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My family is trying to prove that my Scottish immigrant ancestor George Urquhart of New Jersey is the same George Urquhart that was born in Old Machar outside of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Aberdeenshire Old Parish Records indicate a George Urquhart was baptized on 21st of February, 1758, in Old Machar, the son of Ann Gordon and John Urquhart, and had several brothers and sisters also born in the Aberdeen area, mostly New Machar and Old Machar.After George Urquhart’s birth/baptism, we have no record of him in Aberdeenshire.
We know from various published accounts in the USA that George Urquhart of New Jersey was born in the area of Aberdeen, Scotland, the son of John Urquhart (one account, The Harvey Book by Oscar J. Harvey, lists his mother as Mary Ann Gordon), and emigrated to the US (not sure to where) in 1786.He appears on a New Jersey tax roll in 1790 and he married Sarah Pittenger in 1797 in New Jersey (they had several children, and there are 25 currently living male Urquharts, including myself, proven to be their descendants).According to the January 8th 1839 Somerset Whig newspaper, George Urquhart died on the morning of January 1st, 1839.Unfortunately his age at time of death wasn’t listed in the Whig, and we don’t have a death certificate for him.There are also several court records involving George Urquhart of New Jersey, but nothing that legally confirms his exact birth date or birth place.
We are fairly sure that George Urquhart of New Jersey is the same George Urquhart that was baptized in Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, on 21st February, 1758, but we need an additional source (legal document, a letter to Scotland from New Jersey or vice-versa, his name on a passenger ship from Scotland to New Jersey, anything) to prove it.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
More info if it helps others:
George Urquhart of Aberdeen had the following siblings:Margaret (b. 11 Dec 1759), John (b. 16 May 1761), and Anne (b. 30 Aug 1783).
George Urquhart’s father, John Urquhart, was born 24 Sept 1724, and John Urquhart’s siblings were Elizabeth (b. 23 Feb 1723), Jean (b. 4 May 1727), Magdalen (b. 12 Nov 1728), Rachel (b. 28 January 1733), Alexander (b. 12 February 1735), and William (b. 4 Aug 1737).
John Urquhart (b. 1724) was the son of Margaret Middleton and William Urquhart (b 1700), son of William Urquhart (b 1680), son of William Urquhart (b circa 1655), son of Walter Urquhart.