Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Photos

These two old photos (scroll down to bottom of blog) are of Matthew Duncan and Helen Duncan (nee McAlpine). They were found amongst Robert Duncan's belongings and due to the similarities between Robert and the photo, we reckon they are of his parents.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Denny Cemetery

In loving memory of MATTHEW DUNCAN died 16th January 1938 aged 60 years
Beloved husband of HELEN McALPINE died 16th August 1966 aged 82 years

Matthew Duncan and Helen McAlpine

Matthew Duncan and Helen McAlpine married in 1904. This was a difficult certificate to trace as Helen was recorded as Nellie Gourley McAlpine (and not Helen). The residence is just given as 'Haggs', but also on the same page of certificates is the marriage of John Moir Welsh and Elizabeth Duncan (from Braeface, Haggs) - descendants from James Duncan's first marriage to Agnes Hannah.

Matthew Duncan and Helen McAlpine had 13 children and I believe the only one currently surviving is George, who is in Canada. I have a newspaper clipping of the time he left Scotland with his family (wife, twin boys and a daughter)which I must scan and upload sometime soon.
(Still to confirm actual dates on my next visit to Register House, but the names of the children born to Matthew and Helen were Christina, George, Robert, Matthew, Jim, William, David, Mary, Helen, Anne, Twins and 1 other)

See also McAlpine Family Tree

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Duncan Family - Haggs, Denny, Stirlingshire

This particular branch of the family tree is very complex, with many Duncans marrying other Duncans! The complexity arises from James DUNCAN (1822-1882) marrying twice and having fairly large families (and it is from James Duncan's first marriage to Agnes Hannah (1823-1858) that the various branches in Canada result)

My tree descends from James Duncan's second marriage to Anne Anderson in 1858.

James DUNCAN (1822-1882) was the son of James DUNCAN and Janet PATERSON who married in 1811.
His siblings appear to be Anne DUNCAN born in 1814 (Campsie), Elizabeth Millar DUNCAN born 1816 (Kilsyth), Christian DUNCAN was born 1823 and finally William Paterson DUNCAN born in 1826. (Source - OPRs).

James's first marriage to Agnes Hannah will be dealt with in a separate posting!
James's second marriage (following Agnes's death in January 1858) was to Anne Anderson. Their children were:
Robert DUNCAN b. 1859
David DUNCAN b. 1861
Alexander DUNCAN b. 1864
Elizabeth Gray DUNCAN b. 1866
Janet Paterson DUNCAN b. 1869
Peter DUNCAN b. 1871
Matthew DUNCAN b. 1877 - married Helen Gourley McALPINE and they had 13 children! see previous posting.