Family Histories


Family Histories


The complied histories, including family trees, of some of our local families.

Many families emigrated from here to Australia, Canada and the USA in the early part of the nineteenth century and we have been pleased to help many people researching their family trees over the years.

Collection Items

Affleck / Cameron Family Histories
There are two family trees included here. One starts when James Affleck married Agnes Chapman at Crawfordjohn in 1791 and follows the line through Agnes Affleck, the daughter of James Affleck and Janet Murdoch. The second follows other descendants of…

Bone/Mitchel Family Histories
Both these families were related to the Hastie family and it is again thanks to Megan Hastie for her research.

Their history focuses on the story of families who moved around for work with the aim of gaining a better life. They came to Carsphairn…

Garmory/Clement/Montgomery Family Histories
The information on this family starts with Robert Germerie who married Isobel Wilson in 1758. Some of the information focuses on Fergus Clement highlighted on the family tree who emigrated to Australia. The fascinating story of his descendants…

Gilchrist Family History
The descendants of William Gilchrist (1789 — 1851) are noted. His son Robert, whose marriage certificate is included went to Breconshire in South Wales to work for John McTurk’s family who owned a large estate there. William’s daughter Janet’s…

Good Family History
The Good family were in Carsphairn as far back as 1714.

There are three separate family trees for Thomas Good (1755), Adam Good (1813) and William Gilchrist and Margaret Good.

There is intermarriage between the Good family, the Hope, Hunter and…

Guffie/McGuffie Family History
This rich collection of material about this family comes mainly from Australian sources which is hardly surprising given that eight of the nine children who reached maturity went to either Australia or New Zealand.

Their father who was a carter in…

Hastie Family History
Megan Hastie has done some superb research into her ancestors who worked at the Woodhead leadmine. Her Hastie family came there near the beginning of the lead mining operations in 1839 and they were joined by many of their friends and relatives, also…

Hunter Family History
The papers here are extracted from the Old Parish Registers, census records from 1841 to 1901and marriage and death registrations. Details of the descendants of James Hunter and his wife Isabella McCartney are included.

There was a lot of…

Jamieson Family History
Jamieson letters.

1,400 letters are stored in the family office at the farm in Western Victoria. These come mainly from members of the family in Scotland to Robert and William, the two brothers who went to Australia.

These letters have been read…

Martin Family History
This family who lived at the Mine spread themselves far and wide. Alexander Martin 1808-1871 married Christina Park 1798-1867 a woman ten years older than himself.

Out of their 11 children the first two died in infancy, the first being born when…

McCall Family History
The descendants of Alexander MacCaul and Margaret Williamson are given here with a focus on Margaret McCall, their granddaughter who married William Lammie. Their descendants are listed.

Birth, marriage and death registrations of Thomas,…

McCormick Family History
This information on the McCormick family is primarily a collection of gravestone inscriptions in Carsphairn Kirkyard together with some 1871 census extracts from the Glenkens parishes with correspondence regarding missing links in the family tree.

McDonald Family History
Within our card index containing records of the leadminers there are 17 McDonalds whose lives are linked with the Mitchell, Bone and Hastie families. Again Megan Hastie has kindly allowed us to use her research notes.

Within these the name Sophia…

McGill Family History
Three generations of the McGill family lived in Carsphairn from before 1841 until after 1881 but not a great deal is known about them and we would welcome more information.

Thomas McGill, his wife Mary Douglas and son Archibald are all buried in…

McTaggart Family History
James McTaggart was born in Carsphairn but probably left as a young man as he married in the parish of Tynron in 1839. From then the family moved to Ayrshire and most of these records relate to the parish of Barr. The Laing family is also included…

Milroy Family History
Peter Milroy and his wife and nine children came to the village when he was appointed as policeman in the early1890s. The family played a big part in village life for the next 30 years or so.

Some of the boys were very keen sportsmen as they took…

Park Family History
These papers chronicle the story of Richard Park whose connection with Carsphairn was probably relatively shortlived but it is a fascinating story of upward mobility in Victorian times in the Glasgow area.

Richard is in the Woodhead leadmine…

Weir/Paterson Family History
Details of the nine children of James Weir and Ann Menzies including intermarriage with the Paterson family can be found here. Three of the nine children went to America and one, Robert fought in the Civil War.

The Weir family originally came…

Jamieson Family Tree
Descendants of Richard Jamieson born about 1694 from 'The Tweed', Peeblesshire, Scotland.

We are grateful to Wendy Brockhouse for allowing us to publish her work.

McAdam Marriages and Births Part 1
McAdam Marriages and Children 1640-1854 in Ayrshire.

We are grateful to Karyl Richards for allowing us to use her work.

