Further details of James Beith and Elizabeth Lochhead.

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James Beith and Elizabeth Lochhead were married on 13th August 1808 in Abbey Parish, Paisley.

James and Elizabeth seem to have had at least six children although only one, Janet, appears in the I.G.I. As the dates of the children span from 1809 until 1834 it would seem highly likely that James and Elizabeth had more that six children, ten or more being not unreasonable although how many would have survived infancy is unknown. (For further details of the known children of James Beith and Elizabeth Lochhead - See Appendix B.)

For the 1841 census Janetís parents, James Beith and Elizabeth Lochhead, were living in Paisley North parish, along with three of their children. James is listed as a "cotton hand loom weaver" with his two elder sons listed as "apprentice hand loom weaver" and "drawboy", (a boy who operates the harness cords of a hand loom).

1841 Census (7th June) Paisley North (573) Book 2. Page 20.

Glen Street, Paisley North, Renfrewshire.

Name Age Occupation Born in County
James Beith 50 Cotton Hand Loom Weaver Yes
Elizabeth Beith 50   Yes
Peter Beith 15 Silk Hand Loom Weaver Apprentice Yes
Robert Beith 11 Drawboy Yes
John Beith 8   Yes

For the 1851 census James and Elizabeth had left Paisley and moved to Govan. They were living at 32 Nelson St, Govan, with their granddaughter Elizabeth Stewart, the eldest daughter of their daughter Janet and Robert Stewart. Also included in their household was a John Gibson recorded as their son-in-law. However I am certain that he was actually an Andrew Gibson who had married to their daughter Mary on 23 September 1838, High Church Paisley. There are four of the children of John\Andrew and Mary children listed -  John born in Paisley in about 1839, Elizabeth born in Paisley in about 1843, James born in Glasgow in about 1845, and Andrew born in Glasgow in about 1848. There were two further daughters of Andrew and Mary.  Mary, born in Paisley in 1841, was recorded for the 1851 census as living in Paisley in the household of James Logan who was married to her father's sister Janet Gibson. Mary was recorded as "Niece". Agnes, born in Glasgow in 1850, recorded for the 1851 census as living in Neilston in the household of Robert Stewart who was married to her mother's sister Janet Beith. Agnes was recorded as "niece" and her age of  six months would mean that Mary, her mother, must have died within the previous six months (possibly as during childbirth or shortly thereafter?  (For further details of the children of Mary and Andrew - See Appendix B.) James and his son Robert had abandoned weaving, a dying trade, and had taken up Bill Posting.

1851 Census (31 March) Tradeston (644-2) Book 22. Page 8.

32 Nelson Street, Govan, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
James Beith Head 64 Bill Poster Paisley, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth Beith Wife 62   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Robert Beith Son 21 Bill Poster Paisley, Renfrewshire
John Wright Son 17 Wood Carver Paisley, Renfrewshire
John Gibson Son-in-law - (widow) 31 Night Constable Paisley, Renfrewshire
John Gibson Son 12 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth Gibson Daughter 8 Scholar Paisley, Renfrewshire
James Gibson Son 6   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Andrew Gibson Son 3   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Stewart Granddaughter 11 Scholar Howood, Renfrewshire

In the census of 1861 James had died leaving Elizabeth a widow. As previously stated our Agnes and Janet Stewart the daughters Janet Beith and Robert Stewart were recorded in her household, as was James Gibson, an "Unemployed Clerk", her grandson by Andrew Gibson and her daughter Mary Beith. As no record of the James’s death can be found in the statutory records (1855->)despite some fairly intensive searching, it would seem possible that James had died between the census of 1851 and 1855.

1861 Census (3 April) Tradeston (644-2) Book 41. Page 11.

32 Nelson Street, Govan, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Elizabeth Beith Head (Widow) 72   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Robert Beith Son 30 Bill Poster Paisley, Renfrewshire
John W. Beith Son 27 Wood Carver Paisley, Renfrewshire
Janet Stewart Granddaughter 19 Laundress Bowfield, Renfrewshire
Agnes Stewart Granddaughter 17 Laundress Bowfield, Renfrewshire
James Gibson Grandson 16 Clerk - out of Employment Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Elizabeth Beith, nee Lochhead, died on 28th November 1866 at 25 Clyde Place, Glasgow, were she was living with her son Robert Beith. According to her death certificate she was the daughter of James Lochhead, harness weaver, and Janet Euing, and this would seem to be confirmed by a record in the IGI of the baptism, on 22nd March 1789 in Abbey, Paisley, Renfrewshire, of an Elizabeth Lochhead to a James Lochhead and Janet Euing,

The IGI also contains a record of the marriage of James Lochhead and Janet Euing 12th November 1778 in High Church, Paisley, Renfrewshire, along with the baptisms of four of their children: - Mary, baptised 19th September 1779, David baptised 30th September 1781, John baptised 12th September 1784, and James baptised 17th March 1793, all baptised in Abbey, Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Going by his age and place of birth in the 1851 census it would seem quite likely that James Beith was one and the same as the James Beith recorded in the IGI, baptised on 28th January 1787 in Abbey, Paisley, Renfrewshire, son of William Beith and Bettie Robertson.