Great site. I hope I can find the help others have been able to get here.
I'm looking for pre 1900 information about my grandfather and his family. This is what I do know.
My grandfater's name was Donald McCrimmon McRae. I'm not confident on the spelling of McCrimmon. It was his middle name though and not a hyphenated last name from his mother and father. The Spelling McRae was changed from MacRae by Canadian Imigration when he migrated in 1920.
He was born in Glasgow in 1899. His father, John McRae worked for the government auditing distilleries. He was married to Sarah Sharpe McRae. Sometime between 1901 and 1903 the family moved to Glenelg and lived in a single story cottage that at the moment I can't think of the name of. John was an alcoholic, and there is family history that John lost his job because of his alcoholism and also that Sarah convinced him to back out of the Glasgow. Both are buried in a church cemetary at Glenelg.
My Grandfather joined the navy--Boys Service--at the age of 14 and served on the HMS Hindustan during WWI.
At some unknown point he migrated from Toronto, Canada to Detroit, Michigan to work at Ford Motor Company which he retired from around 1964.
He had no brothers or sisters. While in Canada he married my grandmother, Anges Borland Graham. She also migrated from Scotland to Canada in 1920. She also left from Glasgow. They did not know each other until meeting in Canada.
I was born in Detroit, but now live in South Carolina just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. I've met a lot McRaes in the Carolinas and I've been told a lot of histories that I wonder if they include me. A lot of the history includes many McRaes that left the states around the time of the revolutionary war. I'd like to know if I'm related to anyone in the Carolina's beyond sharing the same name or if I'm related to many of the American Indians that have McRae Blood.
This is all know, I would grateful for anymore information should anyone have any to share.
PS...My grandfathers favorite saying, "Bloody Irish!"
Query posted by : Don Czarniewski