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Major David Blair

Person ID #751, (ca. 1815 - 1880)

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Parents

FatherDr. David Blair (1790 - 1876)
MotherElizabeth Light

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

Ca. 1815Major David Blair was born ca. 1815 in IrelandG.1
Military-Notes

26 Mar 1858According to The London Gazette dated March 26, 1858, Captain David Blair of the Madras Infantry was promoted to the rank of Major.
Military-Notes

21 May 1858Major David Blair retired from the Madras Infantry on 21 May 1858.
Note

1880Major Blair died single.2
Death

12 Oct 1880He died on 12 Oct 1880 of gastritis in High Street, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandG.2

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
CensusSCO7 Apr 1861He was listed as Dr. David Blair's son in the census of Scotland taken on 7 Apr 1861 in High Street, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandG.1
CensusSCO2 Apr 1871Major David Blair was listed in the census of Scotland taken on 2 Apr 1871 in High Street, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandG.3

Occupations

DateOccupation and Location
1861Was a retired Major at Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandG1
1880Was a retired Major in the Madras Army

Citations

  1. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , 1861 Scotland Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S10] General Registry Office of Scotland, online , Statutory Death Registration. Hereinafter cited as General Registry Office.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, 1871 Scotland Census.

Elizabeth Light

Person ID #752

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Marriage

Dr. David Blair
Elizabeth Light married Dr. David Blair.

Children with: Dr. David Blair (1790 - 1876)

SonMajor David Blair (ca. 1815 - 1880)

Martha Anne Hobson

Person ID #753, (1841 - 1924)

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

12 Oct 1841Martha Anne Hobson was born on 12 Oct 1841 in Leeds, Yorkshire West Riding, EnglandG.1
Christening

28 Nov 1841She was christened on 28 Nov 1841 in Oxford Place Wesleyan Methodist Church, Leeds, Yorkshire West Riding, EnglandG.2
Immigration

22 Jul 1861She immigrated to Melbourne, AustraliaG, on 22 Jul 1861.3
Marriage

William Gordon Blair
1864She married William Gordon Blair, son of Dr. David Blair and Mary Gordon, in 1864 in Victoria, AustraliaG.4
Death

1924Martha Anne Hobson died in 1924 in Yarra South, Victoria, AustraliaG, at age ~83.5

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
Residence1919Martha Anne Hobson lived in 1919 in 43 Domain Road, South Yarra, Fawkner, Victoria, AustraliaG.6

Citations

  1. [S15] FreeBMD website, online , Leeds District, Vol 23, Page 416. Hereinafter cited as FreeBMD website.
  2. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , West Yorkshire, Non-Conformist Records, 1646-1985. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923.
  4. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950.
  5. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985.
  6. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980.

Martha Jane Posselwhite

Person ID #754, (1840 - 1903)

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

1840Martha Jane Posselwhite was born in 1840 in Southhampton, Hampshire, EnglandG.1
Marriage

Major Aeneas Gordon Blair
1863She married Major Aeneas Gordon Blair, son of Dr. David Blair and Mary Gordon, in 1863 in London, Strand District, Middlesex, EnglandG.2
Death

1903Martha Jane Posselwhite died in 1903 in London, Wandsworth District, Surrey, EnglandG, at age ~63.3

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
CensusENG2 Apr 1871She was listed as Major Aeneas Gordon Blair's wife in the census of England taken on 2 Apr 1871 in 3 Liverpool Street, Dover, Kent, EnglandG.4
Residence5 Apr 1891Martha Jane Posselwhite lived on 5 Apr 1891 in 108 St. John's Hill, London, Battersea, Surrey, EnglandG.5
Residence31 Mar 1901She lived on 31 Mar 1901 in 18 Park, Royal Home for Ladies, London, Battersea, Surrey, EnglandG.6

Occupations

DateOccupation and Location
1891Was a annuitant at Ladies Home, London, Battersea, Surrey, EnglandG5

Citations

  1. [S15] FreeBMD website, online , Southampton District, Vol 7, Page 122. Hereinafter cited as FreeBMD website.
  2. [S15] FreeBMD website, online www.freebmd.org.uk, Strand District, Vol 1b, Page 542.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  4. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, 1881 England Census.
  5. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, 1891 England Census.
  6. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, 1901 England Census.

