Blantyre Ancestry

Blantyre Ancestry

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If your grandparents have a Blantyre connection and you know their names (including maiden name), ideally date of birth and/or when they died and/or when they were married, I can perhaps help you. I’m willing to do this for free. Click Requests at the top of the page and message me, Paul Veverka.

Alcorn – Mann – Ancestry x3 icon
Allardyce Ancestry – some notes x2 icon

Baillie – Hutchison – Ancestry x2 icon
Black – ancestry x1 icon
Burns – ODonnell – ancestry x1 icon
Brown – Ancestry x1 icon
Buiuckas – Lithuanian Ancestry x2 icon
Cables – Blantyre ancestry x2 icon
Calder – William and Mary Johnston x1 icon
Tracing Cavanagh or Kelly family – by Lizzie Cavanagh x1 icon
Campbell Ancestry – Request by Gary Campbell x2
Campbell – Donald Campbell at Blantyre Works x1 icon
Cooper – Ancestry x2
Devlin Ancestry in Blantyre – Request by Claire Milne x1
Davidson – One Blantyre family, 2 World wars x3 icon
Dobbins – ancestry request x1 icon
Elliot Ancestry at the village – request by Jean Pearson x1 icon
Fitzpatrick – Higgins – from Victoria Kelly x3 icon
Forrests and Mains Ancestry – from George Park x1 icon
Forrest – Smith Ancestry – emigrating 19th Century x1 icon
Gallacher Auchentibber – Ancestry x2 icon
Gilfillian – and Lindsay Ancestry x3 icon
Gilmour – Little  – Ancestry x5 icon
Hamilton’s at Little Udston – Ancestry request x2
Hislop – Frew – Blantyre Ancestry x13 icon
Hogg – Miller – Blantyre ancestry x4 icon
Izatt – Leggate – Ancestry x5 icon
John Clark Forrest Connections– Request by Alex mcKee x2
Jackson – Gardiner – Gemmell – Ancestry x2 icon
Kakta – Ancestry x3 icon
Liddell – Cauldwell Ancestry – Request by Pat Donnellyx2
Latimer – Hutchison – Ancestry request x4 icon
Littles and Bowies – Family connections x1
Lennon Ancestry – in Blantyre x1 icon
Leishman Blantyre  Ancestry – request x1 icon
Martin Ancestry – details x5 icon
James McGurk Connections – Request by Patrick Whelan x1
Calling all Morrisons – Request by CJ. Morrison x1
WIlliam Morrison – ancestry x1 icon
Mackie – Smith – Ancestry request by Ann Crossar x7 icon
Morrisons – from Ireland to Blantyre to New Zealand x4 icon
History of the Nimmo family – Part 1 of 3 x4 icon
History of the Nimmo family – Part 2 of 3 x9 icon
History of the Nimmo family – Part 3 of 3 x1 icon
The Orr Family – Request by Glenn Orr x1
Paterson – Taylor Ancestry – request x2 icon
Polockus – Miliunas Ancestry – Request by Katie Polockus x1 icon
Pollock – ancestry x1 icon
Pollock – more family ancestry x1 icon
Quinn Family – Blantyre Ancestry x1 icon
Russell – Connell – Ancestry x2 icon

Thomas Strang – Request from April Leopold Hynes x2 icon
Sanders Ancestry – Request from Ina and Peter Sanders x4 icon
Scott – Coats – Ancestry request x3
Blantyre Sneddons – Request from John Suttonx2 This article is in The Blantyre Project Book - A Journey in Time Volume 1 icon
Sommerville – Hunter Ancestry -Request Marg Broadley x6 icon
Strachan Ancestry – request from Ian Burgess x2 icon
Taylor Ancestry –  Dyeworks & Guild Hall x2 icon
Watson – O’Neill Ancestry – Request x5 icon

Results: 59 Ancestry Stories

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  1. I would love to find more information on Archibald Coates (coats) married to Janet Sommervile he is my 5th time great grandfather. I would really appreciate any news.

  2. I would like to know more about my grandmother,Isabella Berry who was born in Blantyre on the 22/6/1891.I know she had a younger brother,John,who went to Rhode Island,America.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    1. James – I will add this to my do to list, but it may be sometime before i get round to it. I have many scheduled similar requests. Stay tuned.

    2. Isabella Berry was born in Blantyre on Monday 22nd June 1891 to parents John Berry and Mary Berry. (Mary also had the unrelated maiden name of Berry). The parents were married on 16th August 1890, so Isabella was a first addition to the family. Isabella was born at 29 Park Street, just off Stonefield Road in miner’s row homes commonly known as “Dixon’s Rows”.

      Her father John was a coalminer born in Midlothian and would have worked at either the Larkfields Colliery 4, or Dixons Collieries 1 to 3 in High Blantyre. He was a “hewer” a mining professions who loosens rocks in mines. It would have been a dangerous job, with collapse ever present. It would have been a relatively short walk for her father to get to work each day. Blantyre in the 1890’s was booming. Construction of many homes, buildings, shops and halls and despite the dark, dirty atmosphere of the coal industry all over the town, the prospect of residential and commercial expansion of Blantyre would likely have seemed exciting. It was indeed a place of changing architecture and opportunity.

      A sister Mary (named after her mother), followed in 1894, then her brother John (named after the father) was born in 1899 in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, when Isabella was 7 years old.

      By 1901, John Berry was 44, Mary was 37 and they were still living in the same house at 29 Park Street, with the area of Stonefield in Blantyre. The house is no longer there but would have been where now the junction of Winton Crescent is with Boswell Drive. Their home did however look out on to expansive fields, and their view unlike much else of Dixon’s Rows, would have been very green, perhaps with the exception of the nearby gas works)

      Isabella was 9 years old in 1901 census, Mary was 7, John Jnr was 2 and a further brother Patrick was only 3 months old. Isabella and Mary would likely have schooled at the former Stonefield Parish Primary School on Glasgow Road.

      The trail then runs cold in Scotland and England, for by 1911, the family did not appear in any UK census. It seems possible that by 1911 with Isabella only 19, Mary 17, John only 12 an Patrick just 10, that the whole family moved abroad by passenger ship.

      There are other entires later in the 1920s and 1930s of an Isabella Berry travelling to USA and to Canada by ship, but I cannot ascertain if this is the same person. Perhaps James, who originally sent in the request will be able to determine “what happened next!?”

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