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    Default John Young and Mary Douglas - Nelson NZ

    Hello -

    John and Mary Young arrived in Nelson NZ at the end of 1842.

    Until recently I had no information at all about them at all - the passenger list supplied by the Nelson Settlers database has their arrival on the 'New Zealand' from Cumbrae, Renfrewshire in Scotland. John is listed as aged 25 (1817) and a blacksmith whilst Mary was aged 24 (1818).

    I have been banging my head against the proverbial since.
    I have a promising young couple, aged 25, registered on the 1841 Census for Renfrewshire - Pailsey High Civil Parish and living at 39 Canal Street. Is this them....I wonder?
    I am unable to locate any Scotish registrations for births or marriages.

    I note that there is a James and Elizabeth (Shanks) Young in the 1841 Census who live in an adjacent street (Storie) who might be parents of John - perhaps..............

    Having found John's date of birth I have ordered his NZ (digital) death certificate which should offer some useful information but I wonder if anyone reading this might like to have a go at tracing them, please, including Mary Douglas. On the same passenger list there was also a Donald and Mary Douglas and infant. Donald was aged 30 years and a blacksmith like John Young.

    Thanks for reading this - I hope you can help.

    Regards
    James

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    hello, have you looked at
    www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk

    this site contains info and original census images from 1841 to 1911, which includes amongst other things birth, marriages and deaths. also have a look at
    http://www.nas.gov.uk/doingResearch/NASrecords.asp
    which is the National Archives of Scotland website

    good luck

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    Thanks Jack - no luck, I'm afraid.

    James

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