Help me solve family mystery
Angela’s plea for info on ancestor
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