"Have you ever tried to search for someone in so many different combinations of spellings and dates, and for so many years, that you feel like your head is going to explode?
If anyone would be interested in helping, I'd be forever grateful.
I have ancestors out of Kilmarnock, specifically Low Church Lane and Strand Street. They belonged to St. Joesph's parish. The parents are originally listed as having been born in Ireland, but I cannot yet find where.
I have never been able to pinpoint a place of birth for Hugh Kerr but his son gives Donegal as pob in one of the C.ensuses.Hugh brought his six motherless children to Scotland & raised them remarrying on the way & taking on a step-son & seeing two of his little daughters from his second marriage die in childhood.He himself was killed in a mining accident aged 72! An engine ran over his person.He's one of my heroes & coincidentaly hias granddaughter's husband's Father also raised his own & his wife's son/niece after she died-now that's what I call Family values!
My Ayrshire names are Barnes,Brown(Craigie & Muirkirk) Gault(Ireland & then Muirkirk 1830's-interested in any connection to Benjamin Gault & his daughter Mary Ann Brown nee Gault),
Torrance(Andrew -Blacksmith husband of Margaret Barnes),
Robina McDowall(Girvan) but not sure of her parentage-think her mother is Agnes McQuath.Robina married David Ross in Greenock 1870.Her Mother was a handloom weaver.
Also Ann where are your Kerr's from? Any Irish(probably Donegal) & then Abbey Parish Paisley.