“Only connect!” (E.M. Forster)
This is a follow-up post to last week’s Filling In Some Gaps post; it’s just to say thank you to Jennifer, who is my great uncle William’s great-granddaughter; it’s beyond me to work out the actual relationship, but I think it’s second cousin removed once or twice!
But more importantly than degrees of relationship, it’s been great to meet a fellow descendant of Old William and Annie, and one who’s also interested in our family history; it’s times like this that make the work of tracing your family history and blogging about it so worthwhile!
Not only have both of our family trees been expanded by the meeting, we’ve made a new connection from an old one, and I am so happy that we have, as I know my cousin Barbs is – it’s an exciting chasing down of historical info, but its wonderful to meet great people and find out you’re related!
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!
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
Many 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!
Having 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.
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!
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.
I’m pleased to report that we now have cousin Debbie and her children’s full names and dates of birth on the descendant’s chart, as well as Darren’s full details; see them here – with many thanks to Debbie!
Updated Descendant’s Chart:
Just a quick note to say that I have updated the descendant list chart with Uncle Ken’s details, and the names of his grandchildren from his son Darren and his daughter Debbie.
Pictures of Uncle Ken hopefully to follow shortly.
See the updated descendant list here: Pedegree chart (PDF file)