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Ann Marshall, born 7 February 1840, New Kilpatrick

Ann married Robert Thomson, son of John Thomson, a carter, and Jane Taylor on 8 June 1860 in Barrhead, Renfrewshire. At the time of her marriage Ann was living in Barrhead and was working as a farm servant. Robert was living in Grahamston and was working as a joiner. The witnesses were David Stevenson and John Thomson (Robert's brother?), Robert was born on 28 February 1838 in Grahamston, Renfrewshire. He was christened on 25 March 1838 in Neilston Parish, Renfrewshire.

Ann and Robert had the following known children:

For the census of 1881 Ann and her family were living at Blackwoods Land, Neilston, Renfrewshire

1881 Census (4th April) Neilston (572-2) Book 8 Page 12.

Blackwoods Land, Neilston, Renfrewshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Thomson Head 42 Joiner Barrhead, Renfrewshire
Annie Wife 41   New Kipatrick, Dunbartonshire
William Son 18 Printfield Worker Barrhead, Renfrewshire
John Son 16 Printfield Worker Greenock, Renfrewshire
Annie Daughter 14 Dressmaker Greenock, Renfrewshire
Jane Daughter 12 Scholar Greenock, Renfrewshire
Robert Son 10 Scholar Greenock, Renfrewshire
Mary Daughter 6 Scholar Barrhead, Renfrewshire
Agnes Daughter 4   Barrhead, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth Daughter 2   Barrhead, Renfrewshire
James Son 1 Month   Barrhead, Renfrewshire

John Marshall, born 20 April 1842, New Kilpatrick

John married Ann Wilson Thomson daughter of James Thomson, an engineer, and Helen Strathearn on 9 June 1865 in Eaglesham, Renfrewshire. At the time of his marriage John was living in New Kilpatrick and was working as a coal miner. Ann was also living in Baldernock and was working as a farm servant. The witnesses were Gavin B. Reid and Mary Reid. Ann was born about 1838 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

John and Ann had the following known children:

For the 1881 census John and his family were living at Baljaffrey Colliery, New Kilpatrick. The Mary Brown and her daughter were almost certainly not the daughter and granddaughter of John as suggested by this census. I suspect they were related in some way to John's wife Ann Wilson Thomson as I am pretty sure that Mary the "daughter's" full name was Mary Thomson Watson. She had married David J. Brown in Eaglesham on 5 July 1878, and the baby Elizabeth Robertson Brown was born on 13 January 1879 at 21 Cross Street, Partick.

1881 Census (4th April) New Kilpatrick (500) Book 4 Page 6.

Baljaffrey Colliery, New Kilpatrick. 

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Marshall Head 39 Lime Burner New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
Anne Wife 42 Lime Burner Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Helen Daughter 15 Printfield Worker New Kilpatrick, Stirlingshire
William Son 10 Scholar New Kilpatrick, Stirlingshire
James Son 7 Scholar New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
Mary Brown Daughter 21 Visitor Eaglesham, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth Brown Grand-daughter 2   Patrick, Lanarkshire

Janet Marshall, born 10 January 1844, New Kilpatrick

Janet married John Allison, son of William Allison, a ploughman, and Christina MacAusland on 2 June 1865 in Mid-Parish, Paisley. At the time of her marriage Janet was living in Laighpark, Paisley, working as a dairymaid. John was living at Easter Walkinshaw Farm, mid-way between Paisley and Renfrew, working as a ploughman. The witnesses were R. Dunlop and Julia Bryson. William Allison, and Christina McAusland, were married on 15 December 1836 in Erskine Parish. John Allison was baptised on 16 May 1841, also in Erskine Parish.(It is interesting to speculate whether the family of John Allison were related to either one or both of the families of William Allison and Christina Allison. the future in-laws of Janet's sister Mary - See Appendix E)

William Allison was baptised on 18 September 1803, Houston, Renfrewshire, son of John Allison and Janet Holm. Christina McAusland was baptised on 1 November 1809 Dumbarton parish, daughter of John McAusland and Isobel Freedland

Janet and John had the following known children:

For the census of 1881 Janet and her family were living at 65 Eglinton St, Govan, Lanarkshire

1881 Census (4th April) Govan (644-1-2) Book 13 Page 21.

65 Eglinton St, Govan, Lanarkshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Allison Head 39 Carter Erskine, Renfrewshire
Janet Wife 27   Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire
Christina Daughter 15 In thread factory Renfrew, Renfrewshire
William Son 13 Message Boy Paisley, Renfrewshire
Alexander Son 9 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire
John Son 5 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire
James Son 3   Paisley, Renfrewshire

Whilst looking for a marriage certificate for John Allison, son of Janet's sister Mary Marshall and Andrew Todd Allison, I came across a marriage record for John Marshall Allison to Janet Kennedy Douglas on 9 September 1922. This John Marshall Allison is aged 25 (born about 1897) and his father is given as Alexander Allison, a carting contractor's foreman, the mother as Jeanie Summers. Although I have not checked I would imagine that this Alexander is the son of John Allison and Janet Marshall, aged 9 in the above 1881 census. 

