Robert Finlayson
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Robert Donaldson Finlayson (1893 - 1960)

Robert Donaldson Finlayson
Born in Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotlandmap
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[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Los Angeles, California, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 6 Jan 2017
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Biography

On 4 Aug 1893, Robert was born at Castlehill in Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotland.[1] His middle name was Donaldson, after his great-grandmother Elizabeth DONALDSON (the mother of his paternal grandfather Robert FINLAYSON).

In 1901, Robert was a Scholar living with his parents and siblings in North Broomage, Larbert, Stirlingshire, Scotland.[2]

On 5 Jun 1911, aged 16, Robert arrived at Ellis Island, New York together with his brother James.[3] They had sailed on the S.S. California, leaving Glasgow on 27 May 1911.[3] Robert's occupation was given as Engineer and James' as Actor.[3]

On 20 Apr 1915, he arrived in Glasgow, Scotland having sailed from New York on the S.S. Transylvania.[4] Robert's age was given as 22 and his occupation as Machinist.[4]

On 11 Apr 1919, he arrived at Ellis Island, New York aboard the S.S. Megantic , having left Liverpool, England on 1 Apr 1919.[5] Robert's occupation was given as Tool Fitter and the relative he intended to join was his sister Mrs E. RICE of 4517 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY.[5] Robert was 5ft 7in tall, with a fair complexion, and had fair hair and blue eyes.[5] The nearest relative in the country from where he'd come from was his brother Alex. FINLAYSON of Dunnottar Cottage, Larbert, Scotland.[5]

On 16 Aug 1919, age 26, Robert officially declared his intention to apply for U.S. citizenship.[6] His occupation was given as Machinist and his address as 619 49th Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA.[6] The declaration says that Robert was 5ft 7in tall, weighed 125lbs, and had brown hair and blue eyes.[6] Robert states that he immigrated to the U.S. on board the Megantic sailing from Liverpool, England and that his former residence was Glasgow, Scotland.[6] He also swore that 'I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist not a believer in the practice of polygamy'.[6]

On 2 Sep 1923, he arrived in New York on the S.S. California, having sailed from Glasgow Scotland.[7] His occupation was given as Engineer (Mech.) and his home as 7520 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY.[7] Robert was 5ft 7in tall, with a fair complexion, and had fair hair and blue eyes.[7] In Scotland, he had been visiting his friend Mrs Janet McCALL of 10 Polwarth Gardens, Glasgow.[7]

On 31 Jan 1929, Robert again declared his intention to apply for U.S. citizenship.[8] At this time he was a Salesman living at 8230 De Longpre Ave., Los Angeles, California, USA.[8] Robert states on his declaration that he immigrated to the U.S. on 6 May 1919, arriving at New York on board the Megantic sailing from Liverpool, England and that his former residence was Glasgow, Scotland.[8] The declaration says that Robert was 5ft 7in tall, weighed 145lbs, and had blonde hair and blue eyes.[8]

In 1930, Robert was working as a Machinist in the business of Manufacturing Cameras[?] and was a boarder in the household of Waldo SMITH at 8230 De Longpre Ave., Los Angeles, California, USA.[9] The census return states his date of immigration to the U.S. was 1911.[9]

On 13 Apr 1931, he formally petitioned for U.S. citizenship.[10] At this time he was a Salesman living at 8230 De Longpre Ave., Los Angeles, California, USA.[10] One of the witnesses was Waldo SMITH, head of the household where Robert was living.[10] Robert states on his petition that he immigrated to the U.S. on 11 Apr 1919 [a different date than stated on his prior declaration], arriving at New York on board the Megantic sailing from Liverpool, and that his former residence was Glasgow, Scotland.[10]

Robert was a member,[11][12][13] and some-time captain,[14] of the Hollywood Cricket Club alongside actors such as Boris Karloff.

