Scotland: A Tour and more…

We returned from Scotland and the trip was EPIC. We have been back several weeks recovering. Please go to my blog The Man Who Lived Airplanes to see what we did and where we went. http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com

Me at Edinburgh Castle, May 2018

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Heading to Scotland…

Yes, I am going to Scotland, and I will be touring the country for several weeks. I will try to share some of the events as they happen but it will be a busy trip. I am not as young and eager as I used to be and I want to take time and savor it all and it also depends on the WiFi situation?

Scotland simplified

I will be visiting several archives, societies and repositories in my travels. I will be looking into the surname of MacDonald/MacDonell, and Barclay.  I will be seeking information about the surnames of  McMurray, and Jackson that have been discussed on this blog. I know more about the MacD’s and Barclay’s and little about the McMurray’s and Jacksons and their origins.

I know that James McMurray was born in Scotland in 1823 but it is not clear where. On the a census the location of Beulowman is written and a cousin thinks it is Ben Lomond but I have not determined a place for that other than the mountain in Scotland.  It is possible that Mary Jackson McMurray’s father John Jackson was born in Scotland but it is not clear if that is true. I probably should dig deeper into Lancashire, England research.  I will just poke around and see what comes up?  I do plan to visit England and Ireland at some point but wanted to get Scotland done first.

As I visit these archives I will ask lots of questions so I should be very educated in Scottish research by the time I get home. I will also leave behind my family history and maybe it will have some effect?

I will visit lots of castles that have to do with MacDonald/MacDonell history as well as areas and places and also just Scottish history. There will be battlefields to see and the Scottish Highlands to explore including the Isle of Skye and the area west of Fort Augustus.  Click the map and it will open.

The Highlands of Scotland

I will share this trip on two of my blogs, The Man Who Lived Airplanes http://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com and The Barclays of Pine River http://barclayspineriver.wordpress.com.  Maybe a little on this blog but I am not expecting to find much.

It will be EPIC! Bonnie

A place to pause for this blog….

It has been five years since I started this blog.  I have written about the families of my heritage and it has been amazing.

Me with George & Esther's Tombstone

Me with George & Esther’s Tombstone

I never thought I would get as far as I have on the Boardman and Brown side of the family. I knew very little about my mother’s family.  Of course, I have had help from many cousins and appreciate it more than they know.  I have also met some of my cousins in comments on this blog, in email and some in person.  I am so happy that we have connected.

This does not mean that the research is done. Genealogical research is never done, there is always something you can do.

On the top of this blog are PAGES in drop down menus that cover the posts written on this blog by surname and then they are broken down by children or other topics.  I hope this will help in understanding the families and finding the information.

I have had the good fortune to travel to Canada to do genealogical research three times in the last few years.  I have been to Canada many times in the past mostly to British Columbia on my own with friends, my husband and with my parents.  I learned to drive practicing on Vancouver Island.  Victoria was a place to visit for family day trips from Seattle.

The recent trips have been for genealogical purposes.  The first place was traveling to Kelowna, British Columbia in April of 2010 to learn about the Brown family history and visit my cousin who had done a lot of research on the families.  Hopefully I have honored him by adding more documentation to the families.

My second trip was to Ontario and Quebec in May 2010 which emphasized the Brown families of Hastings County, Ontario and a lot on my McD side. The third trip was to Ontario and Michigan to dig deeper into the Boardman and Brown families and visit areas where they lived.  Don’t forget to read the posts about my trips to Canada they can be of great help and I have a page of the table of contents of the posts written about all these trips at the top of this blog.

Me with Phillip Brown's and others tombstone

Me with Phillip Brown’s and others tombstone

I have reached a stopping point on this blog where I feel I have written as much as I can about each family. I have published about the Boardmans, the Browns, the Wards, the McMurrays and Jacksons and their allied families.

I do have more photos, documents and information that I could share but I feel that the posts written have given enough information to assist family members who come to this blog to either get started or add to their history. Hopefully, I can help others trying to make family connections.

I have done a little maintenance on the blog in the categories, and checked the links.  So things should work pretty good.  Links in posts might be out of date but just let me know and I will fix it if I can and I will take a look one of these days to make sure they are okay.

My focus now will be to get my binders organized, sourced and source documents printed. The binders contain copies of the posts written on this blog in Word.docx form.  I will then make sure my computer documents are also organized and in good order.  The most important is sourcing them to my Legacy database and making sure that is up-to-date so I can print out reports. I am making progress.

Once the binders are all updated and organized, I will focus on Irish and English research and if I do find anything of value I will share that with you. There are still a lot of questions about my family history that I have not solved.

Here are a few examples:

  1.  I still do not know what happened to Edmund Boardman’s parents who appear to have settled in London, Ontario. So far I have not found a burial in Middlesex County for Edmund and Zelia/Tycha. They seemed to have disappeared.  Edmund and his brother Thomas ended up in New Brunswick but did the parents go there as well?
  2. Where exactly did William and Alice/Elise Brown come from in Ireland and if I travel there can I learn more? I am told they came from Longford and Cavan.
  3. Are Benjamin and Sarah Ward truly the parents of Emma Ward Brown.  I think so but I would like a little more documentation to get that satisfied feeling.

