Friday, 5 April 2013

April A to Z Challenge - E is for Ewing

Christian (aka Christina) Ewing was my fourth-great-grandmother. She was born on 25 June 1820 to George Ewing and his wife Margaret Martin, in Abercorn, West Lothian, Scotland. She was their second child, after son William was born 27 months earlier on 29 March 1818.


Photo of Abercorn Parish Kirk
(C) Anne Burgess and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence retrieved via http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3253976


Abercorn is a historic hamlet on the Hopetoun Estate in West Lothian, the parish kirk is part Norman and part post-Reformation. The parish is mentioned by Bede in 696 AD because it was at that time the site of a monastery (Gazetteer for Scotland, http://www.scottish-places.info/towns/townfirst5200.html). Christian was baptised on 6 July 1820 in the Abercorn Parish Kirk.


Ewing, Christian (O.P.R. Births 661/00 0050 0006 Abercorn)
Twenty-seven years later she married Peter Purdie on 10 September 1847 in the Kirkliston Parish Kirk.

Photo of Kirkliston Parish Kirk
(C) Anne Burgess and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
retrieved via http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2877633

Purdie, Peter (O.P.R. Marriages 667/00 0030 0220 Kirkliston)
Peter Purdie was a successful millwright, and he and Christina had many children together. I have written about their daughter Catherine Purdie and her family before.

Christina passed away on 9 December 1892, at the age of 72. She is buried in the Kirknewton Cemetery, along with her husband and two of their sons.

Photo from billiongraves.com, contributed by user cerip23 on 18 November 2012

Purdie, Christina (Statutory Deaths 690/00 0039)

This is a post for the April A-Z Challenge. This Challenge will cover each letter of the alphabet, one per day (except Sundays) for the month of April. I didn't register my blog with the organisers, but I'm going to follow along anyway. You can too! See www.a-zchallenge.com for more information.