Details of Janet Dickson

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Janet Dickson's marriage certificate gives her parents' names as John Dickson and Euphemia Murray, but her later death certificate gives them as William Dickson and Agnes Murray. The facts point to her being the Janet Dickson recorded in the parish register of Melrose as born to William Dickson and Euphemia Murray in 1837. (No month or day is recorded). William Dickson and Euphemia Murray were married on 17th June 1825, in Melrose, and Janet was the fifth of six known children.


The family seems to have continued living in Melrose from the time of the parents' marriage, at least up to the census date of 31st March 1851, as they are recorded in the censuses for Melrose for both 1841 and 1851. The 1851 census records Euphemia Murray, the mother, as a widow, therefore her husband, William Dickson, must have died sometime between 7th June 1841 and 31st March 1851. This would agree with the information on Janet Dickson's later marriage certificate of 14th October 1859, which records her father as "deceased", although giving his christian name as John not William. This disagreement between the parents christian names on Janet Dickson's marriage certificate and her death certificate graphically demonstrate why information from any source should not be taken as gospel until confirmed or supported by a second source.

1841 Census (7th. June) Melrose (799) Book 1. Page 13.

Abbey Street, Melrose.

Name Age Occupation Where Born
William Dickson 45 Agricultural Labourer Yes
Euphemia Dickson 30   Yes
George Dickson 14   Yes
Margaret Dickson 12   Yes
Elizabeth Dickson 10   Yes
Walter Dickson 8   Yes
Janet Dickson 4   Yes
Euphemia Dickson 2   Yes


1851 Census (31st. March) Melrose (799) Book Page

Newstead, Melrose.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Euphemia Dickson Head 46 Widow Cavers, Roxburghshire
George Dickson Son 23 Agricultural labourer Melrose, Roxburghshire
Walter Dickson Son 18 Agricultural labourer Melrose, Roxburghshire
Janet Dickson Daughter 14 Scholar Melrose, Roxburghshire
Euphemia Dickson Daughter 11 Scholar Melrose, Roxburghshire

There is a record of a William Dickson born on 25th July 1857 in Melrose, Roxburghshire to a Janet Dickson with no fathers name given. This may be our Janet having a "natural" son. I suspect further research will prove\disprove this.

Euphemia Murray died on 17th February 1864, at Mossilee, Galashiels. As the informant on her death certificate is Walter, her younger son, she may have been living with him at the time, possibly at this address.

Her parents' names are given on her death certificate as -------- Murray and Margaret --------. Going by her age on her death certificate and given in the 1851 census, Euphemia Murray was born in 1803/04, with her place of birth being identified in the 1851 census as Cavers parish. This would point to her being almost certainly the Euphemia Murray, born to Walter Murray, an agricultural labourer, and Margaret Brown, whose baptism at Newfield, Cavers parish, was recorded in the Cavers parish register on 22nd September 1803.

This Euphemia Murray was the ninth of nine children, seven boys and two girls, recorded in the Cavers parish register as born to Walter Murray and Margaret Brown.