Further Details of Lydia McLaren, "natural" daughter of Duncan McLaren and Margaret Henderson, nee Aitken

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Further Details of Lydia McLaren, "natural" daughter of Duncan McLaren and Margaret Henderson, nee Aitken.

Lydia was the daughter of the widowed Margaret Henderson, nee Aitken and Duncan McLaren born on 8 August 1852 as recorded in theOPR for Pomont for that year - viz. "HENDERSON - The widow Henderson, Compthall, has a daughter by Duncan McLaren, a Teacher, Stirling, born on 8th August and baptized in her own house on 7th November Eighteen Hundred and Fifty-Two years. Named "Lydia".

In 1857 Margaret and four of her children by Andrew Henderson, Alison, Margaret, William, and John went to Tasmania, Australia on board the SS Broomielaw but young Lydia remained in Scotland. For the 1861 census Lydia was recorded in the household of her mother's parents John Aitken and Alison Dougal at Dog Hill, Polmont, Stirlingshire. She was listed as Lydia McLaren, aged 8, granddaughter, born in Polmont, Stirlingshire.

For the 1871 census Lydia was recorded at 6 Cathedral Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire listed as a General Domestic Servant in the household of Leonard Desh and his wife Jane Stevenson, and their six children. Lydia was identified as aged 19, born in Polmont, Stirlingshire. Leonard was a Watch and Clock maker born in Baden, Germany about 1826, and he and Jane were married on 18 May 1851 in Gorbals, Lanarkshire.

Sometime around 1875 Lydia would appear to have set up home with John Gibb Brown, a Wood Sawyer, although for whatever reason they seem never to have wed.

On 4 October 1877 Lydia and John had a son, Charles Miller Brown born at 175 Holm Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Two years later a second son was born, Harry Wallingford Brown born 3 April 1879 at 466 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

For the census of 1881 John and Lydia were recorded living at 175 Holm Street, Glasgow. John was identified as aged 31, an unemployed Wood Sawyer, born in Dundee, Forfarshire and Lydia as aged 27, born in Polmont, Stirlingshire. Their two boys are included in the household - Charles M Brown aged 3, b, and Harry W Brown aged 2, with both boys identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Also listed in the household is a boarder - Catherine Fraser, aged 27, an unmarried machinist, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Seven moths after this census Lydia and John has a daughter Lydia McLaren Brown born 9 November 1881 at 175 Holm Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Sadly Lydia, who I assume must already have been unwell, died of Bronchitis only five days after the birth of the baby on 14 November 1881. The death occurred at 175 Holm Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire and she was recorded on the death certificate as Lydia Brown, nee McLaren aged 28, the "illegitimate" daughter of McLaren Brown, a Road Surfaceman, "Reputed father" - deceased, and Mary Aitken, a Domestic Servant. Both the birth of the baby Lydia and the death of the mother were recorded on the 16 November, with the informant on the mother's death being her husband John G. Brown, but the informant on the baby's birth being "Catherine Fraser, neighbour", presumably the boarder of the 1881 census.

It is assumed that this is the self same Catherine Fraser that John Gibb Brown married the following year in 1882 with the marriage recorded in Milton, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Three years on John and Catherine had a son Fred Gibb Brown born about 1885 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

For the census of 1891 John and Catherine were living at 16 Oakbank Street, Glasgow. John was listed as aged 42, a General Labourer, identified as born in Dundee, Forfarshire and Catherine as aged 35, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. John's children by Lydia are all included in the household - Charles Brown aged 13 a message boy, Harry Brown aged 12 a Scholar and Lydia Brown aged 9 also a Scholar, all identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Also included is John's son by Catherine, Fred Brown aged 6 a Scholar, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

For the census of 1901 John and Catherine were still recorded as living at 16 Oakbank Street, Glasgow. John was listed as aged 51, a Painter, identified as born in Dundee, Forfarshire and Catherine as aged 48, identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Of John's children by his first wife Lydia, only the youngest Lydia Brown aged 19 a Cotton Winder, remains, along with his son by Catherine, Fred Brown, aged 16 a an Iron Moulder, both identified as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

John Gibb Brown died aged 64 on 3 December 1913 ar 16 Oakbank Street, Glasgow. He was recorded as a Foundry Labourer, initially married to Lydia McLaren, and latterly married to Catherine Fraser. His parents were listed as Peter Brown, a Butcher, and Elspeth Brown, maiden surname Angus, both identified as deceased, with the informant being John Gibb Brown, of 22 Westbury Street, Glasgow, his son. Catherine Brown, nee Fraser, died aged 69 on 22 January 1922 at 17 Adamswell Street, Glasgow. She was recorded as the widow of John Gibb Brown, a Wood Sawyer, and the daughter of Peter Fraser, a House Painter, and Christina Brown, maiden surname McColl, both identified as deceased. The informant was John Gibb Brown, of 1 Williamson Pace, Johnstone (Renfrewshire), her son.


