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I am looking for any information on Alexander Robertson and wife Charlotte. Both were Born in Nova Scotia. Alexander was born in 1817. His son is the link to our family. His name was James Alexander Robertson Born in Nova Scotia 1861 and wife Jennie E. McManus from Massachusetts. They settled in Portland, Oregon. I do know that Alexander's parents were born in Scottland. What I have found is a census for 1861, 1871, 1881. Alexander's children were Annie, James A., Catherine Ellen., George William, Donald and Caroline. There was a Christina Robertson living with them I assume maybe a sister. If anyone has any information to help me in my search it would be greatly appreciated.
Have you visited the Pictou County GenWeb? They have the 1817 and 1838 Census for Pictou county plus a great deal of other info. Am wondering if this Alexander Robertson could be related to the Alexander you are seeking? . He is in Merigomish, Nova Scotia on the 1817 census. Then there are the Robertsons that arrived on the Sarah from Rannoch in 1801 and the Robertsons on the Commerce in 1803. Hope this helps. Louise
Merigomish (John & James SMALL) ;
Pine Tree Gut ( Anthony SMALL) ;
Merigomish (George ROY, Esq. Alexr. ROBERTSON, James ROBERTSON,); Little Harbour?
John Robertson, tenant; Janet Robertson, spinster
Alex. Robertson, laborer; Eliz. Robertson, spinster; Donald Robertson (13); Janet Robertson (11); Duncan Robertson (5)
James Robertson, laborer
Donald Smith, tenant; Smith, his wife, spinster
James Robertson, farmer; Christian Robertson, spinster; Elizabeth Robertson (6); Janet Robertson (3); Duncan Robertson (2)
Donald Robertson, farmer; Janet Robertson, spinster; Peggy Robertson (6); Janet Robertson (4); John Robertson (2)
Robertsons were also on the Commerce from Perthshire in 1803.
Duncan Robertson 42 Farmer
Farm taken from him.
Isabella Robertson 31 Wife
Alexander Robertson 6 1/4 Child
Eliza Robertson 4 1/4 Child
Margaret Robertson 1 1/4 Child
Isabella Robertson 3 mos. Child
1891 Census of Canada
Name: Alexander Robertson
Marital Status: Married
Birth Year: abt 1816
Birthplace: Nova Scotia
Relation to Head of House: Head
Religion: Free Church
French Canadian: No
Spouse's Name: Charlotta Robertson
Father's Birth Place: Scotland
Mother's Birth Place: Scotland
Province: Nova Scotia
District Number: 39
Household Members: Name Age
Alexander Robertson 75
Charlotta Robertson 70
Christy Robertson 70
Donald Robertson 33
Mary Robertson 29
Hector Robertson 1
Francis Robertson 3/12
Alexander Urquhart 16
U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992
Name:James A Robertson
Birth Date: 25 May 1860
Birth Place: Nova Scotia
Age at event: 28
Court District: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont
Date of Action: 24 Nov 1888
Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections, 1620-1988
Name: Jennie E Mc Mannis
Birth Date: abt 1861
Event Type: Marriage
Event City: Boston
Marriage Date: 17 Mar 1884
Marriage Age: 23
Father Name: James Mc Mannis
Mother Name: Jane
Spouse Name: James H Robertson
Spouse Marriage Age: 33
Spouse Father Name: Alexander
Spouse Mother Name: Charlotte
just some stuff from Ancestry.com ... hope it is useful
I did find the marriage certificate that is how I first found his parent's names. And the census as well did not have the naturalization paper work can't believe you found that. There are later censuses that have Christy, Charlotte on them with Alexander Urquhart that sound like he is related calls one an aunt. So I am exploring that conection as well. Everyone has been so helpful sometimes you need a fresh look from someone else or just one little hint to send you in a new direction. Thanks For all your help.
Found a little more on the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics that may also be the same family:
Christy I. Robertson and Daniel Cameron married 1880 in Pictou County
Item can be found in Registration Year: 1880 - Book: 1831 - Page: 197 - Number: 36
Married March 25, 1880 in New Glasgow, Pictou Co. N.S. presbyterian, Bride was 32 and a spinster
Groom was 38 and a batchelor, profession: Miller. Both were born in Barneys River N.S. she lists her father as Alex - no mother listed. Daniel lists his father as Allen no mother listed. Witnesses are Duncan and Harry McDonald
This one is a winner! Catherine Helen Robertson and John Urquhart married 1875 in Pictou County
Item can be found in Registration Year: 1875 - Book: 1831 - Page: 129 - Number: 57
Married April 24, 1875 Big Island, Pictou Co., N.S.
Bride: Catherine Helen, 21, spinster
Parents: Alex and Charlotte (Alex is listed as a farmer)
Witnesses are: Athea(?)Murdock and Robert McD(?) Scott
Groom: John Urquhart, 23, batchelor, farmer born East River N.S.
