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TAIT, Annie NEE HESLIN
Posted by: Kelly Tyler (ID *****2469) Date: February 17, 2007 at 11:41:50
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I am trying to determine if my great-grandmother, Annie Heslin (parents' names were Francis aka Frank and Mary Rowley - Mary was born in Leitrim, Ireland), was deserted by her husband, James Tait, whom she married in 1904, when he was 19 and she was 18 years old. Annie and James lived at 35 Pipe Street in Portobello, Scotland, which was also the residential address given on Annie's death certificate when she died on Christmas Eve, 1954. 35 Pipe Street is also the address given by her daughter for her mother on the ship's passenger manifest when she sailed to Canada. I have been unable to locate a Scottish death certificate for James Tait. I have a contact with the Scottish Records Office who was also unable to unearth a death certificate for James. So, this caused me to do a global search on Ancestry.com on the name James Tait, and I came up with a record that indicated that a man with the same name, birth date and place of birth of the man whom I believe to be my great-grandfather married a Nellie Pollard from Brighton, Sussex, England on August 30th, 1913 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada! I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Now, James and Annie had two little girls named Mary (my maternal grandmother) and Agnes/Addie (my maternal great-aunt), who were born in August, 1908 and September, 1910, respectively. So, if the James Tait who married Annie Heslin and Nellie Pollard are one and the same person, I want to avenge my great-grandmother! I have always wondered what would make two young girls leave everything they knew to come to what can be a rather Godforsaken part of the world (Mary arrived in March, 1928 and Addie came a year later). At first I thought it was purely for economic reasons, but in light of this new twist, perhaps the true reason is simply that they were hoping to find their father. Anyway, if this story rings any bells with anyone, I would be so grateful if you would contact me. Just today, I spoke to a gentleman named James Heslin (he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland) whom I believe is a descendant of James Heslin, who was Annie's younger brother. Unfortunately, the name Annie Heslin did not ring any bells; however, I will be calling him tomorrow after he has had a chance to speak to his mother. Annie also had three sisters named Margaret, Mary and Ellen. James appears in the 1901 census at the age of five. Sadly, Ellen died at the age of 9 before her 10th birthday in 1899 from duodenal ulceration. By the way, Annie's father was a mason and the Heslins lived on High Street in Portobello. I am SO looking forward to hearing from anyone who can help. Thank you in advance.


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