A Scandal In 1936- When Eliza Purcell Murdock Met Charles Frederick Jamison

When I was quite young, I was a typical little pitcher with big ears, and I often overheard strange family stories and salacious scraps of lore. One such story was from my mother, talking about my dad’s two mysterious half-sisters. She recalled vague rumours that they were the products of an illicit relationship or a first marriage of his dad, my grandfather Charles Frederick Jamison. … Continue reading A Scandal In 1936- When Eliza Purcell Murdock Met Charles Frederick Jamison

Updating The Family Tree – Farewell, Aunt Hilda

Two and a half years ago I published this post about my aunt Hilda, the only Jamison sibling of my dad’s generation that I hadn’t traced. I didn’t even know for sure if she was still alive, as her last known address was in Ontario, Canada. House moves on both sides of the Atlantic meant the remaining family members had lost contact details. While working … Continue reading Updating The Family Tree – Farewell, Aunt Hilda

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