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From: "Pat Carson" <>
Subject: Re: [ABERDEEN] MEARNS
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2010 00:04:27 +0100
Just a thought - Isabella Peter may not be John's mother but his
step-mother. His mother might indeed be Jane Reid, but if she died very soon
after his birth and he never knew her, with Isabella bringing him up, he may
think Isabella is his biological mother. When did John and Isabella marry?
Ditto John and Jane? Could be different men, could be the same one?
Also when searching ScotlandsPeople, make use of the wildcard feature for
the surname Mearns, as I suspect this could throw up some different
spellings of the name.
"Here's tae us! Wha's like us? Damn few! - an' they're a' deid!" Old Scots
On Behalf Of
Sent: 16 June 2010 23:35
Subject: [ABERDEEN] MEARNS
Hello Keith and Carol,
Many thanks for your responses. The only John Mearns' birth that
appeared in LDS and Scotland's People for September 1864 was to John
Mearns and Jane Reid in the District of Inverury, and on my
grandfather's marriage certificate his parents are listed as John
Mearns and Isabella Peter. What to do now? And, Carol, until I
establish which John Mearns is mine, I can't say if the flask could be
connected to my family. I do know that before he died, "Petersville",
a house in Insch that belonged to his wife's family went to auction in
1926. Perhaps he was "liquidating" and some of his belongings went as
well? How exciting it would if it was his! Please keep in touch.
Agassiz, BC, Canada
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