“They Hailed from Where Exactly?” – A Follow Up
Born about 1822, Daniel Chambers is my maternal 3rd great grandfather. At this point in time, where I’ve been looking anyway; records for Daniel are sparse. Upon locating burial records from the Derry City Cemetery I learned a little more when I discovered he died in Mar 1892 at the age of 70 and was born in Glasgow, Scotland. It was the first time I had any kind of proof that my Chambers family roots had originated somewhere other than Ireland. Although I have conflicting records for the place of birth of both Daniel and his son John, my 2nd great grandfather; I finally validated that this particular Twisted Limb of my family was of Scottish origin.
A Civil Marriage Record dated 19 May 1848 when unearthed showed that Daniel married Mary Kelly in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal Robert Strain and John Carson witnessed their union. The record also shows that William Chambers, a whitesmith; was the father of Daniel, and therefore my fourth great grandfather, Mary’s father, Joseph was a labourer. Unfortunately, Daniel’s occupation at the time of his marriage remains a mystery – that particular part of the record was illegible.
A connection was verified, between Daniel and his son John, once again from the Derry City Cemetery burial records. The records showed the proprietor of the grave, last place of residence and the father of John; proving that this was most certainly another Crooked Branch in my ever growing family tree.
Then things started to get interesting… The Civil Marriage Record for Daniel and Mary indicated that Daniel was a widower; revealing that Mary was his second wife. This little tidbit of information required me to ask the question… was Mary Kelly my 3rd great grandmother?
Daniel and Mary had six children comprised of five daughters and one son named Joseph. Their first daughter Mary Ann was born in June of 1849 in Londonderry, suggesting that the family moved to Londonderry within a year of their marriage and where they remained until their deaths. Since my 2nd great grandfather John was born in Glasgow about 1844, this is confirmation that he was a child born to Daniel and his first wife. Since John was born about 1844, and Daniel remarried in 1848; there is the distinct possibility that there are more children to be found of Daniel and his deceased wife? Many more questions remain to be answered…
Seemingly the search continues, on this particular Crooked Branch of my family tree; for my 3rd great grandmother; mother of John Chambers!
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You must have cousins scattered everywhere!!
Pretty Much! 😀 My Murdoch/k’s originated in Scotland too; maybe next summer I’ll be “hanging out” in cemeteries there! 😉
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