I know very little about my PATON line.
I have a Catherine (Katherine/Katharine etc.), daughter of Robert PATON & Helen Anderson who was born 13 April 1789 in Monimail, Fife. She married James WILSON on 24 November 1810 in Rescobie, Angus. They had the followong children: Guthrie, Mary, Katherine, Charles, David, Anne & Jannett Smith - all of whom were born in various places in Angus between 1811 and 1831.
What is intereting is that on the OPR records for these children, Catherine's name is variously spelt PATON/PATTON/PATEN/PATTEN.
Catherine, her husband, and three daughters [Mary, Katherine, & Jannett Smith]arrived in Sydney, New South Wales in 1838 and, on the immigration records, Catherine's name is recorded as PARTON!!! I have always assumed that the immigration official couldn't understand her accent and, when she pronounced her name as something like PaHton, he assumed that there was an 'R' in her name.
By the way, Catherine also had a brother, George, who was born in Fife. She claimed him as her next of kin on the immigration records and said that he was a "farmer of Dundee". Does anyone connect with this family?
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