Re: PORTEOUS / PORTEUS research project: Janet PORTEOUS and James WILL
Many thanks for your message and the information about your Porteous line.I did not know about James Will son of James and Janet and only knew of Thomas Porteous Will through whom my husband descends; Alexander; Janet Thomson; Agnes; John and Mary Ann.
Regarding the birthdate of James Will snr.I was given that date by someone but at the moment can't remember who gave it to me.
I have found it very difficult to get to grips with either the Will or Porteous families as the names recur in so many different families - it is difficult to work out who belongs to who.I was interested to see that Catherine's birthday is 12th August - the anniversary today.My husband's grandmother Christina Will would have celebrated her birthday today too!
The line from Thomas Porteous Will to my husband is as follows.
Christina Will born 12.8. 1884 marred John Doig in Edinburgh on the 26th June 1908.Their daughter Jessie Porteous Will Doig was born on the 2nd October 1913.She married James Mitchell in Edinburgh.Their son James was born on the 4th November 1938 and is one of a sibling group of 5.He is the second oldest.His younger brother John is currently terminally ill with bone cancer so as you can imagine it is a pretty emotional time at present.
Looking forward to trying to unravel the Porteous and Will lines.Are you in the UK?