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Sim Family from Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland
Posted by: Brian Gregg (ID *****7555) Date: March 19, 2005 at 20:45:46
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My grandmother, Isabella Ross Sim (b: 1895, d: 1970), is the youngest daughter of George Williamson Sim (b:1851, d: 1929) and Joan Simpson Sim (b: 1855, d: 1896). The family lived in Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Isabella's siblings are:
James (b: 1876, married to Eliza Paterson Tough, 3 kids),
Margaret Donald (b: 1878, married to John Patterson)
George Williamson (b: 1880),
Joan Simpson (b: 1882, married to James Johnstone McClelland),
Robert (b: 1884, d: 1893),
Sarah Fraser (b: 1886, married to Harold Gordon Creighton),
Jane Ann (b: 1887, married to Alexander Bain),
Mabel Binnie (b: 1892, married to James McDonald) and William (b: 1893, married to Helen Pressley, and then to Lillian Stewart, a daughter B. Sim signed his death certificate)

In 1909, Isabella, Eliza Sim, James Sim, Jr. and John Sim emmigrated to the United States to join James Sim, Sr. I found the record of their arrival, however I cannot find James coming through Ellis Island. He apparently arrived around 1907. They all lived in New York, and James and Eliza gave birth to their third child, Eliza in 1911.

Sometime between 1909 and 1915 in New York, Isabella married my grandfather, Edward Gregg who was from Ireland. In 1915, Isabella gave birth to my father, Edward Gregg, Jr, and the birth certificate lists her age as 20. The certificate also lists Edward Sr as 26 yoa, with his occupation listed as fireman (I don't know if that is a railroad position, or if he actually put out fires). After 1915, there is no mention of Edward Sr., so I don't know if he left Isabella and remarried, or if he simply died.

If you have any information, please let me know...also I would love to locate relatives who are still living in Scotland. E-mail me at

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