Jean, this is so exciting!I have been finding bits and pieces concerning the McMurdies over a very long period of time. I feel very close to the McKees since Margaret was a sister to my Grandfather David James McMurdie and my mother talked about Jean and Charlotte and playing on the rocks at Bangor when on holiday from Clyde Bank and much love for Aunt Margaret by the family.
Thank you for the marriage correction of Charlotte from Stanley to Samuel James Frazier.
I had found cousin Garfield,sRoyal Naval Record from the National Archives and two retired Naval Officers translated the record for me. One gentleman sent me a most interesting letter concerning cousin Garfield and his ranking.My knowledge from family history was that he retired with the rank of Captain and I spent years on that research.Then found him at the National Archives web as John Garfield.
Evidently my Grandmother Sarah McKeown McMurdie wrote to him quite often but I have no knowledge of their content. Family history indicated that he joined the Navy as a Cabin Boy about 1902. Do you have any knowledge of that?
I have tried in vain to trace the family of John or James McKee in Bellaghy but to no avail.If you have any leads that I might pursue I would be so greatfull.
Thank you again so very much for the reply and the added information. If I can fill you in with the McMurdies and their journey to Saskatchewan I will be most happy to do so. Their information in Derry and Antrim has been most limited but I continue to find bits and pieces for the puzzle..
Ruth E. Gerety in Medford, Oregon7ruthomas@gmail.com