusual ones too – Tomima, Walterina, Cecilia – but perhaps my favourite name is Clementina. Clementina Johnston (c1813-1855) Clementina Johnston, often called Clement in records, was my x3 great grandmother. She was born in either Lerwick or Weisdale,  |  more…

In the census, closing the web on Peter

Let me set the scene. I knew from my great aunts that their uncle Peter (my x2 great uncle) had gone to Dakota, married an American called Olivia and had an adopted daughter Maimie. Years later when I seriously got into family history I found that he was born on 9 August 1851, was a  |  more…

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