Further Details of William Dickson, "natural" son of Janet Dickson.

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William Dickson born on 25 July 1857 in Melrose, Roxburghshire.

William Dickson was born on 25 July 1857 in Melrose, Roxburghshire, the "natural" child of Janet Dickson, the daughter of William Dickson and Euphemia Murray. No fathers name was given on the certificate.

Just over two years later on 14 October 1859 Janet Dickson married James Mathieson, however I suspect James was not William's father. Janet and James had one other child, a son James Mathieson, born on 29 March 1860 at Cotgreen, Melrose, but sadly it was also at Cotgreen that Janet Dickson died only two months later on 28 May 1860, aged only 23.

For the census of 1861 William was recorded in the household of his Uncle Walter at Farm Hall Hind's House, Stow, Midlothian. Also in the household were his grandmother Euphemia Dickson, his two Aunts, Margaret Dickson and Euphemia Dickson, and his cousin Agnes Dickson, aged 9, his Aunt Margaret's illegitimate daughter.

1861 Census (8 April) Stow (699) Book 8 Page 4.

Farm Hall Hind's House, Stow, Midlothian

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Walter Dickson Head 26 Ploughman Melrose, Roxburghshire
Euphemia Dickson Mother 57 Ploughman's Mother Selkirkshire
Margaret Dickson Sister 29   Melrose, Roxburghshire
Euphemia Dickson Sister 21 Agricultural Labourer Melrose, Roxburghshire
Agnes Dickson Niece 9 Scholar Melrose, Roxburghshire
William Dickson Nephew 3   Melrose, Roxburghshire

For the census of 1871 William was again recorded in the household of his Uncle Walter now at 26 High Buckholmside, Ladhope. He was identified as aged 13, a Mill Worker. Also included in the household was his Aunt Margaret Dickson.

1871 Census (3 April) Ladhope (799/2) Book 6 Page 14.

26 High Buckholmside, Ladhope, Roxburghshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Walter Dickson Head 32 Carter Melrose, Roxburghshire
Margaret Dickson Sister 39   Melrose, Roxburghshire
William Dickson Nephew 13 Mill Worker Newstead, Roxburghshire

For the census of 1881 William was recorded in the household of his married Aunt Euphemia and her husband Alexander Black at Ladhope Cottage, Ladhope along with their 5 children. Again also in the household were his Uncle Walter and his Aunt Margaret, along with the 4 orphaned children of his Aunt Elizabeth and her husband George Dodds, both deceased.

1881 Census (3 April) Hawick (776-B) Book 6. Page 16.

Ladhope Bank Cottage, Melrose, Roxburghshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Black Head 40 Coachman Kelso, Roxburghshire
Euphemia Black Wife 40   Melrose, Roxburghshire
Euphemia Black Daughter 14 Winder woolen Galashiels, Selkirkshire
William Black Son 10 Scholar Melrose, Roxburghshire
Susan Black Daughter 8 Scholar Galashiels, Selkirkshire
James Black Son 5 Scholar Galashiels, Selkirkshire
Maggie Black Daughter 2   Galashiels, Selkirkshire
Margaret Dickson Sister in law - single 56 Housekeeper Melrose, Roxburghshire
Walter Dickson Brother in law - single 46 Agricultural labourer Melrose, Roxburghshire
William Dickson Nephew 23 Wool dyer Melrose, Roxburghshire
James Dodds Nephew 20 Woolen weaver Stow, Edinburghshire
Euphemia Dodds Niece 17 Woolen birler Galashiels, Selkirkshire
Maggie Dodds Niece 15 Woolen winder Stow, Edinburghshire
Walter Dodds Nephew 12 Scholar Galashiels, Selkirkshire

William married Annie Tod Shannon on 19 June 1885 in Torwoodlee Gardens, Caddonfoot, Dumfries-shire. William was identified on the marriage certificate as aged 27, a Millworker, and the son of William Dickson, a Farm Steward, and Janet Dickson, maiden surname Dickson, both deceased. His usual address was given as Ladhope Cottage, Galashiels. The inclusion of a William Dickson as his father may or may not be correct, but no father's name was given on either his birth certificate or later death certificate. Ann was identified on the marriage certificate as a Darner in a Woollen Mill, aged 27, the daughter of Thomas Shannon and Elizabeth Shannon, maiden surname Dickson, both still living. Her usual address was given as Torwoodlee, Caddonfoot. The witnesses were William Dickson and Maria Shannon. Annie was born on 23 June 1857 in Leith, Midlothian. (A year previous to their marriage on 29 August 1884 William's Uncle Walter Dickson died in the gardens at Torwoodlee, Stow, Midlothian. The actual place of death was a Summer House situated in a Garden at Torwoodlee by Thomas Shannon, William's future father-in-law)

William and Annie had the following children:

For the census of 1891 William was recorded along with his wife Annie and their two daughters Lizzie aged 5 and Janet aged 1 at Magdale Terrace, Melrose. William was recorded as a Factory Engineman, presumably working in a local Woollen Mill.

