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Re: Kermath, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Posted by: Cosette J. Rowland Date: October 11, 2001 at 05:07:18
In Reply to: Re: Kermath, Toronto, Ontario, Canada by norman kermath of 16

Hi Norman,
Great to hear from you. I can't believe you live so close to Ellon.... how exciting. My husband and I plan to visit Scotland sometine in the not to distant future and I hope to see Ellon. With our country being at war it probably won't be any time soon, we're also moving on Monday, we bought a house on a lake about 35 miles from where we are now. My husband is a Scott also.
My father is 100% scottish, his mothers last name was MacKelcan, and that is actually how I got interested in researching family history. My children were small and I didn't work, so I had time. I ended up tracing that branch of our family all the way back to the 1700's, through the Canadien Military Archives I was able to document my 5 times Great Grandfather as being a General in the Corps of Royal Engineers under King George the III, Anyway, I then started researching Kermath, and for the longest time could not even find he name in Scottish history. And just when I had given up, at some Highland Games that we were attending in Alma, Michigan (we were both taking bagpipe lessons at the time) my husband picked up a Black's book of Scottish Surnames, and there it was...... Kermath, of Andrew Kermath, a whitefisher in the town of Ellon. I would have to try to find all of my info., and it's all packed right now......I can't remember if the info about the progression of the spelling of the name was in there too or not, but I think it was. I've always been very interested in where my people came from, so I would pick up bits and peices of info wherever I could. I would always search geneology tents at Highland games, Burton Historical Collection, here in Detroit etc. I never did get quite as deeply involved as when I researched MacKelcan, that was before the internet too. Maybe It's time to start again. I have no doubt the we are related, and to the others as well. My Sister-in law, her son and husband all play the bagpipes in a competition Highland band, and their daughter is a competition dancer!.......The more recent history, of course I got from my family. The Kermath Motors and all the literature from that is actually very recent. I was in error about Olga, May and Jack, they were James' children not siblings. It's been a while since I've tried to recall all of this so I'm a little rusty. I have one son, George, 29 and a daughter Valerie 26, she and her husband just moved to Ft. Wayne Indiana. My son is an Electrician, my daughter is a Biologist (not working), I am a Medical Biller for a large hospital, my husband just retired last December as an Electrician. Our E-mail address will remain the same upon our moving, so please stay in touch! Hope you and your daughter have a wonderful trip! Cheers! Cosette


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