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About Spences/Sabistons of Birsay, Orkney
My name is Jim Spence and I have become the family historian for the Spence family from Birsay,  Orkney ... at least on this side of the pond. I began the Spence Tree in the late 1980s  primarily  for the Spence Reunion - 1990 in Mohawk Park, Brantford and have been striving ever since to go  as  far back as possible and find as many connected descendants as possible.  I originally separated the Moars, Sabistons, Robsons and Stangers, but due to the many inter-marriages of all these families, they've all been included here with the various lines being  highlighted. 
 | Anyone wishing to make a monetary contribution to help maintain this            |
 | website, further my research, or just to say thank you, can do so by               |
 | sending it directly to me at:                                                                         |
 | B-204 Bold St., Hamilton, ON Canada L8P 1V6                                               |
 | All would be greatly appreciated and put to great use. Thank-you!                   | /==================================================/
If you don't see the last name you're looking for, try looking for a variation. Here's some examples:
Adamson: Adamsone 
Aitkin: Aitken, Aitkins, Atkin . . .
Ballenden: Ballandine, Ballantine, Ballendine, Ballentine, Ballantyne . . .
Barnetson: Barnardsone, Barnetsone . . .
Bellie: Bailie, Baillie, Bealie, Belly
Benston: Beanston, Beenstone, Benstone, Binston . . .
Byas: Bayes, Bewes, Beyes, Beyis, Bias, Biews, Bues, Byars, Byass, Byse . . .
Cavanagh: Cavanaugh, Kavanagh, Kavanaugh
Comloquoy: Cumlaquoy, Cumliquoy, Cumloquoy
Cooper: Couper, Cowper
Corrigall: Corrigal, Corigill, Corrigle, . . .
Cox: Cock, Cook
Cromarty: Cromartie, Cromerty, Cromertie, Cromrty
Cursiter: Cursetter, Cursitar,  Cursiter, Cusitar, Cusitor . . .
Drever: Draver, Dreaver, Driver, . . .
Folster: Folsater, Folsetter, Fulsetter, Fulsiter . . .
Foubister: Forbester, Forbister, Foubester, Fubister . . .
Guardipee: Gardipee, Gariepy
Harcus -- Arcus -- Hercus
MOAR: Moir, Moore, More, Muirsa . . .
SABISTON: Sabbiston, Sabistan, Sabestone, Sabuston, Saibistonne, Sebastian, Sebeston . . .
STANGER: Stainger, Stansgair, Stansger, Stensgair, Stensgarth, Stensger, Stinsgarth, Stranger . . . 
Swanie: Swann, Swanney, Swannie, Swanny, Swany . . .
Towers <--> Towrie
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 Check the Stories section (*b) for a brief introduction to Orkney and Birsay.

For history and origins of the families, check the Stories section (*c) as follows:

*c1.1 Clan MacDuff
 *c1.2 Spence
 *c2.1 Clan Gordon
 *c2.2 Moar
 *c3.1 Sabiston
 *c4.1 Stanger
 *c4.2 The Stanger Farm History
 *c4.3 The Stanger Farm Tenants Through History
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 Note the coloured squares to the left of some names. These indicate particular family lines  that 
 have been identified. If a coloured square appears and the surname is lower-case, this  individual 
 is not a blood-line relative but is adopted.
 RED - Spence
 LIME - Sabiston
 AQUA - Stanger
 YELLOW - Murray
 TEAL - Stanger
WHITE - Ancestors of me (James H. SPENCE)
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 ALSO, Note, on many names, a single bracketed letter eg.(m). This indicates a native connection  and its degree. Capital is 1st generation or both parents are 1st generation. Lowercase is  subsequent generations.
 Here's the connections so far:
 A - Okanagan
 B - Blackfoot
 C - Cree
 D - Denesuliné (Dene)
 E - Assiniboine
 F - Flathead Nation (Kootenai, Kalispell, Pend d'Oreille) G - Gros Ventre
 H - Chippewa, Chipewyan
 I - Indigenous (unknown)
 J - Jamaican
 K - Sekanaise (Montagnais nation)
 M - METIS (Half-breed)
 N - Nipissing
 O - Chinook
 P - Piegan
 Q - Iroquois
 S - Sarcee
 U - Mulatto 
 W - Ojibway
 Y - Cheyenne
 X - Saulteaux (plains Ojibway)
 Z - Nez Pierce (Yakama)
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 Please direct any corrections or additions to myself at: jspence1@ymail.com Pictures are most welcome as well.
Warning: I'm getting older and slower ... please be patient with all contributions. 
Thanks to all for their past, present and future contributions - especially Ron Roden for all  his 
 assistance on the Howse branch of the family.
 The Howse family still hold a reunion in Ft. Victoria / Victoria Settlement every August. Contact Ron @ ronandlynnr@xplornet.com or phone (403)749-2418
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