This thread was just brought to my attention. A distant cousin and I are doing extensive research on this line in an attempt to identify the parents of the William Aird (about1783 to 1860-10-19) who married Mary Hunter.I have identified the probable parents of Mary Hunter (1782-07-01 to 1863-04-19) as David Hunter of Mossend and Isabell Anderson.
This couple had 7 children, in order: David, Mary, William, Margaret, James, John L., and Isabella.ALL came to Canada on the ship George Cannon in 1829, originally to Quebec and some eventually ending up in Montreal.Isabella does not appear in the Old Parochial Register.She is my GG grandmother.Information on this line was given to me by her granddaughter Anna Grace Tanner (1883 - 1971) in the late 1950s when I was a teenager. She was the family historian when I started my interest about 1957 and eventually inherited all her notes and old family pictures.I have some pictures of early Airds -- including some of apparent cousins of the children of William Aird and Mary Hunter.They were taken on trip to Scotland by, apparently, one of the children of Isabella Aird within a few years of 1910.The frustrating part is: the picture of one Aird is probably a child of a brother of William Aird.So who were their parents?The search is ongoing.The three pictures (with captions on the reverse) can be found at: http://www.maybole.org/community/kirkmichael/aird.htmhttp://www.maybole.org/community/kirkmichael/aird.htm Since I supplied that commentary on that site, I discovered another North American Aird relative may have made a trip to Kirkmichael about 1908 -- five years earlier than the 1913 mentioned.
There appears to be two unrelated Aird families in Quebec and Montreal in the 19th century, but from witnesses at some weddings, it appears there may be a connection between the two families: possibly a cousin or uncle of William Aird came to Canada first.
I would be interested in exchanging more information with others interested.