Please remember to double-check the research, I did try to be accurate but it can get confusing because the names are so similar.  The census are just transcribed in a summary and you really need to study the actual page which means you need to get your copy.

Once again, if you have questions or just want to connect please leave a comment and I will be able to contact you.

Yours in genealogy Bonnie

Another option is to try me at:  bjmcdonell@gmail.com

Revisiting James and Mary McMurray’s Children…First Born James McMurray 1849 to 1933

On July 2, 2010, I wrote a quick summary about the McMurray Children of Kent County, New Brunswick. Their parents were James McMurray and his wife Mary Jackson.  That original post had several comments made on it so I suggest you go and review those comments. The original post was titled:  James and Mary McMurray’s Children, July 2, 2010.  For more posts written about the McMurrays and Jacksons see the page at the top of this blog by hovering with your mouse of the The Boardman Family Overview. 

When I attended the British Institute Course in Salt Lake City in 2013, I did a little searching for the records of the McMurray and Jackson family at the Family History Library after my class on Pre-1850 English Records.  I presented those findings in the posts titled:

The Origins of the McMurrays and Jacksons, August 1, 2014

This is what I wrote about James McMurray the son of James and Mary Jackson McMurray in first mentioned post above.

1.  James McMurray born about 1849 in England in Newcastle. James appears in the 1861 and 1871 census with his parents.  This means the family emigrated to New Brunswick sometime between 1849 and 1852. 

I believe I have found out more about James the son and his life in New Brunswick.

James the son was baptized on 1 April, 1849 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northampton County, England and born 8 March 1849.

James' Baptism in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

James’ Baptism in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Source:  Parish Registers of All Saints Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1600 to 1940, Church of England Parish Registers, Baptisms 1844 to 1864, FHL#1068964, Item 2, pg. 202, No. 1615, April 1, 1849. April 1, 1849, James so of James & Mary McMurray, Pilgrims Head, Mason, W G. Henderson. 

James appears in the 1861 Canadian Census of New Brunswick with his parents and other siblings.  He is 12 years old and born in England, Newcastle.  James the father may have been born in Ben Lomond (Beulowman might be a mixed up version of that area).

Line 15, James McMurray, w, head of the Family, age 30, Scotch Beulowman, mason and farmer, Presbyterian, 3 children in school, no defects. Mary Jackson McMurray, f, wife, age 33, English, Longtown, Presby., no defects. James McMurray, m, son, age 12, English, Newcastle, Presby, no defects; Ed Wm. McMurray m, son, age 10, native, Presby, no defects; Robert Carson McMurray, m, son, age 8, native, Presby., no defects; Charlotte Anna McMurray, f, daughter, age 6, native, Presby, no defects; John Jackson m, son, age 4, native, Presby., no defects; Mary Elizabeth, f, daughter, age 2, Presby, no defects.

Source: James McMurray Family, 1861 Canadian Census, Weldford Parish, Kent Co., New Brunswick, pg. 15. 

He is with his parents and family in the 1871 Canadian Census.

James McMurray, F#159, Male, age 52, birthplace Scotland, Religion Presbyterian, origin Scotch, occupation farmer, M/W M, birth year 1819.
Mary McMurray, F#159, F, age 52, birthplc England, Presbyterian, English, M, Birth year 1819
James McMurray, F#159, M, age 22 birthplc England, Presbyterian, Scotch, farmer, birth year 1849. 
Edmand McMurray F#159, M, age 19, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, farmer, birth year 1852. 
Robert McMurray F#159, M, age 17, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, farmer, birth year 1854.
Charlotte McMurray, F# 159, Gender F, Age 14, Birth Place New Brunswick, Religion: Presbyterian, origin Scotch, occupation scholar, birth year 1857.
John McMurray F#159, M, age 12, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1859.
Mary McMurray F#159, F, age 10, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1861.
Richard McMurray F#159 M, age 8, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1863.
Thomas McMurray F#159 M, age 6, born New Brunswick, Presbyterian, Scotch, scholar, birth year 1865.

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1871 Canadian Census, Kent County, New Brunswick, Film C-10390, pg. 51, Parish Weldon.

This is where it gets interesting and I believe that this is the son, James, with his own family appearing in the 1881 Canadian census in Glomely, Northumberland, New Brunswick.  He is the same name, right age and born in England.  I am not sure about the “Glomely” it was hard to read.