Clementina Ross Stewart

Person ID #755, (ca. 1848 - 1908)

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

Ca. 1848Clementina Ross Stewart was born ca. 1848 in ScotlandG.1
Marriage

Lt. Col. John Blair
17 Jun 1868She married Lt. Col. John Blair, son of Dr. David Blair and Mary Gordon, on 17 Jun 1868 in Twynholm Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandG.1
Death

17 Jan 1908Clementina Ross Stewart died on 17 Jan 1908 of heart disease in Newington Terrace, Broughty Ferry, Monifeith Parish, Forfar, ScotlandG.2

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
CensusSCO3 Apr 1881She was listed as Lt. Col. John Blair's wife in the census of Scotland taken on 3 Apr 1881 in Seaforth House, Logie, Logie Parish, Stirlingshire, ScotlandG. The Blair family was listed as lodgers in the home of Harriett MacLean.3

Children with: Lt. Col. John Blair (1841 - 1915)

DaughterClementina Stewart Gordon Blair (1872 - 1932)
SonDavid (Davy) Blair (1874 - 1955)
SonAeneas George Gordon Blair (1877 - 1952)
SonRev. John Gordon Blair (1883 - )

Citations

  1. [S10] General Registry Office of Scotland, online , Statutory Marriage Registrations. Hereinafter cited as General Registry Office.
  2. [S10] General Registry Office, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Statutory Death Registrations.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , 1881 Scotland Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.

Rev. John Gordon Blair

Person ID #756, (1883 - )

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Parents

FatherLt. Col. John Blair (1841 - 1915)
MotherClementina Ross Stewart (ca. 1848 - 1908)

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

24 Jul 1883Rev. John Gordon Blair was born on 24 Jul 1883 in Woodside Terrace, Bridge of Allan, Logie Parish, Perthshire, ScotlandG.1
Death

Clementina Ross Stewart
17 Jan 1908He was the Informant on the Death Registration of Clementina Ross Stewart on 17 Jan 1908 in Newington Terrace, Broughty Ferry, Monifeith Parish, Forfar, ScotlandG.2
Death

Lt. Col. John Blair
20 Jan 1915Rev. John Gordon Blair was the Informant on the Death Registration of Lt. Col. John Blair on 20 Jan 1915 in 24 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, ScotlandG.2
Death

Mary Blair
18 Jan 1933Rev. John Gordon Blair was the Informant on the Death Registration of Mary Blair on 18 Jan 1933 in 8 High Street, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandG.2

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
Residence1933Rev. John Gordon Blair lived in 1933 in Kirkchrist, Hendon, Little Stanmore Parish, Greater London, EnglandG.3

Citations

  1. [S10] General Registry Office of Scotland, online , Statutory Birth Registrations. Hereinafter cited as General Registry Office.
  2. [S10] General Registry Office, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Statutory Death Registrations.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.

Clementina Stewart Gordon Blair

Person ID #757, (1872 - 1932)

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Parents

FatherLt. Col. John Blair (1841 - 1915)
MotherClementina Ross Stewart (ca. 1848 - 1908)

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

1872Clementina Stewart Gordon Blair was born in 1872 in Hartley Wintney District, Hampshire, EnglandG.1
Death

1932She died in 1932 in Hendon District, Middlesex, EnglandG, at age ~60.2

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
CensusSCO3 Apr 1881She was listed as Lt. Col. John Blair's daughter in the census of Scotland taken on 3 Apr 1881 in Seaforth House, Logie, Logie Parish, Stirlingshire, ScotlandG. The Blair family was listed as lodgers in the home of Harriett MacLean.3

Citations

  1. [S15] FreeBMD website, online , Hartley Wintney District, Vol 2c, Page 174. Hereinafter cited as FreeBMD website.
  2. [S15] FreeBMD website, online www.freebmd.org.uk, Hendon District, Vol 3a, Page 414.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , 1881 Scotland Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.

