14 March 2015

#FearlessFemales - Day 13 - Rosetta Black Sibbet

Today is the day in the month of challenges where I am stumped on who to write about:

March 13 — Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

Thankfully on March 3, Lisa Alzo gave me a "get out of jail free card" and so I'm going to use it

March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.

Today I'm going to write about the most unique or unusual female first name I've come across in my tree.

Tonight I'm going to write about Rosetta Black Sibbet

Rosetta is the my 2nd cousin once removed. The daughter of Elizabeth Geddes and William Sibit/Sibbet (Elizabeth is my grandfather James Martin's first cousin). I'm not sure where her middle name came from as it is not a family name.

I think Rosetta had a tumultuous childhood.

Rosetta was born on May 28, 1899 in Paisley Renfrewshire Scotland a little over 6 months after her parents were married in November 1898. She already had a 1/2 brother, James Geddes born in January 1898. (though it appears to me that James may not have been William Sibet/Sibbet's son)

The family lived at 11 Cotton Street Paisley on the 1901 census and William is a Foundry Labourer.

William and Elizabeth have 4 more children between 1901 and 1906 - Elizabeth, William, Agnes and Maggie. Agnes passed away in 1907.

By 1907 Elizabeth had left William and was in a relationship will James Scott.

On the 1911 census Elizabeth, listed as married, is the housekeeper of widower James Scott. Maggie is living with them as are Elizabeth's children with James - Peter (who is listed on the census as Sibbet but later changes his name to Scott), Alexander and Christina.
(Of course Peter may well be William's son one Ancestry post I read suggested that James Scott "adopted" him)

However Rosetta, Elizabeth and William are not living with their mother or any other family member (James Geddes is living with his grandparents Robert Geddes and Elizabeth Martin).

Elizabeth is an "inmate" at Auchentorlie House Paisley - apparently a place for the poor, sick and for single mothers. I'm not sure what led to her being here, but she must have been placed there by her mother for some reason.

Rosetta and William had been sent even further away. They are listed as being boarders with the Innes family in Banffshire. I'm not sure what they were doing here as I haven't found any connection to the Innes family yet, but it is on the coast of Scotland about 200 miles from Paisley. That's a long way from home in 1911! (so maybe they went there "for their health"?) There were less than 400 people in the district on the 1911 census which also must have come as a big cultural shock for Rosetta and William. At least they had each other.

In 1914 Elizabeth marries James Scott - she is listed as single on the marriage record.

Rosetta married William McKinstry on May 26, 1919. He was born in Paisley Canada (such a coincidence) and was serving with the Canadian infantry. In September of that year she was on the ship Saturnia migrating to Canada as a 3rd class "military dependents" Ministry of Shipping passenger heading for Maple Creek Saskatchewan.

In the 1921 Canadian census she and William are living in the Humboldt district of Saskatchewan

William and Rosetta had 6 children. She passed away in the 1940s.

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