1891 Scotland Census lists John Buchanan and wife Bridget. Their address is 29 Marshall St in Glasgow (same address as other families). He has an age possibly listed as 31. Bridget is listed as age 29. There is a son John Jr. (11), Ann (6), Peter (4), William (2), Joseph (9 mos).
1901 Census lists John Buchanan and wife Bridget again. Address is now 18 Green St. in Glasgow. Joseph is not listed (perhaps deceased?). Alexander is now listed (age 5) and George is listed as 1 year and 9 months. George is my great-grandfather.
Here's where it gets weird:
On the scan that I have of the steamship Parisian passenger manifest from October 31, 1913, it shows my great-grandfather George Buchanan (age 12) with his sister Margaret and his mother Bridget coming to America. This is definitely my ancestor. However, the above Scotland census records from 1901 shows that my great-grandfather had lots of siblings. His mother, Bridget, is married to John Buchanan in the census. There is no Margaret (who is about 15 at the date of sailing). And, the strange thing is that Bridget lists her surname is Kerr on the passenger list. I have no idea what happened to the rest of the family, or why Bridget is using the name Kerr. This is not a mistake in lineage on my end - she makes sure to list my great-grandfather's surname name as Buchanan, as well as Margaret's last name as Buchanan. (My still living grandmother confirmed both that they were living in Glasgow, and that her father came over by ship in the early 20th century.) Also, she lists her family as John McGhee in Boston, Mass (where she's headed). There is also another name listed in Boston -- Ashley Grange (possibly a friend?).
Do any of the names and places ring a bell to anyone? I'd be grateful for more info. Thanks!
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