In Memoriam - James (Jim) Bartrom
JAMES BARTROM "JIM" GALBRAITH
March 2, 1944 -
July 19, 2020
James Bartrom "Jim" Galbraith passed away
on July 19, 2020. Although not a member of Clan Galbraith
Society, he was a donor to the Clan Galbraith DNA project. He
was a first cousin of Joyce Galbraith Colony (CGS # 42),
Elizabeth Galbraith DeCarolis (CGS # 681) and Carolyn Galbraith
Nolan (CGS # 1651); and first cousin once removed of Catherine
Allison DeCarolis Medovich (CGS # 243).
He is survived by
his beloved wife and tireless Galbraith family researcher of 57
years, Sharon Fore Galbraith; his sister, Judy Galbraith Simmons
(Stan) and their son Charley; a son James Michael (Kristin); a
daughter, Crystal Bollinger (John), three granddaughters; nieces
and nephews, and countless friends.
Jim generously and
enthusiastically offered his DNA sample to the Clan Galbraith
DNA Project, first announced in the September, 2003 Red Tower.
By early March, 2004, Jim had received his kit and returned it
to Family Tree DNA; he received his results in mid-June of 2004.
Just after graduating from high school in Salem, Virginia,
Jim enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps
Reserve for eight years. He operated Galbraith Electric Motor
Service for 15-plus years. His vast interests included computer
technology, sports, and providing support and guidance to a
nephew when Jim's older brother William Eugene Galbraith, Jr.
(1942 - 1981) died unexpectedly. Jim's special interests were
aviation and flying as a licensed commercial pilot, providing
charter flight service to professional groups for regional
meetings and appointments. Jim always observed the decision of
whether to fly or not fly, depending on the weather.
Jim's limitless energy, generosity, consideration of others, and
interest in all subjects, that inspired him to donate his DNA
sample to the Clan Galbraith DNA Project. As William "Bill"
Gilbreath, our Clan Genealogist, wrote on July 23, 2020 in an
email: "Although James was not a member, he was invaluable to
the Clan and Group 1 in particular. His, your [Elizabeth or
Betsy's, as well as Betsy's daughter Catherine's], and Joyce's
[plus Carolyn's] line was securely proven as the Bartrom family
name went back three centuries in each generation."
Clan Galbraith Group 1 line of descent is as follows: James
GALBRAITH (IR, 1666, m. Rebecca Chambers); James (IR, 1703, m.
Elizabeth Bertram); William (PA, 1736 with consort Hester Rees.
He was officially married to Margaret Buchanan.); Thomas (MD c.
1777, m. Catherine Kissecker, 1803): Bartram (Fort Chiswell, VA,
1814, m. secondly Louemma Rebecca Tipton Quesenberry, 1872);
William Bartrom (Draper, VA, 1879, m. Nellie Gray Allison,
1901); William Eugene (Draper, VA 1906, m. Gladys Ernesteen
Garst, 1941); == > James Bartrom (Roanoke, VA, 1944, m. Sharon
Fore, 01 June 1963).