Further details of the known children of John Gibb Brown and Lydia Mclaren.

Charles Miller Brown born 1877.

Charles Miller Brown was born at 175 Holm Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. I believe Charles was killed in WW1 in France as there is a Company Sergeant Major Charles Miller Brown, of the 8th Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers, Service Number 8165 who died 25 September 1915 commemorated on the Loos memorial in Pas de Calais. That this is the correct individual would seem to be confirmed by a will left by a Charles Miller Brown, 8165, a Colour Sergeant Major with the Kings Own Scottish Borders, killed in france on 25 September 1915 where his worldly wealth of is left to "Step-Mother Catherine". No obvious record of a marriage prior to the of this individual in 1915 has been found.

Harry Wallingford Brown born 1879.

Harry Wallingford Brown was born 3 April 1879 at 466 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. It would appear that Harry moved to England as there was a marriage between a Harry Wallingford Brown and Esther Wilson registered in the July-September quarter of 1903 and recorded in the registration district of Sculcoates, East Yorkshire. It seems not unreasonable to assume this is Harry Wallingford Brown, son of John Gibb Brown and Lydia McLaren? In 1906 Harry and Esther had a daughter as there is a record of the baptism on 3 July 1906 in St. Georges' Rd, Hull, Yorkshire of a Marjorie Brown, daughter of Harry Wallingford Brown and Esther Brown. There is a subsequent census record of 1911 for what is almost certainly Esther living at 1 Endymion Terrace, Boulevard, Hull. Although this census is for Mrs. Brown without a forename, shie was identified as aged 34, born in Hull, having been married for 7 years with one child, and there is also recorded in the household a daughter, Marjorie Brown, aged 4 born in Hull, along with a Mrs Wilson, aged 60, born in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, a monthly nurse, who listed as "Mother". This would seem sufficient to confirm it as being Esther. However Harry is not recorded in the household. For the 1939 register Esther was recorded at 13 Park Street, Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, listed as born 25 March 1877 with her occupation "unpaid domestic duties" and identifying herself as a Widow. Also included in the household was her daughter Marjorie recorded as born 6 June 1906, a Shorthand Typist, and an Arthur Scarlett born 7 August 1903, an Electrical Engineer. Marjorie's surname has been scored through and replaced with Scarlett as she was to marry Arthur the following year with the marriage recorded in the October-December quarter of 1940 in the BMD index for Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire.

With regards Harry's omission from the family household forf 1911 census there is a Harry Brown, aged 32, an Iron Founder, recorded as a boarder in the household of an Elizabeth Farrar at 22 Crimbles, Pudsey, (near Leeds), West Yorkshire. Although this Harry Brown was recorded as single and born in Dublin, I believe this is actually Harry Wallingford Brown, Esther's husband. The suspicion is that he has either left Esther or was living a double life with the head of the household Elizabeth Farrar hence the claim to be single and the change to his place of birth. She is identified as aged 39, born in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, head of the household, married 12 years and with 3 children. Her eldest child is Ethel Farrar, aged 11, born in Pudsey, West Yorkshire. The two younger children are Kathleen Brown Farrar aged 1 and Harry Brown Farrar, aged 8 months, both identified as born in Drax near Selby, North Yorkshire. These two children's names might suggest suggest that Harry was the father and there is information within Ancestry tree that supports this theory. It appears that the maiden name of Elizabeth Farrar was Swaine and she had married Earnshaw Farrar on 20 August 1898 in Pudsey, St Lawrence, Yorkshire, with Ethel being their daughter baptised 4 February 1900. However by the census of census of 1901 Elizabeth and Earnshaw seem to be living apart. Elizabeth and her daughter Ethel were living in Pudsey with her widowed mother and Earnshaw was living with his parents, Fountain and Elizabeth in Bramley, West Yorkshire. Again for the 1911 census Earnshaw Farrar was recorded separately this time as the Inn Keeper of the Huss Inn (although listed with as an Iron Founder by trade by trade an Iron Founder), in Stanningly, near Leeds, aged 41, born in Bodley, near Leeds. He was recorded as married but with no wife listed, and the household comprised of his unmarried sister Hannah Mary Farrar aged 35, formerly a Mender but now employed in Household Duties, also born in Bodley, near Leeds, and a domestic servant Edith Gillons, aged 16, identified as born in Altofts, near Normanton. (Earnshaw died 1923 at Bramley, West Yorkshire). No more is known of Elizabeth Farrar, nee Swaine, but both children, Kathleen and Harry went on to marry and were recorded in the 1939 register. Harry appears as Harry B Farrar born 31 July 1910 living in Pudsey with his wife Kathleen Longbottom and 3 children. (I believe a further 2 children were born after 1939). Kathleen was also recorded living in Pudsey listed as Kathleen Rothery born 4 June 1909 with her husband Joshua Rothery and their daughter. (I believe a further was born post 1939).

