Hello Alister, Wesley etc.
There is a very good chance that we share ancestors.
My Minnis family:
Samuel Minnis married to Mary Irvine, had several children including George Minnis, born Armagh 1837 and Samuel born Co. Down. Samuel and George both married in N Ireland (George in 1856), then moved to Scotland (about 1860), to Coatbridge area, where they worked in the iron industry. In the 1881 census, George's sons were calling themselves "Menzies", and by 1891 he did the same. But in 1881 he called himself "Mennis". I am descended from George. I am in touch with descendant of Samuel's. Your comment about Perthshire is very interesting. My older relatives claim the Menzies's went from Perthshire to Ulster to work in linen weaving industry. However, my oldest Minnis (Samuel) was a stone mason. Samuel junior was a weaver before emigrating. George married the daughter of a weaver.
I am especially interested to know if you have come across any of these names? Samuel(senior)and Mary may also have had a daughter called Martha who emigrated to New Zealand - she was quite a bit younger though. Her descendant is still in NZ and in touch by e-mail.
My lot seem to have moved around the area between Armagh and Banbridge.
It would be great to compare details!
Ruth Ramanan (born Menzies)
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