Further details of the known children of James Mathieson and Margaret Smith

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James Mathieson born 10 Dec 1811 in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

Baptised 1 Jan 1812. James married Agnes Scott daughter of William Scott and Elizabeth Thorburn about 1840. Agnes was born in 1815 in Selkirk. James died on 17 Dec 1882 in Wilton Hawick. Agnes died on 1 Apr 1889 in Smailholm. Next generation in Mathieson Family History - See main text

Helen Mathieson born 14 Jan 1816 in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

Baptised 4 Feb 1816. Nothing more known

Euphemia Mathieson born 15 Apr 1818 in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

Baptised 3 May 1818.

For the census of 1841 Euphemia was living in Sandy Dean, Lasswade parish, with some other "paper Makers" a few doors down from her father's household.

1841 Census (7th. June) Lasswade (691) Folio 10 Book 10 Page 6/7

Sandy Dean, Lasswade Parish

Name

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Ann Keiller

20

Paper Maker

No

Helen Keiller

20

Paper Maker

No

Alison Keiller

15

Paper Maker

No

James Keiller

13

 

Yes

Euphemey Matheson

20

Paper Maker

Yes

For the census of 1851 Euphemia was living with her little brother and his family in Bonnyrigg, Cockpen parish.

1851 Census (31st March) Cockpen (676) Book 2 Page 19

Bonnyrigg, Cockpen Parish

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

John Matthison

Head

27

Mason

Dalkeith, Midlothian

Mary Matthison

Wife

27

 

Edinburgh, Midlothian

Mary Matthison

Daughter

4

 

Cockpen, Midlothian

James Matthison

Son

2

 

Cockpen, Midlothian

Euphemia Matthison

Sister

31

 

Dalkeith, Midlothian

For the census of 1861 Euphemia was working in a mill, still living with her brother in Bonnyrigg, Cockpen parish.

1861 Census (8th April) Dalkeith (676) Book 2 Page 22

Salters Road, Bonnyrigg Village

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

John Matthison

Head

36

Mason

Dalkeith, Midlothian

Mary Matthison

Wife

35

 

Dalkeith, Midlothian

Euphemia Matthison

Sister

42

Mill Worker

Dalkeith, Midlothian

James Matthison

Son

12

 

Cockpen, Midlothian

Thomas Matthison

Son

7

Scholar

Cockpen, Midlothian

Catherine Matthison

Daughter

4

Scholar

Cockpen, Midlothian

Margaret Matthison

Daughter

1

 

Cockpen, Midlothian

On 10 Jul 1863, in Liberton, Euphemia married Peter Inglis, a labourer, son of David Inglis, a school master, and Helen Brunton . Peter was born on 27 May 1827 in Manor, Peebles. Euphemia died on 21 Apr 1870 in Moorfield Cottage, Dalkeith, Midlothian. As far as can be established there were no children.

Violet Mathieson born 3 Feb 1820 in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

Baptised 5 Mar 1820. 

For the census of 1841 Violet was living in Sandy Dean, Lasswade parish, . She like her sister Euphemia was working as a Paper Maker, and again living a dozen or so doors down from her father in the Stenhouse "household"

1841 Census (7th. June) Lasswade (691) Folio 10 Book 10 Page 4

Sandy Dean, Lasswade Parish

Name

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Mary Stenhouse

35

Paper Maker

Yes

Catheran Stenhouse

11

 

Yes

Thomas Stenhouse

8

 

Yes

David Stenhouse

6

 

Yes

Violet Matheson

20

Paper Maker

Yes

Violet married William McCaskie, a brick maker, 20 November 1845, Dudingston, Edinburgh. William was born about 1813 in Dudingston\Portobello, Edinburgh. For the census of 1861 Violet and her husband were living at Whinnirow, Sandydean, Lasswade.

1861 Census (8th April) Lasswade (691) Book 1 Page 9

Whinnirow, Sandydean, Lasswade

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

William McCaskie

Head

42

Brick maker

Dalkeith, Midlothian

Violet McCaskie

Wife

40

 

Dalkeith, Midlothian

For the census of 1881 Violet and William were living in Redrow, Bonnyrigg.

