Details of the known childern of Robert Law and Janet Spence
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Details of the known childern of Robert Law and Janet Spence
Marion Law baptised on 25th August 1821 in Carnwath Parish
Marion Law married a James MacCallum on 25th June 1844 in Carnwath parish. They seem to have had at least ten children, all recorded in Carnwath Parish :
For the census of 1881 the family were at Forth, Carnwath parish.
1881 Census (4th April) Carnwath (632) Book 10. Page 9.
|James MacCallum||Head||63||Merchant||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Marrion MacCallum||Wife||59||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|James MacCallum||Son||18||Carter||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes MacCallum||Daughter||23||Grocer Assistant||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Christine MacCallum||Daughter||14||General servant||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Robert MacCallum||Grandson||5||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Janet MacCallum||Granddaughter||16 months||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
For the 1891 census the family were recorded at the "Grocer's Shop" Forth, Carnwath. Marion McCallum nee Law died in 1904 in Forth. There is a gravestone in Carnwath cemetry with the following information : -
By Peter + J McCallum to father John died 16th September 1839 aged 54; John McCallum son of James McCallum died 27th May 1865 aged 20; Janet Gibson wife of said John McCallum died 25th November 1876 aged 86; said James McCallum died 27th June 1898 aged 81; Marion Law died 9th April 1904 aged 83; Their grandaughter, nurse, Janet S. McCallum died 30th August 1902 aged 22.
From this we can jalous that Marion and James had a son John, born circa 1845, who had died young, on 27th May 1865 aged 20. That Marion Law died 9th April 1904, and her husband James McCallum died 27th June 1898. That James McCallum was the son of John McCallum, born circa 1785, and Janet Gibson, born circa 1790, and that he had a brother Peter. One of Marion and James' sons had a daughter Janet S(pence?) born circa 1880, who was a nurse and died young on 30th August 1902 aged only 22. (Note - this info is from a transcription and the actual stone has not be seen!)
Rachel Law baptised on 9th January 1823 in Carnwath Parish
Rachel Law married a Thomas Dick, a dairyman, on 24th November 1854 and the event is recorded in the Parish register of both Carnwath and Carstairs Parishes.
Rachel and Thomas had the following known children:
For the census of 1861 the family were living in Carnwath village with the aforementioned children.
1861 Census (8th April) Carnwath (632) Book 7. Page 4.
|Thomas Dick||Head||42||Dairyman||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Rachel Dick||Wife||38||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Janet Dick||Daughter||6||Scholar||Carstairs, Lanarkshire|
|James Dick||Son||4||Carstairs, Lanarkshire|
|Robert Dick||Son||1||Lanark, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes Dick||Daughter||1||Lanark, Lanarkshire|
|Barbara Haddow||Servant||29||Female servant||Fife, Fifeshire|
Sometime after this 1861 census but prior to the birth of Marion Rachel, the family moved to Edinburgh and by the census of 1881 the family were living in Corstorphine, Edinburgh
1881 Census (4th April) Corstorphine (678) Book 3. Page 1
Meadow Dairies, Medwin Bank, Corstorphine, Edinburgh
|Thomas Dick||Head||60||Dairyman||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Rachel Dick||Wife||58||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|James Dick||Son||24||Dairyman's son||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Robert Dick||Son||21||Dairyman's son||Lanark, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes Dick||Daughter||21||Dairyman's Daughter||Lanark, Lanarkshire|
|Marion R. Dick||Daughter||15||Scholar||St Cuthberts, Edinburgh|
There is a Will and an Inventory listed in the Wills and Testaments index on the Scotlandspeople website for Thomas Dick which records him as Thomas Dick, Dairyman, Medwin Bank, Corstorphine, Mid-Lothian, died 4 September 1895 at Corstorphine, testate. There is also a later Will and an Inventory listed in the Wills and Testaments index on the Scotlandspeople website for his wife Rachel, which records her as Rachel Dick or Law of Bonaly Road, Edinburgh, widow, died on 21 June 1902 at Edinburgh, intestate.
Robert Law baptised on 3rd April 1825 in Carnwath Parish
Robert Law as eldest son seems to have taken over the farm on the death of his father in 1857, although Janet his mother was still in residence and given the title "Head" in the 1861 census.
