Children of James Findlay James and Catherine Sutherland

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Children of James Findlay James and Catherine Sutherland


Janet Findlay born 28 Nov 1812 in Forres.

Janet married William Dargavel, a mason, on 5 Jan 1841 in West Parish, Greenock, Renfrewshire. According to his later death certificate William was the son of Charles Dargavel, a mason and Jane Johnstone. William was born 29 March 1813 in Dumfries, Dumfries-shire.

Janet and William had the following children: 

For the census of 1841 James and her husband were living at Barnacabar (Barnacabber) just outside of Ardentinny. Ardentinny is a small village on the west shore of Loch Long, fourteen miles from Dunoon in Argyll on the Cowal peninsula. Barnacabber is a farmstead a mile or so up the old drove road which runs up Glen Finart leading over to Whistlefield on the shores of Loch Eck and then on to Loch Fyne at Strachur. Why William and Janet were there at this time is unknown but Barnacabber was the estate home farm so it is possible he was employed doing work on the estate owners residence of Glenfinart House. I THINK the estate had not long changed hands from the Murrays to the Douglases so the new owners may have been doing some improvements or repairs. There were also a number of country retreats in Ardentinny belonging to rich Merchants so there may well have been building work going with them also. Also of interest in this census is the inclusion of Catherine Findlay, Janet's younger sister. What she was doing in the household is uncertain and no occupation is listed but it would seem that her move south was permanent. (See Catherine Findlay - 1821 below)

1841 Census (7.June)  Dunoon and Kilmun (510)  Book 1. Folio 1. Page 4.

Barnacabar (Barnacabber), Glenfinart, nr Ardentinny, Argyllshire

Name Age Occupation Where Born
William Dargavill 25 Mason No
Janet Dargavill 25   No
Catherine Findlay 20   No

As Janet and William's first child John is recorded as born in Glasgow on 28 October 1841 in Gorbals, as are all their subsequent children one must assume that shortly after this census the couple moved up the Clyde to Glasgow and that is where we find the family for the census of 1851 living in 12 Russell Street, Barony, Glasgow. Somewhat different locality to ten years previously!!

1851 Census (31 March) Barony (622) Book 128 Page 17

12 Russell Street, Barony, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Dargavel Head 36 Mason Journeyman Dumfries, Dumfries-shire
Janet Dargavel Wife 36   Forres, Elgin
James Dargavel Son 9 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Charles Dargavel Son 6 Scholat at Home Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Jessie Dargavel Daughter 3   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Dargavel Daughter 1   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John Olgivie Lodger 25 House Painter Journeyman Drainie, Elgin
Alex Fraser Lodger 24 Writers Clerk New Spynie, Elgin

For the census of 1861 William and Janet were living in 18 Findlay Street, Barony, Glasgow. (Appropriate street considering Janet's maiden name!)

1861 Census (8 April) Barony (644-6) Book 55/06 Page 5

18 Findlay Street, Barony, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Dargavel Head 47 Mason Dumfries, Dumfries-shire
Janet Dargavel Wife 47 Mason's Wife Forres, Morayshire
Charles Dargavel Son 16 Railway Clerk Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Jessie Dargavel Daughter 13   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Dargavel Daughter 11   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Ann Dargavel  Daughter 9   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Jane Dargavel  Daughter 7   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
William Dargavel Son 5   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

 

For the census of 1871 William and Janet were living in 22 Garscadden Street, Barony, Glasgow.

1871 Census (3 April) Barony (644-7) Book 83 Page ?

22 Garscadden Street, Barony, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Dagwell Head 58 Mason Dumfries, Dumfries-shire
Janet Dagwell Wife 58    Forres, Morayshire
Jessie Dagwell Daughter 23 Stay Fanning Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Dagwell Daughter 21 Stay Fanning Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Ann Dagwell Daughter 19 White Metal Worker Glasgow, Lanarkshire
William Dagwell Son 15 Mason Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth McRae Boarder 20 Dup Maker Perthel, Inverness
Thomas Pettigrew Boarder 23 Railway Clerk Burntisland, Fife
John Stewart Lodger 29 Pattern Maker Anndale, Lanarkshire

William died on 25 Nov 1876 in 22 Garscadden Street, Glasgow. The informant was his widow Janet.

For the census of 1881 his widow was still living at 22 Garscadden Street, Glasgow, a few doors up from her married daughter Jessie Rankin.

1881 Census (4 April) Barony (644-8) Book 75. Page 10.

22 Garscadden Street, Barony, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Janet Dargavel Head - Widow 69   Forres, Elgin

Janet died on 8 Apr 1900 in 24 Ashfield Lane, Hillhead, Glasgow. The informant was Jessie Rankin, her married daughter


James Findlay born 3 Jan 1816 in Forres.

James almost certainly married Ellen (Helen) Grant, daughter of Francis Grant and Ellen Murray, born on 16 Jun 1819 in Dornoch, Sutherland. This is based on an 1851 census where there is a record of a James Findlay living in Golspie with his wife Ellen and 3 children. This James Findlay's age of 36 and the birth place given of Forres, Elgin match with the birth details of "our" James, and his occupation of "mason" also would fit.

James Findlay and Helen Grant married circa 1846 and had the following children:

For the census of 1881 James, a jobbing blacksmith was recorded as living at 60 Candlemakers Row, New Greyfriars, Edinburgh, along with his wife and children, James aged 6 and Dolina aged 4. By 1884 James must have returned to Golspie as it was there that his daughter Margaret Ann seems to have been born in 1884. Certainly it was in Golspie that James and his family were recorded for the 1891 and 1901 censuses with James seemingly having changed is occupation to gardener. He and his family are recorded as Gaelic speakers in both censuses. It was also in Golspie that the death of his wife Dolina was recorded in 1913 and his own subsequent death at Duchess Cottages, Golspie on 11 August 1924. He was recorded as a "Retired Gardener" and the informant was his son James who was resident at Sibill Rd, Golspie.

Findlay Gravestone in Golspie Cemetry

IN MEMORY

OF

JAMES FINDLAY

DIED 4th JUNE 1964

BELOVED HUSBAND OF

ISABELLA WYLIE

ALSO HIS PARENTS

JAMES FINDLAY

DIED 11th Aug.1924

DOLINA SUTHERLAND

DIED 24th Mar, 1913

SISTER MARGARET

DIED 26th MAR, 1902 .