David Marshall, born 7 September 1845 in New Kilpatrick

David was employed as Coal Miner. He died, aged 15, on 21 August 1861 in Gordon's Land, Milngavie. The cause of death was "ulceration of bowels - 10 weeks. Phthisis - 6 weeks". The informant on the death certificate was Ann his mother, who was also resident at Gordon's land, Milngavie

Jane Marshall, born 1 October 1847, New Kilpatrick

Baptised on 3 February 1848 (The marriage certificate of Jane Marshall and John Marshall gives Jane's mother's name incorrectly as Ann Marshall - nee Johnston. Her death certificate gives the correct names.)

Jane married John Marshall son of John Marshall, a labourer, and Margaret Lyon on 26 June 1869 in Milngavie, Stirling. At the time of her marriage Jane was living in Milngavie and was working as dyework hand. John was living in Whitehill and was working as an engineer. The witnesses were William Marshall (Jane's half brother or John's brother?) and Robert Dunnion. John was born on 6 February 1842 in New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire.

Jane and John had the following known children:

For the census of 1881 Jane and her family were living at 50 Kinning Street, Govan, Lanarkshire.

1881 Census (4th April) Govan (644-13) Book 40 Page 17.

50 Kinning Street, Govan, Lanarkshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Marshall Head 38 Engineer in steamer New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
Jean Wife 34   New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
John Son 13 Scholar Milngavie, Stirlingshire
Maggie Daughter 11 Scholar Milngavie, Stirlingshire
Elizabeth Daughter 10 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
William Son 6 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Robert Son 1   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

For the census of 1891 Jane and her family were still living in Govan but one street away from Kinning Street, at 284 Crookston St. This was presumably a tenement flat and was recorded as having 2 rooms with windows. Which of their children was the father\mother of their grandson James aged 5 months listed in this census is unknown. John is still working as an engineer in a steam ship (the final word recording his occupation is difficult to decipher, ?overtasker? is best guess but what it signifies, (if correct), I do not know. The biscuit employement (or unemployment!) was probably with Gray Dunn & Co whose premises were in Govan close by Crookston Street.

1891 Census (6th April) Kinning Park (644-14) Book 24 Page 7. 

284 Crookston St, Govan, Lanarkshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Marshall Head 49 Engineer in steamship - ?overtasker? New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
Jeanie Wife 43   New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
Maggie Daughter 21 Biscuit baker Milngavie, Stirlingshire
Elizasbeth Daughter 20 Biscuit baker (unemployed) Glasgow, Lanarkshire
William Son 16 Van Driver - biscuits Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Robert Son 11 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Alexander Son 9 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
David Son 3   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
James Grandson 5 months   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

For the census of 1901 Jane and her family had moved again, this time to 7 Houton Street, a few streets away from their old address. This must have been a slightly bigger tenement flat being recorded as having 3 rooms with windows. John seems to have come ashore now working as an engineer on a stationary steam engine in an "ice works", as is his son John. "Menage Manageress", the occupation of their daughter Elizabeth seems to translate as "household manageress".

1901 Census (1st April) Kinning Park (644-14) Book 9 Page 12.

7 Houston St, Govan, Lanarkshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Marshall Head 58 Stationary Engine Driver (Ice Works) New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
Jeanie Wife 52   New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
John Son 33 Stationary Engine Driver (Ice Works) Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth  Daughter 28 Menage Manageress - On own accord at home Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Robert Son 21 Coppersmith (Apprentice) Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Alexander Son 19 Railway Carter Glasgow, Lanarkshire
David R. Son 12 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire

It is possible that John Marshall died two years after this census as there is a record of the death of a John Marshall, aged 59, in Govan for 1903 (REF 646/02 0884) Jeanie lived on to the age of 80, dying on 2 March 1928 at 1301 Govan Rd., Glasgow. As her usual address is given as 46 St James St., Glasgow. The informant on the certificate is "Elizabeth Bryson - Daughter, Address - 148 Bedlay St., Glasgow", which would suggest that her daughter Elizabeth had married a Mr. Bryson. No record of this marriage has been found.