David (Davy) Blair

Person ID #758, (1874 - 1955)

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David Blair, 1874-1955

Parents

FatherLt. Col. John Blair (1841 - 1915)
MotherClementina Ross Stewart (ca. 1848 - 1908)

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

11 Nov 1874David (Davy) Blair was born on 11 Nov 1874 in Newport, Isle of Wight, EnglandG.
Marriage

Madeleine Temple Mackness
2 Sep 1905He married Madeleine Temple Mackness on 2 Sep 1905 in Broughty Ferry, Forfar, ScotlandG.
Military-Notes

1913From the Naval Who`s Who 1917, listed under R.N.R. Officers service prior to 1914.

Blair, Lieutenant D., awarded Board of Trade Silver Medal for Gallantry in jumping overboard from White Star Liner "Majestic", 6th May 1913, when two days out from New York, to the rescue of a trimmer, who had thrown himself from the ship. Both were picked up by a boat after being some time in the water; Silver Medal of Royal Humane Society, 1913.
Marriage

Vera Mabel Crump
1950He married Vera Mabel Crump in 1950 in Harrow District, Middlesex, EnglandG.1
Death

10 Jan 1955He died on 10 Jan 1955 in Edgware General Hospital, Hendon, Greater London, Middlesex, EnglandG, at age 80.
Probate

30 Mar 1955His estate was probated on 30 Mar 1955. The Probate Entry reads:

BLAIR, David of 103 Whitechurch-gardens, Edgware, Middlesex, died 10 january 1955 at Edgware General Hospital, Hendon, Middlesex, Probate London 30 March to Vera mabel Blair, widow. Effects £1167 8s. 7d.2
Note

Wikipedia Article about David Blair

David Blair (or Davy) (11 November 1874 – 10 January 1955) was a British merchant seaman with the White Star Line, which had reassigned him from the RMS Titanic just before its maiden voyage. Due to his hasty departure, he accidentally kept a key to a storage locker believed to contain binoculars intended for use by the crow's nest lookout.

Titanic posting and reshuffle

Blair, from Broughty Ferry, was originally appointed the Second Officer of the Titanic. He had been with the ship during its trial voyages to test the ship's seaworthiness and the final journey from its place of construction in Belfast.

The White Star Line, however, decided that with the Titanic's sister ship, the RMS Olympic, currently undergoing layovers, to have the Olympic's Chief Officer, Henry Wilde take the position, citing his experience with ships of the Titanic's class as a reason. Chief Officer William Murdoch and First Officer Charles Lightoller were thus demoted one-step in rank, removing Blair from the command roster. Blair wrote about the disappointment of losing his position on the Titanic in a postcard to his sister-in-law days before the Titanic left for Southampton, remarking, "This is a magnificent ship, I feel very disappointed I am not to make her first voyage."

Key to the binoculars

When Blair left the Titanic on 9 April 1912 he took with him the key to the Crow's nest locker, presumably by accident. This is believed to be a reason why there were no binoculars available with the crew during the voyage. According to other versions, the binoculars were not in the locker, but were left behind in his cabin, or he took them along with him when he left the ship, as they were his personal set of binoculars. The absence of binoculars being a factor in the sinking of the Titanic, became a point of investigation in the subsequent inquiries into the sinking.