For the census of 1881 Frank, a gardener domestic servant, was recorded as living at Castlemilk North Lodge, St Mungo, Dumfries, along with his wife and infant son aged 11 months. It would seem that after a year or so the family moved to England as that is where the births of their next two children were recorded. They seem to have returned to Dryfesdale by early 1885 as sadly that is where Francis died on 30 Mar 1885 at Brooklands, Dryfesdale, Dumfries. He was described as a seedsman, and the informant was John Graham his father in law. As the cause of death was acute phthisis (tuberculosis) it would seem possible that they had returned to Barbara's hometown due to Frank's ill health. For the census of 1891 Barbara, his widow "living on private means", was still in Dryfesdale and recorded as living at 8 b Bridge Street. Included in the household were the children James aged 10, Jeanie Kitchin aged 9, Ellen Grant aged 8 and John Graham aged 6. Also recorded in the household was George Charles Graham, Barabara's brother. For the 1901 Barbara was still in Dryfesdale with her three younger children, Jeanie, Helen and John. Barbara herself died in 1943 in Hillhead, Glasgow. (Perhaps at her son John's house?)

For the census of 1851 James and Helen were recorded as living in Backies, Golspie next door to Ellen's widowed mother, Ellen Grant, and her sisters Betty and Barbara, and brother Thomas.

1851 Census (31. March) Golspie (51) Book 3. Page 6.

Backies, Golspie, Sutherland.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Findlay Head 36 Mason Forres, Elgin
Ellen Findlay Wife 30   Golspie, Sutherland
James Findlay Son 4   Golspie, Sutherland
Francis Findlay Son 2   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Ellen Findlay Daughter 1   Golspie, Sutherland

James Findlay died on 14 March 1855 at Backies, Golspie of pulmonary consumption from which he seems to have suffered for two years. It is the parental detail on his death certificate which lends an element of uncertainty as to him being "our" James Findlay. As with the 1851 census, his age and place of birth given on the certificate match with our James Findlay and his father is listed as James Findlay, mason, which is OK. The anomaly is with his mothers name which listed as Helen Findlay instead of Catherine Findlay. However I think we can accept he was actually our James and his mother's name was recorded wrongly. I am inclined to this belief for two reasons -

The death certificate records that James had been living in the Golspie area for nine years which means he arrived circa 1845. Interestingly Dunrobin castle was being extensively rebuilt and remodelled by the architect Sir Charles Barry from 1845 - 1851. It would seem possible that James move to Golspie to work at the castle as a mason.

His widow Helen lived on in the Golspie area for a further 57 years. For the 1861 census she was working as a washerwoman. The property is recorded as having only one room with one or more windows.

1861 Census (8 April) Golspie (51) Book 3. Page 5.

Widow Findlay's House, Golspie, Sutherland.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Helen Findlay Head - Widow 38 Washerwoman Golspie, Sutherland
James Findlay Son 13 Blacksmith Golspie, Sutherland
Francis Findlay Son 11 Scholar  Golspie, Sutherland
Ellen Findlay Daughter 9 Scholar  Golspie, Sutherland
William Findlay Son 7 Scholar Golspie, Sutherland

For the 1871 census she would seem to be working for the Dunrobin estate as she was living in what I believe was one of the lodges as a Lodgekeeper, along with three of her children, James, a blacksmith, Helen, and William, a gardener. She also has a lodger David Fraser, aged 28, a railway guard. This property is recorded as having four rooms with one or more windows, so her standard of accommodation at least seems to have improved. I suspect that William was working as a gardener on the Dunrobin estate and that his brother Francis, who was also a gardener, had also learnt his trade on the Dunrobin estate.

1871 Census (3 April) Golspie (51) Book 3. Page 6.

Dunrobin, Golspie, Sutherland.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Helen Findlay Head - Widow 48 Lodgekeeper Golspie, Sutherland
James Findlay Son 24 Blacksmith Golspie, Sutherland
Ellen Findlay Daughter 20   Golspie, Sutherland
William Findlay Son 18 Gardener Golspie, Sutherland
David Fraser Boarder 28 Railway Guard Tarbat, Ross-shire

For the 1881 census Helen is recorded at Dunrobin castle where she seems to be employed as a nurse to one of the domestic servants, Ann McLean presumably a "trusty old retainer". of the Dunrobin estate.

1881 Census (4 April) Golspie (51) Book 2. Page 3.

Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, Sutherland.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Ann McLean Head - Widow 68 Formerly General Domestic Servant (Invalid) Dornoch, Sutherland
Hellen Findlay Servant 56 Sick Nurse Dornoch, Sutherland

For the 1891 census Helen is recorded at Backies, Golspie. This property is recorded as having three rooms with one or more windows. In this and the following 1901 census Helen's occupation is recorded as "Annuitant" which may signify the receipt of a pension, possibly from the Dunrobin estate? She is also recorded as a Gaelic speaker.

1891 Census (6 April) Golspie (51) Book 2. Page 3.

Backies, Golspie, Sutherland.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Hellen Findlay Head - Widow 66 Annuitant Dornoch, Sutherland

For the 1901 census Helen is recorded at Golspie Glen, Golspie. This property is recorded as having two rooms with one or more windows. As previously her occupation is recorded as "Annuitant" and again she is recorded as a Gaelic speaker.

1901 Census (1 April) Golspie (51) Book 3. Page 6.

Backies, Golspie, Sutherland.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Helen Findlay Head - Widow 77 Annuitant - Mason's Widow Dornoch, Sutherland

Helen died on 30 May 1912 at Sybil Rd, Golspie. The informant was "Kate Gordon, the deceased's attendant and occupier".


Catherine Findlay born 1 Apr 1821 in Forres.

As stated previously Catherine seems to have moved south sometime prior to the 1841 census as for that census we find her living with her older sister Janet and her husband William Dargavel Barnacabber near Ardentinny.

