James Smith

My Maternal 4th Great-Grandfather

What is left of the Skeetquoy farm, homestead of the Smith family, St. Andrew's Parish, Orkney, Scotland.

James Smith was born about June 20, 1763, the day of his baptism, according the St. Andrew's Parish records in Orkney.  He was the third of seven children born to John Smith and Jean Spence who were married December 20, 1752 in St. Andrew's Parish.

Little is known about James who appears in the 1821 census living at Skeetquoy, St. Andrew's Parish, with his wife, Margaret Foubister (week #34), who were married in 1793 and had five children; she died in 1836. 

James was a 75 year old widower in the 1841 census, his occupation was listed as tailor and he was residing at Skeetquoy with his son John's family. James does not appear in the 1851 census, so assumedly he died during that decade, although I have not located a record of his death. John Smith and his family went on to farm the land at Skeetquoy for many years after the deaths of his parents.

“..what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we lived. In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage.”


Ellen Goodman

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29.08 | 18:46

John. Can you email me at grannykba@gmail.com - then we can connect directly. ..

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16.08 | 11:58

Hi Karen, if you are interested, please visit my facebook page
regards john crome.

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16.08 | 10:36

Unfortunately Karen, I cannot offer any photo's but, I may have a small snapshot taken of me outside No 35, when I was about 3. If I can find it.

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16.08 | 10:03

Dear John. That's very interesting. Do you have any photos? I know it's gone now as I tried to find it when I visited London.

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