Photocopies of this Bible were sent to me by Mrs. Dorothy Nuthall, 1882 – 140th St., White Rock, BC, V4A 4H3.
The photocopies show a large-format Bible with elaborately engraved pages provided for family history information. There is no copy of the title page.
// First page This Certifies THAT THE RITE OF Holy Matrimony WAS CELEBRATED BETWEEN William James of Gallawa Sctd and Jane D. Matthews of Montreal Quebec on December 27th 1844 at The Manse Lanark by The Rev. Thos Fraser Witness: John James Kathrine Strahan // Second page [hand written in the top margin of the page] Mrs Geo Stewart, nee Elizabeth A. James. this is taken from My Mother's family Bible. BIRTHS Name Date of Birth Robert James | Born 16 Nov. 1845 Agnes James | " Sept. 26th 1847 William M. James | " Feb. 4th 1849 John James | " Nov. 30th 1850 Margaret M. James | " July 28th 1852 John A. James | " October 28th 1854 Andrew N. James | " Sept. 4th 1856 Jane H. James | " Dec. 6th 1860 Lizzie A. James | " October 8th 1862 Rose M. James | " Feb. 24 1868 [Photocopy shows three more very faint entries which may have been erased or were too faint to photocopy] // Third page MARRIAGES Agnes James | Jane H. James was married to | was married to Henry Majuery | Arthur B. Carpenter on Jan 22, 1870 | on Feb. 1888 | William M. James | Rose M. James was married to | was married to Unice Bradford | Andrew W. Patterson on October 13th, 1873 | on April 2nd 1888. | Robert James | was married to | Margaret Riddle | on April 2nd 1878 | | Elizabeth A. James | was married to | George Stewart | on Dec. 28th 1880 | // Fourth Page DEATHS Name | Date of Death | John James | Died Feb. 28th 1851 Mrs. Majuery | formerly Agnes James | Died April 22nd 1874 Andrew N. James | Died July 3rd 1886. | // End of the James Bible #1
Dorothy Nuthall sent the following notes with the photocopies:
Note: Jane Niblock Derell was born At Sea Under the Flag mid Atlantic Ocean. Her parents, Lieutenant and Mrs. Darell, and older brother Robert were coming to Canada to claim their land grant as Mr. Derell served in the Battle of Waterloo. Both of Jane’s parents died after landing in Montreal. Jane and her brother were put in an orphanage until a friend Mrs. Matthews came to take Jane to her home when Jane was three years old. Robert was adopted at the same time and was never heard from again. Jane then used the Matthews name some of the time hence the Jane D. Matthews.
I could not find a place named Gallawa in Scotland so presume it is a spelling error. I found William’s parents married in Glasgow and his older sister born in Cambuslang, a quasi village on the outskirts of Glasgow. I have searched the Waterloo Roll book and have written several inquiries to England and there is no record of a Lieutenant Derell so it is very likely he did not have this rank. (I located Colonel Matthews and his rank was that of a Corporal).