1841 Census (7 June)  Dunoon and Kilmun (510)  Book 1. Folio 1. Page 4.

Barnacabar (Barnacabber), Glenfinart, nr Ardentinny, Argyllshire

Name Age Occupation Where Born
William Dargavill 25 Mason No
Janet Dargavill 25   No
Catherine Findlay 20   No

I suspect Catherine moved to Glasgow with her sister and probably worked as a domestic servant \ housekeeper there. Circa 1846 Catherine had a daughter Catherine although there is no record of the birth. According to the daughter's later marriage certificate the father's name was James Wilkie, an accountant however no record of a marriage of Catherine Findlay to a James Wilkie has been found and the evidence tends to the fact that who ever the father of Catherine was, her mother never married. There is certainly a James Wilkie, an accountant, resident of Knowhead, Bothwell, in both the 1841 and 1851 censuses who was born 8 December 1820 in Glasgow, the son of James Wilkie, a merchant, and Agnes Cameron who would be a a prime candidate though there is no proof. 

Certainly what seems almost certainly to be our Catherine Findlay is listed in the 1851 census as a Nursery Servant in in the household of William Burns, a procurator at the Sherriff Court in Glasgow, listed as "Unmarried". Although she is recorded as 25 as oppose to more accurately 29 or 30 Catherine seems to consistently understate her age until the 1891 and 1901 censuses.

1851 Census (31 March)  Barony (622)  Book 24b. Page 27.

124 Douglas Street, Barony, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Burns Head 41 Procurator - Sherriff Court Glasgow Saltcoats, Ayrshire
Louisa White or Burns Wife 46   Banff, Banffshire
Catherine M. Burns Daughter 5 Scholar at home Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Thomas Burns Nephew 6 Scholar Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire
Mary S. Shand Step-Daughter 23   Dundee, Forfarshire
Hester E. Shand Step-Daughter 20   Dundee, Forfarshire
Louisa Shand Step-Daughter 16   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Catherine Findlay Servant 25 Nursery Servant Forres, Morayshire
Janet Brackenridge Servant 23 House Servant Ochiltree, Ayrshire

Where the baby Catherine was being cared for at the time of the 1851 census is unknown but for the census of 1861 Catherine and her now 15 year old daughter were together and recorded at 5 East Houston Street, Govan, Glasgow. Catherine is recorded as a widow. I assume the rent from the three boarders is providing Catherine with sufficient income?

1861 Census (8 April)  Govan  (644-9)  Book 90. Page 10.

5 East Houston Street, Govan, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Catherine Findlay Head (Widow) 36   Forres, Moray
Catherine Findlay Daughter 15 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
James Wallace Boarder 23 Banker's Clerk Newlby, Kirkcudbrightshire
Robert McKinnell Boarder 24 Banker's Clerk Kirkin , Dumfriesshire
Robert Paterson Boarder 11 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire

On 13th June 1870 in Govan Catherine's daughter, Catherine, married Alexander Bryce, aged 33, a jewellers assistant, the son of James Bryce, a retired Wine merchant and Flora Clark.  Catherine was recorded as a Mantle Saleswoman - Department of  and her address was given as 3 ??? Place, Langside Road, Govan Parish. As already stated the marriage certificate names James Wilkie as Catherine's the father however it lists the mother as "Catherine m\s Findlay" NOT as would be more normal "Catherine Wilkie m\s Findlay". However the groom's mother IS recorded in the more normal way as "Flora Bryce m\s Clark" Also none of the brides or grooms parents are recorded as deceased which is certainly correct in the cases of James Bryce, Flora Bryce m\s Clark, and Catherine m\s Findlay BUT if Catherine is a widow as stated in the 1861 census it should show James Wilkie as deceased! This all suggests as already stated that Catherine never married her daughter's father.

On their marriage certificate Alexander Bryce's "normal" residence is given as 305 Broadway, New York and no record can be found of Alexander and Catherine or Catherine's mother, Catherine Findlay in the UK census of 1871 so I suspect Catherine Findlay had gone to New York with her newly married daughter and son in law prior to April 1871. In the passenger manifest of the Steamship "Europa" which arrived in New York on 2 July 1870 there is a record of a Mrs A. Bryce and a Mrs Finlay, from Scotland, aged 22 and 44 respectively listed together. A couple of rows down from them on the same page isa record of an Alex Bryce, from Scotland, and although his age is given as 20 I would suspect this is Alex, Catherine and her mother arriving in New York. Certainly the next record we have of Catherine Findlay and her daughter Catherine and son in law Alexander is their inclusion in the census of 1880 for Brooklyn, New York.  This census lists Catherine living with her daughter Catherine, son-in-law, Alexander Bryce, a Jewellers Clerk, and her grandchildren, Kate Findlay born 1871\72, Flora Clark born circa 1874\75, Ellen born 1876\77 and new arrival James A(lexander?) born 1879\80, all born in new York.

1880 USA Census  New York City - Greater New York

22nd Ward, District 4, Brooklyn, Kings (Brooklyn), New York City - Greater New York

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born Father Born Mother Born
Alexander Bryce Head 42  Jewelers Clerk Scotland Scotland Scotland
Kate Bryce Wife 32 Keeping House Scotland Scotland Scotland
Kate F. Bryce Daughter 8   New York Scotland Scotland
Flora C. Bryce Daughter 5   New York Scotland Scotland
Ellen Bryce Daughter 3   New York Scotland Scotland
James A. Bryce Son 6 months   New York Scotland Scotland
Catherine Finley Mother-in-law 55 Widow Scotland Scotland Scotland

Sometime after this 1880 census but prior to 1883 it would seem that the whole family returned to Scotland, as sadly the next record we have is of the death of Alexander Bryce, aged 46, a master jeweller, on 22nd February 1883 at 59 Kenmure Street, East Pollokshields.  Alexander's parentage is confirmed by his death certificate which lists him as the son of James Bryce and Flora Clark. His age of 46 when taken with the ages given in the 1880 census and his marriage certificate would make him born circa 1837.  (See Appendix I for further details of the parentage and siblings of Alexander Bryce)