The lookouts at the time of the collision, Frederick Fleet and Reginald Lee, maintained during the inquiries that they were informed they were to have no binoculars during the voyage. Fleet, when asked by a commission of inquiry composed of members of the United States Congress whether or not they would have seen the iceberg from farther away, replied that he would have seen it "a bit sooner". When asked "How much sooner?", he responded: "Well, enough to get out of the way." According to legal expert Gary Slapper, though, Blair's "forgetfulness wasn’t a material reason for the disaster" as there were other intervening causes.

The key itself survived and was donated by Blair's daughter to the International Sailors Society. On 22 September 2007, it was sold in a group of items including a postcard Blair wrote on board the Titanic via an auction held by Henry Aldridge, including a ticket from Belfast that fetched £32,000 and a postcard sent by a passenger which sold for £17,000. The key was purchased by Shen Dongjun, the CEO of jewelry retailer TESIRO's Chinese division for £90,000, and is currently on display in Nanjing.

The auctioneers said about the importance of the key that, it was a conjecture that the key could have saved the Titanic had it not left the ship. They also said that the money from the auction of the key will be used to set up bursaries and scholarships in Blair's name.

Later events

He was First Officer on the SS Majestic in 1913 when a coaler jumped overboard; the night before a fellow crewmember had succeeded in drowning himself. While a lifeboat was organized, Blair jumped into the ocean waters and swam toward the man, who was now swimming for the ship. Though the boat reached the man first, Blair was commended for his action in the New York Times and received money from the passengers[9] and a medal from the Royal Humane Society.

Blair (and Charles Lightoller, who survived the Titanic disaster) served aboard the RMS Oceanic when it ran aground in 1914. As the navigator, Blair received the blame for the grounding at the resulting court martial.

Blair died on 10 January 1955 in Hendon, Middlesex.

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
CensusSCO3 Apr 1881He was listed as Lt. Col. John Blair's son in the census of Scotland taken on 3 Apr 1881 in Seaforth House, Logie, Logie Parish, Stirlingshire, ScotlandG. The Blair family was listed as lodgers in the home of Harriett MacLean.3
Residence1949David (Davy) Blair lived in 1949 in 103 Whitchurch Gardens, Harrow, Harrow East, Greater London, EnglandG.4
Residence1951He lived in 1951 in 103 Whitchurch Gardens, Harrow, Harrow East, Greater London, EnglandG.4

Occupations

DateOccupation and Location
1955Was a retired Commander of the Royal Naval Reserve2

Children with: Madeleine Temple Mackness (1866 - 1950)

DaughterElizabeth Nancy Blair (ca. 1910 - 1995)

Citations

  1. [S15] FreeBMD website, online , Harrow District, Vol 5f, Page 851. Hereinafter cited as FreeBMD website.
  2. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, 1881 Scotland Census.
  4. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965.

Madeleine Temple Mackness

Person ID #759, (1866 - 1950)

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

1866Madeleine Temple Mackness was born in 1866 in Woking, Surrey, EnglandG.
Marriage

David (Davy) Blair
2 Sep 1905She married David (Davy) Blair, son of Lt. Col. John Blair and Clementina Ross Stewart, on 2 Sep 1905 in Broughty Ferry, Forfar, ScotlandG.
Death

10 May 1950Madeleine Temple Mackness died on 10 May 1950 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, ScotlandG, at age ~84.

Children with: David (Davy) Blair (1874 - 1955)

DaughterElizabeth Nancy Blair (ca. 1910 - 1995)

Elizabeth Nancy Blair

Person ID #760, (ca. 1910 - 1995)

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Parents

FatherDavid (Davy) Blair (1874 - 1955)
MotherMadeleine Temple Mackness (1866 - 1950)

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

Ca. 1910Elizabeth Nancy Blair was born ca. 1910 in Broughty Ferry, Forfar, ScotlandG.
Death

1995She died in 1995 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, ScotlandG.

