Corey - When William Niven, the Mineralogist, arrived in America in 1879 he lived with Robert Niven's family of which George and John were two. They lived at Providence, Rhode Island. Could this have been your family? According to Roland Harrison's book "Buried Cities and Forgotten Gods" Robert Niven's family were related to William. William's father, William was killed due to a rail accident at Lockerbie in 1865. He died hours later in Carlisle. We are still trying to find his parents. As the Death certificate was issued in England no parental information was given. In his earlier days he lived at Shotts Road, Bellshill.