For the 1891 census Catherine was still living with her now widowed daughter and granddaughter at the family home in Strathbungo, Glasgow. The children James and Ellen recorded in the 1880 census are missing from the family home and a search of the 1891 census for Scotland has failed to locate them  A cursory search of death records also failed to find any records of their demise, so if they did die it would seem to have been between the 1880 census and the family's return to Scotland.  Their deaths may even have precipitated the return. Flora Clarke, also missing, was staying with her Great Uncle Thomas Findlay, Catherine's brother, in Clachnaharry, Inverness at the time of the 1891 census, as has already been mentioned.  As has also already been pointed out, and is obvious in this context, the recording of her as his "Granddaughter" is an error

1891 Census (6 April)  Glasgow (644/14)  Book 33 Page 31.

5 Regent Park Terrace, Strathbungo, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Kate Bryce Head (Widow) 42 Mantle Saleswoman Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kate F. Bryce Daughter (Single) 19 Telegraphist New York
Catherine Findlay Mother (Widow) 69   Forres, Morayshire

 

Meanwhile in Clachnaharry, Inverness

 

1891 Census (6 April)  Inverness (98)  Book 20. Page 17.

Clachnaharry, Canalside, Inverness.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Findlay Head 67 Shipwright Inverness, Inverness-shire
Margaret Findlay Daughter 28 House-keeper Inverness,Inverness-shire
Flora C. Bryce Grand-daughter 16   New York, British subject

Spookily for the census of 1901 the family had moved and were living at 27 Herriet Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow, two or three doors up from where Eileen and I lived when we first got married.  In 1901 this was also a couple of streets away from my grandfather John Williamson Hendry (aged 19) at 284 Maxwell Road, Pollokshields, and my grandmother Robina Adam (aged 13) at 14 Leven Street, Pollokshields.

1901 Census (1 April)  Glasgow (644/13)  Book 36.  Page 17.

27 Herriet St, Pollokshields, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Catherine Bryce Head (Widow) 50 Mantle Buyer Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Kate Findlay Bryce Daughter (Single) 29 Telegraphist U. S. America
Flora Clark Bryce Daughter (Single) 26   U. S. America
Catherine Findlay Mother (Widow) 80   Forres, Morayshire

Catherine Findlay died on the 17th December 1901 at 27 Herriet Street, Pollokshields, Glasgow

The above explains why Thomas Findlay, son of Thomas Findlay (1823-1893) called his daughter born on 27 October 1898 in Glasgow, Flora Bryce. He was in fact naming her after either the  the granddaughter (Flora C. Bryce) or the mother-in-law (Flora Bryce nee Clark) of his Aunt Catherine Findlay, (and his 1st cousin once removed).  Why exactly they should have chosen to name his daughter in this way is not known, but it might suggest that the two families were close.  It is possible that there might also be some common denominator between Flora Bryce's father being a master jeweller and Thomas Findlay's second daughter Margaret marrying, in 1914, Alexander Smith, a watchmaker, son of George Smith, a jeweller??!!??

Catherine Bryce, nee Findlay died, aged 83, on 28 May 1929, at 99 Hyndland Road, Hillhead, Glasgow.  The certificate names Catherine Findlay as her mother but does not name a father at all. The informant on the certificate was Flora C. Bryce.  Flora herself was living at this selfsame address, 99 Hyndland Road, when she died on 25 June 1951, although the death itself occurred in the Western Infirmary.  Her occupation was given as a retired "Draper's Buyer".  Interestingly the informant is a Joseph A. McL. Russell who very properly identifies himself a "first cousin once removed".  This is correct as he is the son of Isabella Bryce Mclennan and James Archibald Russell, with the aforesaid Isabella Bryce McLennan being the daughter of  Henrietta Bryce and James McLennan.  This Henrietta Bryce was the sister of Alexander Bryce who married Catherine Findlay and was the father of Flora C. Bryce. Kate died six years after her sister on 18 May 1957 also at 99 Hyndland Road. Her occupation was given as a retired "Post Office Clerkess" and again the informant was Joseph A. McL. Russell (See Appendix I for further details of the parentage and siblings of Alexander Bryce). Both sisters never married so it would seem that this line died out with Kate's death in 1957.


Thomas Findlay born 12 Aug 1823 in Inverness.

Next generation in the Findlay Family History


John Findlay was born 26 Jul 1825 in Clachnaharry.

John Findlay married Isabella Hutchison in Inverness on 21st July 1848. Isabella was born circa 1827 in Kingston, Moray, the daughter of William Hutchison, Ship Carpenter, and Jessie Proctor. John and Isabella had six known children:

For the 1851 census John, his wife and their baby daughter, Catherine were visiting John's parents in Clachnahary

1851 Census (31st. March)  Inverness (98)  Book 15. Page 19.

Clachnaharry, Inverness.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Findlay Head 64 Mason Forres, Moray
Catherine Wife 60   Forres, Moray
Helen Daughter 18   Inverness, Inverness-shire
John Findlay Visitor 25 Painter Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire
Isabella Visitor 24   Kingston, Moray
Catherine Visitor 4 months   Inverness, Inverness-shire

For the 1861 census the family were recorded at 4 Market Place Inverness.

1861 Census (8 April)  Inverness (98)  Book 5. Page 30.

4 Market Place, Inverness.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Findlay Head 35 Painter Inverness, Inverness-shire
Isabella Findlay Wife 33   Gairymouth, Moray
Catherine Findlay Daughter 10   Inverness, Inverness-shire
William Findlay Son 8   Inverness, Inverness-shire
James Findlay Son 5   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Ann Findlay Daughter 7 months   Inverness, Inverness-shire

For the census of 1871 John and Isabella were living at Roselin Cottage, Inverness. Tir daughter Catherine who would have been 20 for this census is not included in the family home and so far I have been unable to uncover any other records for her. However their daughter Ann also missing from this census was recorded with her Uncle Alexander Hutchison and his wife Wilhilmina Petrie, at 6 Chapel Street, East Greenock. Identified as aged 11, niece, a scholar born in Inverness. Why she was away from the family home is unknown and again so far I have been unable to uncover any other records for her.

