Details of William Dickson and Euphemia Murray

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Details of William Dickson and Euphemia Murray
(Parents of Janet Dickson who married James Mathieson on 14 October 1859. in Cotgreen, Melrose.)

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\baptised to William Dickson and Euphemia Murray on 25 February 1837. William Dickson and Euphemia Murray were married on 17 June 1825, in Melrose, and Janet was the fifth of six known children. 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.)

CHILDREN OF WILLIAM DICKSON AND EUPHEMIA MURRAY - (For further details of the known children of William Dickson and Euphemia Murray, - click here)

For the census 1841 the family were recorded at Abbey Street, Melrose, with William Dickson listed as aged 45, and Agricultural labourer. Euphemia was listed as aged 30, and all of their 6 children were included in the household. The whole household was identified as born in REoxburghshire. Note - ages over 15 were rounded down to the nearest 5.)

1841 Census (7 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

For the census of 1851 Euphemia was recorded at Newstead, Melrose. She was identified as a widow, aged 46, and born in Cavers, Roxburghshire. Included in the household were 4 of her 6 children - George Dickson, aged 23, an Agricultural labourer, Walter Dicksonaged 18, an Agricultural labourer, Janet Dickson, aged 14, and Euphemia Dickson, aged 11, both still "Scholars". All the chidren were listed as born in Melrose, Roxburghshire. As Euphemia was listed as a widow it is presumed that her husband, William Dickson, must have died sometime between 7 June 1841 and 31 March 1851.

1851 Census (31 March) Melrose (799) Book 2A Page 29

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 25 July 1857 in Melrose, Roxburghshire, who was a "natural" child of Eupemia and William's daughter Janet Dickson. No fathers name was given on the certificate and although she went on to marry "our" James Mathieson just over two years later, I suspect he was not William's father. For further details of this William Dickson, his marriage and children - click here

For the census of 1861 Euphemia was recorded as resident at Farm Hall Hind's House, Stow, Midlothian. Walter, her son, was listed as the Head of the household, working as a ploughman. Included in the household were also Eupemia's daughters, Margaret and Euphemia, along with the aforementiond William, aged 3, identified as Walter's Nephew, and an Agnes Dickson, aged 9, identified as Walter's Niece. Agnes was the "natural" daughter of Margaret Dickson and sadly died aged 18 on 13 October 1870 at 26 High Buckholmside, Ladhope, Roxburghshire. She was recorded as a Yarn Winder, "Illegitimate", with her mother was listed as Margaret Dickson, a Domestic Servant, but with no father' name given. The informant was her mother, Margaret Dickson. Next door in this census was Euphemia's married daughter Elizabeth and her husband George Dodds, along with their three children.Click here to see this household next door.

1861 Census (8th. 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

Euphemia Murray died on 17 February 1864, at Mossilee, Galashiels. As the informant on her death certificate is Walter, her younger son, it would seem likely that she was still living with him at the time, presumably 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 almost certainly being 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.