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Re: John CORMACK and other lines
Posted by: Kevin O'Brien Date: June 27, 1998 at 03:59:03
In Reply to: Re: CORMACK and MacCORMACK from Wick, Scotland>USA abt 1903 by William Cormack of 325

John CORMACK was my Gfather's name too. The Origins go back to Wick and Latheron. They were fishermen. This is possibly the same family.

I have traced the lines back as far as James CORMACK b. 1805 who married a Janet (Jessie) MOWAT on 22 Feb 1834 in Forse, Caithness.

The earliest John CORMACK I know of married Agnes FAIRWEATHER 23 Jun 1762 in Wick and had the Children:
Isobel 1763
Janet 1765
John 1767
Helen 1779

From the memorial inscriptions there appears
a common set of names over a long period. I suspect there were only one or two families back in the early 1700's which are the common progenitors. Some names have probably come into the family lines from marriage: William, Alexander, Margaret, Henrietta, Emma and Chris(tina) all turn up later. James in an early name which may have come from a SUTHERLAND line.

My direct lineage is:
Josephine Ellen CORMACK (mother) b. 1912
Timaru, New Zealand, m. William
Alphonsus O'Brien, 1938, Wellington NZL

John CORMACK b. 1880, Oamaru, NZL
m. Josephina MEYER 1912, Timaru NZL

Alexander Mowett CORMACK, b. 1839,Forse
m. Mary Ann DAVEY 1867 Dunedin, NZL

James CORMACK, b. 1805, Forse, CAI,SCT


I am trying to put together a comprehensive set of family lines and will share what I get. Any histories or Gedcoms would be helpful, specially for the early period.

The CORMACK's are far scattered: one went to South Africa others to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and USA.

There is more than a hint that they originally came out of Ireland and this may have been at the beginning of the 1700's.


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