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Balmanno Ancestors in the North-East of Scotland
My connection to the Balmanno family in Aberdeen is through my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Ingram McKenzie (1863-1929). She was the illegitimate daughter of John Ingram (or King) and Eliza Logan, but was adopted by the family of James McLaren McKenzie and Elizabeth Logan Bonney.
The McKenzies were related to the Balmanno family through marriage. Robert Balmanno (c 1732-1820) was a merchant and farmer in Aberdeen, and owned the estate now known in Aberdeen as Mannofield, where legend has it, the strawberries he grew there were a delicacy in the London market.
The Balmanno family left Aberdeen for London in the 1820s, and son Robert emigrated to New York City, where he and his wife Mary were both involved in the literary community. About 1830 he purchased a summer home in Geneva, New York.
•  Family of Robert Balmanno and Elizabeth Buchan, Aberdeen Updated SEP 2006
•  Sale of Mannofield property, Aberdeen Journal extract
•  Grave site of Robert Balmanno and wives, monumental inscription.
•  Details of the Geneva NY property, Balmanno Cottage.
•  Evelyn Balmanno-Sandiman Whitehill marriage 1898
•  Charles G. Balmanno breaks his arm in Philadelphia, 1897
•  Alexander Balmanno (1832-1902) obituary
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