Parents: Kenneth R and Margaret (Kenneth is listed as a farmer)
Annie C. Stewart and George William Robertson married 1878 in Antigonish County
Item can be found in Registration Year: 1878 - Book: 1803 - Page: 77 - Number: 45
Married: December 12, 1878 in West Lochaber, Antigonish Co. ns
Groom: George William Robertson, 23, batchelor, born: Merigomish Pictou co., farmer
Parents: Alexander and Charlotte (Alexander is listed as a mason)
Bride: Ann Catherine Stewart, 19, spinster, born: Lochaber, Antigonish Co. ns
Parents: Alex and Ann (Alex listed as a farmer)
Witnesses: Alex Casting and Sol Merris (spellings were difficult to read)
1881 Census of Canada
Name: George Robertson
Marital Status: Married
Birth Year: 1856
Birthplace: Nova Scotia
Nationality: Scotch (Scotish)
Occupation: Farmer & Currier
Province: Nova Scotia
District Number: 21
Sub-District Number: B
Household Members: Name Age
George Robertson 25
Annie C. Robertson 21
Alex S. Robertson
The following info is from the Forbrigger family tree owned by terriforbrigger on ancestory.com. It only contains info for Catherine, her parents, but lots on her married family the Urquharts. If you don't have access to ancestory.com let me know and I will pull the info off and send it to you by e-mail if you like.
Parents & Siblings
Alexander Robertson (-)
Spouse & Children
John Urquhart (1852-1922)
Margaret Jane Urquhart (1877-)
Annie Louise Urquhart (1879-)
John Kenneth Urquhart (1881-1954)
George William Urquhart (1882-)
Charles Dunn Urquhart (1884-)
Ella Urquhart (1886-)
Lottie Urquhart (1888-)
Edwin Urquhart (1891-)
Mabel Urquhart (1895-)
Oscar P. Urquhart (1900-)
I saw your post and the replies and know that I have some information for you, as I also am a descendant of Alexander James and Charlotte (Cook) Robertson, through their son, Daniel J Robertson, who emigrated to Malden, MA. Daniel was my great-grandfather. Charlotte was born on Bally Haly Farm, Newfoundland, 06Feb1821, daughter of George (Rex) Cook and his wife, Elizabeth. George was allegedly a cook from England who jumped ship while in port at St John's, who then changed his surname from Rex to Cook before marrying Elizabeth, a native of Newfoundland. How Alexander James Robertson came to be in Newfoundland has not surfaced, but he and Charlotte were married at Bally Haly Farm, Logy bay Road, Portugal Cove(?), Newfoundland, in 1848, and several of their children, including James Alexander (b. Oct 1850), were born also in Newfoundland. Please let me know how much of this you already have, and if you need to go back from there on Alexander. Are you descended from Bradford or Alexander (James' sons)?
I can't believe I found a relative. On Ancestry there are descendants from the Cook Family many of them do not even list Charlotte or even the fact that her twin is Carolyn. I have what you listed above. Yes we are descended from Bradford. I too am trying to find Alexander J. Robertson's parents and also where his family came from in Scotland. I know he was born in 1817 Merigomish, sometimes listed as Big Island always Nova Scotia. I cannot find when he died. I also know on their marriage certificate it was listed that he was a Mason. Don't know if that means brick mason, mason as in guns, or Mason as in Masonic Lodge. He could have been in Newfoundland to work on Lodge business. Let me know what you know and I will try and fill in the blanks for you. I can tell you I laughed out loud when I discovered that Charlotte was a twin. I knew there were twins in the family, but didn't know if it was from the Robertson's. I also do not know how James Alexander Robertson met Jenny in Massachusetts. Since the family was in Nova Scotia and New England why did they go to Oregon. Let me know if you have answers.
I'm afraid I don't have many of these answers - I was fortunate to have found a Cook descendant in Newfoundland several years ago who helped me immensely with Charlotte's research, but I have since lost contact with her. I am attaching an .rtf file of the Robertsons that I had before finding you now, and will follow with one of the limited information I have on the Cooks tonight. I'm sure that we have something for each other! I am equally pleased to have located a relative - knew others must exist, but hadn't found you! I'm in Forestville (Bristol), CT.
I attached the wrong file - here is the correct one and also the one for the Cooks.
I have very little about the Cooks as well. There is info on the family from Charlotte's siblings down but none from England. I am so exited about the background on Alexander's family line. It was a guess on my part, but couldn't connect it with any proof. After Alexander died, Charlotte went to live with her daughter Annie who married Oscar Priestly. She died at the age of 89 in Carthage, Maine.
I always wondered why Bradford's sister was named Crockett Mary Robertson. I found a strange fact that Their father in his later life went to live at Odd Fellows. by accident I found Mary Crockett born in Nova Scotia in her seventies living at Odd Fellows. Again couldn't make the connection with proof.
You already have filled in many blanks.
Bradford left Oregon and went to New York where he married and had a son, my husband's father. I will fill you in on this current family which still live in New York.
The rest of your Robertson Family now live in Indianapolis, In. I have enjoyed over the years of working on the tree...finding similar names and occupations and family traits.
I really will enjoy hearing about your quest for family info and trading stories.