Thomas Marshall, born 1851 in New Kilpatrick

Thomas, printfield labourer, married Janet McArthur in 1877 in Strathblane (Ref. 491/00 0002.) Janet was born about 1855, the daughter of Daniel McArthur and Catherine McLaren. Sadly Janet died the year following her marriage on the 11 November 1878 in Netherton. Strathblane. The cause of death seems to be Syphilis and Tabes Mesenterica (see note below), which she had been suffering from for several years! The informant of the death record was Agnes Martin, Janet's sister. (Living in Netherton Cottage, Strathblane for the 1881 census.).

For the 1881 census Thomas was living with his mother in Strathblane.

1881 Census (4th April) Strathblane (491) Book 15 Page 11

Wood Place, Strathblane, Stirlingshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Marshall Head 28 Printfield Labourer New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire
Ann Marshall Mother 63 House Keeper Baldernock, Stirlingshire

Thomas died on 13 February 1887 in North Prison, Glasgow although his usual residence was given as Whitelaw Street, Glasgow. The death certificate states as cause "Spinal Paralysis - years / Serious Apoplexy 1 days". Whether he was at the prison as a warder, or an inmate and if as an inmate (as seems likely) was he an actual "criminal" or was he being detained because of his medical condition?? Records should be available to shed some light on this. The informant on his death certificate was his sister Janet (Allison) whose address was given as 18 St Andrews Street, Glasgow.


On Agnes death certificate I suspect the doctor meant Tabes Dorsalis as oppose to Tabes Mesenterica. Tabes Mesenterica is a form of Tuberculosis more usually found in children whereas Tabes Dorsalis is specifically linked to Syphilis. The following is a definition of syphilitic myelopathy from a modern "Medical Dictionary". Syphilitic myelopathy with additional nerve damage seems to be the same as Tabes Dorsalis.

Syphilitic myelopathy : - Definition: Syphilitic myelopathy is a disorder characterized by muscle weakness and abnormal sensations caused by untreated syphilis infections. Alternative Names: Tabes dorsalis

Causes, incidence, and risk factors: Syphilitic myelopathy is a form of neurosyphilis, which is a progressive, life-threatening complication of late or tertiary syphilis infection. The condition called tabes dorsalis includes syphilitic myelopathy and additional symptoms of nerve damage.

The infection damages the tissue of the spinal cord and peripheral nervous tissue. This causes decreased muscle function (myelopathy), including progressive weakness of the legs, arms, and other areas. Loss of function may eventually result in paralysis. Coordination difficulties contribute to problems walking. There are often changes in sensation, including painful paresthesia (abnormal sensations), which are often referred to as "lightning pains."

In syphilitic myelopathy, the muscle problems are accompanied by other symptoms characteristic of nervous system damage caused by syphilis. These include vision changes, stroke, and psychiatric illness.

Syphilitic myelopathy is now very rare because syphilis is usually treated early in the disease or as a result of screening blood tests that identify the disease in its latent (silent) form. Such blood tests are performed, for example, on individuals who donate blood.

Looking at the cause of death of Thomas and the symptoms described in this definition it would seem likely that Thomas has also become infected with syphilis and it was the underlying cause of his demise as well.

Alexander Marshall, born 4 April 1854, New Kilpatrick

Alexander married Elizabeth Mason daughter of James Mason, a shoemaker, and Elizabeth Dunlop on 7 June 1878 in Newtown, Milngavie, Stirling. At the time of his marriage Alexander was living in Newton, Milngavie and working as a carter. Elizabeth was also living in Newton, Milngavie and was working as a papermill hand. The witnesses were Thomas marshall, (Alexander's brother?), and Maggie Watt. Elizabeth was born about 1856 in Milngavie, Stirling.

Alexander and Elizabeth had the following known children: William Marshall, born about 1874 in Milngavie, Stirling. Alexander Marshall, born about 1879 in New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire.

For the census of 1881 Alexander and his family were living at Langfaulds Rows, New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire. What is presumably Elizabeth's sister Helen is also recorded in the household along with what may be her "natural" daughter Elizabeth, aged 2 months

1881 Census (4th April) New Kilpatrick (500) Book 4 Page 44

Langfaulds Rows, New Kilpatrick, Dumbartonshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Marshall Head 25 Carter Milngavie, Stirlingshire
Elizabeth Wife 26   Milngavie, Stirlingshire
William Son 6   Milngavie, Stirlingshire
Alexander Son     New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire
Helen Mason Sister In Law 24 Bleacher Milngavie, Stirlingshire
Elizabeth Mason Neice 2 months   New Kilpatrick, Dunbartonshire

Mary Marshall, born 21 February 1857, New Kilpatrick

Next Generation in our Family History

Isabella Marshall, born 11 May 1860, Baldernock

Isabella was under a year old when she died on 15 March 1861 in Newtown, Milngavie. The cause of death was measles. The informant on the death certificate was Robert Marshall her half brother (son of William Marshall and Mary Brown)