I'm looking for the ancestors of my grandfather John E. Glennie, who was born in Philadelphia PA in 1912. He had two brothers; an older brother (James) who served in WWII and died a few years ago unmarried; and a younger brother (Alec) who died as a young boy of six.
My grandfather was big on colorful oral history and mighty skimpy on details. I know it was his father Alexander who emigrated from Scotland; the story is that he had a younger brother and their father (Liam?) bought one ticket to America and one to Australia, and my great-grandfather got to pick first. Any tips at all would be appreciated. Here are a few other bits:
My great-grandfather was a stonemason. He was supposed to have lived in Mull.
His father was (possibly) named Liam.
His grandfather was (possibly) named Dougal and came (possibly) from John o Groats. This always confused me, because I thought Glennie was an Aberdeenshire name.
Supposedly someone in the family fought in the battle of Balaclava; the souvenir sword was loaned and never returned.
Someone in the family worked on lighthouses up and down Britain and left his name carved on Lands' End.
You can see why I am a bit skeptical of the veracity of some of this, but I've noticed the commonly occurring names of James, Alex (or Alec) and John. If anyone knows of any Liams or Dougals or any Hebridean connection, or indeed has any information at all, I would certainly appreciate it.
Melissa D. Aaron
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