Vera Mabel Crump

Person ID #761, (ca. 1907 - ca. 1960)

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

Ca. 1907Vera Mabel Crump was born ca. 1907 in EnglandG.
Marriage

David (Davy) Blair
1950She married David (Davy) Blair, son of Lt. Col. John Blair and Clementina Ross Stewart, in 1950 in Harrow District, Middlesex, EnglandG.1
Death

Ca. 1960Vera Mabel Crump died ca. 1960.

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
Residence1951Vera Mabel Crump lived in 1951 in 103 Whitchurch Gardens, Harrow, Harrow East, Greater London, EnglandG.2

Citations

  1. [S15] FreeBMD website, online , Harrow District, Vol 5f, Page 851. Hereinafter cited as FreeBMD website.
  2. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.

Aeneas George Gordon Blair

Person ID #762, (1877 - 1952)
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Parents

FatherLt. Col. John Blair (1841 - 1915)
MotherClementina Ross Stewart (ca. 1848 - 1908)

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

23 Aug 1877Aeneas George Gordon Blair was born on 23 Aug 1877 in Bengal, IndiaG.1
Christening

21 Sep 1877He was christened on 21 Sep 1877 in Bareilly, Bengal, IndiaG.1
Death

24 Jan 1952He died on 24 Jan 1952 in London, Harrow District, Middlesex, EnglandG, at age 74.2
Burial

29 Jan 1952He was buried on 29 Jan 1952 in Little Stanmore, London, Harrow District, Middlesex, EnglandG.3
Probate

27 Feb 1952His estate was probated on 27 Feb 1952 in London, EnglandG.

The probate entry reads:

BLAIR, Aeneas George Gordon of 103 Whitchurch-gardens, Edgware, Middlesex, died 24 January 1952. Probate London 27 February to David Blair retired commander R.N.R. and Vera Mabel Blair (wife of David Blair). Effects £1119 14s. 2d.2

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
CensusSCO3 Apr 1881He was listed as Lt. Col. John Blair's son in the census of Scotland taken on 3 Apr 1881 in Seaforth House, Logie, Logie Parish, Stirlingshire, ScotlandG. The Blair family was listed as lodgers in the home of Harriett MacLean.4
Residence1933Aeneas George Gordon Blair lived in 1933 in Kirkchrist, Hendon, Little Stanmore Parish, Greater London, EnglandG.5
Residence1949He lived in 1949 in 103 Whitchurch Gardens, Harrow, Harrow East, Greater London, EnglandG.5
Residence1951He lived in 1951 in 103 Whitchurch Gardens, Harrow, Harrow East, Greater London, EnglandG.5

Citations

  1. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , India, Select Births and Baptisms, 1786-1947. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980.
  4. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, 1881 Scotland Census.
  5. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965.

Mary Clarke

Person ID #763

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Marriage

William Bell Esq.
12 Jan 1846Mary Clarke married William Bell Esq. on 12 Jan 1846 in Kirkcudbright Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandG.1

Children with: William Bell Esq. ( - Bef 1877)

SonWilliam Bell (1846 - 1922)

Citations

  1. [S10] General Registry Office of Scotland, online , Kirkcudbright Parish OPR. Hereinafter cited as General Registry Office.

James McMaster Gibson

Person ID #764, (1879 - 1958)
RelationshipPartner of Helen Gordon Bell (1st cousin of Helen Gordon Cunningham (ca. 1885 - ))
Partner of Helen Gordon Bell (great-granddaughter of Alexander Gordon (ca. 1774 - aft 1851))
Referenced Charts:Box Chart-Descendants of Alexander Gordon and Margaret McCartney
Indented Chart-Descendants of Alexander Gordon and M. McCartney
Referenced Lists:Other Burials

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Parents

FatherJames Gibson (ca. 1851 - )
MotherJessie C. R. McMaster (ca. 1848 - )

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

19 Dec 1879James McMaster Gibson was born on 19 Dec 1879 in Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG.1
Marriage

Helen Gordon Bell
1 Jun 1912He married Helen Gordon Bell, daughter of William Bell and Catherine Ireland Gordon, on 1 Jun 1912 in Saint Silas Church, Glasgow, Hillhead District, Lanarkshire, ScotlandG.2
Death

William Bell
9 Oct 1922James McMaster Gibson was the Informant on the Death Registration of William Bell on 9 Oct 1922 in Royal Bank House, Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG.3
Death

16 May 1958James McMaster Gibson died on 16 May 1958 of cerebral hemorhage in Royal Bank House, Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG, at age 78.3
Burial

May 1958He was buried in May 1958 in Maybole Cemetery, Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG.

