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Comment by Angela Louise Morton McGurk on November 14, 2016 at 2:49

Mary F Stafford/Horn and Robert Morton, my gradparent's. Robert was the some of George Morton and was the first Morton born in England in my line. George Morton was born in Dumfries-shire but his father had been born in Loudoun Ayrshire, as had many generations before. My research indicated he was descended from John Morton (1748) from Loudoun and Mary Sandylands (1751) there are several earlier John Mortons as well, but the Sandylands line is difficult to follow.

Through marriage into the Morton line, my ancestors also incluses McMurdo, Nisbet, Gilchrist, Wilson, Cameron, Findlay, and possibly Broun and Bruce, all in Scotland.

Even following other 'English' lines of ancestry, such as George Morton's wife Isabella Jane Reavely, we end up in the borders, in North Northumberland/Berwickshire. The line seems to follow on to Wintrip, Pringle, Davidson, and Vetch in Scotland in the early 1800s right through to the late 1600s where the line goes cold. There are also some potential Rogersons and Atkinsons in the borders, but I have been unable to trace them further back than 1750s, unfortunately, except to confirm they'remind in the borders.There are also another brand of Davidson, who married with the Forster line who seemed to be tracing back northwards and seem to hint towards Scottish heritage but I wouldn'the like to say that'she definite as it was much harder to trace than the Morton line.

Every line followed from George and his wife can be traced back to Scotland or the very north of Northumberland before the trail goes cold.

I am a Morton of Scottish descent, and that heritage comes from the two adults in the photo, my grandma and grandad.

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'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

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