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Notices in the New York Times




December 13, 1882

Robert L. Stuart, the last member of the firm of R.L. & A. Stuart, the extensive sugar refiners who did so large a business in this City 10 years ago died at his residence, no. 154 5th Avenue, yesterday afternoon, of septicaemia, after a severe illness which had confined him to his room for three weeks. Mr. Stuart leaves a widow and an estate valued at between $5,000,000 and $6,000,000.

Mr. Stuart was a son of Kinloch Stuart, of Edinburgh, Scotland, who came to this city in 1805, leaving his native land in consequence of business troubles brought upon him by endorsing the paper of his brother-in-law. Upon reaching here he had a small capital of $100 in money, and this he invested by opening a candy store in Barclay street. Kinloch Stuart lived in the same house in which he sold his candy, and it was in this house that Robert L. Stuart was born in July 1805. Kinloch Stuart died in 1826, he left an estate valued at $100,000, one half to his widow and the other half to his two boys, Robert L. and Alexander Stuart.


July 6, 1883

Found Dying in the Woods. Thomasville, Georgia, July 5.

Mr. Sanford, a County Commissioner, received intelligence that a white man was lying out in the woods near his residence in a dying condition. He went to the place indicated, and there found that the information was correct. The unfortunate man had been lying in the woods nearly a week without food or water, and was so weak as to be unable to speak or move. Mr. Sanford had him taken to the house of Mr. Feaster and attended to. He recovered sufficiently to give his name as B. Henry Bell, but he died shortly thereafter. From memoranda in his possession it was ascertained that his full name was Bowers Henry Bell, that he was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and that he was 40 years old. He had tramped all over the country. In his book were notes of places at which he had stopped. It is thought that he had been lying in the woods a week as he was seen passing the town several days ago; that he had been taken sick when four miles from the town, and, negroes saw him a week ago and reported him sick with smallpox. This made all who heard it afraid to approach him. Mr. Sanford found him entirely free from such disease. The report arose from his face being badly bitten by mosquitoes. He was decently buried in a graveyard near where he died. No information could be obtained as to the whereabouts of his friends.


April 2, 1893

Worcester, Mass., April 1.

James B. Ferguson of Millbury received word yesterday that an uncle had died in Edinburgh, Scotland, leaving a fortune estimated at $10,000,000, and that he as a direct heir would receive a proportionate share. The uncle was John Ferguson, but owing to an estrangement between him and Mr. Ferguson’s father, the nephew knows little of the uncle’s history.


March 13, 1919

John Brown Muir, died at Hollis, Long Island. Veteran of the Crimean War and received a medal from the English Government for bravery in action. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he was for many years a lithographer. He was 83 years old.


April 12, 1919

Robert Stevenson, formerly for more than 50 years associated with his father in the plastering and masonry firm of James M. Stevenson & Son, in Brooklyn. Died on Wednesday at his home at 117 St. Mark’s Avenue. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland eighty-four years ago.


July 3, 1919

William Meldrum, a retired lawyer, died yesterday at his residence at 305 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn. He was in his 75th year and was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He settled in Brooklyn in 1851.


July 12, 1921

Toronto, Ontario. July 11

Edward Hay, on Saturday night, Director of the Imperial Bank of Canada until he retired in 1919. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and came to Canada in 1873.


January 25, 1823

John Mackenzie Young, on January 23, in his 47th year. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Beloved husband of Catherine Young of 750 Melrose Avenue.