Further Details of the Known Children of James Mathieson and Agnes Scott

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Elizabeth Mathieson was born on 23 Feb 1840 in Ayr.

With family in 1841 and 1851 censuses. Not with family in 1861 census. Would have been 21 so may have married.

James Mathieson was born on 1 Apr 1842 in Dumfries

James first married Janet Dickson daughter of William Dickson and Euphemia Murray on 14 Oct 1859 in Melrose. Janet was born on 25 Feb 1837 in Melrose. She died on 28 May 1860 in Melrose. James second married Elizabeth Cavers daughter of William Cavers and Mary Hunter on 20 Jan 1865 in Sinton, Parkhead. Elizabeth was born in 1838 in Eskdalemuir. She died on 1 May 1894 in Newstead, Mertoun. James third married Jessie Murray daughter of William Murray and Janet Murray on 9 Aug 1895 in St. Boswells. Jessie was born in 1854. James died on 13 Aug 1911 in Merton. Next generation in Mathieson Family History - See main text

William Mathieson born in 1844 in Isle of Wight.

Not sure if this William is "ours". James and Agnes definitely have a son William born in 1849 which means logically that this William was either not theirs or died in infancy. A sight of the "Index of the Register of Army Births" for the 91st Argyllshire Regiment of Foot would confirm this one way or t'other.

Alexander Mathieson born in 1847 in Isle of Wight.

Not sure if this Alexander is "ours". The fact that there is also no sign of a son Alexander aged 4 in the 1851 census would suggest that Alexander Mathieson born in 1847 was either not theirs or died in infancy. A sight of the "Index of the Register of Army Births" for the 91st Argyllshire Regiment of Foot would confirm this one way or t'other.

William Mathieson born in 1849 in Portsmouth.

Recorded as born in Portsmouth - 1849 in the "Index of the Register of Army Births" under the 91st Argyllshire Regiment of Foot. Appears in 1851 census, aged 2, but not in the 1861 census. Possibly died in infancy. A sight of the "Index of the Register of Army Births" for the 91st Argyllshire Regiment of Foot would give an exact date of birth etc.

Catherine Mathieson born on 27 Nov 1851 in Belfast.

Catherine Mathieson married Robert Oliver at Appletreehall, Wilton on 1 June 1880. Robert Oliver, a groom of Parkhouses, Wilton was the son of Alexander Oliver, a miller, and Jane Scott. Robert was a widower having been firstly married to Jane Lambert whom he wed on 5th December 1862 in Minto, Roxburghshire. Robert and Jane had at least five children : Jessie born 13th October 1863, Alexander born 13th October 1865, William Lambert born 21st September 1867, Jane Scott born 31st January 1869, and James Lambert born 2nd November 1872, with all the births recorded in Wilton, Hawick. I would suspect Jane Lambert died about 1872/75.

Catherine and Robert had the following children:

For the census of 1881 Catherine and Robert were living at Park Houses, Wilton, Hawick, with three of Robert’s children by Jane Lambert, Alexander, Jane, and James.

1881 Census (4th April) Wilton - Hawick (810) Book 8. Page 14.

Park Houses, Wilton, Hawick

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Oliver Head 45 Groom - Domestic Servant Hobkirk, Roxburghshire
Catherine Oliver Wife 30   Ireland
Alexander Oliver Son 16 Agricultural labourer Wilton, Roxburghshire
Jane S(cott) Oliver Daughter 12 Scholar Wilton, Roxburghshire
James L(ambert) Oliver Son 8 Scholar Wilton, Roxburghshire

 

For the census of 1891 Catherine was living with her husband Robert, a agricultural labourer, and their children Agnes, Euphemia and Catherine, in a farm worker's cottage at Spottsmain, Smailholm. Robert's son James by his first wife is also recorded in the household. The family had been in Smailholm for at least two years as this his where the death of Catherine's mother Agnes Scott was recorded on 1 April 1889.

 

1891 Census (6th April) Wilton - Smailholm (805) Book 1 Page 5

Spottsmain Farm Servants House, Smailholm

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Oliver Head 55 Agricultural Labourer Hobkirk, Roxburghshire
Catherine Oliver Wife 39   Ireland
James Oliver Son 18 Agricultural Labourer Wilton, Roxburghshire
Agnes Oliver Daughter 9 Scholar Wilton, Roxburghshire
Euphemia Oliver Daughter 6 Scholar Wilton, Roxburghshire
Catherine Oliver Daughter 2   Smailholm, Roxburghshire

 

For the census of 1901 Catherine and her family were still at Spottsmain farm with Robert and his daughter Euphemia working with the cattle. James, Catherine's step son, was working as a farm steward..

 

1901 Census (1st April) Smailholm (805) Book 1 Page 6

Spottsmain Farm Cottage, Smailholm

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Oliver Head 64 Cattleman on Farm Hobkirk, Roxburghshire
Catherine Oliver Wife 49   Ireland
James Oliver Son 28 Steward on Farm Wilton, Roxburghshire
Euphemia Oliver Daughter 16 Cattlewoman on Farm Wilton, Roxburghshire
Catherine Oliver Daughter 12 Scholar Smailholm, Roxburghshire

Catherine died three years after this census on 23 August 1904 at Clackmae, Melrose aged 52. The informant was her husband Robert who was recorded as a farm servant. Robert himself died on January 29 1925 at Station Cottage Hassendean, Minto. I suspect this was the home of his son in law Robert Turnbull, husband of his daughter Euphemia as Robert was the informant. Robert was obviously unsure of his father's parentage as he managed Alexander Oliver a miller as father but was unable to give a mother's name.

