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
I first posted about my paternal grandmother being married twice a couple of years ago in this post – I now have a copy of her marriage certificate: Date of marriage: 23rd April 1924 Place of marriage: Bushmills Presbyterian Church, Presbytery of Route Marriage of: Samuel Murdock and Eliza McCurdy Purcell Age of groom: full (i.e. 21 years or older) Age of bride: 16 years, … Continue reading First Marriage of Eliza Purcell Jamison
When one of my Jamison cousins reconnected with me recently I was able to add to my treasure trove of pictures of Jamison aunts and uncles when they were younger. As well as some cracking pictures of his mum, Richard sent me two pictures of my aunt Hilda as a young woman. This was great for two reasons; the only pictures I had of Hilda previously … Continue reading Desperately Seeking Hilda…
My father, (Frederick) Ian Jamison, had seven full siblings and two half-sisters from his mother’s first marriage, not an unusual family size for that generation of Irish families. Over the years and the distances between the surviving siblings, their children, and grandchildren, some of us have lost touch. It’s always wonderful when we reconnect, and even better when it’s through this blog! A couple of … Continue reading Welcome to long-lost relatives; Richard, David and Aunt Phyllis
I haven’t had much to update on here for a while, but I’ve now registered for the NI records office online search facility, and have today located the details of my paternal grandmother’s first marriage, aged 16, to Samuel Murdock of Molloy on the 23rd April 1924. It took place at “Bushmills Presbyterian” church; two such churches are listed so I may need to check … Continue reading First Marriage of Eliza Jamison nee Purcell – 1924
I had some very exciting news yesterday courtesy of Nevin over at NALIL; Nevin put me and my cousin Barbara in touch with Jennifer, who is a great, great grand-daughter of William McDowell Jamison, the earliest Jamison I’ve managed to trace in our family tree. Jennifer and Nevin have provided loads of information for my descendent chart, and I hope we gave some to Jennifer in … Continue reading Filling in some gaps – new information on the descendants of William McDowell Jamison
Here’s hoping that 2012 is a better year for some of my Jamison family than 2011 was. 2012 is also going to be the year I finally start to get down on paper (or on a Word document) some of the tales, anecdotes and memories of my immediate family, my life in Belfast, and the family history that I have stored up from several sources. … Continue reading Happy New Year to Jamisons, Friends and Family!
I’ve received a copy of my paternal grandmother Eliza’s death certificate today. Birth and death certificates often uncover really valuable genealogical information; not only does her death certificate confirm her age at the time of her death (54), and the date (4/12/1962), it also provides her last registered address: Hillview Avenue, Newtonabbey, Belfast BT36. Below is a googlemap of the street (I think it’s the … Continue reading Updated Details for Eliza Jamison; Dates and Last Place of Abode
From: 22nd September 2009 The home and gallery pages have been updated with a beautiful picture of my paternal grandmother, Eliza McCurdy Jamison (nee Purcell) – we had no pictures of our grandmother at all, so this is a wonderful addition. Many thanks to Colin and Irene for providing a copy, and for sharing lots of fantastic and new family history, including a wonderful picture … Continue reading Wonderful Purcell Pictures and Updates!
Eliza McCurdy Purcell Jamison’s beautiful picture has been added to the home page of this site. It’s still the only one of her that we have, so more pictures would be wonderful; if you have, or know someone who has any pictures of Eliza or Fred, please please get in touch! Jamison and related family information, anecdotes and pictures are always welcome please! Continue reading Updates to the Site