Correcting the Local Family Trees –Kori Maleski

Correcting the Local Family Trees –Kori Maleski

Hi Linda,

I am indexing all of the families of Fortingall/Kenmore/Weem/Killin in Perthshire in order to reconstruct family trees.  I am doing so in order to reconstruct the McKercher families, which is a smaller family from the area – as I need to find the female marriages and childrens birth order to relate.  My work is here:

Most of my work is vast spreadsheets, but I am adding families into the index as I relate them.  All McKercher/McKerracher in the index proper, but only a subset of other families so far.  I do have errors here and there – I am correcting as I fill out more families.

As I work, I am connecting with the families that immigrated – correcting sooo many incorrect trees floating about.  Having all the families organized means I can see the patterns of immigration more easily, i.e. the Glengarry families, the Stormont, the Lochiel, the Argenteuil, Bruce, Elgin and so on.  There are missing records in Perthshire between 1800 and 1855 as families were on the move due to evictions and seeking work, as well as because some started not to bother registering births. The ministers in the area record the fact on some obscure page of the parish records.  This makes connecting harder, so I am using child naming order, as these families really adhered to it for the first or second generations after immigrating. 

I previously commented on your blog to correct for a McDonald family that was actually a McCall/McColl/McCail family in the Scottish records.  There are a fair number of aliases thrown about in Breadalbane, and the immigrant families finalized their last name as one or another, leaving no note of the fact for their descendants.

I am currently sorting out The McDiamids of “The Derry”.

There are 3 branches of McDiarmids in Breadalbane/Glenlyon.  1) the Baron McDiarmids of Craigeanie, Glenlyon/Fortingall 2) The Royal McDiamids of Morenish, Killin/Kenmore and 3) The Black lipped McDiarmids of (not sure yet) Killin/Kenmore.

The McDiamids do not appear in surrounding parishes until later, as the above migrated about.

Of the Craigeanie McDiarmids – an Angus McDiarmid married a cousin Catherine McDiarmid in 1782.  Two of their boys – James and John immigrated to Beckwith – noted down the page here:

Their older brother Duncan stayed in Craigeanie where he died in 1867.  Their younger brother Archibald died in Dunblane in 1855.

James married 1st Mary McNaughton  and 2nd Susan Malloch of Carie, Kenmore (whose family immigrated as well)

John married Mary McLaren of Balquhidder.

The other McDiarmids listed who immigrated to Beckwith was a Duncan (and son Angus)  – who came from Comrie, Perthshire. McDiarmids are not native to Comrie – so he is from Breadalbane/Glenlyon – small chance he could be from Argyll, but I don’t think so. Likely moved to Comrie and then took the opportunity to immigrate.

He married 1st Margaret McGregor and 2nd to Mary McPherson alias McVurrich (The McVurrich’s resided for the most part on the north shore of Loch Tay).

A number of trees with Duncan McDiarmids family have his birth as being that of a Duncan from Argyll – whose parents childrens naming does not fit with his own childrens – this the 1778 date.  It is the incorrect parents/birth for him.  They have his death as 1836.

I am trying to find his death record and an actual birth year based on his death that has not been guessed at.  I believe he may be a cousin to John and James (as he can’t be a brother).  

Your article references a Leah as having submitted it.  Do you have her contact info?

(As an aside – while I have mapped out the family of Duncan McKercher of Beckwith, I may have the incorrect parents/connection. Will sort in time)


Kori Maleski

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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