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  • 22/February/2015 at 11:26 pm
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    SUNDAY, FEB. 22ND, 2015

    DEAR MADAM/SIRS

    HOPE SOMEONE CAN HELP ME IN MY SEARCH FOR FAMILY: Looking for Grandmother and her sister NAMES ARE: Born as Jean Mercer
    and her sister was Bessie Mercer (could be born Elizabeth) Looking for their parents names also and the Great Grandmother’s Maiden Name.
    They were brought up in Leith, Scotland, I guess late 1800’s or in the 1900’s.
    I would like to learn date of birth for Jean Mercer and her sister Bessie (Elizabeth) Mercer, date of birth for their Father and their Mother (Maiden Name) and where this Great Grandmother’s family were brought up, born all dates of birth, christening in a Parish Church, where buried etc. Jean Mercer married my Grandfather Adam Harper he was born raised around Balerno/Currie areas south of Edinburgh – would like his date of birth and which town born in – Names of his Harper Parents – his Mother’s Maiden names – dates of when born for all of them – I know the Mother’s Maiden Name for Adam Harper’s Mother was Falconer – need to know if they were also born and raised in Balerno or Currie Areas Need dates of death and where buried for all the Mercer families and all the Harper and Falconer Families where buried and their dates of death. My Father was born James Mercer Harper and was born in an Edinburgh Hospital to his Mother Jean Mercer Harper and Father Adam Harper, James Mercer Harper’s younger brother was Edward Aiken Harper need their dates of birth and I know the whole family moved to Kingston, Ontario, Canada Need the date they all came to Canada – Adam Harper, Jean Mercer Harper, Edward Aiken Harper, and James Mercer Harper. My Father James Mercer Harper after he finished High School in Kingston, Ontario he met and married my Mother Muriel Isobel Gates and they were married in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kingston, Ontario would like to get the date they were married. I have the date of birth for my Mother Muriel Isobel Gates as being Jan. 26th, 1913 born at home and baptized I believe in St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh Township, a few miles outside of Kingston, Ontario Like East of Kingston, Ontario. I just need my Father James Mercer Harper’s date of birth and that of his brother Edward Aiken Harper and dates of birth for their parents mentioned above. This would be great if someone has this information and can send it to me Carol Elizabeth Harper Doyle to this email address: cindy.elize@yahoo.com here in Calgary South East, Alberta, Canada. Thank you so much for anyone who can provide me information on the Mercer, Harper, and Falconer families and if any relations are still living there now that I could communicate with.
    From Mrs. Carol Elizabeth Harper Doyle (a Canadian who was born and brought up in Kingston, Ontario and last 6 years live now in Calgary, Alberta.

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    • 28/February/2015 at 5:22 am
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      I have some information on this line and will email Carol direct.

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  • 30/October/2015 at 5:10 pm
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    i am trying to find a Sir Andrew Mercer who was born circa 1706 and married Margaret Mercer (Pringle) circa 1706

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  • 28/December/2015 at 11:14 pm
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    I’ve been trying to find out where in Scotland my Great Grandfather Edward Mercer (1704-1763) was born and when he was wed. He died in Winchester, VA in 1763 and I have his will and other information about him but no solid Scottish information. There are secondary evidences about our family line being related to the Rose Hearty, Aberdeen Shire Mercers where General Hugh Mercer was born and where his father, a minister, was buried. General Mercer was a surgeon and a Revolutionary War hero for winning the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey. I have an excellent biography of him and it states that neighbors of his were the Pattons from whom Gen. George Patton was descended and now is buried in Luxembourg City’s American Cemetery.

    I joined the Historical Society of Aberdeen Shire hoping to get some help finding Great Grandfather Edward Mercer’s birthplace and/or information about his first marriage in Scotland. His second wife was in my family branch and was pregnant with Aaron Mercer who was born in Ireland (probably North Ireland). He was a Captain in the VA Militia whose job was overseeing British and Hessian POWs. He later received free land in Ohio and ended up there where he died in Cincinnati in 1803. I have his will and a copy of his gravestone in the Cincinnati Baptist Colonial Hero cemetery. The will is handwritten and is interesting because it has elaborate listing of all assets albeit small and scarcely worth more than a penny or two.

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    • 3/May/2021 at 4:46 am
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      Perhaps you could help me with my family? Please? I know nothing. My name is Craig Mercer. I know I am from scotland but I don’t know how or why I know. I have family in america I met them when I was 7 if I remember correctly they traveled to see me and my Grandad and Grandma Mercer (Charles Vernon Mercer and Doreen Mercer) my aunty and uncle Georgina and Tom and their son who is also called craig was born on the same day as me but I was born in england and he was born in america so thier is a time difference. I know I my Grandfather (Vic) had a sister called lil and I think his mum’s sister’s name was ethel or that was the name of another of his sister’s. My Uncle is Ian Mercer andy Father’s name is Gary Mercer I know nothing about my Father either and he Fathered me for 18 years. I have been told that the Mercers are worthless people that only turn up when someone does by my mother and to never go looking. She is Jane Taylor now Mercer I know nothing of rivalry between families I know nothing about my family basically.