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
CensusSCO5 Apr 1891He was listed as James Gibson's son in the census of Scotland taken on 5 Apr 1891 in 1 Barns Road, Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG.4
Residence1912James McMaster Gibson lived in 1912 in Royal Bank House, Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG.2

Occupations

DateOccupation and Location
1912Was a solicitor at Royal Bank House, Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG2
1958Was a solicitor and bank manager at Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG3

Children with: Helen Gordon Bell (1878 - 1968)

SonWilliam Bell Gibson (1913 - 1986)

Citations

  1. [S10] General Registry Office of Scotland, online , Statutory Birth Registrations. Hereinafter cited as General Registry Office.
  2. [S10] General Registry Office, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Statutory Marriage Registrations.
  3. [S10] General Registry Office, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Statutory Death Registrations.
  4. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , 1891 Scotland Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.

William Bell Gibson

Person ID #765, (1913 - 1986)
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Helen Gordon Cunningham (ca. 1885 - )
2nd great-grandson of Alexander Gordon (ca. 1774 - aft 1851)
Referenced Charts:Box Chart-Descendants of Alexander Gordon and Margaret McCartney
Indented Chart-Descendants of Alexander Gordon and M. McCartney

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Parents

FatherJames McMaster Gibson (1879 - 1958)
MotherHelen Gordon Bell (1878 - 1968)

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

16 Nov 1913William Bell Gibson was born on 16 Nov 1913 in Royal Bank House, Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG.1
Marriage

Phylis Marion Coffey
He married Phylis Marion Coffey.
Death

27 Aug 1986He died on 27 Aug 1986 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaG, at age 72.2

Children with: Phylis Marion Coffey

DaughterClaire Elizabeth Gibson (1957 - 1993)

Citations

  1. [S10] General Registry Office of Scotland, online , Statutory Birth Registrations. Hereinafter cited as General Registry Office.
  2. [S17] FamilySearch.com, online , British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993. Hereinafter cited as FamilySearch.com.

James Gibson

Person ID #766, (ca. 1851 - )

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

Ca. 1851James Gibson was born ca. 1851 in EnglandG.1
Marriage

Jessie C. R. McMaster
13 Dec 1876He married Jessie C. R. McMaster on 13 Dec 1876 in Ellen Bank, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandG.2

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
CensusSCO5 Apr 1891James Gibson was listed in the census of Scotland taken on 5 Apr 1891 in 1 Barns Road, Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG.1

Occupations

DateOccupation and Location
1891Was a solicitor at Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG1

Children with: Jessie C. R. McMaster (ca. 1848 - )

SonJames McMaster Gibson (1879 - 1958)

Citations

  1. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , 1891 Scotland Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S10] General Registry Office of Scotland, online , Statutory Marriage Registrations. Hereinafter cited as General Registry Office.

Jessie C. R. McMaster

Person ID #767, (ca. 1848 - )

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

Ca. 1848Jessie C. R. McMaster was born ca. 1848 in Barr, Ayrshire, ScotlandG.1
Marriage

James Gibson
13 Dec 1876She married James Gibson on 13 Dec 1876 in Ellen Bank, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright Parish, Kirkcudbrightshire, ScotlandG.2

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
CensusSCO5 Apr 1891She was listed as James Gibson's wife in the census of Scotland taken on 5 Apr 1891 in 1 Barns Road, Maybole, Maybole Parish, Ayrshire, ScotlandG.1

Children with: James Gibson (ca. 1851 - )

SonJames McMaster Gibson (1879 - 1958)

Citations

  1. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , 1891 Scotland Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S10] General Registry Office of Scotland, online , Statutory Marriage Registrations. Hereinafter cited as General Registry Office.

