Hi Julie! Thanks for responding to my posting. It's great to hear from you and great to get in touch with a fellow McInnes clan member. I am a great grandson of Angus McInnes, which makes us distant cousins, and everything you have to say in your response is in line with the information I have available, right back to Finlay McInnes, with one exception (Mary Jane McFadyen). Some of the information you have given me is new, and is very helpful.
To the best of my knowledge, there were five children born to Donald McInnes and Mary Jane McFadyen. They were Alexander, Jane, Angus, Neil and Roderick. I understand that your great grandfather, Roderick, was born in 1843. Is this correct? I have not been able to locate any information on Alexander (christened in 1833?). Do you have any details? I have basic information on the other three, including Roderick, and a comprehensive history on Angus.
Like you, I have been unable to locate details of their voyage to Australia. This could have taken place at any time after Roderick's birth in 1843, and the marriage of Angus McInnes, in Australia, in 1862. Was Roderick the youngest child? Were there other children born after 1833? Mary Jane would have been still quite young at this point in time, and given that Angus went on to produce ten children, Donald and Mary Jane could have gone on to produce more children before coming to Australia. This may give some indication of when they left Scotland.
My enquiries have indicated that Mary Jane McFadyen was born around 1812, at Knock, on the Isle of Coll, rather than in 1805. I have no other information (including names of parents). This would have made her 21 at the time of marriage, and 31 at the time of Roderick's birth. Can you check this information out, and let me know if it is correct?
I also think that Donald and Mary Jane may have gone to Victoria, which would explain the reason why I had no success, as I was investigating arrivals at Sydney and Newcastle. Maybe they came to Australia following the gold rush days in Victoria, or maybe they had relatives there. Whichever way, if they came out in the late 1850's, they were lucky not to have gone to the USA, as the US Civil War commenced in 1861. It's an interesting historical period, isn't it?
Angus was married in 1862, at the age of 22, and went on to produce ten children, including my dear grandmother, Flora Agnes McInnes. Angus and his wife, Margaret Smith, were both quite young at the time of marriage, and were eventually mariied for 58 years, before Angus died in 1920, at North Tumbulgum.
Like you, I would like to turn up a little more information on their life in Scotland before migrating to Australia. I am hoping to recieve some information from a message board enquiry I have posted in Scotland on this same subject.
I have a great amount of history on the Angus McInnes family, and will send you some information, including photographs, etc., a little further down the track. There is also a lot of other information on relatives I can send to you. Can you send me your email address? My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Look forward to hearing from you.
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