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From: "goldie and Lido Doratti" <>
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] MEARNS
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:34:34 -0700
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Carol, please follow up, I'm sure all Listers would like to know the
outcome. Goldie
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ray Forsberg" <>
To: <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:46 AM
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] MEARNS


> Hi Goldie,
>
> I think I saw it at a little antique shop - I can't even remember the
> name or where it was now - possible somewhere near Insch; what struck
> me was that the metal was really soft (possibly pewter) and that there
> was an indentation suggesting that it had been lain on - possible
> whilst firing a gun or lying in a trench. I was just so drawn to it
> and I have kept it with me in an old kist in all my international
> moves; I hope I can return it to the correct family now, as I know
> how precious it is to have something physical which connects to an
> ancestor. I will soon be home and will let you have the details.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Carol
>
> On 16 June 2010 12:28, goldie and Lido Doratti <> wrote:
>> NOW...... how good would it be if it's Fran's........I hope it
>> is......and
>> thanks to the kind lady who kept it safe..........God Bless you, Carol.
>> Goldie
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Ray Forsberg" <>
>> To: <>
>> Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 4:26 PM
>> Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] MEARNS
>>
>>
>>> Hi Fran,
>>>
>>> I know this is probably not going to help with your brick wall, but
>>> when living in Aberdeenshire in th 1990's, I bought an old hip flask
>>> which was probably issued to soldiers in WW1 - it has the name Mearns
>>> stamped on it and I think there is some other military info, possibly
>>> the date 1916; unfortunately I am not at home at present so will have
>>> to dig it out when I get back and see what other info it has. Would
>>> one of yours have been a soldier in WW1?
>>>
>>> Kind regards,
>>>
>>> Carol
>>>
>>> On 16 June 2010 05:45, M Keith Abel <> wrote:
>>>> Dear Fran:
>>>>
>>>> This may be a dumb suggestion but you might look into the possibility
>>>> that
>>>> he was not actually born at Auchterless but someplace else and when he
>>>> was
>>>> still an infant, his family moved to Auchterless. The specific date
>>>> might
>>>> be a help in finding the right John Mearns born elsewhere. I spent
>>>> several fruitless years with just such a case in pursuing my father's
>>>> maternal ancestors and finally got the truth and an immense family tree
>>>> from
>>>> a member of a list. I doubt if I would have found it without the
>>>> lister's
>>>> help.
>>>>
>>>> M Keith Abel
>>>> Kingston, Ontario
>>>>
>>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>>> From: <>
>>>> To: <>
>>>> Sent: Sunday, June 13, 2010 7:57 PM
>>>> Subject: [ABERDEEN] MEARNS
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Hello all,
>>>>>
>>>>> I am hoping that fresh eyes will help me see my way through my "brick
>>>>> wall". My grandfather, John Mearns, was a sheep farmer on Strathorn in
>>>>> Rayne. I have his permit book which allows his travel throughout
>>>>> Special Military Areas issued at Huntly in 1916. His birthdate is
>>>>> noted as 23 August 1864 at Auchterless. Which is where I began. I
>>>>> tried all the usual places SP, LDS, etc. but could not find his birth
>>>>> registration. I did find his marriage to my grandmother, on 6
>>>>> September 1907 at Kirktown, Rayne. It lists his parents as John Mearns
>>>>> and Isabella Peter. So following that line, I found their marriage 11
>>>>> November 1855 at Upper Haughs, Auchterless, a son John born 5 December
>>>>> 1855, who died 11 December 1855, a second son, William, born 28
>>>>> December 1857 at West Haughs, Auchterless. On the 1871 census there is
>>>>> a John Mearns, age 9, and his brother William age 14, living with
>>>>> their parents John and Isabella. So that tells me that John was born
>>>>> in or around 1862. NOW, I found a John Mearns born 20 August 1861 at
>>>>> Upperhaughs, Auchterless to John and Isabella Mearns (nee Peter) who
>>>>> were married on 10 November 1855.
>>>>> Should I take that as my grandfather? If so, how do I explain the 1864
>>>>> birthdate on his permit book? Which is quite clearly written. His
>>>>> death is recorded at 7 January 1928 at the age of 65 years. Making
>>>>> his birth year 1861-2.
>>>>> Sorry to be so long-winded. But until I establish this fact, I'm just
>>>>> lost.
>>>>>
>>>>> Regards,
>>>>> Fran Hastie
>>>>> Agassiz, BC, Canada
>>>>> 15641
>>>>
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