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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - Aug/Sep 2002
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GMHG Gaelic Mod winners announced
Winners in 2002 NC Provincial Gaelic Mod at Grandfather Mountain, Saturday, 14 July, were: Best Female Gaelic Soloist: Stephanie Johnston, Asheville, North Carolina, 2nd , Anne Landin, Silver City, North Carolina, 3rd, Cheryl Benz, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Best Male Soloist: Harry MacKenzie, Baltimore, Maryland; 2nd, Gerald Daniel, Fayetteville, North Carolina; 3rd, a tie between Christopher Justus, Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Donald F. MacDonald, Edinburgh, Scotland. Honorable Mention, Mary Bennett Baxley, Little Rock, Arkansas.
Prizes were trophies for the two 1st Place Winners, plus books on the Gaelic language for all as well as Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, provided by the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. Judges were Mairi Sine Lamont of Cape Breton and Dr. Jamie MacDonald of Antigonish, residents of the Gaelic-speaking areas of Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Gaelic language, still spoken in Nova Scotia and in the Western Isles and Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland, was the Mother Tongue of approximately 30,000 immigrants who came to North Carolina from the Scottish Highlands in the last quarter of the 18th and the first quarter of the 19th centuries. The language began to die out in the Cape Fear Valley of North Carolina before and during the War Between the States, but remained in a few areas of the Old North State until as late as World War I.

Please provide any information on all of the following mentioned persons and their ancestors. ALEXANDER STUART immigrated to Londonderry, Ireland in (1700) and in (1705) married CATHERINE MONTGOMERY b.(1684) near Convoy House, County Donegal, Ireland, d. (Feb 1, 1760) in Abbeville County, South Carolina, daughter of CAPTAIN HUGH MONTGOMERY and JANE HAMILTON, ALEXANDER and CATHERINE had 2 children born in Londonderry, Ireland. ALEXANDER b. (1706) and MARY CATHERINE b. (1713), married JOHN NOBLE. ALEXANDER STUART (son) had 3 sons JOHN b. (1727), SAMUEL b. (1732) and JOSEPH b. (1735) by his first wife UNKNOWN in Londonderry, Ireland. He had 3 sons, WILLIAM b. (Aug 4, 1739) d. (Aug 4, 1831), ARCHIBALD b. (1741) d. (Oct 1831), and ALEXANDER b. (1744) d. (1823) by his second wife UNKNOWN in Londonderry, Ireland. He may have had several daughters. ALEXANDER moved his family to Lancaster County, PA. (1758) where the spelling of their surname was changed from STUART to STEWART. In (1768) ALEXANDER and 5 of his sons moved to York District, S.C. while JOHN remained in Lancaster County, PA. ALEXANDER may have married a MISS (?) BARBER who was the daughter of JOHN BARBER JUNIOR of South Carolina. Frances Stewart Reynolds, PO Box 115, Rockwall, Texas 75087-0115, 972-771-3579.

Clan Donald USA visits South Uist
Canadians, Americans, Australians and the Council of the Chiefs of Clan Donald not long ago went to South Uist for a short stay. The party took the time to visit Castle Bhegram, Ormiclate Castle, Nunton House and Brove Castle on their way to Skye and the High Council General Clan Forum. The group also visited the birthplace of Flora MacDonald, which has a cairn to memorialize her important contributions to the Jacobite uprising. The group was piped to the cairn by the Uist Cadet Pipe Band.

On behalf of MacDonald clansmen worldwide a tribute was made to Flora MacDonald. It was made by Clan Chief, Ranald MacDonald. The story of Flora MacDonald's part in the escape to Skye of Bonnie Prince Charlie was told by Canon Angus MacQueen. The group later visited her grave at Kilmuir. The unveiling of the memorial, followed by High Council General Clan Forum, to the late Air Commodore MacDonell of Glangarry DFC, CBE was the high point of the groups' trip. High Chief, Lord and Lady MacDonald of Macdonald had the group as guests.

A compromise could not be reached in the restoration of Castle Tioram
A compromise could not be reached between the Scottish Ministers and Anta Estates, the current owner of the crumbling 12th century Clanranald stronghold in Ardnamurchan.

Lex Brown, who is the leader of the company, plans to turn the castle into a private home and clan museum. Unfortunately, it was dismissed by the Scottish Ministers, after a 30 day inquiry was held in February. An appeal was filed but no compromise could be reached and the three million pound plan was rejected. A modified proposal with all problems identified and addressed was presented.

