Re: MCCOLMAN, CAMPBELL, BELL, GRAHAM
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Hi Patrick and Listers,
I do agree with you, surnames were remarkably fluid pre 1800’s. Only in recent times with our education systems stabilised do we find surname conformity.
Also different country accents were difficult for recorders (generally English esp in Ireland) to understand and record correctly.
MOIR/MUIR/MOOR /MORE etc are an ideal demonstration of this problem.
From: Scots@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io [mailto:Scots@Scotland-Genealogy.groups.io] On Behalf Of Patrick Fero
Sent: Monday, 3 February 2020 6:54 AM
Subject: Re: [ScotGen] MCCOLMAN, CAMPBELL, BELL, GRAHAM
Not to confuse matters, although admittedly I probably am, but we've got Muirs in our background also, but can find no link between them and those being discussed here.
Nothing much back beyond William Moir (1818-1861)/Catherine Woodward (1828-1896) except his parents were likely William and Mary Moir. No direct evidence back beyond that. Also no direct evidence of any surname spelled More or Muir other than the belief that all of them stem from the same gene pool farther back. Our clan likely came from Aberdeenshire.
The 1861 London Ontario census shows Margaret and William Moir and three kids (James 1819; Alexander 1824; and William 1818) living in the same neighborhood as the Woodwards and the Dwyers (all eventually intermarried). St. Peter's Basilica Parish records there show our Moirs were married in 1850 and had child #1 (Isabella) in 1851.
Have not yet found the precise emigration year or the vessel on which they sailed but it's narrowed to 1848-49. And, William and three of the six kids all died in the 1861 influenza epidemic (December).
Catherine remarried in Detroit in 1863 to Patrick Keating and they and the three surviving Moir kids (Isabella 1851, Daniel 1854, and William1856) moved up to Ovid in that time frame.
BTW, twins tend to run in the gene pool. William was a twin (1818), his son Daniel had a twin John (1854), and his daughter Helen Neva Moore Newman (1897) was a twin (Hazel Eva 1897).
On 1/30/2020 5:08 PM, Jocelyn Gould wrote: