This is an update to my previous post with a bit more current information that I forgot to include the first time (sorry!)
Iíve been tracing my AMOS ancestry through the US and back to New Brunswick, Canada and before that to Scotland. My GGG grandfather, James Amos, with his wife Janet Armstrong and son Robert (all of Roxburghshire), arrived in 1821 on Prince Edward Island by way of Dumfries, then relocated to Botsford Parish, New Brunswick in 1822. Dates from their MIís are:
James Amos b. ca 1771 (ROX) d. 8/12/1855 (NB)
Janet Armstrong b. ca 1775 (ROX) d. 11/29/1865 (NB)
(MI refers to Janet as "Jenny")
My GG grandfather (their oldest son, I believe), Adam Amos arrived in August, 1829 from Dumfries, Scotland. He was accompanied by his wife, Ellen Craig, and at least two sons, John and Robert. Several sources indicate they were from Roxburghshire - no parish info yet. Estimated birth years for them are:
Adam 1791 (d. 1886)
Ellen 1795 (d. 1875)
John 1821 (d. 1887) (note, MI gives birth year as 1829)
My search was confused by several references to Dumfries as my family's origin, however, I now suspect that Dumfries was the port of embarkation, rather than their home. James and Janet's MI's state that they were natives of Roxburghshire. If anyone in Roxburghshire can shed light on my forebears in the region, Iíd love to hear from them. I am anxious to learn which parish they came from, their occupations, the names of their parents and whether any close relatives remained in Scotland after they emigrated to Canada.
All of the first generations of Amos colonists were prosperous farmers, so I suspect they may have been farmers in Scotland, as well. Our family for the last three generations has been Presbyterian, so I suspect that my ancestors were members of the Church of Scotland. This family is buried at the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery in Cadmanís Corner, NB.
Grants Pass, Oregon
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