1871 Census (3 April) Inverness (98) Book 7. Page 22.

Roselin Cottages, Inverness.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Findlay Head 45 Painter Inverness, Inverness-shire
Isabella Findlay Wife 44   Kingston, Moray
William Findlay Son 18 Pupil Teacher Inverness, Inverness-shire
James Findlay Son 15 Coach painter Inverness, Inverness-shire
Isabella Findlay Daughter 5   Inverness, Inverness-shire

It would seem that sometime after the 1871 census that John Findlay left the family home and by the mid 1870s had taken up with aa Hannah McLeary. He seems to have started using the name John Findlay Boyd and according to the birth certificate of their daughter born 1891 in Glasgow he had married Hannah under this pseudonym on 31 December 1875 in Belfast, Ireland. (No record of this marriage has been found and if it did actually take place it was fairly obviously bigamous. However I believe that divorce was a luxury for the well to do and for those less "well off" this was not an uncommon solution to a failed marriage. According to her later death certificate Hannah was born circa 1850, the daughter of James McLeary, a general carter, and Hannah McCormick. Certainly I suspect at least that James Findlay and Isabella Findlay, John's son and daughter were aware of his father's existence and new persona as John Findlay Boyd. On their mother's later death certificate of March 1885 John identified her as "married to John Findlay, House Painter" NOT "Widow of .", and he also identified his mother as deceased but his father as not on both his two later marriage certificates of July 1885 and 1893. Similarly on isabella's marriage certificate of 1891 her mother was identified as desceased but her father was not.

John and Hannah had the following known children:

For the census of 1881 John Findlay was living under his new name of John F. Boyd at 29 Matheson Road, Glasgow. Recorded in the household are Hannah, his wife, and three children, Mary Jane aged 9 born in Belfast, Janet aged 1 born in Glasgow and John C. aged 8 months born in Glasgow.  It is possible that Mary Jane aged 9 born in Belfast may be Hannah's daughter from a previous marriage \ relationship and there is a record of the birth of a Mary Jane Boyd to Hannah McLeery amd James Boyd on 9 August 1871 in Belfast, Antrim, Northern Ireland. However it is possible that "James Boyd" was in fact "Johnn Findlay" but I am inclined to believe this is not the case? It is noticeable in this census that John has also moved his place of birth from Inverness to Forres, and given his age as 49, six years less than his actual 55. Hannah gives hers as 37, five or six years more than her actual age of 31 or 32! 

1881 Census (4 April)  Glasgow (644-9)  Book 96. Page 19.

29 Matheson Road, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John F. Boyd Head 49  Painter Forres, Elgin
Hannah Boyd Wife 37   Belfast, Ireland
Mary Jane Boyd Daughter 9 Scholar Belfast, Ireland
Janet Boyd Daughter 1   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John C. Boyd Son 8 months   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

For the census of 1891 John Findlay Boyd was recorded living at 154 Thomson Street, Camlachie, along with his wife Hannah, daughter Jessie and an additional daughter Catherine born 1881\82. The daughter from 1881 Mary Jane Boyd who would have been 19 by this time is not included in this census and may well have been either working as a servant in another household or possibly have been married. A record of her marriage or even death would hopefully establish her father's identity. The son John C. from the previous census who would only have been 10 by this time is missing and his omission may point to his death as an infant. There was a further son Henry Findlay Boyd born 1883/84 who is also missing from this census. Examination of only the index for this census on the ancestry website seems to show him as a patient in Bridgeton, Glasgow.

1891 Census (6 April)  Glasgow (644-3)  Book 25/03. Page 4.

154 Thomson Street, Camlachie, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John F. Boyd Head 60  Painter Inverness, Inverness-shire
Hannah McL Boyd Wife 42   Ireland
Jessie Boyd Daughter 11 Scholar Belfast, Ireland
Catherine Boyd Daughter 9 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire

 

For the census of 1901 John Findlay Boyd was recorded as still living at 154 Thomson Street, Camlachie, along with his wife Hannah. Daughter Jessie from 1891 census who would have been 21 by this time is not included in this census and again may well have been either working as a servant in another household or possibly have been married. Catherine the other daughter from the 1891 census is still with the family, working as a "tea packer" and Henry missing from the 1891 census is back working as an "apprentice painter". A further daughter Hannah, born 18 July 1891 makes up the family and it is her birth certificate which identifies the marriage of her parents,  John Findlay Boyd and Hannah McLeary, as 31 December 1875 in Belfast. In this final census John Findlay Boyd's age is most accurate and I would assume so is Hannah's.

 

1901 Census (1 April)  Glasgow (644/03)  Book 12/03.  Page 8.

154 Thomson Street, Camlachie, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John F. Boyd Head 74 House Painter Inverness, Inverness-shire
Hannah Boyd Wife 51   Ireland
Catherine Boyd Daughter 19 Tea Packer Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Henry Boyd Son 17 Apprentice Painter Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Hannah Boyd. Daughter 9 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire

John Findlay died on 17 December 1903 at 155 Reidvale Street, Springburn, and for this final record his details were given correctly which is what allows his double identity to be unravelled. He was identified as John Findlay, house painter, firstly married to Isabella Hutchison and secondly to Hannah McLeary aged 75. His parents were given correctly as James Findlay, a mason, and Catherine Sutherland and the informant was Hannah Findlay.

Hannah McLeary died of pneumonia only 3 months after John. Her death was recorded on 13 March 1904 also at 155 Reidvale Street, Springburn, and she was identified as the widow of John Findlay Boyd, house painter. Her parents were listed as James McLeary, a general carter, and Hannah McCormick and the informmant was her son Henry F Boyd. Henry, a house painter like his father, married Sarah McKinnon Stewart in 1912 in Camlachie, Glasgow. Sarah was born about 1889. Henry Findlay Boyd died on 8 Jan 1939 in 18 Sheppard Street, Provan, Glasgow. The witness was Angus Boyd son, so we know that Henry and Sarah had at least one child. The death record identifies Henry's parents as John Findlay Boyd, house painter, and Hannah McLeary, both deceased. Sarah died in 1957 in Springburn, Glasgow.

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The "abandoned" Isabella continued to live in Inverness and for the census of 4th April 1881 she and two of her children, James and Isabella, were recorded as living at 45 Shore Street, Robertsons Buildings, Inverness. Isabella was recorded as a widow but as explained above this was somewhat inaccurate!!

