I am searching for any information on my 3x great grandfather. His name was William Garrett AINSLIE, and it is believed that he was born on 1 April 1782, although this date may be out by a decade. Family rumour always had his birthplace as Amsterdam, Holland, but another strong possibility is in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Scotland or northern England are also outside possibilities. The only thing that we know for sure is that he immigrated to America sometime between 1840 and 1850, and that he died in Cohasset, Massachusetts, USA on 19 April 1863.
I know that his family came from the British Isles, but I'm not 100% positive from where. Grandma was told that they came from Scotland. I have no information about his parents, so I have no idea where to start looking or how to verify this.
The family believe that he had a falling-out with his father and ran away from home as a teen and went to live with his Aunt Wilhennia or Wilhelmina in Amsterdam . He alledgely joined the Dutch navy, but deserted.
He then, supposedly, fought as a member of the British Navy in the War of 1812. He was definitely in Nova Scotia by 1815, where he met and married a lady by the name of Margaret POWERS.
Does any of this sound familiar to you? Is he lurking in your family tree as a son or sibling to your relatives? I am really desparate to find out any information about his parents and siblings. If you can help me, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for taking the time to read this message. I hope someone recognizes William's story.
My father's fatherr was Percy Charles Darby who married Jessie Ainslie. My father was born in Lowestoft Surrey in England in 1910 and he had two brothers one older called Ainslie and 1 younger called George.
Please contact me if you think you may know of my grandfather. I am not sure how old he was when he diedas I have never met him as he has also lived in England to the best of my knowledge. I am asuming he had my father in his 20's and this means he would have been born between 1880- 1890.
My father's mother was Jessie Ainslie who married Percy Charles Darby. My father was born in Lowestoft Surrey in England in 1910 and he had two brothers one older called Ainslie and 1 younger called George.
Please contact me if you think you may know of my grandmother. I am not sure how old she was when she died in 1967 I am asuming she had my father in her early 20's and this means she would have been born between 1885 - 1890.