Hello to James Platt and to Timothy Rennie!My father, John Gillies Rennie, is the great-grandson of Alexander Rennie (my great-great grandfather) and Margaret (Gillies) Rennie, who settled in Brooklet, Hinchinbrook, Quebec (near Huntingdon, and about 20 miles north of the New York State/Quebec border) in the 1820's.They had several children (including 2 or 3 sets of twins) but only 10 survived to adulthood. Their children included:
James, Margaret, Marion, Elizabeth (lived 3 days), Janet and another Elizabeth (twins -- Janet lived only 3 days), another Janet, Gillies, John G., Alexander, Henry and Elizabeth (twins -- E. died at 20 years).My great-grandfather was John G., who married Janette Wilson in Rockburn, Feb. 3, 1862, and bore John, Fred (my grandfather), Agnes (Aggie, a spinster), Addessa (Dessie), Grace and Margaret (Maggie). John G. died very young (late 30's) and left his sons, John and Fred, to tend the farm.Fred married Maria Flood Carter MacIntosh in 1903, and had 3 children: John Gillies Rennie (My dad), Margaret Alice, and Donald Frederick.
My father married Margaret Ruth Davison of Valois in 1941, and I was born in September, 1952. However, I never knew my dad, as he died in February of that year when Mom was in the very early stages of her pregnancy.
Dad was a teacher and principal in schools on the West Island of Montreal, and after the war was the MLA (now called MNA) for Huntingdon, and spent a great deal of his time involved with education. He was on the committee to get a high school built in Pointe Claire, Quebec, which stands today as John Rennie High School. My mother opened it in 1955.
My Aunt Alice cared for her parents, and when both had gone, returned to teaching, latterly in Beaconsfield.She settled again in Huntingdon when she retired -- in the house my dad established for his parents when they sold the farm to his uncle John (later taken over by John's son, Wallace).Alice died in February of this year, at 94.
My Uncle Donald married Marge and lived in Montreal. He was a CA (graduate of McGill U.). He died in the mid-eighties, at 66 or so -- he cut himself off from the rest of us when I was in university, and I never got to know him really well. They had no children.
I am trying to find Jean Rennie in my materials, but would like to know the name of her father and mother, as this might make it easier!