Sunday, March 14, 1999
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Duffus 2000 Reunion!!!
Saturday, July 1st and Sunday, July 2nd, 2000.
I am currently making arrangements with the National Trust for use of the Castle grounds. George Duffus has contacted a Scottish pipe band which has agreed to play for us on the evening of July 1st.at the Duffus Ceilidh. Plans are for dinner at Duffus Castle. We estimate tickets to cost approximately $50.00 per person for the weekend and anticipate having at least 200 Duffuses on hand for the festivities.
Click here to listen to audio message from George Duffus!
I assume Arthur is pictured on the left!
The search for the man
who built the Hatteras Light
by DANIEL COUCH
The Island Breeze - March 1999
year, 1999, has become the year of the Lighthouse, as local, national and even
international attention are all focused on the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is
being moved by the National Park Service to protect it from the encroaching Atlantic
One of the places that Duffus began his search was in Raleigh at the North
Carolina Division of Archives and History, where he found censuses for about 20 states.
Knowing that Stetson was in North Carolina in 1870, the year the lighthouse was completed,
he started there.
Dexter Stetson, builder
Stetson's reputation as
a skilled and talented contractor was solidified in 1851 when he built the original
Village Church on Nahant Road in Lynn. Its purpose was to serve Protestants of many
different creeds. This was a prestigious project, and won Stetson respect and influence.
Soon afterward, he was elected to office of selectman in what amounted to complicated and
emotionally charged politics. In habitants of Nahant, including Stetson, desired to
organize their own town, separ- ate from Lynn. Understandably, many residents of Lynn were
opposed to this change. Nevertheless, in April, 1853, the residents of Nahant assembled to
organize their own town and elected Stetson as a selectman. This foray into civic
activities and local politics won him some influential contacts in state and federal
Stetson in Hatteras
The stereotype about the relationship between
the northerners and southerners leads us to the sunrise that this accomplished builder
with Yankee ingenuity would run into stiff resistance from poor, proud, and suspicious
residents of an isolated barrier island off the coast of North Carolina.
Early correspondence of Stetson to the
lighthouse superintendent indicates the the winter of 1868-1869 was a hard one. The
weather was bad and the timely delivery of building materials and provisions was not
working out. Also he was concerned about malaria and other sicknesses and wanted to drain
the ponds at the lighthouse to get rid of mosquitoes breeding grounds. Fill would then be
brought in to cover up wastes from the Double Keeper's Quarters overtop part of the
pond.The drainage never occurred, and the threat of malaria concerned Stetson his entire
two years at the lighthouse.
Letter from Innis Duffus
15 Charlotte Street DUNDEE DD3 8QP
Phone O1382 826602
20m January 1999
There are quite a few documents which may be of interest and I felt that post would be the best way to let you see them.
Firstly I was proud to have the honour of marching in a procession to a Service of dedication marking tile opening of the new Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on St Andrews Day 1998.
I enclose documents showing details of tile event, along with the order of service in St Giles Cathedral. The Queen officially opened the Museum the following morning
I was there as a representative of the Hammerman Incorporation of Dundee and as a member of the Bonnetmaker Craft of Dundee.
We had a splendid day, which the Dundee contingent finished off with a supper at a hotel in Kinross on the way home.
Of such things is history made and ancient traditions maintained I would be grateful if you would return the copy, of tile Order of Service. The Booklet about the museum and other papers you are welcome to keep for your collection.
Of interest to you also would be the commemorative booklets on the opening of the University of Abertay Librarv in Bell Street Dundee by the Queen a flew weeks ago. I would be grateful if you would return these booklets also as theywill very quickly become collector's items.
I also enclose a copy of the extract of Register of Deaths with a connection to your side of the Dundee Duffus'. You may well have this on file already.
Your newsletters continue to bring many items of interest and I look forward to hearing of your plans for future events.
Harry tells me that come over from time to time and perhaps next time you are in this part of the world you will let me know, so that we can meet and perhaps break bread together in some suitable hostelry.
John G. Duffus
3 Kingsway West
19 February 1999
Many thanks for the CD and other information you sent me.
Why have you changed my tree? I am a little skeptical at the moment as to the reputed father of William Duffus Clark as being either John H. or George Duffus. Do you know something that I don't?
I see you have now changed your own tree with the parents for John H. as stated on his death certificate. Where did you get the ones you had before?
About the 'original entries in the OPR': The baptism register I looked at is I believe, the original book (microfilm) and not a copy made some years later. I think there were two registers written at the time, one was kept by the church, the other was sent to the records' office.
More on your tree, George Duffus was born m 1823.
