Sunday, February 24, 2019

Stoneykirk Cemetery - John Milroy and Jane McCarlie

My 5g grandparents John Milroy and his wife Jane McCarlie are buried in Stoneykirk, Wigtownshire, Scotland. I had seen a photograph of their headstone but I just had to see it myself.

The short drive from Stranraer was along narrow county lanes. Unfortunately it began to rain but I was not to be deterred.

Almost at Stoneykirk

My previous research on Google maps had shown that St Stephen's Church and graveyard was tucked away behind two houses in Stoneykirk.

St Stephen's, Stoneykirk, Stranraer

Unfortunately it began to rain and became quite miserable so we were forced to abandon the search for John and Jane. If I had been able to access the image I had of the headstone it would have given me a clue to its specific location. My plan (unbeknown to my husband) was that I would return early the following morning before we caught the ferry to Belfast.

The headstone was easy to locate the following morning. It had been on my husband's side of the graveyard to search and he had misread the surname on the headstone!

John Milroy (1770 - 1847) and his wife Jane McCarlie (1770-1851)

John Milroy (1770 - 1847) and his wife Jane (Mc)Carlie (1770-1851)
John Milroy
Late tenant in FREUGH who departed this life
the 30th December 1847, aged 77 years
Whosoever they hand findeth to do, do it
with thy might for there is no work nor device nor
knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither tour guest.
JANE CARLIE his Wife who departed this life 19th June 1851
AGED 84 years
MARGARET MILROY his Daughter died 23rd August 1875
AGED 82 years
ALEXANDER MILROY his son Farmer in Galdenoch
died 11th Sept 1879 aged 86 (?) years
died 18th Mary 1891 aged 82 years
JAMES MILROY who died at Galdenoch

The Scottish Old Parish Registers state that John died on 31st December 1847 and was buried on 2nd January 1848. (1) Note the difference between offical date of death and date on the headstone.
Showing location of headstone, church is in the other direction

The back of John and Jane's headstone showing location in relation  to the church

I'll need to start saving again as I would like to explore this area of Scotland further as there is much I didn't get to uncover.

My line from John Milroy and Jane (Mc)Carlie - James Milroy and Elizabeth McGill - Jane Milroy and James Fleming, Jane Smith Fleming and Malcolm McColm - Mary McColm and Knox Moore, James Moore and Esme Merchant, Ronald Moore and Dorothy Dawson - Sharon Moore

1. MILROY, JOHN  (Church registers Old Parish Registers Records 898/ 30 167) Page 167 of 179.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sheuchan Cemetery, Stranraer - Fleming family

Last year, I travelled overseas to a wedding in Paris. Afterwards I simply had to continue with my genealogy research, but where to go?

As Ireland was going to be one of the stops and the ferry from Scotland to Northern Ireland leaves from Portpatrick, the nearby towns of Stranraer and Newton Stewart had to figure in the itinerary as my father's Scottish ancestors lived in this area.

As soon as we arrived in Stranraer, I immediately went to the local museum and purchased a copy of Memorial Transcriptions in Stranraer, 2 Sheuchan Cemetery.

The Sheuchan Cemetery is located in Leswalt High Road, Stranraer alongside the High Kirk.

High Kirk, Leswalt High Road, Stranraer

The index revealed names from my Fleming family so I was delighted to discover that my great, great, great grandmother Jane Milroy and her husband James Fleming were buried there. The visible gravestone map in the booklet showed exactly where I would find the headstone.

Fleming family headstone, Sheuchan Cemetery, Stranraer, Scotland

In loving remembrance of Jane MILROY, wife of James FLEMING who died at West Galdenoch, Stoneykirk 5th June 1872, aged 44 years. Also their children, Elizabeth, died 13th April 1856, aged 4 1/2. Ebenezer, died 16th March 1859, aged 18 months. Isabel, died 3rd Sept 1869 aged 6 months. Jane Smith, died in Queensland, 22nd Jan 1888, aged 34 years. Also James FLEMING, the above who died in Edinburgh 27th April 1901, aged 77 years, and is interred here. John IRVING (Sculptor)

I was so pleased to find mention of Jane Smith Fleming (McColm)'s death in Queensland. Jane, my great, great grandmother had died in Wallangarra, Queensland in 1888 and doesn't have a headstone there. So it was very special to see a reference to her.

This link to an image on google maps shows the location of the Fleming headstone which is one of the headstones next to the fence.

James Fleming's brother Ebenezer Fleming, MD is also buried in the same cemetery. He died on 10th Mary 1868, aged 34 years. His memorial is on the eastern side of the headstone.

Adair family, Sheuchan Cemetery, Stranraer, Scotland,
Son-in-law Ebenezer Fleming is also buried here.

James Fleming and Jane Milroy - Jane Smith Fleming and Malcolm McColm - Mary McColm and Knox Moore - James Moore and Esme Merchant - Ronald Moore - Sharon Moore