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.

4 comments:

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

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

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  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.

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

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