I was absolutely bowled over by your message about your ancestor William Alison.For everything you write matches with the little I know of William and his wife Emelia Bell - whose father Robert Bell was one of my 4G Grandfathers!The peculations were perpetrated by Emelia's brother James, as far as I know, who also succeeded in ruining Emelia's brother William, my 3G Grandfather, whose bankruptcy proceedings, or "Sequestration" under Scottish law, lasted from 1807 until his death in 1834.Perhaps a record in Scottish law?
Gosh, there is so much to tell, so much to learn.
For a first look at how the Robert BELLs bred and spread, go to:
This WorldConnect file contains not much more than "vitals" of dead people, i.e. dates & places of Births, Marriages & Deaths, and hides details of living people such as yrs truly under the alias of "Living".If you want to find me I'm there, as the first child of Laurence (Larry) Montague and Margaret Anne Bell - go to:
Now I have just extracted the full details (including in some cases extensive biographical notes) from my file for a South African cousin and sent them to him on a disk with several family tree programs with which he could 'read' the tree.I use Legacy 6 De Luxe, and I sent him the free version of this program plus the tree in 'native' Legacy format (*.fdb) and also in gedcom (*.ged) format for reading into the other programs.
Do you have a family tree program?How would you like me to tell you more?And how would you like to tell me more about your side of the clan?