1871 Census (3rd April) Cockpen (676) Book 2 Page 23

Redrow, Bonnyrigg

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

William McCaskie

Head

50

Labourer

Portobello, Edinburgh

Violet McCaskie

Wife

48

 

Dalkeith, Edinburgh

For the census of 1881 Violet and William were back in Lasswade at Eldindean.

1881 Census (4th April) Lasswade (691) Book 1 Page 9

Eldindean, Lasswade

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

William McCaskie

Head

67

General Labourer

Duddingston, Midlothian

Violet McCaskie

Wife

65

 

Dalkeith, Midlothian#

For the census of 1891 Violet and William were back in Violet's home town of Dalkeith.

1891 Census (6th April) Lasswade (683) Book 14 Page 2

Moffats Close, Dalkeith

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

William McCaskie

Head

77

General Labourer

Portobello, Edinburgh

Violet McCaskie

Wife

72

 

Dalkeith, Edinburgh

Violet died on 5 May 1891 in Union Poorhouse, Dalkeith. I believe that William died two years later in 1893 in Dalkeith, Midlaothian. As far as can be established there were no children.

John Mathieson born 13 Feb 1822 in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

Baptised 16 Mar 1822. Suspect may have died in infancy as next child was baptised Jonathon.

Jonathon Mathieson was born on 2 Dec 1823 in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

(Note - The details following can be identified as "our" John or Jonathon due to the presence of "Euphemia sister" in the 1851 and 1861 censuses. This is of course Euphemia as listed above born 1818.)

Baptised 11 Jan 1824.

John (as he seems to have been known) married Mary Harlow. (Mary's surname appears as Harley in the banns read on 20 Nov 1846 and also she is recorded as Harley on the birth record of their children John, William, Alexander and  Catherine). John and Mary had the following known children: - 

John was with his father and step-mother for 1841 census. For the census of 1851 he and his family were living in Bonnyrigg, Cockpen parish. John's elder sister Euphemia was also in the household.

1851 Census (31st March) Cockpen (676) Book 2 Page 19

Bonnyrigg, Cockpen Parish

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

John Matthison

Head

27

Mason

Dalkeith, Midlothian

Mary Matthison

Wife

27

 

Edinburgh, Midlothian

Mary Matthison

Daughter

4

 

Cockpen, Midlothian

James Matthison

Son

2

 

Cockpen, Midlothian

Euphemia Matthison

Sister

31

 

Dalkeith, Midlothian

For the census of 1861 John and family were living in Salters Road, Bonnyrigg, Cockpen parish, with Euphemia still living with them. Their eldest daughter Mary was working as a Domestic servant a few doors away, in the house of Thomas Patterson, an architect and surveyor.

1861 Census (8th April) Dalkeith (676) Book 2 Page 22

Salters Road, Bonnyrigg Village

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

John Matheson

Head

36

Mason

Dalkeith, Midlothian

Mary Matheson

Wife

35

 

Dalkeith, Midlothian

Euphemia Matheson

Sister

42

Mill Worker

Dalkeith, Midlothian

James Matheson

Son

12

 

Cockpen, Midlothian

Thomas Matheson

Son

7

Scholar

Cockpen, Midlothian

Catherine Matheson

Daughter

4

Scholar

Cockpen, Midlothian

Margaret Matheson

Daughter

1

 

Cockpen, Midlothian

For the census of 1871 John and family were still in Bonnyrigg in Union Street. The son listed as George, a mason, does not appear in the previous census but is the same age as Thomas who does appear in the two previous censuses but not this one! Probably one and the same individual, possibly called Thomas George Mathieson.

1871 Census (3rd April) Dalkeith (676) Book 2 Page 34

Union Street, Bonnyrigg Village

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

John Matthison

Head

46

Mason

Dalkeith, Midlothian

Mary Matthison

Wife

46

 

Dalkeith, Midlothian

George Matthison

Son

17

Mason

Cockpen, Midlothian

Margaret Matthison

Daughter

11

Scholar

Cockpen, Midlothian

Alexander Matthison

Son

9

Scholar

Cockpen, Midlothian

William Matthison

Son

6

Scholar

Cockpen, Midlothian

On 10 April 1879 John and Mary along with five of their children set sail from Plymouth along with 398 like minded souls on board the 1174 ton wooden sailing ship the Nineveh, heading for a new life in Australia. Like their father George aged 24, Alexander aged 17, and William aged 14, were all recorded as "masons", with the two daughter Catherine aged 22, and Margaret aged 19, recorded as "female servants". 

