The message below from Mary
Thorpe is in response to our request to visitors regarding
more information on the photo above!
I am writing regarding the
"Hunter Family Photo". I have this photo and it is
proudly hanging on my wall. The names of the people in the
photo are: (all surname of HUNTER) Back Row: Arthur
Thornton, Annie Thornton, Tom, Catherine Thyne, John Middle
Row: Margaret Gibson, Jean Thornton, John Roy (Father), Jane
Thornton (Mother), Hugh Gray, Jim, Grace Front Row: Gilbert
Roy, Marion McCrindle, George Miller Photo taken in Maybole
approximately 1895. Annie Thornton Hunter was my
grandmother. Marion McCrindle Hunter was my Great Aunt, and
is the person who matched the names to the people in this
photo. Please note, that as in all families, names might be
slightly different from official names (i.e. Jane, Jean
etc). Truly, Mary Thorpe
Family history details below
I am Eileen Margaret Brown of
Norwalk, CT, USA. I am the great, great granddaughter of
Grace Roy Hunter (daughter of John Roy and Marion McCrindle),
b. 1823, and John Hunter (parents unknown to me), b. 1817.
Their son, Thomas Hunter,b. 1851, married my great
grandmother, Jane Mars (daughter of John Mars and Elizabeth
Gemmell), b. 1851. One of their 10 children was Margaret
Hunter, my grandmother, b. 1888. She married William
Coulter Brown in Maybole in 1909.
William Coulter Brown was born
in New Jersey, USA, in 1888. His parents were Joseph Brown
and Isabella Coulter Brown (daughter of William Coulter and
Margaret Brannan) of Maybole. Isabella died in the U.S.
shortly after William was born. He was brought back to
Scotland to be raised by his relatives, William and
My great grandfather , Thomas
Hunter, was struck fatally by a train in Maybole on
February 25, 1905 at age 53. Jane Hunter and the remaining
members of his family (with the exception of son Archibald
) emigrated to the United States, many living in Bridgeport
, CT. , including my grandparents, William Coulter Brown
and Margaret Hunter Brown, who subsequently moved to
Brooklyn, N.Y. where my father, Alexander Coulter Brown and
his three sisters, Jean, Grace, and Margaret were born.
William Coulter Brown left his family when my father was
young, and to my knowledge, there was no further
My cousin, Anne Cole, and I
are visiting Maybole on May 14 and 15, 2012. We would love
to meet any relatives who are still there. We have some
unanswered questions - Who was Joseph Brown? Was the
Thomas Hunter who was notorious in the agricultural
implements industry our great grandfather? Does anyone know
more about the circumstances of his untimely death? I
enclose a picture of Grace Roy Hunter and John Hunter with
their family. Can anyone identify the family members in
I am extremely grateful to
many individuals who assisted me in tracing my Maybole roots
especially Irene Mitchell and William Davidson of Canada,
John Roy of the Netherlands, William Morrison of England
(who sent me the Hunter family photo) and Rich Pettit,
webmaster of Maybole.org I would love to correspond with
anyone in Maybole or elsewhere who can shed more light on
the families I have mentioned. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo was taken approximately 1895 in Maybole, Scotland.
All have the surname of HUNTER.
Back Row: Arthur Thornton, Annie
Thornton, Tom, Catherine Thyne, John
Middle Row: Margaret Gibson, Jean Thornton, John Roy
(Father), Jane Thornton (Mother), Hugh Gray, Jim, Grace
Front Row: Gilbert Roy, Marion McCrindle, George Miller.
Here is more information on some of the
children in the HUNTER Family photo. I am still gathering
information, but this is what I have at the moment.
Thornton HUNTER (1881 1951):
Immigrated to Vancouver or possibly New Westminster, British
Columbia, approximately 1913. Annie married George Dawson
McKENZIE (originally from Aberdeen, Scotland) in Vancouver
on October 14, 1918. Annie and George had 3 sons. Annie
died in Vancouver on April 5, 1951 and is buried in Ocean
View Cemetery, Burnaby, B.C. George Dawson McKENZIE (1888
or 89 1969) died in Coquitlam, B.C. and is buried
(1879 1945): Immigrated to
Vancouver, B.C. approximately 1910. Tom lived in several
places Vancouver (Kitsilano neighbourhood?), possibly
Bowen Island, and died on way to New Denver from his house
at Vallican B.C. According to the Registration of Death,
Tom was single and was a farmer. He is buried in a cemetery
in New Denver, B.C.
Thornton HUNTER (1882 1930):
Immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. approximately 1914. Jean
married Sweany Basil COLSTON (a widower) in Vancouver on
March 29, 1922. Believe they had no children. Jean died in
Vancouver on January 19, 1930 and is buried in Mountain View
Cemetery, Vancouver. Sweany Basil COLSTON was born in
Sapperton (New Westminster), B.C. in 1868, and died in
Ganges, B.C. in 1949.
Gray HUNTER (1887 1936):
Immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. approximately 1910. Hugh
married Alice Mary FRASER in Vancouver on January 8, 1925.
Hugh was a conductor for B.C. Electric Railway (number 12
streetcar). He died in Vancouver on May 12, 1936 and is
buried in Mountain View Cemetery. Unconfirmed family
information is that Hugh and Alice had 2 sons Ken and
John. Family lost contact with Ken and John during or just
after WWII. Alice Mary FRASER was born about 1899 in
Winnipeg, Manitoba and where she (and Ken and John) ended up
is still a mystery.
HUNTER (1889 1926):
Immigration date unknown. Gilbert lived in Vancouver, B.C.,
and worked for the Union S.S. Co. as a steward. It
appears that Gilbert fell ill while working and died just
after arriving in Prince Rupert, B.C. on December 4, 1926.
His body was shipped back to Vancouver for burial on
December 7, 1926. There is no evidence or family knowledge
of Gilbert having married or having children.
Marion McCrindle HUNTER (1893
1986): Marion (Min)
immigrated to Vancouver prior to September 1912. She
married William James HURL in New Westminster, B.C. on
September 18, 1912. She and Bill had 5 children 3 sons
and 2 daughters. Min died in Tacoma, Washington, USA on
February 17, 1986. William James HURL was born in
Coldwater, Ontario approximately 1889.
Information provided by Granddaughter of
Annie Thornton HUNTER,
May 8, 2012