The McAleer - Grant - McBride Family Tree

Updated March 21, 2004

Patricia E McBride

trish@cisco.com


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For the past 3 years, I've been researching my Scottish and Irish roots using the many tools, tips, and resources available on the Internet. I've put together this simple web page to share my findings with family and friends.

On the Grant-side, my family tree now spans 9 generations dating back to 1700s Scotland. On the McAleer-side, the tree spans 6 generations with a connection through my paternal grandmother to Abraham Lincoln!!! Turns out my grandmother's aunt Mary McGay (who I believe is actually her mother) married John Todd Stuart III who was a distant cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln. Who knew?

My mother, Norma Grant, and her family, emigrated to the U.S. from Aberdeen, Scotland. The Grant family were blacksmiths, passing the trade from generation to generation. They lived in the Banffshire area of Scotland in the towns of Elgin and Craigellachie. The family owned and operated a blacksmith shop in Craigellachie called The Stand Fast Works somewhere around the turn of the century. My grandfather, William, learned the blacksmith trade and, after working at "The Works" as a young man, moved a few miles down the road with my grandmother, mother and uncles to Elgin to start his own blacksmith shop. They later emigrated to the U.S. around 1950.

My grandfather William Grant married Grace "Cissy" Hutcheson who was raised by her grandmother Elspet Kemp on the Lendrum Farm near Turriff, Scotland. The Kemp's were also blacksmiths. Grace barely knew her biological parents, Grace Kemp and William Hutcheson, as her mother left her as a young child, emigrating to the U.S. around 1910. One of the mysteries I have solved through my genealogy search is locating Grace Kemp and William Hutcheson. Although there was little to go on, with the help of my cousin Karen Grant, we found records for Grace Kemp living in the U.S. under her married name Grace Beebe in Centerport, Long Island, New York. Grace (Kemp) Beebe died in 1967, never having reconnected with her daughter (my grandmother) who was living just a few states away in Ferndale, Michigan. William Stratton Bruce Hutcheson (his name seems to have gotten longer with each census record!) married Jane Ann McKessack in 1927 and was a hotelkeeper at the Hotel Selkirk in the County of Banff, Scotland. His family were slaters. My grandmother's birth certificate shows her father, William Hutcheson, as a slater who would have been the same age as William Stratton Bruce Hutcheson at that time. Wm Hutcheson died in 1936 in County of Banff, Scotland. There is no marriage record for Grace Kemp and William Hutcheson.

The McAleer side of the family is also very interesting. My father, John E. McAleer, grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area. I've traced his ancestors back to the Kalamazoo, Michigan and Sandusky, Ohio area, and back to Ireland in the early 1800s. His great uncle, James R. McAleer (a.k.a. Jimmy McAleer), played professional baseball for the Cleveland Spiders, starting in 1889. He played for 13 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1907. Jimmy McAleer managed the Cleveland Browns for eight years and was part owner of the Red Sox in 1912-13. He played centerfield and caught the ball barehanded, as shown on his baseball card (see photo below).

There are still many holes to fill and more stories to write. If anyone out there has information to add or correct to this page, please contact me at: trish@cisco.com

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Family Photos

  • Edward and Jane Grant (529 KB)
    Edward Alexander Grant and Jane Fordyce (Cruickshank) Grant
  • Alexander Grant (73 KB)
    Alexander Grant (a.k.a. uncle Allie) was one of the 6 Grant brothers in Craigellachie, Scotland. He worked for British Railways for over 45 years.
  • Auntie Watt and Jane Grant (161 KB)
    Sisters Margaret (Cruickshank) Watt and Jane Fordyce (Cruickshank) Grant
  • Jimmy McAleer. Where's the mit??? (22 KB)
    Jimmy McAleer began his major league baseball career in 1889 with the Cleveland Spiders. The 25 year-old played for 13 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1907. A stylish and graceful outfielder for the old Cleveland Spiders, McAleer came out of retirement to help form the new American League's St. Louis franchise. He successfully raided the Cardinals for players such as Hall of Famers Jesse Burkett and Bobby Wallace and managed the Browns for eight years. He was part owner of the Red Sox in 1912-13.
  • Uncle Allie (282 KB)
    Alexander Joseph Grant
  • Grant Clan 2002 (287 KB)
    In honor of Uncle Jock's 80th birthday and Lynn's 40-something birthday, some of the Grants (and McAleers!) gathered in Detroit for a surprise birthday bash. Back row (from left to right): Ritchie (Richard Arthur Saharchuk), Sara Leslie Grant, Uncle Jock (Leslie John Grant a.k.a "Scotty"), Karen Grant, Carol Lynne Grant, Norma Alice Grant Waterloo, Bethany Grace Waterloo, Leslie George Grant, Mom (Norma Cissy Grant McAleer) and Dad (John Eugene McAleer). Middle row: Uncle George Grant, Jozette Marie Franco Grant, Vicki Cruise. Front row: Kenneth Walter McBride, Alison Irene McBride, Craig Grant, Aunt Pat (Ruth Patricia Grant), Keith Grant, Audra Kiersten Zowie Mave Waterloo(what a mouth full!) and Brian Matthew Waterloo. Not pictured: Twin cousins James William Grant and John Charles Grant, and Jimmy's wife, Lynn Carol Grant.
  • Grace, Norma, and George Grant (259 KB)
    Grandma Grant, Mom, and Uncle George
  • Stand Fast Works (557 KB)
    Edward A. Grant & Sons in front of Stand Fast Works.
  • William Grant (874 KB)
    Grandpa Grant as a young schoolboy
  • Will and Grace circa 1926 (228 KB)
    William Grant and Grace Hutcheson
  • Grandma Grant (200 KB)
    Grace "Cissy" Hutcheson (Kemp) Grant
  • Auntie Meg (231 KB)
    Maggie Jane Grant, circa 1926
  • The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (116 KB)
    Maggie Jane Grant. There's got to be a story here...
  • Grandpa and Granny Kemp (326 KB)
    Alexander Kemp and Elspet (Walker) Kemp, probably at Lendrum Farm in Turriff, Scotland
  • Kemp Girls (230 KB)
    Names unknown; middle girl may be my grandmother, Grace "Cissy" (Kemp) Hutcheson
 

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