Desperately Seeking Hilda…

When one of my Jamison cousins reconnected with me recently  I was able to add to my treasure trove of pictures of my 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 were a couple taken probably in the late 60s/early 70’s, going by the fabulously retro decor:

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Franics Todd and Hilda Todd, nee Jamison
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Hilda Todd nee Jamison

Now I have a couple of pictures of younger Hilda, possibly taken in Northern Ireland – I suspect the two pictures above may have been taken after Hilda and her husband Francis moved to Canada.

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Hilda Jamison (date unknown)
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Hilda Jamison (date unknown)

Hilda was one of three Jamison daughters, siblings to my dad. My grandmother Eliza did have another two daughters by her first husband; I mention this marriage here.

Hilda is the only Jamison sibling of my dad’s generation that we haven’t managed to trace, and we don’t know if she is still alive (she would be approximately 70 now). Her last known address was in Ontario, possibly in or near Whitby.

It would be great to find out how Hilda and her family are doing – as far as I know, she had one son, my cousin Francis Jr (Frankie).

Below I’ve attached a link to a chart showing the children of Charles Frederick Jamison and Eliza McCurdy Jamison (nee Purcell), showing their current whereabouts, or when they died. Hilda is the last piece of the puzzle, and I hope that if we do trace her or her family makes contact, I can shade her name in green on my chart to show she is still with us.

Siblings chart (enlargeable image)

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Welcome to long-lost relatives; Richard, David and Aunt Phyllis

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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 months ago I heard from Richard, one of my first cousins, whose mother, Phyllis, is my father’s last surviving sister (that we know of – unless you can help with the last piece of the puzzle!)

I’d tried to trace Phyllis and her family before – having kept up a correspondence with my Uncle Harold between Northern Ireland and England, after ill health and a move of house, they lost touch. My uncle was very keen to reconnect with his sister, and I hoped that this blog would help as we’ve already successfully connected with family ranging from first cousins to descendants of my great uncle William Jamison, son of William McDowell Jamison.

I was overjoyed therefore to receive an email from one of Phyllis’s sons, who had been conducting some family research of his own and found this site. My aunt Phyllis still lives in Northern Ireland, and one of my cousins lives not too far from me!

It was great to swap stories with Richard and put him in touch with my Uncle Harold, and I’m happy and proud to claim another part of the family – thank you for all your help, Richard!

I put off writing this blog as we had a trip planned to Northern Ireland in July (we’ve just returned) – I managed to visit my aunt last week and it was a very touching time for me, with lots of memories. Richard provided the wonderful picture of his mum above, and she still has a fine head of hair and the distinctive Jamison features.

My Uncle Harold’s daughter Denise also visited our aunt with her family, and I’m hoping that my Uncle can make a visit too.

From a family history perspective it was great to get some more pictures – as well as some great pictures of his mum, Richard also provided some wonderful pictures of my Aunt Hilda Todd, who may still live in Canada – she is the last sibling of my father who we haven’t yet made contact with, and I hope that one day that Hilda or maybe her son Francis Google the Jamison family history and find this site.

Welcome, Phyllis, Richard and Sam, and David, and thank you for solving another piece of the Jamison puzzle.

Margaret

First Marriage of Eliza Jamison nee Purcell – 1924

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 records.

I’ve ordered a copy of the marriage certificate, and hope to find out more details – watch this space!

Filling in some gaps – new information on the descendants of William McDowell Jamison

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 return about our line! (Jennifer’s great-grandfather William and my grandfather Charles (Fred) were brothers, although there was quite an age gap between them, hence I suppose an extra generation slipping in!)

I have updated the Descendant chart; additions were under the family of William Jamison Jnr (son of Old William and Annie) his wife Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Cousins

Children of William Jnr and Betty Cousins:

  • Christina (Jennifer’s grandmother, also known as Nan, registered at birth as Cousins but known
    as Jamison at school)
  • Laura Willemina Jamison
  • Josephina Annetta Jamison (Netty)
  • Harold Hewar (Huer?) Jamison
  • Charles Henry McDole (McDowell?) Jamison (Harry)
  • Oswald Alexander Jamison (Alec)
  • Frederick William Henry Jamison (Billy)
  • Mary Elizabeth Eleanor Jamison (Alma) who died at nine months old due to a heart problem.
  • And one more possibly who died as a baby

Christina (Nan) Cousin’s children (unsure of father’s names)

  • Yvonne Cousins
  • Allistair Cousins
  • Norman? Cousins  – died young of a head injury related condition*
  • Laura Cousins – mother of Jennifer

I have more information such as spouse names to add to the chart; this is a wonderful revelation as we only really had information relating to the family of my grandfather Charles Frederick Jamison – Fred was one of four siblings, but one died as a teenager (Oswald Huer), one as a young woman (Harriet Anne), so its great to have such detailed information for William Jnr’s family.I also learnt that William Jnr’s back complaints were as a result of a World War 1 injury sustained when a horse kicked him during his time in the Royal Irish Rifles.

Many thanks to Jennifer and Nevin, and to Barbs for staying up while we pieced it all together!

Margaret

Happy New Year to Jamisons, Friends and Family!


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. There will be a book, and hopefully several, as one book alone couldn’t capture all the events and characters even of the last couple of generations!

Attached is a beautiful chalk rendering of the only picture we have of our paternal grandmother Eliza, by my very talented artist cousin Barb.

Thank you Barb!

Updated Details for Eliza Jamison; Dates and Last Place of Abode

I’ve received a copy of Eliza’s death certificate today, and not only does it confirm her age at the time of her death (54), and the date (4/12/1962), there is also a bonus of her last registered address: Hillview Avenue, Newtonabbey, Belfast BT36. Below is a googlemap of the street (I think it’s the house with cream walls and dark brown windows and door).

It’s great to have these details, which I will now check with Uncle Harold, and possibly Uncle Donald,who hopefully can verify them.

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Wonderful Purcell Pictures and Updates!

From: 22nd September 2009

The home and gallery pages have been updated with a beautiful picture of my paternal gradmother, Eliza McCurdy 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 lots of fantastic and new family history, including a wonderful picture of my great grandmother, Jane Purcell. Thank you so much for introducing us to newly discovered relatives.

Margaret