Wednesday, January 28, 2015 John Rennie (1886-unknown)

John Rennie was born on 6 March 1886 at his parents home on 746 Gartsherrie in the middle district of Old Monkland. His parents were John and Jane (Kerr) Rennie. His father was a journeyman boiler maker at the time of his birth. In 1891 the family lived on 5 Lockhart Place in Coatbridge.

John's mother died in 1899 and his father must have parceled out the children as John was a visitor in the home of William and Agnes Lester in Coatbridge. John was 15 years old and worked as a general laborer. His father boarded with another family and none of the other children were living with him.

John's father died in 1908. In 1911 he was a boarder in the home of John and Agnes Douglas. The family lived in Coatbridge and John worked as a striker at a tube manufacturer.

He married Henrietta (Riddell) Dick on 31 Dec 1919 at Monkland View in Airdrie, Scotland according to the forms of the United Free Church of Scotland. Henrietta was a young widow who had lost her first husband, Oswald Dykes Riddell Dick, in 1918. He served with the British Army and had been killed in action in France. He had left her with four young step-children. The British Army paid Henrietta a little over 17 pounds in 1919.

On 30 April 1927 John, Henrietta, and an adopted son, named Samuel Dunn, boarded the White Star Line's RMS Regina in Grennock to immigrate to Canada. They arrived in Quebec on 7 May 1927. Their destination was Henrietta's mother's home on 2762 St. Catherine Street in Montreal.

In 1957 John and Henrietta were living at 523 Rue Ville-Marie in Montreal.

That is the last record I have been able to find for John Rennie. No trace of Oswald Dykes Riddell Dick's children by his first marriage have been found.

1891 Scotland Census, Parish: Old Monkland; ED: 26; Page: 26; Line: 20; Roll: CSSCT1891_319
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Rennie, John (Census 652/02 032/00 017)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Old Monkland; ED: 32; Page: 17; Line: 9; Roll: CSSCT1901_348
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Rennie, John (Census 1911 652/02 021/00 002)
Canada, Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, 1927 Rennie, John
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1957 Rennie, John
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1886 Rennie, John (Statutory Births 652/02 0231)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1920 Rennie, John - Dick, Henrietta (Statutory Marriages 651/00 0029)
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, 1927 Rennie, John

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