As part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, this week I’ve written about my great grandmother—Isabella Aiken (Smith) Hocker, the daughter of my Scottish ancestors William and Eliza Craig (Bonnington) Smith.
I don’t believe I actually have a full list of my direct ancestors anywhere on my site. So, for Surname Saturday, I thought I’d do an ahnentafel report of my ancestral lines as I have them in my family database.
It’s surname Saturday and this week I’m remembering my great great grandfather William Smith of Edinburgh, Scotland and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
It’s funny how a record that you dismissed as irrelevant—because it did not pertain to the person you were researching—can abruptly become relevant with additional research.
From Scotland to West Virginia Alexander Bonnington was born on 16 August 1875 in Durhamtown, Bathgate, Linlithgow, Scotland, the third son of Peter Purvis and Elizabeth (Buchanan) Bonnington.1 He grew up in the lowlands of Scotland between Edinburgh and Glasgow. His father died on 16 September 1891 when Alexander was 16 years-old.2 On 27 January […]
Happy birthday to Isabella Aitken! Isabella was my great great great grandmother. She was born 27 Feb 1816 in Carnwath Parish, Lanark, Scotland to William and Marion (Brown) Aitken. She died 1 Dec 1856 in Whitburn Parish, Linlithgow, Scotland. ∞
I learned a lot about mining from the Scottish Mining website—including the fact that Alexander Buchanan died as a result of injuries from a coal pit accident.
I found a couple neat sites while doing my James Buchanan research. The National Library of Scotland has Ordinance Maps of Scotland, 1898-1904 online. Very useful for looking up all those locations. It even shows coal pits on the map.
A while back I wrote about what I had learned about my ancestor James Buchanan. I wasn’t sure if all the information I’d found pertained to the same man. I’m still not sure, but I have new information to ponder. My ancestress Elizabeth Buchanan married Peter Purvis Bonnington on 17 Jun 1864 at Bloomyhall, Junipergreen, […]
According to the marriage record I found for my ancestors James Smith and Isabella Aitken, they were married 25 Dec 1840 in Carnwath Parish, Lanarkshire, Scotland.1 This couple has been very difficult to document. After much struggling, I managed to find them in Whitburn, Linlithgow, Scotland in the 1851 census, but hadn’t been able to […]