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Lester and Elizabeth Capels, Wedding Day, 1916
My grandmother, Elizabeth Easton Findlay, was born in 1893
in Cumbernauld County, Dunbartonshire, Scotland among [at least, perhaps]
eight children. At some point in her early 20s, she emigrated from
Scotland to Halifax, Canada. It was in Canada she met and married
my grandfather, Lester Henry Capels, who would later abandon her and their
seven children in Syracuse, New York. What of the family she left behind
The name Findlay is a
sept among the Clan Farquharson. According to The Clans
Collection from Lang Syne, "the Clan was founded by Farquhar,
Son of Shaw of Rothiemurchas, who held land in the Moray Firth as early
as 1153. The Clan is part of the Great Clan Confederation called
"Chattan" or the Menn of the Cat. The Chiefship is vested in Farquharson
of Invercauld." [Source: The Clans Collection from
Lang Syne, Lang Syne Publishing,1990.]
"This Clan, one of the stronger branches of the Clan Chattan, derives
from Farquhar, 4th Shaw of Rothiemurchus. A prominent name in its
annals is that of Finlay Mor Scottish Standard Bearer, who fell at Pinkie
in 1547. In the rising of 1715, the Farquharsons gathered over 140
men for the Clan Chattan Regiment, and it was Anne, daughter of Invercauld,
and wife of Mackintosh, who contrived the "Rout of Moy", a strategem whereby
a handful of men scattered the Redcoats and saved the Prince from danger.
Besides the Chiefly House of Invercauld, the principal branches
of the Farquharsons were those of the Monaltrie, Whitehouse and Finzean,
all in Aberdeenshire." [Source: Ingles Buchan (Textiles)
Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland; a tag attached to a Farquharson tartan scarf.]
There is great risk in reading
too much into isolated pieces of information. Imagine trying to
figure out what an elephant looks like with only a toe, an ear, or just
the snout as clues. The further we go back in to time, limited
available records--if we're lucky to find any at all--provide only a momentary
glimpse into a situation, and often subject to the interpretation or limitations
of the person recording it.
I have tried to be diligent in recording the sources of my information
so that it can be judged by myself and others as to its reliability.
Just because a record exists does not mean it was recorded accurately,
whether by the scribe or the original provider. But such records
are helpful in providing us with clues that could help verify our assumptions
or point us in new directions.
Photos help remind us that this
is about more than facts and statistics; these were real people of flesh,
bone, and blood. They experienced the adventures of youth, the
trials and tribulations of raising a family, the struggles of work and
making ends meet, the joys of traditions, and the sorrows of loss.
Some died young; others lived long, fruitful lives. In some cases,
we may even see a reflection of one another.
Any information, corrections,
clippings, suggestions, and/or photos offered that will help weave the
fabric and reveal the texture of our family's history will be greatly
appreciated. All photos or other original documents will be handled with
great care, copied, and promptly returned to their owner, unless instructed
otherwise. While I am eager for ANY information, including stories and
oral histories, that will help tell our story, I also want to be respectful
of people's privacy and to use discretion in matters that may be sensitive.
This document is only as complete and accurate as the information available
up to this moment. No doubt it will continue to evolve over time, as it
should. I hope you enjoy the Findlay story.
Information to share? Please contact me at [email protected].
of Alexander Findlay
Data for Elizabeth Easton Findlay Capels
Descendant Register Report for Elizabeth Easton Findlay Capels
Outline for Elizabeth Easton Findlay Capels
Chart for Elizabeth Easton Findlay Capels
Includes notices and articles for CAPELS, FINDLAY, GILLESPIE, O'BRIEN,
PARTRIDGE, SMITH, SPIES, STOLUSKY
of Robert Bryson
of "Wee Dick" Findlay
Dick Joins The Sodjers
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