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Re: Thomas K. Blaikie - d. 1891, NY
Posted by: Sandy Mershon Date: January 26, 2001 at 19:20:45
In Reply to: Thomas K. Blaikie - d. 1891, NY by Heather of 58

My husband is a descendant of Thomas King Blaikie and Margaret Brewster Blaikie. My husband was Richard Jay Mershon (January 13, 1942-March 30, 1978). His mother was Elisabeth Brewster Mershon (April 28,1923 -August 11,1995). Elisabeth's mother was Margaret Brewster (Kimball) Mershon (July 03,1898-August 20,1997). Margaret's mother was Elisabeth Louise (Blaikie) Kimball (September 14,1873-August 14,1932). She married George Keith Kimball, II (March 07, 1869-January 03,1950). Elisabeth was the only child of Thomas King Blaikie and Margaret Brewster Blaikie. Elisabeth married George Keith Kimball, and they had two children. George Keith Kimball, III and Margaret Brewster (Kimball) Mershon, my husband's grandmother.

Thomas King Blaikie (June 12,1840-January 14, 1891) was the son of Rev. Alexander Cameron Blaikie and Nancy (King) Blaikie.

Rev. Alexander C. Blaikie (October 04,1804- December 31,1885) was born in Durham, Nova Scotia. He was educated at the Pictou Academy in Nova Scotia and in Halifax.

He was a missionary in the far west in his youth (1831-1835). In 1836 he became pastor at York, New York, and continued for 9 years. In 1846 he went to Boston and established a congregation in connection with the United Presbyterian Church, and continued pastor of it until he retired in 1880. He was founder and for a quarter of a century pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Boston and was a preacher in active service for nearly sixty years. His work in Boston was marked by great labor and patience. He was the author of PHILOSOPHY OF SECTARIANISM and HISTORY OF PRESBYTERIANISM IN NEW ENGLAND. (From PICTONIANS AT HOME AND ABROAD pgs. 92 and 93).

Alexander's parents were William (Blacky/Blaikie)(August 30, 1769-September 04,1851) and Lillian (or Lillias) Cameron (October 22,1781-September 19,1842).

William could have been born in Southwick Parish, Scotland. There are conflicting accounts of the place of his birth.

Another source states that he was born in Colvend Parish, Kirkudbright, Scotland.

William was married three times. His first wife, Martha Archibald, died childless. His second wife was Lilias Cameron Blaikie. His third wife was Margaret Patterson.

Lillias Cameron was the daughter of Janet Ross and Alexander Cameron who was born in 1727 and died August 15,1831.

Alexander Cameron and Janet came to America on the ship HECTOR from Scottland. They settled in Novia Scotia. Alexander Cameron had 13 children.

From Alexander's tombstone: "Alexander Cameron, born Loch Broom, Scotland, 1728. Settled at Loch Broom, Pictou County, to which he gave the name of his native parish. He died on the 15th of August 1831. Aged 103 years."

On a Clan Cameron Memorial:

"This monument is on the land granted Alexander Cameron 1728-1832. Born at Loch Broom, Scotland. He witnessed the Battle of Culloden April 16th, 1746, wherein two older brothers, under their Chief Lochiel, fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie. He emigrated on the Hector in 1773 and named his grant Loch Broom. He lived out his years as a pioneer farmer who turned forest into farm, a respected figure, typical of the many hundreds of Clan Cameron and its Septs who followed him to the New World. His descendants dwell across Canada and the United States."




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