Thoughts on the identity of Mrs Mary Henry or McEwan, her ancestry, and her heirs.

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Thoughts on the identity of Mrs Mary Henry or McEwan, her ancestry, and her heirs.

There is a document created in Jan 1848 at Alloa (Service of Heirs), which documents the rights of a Mary Hendrey wife of Alexander McEwan to a property in Alloa. I have not seen the original and this information was supplied by another researcher. In this document Mary was identified as Mary Hendrey wife of Alexander McEwan and the only child of Robert Hendrey, Sailor, deceased, who in turn was the eldest son of Mary Henderson & her lawful husband Daniel Hendrey in Craigward. Seemingly it states that Mary's grandmother Mary Henderson was the daughter of Robert Henderson of Craigward and Mary had inherited rights to the property through a her grandmother's sister, Catherine Henderson, her great aunt, a further daughter of Robert Henderson of Craigward. Although the property in Alloa is not identified it would seem likely to be the one and the same as the one in the advert and the Mrs Mary Hendry or McEwan wasalso one and the same as the one in the advert. The ancestry outlined therein suggests that if there were any link between Mary Hendry and Ebenezer Hendry, that it was not overly close.

Some details of Mary Hendry's Ancestry

Although Mary's mother is not named in this document I believe Mary Hendry's parents were Robert Hendry and Christian Marshal and her birth\baptism was recorded in the Alloa parish register "Henry - Mary, lawful daughter to Robert Henry, Tennant in Craigward and Christian Marshal his spouse. Born the 23rd Aprile and Baptised the 4th May 1777". Obviously Robert is described as Tennant in Craigward and not sailor as per the later document, however the "in Craigward" would seem to suggest this is her birth. Unfortunately I can find no marriage record for Robert Hendry and Christian Marshal, nor records of any other children born to the couple.

As to her paternal grandparents identified in this document, Daniel Hendry and Mary Henderson, their marriage was recorded in the Alloa parish register on 19 Jul 1750 in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, and the baptisms of the following children were recorded in the Alloa parish register:

As to the parents of Mary Henderson, Mary Henry's paternal grandmother, Mary's father was named as Robert Henderson in the document, and it would seem likely that she was the daughter of Robert Henderson and mary Nuccol (Nicol) as there is a record in the Alloa parish register of both a Mary Henderson, born\baptised on 17 October 1725, and a Catherine Henderson, born\baptised on 13 September 1723, to this couple which would fit. I have not found a record of a marriage of a Robert Henderson and mry Nuccol, but there is a record of a third child, James Henderson, born\baptised on 4 July 1731 to this same couple in the Alloa parish register.

As to the parents of Daniel Henry, Mary Henry's paternal grandfather, his parents are not named in the document. However there is a record of a Daniel Hendry baptised on 9 January 1726, the daughter of John Henry and Margaret Henderson which would fit. This John Henry married Margaret Henderson on 30 Nov 1716 in Alva, Clackmannanshire, and the baptisms of the following children were recorded in the Alloa parish register:

Alexander McEwan or McQueen and Mary Henry, and their children.

I do have further information of their childrn and grandchildren, which is available on request.

There is a proclamation in the Alloa parish register on 4 November 1798 of the marriage of Mary Henry to Alexander McQueen.(It would seem that the names McQueen and McEwan\McEwen were interchangeable in these documents. In this case Alexander married under the name McQueen and the couples first 4 children were recorded as McQueen. However the last two were recorded as McEwan and this seems to have been the favoured usage thereafter.)

Mary Henry and Alexnader McEwan or McQueen had the following known children.

For the 1841 census Alexander and Mary were recorded in the village of Cambus with Alexander working as a "Malman2, (brewing). His wife is recorded with her maiden name and as a "Female Servant" which I assume signifies that she was assiting him.

1841 Census (7th. June) Alloa (465) Book 6 Page 7

Village Of Cambus

Name Age Occupation Born in County
Alexr McEwan 60 Maltman Yes
Mary Henry 60 Female Servant Yes

It woud seem that Mary McEwan died in 1850 as she is commemerated on the McEwan headstone in Tullibody Churchyard, with a date of death of 3 September 1850.

for the 1851 census the widowed Alexander, now aged 73, was recorded resident in a Bothy nearby Alloa. Whether this was a permanent abode or tempory accomodation whilst he worked as an agricultural labourer, given as his occupation, is unclear, but I would suspect the latter.

1851 Census (31st. March) Alloa

Bothy, Alloa (Clackmannan), Clackmannanshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander McEwan Head - Widower 73 Agricultural Labourer Tullibody, Clackmannanshire

for the 1861 census Alexander, aged 84, was recorded as a retired labourer living in Cambus, Clackmannanshire.

1861 Census (8th April) Alloa

Cambus, Alloa, Clackmannanshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander McEwan Head - Widower 84 Retired Labourer Alloa, Clackmannanshire

Alexander McEwan died on 21 June 1865, in Sauchie, Clackmannanshire. He was recorded as aged 89, a Brewer's assistant, and then widower of Mary Hendrie. He was identified as the son of Alexander McEwan, a labourer, and Catherine Welsh, both marked as deceaesed. The informant was his son Alexander McEwan, Sauchie.. He was commemorated on a headstone in Tullibody Churchyard along with his wife Mary, and his son Alexander McEwan and the two wives of Alexander junior, Jean Carmichael and Jane Young.

McEwan Headstone
Tullibody Churchyard