It is unknown if Harry saw military service during WW1 but this would not be unlikely.

Assuming I am correct about the relationship between Harry and Elizabeth Farrar\Swaine, it would seem to have come to an end by 1926 as in that year there is a record of the marriage of a Harry W. Brown to Mary Elizabeth Cox with the marriage recorded in the April-June quarter of 1926 in the BMD index for Newark, Nottinghamshire. It would appear that they had a daughter Kathleen M. Brown born shortly after the marriage whose birth was recorded in same the April-June quarter of 1926 in the BMD index for Newark, Nottinghamshire. Harry and Mary were recorded in the 1939 register for Grantham, Lincolnshire at Boston House, Dysart Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire. Harry was listed as Harry W. Brown, an Iron Moulder - Heavy Worker, born 3 April 1879 and Mary was recorded as Mary E. Brown born 27 July 1894, Unpaid Domestic Duties. Included in the household is what is assumed to be their daughter Kathleen although the entry has been redacted. (The date of birth from this 1939 register confirms this Harry Brown to be one and the same as the Harry Wallingford Brown born 3 April 1879 at 466 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire to John Gibb Brown and Lydia McLaren.) I believe Harry Brown died in 1954 with the death recorded in the April-June quarter of the year in the BMD index for Grantham, Lincolnshire. There is also a probate record for a will of a Harry Wallingford Brown who died 3 May 1954 at 186 Dysart Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire. I believe Mary Elizabeth Brown died in 1965 with the death recorded in the January-March quarter of the year in the BMD index for Grantham, Lincolnshire. There is also a probate record for a will of a Mary Elizabeth Brown who died 11 February 1965 at 186 Dysart Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, with administration granted to "Kathleen Mary Perkins, a married woman". (I believe this was Harry and Mary's daughter who had married John Henry Perkins.)

Lydia McLaren Brown born 1881.

Lydia McLaren Brown was born at 175 Holm Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire (The informant was Catherine Fraser, a neighbour). Lydia McLaren Brown married William Fairley Dawson in 1906 with the marriage recorded in Milton, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. William Fairley Dawson died on 1 June 1916 with the death recorded in Garngadhill, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. He was interred in the Western Necropolis and the headstone marking his grave is inscribed "William Fairly Dawson, Died 1 Jan 1916, Aged 36 years - Also his wife Lydia, Died in USA, 12 December 1958, Aged 78". Although the date of Lydia's death is somewhat difficult to make out, it would seem that Lydia went to USA in 1923 sailing from Liverpool to Boston on board the SS. Samaria. The ship left Liverpool on 28 June arriving in Boston on 6 July. Lydia was identified as aged 42, a Machinist from Glasgow, with her contact back in Scotland being a Mrs M Watherson, 1871 Maryhill Road, Glasgow, with her final and destination being a friend, Miss K. Ross of 181 Abbott Street, Saint Lawerance, Masachusetts. She was described as 5 ' 3" with a fair complexion, and brown eyes and hair. I suspect William and Lydia had no children.

Inscription on Dawson headstone in the Glasgow Western Necropolis

In Loving Memory Of

WILLIAM FAIRLEY DAWSON

DIED 1st JUNE 1916

AGED 36 YEARS

ALSO HIS WIFE LYDIA

DIED IN USA

12th ?DECEMBER? 1958

AGED 78 YEARS

Further details of the known children of John Gibb Brown and Catherine Fraser.

Fred Gibb Brown born 1885 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Fred Gibb Brown initially married Jamesina Nelson McFarlane in 1903 in Kelvin, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Fred and Jamesina (aka Jemima) had at least three children - John Brown (b. 1905 Glasgow. Lanarkshire); Emily E. Robinson Brown (born 1907, Johnstone, Renfrewshire); Catherine Fraser Brown (b. 1911, Johnstone, Renfrewshire). Jamesina died in 1941 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire and Fred latterly married Margaret Bright, nee Roulstone, in 1942 in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. Fred Brown died on 15 June 1950 in 5 Broomward Drive, Johnstone, Renfrewshire. Margaret died in 1984 in Johnstone and Elderslie, Renfrewshire.