The Adoption Witness: Materializing Ghosts

Elizabeth Hanson appeared in the 1851 Census of Bothwell, Scotland for Bo’ness Road.1a Captured at ScotlandsPeople (SP), the record was posted in this order: herself and her Hanson children, a family of five Moore lodgers, and Eliza Kelly. The order suggested three family types. Of the Hanson children, Sarah was 11, Agnes 7, Richard 5 … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Materializing Ghosts

The Adoption Witness: A Trip To The Dairy Farm.

We were trying to define US-born John Kelly, that 22-year old mystery man who plowed the fields of Woodhall Cottage Farm in Holytown, Lanarkshire. The year was 1881. Dairyman, Andrew Barrie, and his wife, Agnes Shearer, Scots both, worked that same farm.1a We wondered, if by chance, they could explain John's visit to the land … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: A Trip To The Dairy Farm.

The Adoption Witness: Escalating Those Carstairs.

Double Genealogy: The Adoption Witness Update 7 Addendum 11* We just got word that John Kelly's son, Robert, died in Wayne County, Michigan.1 We had ruled John out as an ancestor, but this news reopens the case. Recall: John, born 1834, in Carstairs, was coal mining out of Legbrannock in 1851.2 We hoped to prove … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Escalating Those Carstairs.

The Adoption Witness: Tales From Skog-Vefsn Before Lake Cowichan

Our last post on the Baroness of Skog-Vefsn got the attention of descendant folk in Norway. She was the daughter of great uncle Ed Hemmingsen, and his wife, Anna, who lived at Lake Cowichan, B.C. Circumstances led us to opine that she, Dorothea Elizabeth (Betty) was both adopted by, and great-niece, to Anna. Could that … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Tales From Skog-Vefsn Before Lake Cowichan

John Dickson (1882-1947): Edges of That Anecdote Bust

Our last post lamented the broken expectation that John Dickson left Scotland as a young man around 1911, for wonder in India or Australia. Instead, we found him home, dead at 64 in 1947, a single retired coal miner.1 We thought this closed our genealogical interest in him, in that we could say his life … Continue reading John Dickson (1882-1947): Edges of That Anecdote Bust

John Dickson (1882-1947) Busts Our Family Anecdote

Double Genealogy: The Adoption Witness Update 5 Addendum 9* Growing up, our Mum alleged that “three young men left Scotland solo, at around the same time: one bound for Canada (our Granddad), one for India, and one for Australia. They bravely conquered their futures on their own. The men kept in touch, but strangely, two … Continue reading John Dickson (1882-1947) Busts Our Family Anecdote

The Adoption Witness On Ancestry: The Baroness of Skog-Vefsn Emigrates to Lake Cowichan

Here is a copy of an original letter from the Baron of Manby/Baron of Skog-Vefsn; Dr. Lloyd J. Bailey, B.A., M.A., M.Ed. Ph.D. to our father, John O. Hemmingsen, dated 11 Feb 2000.1 Now, even original materials must be offered with caution; some may contain a little farce. That is, while it is far from … Continue reading The Adoption Witness On Ancestry: The Baroness of Skog-Vefsn Emigrates to Lake Cowichan

The Adoption Witness: PSA; Pressman-Rejected Jewish Emigrants. Miscategorized. Misspelled.

NAME: Pressman or Pressneau This is for descendants of the couple, Samuel and Sarah Pressman / Pressneau, born in Russia about 1894 and 1900, respectively. They are not our ancestors, however we stumbled upon their data when researching ours. It is information that could be pivotal in their life story. Unfortunately, it is data that … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: PSA; Pressman-Rejected Jewish Emigrants. Miscategorized. Misspelled.

Writing Off Jane Carroll’s John Kelly

DOUBLE GENEALOGY: The ADOPTION WITNESS. Update 4, Addendum 8 Genealogical bereavement: the profound sense of loss on realizing that the long--departed soul under lengthy intensive scrutiny is not an ancestor. The state of grief and disbelief that must pass before another target can be tackled. Alas, we deem that Jane's John is not ours. Those … Continue reading Writing Off Jane Carroll’s John Kelly

Genealogy Imagined from the US Civil War, past River Clyde, to a UK Chemical Plant

Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness; Update 2, Addendum 6 Little was known of John Kelly; he was born in the US about 1859 and resided in Lanarkshire Scotland from 1881-1882 where he worked as a farm servant.² ³ His family was not identified. "Double Genealogy: the Adoption Witness" found that our grandfather was likely adopted … Continue reading Genealogy Imagined from the US Civil War, past River Clyde, to a UK Chemical Plant