McAdam Marriages and Births Part 2
McAdam Marriages and Children 1640-1854 in Aberdeen, Angus, Argyll, Banff, Berwick, Bute, Clackmannan, Caithness and Dunbarton.

We are grateful to Karyl Richards for allowing us to use her work.

McAdam Marriages and Births Part 3
McAdam family tree.

We are grateful to Karyl Richards for allowing us to use her work.

McFadzean Family Tree
McFadzien / McFadzean

The McFadzean family has lived in Carsphairn for around 170 years. James McFadzien came to Castlemaddie around 1838 from Minnigaff near Newton Stewart. He and his wife Mary (nee McWhirter) has 7 children who survived infancy.…

McKay Family Tree
The McKay family were in Carsphairn parish for over 100 years. Some of John McKay and Janet Welsh's descendants are listed in the booklet here and there is greater details on Alexander McKay their grandson who went to New Zealand in 1863 to become an…

McMath Family Tree
This is the family tree of James McMath born c 1788 and his wife Margaret McMillan born c 1790.

There is a photograph displayed of David McMath in Loch Doon Castle when it was on the island. He was born at Woodhead leadmine in 1843 and lived there…

Wilson family Tree
Charles Wilson, the manager at the Woodhead leadmine lived there around 1838/40 until 1871 when he moved to New Abbey to live with his son James Stewart Wilson who was the minister there.

The family tree starts with Charles' grandfather, William…

Sloane / Dick Family Line 1821-2012
This folder was presented to Carsphairn Heritage Group by Diana Dick, a descendant of the Sloan family, during her visit from Tasmania April 2018.

McCulloch Family History (1)
The McCulloch family were very good dykers (builders of stone walls) who lived in Carsphairn for many years.

Here, there is a family tree with miscellaneous family information and extracts from registers for Hugh McCulloch born 1822 and his…

McCulloch Family History (2)
In the inside cover of this folder is detailed information on seven generations of the McCulloch family as well as births, marriages and death certificated as well as family photographs.

There is more information on James McCulloch, the…

Harper Family History 2
The Harpers at Furmiston

McCrae Family History 1
There were several McCrae families who left Carsphairn in the middle of the nineteenth century but they appear to be descended from Marmaduke McCrae who lived at Bridgend and is buried in Carsphairn Kirkyard.

Marmaduke had at least three sons,…

McCrae Family History 2
This folder the second of two about the McCrae family is mostly about the Canadian descendants of Marmaduke McCrae.

There is a section on John McCrae.

The last section is on the McCrae family in Carsphairn. It is not known if they, too, are…

MacMillan of Carsphairn Family History 1
This family are descended from Hugh Campbell and Grizel Gordon. Their granddaughter Agnes, born in 1807 married Robert MacMillan in 1829 and thus was founded the Macmillan/McMillan family which made a huge contribution to
community life for the next…

MacMillan of Carsphairn Family History 2
The second folder on the McMillans of Carsphairn contains information about Campbell McIntosh McMillan who was killed during the Second World War and some extracts from Jane Abel’s (nee McMillan) book “Reflections of a Grandmother” which include her…

MacMillan of Strahanna
We do not know how long this family lived at Strahanna but we do know that they were there in 1841 and that the family grave is in the Kirkyard at Carsphairn. After Carsphairn they moved to Moniaive but several of the sons and daughters went to…

McTurk Family History
The McTurk family has had a presence in Carsphairn Parish since the 1660s. They have been landowners since that time and their family trees have been well documented.

In this folder are photocopies of original documents (with a transcription of…

Seaton Family History 1
This is a compilation of papers’ relating to the Seaton/Siton/Sittlington family that have been given to us over the years by several branches of the family.

There are four folders relating to this family.

In this one there is most detail for…

Seaton Family History 2
This folder covers the family of John Seaton (1802/5 — 1861) who was born in Carsphairn but went to Breconshire in South Wales where he became firstly a tea dealer and grocer and later a bailiff and sheriff's officer.

John was a grandson of John…

Seaton Family History 3
This folder refers to the Seatons of Chanlockhead, a remote farm some distance from Penpont in Dumfriesshire.

‘The first page of the folder sets the scene for the story of this branch of the family and at the end there is a family tree.


Seaton Family History 4
This folder refers to the Sitons and Seatons of Tynron, Dumlriesshire and the James Seaton Family of Penpont (referred to in Seaton (3) and the Robert Seaton Family of New Abbey, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Shiel Folk
Article by Richard Genner detailing the inhabitants of the Shiel from 1841 - 1901

McCutcheon Family History
Decendants of James McCutcheon B.1804 & Mary Wright B.1813 of Cadgers Hole, Carsphairn

McAdam (1) Family History
The McAdams of Waterhead, Grimmet and Craigengillan

McAdam (2) Family History
Life of Quentin McAdam (1740 - 1805) of Craigengillan (Berbeth)
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