Pollock John Campbeltown Argyl Scotland UK 1810-1840

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I have a copy of a certificate of marriage of John Pollock (Jnr), nominating John Pollock and Mary Pollock McTaggart as parents of the groom. Marriage took place in Victoria Australia. John Pollock (Jnr) is my Great Grandfather. John Jnr was born in Campbeltown Argyl Scotland UK according to the certificate. I have found a Mary McTaggart born there around the right time, but I cannot definitely link her to John Pollock sen. I have used Family Search and Scotland's People. Where should I look next? Thanking you in advance. I am new at this so please be gentle.

WikiTree profile: John Pollock
in Genealogy Help by Lindsay Broadway G2G Rookie (250 points)
I must admit to wondering about both senior and junior marrying a McTaggart?
Only John Senior marries a McTaggart. John Junior's place of birth was listed on his own marriage certificate, as were the names of his parents (John Snr & Mary McTaggart). So if Junior was born there, I guessed that mum & dad might also have been born there and based my search on that assumption. Thanks for your help and letting me know I might need to clarify my question.
Been looking on findmypast, but no luck.

If John jr was born 1854, then John sr was likely born 1835 or earlier.
Agreed Marion. I don’t know whether John Snr migrated to Australia (like his son). John Senior was apparently a baker if that is of any help? Thanks again. Lindsay.

1 Answer

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Name: John Pollock
Gender: Male
Marriage Date: 4 Jun 1849
Marriage Place: Registrars Office-314,Ballymoney District,Antrim,Ireland
Father: David Pollock
Spouse: Mary Taggart
FHL Film Number: 101303

Source Information

Ancestry.com. Ireland, Select Marriages, 1619-1898 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Thanks Marion for your quick and clear answers. I remember well a question I asked on G2G about one of my Irish ancestors. The answer you gave was very helpful to open a new line of enquiry.
Thanks Marion. I had seen this already on Family Search but I doubt that it is our John Senior. The Pollock side of my family are very Scottish in their orientation. Our Mary was born in 1833, so Irish John here would have been significantly younger, and Irish Mary is Taggart, not McTaggart. I know that is not necessarily fatal to our search but it was a cross against the likelihood in my view. I have also tried McTaggert, Taggert, Tagert, Tagart etc, all to no avail. Thanks again for your help. I will find him eventually with luck and support from the mighty wikitree.
Lindsay, those folks are well within the range of autosomal DNA. You might find the answer that way. The standard recommendation is to test with Ancestry for their large database and then upload (for free) your DNA file to other sites such as MyHeritage, which automatically shows your matches which are in triangulation groups.

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