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Family of Alexander CORMACK and Hellen REACH

Husband: Alexander CORMACK

Wife: Hellen REACH

Child 1: David CORMACK

Child 2: George CORMACK

Child 3: Margaret CORMACK

Child 4: Alexander CORMACK


Alexander CORMACK, 1909, age 73, Alexander Cormack and Elizabeth Laurie Gravestone

Note on Husband: Alexander CORMACK

He is recorded as 50 in 1841 census, which would make dob approximately 1791

He is recorded as 62 in 1851 census. Wife Helen is recorded as 50 in 1851 census.

George, Margaret and Alexander are still at home.

Address is Hill of Brabster


Farmer of 20 acres employing 3 labourers

Note on Wife: Hellen REACH

Surname on David Cormack's death certificate is very hard to read. I think this is Nelly Reach as recorded in another document I found on the web - with David's birth in 1826 - which would seem to be a year too early.


She is variously recorded as Hellen, Helen, Ellen, Nell and Nellie. Her marriage entry is recorded as Reoch! On her son Alexander's death certificate she is recorded as Ellen Raich.


Date of birth is uncertain. Age on death certificate is 69 - making dob about 1803 or 1804.


In the 1841 census she is recorded as age 39, born in Caithness - but the ages are notoriously unreliable in this census. If age is correct, dob would be about 1802 or 1803.


In 1851 she is recorded as age 50.


Her parents names were George Reach and Helen - surname uncertain but not recorded on death certificate.


There is a Helen Reach, born in Wick, to George Reach and Helen Bain on 23 Jun 1796. This would just about be possible in terms of age. They had a number of children.

Alexander - 1798

Christian - 1791

Donald 1802

John 1793

Note - Helen Bain is sometimes recorded as Hellen and Ellen - tenuous perhaps, but interesting commonality which perhaps strengthens the possibility.

I wonder if the first Helen perhaps died and they had a later child that isn't recorded in the parish register? Or perhaps she was christened Ellen?



Cormack Reoch Marriage.


(H)ellen Cormack nee Reach Death certificate.


Mary Ann Cormack Birth Record.


David Cormack Birth/Baptism Parish register entry.


1851 Census.


Alexander Cormack Jr death cert.