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This is my paternal line - the very name I carry - and yet despite all the milestones that I've met in all my other trees this one remains the most stubborn. It's my greatest brick wall, and I wish I could just crack it a little. I can find no record of Robert Cormac before his marriage to Sarah Jane Campbell on 30 Jan 1891, his parents are both deceased by the time of this marriage and are named in the record.
His parents are again named in Robert's Death Notice. However, I have found no other records to back up this information. Roberts parents are named as George Cormac (Plate Layer) and Mary Fraser (formerly Cormac, born Stephens).
I have researched every Robert *corm* born between 1859 and 1862 in the statutory registers on scotlandspeople.gov.uk (there are 10), and he is not there. I can also find no record for a marriage between George *corm* and any Stephens or Stevens.
In the 1891 Scotland census Robert claims to have been born in Roslin, Midlothian, and according to the census, marriage, shiplist and death notice he was born in 1860-1861. He was also a widow at the time of his marriage to Sarah Jane Campbell in 1891, Coatbridge - residence Browns Building, Gartsherrie Road. In June/July 1891 Robert Cormac and Sarah Jane Campbell left Scotland and headed to South Africa aboard the Trojan.
An old family tale I was told a few times as a child was that Arthur David Cormac changed the family surname from Mc Cormack to Cormac when he immigrated to South Africa. I have been able to prove that Arthur was born in South Africa and had always carried the name Cormac, however I often find that family tales are like legends - rooted in truth but get distorted over time.
My grandfather Len Cormac (1936-2020) told me that when he was a young boy/man he would write to a cousin named Robert Watt in Scotland who was around the same age, Robert was the son of David and Helen Watt. I have a photo of David and Helen taken in about the early 1970's. This is the only clue that I have. Just a note that I'm not sure whether is relevant or not: a witness at Robert and Sarah's wedding was Robert Watt.
Any help on this tree would be greatly appreciated.
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