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    • 14/November/2021 at 5:17 am
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      I am looking for the same information. I am really stumped on Edward Mercer. Please let me know if you find anything.

      Thanks,
      Jeff

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    • 14/November/2021 at 5:20 am
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      I am looking for the same info. Edward Mercer really has me stumped. I have tracked the Mercer side of my family back to him. Please let me know if you find anything.

      Thanks!

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    • 25/December/2021 at 6:29 pm
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      I was curious if you had found anything on Edward Mercer?

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      • 3/January/2022 at 9:04 pm
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        Sorry No. However I should point out that we do not undertake to do searches. If we Happened to know of a link to Edward we would point you to it and perhaps another researcher reading your post might answer your question.
        JM

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  • 28/September/2017 at 1:46 pm
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    Hi,
    I have been searching for any information on my paternal Grandfather, with little luck. I was hoping that you may be able to provide me with some direction. His birth details are as follows.
    Andrew Mercer
    Born: Dec 26 1885 In: 72 McKinlay St, .Parish of Renford, Glasgow, Scotland

    His father was George Mercer and His mother, Annie C R Mercer (born Rodger) .

    Up until close to the end of WW1 he had served in the Australian AIF. as a machine gunner. His army record shows that he had gone AWOL (again). The story given to me as a young boy was that he went missing from the ship returning soldiers to Australia. To date I have been unable to locate any record of the time after his disappearance.

    Any assistance would be greatfully accepted.

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  • 14/February/2018 at 5:27 pm
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    looking for a gilbert mercer born abt 1518 scotland. He would be my 11th great grandfather..hope you can help..thanks in advance…Judi Hamilton-Green

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  • 27/March/2018 at 11:18 pm
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    My grandmother, Christina Mercer Dryburgh was from Dunfermline. She married my grandfather Robert Gilray in Scotland (I think he was Canadian but traveled to Scotland on vacation where they met and married. I do not know her parents names. She immigrated to Thunder Bay, Canada, via Detroit, MI in circa 1920s. Any information would be helpful.

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  • 24/June/2018 at 1:17 am
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    Man named Granger Mercer from Scotland, potentially emigrated to Canada very early 1900s. Anyone have any info would be appreciated.

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  • 28/October/2018 at 9:21 am
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    I am from South Africa. My great great retaliative is William Mercer, who came to South Africa in 1820. His fathers name is Jeremiah Mercer and mothers name Ann Mercer who came from Spitalfield Christchurch Stepney London. If anyone can give me more information of links further back, it would be greatly appreciated.

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  • 8/February/2021 at 3:25 am
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    Hello I’m a Mercer from NZ.
    It’s reported ( in the family) that our origins are from Dollar Scotland.
    My Direct Family in NZ are from “Mercer stainless steel”
    The man who started mercer stainless steel in the 19th century was from Perth and he was a coppersmith who sailed to nz for adventure.

    That’s the sum of my knowledge.

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  • 21/April/2021 at 2:21 am
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    I am looking for the name of the father of Edward Mercer, born approximately 1555. He has a son named Edward and he has a son named Edward. The Edward Mercer that I’m looking for information on is married to Joyes Astell.

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  • 3/May/2021 at 4:35 am
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    Hi my Name is Craig Mercer. Basically I know nothing about my family but, and this is strange I know slot about me and MY past if anyone here understands the philosophy? I know my grandfather was the best man 👞♂️ I have ever known and probably ever will, I know he was born in nottingham and was told he ran away to the mines at 7 to escape a very nasty father. My grandad’s name was Charles Vernon Mercer. I know his mum’s sister’s name was Ethel and that I have an aunty and uncle with a cousin in america, pensilvania specific (not sure about location now that was over twenty years ago) their names are Georgina, Tom and ❣️‼️

