Further details of Hugh Spence and Marion Selkirk and their children.

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Further details of Hugh Spence and Marion Selkirk and their childern.

Hugh Spence and Marion Selkirk were married on 3rd January 1790 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, and the Carstairs parish register contains enties for the births\baptisms of six childern to the couple.

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.

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.

For the census of 1841 the widowed Marion was recorded living in Carstairs in the household of her youngest son, John, and his wife Marion Brown who he had married on 3rd February 1832 in Carstairs. 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 later 1851 census. Additionally the names of John's eldest son and second eldest conform with the often followed practice of naming the eldest son 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.

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

Carstairs Village.

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

Marion Spence, nee Selkirk outlived her husband by sixteen years dying on 2nd April 1842,. She too was buried in Carstairs parish church graveyard aged 62, according to the inscription on the headstone.

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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



Further details of the children of Hugh Spence and Marion Selkirk.

James Spence baptised on 24 April 1791 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire.

Nothing more currently known.

Ann Spence born\baptised on 10 March 1793 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire.

I believe Ann Spence married James Henshilwood on 15 January 1815 in Lanark, Lanarkshire. I believe James Henshilwood was the son of George Henshilwood and Mary Pate, born 17 February 1792 and baptised on 19 February 1792 in Lanark, Lanarkshire. James and Ann had the following children: :-

There is an extensive Family Tree on the Familysearch Website and some of the following is from that. Where information is from there and has not been confirmed I have italicised it. However it does appear that the information is correct.

I believe Ann Spence died sometime between the birth of Thomas in 1826 and 1831 as on 9 January 1831 in Lanark, Lanarkshire James remarried to Isabella Reid. Isabella was born about 1794 in Carmichael, Lanarkshire. They had the following children:

1841 Census (7th. June) Lanark (648) Book 8. Page 15.

St Leonard St, Lanark, Lanarkshire.

Name Age Occupation Where Born
James Henshelwood 45 Hand loom Weaver Yes
Jane Henshelwood 45   Yes
James Henshelwood 15 Hand loom Weaver Yes
Thomas Henshelwood 14 Hand loom Weaver Yes
John Henshelwood 12 Hand loom Weaver Apprentice Yes
Robert Henshelwood 9 Hand loom Weaver Apprentice Yes
William Henshelwood 5   Yes
Mary Henshelwood 1   Yes
Elizabeth Henshelwood 1   Yes

For the census of 1851.

1851 Census (31st. March) Lanark (648) Book 9 Page 25

St Leonard St, Lanark, Lanarkshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Henshilwood Head 59 Hand Loom Weaver Lanark, Lanarkshire
Isobel Henshilwood Wife 57 Lanark, Lanarkshire
Robert Henshilwood Son 19 Hand Loom Weaver Lanark, Lanarkshire
William Henshilwood Son 15 Hand Loom Weaver Lanark, Lanarkshire
Elisabeth Henshilwood Daughter 11 Lanark, Lanarkshire
James Henshilwood Grandson 11 Hand Loom Weaver Lanark, Lanarkshire

James Hensilwood died on 5 April 1861 in 53 St Leonards Street, Lanark, Lanarkshire. Strangely no record of his death has been discovered in the BMD Index of Scotlandspeople, but a notice of his demise was carried in the Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser of 13 April 1861.

Intimation of the death of James Henshilwood - Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser of 13 April 1861.

This lack of death certificate means the loss of the details that such a certificate provides i.e. who he was married two and what their maiden names were. Fortuitously the 1861 census for 53 St Leonards Street, Lanark, taken 3 days provides these details albeit indirectly. The household includes Isabella Hensilwood, widow, aged 67, born in Carmichael, Lanarkshire, and a George Hensilwood, recorded as son, married, aged 42, a Clerk in a Coal Depot born in Lanark, Lanarkshire. Isabella's maiden surname was confirmed as Reid by her later death certificate of 1866, and George Hensilwood was in fact the eldest son of James by his first marraige to Ann Spence, confirmed as his parents by George's later death certificate of 1867. (For the same census George's wife Janet Hensilwood, (maiden surname Thomson) was recorded at the family home at Maitland Street, Barony, Milton, Lanarkshire and identified as "Clerk's Wife - Absent"). This census confirms not only that the deceased James was the husband of Isabella and also the fact that James was initially married Ann Spence.

