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Alexander, Jane

Alexander, Jane

Female 1817 - 1902  (84 years)

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  • Name Alexander, Jane 
    Born 1 Aug 1817  Meikle Wartle Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Feb 1902  Kirktown of Rayne Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I230  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2004 

    Father Alexander, John,   b. Abt Jul 1783, Kinguidy Bourtie Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1851, Meikle Wartle Rayne Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Mother Jannet Morrison,   b. Abt 1780,   d. 17 Jan 1870, Chapel of Garioch Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Married 1817 
    Documents At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Gray Family Register Page 3
    Gray Family Register Page 3
    When my grandmother Isabel Alexander (m/s Jaffrey) was nearing the end of her days she decided to “redd up” her affairs. Following on family tradition she set a bonfire. However when it came to burning the Alexander family bibles, she hesitated, fearful perhaps of the accounting shortly to come As it happened her son Robert and his wife Mary came home on a visit from their adopted country of New Zealand and she prevailed on Robbie to do the needful So risking his immortal soul to please his mother, he burnt the bibles but without telling her he removed the frontispiece pages and took them back to N Z with him
    In the course of time he passed them on to his son George and in turn they were left to George’s widow Freda who saved them for me There were two bibles involved, one belonging to John Alexander and his wife Jannet Morrison, and the other to son William Alexander and his wife Isabella Brown.
    Uncle Robbie continued the tradition as best he was able, adding his own New Zealand family in turn
    Gray Family Register Page 4
    Gray Family Register Page 4
    When my grandmother Isabel Alexander (m/s Jaffrey) was nearing the end of her days she decided to “redd up” her affairs. Following on family tradition she set a bonfire. However when it came to burning the Alexander family bibles, she hesitated, fearful perhaps of the accounting shortly to come As it happened her son Robert and his wife Mary came home on a visit from their adopted country of New Zealand and she prevailed on Robbie to do the needful So risking his immortal soul to please his mother, he burnt the bibles but without telling her he removed the frontispiece pages and took them back to N Z with him
    In the course of time he passed them on to his son George and in turn they were left to George’s widow Freda who saved them for me There were two bibles involved, one belonging to John Alexander and his wife Jannet Morrison, and the other to son William Alexander and his wife Isabella Brown.
    Uncle Robbie continued the tradition as best he was able, adding his own New Zealand family in turn
    Family ID F75  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Gray, George,   b. Abt 1814, Foveran Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1854  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married 1844 
    Children 
     1. Gray, George,   b. 10 Sep 1845, Tarves Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Gray, Anne,   b. 1 Jul 1847, Belhelvie Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Gray, William,   b. 11 Jan 1850, Belhelvie Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Gray, James,   b. 23 Aug 1854, Belhelvie Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F2023  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Smith, George,   b. 14 Mar 1805, Chapel of Garioch Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1890, Macduff Banffshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 27 Apr 1861 
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F1416  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In a family tree from Lyn Wright we have child for Jane Alexander and George Smith as William Gray
      It transpires that Jane married twice first to George Gray and they had four chindren one being William Gray Then she married George Smith but no offspring
      Her death cert however says" Widow of John Smith, stone dyker, formerly George Gray so that may account for the discrepancy

      Later research found Jane hard to identify, but in 1841 she could have been the 24 year old farm servant working at the Mill of Kingoodie It seems she married around 1844/45 to cattleman George Gray born in Forveran.They spent some time in Tarves where their first child was born and by 1851 were at Hatton Belhelvie with three children (George, Ann and William) Husband George must have died around 1854 (missing the mandatory registration of deaths) because in 1861 Jane was back in Rayne at Cushieston working as a knitter under her maiden name with two of her Gray children William and 6-year old James. Later in 1851 she remarried now age 44 to George Smith a stone dyker .They had no children and by 1871 they had moved to No 8 Clergy Street Macduff where George died in 1890. In 1891 Jane was still in Macduff although she was now in Skene Street getting by as a stocking knitter
      By1901 she had made her way back to Rayne but was now an invalid being nursed by her sister Anne.
      Jane died in 1802 and is commemorated on the family headstone at Kirkton of Rayne