For years, I thought my ultimate ancestor on my Gauld line (via my Middleton line) was John Gauld who married Elizabeth Grassick. I have just found evidence that their son, William, who I thought was married to Elizabeth Anderson of Birse, may be incorrectly connected. How do I track down the correct William Gauld - he would have been born c 1750-1760. All his children were born at Birse.
The William Gauld I thought was my 5th Great-Grandfather was born at Glenbucket, Aberdeenshire in 1758 (Gauld-38). However after finding this:
Here lies the dust of John Gauld, sometime farmer in Nethertown of Glenbucket, who died 6th February, 1802. aged 91. Also his spouse Elizabeth Gracie who died March 12, 1796, aged 55. Also there Daughter Jean Gauld, who died 8th April 1798, aged 45 years. . . .
Also their son William Gauld, late farmer in Crofts, who died the 25th April 1841, aged 84 years. Done by the care of Wm. and John Gaulds their sons.
In loving memory of William Gauld who died at Auchavaich, Glenbucket, June 4, 1895, aged 88 years. Also their daughters Mary, who died July 16, 1878, aged 3 years. Margaret Ann. who died at Edinburgh Nov. 23, 1881. aged 16 years, and is interred in North Merchiston Cemetery. Erected by his widow
In memory of Jonathan Gauld, late farmer in Crofts, Glenbucket, who died 16th Jany. 1876 aged 76 years. Also his son William who died 6th May 1863, aged 4 years. And his daughter Mary Ann who died 29th June 1878, aged 15 years. And his wife Mary Ann Brodie.
who died 4th March 1905, aged 76 years.
These Gaulds hailed from Glass, and were an exceedingly tall and strong race. James Gauld (referred to under Glass) stood six feet four inches in height, as also did several members of his family. There were two distinct families in Glass — one dark and the other fair. The former were famed as fist fighters, but the latter have been more peaceably inclined.
John Gauld belonged to the latter family, and his son. William in Netherton, afterwards in Crofts, married Helen, daughter of George Michie, farmer, Invernochty.
William Gauld, Auchavaich, married Margaret Stuart, and had issue, William, Muir of Greystone ; Archibald Reid, Yukon, Canada; Jonathan. George, James, Helen, and Isobel.
Jonathan Gauld, by his wife, Mary Ann Brodie, daughter of William Brodie. had. in addition to the children mentioned in the inscription, a son Jonathan, who married Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew Bell Stewart.
(Aberdeenshire epitaphs and inscriptions: with historical, biographica, genealogical, and antiquarian notes/by John A. Henderson;https://archive.org/stream/aberdeenshireepihend/aberdeenshireepihend_djvu.txt)
It would appear that this William Gauld married an Helen Michie and lived at Crofts, not Birse as I previously thought.
Is this a good source? How do I fix this on Wikitree? When I uploaded the original information (and there's another gedcom showing this being processed) this is what I believed to be true. I know that I now have to delete the information from my own tree and start that bit again (how demoralising), but I'm not even sure I know where to look.
Hope you can make sense of this and give me some idea of which direction to go.