Regarding the children of John Duffus and Janet Stewart: Nellie and Helen are the same person. Jane and Jeannie are the same person. She was born 1864 - you have 1874. The following appeared in the Dundee Courier on February 22nd 1965:
DUNDEE WOMAN DIES AT 100. Miss Jeannie Duffus, who died in Kings Cross Hospital on Saturday, was the younger of two Dundee sister centenarians
She was 100 on June 13th last year Her sister Mrs Johanna Short, celebrated her 105th birthday in Bexhill-on-Sea, Surrey, on February 4th.
Miss Duffus formerly lived at 2 Gowrie Place, Hawkhill, but moved to Cidhmore, the Salvation Army Eventide home, Perth Road, in 1963.
She was transferred to Kings Cross Hospital about a month ago for extra medical attention.
Her father, John Henderson Duffus, kept a tailor's shop at West Port, and Miss Duffus studied dressmaking after leaving Harris Academy.
The Duffus family were members of Ward Chapel, and in 1885 Johanna Duffus married Mr Robert Short, son of the minister of Ward Chapel at the time.
She was buried on 'Tuesday 23rd February in the Western Cemetery.
Did Johanna spend the rest of her days at Bexhill-on-Sea? There was no obituary for her in Dundee.
Isabella Anderson Duffus was born 1866 you have 1864. She died at 2 Gowrie Place, Dundee. There was no obituary for her, although it appears she never married Isabella was buried on February 26th 1949 m the Western Cemetery.
1 have made a mistake on the Baptisms I sent you, enclosed is an amended one. I had Jessie Duffus 1847 as being born the month of June it is in fact May.
I will try in the future to get other census records from Dundee and Angus when time permits.
Looking in the Perth Road cemeteries for a headstone I came across one John Henderson Duffus and his spouses, it reads:
In Memory Of
J. H. DUFFUS
Born 2® Nov. 1873, Died 12th May 1895 And The Said
JOHN HENDERSON DUFFUS
Born 11th April 1866, Died 29lh May 1924
AGNES TAYLOR MENZIES KIDD
Second Wife Of The Said J. H. DUFFUS
Born 6Ih Nov. 1881, Died 24Ih Nov. 1961.
Thanks once again for the CD.
FROM THE CANADIAN PRIVATEERING
Privateers were privately owned warships ... today they are an exotic subject, often lumped in with pirates, but in Canada's past privateers were an accepted and respected way of waging war, and often the only means of defence for isolated Canadian communities. I wrote my MA thesis on privateering and have a special interest in privateers from Nova Scotia.
Privateer Name Search
This list allows you to search for people involved in privateering, either as crew, owners or agents. For each person, you willfind their position, their privateer ship and a year. At the moment it concentrates on privateers for the period 1793 to 1805, but War of 1812 privateers are being added all the time. Sources: Diaries of Simeon Perkins, Records of the Court of Vice Admiralty at the Public Archives of Nova Scotia and
National Archives of Canada.
Questions, additions or comments? Drop me a line.
Dan Conlin email@example.com
Duffuses engaged in privateering -http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~ac505/privateering.html
Duffus, William - part owner General Bowyer 1801
Pictured l - r: Manliffe Goodbody, George Duffus and John Cormack
In June residents of Letham Grange, just outside Arbroath, were treated to an
unusual but enjoyable breakfast by Thorntons' Investment Services Division.
Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 12:44:42 -0500
From: "G. Seth Duffus"
I finally took some moments to research the ancestorsof James (1796) and in the process connected William of Forgue and William of Pennyburn. They appear the same. He apparently married Elspet Spence and they parented William(1790); John(1794) and James(1796) and they appear in the tree of William of Forgue. No doubt you have already made that connection but I thought I should note it. I was searching for the parents/origin of James of my tree - apparently born in 1796 . It must lead in the direction of John/Helen Cruickshank of Fordoun/Kincardine according to Church data. They parented James(1796); David(1798); Helen(1800): John(1803) and Helen(1808). Will pursue. I recall a grave marker in Malcom,IA. with the name "Helen". Your site(s) are a credit to you - Thanks again and Happy Thanksgiving. Seth D
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In May of 1998 four of our family travelled to Scotland from Canada. = While researching Ross history in the Elgin Library we were delighted to = find the name=20 of MORRISON DUFFUS. Her name had been mentioned in a letter as being my = husband's gg grandmother. Marriage records show her as the mother = (unmarried)and George Dallas as the father of Mary Dallas b. 1839 who = married William Ross on June 15, 1861 in the town of Keith, County of = Banf, at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Scotland. Their son James Ross = went to live with his grandmother Morrison Duffus, in a huge castle-like = home, at the age of 9 upon the death of his mother Mary (approx 1871). = We visited the old Duffus castle and St. Peter's Kirk & Parish Cross and = imagined it to be where this had all taken place. Must return for more. Your website is amazing and a pleasure to visit. I could not find our = Morrison Duffus, however will keep looking. Thank you, L. Ross
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I was so pleased to receive your letter in the mail regarding the Duffus family reunion in Scotland in July, 2000. Count us in! My name is Maria Duffus and I live in Dumfries, Virginia. I married into the name nine years ago. My husband is Joseph Duffus (the son of Roy Duffus in Waquoit, MA), and we were joined two years ago by a son, Daniel Alexander Duffus. I was also thrilled to discover the Duffus website. You've done a great job. You obviously spent a lot of time putting it together. I look forward to checking it out every week! Maria
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Intresting stuff !!!