1881 Census (4 April)  Inverness (98)  Book 7. Page 16.

45 Shore Street, Robertsons Buildings,  Inverness.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Isabella Findlay Head 47   Kingston, Elgin
James Findlay Son 24 Coach Painter Inverness, Inverness-shire
Isabella Findlay Daughter 14   Inverness, Inverness-shire

Isabella died aged 52 on 24 March 1885 at 45 Shore Street, of heart disease and as already stated she was recorded as the daughter of William Hutchison, ships carpenter, (deceased) and Jessie Proctor (deceased). No record of her birth or her parents marriage has been found. As previously mentioned the informant was her son James she was described as "married to John Findlay, House Painter" NOT "Widow of .", which pointed to John Findlay still being alive despite her being recorded as widow in the 1881 census.


Jane Findlay was born 20 Apr 1827 in Inverness.

Jane Findlay married Alexander Leitch, a mason, on 7th February 1851 in Inverness. Alexander was probably one and the same as the Alexander Leitch born 26 September 1823, baptised 15 December 1823   Avoch, Ross and Cromarty, son of John Leitch and Ann Patience. Jane and Alexander had the following known children : -

For the census of 1851 the newly weds were living in Avoch, a small fish village on the Black Isle.

1851 Census (31 March)  Avoch (?59?)  Book 1. Page 1?

Avoch, Ross & Cromarty

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Leitch Head 29 Mason Avoch, Ross and Cromarty
Jane Leitch Wife 24   Inverness, Inverness-shire

For the census of 1861 Alexander and Jane were recorded as living at 18 Telford Street, with their four children.

1861 Census (8th April)  Inverness (98)  Book 15. Page ?.

18 Telford Street, Inverness.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Leitch Head 40 Mason Avoch, Ross and Cromarty
Jane Leitch Wife 33    Inverness, Inverness-shire
James Leitch Son 7   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Jane Anne Leitch Daughter 5   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Arthur Leitch Son 3    Inverness, Inverness-shire
Alexander Leitch Son 10 Months    Inverness, Inverness-shire

For the census of 1871 Jane and Alexander were living in Clachnaharry.

1871 Census (3 April) Inverness (98) Book 19. Page ?.

Clachnaharry, Inverness

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Leitch Head 49 Mason Dornoch, Sutherland
Jane Leitch Wife 44    Inverness, Inverness-shire
James Leitch Son 17   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Jane Anne Leitch Daughter 15   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Catherine Leitch Daughter 8   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Mina Leitch Daughter 6   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Thomas F. Leitch Son 3   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Elizabeth Leitch Daughter 1   Inverness, Inverness-shire

For the census of 1881 the family were living at 12 High Street, Inverness.

1881 Census (4 April)  Inverness (098)  Book 19, Page 12.

12 High Street, Inverness

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Leitch Head 59 Mason Tain, Ross and Cromarty
Jane Leitch Wife 54   Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire
Arthur Leitch Son 22 Joiner Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire
Jemima Leitch Daughter 16   Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire
Thomas Leitch Son 13 Scholar Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire
Elizabeth Leitch Daughter 11 Scholar Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire
Alexander Leitch Son 9 Scholar Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire

Young James Alexander Leitch (baptised 20th January 1854), not in this census had emmigrated to Australia in a no doubt common but somewhat unorthodox manner in 1877.  Reference from a letters from Margaret MacDonald of 11 Clyde Street, Partick to her son Roderick in Melbourne, Australia, explain ........

4th April 1877 : -  "James Leitch his Aunt's son is going to Melbourne today on the ship called the Loch Veanachar.  He expects to be there in two months.  He said that he would call upon you.  I did not desire him go but said it of his own accord, & I did not like to say no to him, & as he is Thomas Findlay's sister's son that you will try to give him a cup of tea or coffee in the passing on a journey to see his friends up the country.  He is a very steady young man"

24th July (1877?) : -  "I wrote to you a letter to you let you know that James Leitch was going to Melbourne as one of the crew of the ship Loch Veanachar of Glasgow.  He went twice across the Atlantic with this captain & I was of the mind at that time to send you some books if he could take them safe to you to Melbourne.  I sent word to him by Maggie Findlay to tell him to come to see us at Partick before he would join the ship.  He did come and it is then that he told us what he was intending to do when he would reach Melbourne.  His aim was, that whenever he would reach Melbourne that he would not take his trunk with him as usual, but to take two or three small pillow slips with his wearing clothes.  So by the help of one of the sailors as we generally do when we go to get our clothes washed, we are not so sharp looked after, & to start away to where his father's friends are in the country not intending to go back again by the same boat, as his friends had advised him to go with them for some time till he would learn the sailmaking from them which pays well there rather than to be going to sea as a sailor.  He desired me to tell you that he is very sorry that he could not manage to go with it, as his friends were coming to meet him.....................Never say a word to anybody about Jamie Leitch running away from the ship."

It was in Australia that young James died in about 1892, aged only 38.  This is known from a refence from a letter of Margaret MacDonald (the aforementioned Margaret MacDonald's daughter) of 6 Meadow Road,  Partick, Glasgow, to brother Roderick in Australia. on 8th February 8th  1893 : -

"The young man you saw in Melbourne the name of James Leitch died last year out there.  He only was married 18 months when he died.  He was Tom Findlay's sister's son."

Whether James shad the chance to produce an offspring in Australia we shall probably never know, but it is not too unlikely that there are descendents of his in Australia  to this day.

For the census of 1891 Jane and Alexander were still living in the High Street of Inverness. 

1891 Census (6 April)  Inverness (98)  Book 20. Page ?.

High Street, Inverness, Inverness.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Leitch Head 69 Mason Golspie, Sutherland
Jane Leitch Wife 64   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Thomas Leitch Son 23 Mason Inverness, Inverness-shire
Elizabeth Leitch Daughter 21   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Alexander Leitch Son 19 Steam Engine Fitter Apprentice Inverness, Inverness-shire
Christina Harrold Boarder 59 Annuitant Wick, Caithness-shire

Alexander Leitch died on 3 December 1897 at 5 Upper Kessock Street, Inverness. The informant was Arthur Leitch his son who gave his address as Woodside Cottage, Arngarrow, Aberlour, and it is in Aberlour that Alexander's widow Jane was recorded for the 1901 census. 

