Saturday, 18 January 2014


Today we say Happy Birthday to my second Great Aunt, Mary HAMILTON - the eldest sibling of my maternal G-G-Grandfather, William Cunningham Bontine HAMILTON.

Mary is one of those ancestors that I refer to as “well padded” because she is easily found in all the main record types. She was born, married, lived and died in a very small geographical area and is easily identified in the census returns.

Born on this day in Kilmalcolm in 1821, Mary made her appearance only 2 months after the marriage of her parents, Alexander HAMILTON  & Ann WILSON.  Her baptism is recorded in the parish records alongside those of her siblings; a very convenient snapshot of a family as it grows 

On 18th December 1821 Mary marries tailor Daniel McDonald 

By the 1851 census we see that her family has grown to 4 children.

Sadly, on the 5th September 1859 Mary died of “child bed fever” after the birth of her 7th child Mary Hamilton MCDONALD.

Another birthday to celebrate today is that of my paternal second Great-Great Uncle John NIVEN. One of 9 children, John was the older brother to my Great-Great Grandmother Margaret NIVEN and was born on this day in 1801 in Forteviot, Scotland.  Sadly, I know nothing else about John, but wish him a Happy Birthday never the less!

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