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Re: James Mearns and Ann Reid, Bourtie ABD
Posted by: devany crippen Date: June 16, 2001 at 09:22:28
In Reply to: Re: James Mearns and Ann Reid, Bourtie ABD by Jim Abbott of 105

Hi.. nice to hear from you. I became interested in Nicol a while back, and read a home page on them etc. I found your Jean as it was listed 1801, and also found James 1806, Robert 1803, and Margaret 1798. Maybe there are more. Anyway Cathy Mcbay helped me find a link because I didn't know anymore than that my grandfathers family was himself (william youngson mearns) brother (Dr. james alexander mearns) and Annie (Jessie Ann Mearns. Their father was James Mearns and mother was margaret Youngson of Pitsligo. Cathy had an 1881 census and it identified them positively so I was happy about that. It gave James Mearns, age 38, public school teacher, born Bourtie.. son James, age 8, born Kinellar, William Y born Kinellar, and Jessie Ann, age 5, born Kinellar.. From the IGI she found a James Mearns christened to James Mearns and Ann Reid 25/12/ 1842.. and I found an 1839 marriage date, but also an 1816, which may have been a mistake. In some old letters I have Margaret Youngson Mearns mentions George Mearns and so I figured he was a brother to James.. I found a George Mearns born 1848 and Jessie Mearns born 1850 to James Mearns and Jessie Alexander of Bourtie, and I found James Mearns born 1842 and Alexander Mearns born 1844 to James Mearns and Ann Reid.. so I figured these are either the same James or two different James, probably the first.. perhaps there was a divorce to Ann Reid or more likely she passed away and then he married Jessie Alexander.. This may have been why James named his daughter Jessie Ann, after both Grandmas, and if true this would have made George a half brother. I believe there was only one set of Mearns out of Bourtie, and so they are all closely related, and so what is your opinion on this? This is true then if my James is the 1806 James we have an ancestral link through Robert and Isabel. Here are just some small facts that I know from the letters about my Scot relatives.. The father James lived at 46 St Swithins St. My grandpa William went to Gordons college, and he later worked as a banker at what was town and county bank, as well as his sister Annie. Jessie Ann married a Mackintosh and had lots of children, but I can't find record of that marriage.. Dr. James Mearns was married to a woman named Tina, and had a daughter named Rita, and I find no record of them. Well I guess the real solid proof I need is that my James was indeed the son of James Mearns and Ann Reid. Have a good day and let me know what you think. Dev


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