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Seafaring Livies of Aberdeen
Posted by: Eileen Cusimano (ID *****9781) Date: April 21, 2005 at 11:08:21
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Hello all Livie Researchers!

My g-grandmother was born about 1838 in Aberdeen. When she married her first husband (James Wilson, in London in 1858) her maiden name was given as Emma Catherine Livie. However, I have three of her children's birth certificates, and here's where it gets confusing: when she reports a birth, she gives her maiden name as LIVIE; when her second husband, James Wood, reports a birth, he gives her maiden name as REID. Emma had a niece named Sophia Catherine Reid, whose father John Reid was a master mariner born in Aberdeen. Emma's first husband was also a mariner. The 1881 census shows John Reid as a master mariner, the Vessel Nonsuch, moored at Erith, Kent. Also aboard was what appears to be a younger Reid brother. (I have more connections than I'm giving here for sake of brevity.)

So now I'm really confused. I do believe that John Reid was Emma's brother (or half-brother?) So, was she born a Livie and raised by the Reids, or was she born a Reid and had a brief early marriage to a Livie. Oh yes, her uncle William Forbes, was also a mariner from Scotland, so there are a lot of sailors in the family.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Livie is such a rare name, and whenever I've seen it mentioned they all seem to be Scots.

Thanks, Eileen

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