Further details of Mary Thomson, wife of John Robb

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The self same "Portrait and Biographical Album of Sanilac County" states that Mary Thomson was born at Killbank, Lanarkshire, in 1759, and died in 1846. This would fit with Mary Robb, nee Thomson being one and the same as the Mary Thomson baptised on 25 January 1760 in Lesmahagow parish, the daughter of James Thomson and Mary Lean. She would be a reasonable fit for our Mary Thomson and this is made more likely by the fact that our Mary called her first daughter, traditionally called after the maternal grandmother, Mary, and her second son, traditionally called after the maternal grandfather, James. (There is also an earlier Mary Thomson recorded as born to James Thomson and Mary Lean on 2 January 1758 but I assume she died in infancy). There are the records of a further eight children in the I.G.I baptised to James Thomson and Mary Lean : - "unknown" - 1 February 1753, "unknown" 13 November 1755, aforementioned first Mary baptised 2 January 1758, Elizabeth baptised 19 January 1762, John baptised 4 April 1764, Margaret baptised 26 March 1766, Robert baptised 20 October 1768, and Martha baptised 10 August 1770, all in Lesmahagow parish. There is also a record in the I.G.I of the marriage of a James Thomson and Mary Lean on 7 June 1751 in Lesmahagow.

This would also fit with the Mary Robb aged 80 living with Thomas and John Robb at Sheaffy Knowe, Carstairs in the census of 1841as being their mother Mary Robb, nee Thomson. (no relationships are given in 1841 census).