Thanks for your replies. So, I take it that you already have the family trees that I mentioned.
I find it rather strange that we have two family surnames (Stenhouse and Burt) whose families appear to have lived in the same areas (Falkirk/Stirlingshire and Edinburgh/Leith), yet I can find no connection.
Pamela Chetland/Dennison, the lady who has nearly 20,000 ancestors, has a number of Mary Burts in her tree, but none of them married into any of the Stenhouse families. Her connection to the Stenhouse line is through a John Stenhouse (1814-1884) and Janet Chalmers (1820-1879). Their daughter, Helen, married William Brown, and it is from this line that Pamela is descended.
Bruce Stenhouse, in his book 'The History of the Stenhouse Family', does mention that a number of Stenhouses worked on the land belonging to the Bruce Clan. Bruce, is a descendant of the Stenhouse family that owned land in the Fod District of Dunfermline. He died in the early 1990s, before his research was printed. This was left to his brother, Lt. Col. Denis Stenhouse.
I originally thought that I was related to John, the son of James Stenhouse and Janet Couston, as this was the only one that I could find that was born around the time that my John was born. I later found out from the LDS web site that he married Alica Aitken.
It is very difficult to find any ancestors from the OPRs, especially if they were very poor and could not afford the fee that was charged by the church in those days.
As I found from the OPR marriage record of my John Stenhouse who married Rachel Jack, in the St. Andrews Parish of Edinburgh on 24.07.1804, there is no mention of the parents of John, only that Rachel's father was named George Jack, a shoemaker who lived in Tranent, Haddingtonshire, now East Lothian.
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