An Exciting Discovery!
My great great grandparents, Charles Milne and Elspeth Ross, came to Wentworth County, Ontario ca 1846 from Aberdeenshire, Scotland. They had one daughter and seven sons… some of the children were born in Scotland and some in Wentworth.
Charles died in 1856 and Elspeth remarried about fifteen years later and lived well into her nineties. Their daughter, Margaret, married and eventually moved to Kinross, Michigan. Four of the sons remained in Ontario and three sons (Robert, George and James) moved to Michigan.
For years I have searched without success for the three sons who migrated to Michigan. This week, thanks to DNA matches with some distant cousins and some further research, I have found James Millen.
He was originally James Milne. My branch of the Milne family pronounces the name as Millen and I often find it spelled that way in records. James obviously decided to adopt that spelling as it is found on all his Michigan records and those of his children.
The breakthrough happened as a result of me checking the Ancestry trees of some DNA matches. This led to a copy of James’ death registration which gave his parents’ names as Mr. Millen and Elspeth Ross. Her name leapt off the page at me!
I am always sure to check spelling variations of names so I’m sure I must have come across James before in my searches of Michigan records. However, without the DNA matches and the death certificate I couldn’t be sure of his identity. Now I’m hoping that contact with some of his descendants might lead to his brothers, Robert and George. The search continues…