Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thankful Thursday: Cairncross Descendants Correct Names on Photograph: Alexander and Janet Cairncross

Courtesy of the family of Maggie McPherson Burmeister

I am so thankful for the Cairncross descendants that have contacted me about this picture featured on yesterday's blog post.  Alexander and Janet(Stewart) Cairncross, featured in yesterday's blog, were the great-great-grandparents of both women with whom I have been in contact today. I also learned that William Cairncross was the son of Alexander and Jessie.

I don't know if I am any closer to determining the connections between these families, but I certainly have more puzzle pieces on the board today than I had yesterday.  And for that I am thankful.

(Note RE: Mrs. Alexander Cairncross:  One Cairncross descendant called her Jessie, another said that she was  called Jennette and Janet, but that her gravestone carries the name Janet.  I have therefore changed the name to Janet Cairncross, as that seems to be most correct.


  1. How exciting Joan! Every little puzzle piece adds to the knowledge and opens up the links. I look forward to hearing more.

  2. It seems like people's names were more flexible and often varied over time in the days before birth certificates.

  3. Cassmob and Sheryl, Thanks for reading and commenting. I like names and I like puzzles, and sometimes they are the same thing. My great-grandmother was called a whole bunch of names; named at birth Henrietta Elizabeth, she was called Elizabeth, Harriet, Libby (and every variation of Libby, but very few instances was she called Henriettta. Took me a while to trace all the names to her.

  4. You did well to figure that one out Joan.