How very nice to hear from you again. (In case you don't remember
me, I'm the person who sent Donald Whyte's "Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants
to Canada before Confederation")
I'm so thrilled that you recognize this family, because they have been
driving me crazy!
Im so close to connecting this American branch with its Canadian one,
but just couldn't quite do it. There are just too many Neils, Duncans
and Alexanders in that family.
When I've sorted it out, I'll return the information to you, along
with photos of the
celtic cross, and Alexander's (either father or grandfather) grave
inscription, and details
back to Islay, in Argyllshire.
I'll be sitting on pins and needles! Please let me know the postage,
or other costs.
Many, many thanks!
71 Lake Street
Grimsby, Ont. Canada
Jean Grigsby wrote:
can provide you with a lot on this family. I don't have it in the
computer but will try to get it in for you this week. This is one
of the families I researched during my research trip to New Orleans back
in May. Please send
me your mailing address. I know I probably have it somewhere but
Hi everyone, I need help reconnecting a branch of the Sinclairs to
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Friday, October 27, 2000 5:00 AMSubject:
lost branch of Sinclairs
I have an old letter from a Neil Sinclair, who wrote that he
was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1885. In his early
recollections he said his father's name was Neil and his uncle's
name was Duncan, and they lived had in New Orleans. He also had
a cousin, Alexina, (presumably Duncan's daughter) who later married
a McBurney. This is the interesting part, he writes:
"Vaguely I knew that my progenitors came from Scotland and that in
the proceeds of immigrating to Canada, by some untoward Act of God, their
vessel was blown off course; a number of Sinclairs perished at sea and
those that were saved, finally settled in New Orleans. Of these,
my father and his brother were surely in some way connected with those
Does this story shake any leaves in your collective trees? I've
found out that the writer, Neil, later moved to California, and
I was able to find a death record for him - 03/09/56, and it notes that
his middle name was "Bethel", his mother's maiden name.
On the Canadian front, I know he is distantly related, we also have
the shipwreck story.
It happened in 1845. I know his ancestors came to Boston Mill,
Ontario, and that the body of at least one of the deceased was brought
there for burial- Alexander, born 1814. There is a magnificent celtic
cross, probably 16 feet high, at the cemetery there, which reads "SINCLAIR
- NEW ORLEANS'. Maybe its there to commemorate the
rest of the family who perished.
Does this story shake any leaves in your collective trees? How
does this Neil relate? Was he a newphew, or a grandson? What happened
to his own son Neil? I've spent days on the internet checking
out Neils, but have hit a brick wall.
Any help out there?