Family History Jottings

Thursday, 8 April 2027 10:35 pm
kjthistory: (Poole)
This site doesn't pretend to be a "Family History Website" - it's just a collection of bits and pieces, a Work in Progress.

I'll be posting narratives for various of my ancestors as and when I get round to tidying them up. Names which are underlined in bold will at some point be hyperlinked to narratives for those people.

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William ANDREW 1793 - 1849 (brother of ggg-grandfather James ANDREW)

Edward COLE (sr) 1831 - 1860 (ggg-grandfather)

Frederick John COOK 1879 - 1940 (great grandfather)

Frederick HAYDON 1858 - 1912 (great-grandfather)

Betsy McPHERSON 1865 - 1935 (great grandmother)

Wills and Testaments: 

Thomas ANDREW of Woolfardisworthy, d1838 (brother of 4g-grandfather James Andrew)

John BASKERFIELD of Woughton on the Green, Wheelwright, d1753

Joseph BASKERFIELD of North Crawley, Iorn-Smith, d1752

Richard BASKERFIELD of North Crawley, Husbandman, d1671

William BASKERFIELD of North Crawley, Husband, d1715

William BASKERFIELD of Woughton on the Green, Blacksmith d1772

Thomazin CLEVERDON (née SHORT) of Woolfardisworthy, d1840 (5g-grandmother)

Mary ESTMENT/Eastment (née BASKERFIELD) of Woughton on the Green, 'Widow Woman', d1763

Kirby FRANCIS of Canterbury, Plumber, Glazier and Painter, d1843 (brother of 4g-grandfather George Francis)

George McPHERSON of Milngavie, d1845, (brother of ggg-grandfather Donald McPherson)

William PENGILLY of Clovelly, d1819 (4g-grandfather)

Overseers of the Poor:

William ANDREW b1793 - Settlement Examination 1823

William ANDREW b1793 - Removal Order 1823

Family Tree Diagrams:

Matilda OXFORD b1853


COWANs of Dundee
kjthistory: (Dundee_Waterfront)
George McPherson, b1804 in Laggan, Inverness, was brother to my ggg-grandfather Donald McPherson, b1799 in Laggan. George died Intestate, ie there was no Will.

The document below is a Testament under Scottish Law. After a death, the appointed Executor or his/her representative “compears” (presents him/herself) before a suitably qualified Commissary to present the Will, if there is one, together with the inventory of effects. The Testament is essentially a record of the proceedings, and includes the text of the Will itself where appropriate.

My objective is to show the property involved and the family relationships rather than necessarily the original wording of the document. The Testaments I have seen so far tend to the verbose, and the text below is in some places paraphrased or abridged.

Inventory of the Personal Estate of G. McPherson )
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Betsy McPherson was my great-grandmother; she was very proud indeed of being a McPherson, and that pride has been passed down through the family, even to her Dorset grandchildren.




According to Tilly, who got it from her Aunty Betty, Betsy was “a lady; she had been beautiful; she had lovely hair, real Rob Roy hair [red], which she kept long till the day she died, and washed it every day”.


Betsy McPherson 1865 - 1935 )


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