1861 Census (8th April) Carnwath (632) Book 6. Page 4.
Gowmacmorran Farm, Carnwath
|Janet Law||Head||65||Housekeeper||Carstairs, Lanarkshire|
|Robert Law||Son||20||Farmer of 50 acres||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Mary Grogan||Servant||17||Domestic servant||Airdrie, Lanarkshire|
|William Mager?||Servant||14||Agricultural labourer||Glasgow, Lanarkshire|
Robert Law married Isabella Howieson on 24th January 1862 in Carnwath, Lanarkshire.
As far as I am aware the coule only had the one child:
For the census of 1871 we find young Robert, and his mother, Isabella, at Gowmackmorn but no sign of Robert, the father. Why this should be and where he was I know not at this time.
1871 Census (3rd April) Carnwath (632) Book 6. Page 6.
|Isabella Law||Head||36||Farmer 50 acres||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes Law||Daughter||13||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Robert Law||Son||2||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Susan Glass||Servant||18||General servant||Carluke, Lanarkshire|
|Katherine Service?||Servant||13||Cattle Herd||Carluke, Lanarkshire|
|John Neilsham?||Servant||55||Farm Servant||Perthshire|
The Agnes, recorded in this census, as a daughter, would seem to have been a daughter of Isabella Howieson born a few years prior to her marriage to Robert Law. Agnes was born on 2nd August 1857 and on the birth certificate there is no father's name just "illegitimate" in the space for the father's name. Whether Robert was actually the father and later made Isabella an "honest women" is open to speculation!!
Robert Law died on 22nd December 1879, aged 45. He was laid to rest in the family grave in Carnwath parish church graveyard. His widow Isabella was still farming at Gowmackmorn in 1881 as we find her and her family there for the 1881 census.
1881 Census (4th April) Carnwath (632) Book 6. Page 5.
|Isabella Law||Head||46||Farmer 75 acres + 1 girl||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes Law||Daughter||23||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Robert Law||Son||12||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Janet Pillans||Servant||14||Agricultural Labourer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
Isabella's daughter Agnes married James Kinnis in 1886 and the marriage was recorded in Forth, Lanarkshire. This may well signify the family's move to Heathland Farm, Forth, as this is where the family were living for the census of 1891. James Kinnis was born on 2nd September 1861 in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, the son of William Kinnis, a grain merchant, and Helen Dykes.
1891 Census ( April) Forth (632-2) Book 2. Page 10.
Heathland Farm, Forth, Carnwath parish.
|Isabella Law||Head||56||Farmer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Robert Law||Son||22||Farmer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Minnie Watson||Servant||13||Domestic Servant||Whitburn, Linlithgowshire|
On 16th February 1899 Robert Law married Christina Somerville. Christina was born about 1874 in Carstairs and it is in carstairs that the marriage was recorded. For the census of 1901 Robert and Christina were living at Heathland farm along with their first born daughter one year old Janet. With his marriage and Isabella advancing age Robert is now the head of the house.
1901 Census (7th April) Forth (632-2) Book 2 Page 34.
Heathland Farm, Forth, Carnwath parish.
|Robert Law||Head||32||Farmer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Christina Law||Wife||26||Carstairs, Lanarkshire|
|Janet W. Law||Daughter||1||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Isabella Law||Mother||66||Formerly Farmer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
7 months after this census on 18th November 1901 Robert and Christina had a second child a son Robert, also born at Heathland farm, Forth. Robert and Christina seem to have remained at Heathland farm at least up to the death of Robert on 22nd July 1848 as it is given as his place of death. The death certificate is witnessed by "W.S. Law - son", so Robert and Christina must have had at least one further child, possibly W(illiam) S(omerville) Law?
As for Isabella's daughter Agnes for the census of 1901 she was living with her husband James and their five children, William born 1886/87 born in Forth, Bella born 1887/88 born in Shotts, Nellie born 1889/90 born in Shotts, Agnes born 1891/92 born in Shotts, and Jeannie born 1896/97 born in Shotts.
