Christina Allison child of Hugh Allison and Janet Todd

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The parentage of Christina Allison

Christina Allison was the daughter of Hugh Allison and Janet Todd, who were married 13th April 1834, in Mearns.  Hugh and Janet had four known children:

For the census of 7th June 1841 Janet, and her four children are recorded as living at Loganswell Toll, but Hugh Allison, her husband, is not recorded in this entry nor anywhere else in the census for Mearns district. 

1841 Census (7th. June)  Mearns (571)  Book 3. Page 13.

Loganswell Toll, Mearns parish

Name Age Occupation Where Born
Janet Allison 30 Grocer Yes
Christina Allison 5   Yes
Jean Allison 4   Yes
Hugh Allison 2   Yes
Elizabeth Allison 2 months   Yes

By the census of 31st March 1851 Janet Todd had married Stewart Russell, a labourer on the turnpike, (roadman same as Hugh Allison), and was living at Dodside Toll, on the Stewarton - Glasgow road, a few miles outside Thornliebank. This second marriage suggests that the omission of Hugh Allison from the 1841 census may signify his death sometime between July 1840 and June 1841, although, then as now, marriages ended for other reasons.

No record of the marriage of Stewart and Janet has yet been found, but their first daughter was baptised on 7th May 1849, which would suggest they married circa 1847.

Christina Allison, Janet Todd's eldest daughter by Hugh Allison, and William Allison's future bride, is not recorded as living in the family home in this census. There is a visitor staying with them, William Thomson, a shepherd, born in Argyll, but presumably working locally. At the time of this census Janet must have been over eight months pregnant, as on 24th April 1851, their second and final child, Stewart, was baptised on 24th April 1851, in Mearns parish.

1851 Census (31st. March)  Mearns (454)  Book 11. Page 10.

Dodside Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 41 Labourer on turnpike Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 40   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Hugh Allison Step-son 12 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth Allison Step-daughter 8 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 2   Mearns, Renfrewshire
William Thomson Visitor 20 Shepherd Argyllshire

There is a census record of Janet's daughter Christina, "missing" from home, in the household of a John Stewart and Isabella Wilson, and their baby son Adam, (b. 29 Sep 1849, Paisley).  

1851 Census (31st. March)  Abbey (469)  Book 4. Page 20.

7 & 8 North Croft Street, Abbey, Paisley

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Stewart Head 30 Agricultural Labourer Renfrew, Renfrewshire
Isabella Stewart Wife 28   Cadder, Lanarkshire
Adam Stewart Son 1   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Christina Allison  Servant 16 House Servant Mearns, Renfrewshire

Stewart and Janet, were still at Dodside Toll for the census of 8th April 1861, although with only their own children, Janet and Stewart, living with them. However Hugh Allison, Janet's son by her first husband of the same name, now aged 22 and a grocer, was  visiting, along with John Manson, a ploughman. They also have a boarder, Archibald MacMillan, a shepherd, born in Argyllshire, no doubt providing some welcome extra income.

1861 Census (8th April)  Mearns (571)  Book ?. Page ?.

Dodside Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 52 Labourer on turnpike Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 51   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Stewart Russell Son 10 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 11 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Archibald McMillan Boarder 25 Shepherd Knapdale, Argyllshire
John Manson Visitor 26 Ploughman Cardross, Dumbartonshire
Hugh Allison Visitor 22 Grocer Mearns, Renfrewshire

For the census of 3rd April 1871, Janet and Stewart were still at Dodside Toll, this time with Janet's granddaughter, Janet Eaglesham visiting. She was the youngest child of Robert Eaglesham and Elizabeth Allison, Janet Todd's daughter by Hugh Allison. Janet and Stewart's son, Stewart seems to have left home, but their daughter Janet, a dressmaker, is still living with them.

1871 Census (3rd April)  Mearns (571)  Book 9. Page 5.

Dodside Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 62 Surfaceman Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 61   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 21 Dressmaker Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Eaglesham Granddaughter 5   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Sometime before the census of 4th April 1881, Janet and Stewart moved to Loganswell Toll, where Janet had lived with her first husband, Hugh Allison, forty years ago. Their daughter Janet was still living with them, working as a dressmaker.

1881 Census (4th April)  Mearns (571)  Book ?. Page ?.

Loganswell Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 72 Tollkeeper Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 71 Tollkeeper's wife Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 31 Dressmaker Mearns, Renfrewshire
Ann Clarke Visitor 85   Neilston, Renfrewshire

For the census of April 1891 Stewart and Janet were still living at Loganswell, with their daughter, Janet, and a granddaughter, Mary. One assumes Mary to be the daughter of Stewart and Janet's son, Stewart.

1891 Census (6th  April) Mearns (571)  Book 6. Page 1.

Loganswell Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 82 Formerly Surfaceman Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 81   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 41   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Mary Russell Granddaughter 7   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Janet Todd died on 25th May 1900, at Loganswell Toll, aged 90.

As to the parentage of Hugh Allison, Christina's father and Janet Todd's first husband, we have no census records or death certificate to help in his identification. However there is a Hugh Allison baptised on 7th January 1810 in Mearns parish, the  son of a John Allison and a Jean Lindsay. If this was our Hugh Allison it would make him around 23 on his marriage to Janet Todd, which would be reasonable. It must be emphasised, however, that this is speculation, with no evidence to support it !!

The parentage of Janet Todd, Christina's mother, however, is certain. Her death certificate records her parents as Andrew Todd, a farmer, and Christina Cochrane. This is confirmed by a record in the Mearns parish register of the baptism of a daughter Janet to Andrew Todd, a farmer, and Christina Cochrane, on 18th February 1810. She was the first of ten children recorded in the Mearns parish register, as baptised to them.

CHILDREN OF ANDREW TODD AND CHRISTINA COCHRANE.
(Recorded in the Mearns parish Register).