Author Archives: jenjen999

About jenjen999

I am a family historian with an interest not only in direct lines but in the social background and historical setting of the families I research.

Witches and family history

Buried on Ancestry there are a number of fascinating records relating to witches.  These include Scotland, Names of Witches, 1658.  These are digitalized records in the possession of  the Wellcome Library, providing the names of  women and men who were … Continue reading

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Wylie Blue

Wylie Blue was born Alexander Wylie Blue in Campbeltown, Argyle on 11 May, 1869.  His father was William, a master baker and his mother Mary Wylie.  He was one of at least six siblings.  He attended Glasgow University and by … Continue reading

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Loyalty

In the 19th century and earlier decades of the 20th, large houses and estates employed servants.  Many of them stayed in service with the same families for decades.  But recently I have found the relationship between employer and servant extended … Continue reading

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James McNair 1746-1778

James McNair was born in Campbeltown in 1746, like many Scots at that period he left for America.  It is likely that other members of his extended family had moved to America during the 18th century and probably earlier. He  … Continue reading

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James Knapton Thompson : a civil engineer in the spirit realm.

James Knapton Thompson was born around 1850 in Yorkshire.  By profession he was a Civil Engineer and he  held a number of Patients in his professional field.  It was one of these that led him to be prosecuted and found … Continue reading

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David Alderdice and a ‘female cannibal’

Life was not always easy in the 19th century.  Here is the sad story of David Alderdice, a pawnbroker in Charlemount, Loughgall, County Armagh, as told in the local press of the time – The Armagh Guardian September 23, 1845 … Continue reading

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A Horrible Murder

A Horrible Murder.

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