Euphemia Mathieson born on 6 Feb 1856 in Hawick

Euphemia had a "natural" daughter Agnes Mathieson, born at Parkhouses, Wilton, on 29th June 1873. No father's name is given on the birth certificate

For the census of 1881 Euphemia was living at Trow Mill, Cavers, Roxburgh, where she was working as a domestic servant for a Thomas Laidlaw, a farmer and builder & contractor, farming 50 acres arable, and employing 2 men, 1 woman and 1 boy. (Presumably the "1 woman" was Euphemia and the "1 boy" was Walter Beaton.). Agnes her daughter was with her grandparents (see main text)

1881 Census (4th April) Cavers (794) Book 3. Page 3. Trow Mill, Cavers, Roxburgh

Trow Mill, Cavers, Roxburgh

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas C. Laidlaw Head 39 Farmer, Builder & Contractor, 50 acres arable employing 2 men, 1 woman and 1 boy Hawick, Roxburghshire
Elspeth S. Laidlaw Wife 34 Farmers Wife Ashkirk, Roxburghshire
Adam Laidlaw Son 13 Scholar Cavers, Roxburghshire
Hugh G. Laidlaw Son 11 Scholar Cavers, Roxburghshire
Isabella J. Laidlaw Daughter 8 Scholar Cavers, Roxburghshire
Euphemia Matthieson Servant 24 General domestic servant Hawick, Roxburghshire
Walter Beaton Servant 16 Farm servant Ancrum, Roxburghshire

Seven months later, on 22 November 1881, whilst still at Trow Mill, Euphemia married David Renwick Turnbull, a Post Messenger, aged 26, of Hawick. David was the son of John Turnbull, a Gas manager, and Alison Renwick. 

David and Euphemia had the following known children:

For the census of 1891 Euphemia was living in the village of Denholm with her husband David and their four children, Allison, Maggie, John and Katie. Agnes her earlier daughter is also living with them.

1891 Census (6th April) Cavers (785) Book 1 Page 11

Village of Denholm, Roxburghshire

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
David Turnbull Head 36 Letter Carrier G.P.O. Walkerburn, Peebles-shire
Euphemia Turnbull Wife 35   Hawick, Roxburghshire
Agnes M. Turnbull Daughter 17   Hawick, Roxburghshire
Allison Turnbull Daughter 9 Scholar Hawick, Roxburghshire
Maggie Turnbull Daughter 7 Scholar Hawick, Roxburghshire
John Turnbull Son 2   Denholm, Roxburghshire
Katie Turnbull Daughter 4 months   Hawick, Roxburghshire

For the census of 1901 Euphemia and her family were back in Hawick at 7 Princes Street. Katie listed as 4 months in the 1891 census was listed as 14 in this census which would mean she was 4 NOT 4 months in the 1891 census. A cursory check of the BMD index would suggest that the 1891 enumerator did make a mistake, and she should have been recorded as 4 - not 4 months!

1901 Census (1st April) Wilton (789/02) Book 2/2 Page 18

7 Princes Street, Wilton, Hawick 

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
David Turnbull Head 46 Rural Postman Walkerburn, Peebles-shire
Euphemia Turnbull Wife 45   Hawick, Roxburghshire
Katie Turnbull Daughter 14 Woolen Powerloom Weaver - Woolen Factory Hawick, Roxburghshire
John Turnbull Son 12 Scholar Cavers, Roxburghshire
David Turnbull Son 9 Scholar Denholm, Roxburghshire

For the census of 1911 Euphemia and David were recorded at 1 Teviot Crescent, Hawick, with David once again identified as a postman. Included in their household was their son David, aged 19, and a granddaughter Euphemia M. Pigg, aged 14, both working as Woollen Hosiery Framework Knitters. Euphemia was the daughter of Euphemia's "natural" daughter Agnes, born 1873, who had married a John Pigg on 13 June 1895, Newcastle upon Tyne. Sadly Agnes had died two years previously in 1909, in Newcastle, this no doubt being the reason for Euphemia being with her grandparents. (For further details of Agnes Mathieson and John Pigg - Click here. Agnes was identified as having been married for 29 years and having produced 11 children, 5 of whom were alive. The five living would presumably be: Allison Renwick Turnbull, Margaret Turnbull, Catherine Turnbull, John Turnbull and David Turnbull. We can identify two of the deceased children - James Mathieson Turnbull died 1891, and the aforementioned Agnes Pigg, nee Mathieson, died 1909, but this presumably means there were a further four children born to her who died in infancy.

1911 Census (2 April) Hawick - 789/2 Page 5

1 Teviot Crescent, Hawick (3 Rooms with 1 or more windows)

Name

Relationship

Age      

Duration of

Marriage

No of

Children Born

No of Children

Surviving

Occupation

Where Born

David R. Turnbull Head 56       Civil Servant Postman - Post Office Walkerburn, Peeblesshire
Euphemia Turnbull Wife 55 29 11 5   Hawick, Roxburghshire
David Turnbull Son 19       Woollen Hosiery Framework Knitter- Woollen Hosiery Factory Cavers, Roxburghshire
Euphemia M. Pigg Granddaughter 14       Woollen Hosiery Framework Knitter- Woollen Hosiery Factory England

Euphemia Turnbull, nee Mathieson, died, aged 64, on 16 November 1920 at 40 Watson Crescent, Dalry and Gorgie, Edinburgh. The informant was her husband David who was recorded as a retired postman. David himself died, aged 74, in Dalry and Gorgie in Edinburgh, in 1928.