New Brunswick Counties 1873 to present

New Brunswick Counties 1873 to present

Wikipedia has a description of the parishes of New Brunswick in Northumberland:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenelg_Parish,_New_Brunswick

Source:  James McMurray Family and Donald Cameron Family, 1881 Canadian Census, Parish of Glenelg, Northumberland, New Brunswick, page 8-9,

line 10, 31, 31, Cameron, Donald, M, 71, born NB, all Presbyterian, All Scotch, Farmer
Cameron, Flora, F, 55, born PEI, weaver
Cameron, Catherine, F, 25, Children born NB
Cameron, Margery, F, 20
Cameron, Archibald, M, 17
Cameron, Alexander, M, 14
McMurray James, M, 33, born England – Labour
McMurry, Ann, F, 29, born NB
McMurray, Am. Ellen, F, 9/12, Born NB

We find this same James McMurray and Annie still in Northumberland Co. in 1891.

Line 22, 1 1/1/2/10, 10, McMurray James, Male, 42, born England, father born Scotland, mother born England, farm labourer
McMurray, Annie, F, 39, wife, born NB
McMurray, Annie E, F, 11, Daughter, born NB
McMurray, Mary C, F, 2, Daughter, born NB

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1891 Canadian Census, Glenelg Div, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Dist#17, page 2-3, enumerated 7 April 1891, James Cameron

He is still there in the 1901 Canadian Census.

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1901 Canadian Census, Glenelg Parish, Northumberland, New Brunswick, page 1, Dist#19, SD#2, enumerated by Archibald Cameron, April 1,2,and 3, 1901.

line 32, 6, 6, McMurray, James, M, W, Head, M, 8th march 1849, 52, England, No. immigrated 1851, Scotch, Canadian, Presbyterian, 12, 240 (can’t read his occupation), read write etc.
McMurray, Annie, F, W, Wife, M, 15 Nov, 1852, 49, NB r
McMurray Katie C, F, W, daughter, S, 12 Dec. 1888, 12, NBr, 9 months school

Annie and James are living in Chatham Parish in the 1911 Canadian Census.

Source: James McMurray Family, 1911 Canadian Census, Chatham Parish, Northumberland, New Brunswick, Dist#31, SD #10, ED#19, page 9, enumerated by H. Melbourne Russell

line 38, 71, 85, McMurray, James, M, head, M, March 1849, 62, England, 1851, Scotch, Canadian, Presbyterian, no occupation, 1000, 36.00, all can read and write and speak.
McMurray, Annie, F, Wife, M, Nov. 1851, 59, NB
McMurray, Katie, F, Daughter, S, Dec 1888, 22, NB

James and Annie are in Loggieville in 1921.

Source:  James McMurray Family, 1921 Canadian Census, Loggieville, Chatham, Northumberland, New Brunswick, page 10-11, Dist#44, ED#29, enumerated by Arnold Torrent/Forest. 

Line 49 pg. 10 – 95, 95, McMurray, James, Township Chatham, Loggieville, BO, S, W, 6, head, Male, Married, 72, born England, father born Scotland, mother Born England, immigrated 1851, Canada, English, speaks English, no French, Presbyterian, laborer, odd jobs, $900
McMurray, Annie, wife, F, M, 69, born NB, father born NB, mother ???
Line 1 page 11.
McMurray Katie, all Chatham, all Loggieville, daughter, F, S, 32, all born NB, Presbyterian, read and write.
McNaughton, Grace, lodger, F, S, 20, school teacher, grade school, $800.
Cameron Crystinia, lodger, F, S, 22, school, public school, $720.

James died on 11 September 1933 in Loggieville.

Source:  James McMurray, Death Certificate #069487, September 11, 1933, Loggieville, NB

Northumberland, Village of Loggieville, Sub Chatham parish, James MacMurray, Loggieville, NB, Male, Scotch, Married, birthplace England, date of birth 1849, 84 years 6 months. Labourer, General, Married Annie Cameron, 30 years in place of death, in province 75 years, father James McMurray, born Scotland, mother Mary Jackson born England. Informant: Mrs. Donald MacNaughton, Black River, NB daughter. Buried in St. Stephens, Sept 13, 1933. Undertaker W.LL. D. Russell, Loggieville, NB. Attended deceased from Sept 10 to Sept 11. Death pneumonia, No autopsy, Dr’s information is smudged. Filed Dec 16, 1933 by E.L. Morris.

I also found Annie’s death certificate and it just adds to the information about James and Annie:

Mrs. Annie MacMurray, Loggieville, Chatham parish, Northumberland, New Brunswick, female, Canadian, Scotch, Widow, born NB, age 84, 8 months, died 20 August, 1936, cardiac failure, father Donald Cameron, Black River, NB, mother Flora McIntyre PEI Prince Edward, Informant Katie MacMurray, Loggieville, daughter, buried St. Stephens, Aug 28, 1936. undertake W. L.D. Russell of Loggieville.

Source:  Mrs. Annie MacMurray, Death Certificate #7834, Loggieville, Chatham, Northumberland, New Brunswick. 

I do believe that this is definitely James McMurray’s family, the son of James McMurray and Mary Jackson McMurray and my great-grandmother Charlotte’s older brother. Of course more research is always needed.