Re: PORTEOUS / PORTEUS research project: Janet PORTEOUS and James WILL
Thanks for your message.We are in England.We were in Scotland a few weeks ago as one of James's brothers is dying of cancer - it seems inevitable that we will be returning in the very near future.
I agree that James Will born about 1830 is proving difficult to trace.The 1841 census shows no boy of the right age in Aberdeenshire which is where, in all the records relating to him that I have seen, he comes from.Interesting to ponder how he came to meet Janet who lived so far away.Had he been a seaman I could have understood it but being a gardener adds to the dilemma.
Interesting the wording in the 1881 census when the family were living at 6 Society Edinburgh Old Greyfriars that there is recorded Jane McDonald aged 32 born at Prestonkirk - wife of son in law!This would suggest that she was a daughter of James and Will but curious that she is described in such a way as the relationship always defers to the head of house.Checking the records I see that a Jane Foggs Will was born to James and Janet in about 1849 at Seacliffe, Haddington - before their 1850 marriage.I note that your ancestor James was born in Seacliffe.
I think I have a death for James Will aged 71 who died in 1901 in the parish of St. Andrews, Edinburgh.Hopefully we can solve some of the mysteries.Some of James's family are in Australia.His mother Jessie Porteous Will Doig died there in 1966 and is buried in Bunbury.