Updating the Family Tree – William McDowell Jamison’s Parents, Date & Place of Birth

Fantastic source of North Antrim genealogy info and all-round great guy Nevin Taggart from the North Antrim Local Interest blog contacted me in July (I know, I’ve got a backlog of blog posts to thrash out!) with some exciting news for this site; he had located a baptism record for my paternal great-grandfather William McDowell Jamison.

Up to this point, William was as far back as I’d managed to trace my Jamison lineage. The earliest mention I’d found of William was on the 1901 census as a 57-year old father of several children, living in the Bushmills locale. He appears again on the 1911 census, as does my grandfather Charles Frederick Jamison, then an 18-month old infant.

I’ve made efforts to locate a birth certificate for William online and by contacting the churches around Bushmills, but to no avail. All I had to go on, based on the 1901/1911 census data was a likely birth date of around 1844.

Nevin had located a baptism record online for William, which answers several questions; William was baptised just after Christmas 1845, so we was probably born just before Christmas, and his birthplace was the parish of Comber, County Down. Comber is situated south of Newtonards, just to the north-west of Strangford Lough; looking at the Northern Ireland coast, County Down is situated to the south-east of Belfast, whereas North Antrim lies to the north-west. So William wasn’t born in Antrim, where he later settled.  Interestingly however, William’s youngest son, my grandfather Charles Frederick, settled in County Down with his wife Eliza and as far as I can ascertain, most if not all of his children, including my father, were born in the Ballynahinch/Annahilt areas, just over twelve miles from Comber.

I’ve updated the family tree file with the following details from William’s baptism record:  I suppose I should rename the family tree now as we’ve worked back to William’s parents!

Name: William McDowell Jameson
Father: David Jameson (note the alternative spelling of Jamison).
Father’s occupation: Labourer
Mother: Matilda
Parish: Comber, Co.Down
Date of baptism: 28/12/1845
Denomination: Church of Ireland

The McDowell Connection?

The fairly distinctive name of my great-grandfather made it very likely that this was a record of his baptism, but then Nevin outdid himself by turning up even more info!

The same David and Matilda Jameson went on to have a total of ten children according to another family’s tree on Ancesty.com;

William, born 1845
David, born 1848
Thomas, born 1849
Adam, born 1851
Matilda, born 1855
Margaret, born 1856
James, born 1860
Catherine, born 1862
Elizabeth, born 1864
Susanna, born 1866

William appears to be the eldest surviving child, but it was from the birth record Nevin located on the Groni website for  William’s youngest sister, Susanna, that the names cinched it; Susanna’s mother’s name is given as Matilda Jamison, nee McDowell. A birth date of 1825 is also provided for Matilda.

Several older members of my family on both sides have their mother’s maiden name as their middle name, and it appears that Matilda and David named their eldest son the same way. So the McDowell connection confirms that these finds by Nevin are indeed records of my great-great grandmother and grandfather, and their ten children.

I’ve reached out to the family who feature Matilda and David on their family trees on Ancesty.com (neither Jamisons or McDowells), and hope to hear from them and make more connections. The birth dates for William and Susanna on this family tree tie up with the records of their birth found elsewhere by Nevin, so I’m certain this is the same family, and I can add McDowell to Matilda’s name. With my boundless thanks to Nevin for turning up this next step back in time; watch this space as I run with this info and try to go back another generation into the 1700s!

William McDowell Jamison’s Family Tree

 

 

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Updating the Family Tree – Farewell, Aunt Phyllis

Aunt Phyllis, July 2018
Aunt Phyllis, July 2018

It’s always hard to write these sad updates; they diminish, not add to our family story, but they are an unavoidable element of any family history.

It’s with great sadness that I pass on news of the loss of my Aunt Phyllis nee Jamison, earlier in the year in March, aged 83. (edit – corrected from 84)

Phyllis passed away in Belfast, and is survived by her two sons, Richard and David.

