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From: Sheena Samonas <>
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] susan dunn
Date: Sun, 02 Mar 2003 11:45:41 -0500
References: <000901c2df47$063f9ee0$ba0cff3e@carol> <009701c2e05b$d2d1b640$6401a8c0@vaio>
Hi Laura, me again, I also checked the 1881 census, a
Penny(grandaughter) listed along with the Trail family including the
widow Susan. See below:
Dwelling: 80 High Street
Census Place: Fraserburgh, Aberdeen, Scotland
Source: FHL Film 0203456 GRO Ref Volume 196 EnumDist
3 Page 6
Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Susan TRAIL W 56 F Rathen, Aberdeen, Scotland
Margaret W. TRAIL U 26 F Fraserburgh, Aberdeen, Scotland
Susan A. PENNY U 17 F Old Deer, Aberdeen, Scotland
Rel: Gr Daur
Occ: General Serv
Donald URQUHART M 54 M Helmsdale, Sutherland, Scotland
Alexr. URQUHART U 23 M Clyth, Caithness, Scotland
Alexr. CLARK U 23 M Buckie, Banff, Scotland
Jas. MC GREGOR U 22 M Buckie, Banff, Scotland
Susan Dunn would have been born approx. 1821-23 in Rathen. You can find
this on the IGI as well.
She may not have disappeared after all, she may have been under your
nose all this time!
Good luck with your search.
Ron Bozzay wrote:
>This was a great question. It got me to do more research on my Scottish
>folk today so I could make a decision.
>Well, I think it would be the unwed mother of my Great Great Grandfather
>(William Penny) who was Susan Dunn.
>It looks like she was a serving girl on a farm owned by James Penny and his
>wife Jannet (nee Mitchell) Penny. They had
>a teenaged son about the same age as Susan and teenage hormones being what
>they are...well William was born in May of 1842.
>What I find interesting about this story is that Susan seems to disappear
>and William seems to be raised by his Father, John, and
>later by John's wife Mary Trail who he marries in May of 1845 when William
>is age 3. This must have been a fine union because William
>names several of his children after his step mother and none after his
>biological mother. (I think it would be a very interesting dinner to have
>Susan and her son William come to the same dinner party!)
>This was not an easy decision but I am intrigued by what happened to Susan.
>Where did she go? Did she ever marry? Did she miss her son? Did she ever
>care or try to contact him? All those very poignant questions about family
>relations that go astray sometimes because of the moral conventions of the
>day, sometimes due to individual selfish reasons, sometimes because someone
>else is making those decisions for you.
>Great question. And I found more family because of it!!!!
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Carol" <>
>Sent: Friday, February 28, 2003 9:42 AM
>Subject: [ABERDEEN] ADMIN - Dinner Guest
>>Here is something for you all to think about this weekend.
>>"If you could invite any one ancestor to dinner - who would it be and
>>Be very interesting to read the guest list and you just may find your
>>missing person on the list.
>>Julie & Carol
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Sheena THOM Samonas is searching for:
THOM, ANDREW, RAEBURN in Banffshire.
MCDONALD,WHITE,LYONS, MULHOLLAND in Glasgow and Ireland.
MCMILLAN, MATHESON, NICOLSON in Skye.