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  1. kernowmaid

    kernowmaid Well-Known Member

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    Oh I so love the "Hints" on Ancestry. :rolleyes:

    My 4xgt uncle was William ELLIOT, born about 1797 in (New)castleton, Roxburghshire. He was a Cattle Trader, never married.
    My first official "sighting" of him is the 1851 Census.

    So this could possibly be him ... and then again, possibly not.

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    So HOW DO I INVESTIGATE?
    What is the point of a "hint" if it doesn't tell you anything?

    Jane upload_2020-8-2_18-51-21.png
     
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    there is a census in 1861 Langholm street Casleton for a William Elliot Unmarried Cattle Dealer
    There is a Helen, Ann and Robina all unmarried at same address
     
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    GrannyBarb Custodian of the Family Accounts

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    The source book is listed on Google books, but not much help:

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    There is a limited search preview. I don't think the record you want is included.
     
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    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    On Ancestry there's a transcription that says the ship is "Schooner Union Packet". Port of Departure was St Andrews and he was a shoemaker. Arrival date was 26 April 1830.
     
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    Thanks Sandie - yes, that's him in 1861 with my 3xgt gran Helen (his sister). He appears to have had a drink/mental health problem and shortly afterwards was arrested (crime: Insane) and committed to 2 asylums - which I've researched and sound awful.
    It's his life pre-1851 that I can't track (there's a possible Ag Lab in 1841, but no way to prove it's him.)

    Thanks Sis - there was a Shoemaker William Elliot born around the same time as my William, so I think you've proved that I can ignore the hint.

    Thanks Barb - I shall take a look right now!

    Jane
     
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    kernowmaid Well-Known Member

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    Now here's what could be a stoopid question:

    Is there a National Archives in the USA - and how do I access it?

    (The above reference produces zilch from the .gov.uk site)

    Jane :confused:
     
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    kernowmaid Well-Known Member

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    Answered my own question: of course there is! :rolleyes:

    I really must get to grips with Ancestry's Card Catalogue - it's all in there somewhere, just with ridiculous titles!

    Jane
     
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    there is a William Elliot arrived 26 4 1830 on Union Packet to New York age 33 who it says is a shoemaker
     
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    dont know if you have seen this site
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    https://www.oldscottish.com/castleton.html
    quite a lot of free records but they do charge for some Must admit couldnt match your William but there might be some other Elliots can see some
     
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    kernowmaid Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Sandi

    Yes, a very helpful site - that's where I found William's Asylum documents.
    I think I've gone as far as I can with him.
    Maybe one day he'll pop up when I'm not expecting him ;)

    Jane
     
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    Well it took me 10 years to find hubbies grandparents marriage as i was looking for 1874 and they didn't marry till 1904!! So there's always hope:D
     

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