|18 foot shark caught in Otago Harbour 1894|
A search of the IGI comes up with 9 other John BUCHANs born in Scotland in 1868 alone. I have scribbled down these parents names to avoid confusion as the long census search begins…
Edited to add:
Just reread an excerpt from Roy BUCHANs book about the family:
The Buchan family settled in Carey’s Bay, a mile from Port Chalmers. They fished in the comparative calm of the inner Otago Harbour instead of the hazardous and stormy North Sea. The main breadwinners were Jack, his brother-in-law Alexander and father-in-law Dade [Charles]. The younger two men would fish from an open boat in the harbour and Dade would sell the fish.
Could brother John actually refer to his brother-in-law John (married to Jessie)? The newspaper article mentions that Charles also gave evidence at the hearing which means he was probably also there (as the excerpt suggests).
At the end of my last post, I mentioned that I had no idea that Alexander Ritchie BUCHAN had a brother called John.
I did a ‘parent search’ on familysearch.org for Alex’s parents, Charles and Jessie (nee RITCHIE) and up he popped! While checking the information, I noticed that his birth date was identical to brother William’s but perhaps this was confused with a christening date (children were sometimes baptised in ‘bunches’).
I managed to download the birth entry on Scotlands People and sure enough, John and William were twins!
This is a follow on from my previous post – Neighbouring Families.
! The results here are accurate, however not the William BROWN I was tracing (see previous post for correction). I have chosen to leave this information here to help others.
Using FamilySearch, I searched the IGI for Sarah FERGUSSON with a spouse named BROWN.
Now I need to link this John BROWN to my James BROWN to prove these neighbours were also family. I would also like to find the family connection to George BROWN who also lived at Woodhead throughout these censuses.
Find a family link between these BROWNs and the BROWNs at Woodhead(see next post in the series)