Sunday, 29 May 2011

Napier witnesses: Rev James Greenfield

Rev James Greenfield, the Free Church minister for Stornoway, is heard by the Napier Commission at Stornoway on 11 June 1883.

In the 1881 census, he is marked as having been born in Canada; it is beyond the scope of my resources to trace the exact location in that territory. There is no mention of him in the 1851 or 1871 censuses for Canada.

James is married to Eliza Jane and has 11 children, varying in ages from 14 years to 12 days. His mother, Mary (82), is living with him. Rev Greenfield is attended by a domestic staff of four. He lives in Francis Street in Stornoway. The 1891 census shows another addition to the family.

EDIT: The Ancestry website has come up trumps. James Greenfield lies buried, with his wife Eliza (nee Maclean), in the Lakeview Cemetery at Thorold, Canada. This is about 6 miles west of Niagara Falls.

The gravestone reads:
Eliza J. McLean wife of Rev. James Greenfield 1842-1895
Rev. James Greenfield Free Church Stornoway Scotland 1832-1899

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