Can anyone find the parents of Christian McKenzie?

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Hello all,

Recently I've been trying to expand upon my brick wall ancestors, and Christian Ross (née McKenzie) is one such brick. According to ScotlandsPeople, Christian was baptised on 24 May 1769 in Tain, Ross and Cromarty, as the daughter of "Donald McKenzie and Christian Ross or McFinlaymore". A broad marriage search for Donald (by broad, I mean a solid 50 years or so) turned up no results for a marriage to anyone by that name (either Ross, McFinlaymore, or any other variation).

Though I'm not a stranger to Scottish genealogy, it is certainly further out of my wheelhouse than England and I would appreciate any help whatsoever :-)
WikiTree profile: Christian McKenzie
in Genealogy Help by Amy Utting G2G6 Pilot (177k points)
Sorry, not much help.

3 Answers

+1 vote

Possible alternate birth?

First name(s) Christian

Last name McKenzie

Gender Female

Birth year 1758

Birth place -

Baptism year 1758

Baptism date 17 Dec 1758

Baptism place URQUHART AND LOGIE WESTER,ROSS AND CROMARTY,SCOTLAND

Father's first name(s) Alexr.

Father's last name McKenzie

Mother's first name(s) Ann

Mother's last name Munro

Place Urquhart and Logie Wester

County Ross and Cromarty

Country Scotland

Record set Scotland Births & Baptisms 1564-1950

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Parish Baptisms

Collections from Scotland, Great Britain

Index (c) IRI. Used by permission of FamilySearch Intl

by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (960k points)

Or

First name(s) Christian

Last name Mc Kenzie

Gender Female

Birth year 1769

Birth place -

Baptism year 1769

Baptism date 24 May 1769

Baptism place TAIN,ROSS AND CROMARTY,SCOTLAND

Father's first name(s) Donald

Father's last name Mc Kenzie

Mother's first name(s) Christian

Mother's last name Ross Or Mc Finlaymore

Place Tain

County Ross and Cromarty

Country Scotland

Record set Scotland Births & Baptisms 1564-1950

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Parish Baptisms

Collections from Scotland, Great Britain

Index (c) IRI. Used by permission of FamilySearch Intl

Donald and Christian are almost certainly the correct parents; based on the children attributed to Christian and her husband, she could not have been born much earlier than 1769 and an alternate birth of 1758 is almost a decade early.
+1 vote

Is it possible it’s a mistake with the wife’s name?

First name(s) Donald

Last name Mc Kenzie

Gender Male

Birth year 1744

Birth place -

Baptism year 1744

Baptism date 03 Jan 1744

Baptism place FODDERTY,ROSS AND CROMARTY,SCOTLAND

Father's first name(s) John

Father's last name Mc Kenzie

Mother's first name(s) -

Mother's last name -

Place Fodderty

County Ross and Cromarty

Country Scotland

Record set Scotland Births & Baptisms 1564-1950

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Parish Baptisms

Collections from Scotland, Great Britain

Index (c) IRI. Used by permission of FamilySearch Intl

Donald

Last name McKenzie

Gender Male

Birth year 1737

Birth place -

Baptism year 1737

Baptism date 20 Jan 1737

Baptism place URQUHART AND LOGIE WESTER,ROSS AND CROMARTY,SCOTLAND

Father's first name(s) Donald

Father's last name McKenzie Or Mcalvoit

Mother's first name(s) Mary

Mother's last name Fowler

Place Urquhart and Logie Wester

County Ross and Cromarty

Country Scotland

Record set Scotland Births & Baptisms 1564-1950

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Parish Baptisms

Collections from Scotland, Great Britain

Index (c) IRI. Used by permission of FamilySearch Intl

by Marion Poole G2G6 Pilot (960k points)
+2 votes

Unfortunately Amy, it looks like there are very few records for Tain available, according to the FamilySearch Wiki, including a big gap in baptisms from Jan 1727 to Feb 1767.

FamilySearch - Scotland Births and Baptisms, does have a Hugh Ross or McFinlaymore as the father of Donald Ross, this is in Logie-Easter, Ross and Cromarty.

"Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VQ7S-6XF : 10 February 2018), Hugh Ross Or Mc Finlaymore in entry for Donald Ross, 15 Apr 1800; citing LOGIE-EASTER,ROSS AND CROMARTY,SCOTLAND, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 990,657.

by John Atkinson G2G6 Pilot (429k points)
This is definitely a promising route to research further! Do you have any theories in regards to the "Ross or McFinlaymore" issue? I highly doubt it exists due to a mistranscription, but I can't understand why there would be two separate surnames listed like this.

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