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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For Cod, and Ulster – Northern Ireland’s Enduring Love of Chips Shops

This isn’t really about the Jamison family history, but it’s about a serious subject nonetheless; the relationship between NI and its chip shops. On mainland Britain, the chip shop now faces some serious competition from the plethora of Asian takeaways, kebab shops, Peri Peri joints and fried chicken shacks, but in Northern Ireland, apart from the eternal Chinese takeaway, chip shops rule supreme, at least outside the larger metropolitan areas.

During our recent trip along the Antrim coast, we looked forward to the great punny names many of them boast, as well as the excellent quality of the fare.

Here’s some of the best names we encountered this July, and where to find them; needless to say, we didn’t have a bad chip!

Chip Ahoy – Portavogie

Flash in the Pan – Bushmills

The Hip Chip -Bushmills

The Codsway – Bushmills (really, there must be an insatiable demand for fish and chips in this modest Antrim town!)

The Frying Squad– Bangor

For Cod and Ulster – Belfast

A note on the lingo – often, a portion of chips is referred to in NI as a “chip” so you may face the bewildering but delightful options that we did of “did you want a chip, a family chip, or a wee large chip?”

The Codsway Chip Shop, Bushmills
The Codsway Chip Shop, Bushmills, Northern Ireland

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

Jamisons of the Giant’s Causeway – Nevin’s Blog

One of the first really good leads I had on my journey to trace back the Jamisons, when faced with a dearth of real information, was a fabulous post by Nevin Taggart in his blog NALIL (North Antrim Local Interest List), a local history, culture and genealogy site with a wealth of fantastic info. The post is here: Jamisons of the Giant’s Causeway

NALIL is a great place to start your own search for all things North Antrim, or just for a great read!

Many thanks to Nevin

Welcome to our new WordPress Home!

Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern IrelandHaving created a WordPress blog for my writing (please check it out! Margaret McGoverne), and been very impressed with the features available, I’ve decided to move the family tree website (jamisonsonline.co.uk) to WordPress; I was having difficulty updating the site to be compatible with Safari etc, and this way I can concentrate on content instead of html and coding!

I’m in the process of moving the content from the old site and from the Blogger blog, so expect to see lots of stuff drop in here in the coming weeks.

Margaret x