Children of Alexander Stevenson and Janet Baillie

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Evidence that Jane Adam who married Alexander Mathieson was the daughter of James Adam, blacksmith of Bargenny, Dailly

The statement that the Jane Adam who married Alexander Mathieson was the daughter of James Adam, blacksmith of Bargenny, Dailly is based on an 1871 census record for Jane Wakefield Adam, the daughter of Matthew Adam and Ellen Moffat Atkinson where she is listed in the household of a Hannah M(anners) Stevenson, a widow, in Ayr. In this her relationship to Hannah is given as "cousin" i.e. one of her parents was the brother / sister of one of the parents of Hannah M(anners) Stevenson. From the record of Hannah's marriage in 21 February 1865 to John Stevenson, we know that Hannah Manners Stevenson was the daughter of Alexander Mathieson, a Tool manufacturer, and Jane Adam. Therefore for Hannah and Jane Wakefield Adam to be cousins Hannah's mother, Jane Adam had to be the sister of Matthew Adam, Jane Wakefield Adam's father, and ergo a daughter of James Adam, blacksmith of Bargenny, Dailly.

1871 Census (3rd April) Ayr (578-1) Book 13 Page 13.

Midton Road, Ronaldshaw Park, Ayr

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Hannah M. Stevenson Head - Widow 37 Annuitant Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Jane W Adam Cousin 42 Teacher of Music Inverness, Inverness-shire
Elenor Stevenson Niece 16 ?Kendin? Pupil Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Margaret Logan Servant 24 General Servant  Barrhill, Ayrshire

As has already been stated Jane's age in the 1841 census and the age inscribed on the Mathieson gravestone in Glasgow necropolis make her date of birth circa 1794 which does not tally with the date of birth we have for Jane the known daughter of James Adam which was 20 January 1784. However the inscription on the Necropolis headstone also records the fact that Alexander, Jane and their daughter Jane Ogilvie were originally buried in the Anderson Burial ground and their remains transferred to the Necropolis location in March 1864. It is therefore not impossible that an age of 65 from an original headstone in the Anderson Graveyard, which would fit with Jane born 1784, was misread and re-inscribed as 55. It could also be the case that 55 was this Jane's correct age and that the Jane born 1784 had died in infancy, making this Jane either a unrecorded daughter born 1794'ish, or possibly even the Agnes born in 1 November 1793 who ended up being known as Jane. Of course the simplest explanation is that Jane evoked the age old right of every woman to not be entirely honest when it comes to their age! We may never know but I am confident that whatever the explanation for the age anomaly the Jane Adam who married Alexander Mathieson was a daughter of James Adam, blacksmith of Bargenny, Dailly.

Further details of the parents and siblings of John Stevenson - husband of Hannah Manners Mathhieson

The Elenor Stevenson in the aforementioned 1871 census was the daughter of Alexander Stevenson, a grocer, and Eleanor Baxter, born on 15 June 1859 in the Central District of Glasgow. Her father, Alexander Stevenson, was the brother of John Stevenson, Hanah Manners Mathieson's husband and therefore Eleanor Stevenson was correctly identified as Hannah's niece. The fact that Alexander and John were brothers is confirmed by Alexander's death certificate of April 1862 which identifies him as the son of Alexander Stevenson, a shoemaker, and Janet Baillie and John's marriage certificate of 1865 which identifies him as also being the son of Alexander Stevenson, a bootmaker, and Janet Baillie.

Alexander Stevenson and Eleanor Baxter were married on 7 June 1853 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. I believe that Eleanor was baptised 3 September 1826 in Kirklinton, Cumberland, the daughter of Richard Baxter, a mason, and Susanna Hope. Alexander and Eleanor had five known children: 

For the census of 1861 the family were recorded at the family home in Clyde Street, Glasgow.

1861 Census (8th April)  Govan (642-02)  Book 7. Page 16.

Meadowvale, Clyde Street, Govan, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Stevenson Head 45 Grocer Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
Eleanor Stevenson Wife 34   England
Janet B. Stevenson Daughter 6 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Susanna H. Stevenson Daughter 3   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Eleanor Stevenson Daughter 1   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Catherine Smith Servant 19 Domestic Servant Tarbert, Argyllshire

As already alluded to Alexander Stevenson died only one year after this census on 17 April 1862 at Meadowvale, Partick, Glasgow, aged 46 of Typhus. He was described as married to Eleanor Baxter, and the son of Alexander Stevenson, a shoemaker, and Eleanor Stevenson, maiden name Baxter.

Sadly only two years after their father's death, the children were orphaned by the tragic death of her mother. According to her death certificate she had gone missing on 6 March 1864, and on the 31 March her body was found on the beach at Cairndow Point, Row parish, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire. Cause of death was assumed to be drowning.

As already stated John and Alexander were the sons of Alexander Stevenson, a boot\shoe maker, and Janet Baillie. Alexander and Janet had five children including Alexander and John:

As to John and Alexander's parents it is assumed that Alexander Stevenson the father died pre 1851 as or the census of that year, his wife Janet is recorded living with her son John identified as a widow., aged 75 It would seem that Janet lived to the ripe old age of 95 as there is a record of what must be her death in the BMD indexes in 1870 in Ardrossan i.e. Janet Stevenson, maiden name Baillie, aged 95 in 1870 in Ardrossan, Ayrshire.