The decision was called "a slap in the face," by the ARP Lorimer and Associates architects who brokered the compromise. A judicial review, which is one of Anta Estates options, may not be heard for up to 18 months. During that time the castle may further deteriorate. A six foot fence presently surround the castle with signs warning watch for falling rocks. Historical Scotland claimed that the last application was not much changed from the previous and was therefor rejected.

boney fellaSkeleton hunters find boney prizes!
He escaped again and is somewhere within these pages! Can you find him?
Out little boney guy was captured this time by many of our readers, some of whom won nice prizes for their efforts to track him down. How do you win? It's pretty easy. Just find the little skeleton running from his closet...note where you find him on a postcard and send it to Skeleton Hunt, PO Box 2828, Moultrie, GA 31776-2828. Be sure and include your own name and address on the card. You might also include your choice of tartan in case you win the dog collar or other tartan item from Bonbright Woolens!
Amy K. Gregory of Westfield, New York has won a very handsome handmade mug with her clan name and crest in pottery from the Purple Heather Pottery, 475 Pinelog Church Rd., Brasstown, SC 28902.
Peggy Garringer of Witchita, Kansas will receive one of Carl's Scotland Remembers the Alamo CD's.
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Goodwin, II of Winter Park, Florida are the winners of a tartan belt from Bonbright Woolens.

The ten subscriptions to Reunions Magazine from Edith Wagner will go to Ann Marie Jette, of Anaconda, Montana; Lois Mann, Knife River, Minnesota; Jerry and Evelyn Dodd of Phoenix, Arizona; P. H. Engst of Centralia, Missouri; Janet Reynolds, Witchita Falls, Texas; Judith Rawlings, Cynthiana, Kentucky, Beth (Scot) Caporali, Vendergrift, Pennsylvania; Sandra Lawrence, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Ms. Virginia Elrod, Eureka, California and Emily C. & J. H. Heggood, McDonough, Georgia.

Prizes next time?
Next time CD from Smithfield Fair, Jocobites by Name, will be among the prizes. We'll also have a tartan dog collar from Bonbright Woolens, a CD from Carl Peterson - his Scotland Remembers the Alamo album and ten subscriptions from Reunions Magazine.

How to hunt the skinniest guy...
To hunt the skeleton, all you have to do is to look through our pages and find him. He's about an inch tall and is running from his closet. When you find him, just send us a postcard. We always having a drawing from the large stack of cards to see who wins!
Why in the world would you hunt a skeleton?
When you go back only about 20 generations, you have over one million four hundred thousand ancestors...and that doubles each generation back. See? It's just not possible - except for a Mrs. McLeod who wrote and said all of her ancestors were aristocrats - for all of those people to be aristocratic, lace-encrusted fancy-folk. In everyone's family, (except for Mrs. McLeod) you'll find folks who ran afoul of the law, perhaps "improved" their neighbor's livestock...or other colorful things. Not realizing that we are all in the same boat, beginning genealogists worry about this. So, to get the "skeleton in the closet" worry out of the way...we just hide him in our pages. By the way, those ancestors who ran afoul of the law LEFT RECORDS! You learn to love them!

Great news from Barbara!
Two months ago when I wrote about Family Tree volunteer Barbara Johnson and her struggle with cancer...I wrote it with tears running down my face. I was so worried about Barbara.
It is with great joy and thanksgiving that I am able to write this time that Barbara has been declared free of cancer - at least in a preliminary examination by her doctor. She has to go back in two months to have another scan...but, right now, she is doing very well.
In fact, Barbara came back and stuffed the bills and statements and prepared the envelopes and labels for our foreign and box mail.
We thank you so much for your prayers and for your cards and notes.
Miracles do happen!

Anybody know how to make a quill pen?
Mary Mason, 716 Blair St., Anderson, SC 29625, wants to know how to make a quill pen.  Anybody know how? If you do, please contact Mary.  You may also email

Golf Cart Cowboy

Golf Cart CowboyColin Grant-Adams has a new CD and if you look on the back, you'll see a great illustration of his new and original song, Golf Cart Cowboy, done by our own wonderful John Cody! The song is about an escaped Heeland Coo and his would-be capturer...wearing a kilt, cowboy boots, cowboy hat...and riding the range in a golf cart!  See Colin's advertisement elsewhere in this issue for ordering details!


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