1901 Census (1 April)  Aberlour (145)  Book 6.  Page ?.

Arngarrow Cottage, Aberlour, Banffshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Arthur Leitch Head 43 Cooper at Distillery Inverness, Inverness-shire
Margaret Leitch Wife 31 Cooper's wife Old Machar, Aberdeenshire
James Leitch Son 15 Scholar Aberlour, Banffshire
Arthur Leitch Son 13 Scholar Aberlour, Banffshire
Alexander Leitch Son 8 Scholar Aberlour, Banffshire
Jean Leitch Daughter 4 months   Aberlour, Banffshire
Jean Leitch Mother 73   Inverness, Inverness-shire

Jane died at Arngarrow, Aberlour, Banff on 17 November 1904 presumably in the home of her son Arthur as per the 1901 census. She was recorded as "Widow of Alexander Leitch, mason". The informant was James Lyon, the husband of Jane's youngest daughter Elizabeth who seemed to be living at 19 Alderston Avenue, Ayr at the time. The fact that the informant was her son in law may explain the error in her mother's name which is given as "Jane Findlay ms Cranmmond" instead of the correct "Catherine Findlay, ms Sutherland".


Ann May Findlay born 4 Aug 1830, Inverness.

Ann May Findlay was born on 4 Aug 1830 in Inverness. Ann married John McAndrew, a millwright, son of John McAndrew and Margaret Findlay on 15 Jun 1863 in Inverness, Inverness. John was born on 6 Mar 1841 in Speymouth, Moray.

Ann May and John had the following known children:

For the census of 1871 John and Ann were living at 39 Main Street, Govan, with John working as a joiner. The family have three lodger's, presumably to supplement the family income, although as the house is listed with only two rooms with one or more windows things must have been a bit cramped!!

1871 Census (3 April) Govan (646/01) Book 13/1. Page 24.

39 Main Street, Govan, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John C. McAndrew Head 30 Joiner Speymouth, Morayshire
Ann M. F.  McAndrew Wife 33   Inverness
Catherine F. McAndrew Daughter 6 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Janet J. McAndrew Daughter 4   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John C. McAndrew Son 2   Inverness
Robert Innes Ross Boarder 17 Tailor Speymouth, Morayshire
George Anderson Boarder 20 Draper Alves
James Alexander Boarder 21 Joiner Arbroath, Forfarshire

For the census of 1881 Ann was recorded as living at 4 Carnarvon Street, Glasgow. Again there are three lodgers no doubt supplementing the family income, with one adding an international touch - George Tombages from Greece! Ann is listed as a widow but this was incorrect. I am not sure if this is a transcription error or enumerator error as have only the Mormon transcription and I have not had sight of the original. It is even possible that Ann believed her husband had died! John was actually lodging at 11 Theobald Road, Croydon, Surrey, working as a millwright.

1881 Census (4 April) Barony (644-9) Book 57. Page 14.

4 Carnarvon Street, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Ann McAndrew.  Head - Widow 48 Clachnaharry, Inverness
Janet McAndrew Daughter 14 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John C. McAndrew Son 12 Scholar  Inverness
George Tombages Lodger 16 Draper's Clerk Greece
William Wright Lodger 26 Veterinary Student St Quivox, Ayrshire
John N. Calderwood Lodger 25 Arts Student Monkton, Ayrshire

 

1881 Census (4 April) Croydon, Surrey  (812) Folio 48 Page 14.

11 Theobald Road, Croydon, Surrey

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Ishmael Law Head 23 Butcher Barn Smarden, Kent
Harriett Law Wife 24 St Ives, Huntingdon
Rosina Law Daughter 2 Croydon, Surrey
William Mills Lodger 21 Engine Fitter Tonbridge Wells, Kent
James Couper Lodger 39 Pattern Maker Dundee, Forfar
John Chas Mc Andrew Lodger 39 Millwright Kingston, Elgin

 

For the census of 1891 John was recorded as back home with Ann living at 7 Coupar Place in St Rollox.

 

1891 Census (6 April) Barony, Glasgow (644-6)) Book 50 Page ?.

7 Coupar Place, St Rollox, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John C. McAndrew Head 49 Millwright Kingston, Morayshire
Ann M.McAndrew Wife 50   Inverness

Ann May McAndrew, nee Findlay, died on 13 Aug 1896 in 20 North Park Street, Glasgow. The informant was James Lumsden, the husband of Ann's daughter Janet. Her death certificate records her as "widow of John Charles McAndrew, Millwright" so one assumes that her husband John had died 1891-1896 but no record of a death of a John McAndrew has been found despite extensive searching. Possibly he died in England?


Helen Findlay born 15 Oct 1833, Inverness.

Helen married Samuel Stewart Davidson son of Samuel Davidson, a cartwright and Janet Munro on 14 May 1858 in Clachnaharry, Inverness. Samuel was born on 20 Jun 1833 and christened on 17 Jul 1833 both events recorded in Forres, Moray. One would suspect that Helen and Samuel were known to each other through their parents with the common links of Forres and Cartwright. On their marriage record both Samuel and Helen "made their marks" and the witnesses were David Barclay and Thomas Fraser. Interestingly Helen's father James Findlay was recorded with the occupation of Lockkeeper, as opposed to his profession of mason. Samuel and Helen had the following known children:

For the 1861 census Helen and Samuel were living at 44 Church Street in Inverness with their young son Samuel Jnr, and with Samuel working as a Carriage Maker .

1861 Census (8 April) Inverness (98) Book 18. Page 10.

44 Church Street, , Inverness.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Samuel S. Davidson Head 26 Carriage Maker Forres, Morayshire
Helen S. Davidson Wife 27   Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire
Samuel S. Davidson Son 1   Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire

For the census of 1871 Helen and Samuel had moved to Glasgow, presumably via Perth as it was there that the birth of their youngest daughter Jessie was born in 1865. Samuel is recorded as a "ships joiner" rather than a carriage maker suggesting he was working in one of the Glasgow shipbuilding yards.

