If Simmie is your name, then your mecca is Simmie.
"The Simmie family you are enquiring about emigrated from Perthshire, Scotland to this area. Simmie Street, Echuca was named after the illustrious George Simmie, who was a member of the State Parliament. He was a farmer at Cornelia Creek, about 35km from Echuca and was buried at Elmore".
I have been working on my family history part time for about a year and a half and have managed to go back 300 years in Scotland. Recently I have decided it's time to concentrate on the living. That said, I was wondering if you would be willing to share information with me about our respective families to determine how it is we are related and we surely are at some point. I note that you had a stay in Calgary, Alberta during the 70's. I was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1954 but my family moved to Calgary when I was 6 years old. I went to Henry Wisewood High School and I also attended University of Calgary in the 70's. I was wondering where you got this list of Simmie's from, off the net, or phone listings? Some of these Simmie's I know of, but others are new to me. I also intend to write A. Peter Simmie in Toronto as I am sure that his great grandfather he speaks of is my great grandfather's brother.
My great grandfather, William Gilbert Thomson Simmie b.1853 Moneydie, Perth, Scotland came to Canada in 1866 with his mother Catherine McIntosh Simmie b. Jan 1820, and his 4 brothers John b. Aug 1 1849 (later moved to Sask. and pioneered the town of Simmie, Sask. with his wife Janet Horrocks), Robert b. 1851, James b. 1852, and Peter Archibald b.1861. Their father, James, had died shortly before they came here and they had a sister, Margaret b. 1848 that I am unsure about her fate. James, b. 1803 and his 9 siblings were all born in Rothiemay, Banff, Scotland. Margaret (1795) Anne (1797), Keturah (1798), David (1800), Elizabeth Mary (1808), Jane Graham (1805), George Gerard (1810), Brodie Gordon (1814), Agnes Gerard (1815). Parents were James Simmie (1769) and Keturah Gerard (1773).
I won't go back any further, I don't want to inundate you with useless info if you don't recognize any of these names. I am planning attempting to put together a family history book and to attempt to organize a reunion in Simmie, Saskatchewan by the summer of 2002.
We are descendants of James Simmie of Perth (married Catherine McIntosh) and died 26 Dec 1894. Their grandson, James Albert Simmie (b 14 Mar 1872 Wingham ON Canada) is my grandfather. My great grandfather is William Gilbert Thomson Simmie born Perth, 24 Aug 1854 and died 09 Mar 1927 in Clavering ON Canada.
Jennifer Simmie will be going to Cancun in May to work for the Servicios y Productos Turisticos, conducting research on policy standards and hotel ecological development. Jennifer worked previously for the National Trust Fund for Tourist Development in Mexico.
Peter writes: "My great grandparents (both Simmie's and McCulloch's) moved from near Perth to Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada in the late 1800's. Some of the family remained in Ontario, while some moved out west to Manitoba and Saskatchewan in the early 1900's".
Darren writes: "I live in New Brunswick, Canada. My Wife's name is Allison Simmie. (not the artist)
The city I live in is the Miramichi (the greatest salmon river in the world). My Brother is Steve Simmie in Saint John, Sister is Debbie Wright in Red deer Alta. And my parents name is Jim and Chris Simmie from Black River Bridge NB. Growing up in New Brunswick you never hear the name Simmie, and its a real pleasure reading about other Simmies on the Internet.
As far as being a athlete, I retired from Track at the ripe old age of 24. (No money in it). I could no longer afford traveling and training. But anyway now I'm finished University and looking for work with My Business Degree. I was working for a Plywood company on the Miramichi until July when it burnt to the ground. For anyone looking for family history from us, your best luck would be to ask my father Jim Simmie from Black River Bridge.
I visited it in late July 2002 and found it a fascinating place although there are no Simmies living there now. It has a hotel (tel. 297-6300), a shop which sells everything and includes a post office ('Simmie General Store' run by Dwayne and Susan), a library (open from 2 till 5 weekdays), a decent-sized community hall and a fire hall; the single grain elevator (there were more until recent times but a fire swept through the town in the 1950's) and the church are both now defunct. The community which includes neighbouring Shaunavon publishes a calendar.
Sep 10, 1996: Excavation completed of a 37 million-year-old Brontothere skeleton
A 37 million-year-old Brontothere skeleton, discovered last May near Simmie, Saskatchewan was removed from an ancient river bed deposit yesterday by staff and volunteers of the Eastend Fossil Research Station and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. The Brontothere fossil, discovered by Lorna Irish, a volunteer from Simmie, will be prepared for study at the research station, a satellite facility of the museum.
He runs the National University of Ireland Galway Combustion Chemistry Workgroup
which is the only such group within Ireland interested in the chemical aspects of the combustion process.
John has worked with shock tubes since the 1970s when after leaving the University of Sussex he did a postdoctoral
(1968-1970) with Eugene Tschuikow-Roux in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
A short spell in the Physical Chemistry Laboratories in Oxford (England) led to UCG in 1972 where he has been ever since, apart for a sabbatical year at the University of Texas, with Bill Gardiner's group in Austin.
Mo nighean dubh, tha boidheach dubh, Mo nighean dubh na treig mi;
Ged theireadh cach gu'm bheil thu dubh, Cho geal'san gruth leam fein thu
Do shuilean mar na dearagan, Do ghruaidh air dhath na ceire,
Tha cul do chinn air dhreach an fhithich, 'S gradh air dhath fein dut
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