1901 Census (7th April) Shotts (655-1) Book 4 Page 3.
Shotts Inn Farm, Kirk O'Shotts.
|James Kinnis||Head||40||Farmer||Bothwell, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes Kinnis||Wife||42||Farmer's Wife||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|William Kinnis||Son||14||Farmer's Son||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|Bella Kinnis||Daughter||13||Farmer's Daughter||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|Nellie Kinnis||Daughter||11||Scholar||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes Kinnis||Daughter||9||Scholar||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|Jeannie Kinnis||Daughter||4||Scholar||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|Agnes McGinn||Servant||17||General Servant||Shotts, Lanarkshire|
|William Muir||Servant||40||General Servant||Cam??????, Lanarkshire|
In fact by 1912 Isabella had gone to live with her daughter Agnes as her death is recorded as happening on 16th October 1912 at Shotts Inn Farm the family home of Agnes and her husband James Kinnis. James Kinnis is also the informant on the death certificate. Her death was recorded on the family gravestone in Carnwath graveyard .
Hugh Law baptised on 22nd June 1828 in Carnwath Parish
Next generation in Law Family History
James Law baptised on 24th October 1830 in Carnwath Parish
Seems to have been farming at Guildhouses farm at the time of the 1871 census, with his mother in residence at the time.
1871 Census (3rd April) Carnwath (632) Book 6. Page 4.
Guildhouses Farm, Carnwath
|James Law||Head||36||Farmer||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Janet Law||Mother||75||Housekeeper||Carstairs, Lanarkshire|
|Marion MacCallum||Niece||18||Farm servant||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Lillias McKenzie||Servant (f)||15||Farm servant||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Grace Waddell||Servant||14||Farm servant||Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire|
|Archibald Weir||Servant||13||Farm servant||Dolphinton, Lanarkshire|
Cannot currently be identified in the 1881 census.
John Law baptised on 20th February 1834 in Carnwath Parish
Not listed in the 1841 census. Would have been aged 7, therefore may have died in infancy. Carnwath Burial register may supply proof.
William Law baptised on 22nd June 1837 in Carnwath Parish
William Law married Anne Blackhall on 28th March 1866 in Fettercairn, Kincardineshire. William Law was living at 95 George Street, Glasgow at the time, working as a Post Office clerk. Anne Blackhall was born 1835\36, in Fettercairn, Kincardineshire, the daughter of John Blackhall, forrester on the Burn Estate, and Ann Ritchie.
For the census of 1881 William Law was still working as a Post Office clerk in Glasgow. No children are recorded in this census which would suggest they did not have any.
1881 Census (4th April) Glasgow (644-6) Book 23. Page 15.
20 Ronald St, Barony, Lanarkshire.
|William Law||Head||43||Clerk Civil Service P.O.||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Annie Law||Wife||44||Fettercairn Parish, Kincardine|
Ann Law baptised on 7th August 1839 in Carnwath Parish
Ann married Thomas Ballantyne, a farmer, on 31 Dec 1861 in Carnwath, Lanarkshire. Hugh was born about 1842 in Carnwath, Lanarkshire, the son of David Ballantyne, a farmer (deceased) and Nichola Johnstone (deceased).
They had the following known children:
For the census of 1881 Ann and her family were living at Bughtknowes Farm, Carnwath, where they were farming 200 acres.
1881 Census (4th April) Carnwath (632) Book 9. Page 4.
Bughtknowes Farm, Carnwath.
|Thos. Ballantyne||Head||38||Farmer Of 200 Acres (180 Arable) Employing 2 Men & 2 Girls||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Ann Ballantyne||Wife||39||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|David Ballantyne||Son||19||Farmers Son||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Robert Ballantyne||Son||16||Farmers Son||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Janet Ballantyne||Daughter||14||Farmers Daughter||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Alexander Ballantyne||Son||11||Scholar||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Thomas Ballantyne||Son||9||Scholar||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Hugh Ballantyne||Son||7||Scholar||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|James Ballantyne||Son||5||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Nicholas Ballantyne||?Daughter?||2||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Ann Hamilton||Servant||17||Farm Servant||Carnwath, Lanarkshire|
|Catherine Castilley||Servant||15||Farm Servant||Whitburn, Linlithgowshire|
It is believed that Ann Ballantyne nee Law died in 1896 in Carnwath,