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Good afternoon,

My name is Bobb Craig, and I have been working on my Tree, on and off, for 40-45 years.

I have tested with a variety of DNA companies, including doing the Y-700 test, fining that only myself and one other Craig, share a very small branch of the DNA tree somewhere between the late 1500's and early 1600s in Ayrshire, Scotland. He can actually trace his paternal side to Perthshire and I can trace my to Aberdeenshire, but the DNA moves us both back further the the southwest in Scotland. So my Paternal side is fairly well back to the "beginning" of the Craig name.

However, my GGM on my paternal side is a completely different issue, and has become the bane of my genealogical research. I have her family Bible, and in her own hand, it indicates that she, Jane Greig, was born in Montrose, Scotland on November 2, 1850. Later in life, as is shown in the US Census, she then changes the date to November 2, 1845. I have NEVER is all of my research came across any documents which indicate her parents or siblings names. There are no records in Scotland that prove she was born in or around that date in Montrose, or anywhere else in Scotland for that matter. I have even asked a Scottish genealogist do some research, and her results were the same as mine. I have some clues and beliefs about her family, but again, no proof. My 2nd cousin and I have tried to get the last remaining direct maternal like to take a mtDNA test, telling her we would pay for it, and once we had the raw DNA information would remove everything related to her as well from the web, but she is "too busy". We both think there is more to it that that, but one can only ask. I was going to use it to see if I could find the DNA trail using DNA Painter, knowing with her raw DNA I would be able to find more folks with that DNA.

Also, I have photographs from her photo albums showing people in Scotland, and then in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, whom I assume to be related to either her or her husband William L. Craig, but none of them have any names on them. Last year, I found these same people in a photo later in their lives, on a New Zealand old photographer's website, taken in Dunedin, but the owner of the website didn't know who they were. I had an article posted in the local paper there showing this photograph, without success as well. They may be Greig's or Craig's or not even related, although that seems a bit odd for sending photos half way round the world back then.

On my maternal side, I can go back to when West Virginia was still a part of Virginia, but the Court House burned to the ground way back then, and I am stuck, this on one side and on the other, can go to Iowa buck into the early 1800's and maybe back to New York somewhat earlier, but I have stopped looking there, as my Great Grandmother has become an all consuming issue for me.

My GEDCOMpare did not bring anything to light either ... not that that is surprising either.

Thanks for any suggestions or knowledge you folks might have.

Respectfully,

Bobb
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in The Tree House by Anonymous Craig G2G Crew (530 points)

Jane Greig

 in the Fife, Scotland, Asylum Registers, 1866-1937

Name: Jane Greig
Gender: Female
Admission Age: 67
Death Age: 67
Record Type: Death
Birth Year: abt 1851
Admission Date: 9 Oct 1918
Death Date: 15 Oct 1918
Death Place: Fife, Scotland

Jane Mcpherson

 in the 1861 Scotland Census

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Name: Jane Mcpherson
Age: 12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1849
Relationship: Daughter
Mother's Name: Janet Mcpherson
Gender: Female
Where born: Jamestown, fifeshire
Registration Number: 444
Registration District: Leslie
Civil Parish: Leslie
Town: Leslie
County: Fife
Address: Main St
Occupation: Mill Worker
ED: 3
Household Schedule Number: 37
Line: 15
Roll: CSSCT1861_59
Household Members:
Name Age
Janet Mcpherson 45
Agnes Mcpherson 15
Jane Mcpherson 12

Jean Mcpherson

 in the 1851 Scotland Census

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Name: Jean Mcpherson
Age: 2
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1849
Relationship: Daughter
Father: Chas Mcpherson
Mother: Janet Mcpherson
Gender: Female
Where born: Inverkeithny, fife
Parish Number: 432
Civil Parish: Inverkeithing
Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Maps:
Town: James Town
County: Fife
Address: 16 & 17
Occupation: At Home
ED: 13
Page: 25
Household Schedule Number: 155
Line: 18
Roll: CSSCT1851_89
Household Members:
Name Age
Chas Mcpherson 34
Janet Mcpherson 32
Janet Mcpherson 10
Margaret Mcpherson 7
Agnes Mcpherson 4
Jean Mcpherson 2

Jane Greig

 in the 1881 Scotland Census

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Name: Jane Greig
[Jane Macpherson] 
Age: 31
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1850
Relationship: Wife
Spouse's name : William Greig
Mother's Name: Janet Macpherson
Gender: Female
Where born: Inverkeithing, Fifeshire
Registration Number: 444
Registration District: Leslie
Civil Parish: Leslie
County: Fife
Address: School Row
Occupation: Flax Mill Worker
ED: 6
Household Schedule Number: 17
Line: 13
Roll: cssct1881_123
Household Members:
Name Age
William Greig 28
Jane Greig 31
William Greig 4
Janet Macpherson 65
Janet Macpherson 40
Charles Macpherson 15

Jane Greig

 in the Iowa, U.S., Delayed Birth Records, 1856-1940

Name: Jane Greig
Age: 32
Gender: Female
Birth Date: Abt 1850
Birth Place: Scotland
Spouse: William L Craig
Child: Albert George Craig

Jane Gregg Craig

 in the Washington, U.S., Select Death Certificates, 1907-1960

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Name: Jane Gregg Craig
Gender: Female
Marital status: Married
Age: 93
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1846
Death Date: 3 Mar 1939
Death Place: Dayton, Columbia, Washington
Father: Andrew Gregg
Mother: [No Name]
Spouse: William L. Craig
FHL Film Number: 2023565
Reference ID: 5

Jane Greig

 in the 1851 Scotland Census

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Name: Jane Greig
Age: 5
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1846
Relationship: Daughter
Father: James Greig
Mother: Jane Greig
Gender: Female
Where born: Montrose, Forfar
Parish Number: 312
Civil Parish: Montrose
Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Maps:
County: Angus
Address: 9 John Street
Occupation: Scholar
ED: 14
Page: 19
Household Schedule Number: 93
Line: 10
Roll: CSSCT1851_68
Household Members:
Name Age
James Greig 52
Jane Greig 44
Francis Greig 11
Maryan Greig 8
Jane Greig 5
James Greig 2
Alexander Greig 3 Mo
Betty,

Thanks for the feedback. I went down that road some time ago. My Jane left Scotland and traveled to Ontario, Canada, where she worked for a Dr. and Mrs. William Tassie as a servant. Shen then left there and came to thee US, marrying my GGF William L. Craig in Minnesota. They moved on to Council Bluffs, IA and then on to Elm Springs, AR. She died in 1938 in Washington State. I was looking at the Asylum records, as the family I believe she is from, lost their mother for some reason, and left that family with a few children and a dad, who was a weaver.
Good afternoon,

That is her, but her name is spelled incorrectly.

Been down that road as well.
Betty,

If I was a betting man, which I am not, this is the family I would "assume" that she came from. But, as the birth date is "incorrect", and as I have never seen any of those name associated with any actual document I have or have seen, that assumption would one be that. If I could figure out why she said she was born in 1850 (this number also agrees with he listed age on the Ships Passenger List) and then later change it to 5 years earlier, I would feel more comfortable with this data. Knowing that the Canadian Government at the time was basically begging your women to come to Canada, I have oft time wondered if she changed her age in order to qualify for free passage. I also know that her future husband William L., Craig was living in the same section of Geulph, Ontario before he moved to Northfield, MN just prior to her moving there.

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