Looking for origin & parents of Ellen Lockhart, born about 1816, probably in Scotland.

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First known record of Ellen Lockhart was her marriage to James Clezie at Troy, New York, in June 1840.  He was born 1816 in Scotland, immigrated to Canada with parents in 1832, no idea why he was at Troy in 1840. 


Ellen's origin is unknown.  She had a child born at Troy in May 1841, died two months later.  By 1844 the couple rejoined his parents in Toronto.  Another child born there in July 1849, died in May 1852, cemetery record shows name as “Helen Orr Clezie” but might really have been Eleanor.  The parents then moved to Cleveland, Ohio.  Census records and Ellen’s death certificate in 1899 say she was born 1816 in Scotland, but exact place of birth and names of parents are unknown.  These people couldn’t spell.   Her name might really have been Ellen or Helen or Eleanor.  Lockhart could be Lockart, Lockett, etc. 


WikiTree profile: Ellen Lockhart
in Genealogy Help by Rick Heiser G2G Crew (620 points)

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The Lockhart family are well known to live in the Lanarkshire area of Scotland. Mainly in Carnwath, Carluke, and Lanark.

Look up Milton Lockhart, Lee Castle, Hallbar Tower, and Mauldslie to find out more information about the Lockharts.

As for Ellen, Carluke Historial Society have a cdrom with census information dating far back. If Ellen was from Carluke/Lanark she would be mentioned on this disc.

My friend is  Lockhart who originates from Carluke but as far as I am aware he doesn't know much about his family tree.

Good luck with your search. I hope my Scots spelling was up to your standards ;)
by David Jack G2G Rookie (240 points)
Thanks for those pointers.  I think the 1841 census was the first that listed all family members.  Before 1841, the census named only the head of family - children were mere numbers.  Ellen was already in New York by 1840 so earlier Scottish censuses seem unlikely to help.  The big obstacle to finding her origin is that we don't know names of her parents.  The old Scottish naming pattern (1st son after father's father, 2nd son after mother's father, etc.) suggests that her father might have been either a George or William Lockhart, and her mother might have been Margaret or Jane something, but we can't be certain.

Your spelling seems fine to me - I'm in Canada.  Cheers.
Problem solved!  Ellen's origin has now been found, thanks to a Wikitree contributor.   Ellen was a daughter of William Lockhart & Margaret Henderson, married at Paisley, Scotland in 1811.  This family migrated to Canada, found in the 1831 census at St. Philippe, Lower Canada (now Quebec).  

Is there a checkbox somewhere, so I can mark the mystery SOLVED?

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