Monday, June 04, 2012

Aiken Surname

Aiken Surname by midgefrazel
Aiken Surname, a photo by midgefrazel on Flickr.

Highland Scots 
I've been working hard all weekend on my paternal grandmother's side of my Scottish family. This is how the name is spelled here in America. My dad told me that people with AITKEN were not my kin. However, I have found census records where the enumerator did put in the T.

This crop of the stone in Georgia was taken by the late Virgil Veal especially for me. Now, I find out that other descendants have their own photos of the headstones and the monuments. I thought they were buried in Rhode Island. I wouldn't have guessed Georgia.

I put these photos in my tree at as "cousin bait". We have a team of four women plus some helpers working on getting the right people in this family. I am "project manager", I guess.

They came to America from a small section of Aberdeen, Scotland called Woodside in Old Machar. I think they were not a poor as my lowland Scots on my Broadfoot side but I will never know for sure.

I didn't know my grandparents at all and neither did my cousins. However, my dad and his siblings did give me the correct information to get started. Even the name spelling is right.

Aiken, Beveridge, Cruickshank, Taylor, Philip, Middleton, and as a second marriage Esson (that's a story in itself). 

There are two sensitive issues in this family: children born before marriage, and divorce. Different time; different problems or are they?

I love the occupations and the locations they lived. Google Maps is helping me look at where they lived. Isn't technology wonderful?

Did you notice that Google maps is putting an image date in tiny letters at the bottom left?

1 comment:

Celia said...

Hmmm, my ex-hubby's grandmother was an Aiken, born in Kingston, Ontario, in 1858. Your post reminds me I have lots more research to do on her! Thanks for the post.