Details of the known childern of Hugh Spence and Marion Selkirk

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Details of the known childern of Hugh Spence and Marion Selkirk.

Janet Spence was the third of six children recorded in the Carstairs parish register, baptised to Hugh Spence and Marion Selkirk.

KNOWN CHILDREN OF HUGH SPENCE & MARION SELKIRK

James baptised 24th April 1791 Carstairs
Ann baptised 10th March 1793 Carstairs
Janet baptised 25th January 1795 Carstairs
Margaret baptised 28th May 1797 Carstairs
William baptised 25th May 1799 Carstairs
John baptised 28th June 1801 Carstairs

Hugh Spence, died on 4th July 1826, and was buried in Carstairs parish church graveyard aged 66, according to the inscription on the headstone. The deaths of two of their children who had predeceased him, William who died on 6th February 1807, and Margaret who died on 25th September 1812, are also recorded on the headstone. 

Marion Spence, nee Selkirk outlived her husband by sixteen years dying on 2nd April 1842, aged 82, and a year prior to her death was recorded for the census of 1841 living with her youngest son, John, and his wife Marion Brown who he had married on 3rd February 1832 in Carstairs.

1841 Census (7th. June)  Carstairs (633)  Book 1. Page 22.

Carstairs Village.

Name Age Occupation Where Born
John Spence 35 Farmer Yes
Marion 30   Yes
Catherine 8   Yes
Hugh 7   Yes
Marion 5   Yes
Thomas 2   Yes
Marion Selkirk 81   Yes

Inscription on Spence headstone(s) in Carstairs parish church graveyard

ERECTED
BY JAMES SPENCE GARDENER
IN MEMORY OF HIS LATE FATHER
HUGH SPENCE LATE TAILOR CARSTAIRS
WHO DIED 4th JULY 1826 AGED 66 YEARS
ALSO WILLIAM HIS SON
WHO DIED 6th FEBr 1807 AGED 8 YEARS
AND MARGARET HIS DAUGHTER WHO
DIED 25th SEPr 1812 AGED 14 YEARS
ALSO OF MARION SELKIRK HIS SPOUSE
WHO DIED THE 2nd APRIL 1842 AGED 82 YEARS

Reverse Of Same Stone (Son of HUGH SPENCE)

IN
MEMORY OF
JOHN SPENCE
FARMER RAVENSTRUTHER
WHO DIED 3RD DECEMBER 1882
AGED 81
MARION BROWN HIS WIFE WHO DIED
6TH SEPTEMBER 1886 AGED 82 YEARS
ALSO THOMAS HIS SON WHO DIED
20TH MAY 1919 AGED 80 YEARS
MARGARET SMITH WIFE OF THE ABOVE
THOMAS SPENCE WHO DIED 15TH NOVEMBER 1922
AGED 66 YEARS

Although no relationships were given in the 1841 census confirmation that this is her son John with whom she is living is given by his age and place of birth in the 1851 (Also by the names of John's eldest son and second eldest daughter as a couples eldest son was traditionally named after the paternal grandfather, i.e.. Hugh after Hugh Spence, and their second eldest daughter as after the paternal grandmother, i.e.. Marion after Marion Selkirk).

1851 Census (31st. March)  Carstairs (633)  Book 1.  Page 31.

Carstairs Village.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Spence Head 49 Farmer 17 Acres Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Marion Wife 46 Farmer's Wife Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Catherine Daughter 18 Farmer's daughter Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Hugh Son 16 Farmer's son Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Thomas Son 11 Scholar Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Ann Daughter 9 Scholar Carstairs, Lanarkshire
James Son 5 Scholar Carstairs, Lanarkshire

John Spence and Marion Brown seem to have had at least six children, all baptised/born in Carstairs.  Catherine, baptised 6th January 1833, Hugh born about 1835, Marion baptised 16th October 1836, Thomas born about 1839, Ann baptised 26th September 1841, and James born about 1845.

Marion Brown was probably the Marion Brown whose baptism was recorded on 3rd June 1804 in Carstairs parish, daughter of  Thomas Brown and Catherine Nairn.  Thomas and Catherine were married on 23rd November 1788 in Carstairs and had at least a further two children: - Gilbert born\baptised 22 November 1789, and Catherine born\baptised 1st January 1792. Both events were recorded in the Carstairs parish register.

As far as the parentage of Hugh Spence, there is a Hugh Spence baptised on 6th September 1756, the son of James Spence and Janet Locke, recorded in the Carstairs parish register. Although this would have made him aged 69 at the time of his death, not 66 as inscribed on the headstone, it would fit with the names of his eldest son and second eldest daughter as a couples eldest son was traditionally named after the paternal grandfather, i.e.. James after James Spence, and their second eldest daughter as after the paternal grandmother, i.e.. Janet after Janet Locke. James Spence and Janet Locke were married in Carstairs on 3rd August 1755.