My great-great-great grandfather was James Allan, born in Scotland @1820.US Census records in Wisconsin and Iowa indicated that his wife was "Ellen M." also born in Scotland @1824.Finding no James Allan marrying anyone by the name of Ellen in a 5-year window around the birth of their first child, I then looked for a James Allan married to a Helen, a phonetically similar name, and the middle name of their granddaughter, my great-grandmother.
A search of Scottish marriage records shows a James Allan and Helen Morrison/Morison registered their marriage in Auchterless, Aberdeen, Scotland, and Fordyce, Banff, Scotland in July of 1847.Knowing that many times the marriage was registered in the parishes of both the bride and the groom, and that these were "neighboring" districts, I have reason to believe these are my great-great-great grandparents.
A search of Scottish birth/christening records provided three children for this marriage, all born in parts of Aberdeen, Scotland: Helen Gray Allan, christened 14 August 1847, Alexander M. Allan, christened 20 March 1850, and James M. Allan, christened 23 Nov 1851.
This very nearly matches what the US Census records show for my Allan family: Ellen, born @1847, Alick, born @1850, and James, born @1852-1853, all in Scotland.
The only thing that doesn't match, or is easily explainable, is the discrepancy in the birthyear of the 3rd child, James, though the month is right (all others were born in the US).As James is my great-great-grandfather, I'm particularly interested in clearing this up.
Anybody recognizing any part of this family, please contact me!