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John Gildawie (Gildowie) b abt 1869, Paisley Scotland to USA (or Canada) 1907 - ultimately New York City

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John Gildawie (Gildowie) b abt 1869, Paisley Scotland to USA (or Canada) 1907 - ultimately New York City

Posted: 1404309076000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1404309189000
Surnames: Gildawie, Gildowie, Black

I have tried for quite some time to determine how my great grandfather John Gildawie emigrated from Scotland ultimately to the USA. The rest of the family - his wife Mary and the three children John (senior John's son), George, and Alexander all arrived on the Furnessia September 24, 1907 from Glasgow to New York City.

On their passenger manifest, it says that they are "disc to Husb" so I assume that means discharge to husband. The address listed there for John Gildawie is 277 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY (there is another street address crossed off x Columbia Street.

Also listed on the manifest is Mary's father's address in Paisley (4 New Street and 45 Maxwellton Paisley). His name is John Black (although it looks like John Lark). I believe John Black emigrated to the USA in 1911.

On the 1910 US census, their year of emigration - including John senior - is 1907.

John's sisters Mary and Louise Gildawie (listed as Gildowie) arrived from Liverpool to Quebec on 22 May 1911 - they were domestics.

I've been trying all kinds of variations of name, been checking Canadian passenger lists, other US ports of entry. Nothing.

Now I have started scanning through the digitized ledger sheets of the passenger manifests for UK Outgoing passengers for 1907. I've slogged through August 1907 and March 1907 thus far (this is based on departure date from the UK, not arrival date). I thought maybe I could find something looking visually but based on the time it's taken fro me to slog through March and August, I'll be doing this a long time.

I believe that John's brother in law James Black arrived in the USA sometime around the same time and that James lived with John, Mary and the children for a time.

I was at the local library (Falmouth, MA USA) yesterday and they have some large passenger list books but I didn't see any of my Gildawies listed (or anyone else I knew for that matter) so maybe they were far earlier than my Gildawie ancestors in 1907 ish. By the way, the name is still frequently mispelled Gildowie instead of Gildawie.

Anyone have any other suggestions for how I might resolve this mystery? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much in advance.

Janice Gildawie
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