Anna Duffus married
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Thank you very much for the information from Dundee.
Anna was married on Saturday and is now Mrs Mark Edward Hodson. For her legal work, she will still be Anna Duffus. The marriage, reception and ceilidh afterwards in the Edinburgh City Chambers were attended by 90 guests and a good time was had by all! Victoria was the "best woman" and Mark's friend, Chris Salt was the best man. Dr MacDonald, now retired but the minister of our church when Anna joined (and a former Moderator of the General Assembly), officiated. We were very glad that he was able to take part as his daughter, Sheena, is still in hospital in London after a serious accident in which she was hit by a police car while crossing the road on February 28th. Mark is a geologist working at the Natural History Museum in London. With our best wishes. John --
Dr John H Duffus Director, EdinTox 43 Mansionhouse Road Edinburgh EH9 2JD Scotland, U.K. Tel: +44 131 667 3682 Fax: +44 131 662 0744 +44 131 466 1255 Email: J.H.Duffus@btinternet.com ----------
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There are a number of DUFFUS's in the "Annals of Banff": 1. Alexander; 1797-1800 measured new prison and town house 2. Alice; 1775 marriage to Alexander JOHNSTON 1777 dau. Isobel born 1779 son Alexander born 3. Francis; maltman, 1686 Honourary Burgess Roll of Banff 4. John; 1747 Baillie of Banff 5. Lord DUFFUS; Oct 29, 1663 - Honourary Burgess Roll of Banff 6. Mary; d. 19 Mar 1826 age 66, her spouse George Reid, mason, d. 21 Mar 1827 age 60, children John, seaman, d. 3 Apr 1824 age 31, James, seaman, d. 1813 age 18 7. Robert; Apr 17, 1678 finded 10BP for "killing of heris and schouting of ducat dowes" 8. William; 1786 treasurer of Banff, deceased. I hope this helps, Douglas W. Taylor Victoria, BC, Canada Researching DIROM & PASLEY (Annan& Banff) MILNE & THOMSON (Aberdeen) LEITCH & DALL (Fife & North Berwick) > ---------- > From: davidduffus[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] > Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 1999 6:36 PM > To: MORAY-L@rootsweb.com > Subject: Duffuses in Annals of Banff > > Doug, > > I am constantly looking for information about Duffuses in order to > update the Duffus web site at "www.duffus.com." Wonder if you show any > references in the Annals of Banff? > > Thank you for your assistance! > > David Duffus > > ______________________________ >
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davidduffus wrote: > > Doug, > > I am constantly looking for information about Duffuses in order to > update the Duffus web site at "www.duffus.com." Wonder if you show any > references in the Annals of Banff? > > Thank you for your assistance! > > David Duffus
Most interesting that you should post the day after I sent enquiry to a friend re my connection with Duffus. My father's mother's sister, Mary Chisholm, married an Alexander "Sandy" Duffus in 1920. His parents on the marriage certificate are listed as John Duffus ( born @ 1851/52 in Banff) and Christina Anderson (born @ 1850/51 in Marnoch). Christina's parents may be William Anderson and Christian Lobban (only because one of the witnesses to "Sandy" and Mary's wedding is Alex Lobban). John's parents may be Charles Duffus and Isabel Fetch. I found John and Christina on the 1881 Census for Banff (147, 16, 15 page 00264) with four children. I should look on the 1891 census to see if there are any more. One of his children says that her father was born years after the rest of the family, and eventually raised by two sisters. If his age is right on the marriage certificate, "Sandy" was born @ 1896/97. The family is rather "tight" about this, not really interested in genalogy, so I haven't pushed the matter. However, was wondering if John and Christina fit into your tree somehow. They were married 3 Jan 1874 in Marnoch. By the way, went into your web page - it is really good. Am going to tell these relatives about the proposed "Duffus" reunion in 2000 at the Castle. Won't it be great when the 1901 Census for Britian becomes available!!!! Solve some of these mysteries. Jen in Kamloops BC
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I went through all the family trees on the duffus web site and none seem to fit with the family I am looking for which I find quite interesting. I think I will send for the marriage certificate for John Duffus and Christian (Christina) Anderson 3 Jan 1874 Marnoch, Banff and that should give me their parents names. Then perhaps it will fit with someone from Banff on the website. Jen in Kamloops BC
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