Help me solve fam­ily mys­tery

An­gela’s plea for info on an­ces­tor

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Tyne and Wear woman is hop­ing that Ruther­glen res­i­dents can help her solve the mys­tery of her fam­ily tree.

An­gela Coyne’s grand­mother on her dad’s side never knew her par­ents, and An­gela (53), who lives in Whit­ley Bay, is hop­ing to find out any fam­ily con­nec­tions.

Last week, the Re­former printed her let­ter in which she was look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on her nana’s fa­ther, James Jack, who she be­lieves was un­aware of the birth.

James Jack was a Rev­erend in Ruther­glen who passed away in July 1935 and An­gela’s now hop­ing to find out more in­for­ma­tion from lo­cals.

She said: “It is on my dad’s mother’s side that was the mys­tery.

“He­len Brown came to Whit­ley Bay and gave birth to my nana, then went back to Scot­land when she was six weeks old.

“If she came to Whit­ley Bay to have the baby, there must be some sort of con­nec­tion there.

“I’ve been search­ing for He­len Brown and there’s a cou­ple of pos­si­bil­i­ties.

“As far as James Jack goes, I’m quite cer­tain that this is the right James Jack, be­cause I know he was a rev­erend and that he trav­elled to Canada.

“Go­ing by the out­go­ing pas­sen­ger lists, there was plenty of Jacks but he was the only rev­erend.

“If he’s the James Jack I’m look­ing for, then I can nar­row down the He­len Browns I’m look­ing for.

“It would be nice to put the pieces of the puz­zle to­gether — maybe there’s rel­a­tives on that side who have things they’re won­der­ing about and we can find an­swers for them.”

The Re­former car­ried an obit­u­ary of Rev Dr James Jack in its July 19 1935 edi­tion, men­tion­ing his trav­els in Canada and that he had been at Green­hill Church since 1912.

Mum- of- two An­gela has had a keen in­ter­est in her fam­ily history, but be­came more ac­tive in find­ing out her back­ground af­ter sev­eral rel­a­tives passed away.

She added: “I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in my fam­ily history, but to be hon­est, you don’t re­ally take things in un­til it’s too late — my dad had a bad ac­ci­dent 10 years ago that meant he needed a lot of care.

“He died in 2013, seven weeks later my brother died and then be­fore the year was out my mum died.

“It’s pushed us all the more to find out these things — my dad never knew his grand­par­ents.

“You want to see to pho­to­graphs, you want to see if there’s a re­sem­blance.”

Fam­ily quest An­gela Coyne

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