1891 Census (6th April) Ladhope (776) Book 8. Page 10.

Magdale Terrace, Melrose, Ladhope, Selkirkshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Dickson Head 33 Factory Engineman Newstead, Roxburghshire
Annie Dickson Wife 33   Leith, Midlothian
Lizzie S. Dickson Daughter 5 Scholar Galashiels, Selkirkshire
Janet Dickson Daughter 1   Galashiels, Selkirkshire

For the census of 1901 William and his family had moved and were recorded at Botany Mill Lodge, Roxburgh Street, Galashiels. The family had increased with the addition of their son Thomas born in 1892 and a further daughter Annie born in 1898. No occupation seems to be given for William, but their eldest daughter Elizabeth was identified as a Woollen Darner.

1901 Census (1st April) Galashiels (775) Book 19 Page 3

Botany Mill Lodge, Roxburgh Street, Galashiels, Selkirkshire.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Dickson Head 42   Melrose, Roxburghshire
Annie Dickson Wife 42   Leith, Midlothian
Elizabeth Dickson Daughter 15 Woollen Darner Galashiels, Selkirkshire
Janet Dickson Daughter 11 Scholar Galashiels, Selkirkshire
Thomas Dickson Son 9 Scholar Galashiels, Selkirkshire
Annie Dickson Daughter 2   Galashiels, Selkirkshire

For the census of 1911 the family were again listed as resident at Botany Mill Lodge, Roxburgh Street, Galashiels, in a house identified as having 4 Rooms with 1 or more window. William was recorded as working as a Mechanic in a Woollen Mill, and Elizabeth was again recorded as a Woollen Darner. Thomas his son was recorded as also in employement working as a Twiner in a Woollen Mill, while their youner daughter, Annie, aged 12, was listed as still at school. This census contains the additional information that William and Annie have been married for 25 years and have had 4 children in all, with one deceased. (i.e. Janet died 1909)

1911 Census (2 April) Galashiels (775) Book 16 Page 15

Botany Mill Lodge, Roxburgh Street, Galashiels, Selkirkshire. (4 Rooms with 1 or more windows)

Name

Relationship

Age      

Duration of

Marriage

No of

Children Born

No of Children

Surviving

Occupation

Where Born

William Dickson Head 52       Woollen Mill Mechanic Melrose, Roxburghshire
Annie Dickson Wife 52 25 4 3   Leith, Midlothian
Elizabeth Dickson Daughter 24       Woollen Darner Ladhope, Selkirkshire
Thomas Dickson Son 19       Twiner, Woolen Mill Galashiels, Selkirkshire.
Annie Dickson Daughter 12       Scholar Galashiels, Selkirkshire.

William Dickson died, aged 56, on 29 May 1916 in 34 Wilderhaugh, Galashiels, Selkirkshire. He was identified on his death certificate as an Engineering Journeyman, married to Annie Tod Shannon, the son of Janet Dickson, subsequently married to James Mathiseson, a Farm Worker, deceased. The informant was Thomas N. Ralston, of 31 Magdala Terrace, Galashiels, Selkirkshire. The wording "subsequently married to James Mathieson" would seem to suggest that James Mathieson was being ruled out as his father.

Annie Dickson, nee Shannan died, aged 75, on 8 September 1932 in 34 Wilderhaugh, Galashiels, Selkirkshire. She was identified on her death certificate as the widow of William Dickson, an Engineer in a Woollen Mill, and the daughter of Thomas Shannon, a Jobbing Gardener, and Elizabeth Shannon, nee Dickson, both deceased. The informant was William Murray, of 16 Island Street, Galashiels, identified as her Nephew. (William Murray, born 1896, son of James Murray and Elizabeth Shannon (m. 1889 Galashiels). Elizabeth Shannon was Annie's younger sister, born 20 May 1865, Colinton, Edinburgh)

If I am correct in my suspicion that neither their son Thomas or daughter Annie married, and had children, I suspect that this branch of the family tree died with the demise of Annie Shannan Clark in 2003 in Galashiels, Selkirk.