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Quote habbyfan: I am following you around Blue ... I agree with you and Lucy,the boards are crazy,
I am so sorry to hear about Wombie,I so liked to read her posts.Be well all!
I too ... have been busy with an ancestor of my husband's he appears in an 1851 Census of lower Canada,as a servant to a very well known judge,he was 20 years old,born in England,no other information.The problem is there are no immigration records to speak of prior to 1865,since Canada only became a nation in 1867,that whole family are loyalist(easy to find as the U.S has great records) with the exception of this one side, all were soldiers from Britian and Irish immigrants who were fleeing the famine.
As my Mama was want to say ("keeps you out of the poolhall darling") Onward and upward!
Hi Habby. I wish we were working on some of the same stuff. Do you have any idea what the term "the Highland Clearances" could mean? I ran across the term last night on a Duplin Co, NC msg board. Chick said the town of Wallace was partly settled by Scotsmen who were given land grants from Gov Johnston (18th century) as part of the Highland Clearances. I will try googling it. My guess is that maybe they were trying to relocate some of the Scottish rebels to cut down on the fighting. I remember hearing in grade school that the Scots who settled around Cumberland Co, NC (Fayetteville) had to sign a loyalty oath not to take up arms against the British again, which forced them to be loyalists & fight their new neighbors here. What a predicament. You know they would have loved to jump in on "our side". I think there is a lot of Scottish blood in Southerners & I have no doubt our "rebel yell" would have been recognized in the highlands. I think that is where our fighting spirit came from too. (There is some in me too. Urban Frazer Wilson was my gggf. Lowland perhaps, but there are two Wilson tartans-one old style and one new. I read that the plaid was prohibited for so long that some patterns were forgotten or nearly so). I went to the Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain one summer & had such a good time & one year at the Eno Festival they had a Celtic band playing battlefield type music with mostly bagpipes & big drums. I felt as if every hair on my head was going to stand on end. Really loved it. It was raining but it did not seem to bother the band & I pick rainy days to go. It's a July 4 festival & it's too hot when the sun is out. I used to always go, even the summer of my spinal surgery. The money collected goes to buy up more land along the Eno River for parkland.
Blue ... strange you should bring this up,my daughter and I were discussing this last weekend.As I told you this was the heritage of my late husband therefore her bloodline and not my own.I began this research for my children who knew nothing of their paternal history,the scotish soldiers came to Canada as part of the British defense of Canada from the U.S.A in the late 1700s after the revolution.The British had fallen back to Canada.
Upon completion of service they were given land to farm in Canada,they were not wanted back in Britian. the clearances went on in Scotland for hundreds of years,sometimes whole villages were burned and murdered to clear the land for the landowners.At times young children were rounded up and sold to landowners in the US as indentured servants,they worked the tobacco farms for a period of years and if they survived X number of years they would be freed.The Scots
were sent to Ireland to keep Ireland true to King and Country,these were all ways of ridding Britian of a problem.That is what the Scots were to the British.
When I was telling her of the family of soldiers and the amount of land they owned 44 acres of farmland,she brought up the clearances and how it was all tied together.