Barbara’s Ancestral Journey to Moffat and Wamphray

Barbara & Dick at Moffat ChurchyardBarbara & Dick Meidinger from Lawrence, Kansas were visiting Scotland to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Barbara contacted Borders Journeys to organise an ancestral tour to Moffat and Wamphray to research her Earsman ancestry.

Ahead of Barbara and Dick’s visit, Ian researched the burial records for Moffat and Wamphray Churchyards and located several of Barbara’s ancestors.

In Moffat Churchyard we located all three headstones for Barbara’s ancestors and relatives. Most significant to Barbara was to visit the headstone of her four times great grandparents – Walter Earsman and Agnes Denholm. What particularly interested Barbara was that the reverse of the headstone recorded the death of her three times great grandfather James Earsman at Pittsburgh in the USA along with two of his brothers. After visiting the churchyard Barbara and Dick explored the town centre where they purchased some of Moffat’s famous toffee to take home as gifts.

Our next visit was to Wamphray Church. Despite locating the burial records for Barbara’s five times great grandparents James Earsman and Jean Wilson, unfortunately the headstone no longer exists. There was however good news as we did locate two headstones for other relatives.

Following a lovely lunch at Brodies in Moffat we returned to Edinburgh via the Devil’s Beeftub and Tweedsmuir.

It was an privilege to meet Barbara and Dick and be part of Barbara’s ancestral journey. Barbara and Dick thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Dumfriesshire and are already planning a return visit to explore more of the region. Armed with her findings from the tour, Barbara can now progress her ancestral research further.

Barbara & Dick at Moffat & Wamphray Churchyards

Barbara & Dick at Moffat and Wamphray Churchyards

If you would like us to create an ancestral tour for you, we will be happy to offer you our advice and plan the tour around your requirements so that we can build the perfect tour for you. We recognise that for many of you this may be a once in a lifetime opportunity and our emphasis is upon making your time in Scotland an experience you’ll always remember.

More photographs of Barbara’s ancestral tour can be found on Borders Journeys’ Facebook.

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