1871 Census (3 April) Glasgow (644-09) Book 83/09 Page 4.

39 Watt Street, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Samuel S. Davidson Head 37 Ships Joiner Forres, Morayshire
Helen Davidson Wife 36   Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire
Samuel Davidson Son 11 Scholar Clachnaharry, Inverness-shire
Catherine Davidson Daughter 9   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Helen Davidson Daughter 7   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Jessie Davidson Daughter 5   Perth, Perthshire

In 1875 the family were still in Glasgow living at 147 Park Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow. This is known as it was at this address on 5 April 1875 that the death of Jessie their youngest child aged 9 was registered. The cause of death was recorded as "inflammation of the brain".

For the census of 1881 Helen was recorded as living with her son Samuel and her daughter Catherine at 39 Watt Street, Glasgow. She is recorded as "Wife - Head" which usually signifies "married but husband probably working away from home. It seems almost certain (especially in the light of subsequent events), that her husband Samuel Davidson is the Samuel Davidson, carriage maker, recorded in the south of England as a patient at the Infirmary in Chichester. Why he was hospitalised is currently unknown, but it would seem it might have been due to a mental problem, possibly either due to mental illness or as a result of some head injury. This is surmised from the fact that the following 1891 and 1901 censuses plus his eventual death certificate all record him as a "lunatic" in the asylum in Elgin back in his home county of Moray. Their son Samuel Jnr is listed as a ships cook.

1881 Census (4 April) Glasgow (644-10) Book 45 Page 14.

39 William Street, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Helen Davidson Wife - Head 47   Inverness, Inverness-shire
Samuel Davidson Son 21 Cook on board ship Inverness, Inverness-shire
Catherine Davidson Daughter 19 Shirt Machinist Inverness, Inverness-shire

 

1881 Census (4 April) Chichester (RG11-1128) Folion 106 Page 6.

Infirmary of William J. Alkey, Subdeanery, Chichester, Sussex.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Samuel Davidson Patient - Married 48 Carriage maker Scotland

By the census of 1891 Helen would seem to be living with her daughter Catherine in England at 26 Oregon St, in the Derby area of Bootle cum Linacre, near Liverpool. We can be pretty sure the record we have is our Helen as not only do her own details match but also she has a daughter Catherine who is a mantle maker (dressmaker) living with her, aged 26 born in Scotland.

1891 Census (6 April) Bootle cum Linacre (RG12/2970) Folio 79 Book 6 Page 33.

26 Oregon St, Bootle cum Linacre.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Ellen Davidson Head - Widow 57   Scotland
Catherine Davidson Daughter 26 Mantle Maker Scotland

More importantly her son Samuel who had married a Margaret Mutch in Glasgow in 1883, was definitely living nearby in Bootle at this time. He is recorded as living with wife Margaret and their young son Ernest, who was born in Lancashire about 1888 at 74 Cyprus Street, Bootle in the Knowslet area a few miles from his mother. This suggests that Samuel had moved south from Glasgow circa 1885. Whether he moved with mother or they had moved independently is unknown. I suspect the Liverpool location might be a continuation of the maritime link from 1881 of "Cook on board ship" although for the 1891 census he is listed as electrician. Although not stated could this be on board a ship?

1891 Census (6 April) Bootle (RG12/2975) Book 29 Page 22.

74 Cyprus St, Bootle.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Samuel S. Davidson Head 31 Electrician Scotland
Margaret B. Davidson Wife 32   Scotland
Ernest S. Davidson Son 2   Lancashire
Elizabeth Mutch Sister in law 25 Mantle Maker Scotland
John Shand Visitor 30 Joiner Durham
Gabelle Shand Visitor 30   Northumberland
William Shand Visitor 5   Northumberland
Edith Shand Visitor 3   Northumberland

In the 1891 census and the subsequent 1901 census Helen was recorded with her marital status given as widow which is obviously incorrect as her husband Samuel was alive, although at this time confined to the asylum in Elgin. I would assume she was aware of this so one can only assume that she considered him as good as dead?

1891 Census (6 April) Elgin (135) Book 21. Page 4.

County Asylum, Elgin.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Samuel S. Davidson Inmate - Lunatic - mar 57 Coach Builder Forres, Moray

By the census of 1901 Helen was still living in the Liverpool area but in Bootle in the Knowsley area. Her daughter Catherine is also still recorded in the household but no record of her son Samuel, daughter in law Margaret or grandson Ernest has been identified.

1901 Census (1 April) Bootle (RG13/3460) Book 16 Page 36.

20 Virginia Street, Bootle.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Hellen Davidson Head - Widow 67   Scotland
Catherine Davidson Daughter 37 Dressmaker Scotland

Poor Samuel is still recorded as an inmate of the County Asylum

1901 Census (1 April) Elgin (135) Book 21. Page 4

County Asylum, Elgin.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Samuel S. Davidson Inmate - Lunatic - Wid 66 Coach Builder Forres, Elginshire

For the census of 1911 Helen  was still living in Bootle but at 15 Malta Road. Her daughter Catherine, aged 48,  is now listed as "Head" working as a dressmaker, with Helen with no occupation aged 77. On this occasion Helen gives her status as married for 50 years.

1911 Census (2 April) Bootle.

15 Malta Road, Bootle.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Catherine Davidson Head - Single 48 Dressmaker Inverness, Scotland
Helen Davidson Married - 50 Years 77   Inverness, Scotland

Her son Samuel was also living in Bootle, at 41 Hornby Road, working as an Electrical and Mechanical Engineer. In the household were his wife and son Ernest, with Ernest working as a clerk in the "Swift Beef Company".

1911 Census (2 April) Bootle.

41 Hornby Road, Bootle.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Samuel Samuel Davidson Head 52 Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Inverness
Margaret Davidson Wife - 28 years 52   Glasgow
Ernest Samuel Davidson Son 22 Clerk - Swift Beef Co. Lancashire

Just of a year after this census on 2 Jun 1912 back in Elgin, Helen's husband Samuel died still in the Lunatic Asylum, Elgin. Usual Residence - Forres. 

I would assume that Helen died in England probably around the Liverpool area and that Catherine, aged 48 and unmarried in the 1911 census probably remained a spinster for the rest of her days.