Rae family in Canada: I'm kind of new to this genealogy stuff, but I've been looking into the migration of my ancestors from the Orkney isles to Canada. My great, great, great grandfather, Thomas Rae, was brother to the famous (?) Dr. John Rae, Arctic explorer and discoverer of the lost Franklin expedition. Thomas Rae was one of 9 children and youngest son born to Thomas Rae, Sr. (don't know wife's name) of Weir (Wyre?) Isle, Orphir, Orkney Isle on May 23, 1818. Thomas Rae, Sr. was factor of Sir William Honeywell's estate and the family lived in relative wealth compared to most people at the time. Thomas Rae Sr.'s children's names that I know of are my G3 grandfather Thomas, Dr. John Rae, William Rae, Richard Rae, Jessie (married name Munro), Marion (married name Hamilton). There were 3 other children but I don't have their names.
Thomas Jr. left Scotland as a boy (18xx?)and lived in New Brunswick, then Kingston, where he married Helen McPherson (Jan.5, 1843), then to Hamilton, Ontario in 1843. He was a partner with one of his brothers in shipping (Richard Rae?) and built 4 sailing vessels. He was about to build a propeller when he died Sept.28, 1868). He had two sons, John Rae and Glen Rae.
John Rae was an Indian Agent in the North Saskatchewan River area (Battleford?) in 1888. Not sure if he was involved in the native uprising there or not. This is where it gets sketchy. I'm not sure whether John or Glen is my great great grandfather. Anyways, my great grandfather was Thomas Rae (m. Elizabeth Miller). My grandfather was Thomas Miller Rae (m. Helene Simpson) and my father is Stewart Rae.
What I would like to know is:
1. Anybody out there connected to any of these branches of the Rae family?
2. Anybody know how or when the Rae's got to the Orkneys from the traditional clan territory on the west coast of Scotland highland (Kintail area), if that's where they came from? (Making and assumption there!:)
Query posted by : Diana Rae