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  • 3/May/2021 at 5:02 am
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    The only other information I have on my own family line is a little far fetched to me as I haven’t seen it with my own eyes only heard by word of mouth that my family was once connected to royalty although how I don’t know. Supposedly as I recall it anyway I have relatives within a tomb in nottingham that were once connected the story I was told was in basics my female relative from 1500’s or 1600’s cheated on her husband and was stripped of her title and land by the king. I myself don’t even know if there is truth in that I just know My Grandfather Uncle and Father and that I have american relatives in pennsylvania. I’ve always been one of those people that has said even if I did have family out there I wouldn’t care but I’m just realizing and remembering actually I do. When I was told all the mercers are bad people by my mum and dad who I later on found out were actually the bad people. I’m left suspended in a new realm a realm of confusion. I just want to know who I am and where I came from really I know so much and I mean tons about the history of the world, tribes, monarchism, symbolism basic nature principles but I know nothing of my own history. Could someone please help me figure out my heritage. I mean I know craig means crag and is of scottish or celtic origin but mercer is derived from mercier which is french I know I couple of basics. It’s just this is an entire new area of research and although I can tap into other sources of info I don’t seem to be able to tap into my own history(!)°={¥}

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  • 17/August/2021 at 7:11 pm
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    Hi Craig,
    If you sign up to Ancestry for a free trial you will quickly find 12 others who have researched your family tree.
    Luckily Charles Vernon Mercer only appears in your tree so it will be easy for you.
    If you ever decide to get your DNA done that can help further to confim links.
    Good luck!
    Best wishes, Claire Winfrey nee Mercer

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  • 4/September/2021 at 3:22 am
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    From the info I have been able to glean off the internet, and knowing my father’s father was born in Newfoundland Canada, I am fairly certain I am descended from Charles Mercer who was born in Ringwood, Hampshire, England. He left England and went to Newfoundland in the early 1700s and seems to have married the daughter of John Earle after/during the fighting with the French or Spanish. But that’s as far I have been able to trace back. Curious if anyone here has any more info on this branch of the family to share. My dna results with 23 and Me say 93% British/Irish, which I assume means probably Saxon and Breton (my mother’s side is Harris and also seems to be all traced back to England in the same era).

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  • 1/October/2021 at 3:35 am
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    JANET MERCER Born 12 April 1832 – Melrose Scotland Died 8 April 1881 – Fitzroy, Melbourne
    Married to Robert KEMP, 19 March 1852 at Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Born – 18 Jan 1882 – Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland Died – 10 March 1902 – Fitzroy, Melbourne

    Does anyone have any information on both the MERCER and KEMP families from these Scottish areas ?

    Janet’s parents were Thomas MERCER (b 23/9/1797 Roxburgh & d 11/11/1858 Dublin Ireland)
    Isabella SCOTT (1/9/1802 Renfew & died cc 1840).

    I have no family tree for Robert KEMP except his father was also Robert KEMP listed as a Mason ( cc 1799 & died Jan. 1839 ) and his mother was Joanna McLean (1796 – 1849)

    Allan

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  • 5/December/2021 at 2:04 am
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    I would like to contact any descendants of Alexander Brodie and Louisa Mercer to share information. I am descended from John Buchan Brodie (1787 Edinburgh -1866 Dublin), who was Alexander’s brother.

    > -John B. Brodie ( brodiejb@shaw.ca )

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  • 4/January/2022 at 7:09 pm
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    P.S. Just to clarify the foregoing post, the persons of interest to me are Alexander Brodie (1784-1865) and Louisa Mercer (1798-1881). Alexander was born in Edinburgh and Louisa in India. They both died in Stirling. Looking for descendants of this couple to share information.
    John Brodie in Canada

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  • 8/February/2022 at 10:41 pm
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    was your Edward Mercer living in Frederick County, Viirginia in 1700s? I found a newspaper article dated1887. It gives a list of Edwards child and his son. It list a John Mercer as a son of David. It stated John was the youngest son of David. John was born in Belmont Co. Ohio in 1828. He later lived in Meigs Co. ,Athens co. and Vinton Co. Ohio. Then moved to Warren Cunty where he remained. My interest is my 3rd great grandmother. She was Lydia MERCER that married Isaac Midkiff in Belmont Co. Ohio They moved to Meigs Co. Ohio. She sent a husband and at least 4 sons to the Civil War. I have not been able to find any records of who her who family was. This has been a family debate. dixieleedixon@yahoo.com Would love to exchange notes. Dixie Flowers Oh this edward passed in 1764.

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  • 23/April/2022 at 12:02 pm
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    I have a Charles Mercer from Ringwood and went Newfoundland bus was married to a Marry Hassel. Charles was the first Mercer to settle in Newfoundland that I know of.

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    • 12/May/2022 at 5:24 am
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      That’s the same as I found! Pretty sure he is my grandfather from 7 generations back on my father’s side. I have not been able to trace any further back than him though.

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  • 22/May/2022 at 4:09 pm
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    I am wondering if any one may have a Christopher Mercer born 1593 in Leed England and died in 1654 in Scotland, not sure where in Scotland,

    e-mail firefighter2460@yahoo.com

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