For the 1861 Census

1861 Census (8th April) Lanark (648) Book 7 Page 22

53 St Leonards Street, Lanark, Lanarlshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Isobella Henshilwood Head - Widow 67 Carmichael, Lanarkshire
George Henshilwood Son 43 Clerk in a Coal Depot Lanark, Lanarkshire
James Clark Lodger 41 Chelsea Pensioner Lanark, Lanarkshire
Christina Henshilwood Lodger 23 Servant Lanark, Lanarkshire

Isabell Hensilwood, nee Reid, died on 10 November 1866 in 53 St Leonards Street, Lanark, Lanarkshire. An intimation of her death was carried in the Glasgow Herald of 14 November 1866. Sight of the actual Death Certificate has not been had, but the Scotlandspeople Index gives Isabella's mother's maiden surname as Hastie which would suggest she was the Isabella Reid, whose baptism was recorded to James Reid and Elizabeth Hastie in the parish register of Carmichael, Lanarkshire

Intimation of the death of Isabell Hensilwood, nee Reid - Glasgow Herald of 14 November 1866.

Janet Spence baptised on 25 January 1795 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire.

Janet married Robert Law, the son of Robert Law and Rachel Young about 1820. Robert was born on 2 February 1791 in Walston, Lanarkshire. Robert died on 13 October 1857 in Carnwath, Lanarkshire. Janet died on 21 May 1878 in Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Midlothian. The couple had 8 known children. Next generation in our Family Tree Click here for more details on this family and their descendants.

Margaret Spence born\baptised on 28 May 1797 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire.

Margaret Spence died on 25th September 1812, presumably in Carstairs, lanarkshire, and was commemorated on the family grace headstone.

William Spence born\baptised on 25 May 1799 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire.

William Spence died on 6th February 1807, presumably in Carstairs, Lanarkshire, and was commemorated on the family grace headstone.

John Spence born\baptised on 28 June 1801 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire.

John married Marion Brown on 3 February 1832 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire. The couple had six known children:- NOTE: Marion Brown was probably the Marion Brown whose baptism was recorded on 3rd June 1804 in Carstairs parish, the 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 Brown born\baptised 22 November 1789, and Catherine Brown born\baptised 1st January 1792. Both events were recorded in the Carstairs parish register.

For the census of 1841 John and Marion were recorded as resident in Carstairs Village along with their children Catherine aged 8, Hugh aged 7, Marion aged 5, and Thomas aged 2. Also included in the household is what is assumed to be John's mother, Marion Selkirk, aged 80.

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

Carstairs Village.

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

For the census of 1851.

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 Spence Wife 46 Farmer's Wife Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Catherine Spence Daughter 18 Farmer's daughter Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Hugh Spence Son 16 Farmer's son Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Thomas Spence Son 11 Scholar Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Ann Spence Daughter 9 Scholar Carstairs, Lanarkshire
James Spence Son 5 Scholar Carstairs, Lanarkshire

For the 1861 census..

1861 Census (8th April) Carstairs (633) Book 1 Page 24

Easters of Ravenstruther, Carstairs, Lanarlshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Spence Head 59 Farmer 17 Acres Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Marion Spence Wife 56 Farmer's Wife Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Marion Spence Daughter 24 Farmer's Daughter Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Thomas Spence Son 21 Warehouseman Carstairs, Lanarkshire
James Spence Son 15 Farmer's Son Carstairs, Lanarkshire

For the 1871 census..

1871 Census (3rd April) Carstairs (633) Book 1 Page 38

Ravenstruther, Carstairs, Lanarlshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Spence Head 69 Farmer 17 Acres - Arable Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Marion Spence Wife 66 Farmer's Wife Carstairs, Lanarkshire
James Spence Son 25 Farmer's Son Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Cellia Watson Servant 14 General Servant Carnwath, Lanarkshire

For the 1881 census..

1881 Census (4th April) Carstairs (633) Book 1 Page 12

Ravenstruther, Carstairs, Lanarlshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Spence Head 79 Retired Farmer Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Marion Spence Wife 76 Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Ann Noble Daughter- Widow 39 Grocer - Visitor Carstairs, Lanarkshire
Marion Noble Granddaughter 13 Carnwath, Lanarkshire
John Noble Grandson 3 Carnwath, Lanarkshire

John Spence died on 3 December 1882 in Ravenstruther Farm, Lanarkshire. He was buried in Carstairs, Lanarkshire Burial Ground. Marion Spence, nee Brown, died on 6 September 1886 in Carstairs, Lanarkshire. She was buried in Carstairs Burial Ground, Carstairs, Lanarkshire .