Phylis Marion Coffey

Person ID #768
RelationshipPartner of William Bell Gibson (1st cousin 1 time removed of Helen Gordon Cunningham (ca. 1885 - ))
Partner of William Bell Gibson (2nd great-grandson of Alexander Gordon (ca. 1774 - aft 1851))
Referenced Charts:Box Chart-Descendants of Alexander Gordon and Margaret McCartney
Indented Chart-Descendants of Alexander Gordon and M. McCartney

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Marriage

William Bell Gibson
Phylis Marion Coffey married William Bell Gibson, son of James McMaster Gibson and Helen Gordon Bell.

Children with: William Bell Gibson (1913 - 1986)

DaughterClaire Elizabeth Gibson (1957 - 1993)

Claire Elizabeth Gibson

Person ID #769, (1957 - 1993)
Relationship1st cousin 2 times removed of Helen Gordon Cunningham (ca. 1885 - )
3rd great-granddaughter of Alexander Gordon (ca. 1774 - aft 1851)
Referenced Charts:Box Chart-Descendants of Alexander Gordon and Margaret McCartney
Indented Chart-Descendants of Alexander Gordon and M. McCartney

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Parents

FatherWilliam Bell Gibson (1913 - 1986)
MotherPhylis Marion Coffey

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

14 Apr 1957Claire Elizabeth Gibson was born on 14 Apr 1957 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaG.1
Death

31 May 1993She died on 31 May 1993 in Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaG, at age 36.1

Citations

  1. [S17] FamilySearch.com, online , British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993. Hereinafter cited as FamilySearch.com.

Muriel Mena Balmforth

Person ID #770, (1916 - )
RelationshipPartner of Cyril Andrew Gordon (2nd great-grandnephew of Samuel Gordon (8 Dec 1785 - 11 Jun 1860))
Partner of Cyril Andrew Gordon (2nd cousin 2 times removed of Caroline Miriam Graham (1851 - 1871))
Partner of Cyril Andrew Gordon (2nd cousin 2 times removed of Jeanine Gordon (ca. 1887 - ))

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Cyril Andrew Gordon and his wife Muriel Mena Balforth
Cyril Andrew Gordon and wife Muriel Mena Balmforth (wedding photo) with Cyril's stepmother Alice Walker

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

6 May 1916Muriel Mena Balmforth was born on 6 May 1916 in Methuen, Essex, Massachusetts, United StatesG.1
Marriage

William H. Hope
1940She married William H. Hope in 1940 in Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United StatesG.2
Marriage

Cyril Andrew Gordon
25 Sep 1944She married Cyril Andrew Gordon, son of Robert Gordon and Annie Haley, on 25 Sep 1944.

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
Residence1935Muriel Mena Balmforth lived in 1935 in Rear 42 Billerica, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United StatesG.3
Residence13 Apr 1940She lived on 13 Apr 1940 in 38 Rapper Street, Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United StatesG.1
Residence2016She lived in 2016 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United StatesG.

Occupations

DateOccupation and Location
1935Was a stenographer at Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United StatesG3
1940Was a office clerk in a woolen mill at Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United StatesG1

Children with 1: William H. Hope (ca. 1920 - 1944)

SonCapt. Brian Haliday Hope (1943 - )

Children with 2: Cyril Andrew Gordon (1919 - 1985)

DaughterMeredith Lynne (Merrie) Gordon (1948 - )

Citations

  1. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , 1940 US Census. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Massachusetts, Marriage Index, 1901-1955 and 1966-1970.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Lowell, Mass, 1935.

