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Finding Flora Maxwell

Title: Finding Flora Maxwell
Posted by: barbara godfrey on 13-05-2013

Discussion: Can anyone help, I've been looking for Flora for a while, after the 1870 census she seems to have disappeared, Flora worked as a domestic servant, I have her working in Skye for Irish tinkers, then Morven? For shepherd and his family.

I've checked immigration records to no avail, this is just a thought if anyone has any information.

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Posted by: Anne Marie (MacKinnon) on 10-06-2013

Hi Barbara,

This looks to be the marriage of Flora Maxwell & George Reid
28 Aug 1874, Cathcart, Renfrew?

1881 Census

The family are at 7 Polmadie St, Hutchesontown, Lanarks

George Reid 39 Coal Dealer b Glasgow, Lanarks
Flora 36 b Morven, Argyles (census’ have 2 different birth places)
Daniel 15 S b Busby, Renfrews
Robert 13 S ’’
Elizabeth 11 D ’’
Georgina 5 D b Glasgow, Lanarks
Charles 4 S ‘’
William 3 S ‘’
Mary D b Govan, Renfrews? 2 mths (Age ties in with earlier birth I found in Hutchesontown)

As there seemed to be a significant gap between the 1st 3 kids & the last 4, I thought this may be a 2nd marriage for George?

By process of elimination I believe this may be the case & 1st wife named Elizabeth Bright?

You will have to go through the process as I am not certain but you have enough info. to ascertain if this is your Flora.


Anne Marie.

Posted by: Anne Marie (MacKinnon) on 23-05-2013

Hi Barbara,

I found this (birth of a Mary Reid) b 1881 in Hucheson town.

Mother is Flora Maxwell Reid & Father George Reid. If I'm on the right trail, Flora's mother was Mary so it sure does look as if she married after all.


Anne Marie.

Posted by: Anne Marie (MacKinnon) on 23-05-2013

Hi Barbara,

I have been rummaging with my preconceived idea that I have the right Flora?

Assuming so, I have found her parent's to be William & Mary & siblings John, Maria & William.

I'm not sure how experienced you are with genealogy?

Going by Flora's birth year of c 1843, my suspicion is that she may well have "tied the knot"?

Have you searched SP for a marriage after 1871 when she went "AWOL"? :-)

Let me know if I'm on the right track or off the rails?


Anne Marie.

Posted by: Anne Marie (MacKinnon) on 22-05-2013

Hi Barbara,

A quick search for the census you quoted "1871"

Flora Maxwell was actually born in Applecross, Wester Ross-shire of which I believe the nearest islands to be Raasay then Skye.

I would recommend

It is a worldwide site and a good chance of getting a common link.

Free to join then click on Forum, scroll down to Scotland.

Now Applecross could either come under Inverness or Ross & Cromarty so I would post your query in both and that will ensure it gets noticed. You will see at top right side in Blue \"NEW TOPIC\"

I would suggest though that, in the "Subject" box, you put the important factors e.g. Looking for Flora Maxwell b c 1848 Applecross, Ross-shire.
Those 3 facts are what people will relate to instantly and you can elaborate within the text box. The more info. you can provide the better chance of feedback.

I will see if I can locate her meanwhile but can't promise as South Uist is my domain.

Good luck with your search.


Anne Marie.

Posted by: Anne Marie (MacKinnon) on 20-05-2013

Hi Barbara,

Doing a family tree is like putting a jigsaw together which has a picture on it.

In this instance your picture is rather faded so we won't see the matching pieces :-)

Do you know where & whe Flora was born?
Do you know her parent's names with mother's maiden name?
Do you know when & where they were married?
Do you know if she had siblings (from census records)?

That might put the edges in place and give us a starting point.


Anne Marie.

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