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Re: Kilgours near Mintlaw, Scotland
Posted by: Carolyn La Porte (ID *****6155) Date: December 30, 2008 at 10:46:50
In Reply to: Re: Kilgours near Mintlaw, Scotland by Moira Johnston of 109


Moira,
I have read both of your posts sent today. I am not related to your Kilgour family as far as I know. I was just looking up info for Dustin.

I will try to see if I can find anything for you on your George Kilgour who died Calgary. I will have to look over the info I gave Dustin again to see where to look for George. Can you give me all the info you have on him such as how long he was in Calgary and where he lived before that - do you have names of his wife and any children?

My maiden name was Kilgour also - my Dad was born Winnipeg, Manitoba and his father James was born Old Cumnock, Ayrshire,Scotland with the rest of the Kilgour ancestors also born Scotland. James came to Canada in 1908 - his siblings and parents followed later.

My Great grandfather Thomas and his wife Jane came to Canada 1911.

Thomas had a brother named William who came to Canada with his wife Helen (SMART)in 1906. They lived in Brantford, Ontario. They had one son that I know of. His name was Douglas Smart Kilgour. Douglas was born 1907 in Brantford. He had two children, I believe their names were Ken and Sheila. I just found these names recently.

I have tried to find more on William and Helen/Ellen but lose them after 1911. I looked for them in the 1911 Canada census but could not find them, then found a passenger list showing them arriving Canada 1911 with son Douglas with them. So, I assume they had gone to visit family in Scotland and missed the Canadian census.
I found Douglas in a border crossing record for 1944 which shows his home as Brantford and later records of he and his wife returning from trips so know he was alive and still in Brantford in the 1950's .

My great- grandfather Thomas had several siblings and I have their names but have had a hard time tracking them. William is one of two who I have been able to find a bit on but after 1911 he just disappears. The rest have been very hard to find anything on.

Before my great -grandfather died in 1959 he wrote a family tree and gave it to my Dad's cousin. He listed his siblings and their husband's and wive's names which was a bit of help except he got some of the surnames wrong. Still, having his siblings names and his parents names allowed me to find them in Scottish census records up to 1901. I was also able to find marriage records for some of Thomas' siblings so am part way to finding more on them.

He only mentioned one of them as having died ( a brother who died World War 1 )so we have always assumed the rest were all still alive in the 50's. He was the eldest as well so they could very well have all been living then. He was 93 when he died.

I have not been able to find any record of the brother James who was supposed to have died in World War 1).

There was a Kilgour family connected to the Great West Life Assurance Company. One of the heads of the Co. was David Eckford Kilgour. I have tried to figure out how he connects to our Kilgours.

The reason I think he must connect is that some years ago my Aunt and uncle had an insurance agent to their home and when he saw a photo on their table he asked them why they would have a photo of his boss. They said it was a photo of her grandfather (my gr-grandfather Thomas) and the agent said he was the spitting image of his boss David Eckford Kilgour.

That connection would have to be from some generations back as David Eckford Kilgour's family had been in Canada for some generations.

I will try to find more info for you on your family but Dustin may be more help to you.

all for now, Carolyn












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