In 1938, Robert worked as a Machinist and lived with his wife Margaret at 2019 Canyon Drive, Hollywood, California, USA.[15] His party affiliation was Democrat.[15]

In 1940, Robert worked as a Machinist in Motion Pictures and lived with his wife Margaret and step-daughter Jane BOWERS (age 9) at 2019 Canyon Drive, Hollywood, California, USA.[16]

In 1942, Robert worked at Columbia Studio Motion Pictures and lived with his wife Margaret at 2019 Canyon Drive, Hollywood, California, USA.[17] [The document gives his year of birth as 1894 instead of 1893].

In 1946, Robert lived with his wife Margaret at 2019 Canyon Drive, Hollywood, California, USA.[18] His party affiliation was Democrat.[18]

In 1954, Robert worked as a Camera Technician at Warner Brothers in Hollywood.[19] On 10 Aug 1954, he arrived at New York on the R.M.S. Mauretania having sailed from Southampton, England on 4th Aug.[20] His U.S. passport number was 22873 and his address was given as 2270 N. Beachwood Drive, Hollywood 28, California, USA.[20] He travelled Cabin Class and had 5 pieces of luggage.[20]

On 24 Jun 1958, Robert left Southampton bound for New York on the S.S. Caronia.[21] His occupation was given as Cine Technician, his address in England was Amexco London and he was a U.S. passport holder.[21]

On 23 Apr 1960, Robert died in Los Angeles, California, United States.[22]

Sources

  1. 1893 Birth of Robert FINLAYSON in Larbert, ScotlandsPeople, SR Births 485/A 214.
  2. 1901 Census of Household of Alexander FINLAYSON in Larbert, ScotlandsPeople (Census 1901 485/0A 001/00 043).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ2R-F2W : 30 January 2018), Robert Finlayson, 1911.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists.; Class: BT26; Piece: 602
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67S-PQ3 : 21 August 2019), Robert D. Finlayson, 1919.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:7FX9-J4N2 : 13 September 2019), Robert Donaldson Finlayson, 1919; citing Naturalization, New York, United States, citing multiple County Clerk offices of New York; FHL microfilm 005412312.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Ancestry, Year: 1923; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 3362; Line: 5; Page Number: 37.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 1929 Declaration by Robert FINLAYSON in Los Angeles, Ancestry, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles), 1887-1940; Microfilm Roll: 29; Microfilm Serial: M1524.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XCFF-T5W : accessed 26 August 2018), Robert Fynlayson in household of Waldo R Smith, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 830, sheet 13A, line 44, family 415, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 124; FHL microfilm 2,339,859.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 1931 Petition by Robert FINLAYSON in Los Angeles, Ancestry, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, Central Division (Los Angeles), 1887-1940; Microfilm Roll: 158; Microfilm Serial: M1524.
  11. 'Cricket Player Hurt in Draw Game', Oakland Tribune, 5 Jul 1937, p. 13.
  12. 'Cricket Player Beaned by Pitch', The San Francisco Examiner, 5 Jul 1937, p. 15.
  13. 'Another Injured in Cricket Match', Oakland Tribune, 6 Jul 1937, p. 24.
  14. 'S. M. in State Cricket Match', San Mateo Times, 19 Sep 1946, p. 12.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Ancestry, California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968
  16. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K9CD-N2M : accessed 25 August 2018), Robert Finlayson, Councilmanic District 2, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Township, Los Angeles, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 60-119, sheet 16B, line 74, family 390, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 398.
  17. 1942 United States World War II Draft Registration Card, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V4DH-2DD : accessed 30 Jan 2013).
  18. 18.0 18.1 Ancestry, California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968
  19. Falkirk Herald, 10 Jul 1954, p. 6, British Newspaper Archive, FindMyPast.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2H44-5KV : 15 March 2018), Robert Finlayson, 1954; citing Immigration, New York City, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  21. 21.0 21.1 FindMyPast, Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960.
  22. "California Death Index, 1940-1997," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VP24-BT1 : 26 November 2014), Robert Finlayson, 23 Apr 1960; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento.


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