Surname Saturday

Surname Saturday – Meiklejohn

The first ancestor in my tree with this surname was Elizabeth Meiklejohn.  Her relationship to my ex-husband is as follows:

Russell Elizabeth Meiklejohn relationship

Elizabeth married James Sinclair on 5 Dec 1783 at Olrig, Caithness, Scotland.  They had 9 children:

  • Margaret Sinclair christened 17 Dec 1784 at Olrig
  • Alexander Sinclair christened 18 Jan 1787 at Olrig
  • Ann Sinclair christened 24 May 1789 at Olrig
  • Ann Sinclair christened 20 Aug 1790 at Olrig
  • John Sinclair christened 13 Oct 1792 at Olrig
  • Janet Sinclair christened 23 Apr 1795 at Olrig
  • James Sinclair christened 21 Mar 1798 at Olrig
  • Euphemia Sinclair christened 11 Feb 1801 at Olrig
  • Elizabeth Sinclair christened 14 Aug 1803 at Olrig

I couldn’t find a baptism for an Elizabeth Meiklejohn who would have been the right age to have married James.  I therefore compiled a spreadsheet for all the Meiklejohns in Caithness, and only found a few events in Olrig:

  • John Meiklejohn married Margaret Sinclair 12 Nov 1761 at Olrig
  • William Meiklejohn married Margaret Manson 23 June 1786 at Olrig.
  • John Meiklejohn christened 11 Aug 1787 at Olrig (parents William Meiklejohn and Margaret Manson)
  • Donald Meiklejohn christened 23 Aug 1789 (parents William Meiklejohn and Margaret Manson)
  • James Meiklejohn christened 22 Jan 1792 at Olrig (parents William Meiklejohn and Margaret Manson)
  • Sinclair Meiklejohn christened 20 Dec 1794 at Olrig (parents William Meiklejohn and Margaret Manson)
  • Elizabeth Meiklejohn christened 5 March 1798 (parents William Meiklejohn and Margaret Manson) married William Ross 26 Mar 1830 at Olrig

It therefore appeared that Elizabeth was the sister of the William Meiklejohn who married Margaret Manson, and the daughter of John Meiklejohn and Margaret Sinclair.  Although I couldn’t find a baptism for an Elizabeth Meiklejohn, John and Margaret had a daughter named Eliza who was christened on 2 February 1764 at Thurso.   I therefore believe this baptism is for Elizabeth. Another reason to think Elizabeth was the daughter of John Meiklejohn and Margaret Sinclair is the fact that Elizabeth’s eldest daughter was named Margaret, and her second son was named John, which follows the Scottish naming pattern of naming the eldest daughter after the wife’s mother, and the second son after her father.

John Meiklejohn, son of John Meiklejohn and Hellen Water, was born before 11 Nov 1736 and was christened on 11 Nov 1736 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland.

General Notes: His father was John Meiklejohn .

OLRIG – No 91. Here lyes —- the MIKLEJOHN, tenants, Wydale, also John MIKLEJOHN, mason, Castle Hill placed this stone in his property 19 June 1788, it begins 18 foot from the Kirk wall.

John married Margaret Sinclair on 12 Nov 1761 in Olrig, Caithness, Scotland.

Children from this marriage were:

  • William Meiklejohn was born before 26 Sep 1762, was christened on 26 Sep 1762 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland, and died in 1849. William married Margaret Manson on 23 Jun 1786 in Olrig, Caithness, Scotland.
  • Elizabeth Meiklejohn. Elizabeth married James Sinclair on 5 Dec 1783 in Olrig, Caithness, Scotland.
  • John Meiklejohn was born before 19 Jun 1767 and was christened on 19 Jun 1767 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland.

John Meiklejohn, son of John Meiklejohn and Isobell Bain, was born before Jun 1714 and was christened on 26 Jun 1714 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland.

John married Hellen Water on 27 Oct 1732 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland.

Children from this marriage were:

  • Donald Meiklejohn was born before 29 Mar 1734 and was christened on 29 May 1734 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland. Donald married Isabel Munro.
  • John Meiklejohn. John married Margaret Sinclair on 12 Nov 1761 in Olrig, Caithness, Scotland.

John Meiklejohn was born about 1670.

John married Isobell Bain on 25 Jun 1698 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland.

Children from this marriage were:

  • Margaret Meiklejohn was born in 1699 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland. Margaret married James Allan on 12 Nov 1721 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland.
  • Donald Meiklejohn was born about 1700 and was christened on 1 Oct 1701 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland. Donald married someone.
  • Helin Meiklejohn was christened on 22 Aug 1705 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland.
  • John Meiklejohn. John married Hellen Water on 27 Oct 1732 in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland.

 

Sources of information can be found in my family tree:
http://www.loiswillis.com/getperson.php?personID=I1159&tree=1

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