Friday, 19 July 2013

Plea for help in tracing family

Kirkmahoe News has received a request from Mr Ian Carruthers in Zimbabwe for help in tracing any relatives still connected with this area.
He has sent the following details, and if anyone can help, please send your information to from whence it will be forwarded to Mr Carruthers.
My g/g grandfather James Carruthers (b.1795 Guillyburn d.1848 Quarrelwood) was an agricultural laborer, he is on the 1841 census for Guillyburn, but was there from at least 1831, by the 1851 census he had moved to Quarrelwood. He married at Urr, KKD. in 1822 Sarah McDonald, her family were shoemakers from Lochrutton, their son my g/grandfather also James became a shoemaker and brought that trade to South Africa etc.
James snr traveled a fair bit as all the kids were born in different areas such as Lochmaben/Guillyburn/Ruthwell & Mouswald. Perhaps the agricultural work was seasonal not sure!
A branch of the family lived in Park Village just south of Closeburn, apparently there is still Carruthers family living there however I'm unable to get email details to contact them, all will come in time.
I am listing a few spouses that married in from that area, may jog folks memories.
Bobbett, Jardine, Murray, MacAlpine & Neilson.

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