It is a pleasure to finally get in touch with you. Dear cousin Rainy has been keeping me informed of much of your e-mails. Just yesterday I sent a copy of the applicable e-mails to the historian for Clan MacRae Society.
I had joined the organization last year and sent him the information which I had at that time. Unfortunately since some of the specifics were not accurate, he was unable to find a match in his compiled computer records on the Clan MacRae. Now, with the more complete and accurate names, it is my hope that he will be able to give us some
more links for the listed individuals.
Are you familiar with the castle Eileen Donan? It is the homesite of Clan MacRae located in Dornie, quite near Kintail, Ross County, Scotland.
For the past three plus years, I have been researching the family lines in hopes of compiling an updated book on information on our lines. About a month ago, it appears that the major work on the line Perrin, Perine, Perrine may be done with much new information on our mystery man Melancthon Wheeler PERINE 1817 - 1870 with the discovery of a cenotaph in the cemetery where his mother was buried (Mt. Hope, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada). A cenotaph is a monument to someone not buried at that location and I looked it up upon first seeing it. Apparently his mother, upon her death, had a cenotaph done listing her deceased husband buried back near Salem, NY, US and the son that had predeceased her in 1870. It seemed to be a very thoughtful thing to do.
His mother, Hannah Billings PERINE, had a wonderful portrait done by the well known Canadian artist Homer Watson. The portrait was the commission which made Homer decide to quit his job at the Perine's Doon Linen Mill and Doon Twine Company to pursue his art professionally. A few years ago, the painting was donated back to the Homer Watson Museum in Doon, (now Kitchener) Ontario. I have some images on disk of the image.
Rainy comes down to Florida for the winter months, and she has invited me to come over and get copies of the images you have sent her. I will tell her you wrote when we join her and Dick for Thanksgiving. Hopefully by then, we will have the information back on the Clan MacRae links.
I have used a family e-mail list to help post information to all the individuals on my list as research has progressed. It is my policy to only add a new name after getting permission to do so in order to respect each person's privacy. Would you like me to add your name to my new MacRae list? In it, I will try to post information as it develops so that all others will have an update.
One of my goals as a youth was to travel the Trans-Canada 1 across your country. Many years ago, I traveled from Buffalo, NY to Vancouver, BC in a delightful drive through many varied habitats. It seems that Alberta has some wonderful antelope and very reasonable gas prices at the time. Looking forward to the day when I can return to your charming area.
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