Looking for a Lamberton in Grand Rapids circa 1859

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Regarding James McKie(MacCay) Lamberton 1858-1918.

According to his Obituary, my Great Great Grandfather "Jamie" immigrated from Ayrshire, Scotland to Grand Rapids, Michigan (Possibly through Canada) as a very young child (appx 1 year - poss 1859) then returned to Scotland at 12 years of age (1870-72) to finish his education.

He then returned to the U.S. in 1887, married, and worked in Brooklyn, NY until his death in 1918.

Besides his Obituary, the family has nothing about his time in Michigan.

Now here's the real puzzler - Jamie's parents remained in Kilmaurs, Ayr through this entire period.

Any Ideas?
WikiTree profile: James Lamberton
in Genealogy Help by Roy Lamberton G2G6 Mach 4 (43.2k points)

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I was able to find one Lamberton family in Grand Rapids in the 1860 Census. 

Daniel C Lamberton Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan abt 1809 New York Male  
View Record Mary Lamberton Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan abt 1810 New York Female  
View Record Warren Lamberton Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan abt 1833 Canada Male  
View Record Daniel Lamberton Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan abt 1836 Canada Male  
View Record Albert Lamberton Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan abt 1839 Canada Male  
View Record Austin Lamberton Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan abt 1842 Canada Male  
View Record Lydia M Lamberton Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan abt 1845 Canada Female  
View Record John Lamberton Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan abt 1847 Canada Male  
View Record Mary Lamberton Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan abt 1854 Michigan Female
by Shannon Hogsett G2G4 (4.4k points)
Thanks for digging this one up - the person I'm trying to track would be under 12 and would have been born in Scotland.

Will keep digging - he has to be in some record.

No problem. I thought this family might be connected to the relative you're looking for...since they have New York, Canada and Michigan for places of birth.

Happy hunting :)
Adding some complexity to all this.... I wonder if the whole trip to Michigan thing is bogus because I can't find any other family member who might have travelled from Scotland to the U.S. in this time period. All of his family apparently remained in Scotland, and he did all this as an infant so he certainly didn't go by himself.

I am also looking at the McKie/MacCay family since his mother was a McKie but I can't imagine someone sending their first born male child to America as an infant.

Thanks again for your help

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