William H. Hope

Person ID #771, (ca. 1920 - 1944)
Referenced Lists:Other Burials

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

Ca. 1920William H. Hope was born ca. 1920 in Massachusetts, United StatesG.1
Marriage

Muriel Mena Balmforth
1940He married Muriel Mena Balmforth in 1940 in Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United StatesG.2
Note

23 Aug 1944William was a Technician Grade Five in the 557th Field Artillery Battalion.3
Death

25 Aug 1944He died on 25 Aug 1944 of injuries sustained during World War II in Brittany, FranceG.3
Burial

1944He was buried in 1944 in Saint James Cemetery, Manche, Brittany, FranceG.1

Children with: Muriel Mena Balmforth (1916 - )

SonCapt. Brian Haliday Hope (1943 - )

Citations

  1. [S11] Ancestry.com, online , U.S., Headstone and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949. Hereinafter cited as Ancestry.com.
  2. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, Massachusetts, Marriage Index, 1901-1955 and 1966-1970.
  3. [S11] Ancestry.com, online www.ancestry.com, World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas.

Capt. Brian Haliday Hope

Person ID #772, (1943 - )

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Brian Halliday Hope, Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, 1965
Brian H. Hope, 1965
Brian H. Hope - 2017

Parents

FatherWilliam H. Hope (ca. 1920 - 1944)
MotherMuriel Mena Balmforth (1916 - )

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

25 Nov 1943Capt. Brian Haliday Hope was born on 25 Nov 1943.
Graduation

1965He was graduated in 1965 in United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, Nassau, New York, United StatesG.
Note

31 Oct 2014Capital Gazette, Balitmore, Maryland
October 31, 2014

Retired baypilot Captain Brian H. Hope is also is a maritime artist. He stands on the deck of his townhouse in The Moorings community of Arnold with three of his strikingly detailed and realistic paintings.

Left to right: "Early Baltimore Harbor," the World War II Liberty ship "S.S. John W. Brown," and "Home for Christmas" depicting the Baltimore Mail Line steamer City of Baltimore and pilot steamer Maryland.

Meredith Lynne (Merrie) Gordon

Person ID #773, (1948 - )
Relationship3rd great-grandniece of Samuel Gordon (8 Dec 1785 - 11 Jun 1860)
2nd cousin 3 times removed of Caroline Miriam Graham (1851 - 1871)
2nd cousin 3 times removed of Jeanine Gordon (ca. 1887 - )

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Meredith Gordon, college graduation, 1970
Meredith Gordon, teacher photo ca 1995

Parents

FatherCyril Andrew Gordon (1919 - 1985)
MotherMuriel Mena Balmforth (1916 - )

Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Birth

4 Aug 1948Meredith Lynne (Merrie) Gordon was born on 4 Aug 1948 in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, United StatesG.
Note

2004Meredith was a high school teacher and coach for the Hingham Public Schools in Hingham, Massachusetts. She retired in 2004 after 34 years of service.

Census and Residence

EventDateCensus and Residences
Residence2016Meredith Lynne (Merrie) Gordon lived in 2016 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United StatesG.

Sir William Maxwell

Person ID #774

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Marriage

Mary Sproat
Sir William Maxwell married Mary Sproat.

Occupations

DateOccupation and Location
1866Was a Baronet of Cardoness and landed proprietor at ScotlandG

Children with: Mary Sproat ( - Bef 1866)

DaughterLady Mary Grace Maxwell (ca. 1844 - 1923)

Mary Sproat

Person ID #775, ( - Bef 1866)

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Events and Notes

EventDateLocation and Additional Notes or Comments
Marriage

Sir William Maxwell
Mary Sproat married Sir William Maxwell.
Death

Bef 1866She died bef 1866.1

Children with: Sir William Maxwell

DaughterLady Mary Grace Maxwell (ca. 1844 - 1923)

Citations

  1. [S10] General Registry Office of Scotland, online , Statutory Marriage Registrations. Hereinafter cited as General Registry Office.
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