- Born: Cir 1746 2
- Marriage: Alexander Innes on 6 Jul 1763 in Rathven 1
Another name for Nellie was Helen Grant.
I originally had her as daughter of Patrick Grant and Helen Ord but the names of her children and the relationship with sister Katherine suggest she was daughter of George.
The names of her children more or less confirm it and then there is this in an email from Margaret Innes 2008:
"14/08/1760 Alexander Grant in Findochty by his wife Ann Urquhart had a chid George Grant. Witness George Grant minister of Rathven. His son George Grant Nellie Grant his daughter & Nellie Grant of (unsure).
I think this shows that a Nellie Grant is the daughter of George & Magdaline but why no birth recorded especially for a minister of the church seems surprising."
[RB to PTG Sep 2008] "I'll consider the full contents of your email in more detail but will forward in the meantime two emails from Margaret Innes which seem to build a pretty solid case for Nellie Grant being the daughter of George and Magdaline Grant. On the same site as the Cullen MIs there is a Rathven parish session minute listing George's children and there is a Helen listed immediately after Katherine which would fit with them being married a day apart and the order of the marriages. Margaret also quotes an OPR entry which mentions George's daughter Nellie Grant (and another Nellie Grant - possibly Helen Ord?). Together with the names of Nellie's children (if we discount the earlier Donald) it seems unlikely Nellie is not George Grant's daughter.
Interestingly Margaret also mentions that Patrick Grant is one of three brothers, the other two being and Alexander and a George, possibly George the minister. I've asked her if she would mind sending some more information on the source of that information."
MISC: George Grant, minister at Rathven, Rathven, to James Ross. Encloses estimate and plan [both wanting] for the offices; has been shocked to learn that Nelly has had letters from Mr Innes insisting that she goes out to join him in Jamaica;, Sep 1777. 3
She resided in 1789 in "of Jamaica". 4
Nellie married Alexander Innes, son of William Innes and Margaret Watson, on 6 Jul 1763 in Rathven.1 (Alexander Innes was christened on 13 May 1739 in Cullen, Banff, Scotland 5.)
Scotland's People - Index, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, 06/07/1763 INNES ALEXR NELLY GRANT/FR572 M RATHVEN 164/00 0002
Sheena Charles Web Site (http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/sheena_charles/), Rathven Session Minutes. His other children were Margt., Alex., Katharine, Helen, Anna, Charles (d.1763), and Sophia (do.1776).
National Archive of Scotland (http://www.nas.gov.uk/onlineCatalogue/).
Paul Turton Gray, When the son John (Duncan son of Alexander and Elspet) was baptized at Cullen in 1789, the Old Parish Register says his name was "designed after John Duncan Esq. of Jamaica, grandfather to the child and John Ross Esq. Professor of Oriental Languages at King's College Aberdeen." Witnesses at the baptism are John Wilson Esq. of Cullen and Abraham Leslie of Findrassie, Mrs. Innes of Jamaica and Mrs. Wilson at Cullen, grandaunts to the child.
Scotland's People - Index, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, Based on daughetr Margaret being named for Alexander's mother Margaret Watson this seems to be the correct birth/baptsim:
13/05/1739 INNES ALEXANDER WILLIAM INNES/MARGARET WATSON U CULLEN 150/00 0003.