Our thoughts are with Richard, David and their families at the loss of their mum.  I’m so happy that we were able to reconnect last year (read here for more details of how that came about) and that I was able to visit my aunt and spend a little time with her, during our 2018 trip to Northern Ireland. Her wonderful features reflected the distinctive Jamison look; it was like seeing how my own father would have looked at that age.

Phyllis was, so far as we know, the last surviving sister of my father. My uncle Harold is the last survivor of the eight children of Fred and Eliza, although I’m still unable to confirm the whereabouts of my aunt Hilda. It would be great to trace her and find out she’s still with us.

Phyllis Jamison – 04/04/1936 – March 2019

 

Shore Road Belfast – 1966 Video

In my last post I shared some pictures of the Jamison garage and houses at 265-269 Shore Road, Belfast, that stood until their demolition in the 1980s; on the site now stands a printing shop.

The pictures were screen grabs from a  video of Belfast in 1966, which Jimmy, a member of the Belfast forum, has posted on Youtube:

Of particular interest to me and my fellow Jamisons are the first 35 seconds or so, which consist of footage of a trolleybus going up and down the stretch of Shore Road at Fortwilliam, which is where the family houses and garage stood.

You can see the houses and garage at 265-269 Shore Road at the 8 second, 18 and 21-25 seconds mark of the video.

With thanks again to Jimmy for his kind permission to repost this great video.

If you are interested in Belfast past or present,  or in general social history from the 1950s-70s, please subscribe to Jimmy’s Youtube channel, Belfast Jack

Jamison Garage on Shore Road Belfast- Updated Picture(s)

I talked about the most recent picture I had of the family garage on the Shore Road, Belfast in a previous post ; the picture from the 1950’s was sourced from the Belfast Forum, an invaluable source of history, pictures and local knowledge for all things Belfast; there’s a particularly great (and very long!) thread about Belfast’s Shore Road: you need to create an account to comment or post, but it’s well worth it if you have any interest in past or present Belfast.

I stay in touch with some of the posters on the forum, one of whom posted the picture below of the garage, sandwiched between 265 and 269 Shore Road; the picture was taken from a video still filmed sometime in the mid to late 1960s.

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265-269 Shore Rd approx 1966

You can see no.269 Shore Road most clearly; this was the left hand of the two houses that sat on their own on the corner of Oakmount Drive.

The opening between the two houses was the entrance to the car repair garage, at the rear of the buildings. I lived in no. 265 (just out of shot on the right-hand side of the picture) until around 1975. We have no family pictures of the houses or the garage, so I’m very grateful for any images that turn up online, and for those people kind enough to alert me to them.

The picture is also interesting as it shows a passing trolleybus, the number 10 which travelled along Shore Road to Whitewell Road, near the zoo. The trolleybus network closed down in Belfast in 1968 so we know the picture predates this. The trolleybuses had disappeared by the time we lived at 265, but otherwise very little had changed from the picture taken in the mid’60s.

Google map of the area now:

With thanks to Tommy and Jimmy for these and some other fanstastic pictures from the Shore Road area. If anyone has more pictures of the garage or houses at 265-269 Shore Road, please do get in touch, I would be delighted to see them!

UPDATE

Jimmy posted the video of the Shore Road to Youtube that the above picture was grabbed from; I’m writing another post for that, but I managed to get a still showing the right-hand house that we lived in, no. 265:

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And here they are together:

 

 

 

Jamison Family Garage, Shore Road, Belfast

shoreroadgarageMany thanks to the Belfast forum, where this wonderful picture was posted; it shows most of the family home and garage, which were situated on Shore Road, North Belfast, alas demolished in the 1980’s. Fred and Eliza Jamison moved their young family here from Lisburn in the 1950s’ and Fred set up business as Loughside garage, living in the adjacent house. Apart from the trams, this is how I remember the house and garage when I lived there during the early 1970’s.

This is a wonderful picture and really helped me re-establish details which had become a bit hazy. If you own the copyright to this picture of if you have any more of it, please do let me know!

Margaret