Also on board was their daughter Mary and her husband James Gunn, a joiner, along with eir children, Mary aged 7, Christina aged 6, James aged 2 (born in Lancashire). A fourth child an infant, George B was recorded as having died on the voyage. Whether he was born prior to their departure or during the voyage is unknown.

90 days later on 9 July 1879 in Sydney the ship and her passengers arrived in Sydney. A further 5 children died during the voyage, 4 between the ages of 1 and 12, and 2 infants in the first year of their lives. However there were also 4 babies born during the voyage who survived. It is difficult to imagine what life must have been like for the 450 odd souls, passengers and crew on such a voyage in the relatively confined space of the Nineveh. 

The Nineveh 1864 - 1896

 

For the voyage of 1879 the Nineveh was captained by her  master John Ross, with a crew of 41. The Nineveh was built  in 1864 by Walter Hood, Aberdeen for the Aberdeen White  Star Line. She was 209.9 feet long, with a 36.3 foot beam and a 22.6 foot draught. The Poop deck was 61 feet long with a  42 feet long Forecastle. This company was renowned for the smartness of  their ships, with their green painted hulls, white masts and spars  and gilt scroll work at their bows and sterns. The "Ninevah"  was considered a lucky ship with her freights and passengers  and made a great deal of money for her owners.

 

Her Last Voyage -The Nineveh left Moodyville, British Columbia, on or about the 15th day of January 1896, bound for Sydney, Australia, with a cargo of lumber, 300 tons of ballast and a crew of 18 hands. The following day having encountered bad weather she put into Port Angeles, State of Washington. She eventually put back out to sea on 24th January but soon encountered further bad weather and by 25th she was caught in the teeth of a full hurricane. by the 26th she had suffered severe damage and the pumps were fighting a losing battle. A course was set for the nearest port but on the morning of 27th January a passing schooner, Compeer, was sighted and with opportunity of being taken off the stricken vessel the Captain had to concede defeat. He and his crew transferred to the Compeer leaving the Nineveh to her sad fate. 

The families seem to have settled in and around Sydney New South Wales. John Matheson passed away on 12 May 1901 and was interred in Grafton Cemetery. The death index records his father's name as James and his mother's name as Margaret. His wife Mary Harlow lived on for a further six years passing away on 24 October 1907 and was laid to rest alongside her husband in Grafton cemetery. The death index records her father's name as John but gives no mother's name.

Grafton General Cemetery

New South Wales, Australia

 

IN MEMORY OF

JOHN M MATHESON

NATIVE OF DALKEITH CO, MIDLOTHIN

SCOTLAND

DIED 12th MAY 1901 AGED 75 YEARS

AND

MARY HARLOW

BELOVED WIFE OF THE ABOVE

DIED 24th OCT 1907 AGED 83 YEARS

William Thomson Mathieson born 30 Mar 1826 in Dalkeith, Midlothian.

Baptised 23 Apr 1826. William was with his father and step-mother for 1841 census.

I have been unable to trace any further records of William and it is possible he either died between 1841 and 1851\1855, or left Scotland, possibly for England or perhaps further afield. Should you believe you have further information which may be relevant please get in contact using the Contact Form at the top ot the page.

There was a William Mathieson who married a Margaret Coutts in Penicuik on 14 February 1851 and initially I suspected that this was "my" William. However subsequent investigation has proven that it was not. This William was the son of Thomas Mathison, a labourer, and Margaret Brownlee. In the course of this research I have accumulated some information about this family and William and Margaret who moved to Northumberland just prior to the 1861 census. Should this family be of interest please get in contact using the Contact Form at the top ot the page as I would be more than happy to share what I know.!