Details of Hugh Allison and Janet Todd and their children - Christina Allison, Jean Allison Hugh Allison and Elizabeth Wallace Allison

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Details of Hugh Allison and Janet Todd and their children

The marriage of Hugh Allison and Janet Todd, was recorded in the parish register of Means, Renfrewshire on 13 April 1834. The marriage certificates of all three of Hugh's daughters identify his occupation as "Surfaceman" although on his son Hugh's marriage certificate he was identified as a farmer. I would suspect although he may also have farmed he was also looking after a section of the Kilmarnock Turnpike road, which would fit with the fanilies residence at Loganswell Toll in 1841. Loganswell Toll was just up the road from the Malletsheugh farm. (For details of Turnpike/Toll Roads - Click here.) Hugh and Janet had four known children:

For the census of 7 June 1841 Janet, and her four children are recorded as living at Loganswell Toll, but Hugh Allison, her husband, is not recorded in this entry nor anywhere else in the census for Mearns district.

1841 Census (7th. June)  Mearns (571)  Book 3. Page 13.

Loganswell Toll, Mearns parish

Name Age Occupation Where Born
Janet Allison 30 Grocer Yes
Christina Allison 5   Yes
Jean Allison 4   Yes
Hugh Allison 2   Yes
Elizabeth Allison 2 months   Yes

By the census of 31st March 1851 Janet Todd had married Stewart Russell, a labourer on the turnpike, (roadman same as Hugh Allison), and was living at Dodside Toll, on the Stewarton - Glasgow road, a few miles outside Thornliebank. This second marriage suggests that the omission of Hugh Allison from the 1841 census may signify his death sometime between July 1840 and June 1841, although, then as now, marriages ended for other reasons. As to the parentage of Hugh Allison, we have no census records or death certificate to help in his identification. However I am confident that he was actually one and the same as the Hugh Allison baptised on 7 January 1810 in Mearns parish, the son of a John Allison and a Jean Lindsay. I have always been reasonably confident this was the case as Hugh was not a common forename and this would make him around 23 on his marriage to Janet Todd, which would be reasonable. However with the advent of DNA we have a DNA match for TWO ggg grandaughters of Hugh Allison and Janet Todd to a confirmed descendent of John Allison and Jean Lindsay through their son James Allison, as a fifth-eighth cousin with shared DNA of 6 cM across 1 segments. Documentary evidence for this decendent would appear to match suggesting a relationship of fifth cousins 1 time removed.(For further details of the children of John Allison and a Jean Lindsay where known - click here)

No record of the marriage of Stewart and Janet has yet been found, but their first daughter was baptised on 7 May 1849, which would suggest they married circa 1847.

Christina Allison, Janet Todd's eldest daughter by Hugh Allison, and William Allison's future bride, is not recorded as living in the family home in this census. There is a visitor staying with them, William Thomson, a shepherd, born in Argyll, but presumably working locally. At the time of this census Janet must have been over eight months pregnant, as on 24 April 1851, their second and final child, Stewart, was baptised on 24 April 1851, in Mearns parish.

1851 Census (31st. March)  Mearns (454)  Book 11. Page 10.

Dodside Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 41 Labourer on turnpike Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 40   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Hugh Allison Step-son 12 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Elizabeth Allison Step-daughter 8 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 2   Mearns, Renfrewshire
William Thomson Visitor 20 Shepherd Argyllshire

There is a census record of Janet's daughter Christina, "missing" from home, in the household of a John Stewart and Isabella Wilson, and their baby son Adam, (b. 29 Sep 1849, Paisley).  

1851 Census (31st. March)  Abbey (469)  Book 4. Page 20.

7 & 8 North Croft Street, Abbey, Paisley

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Stewart Head 30 Agricultural Labourer Renfrew, Renfrewshire
Isabella Stewart Wife 28   Cadder, Lanarkshire
Adam Stewart Son 1   Paisley, Renfrewshire
Christina Allison  Servant 16 House Servant Mearns, Renfrewshire

Stewart and Janet, were still at Dodside Toll for the census of 8 April 1861, although with only their own children, Janet and Stewart, living with them. However Hugh Allison, Janet's son by her first husband of the same name, now aged 22 and a grocer, was  visiting, along with John Manson, a ploughman. It would seem likely that this is the John Manson that Janet's daughter, Jean, was to marry a few months later on 7 June 1861 in Mearns, Renfrewshire. Although he gives his place of birth as Cardross, Dunbartonshire, I believe he was probably born in Ireland. They also have a boarder, Archibald MacMillan, a shepherd, born in Argyllshire, no doubt providing some welcome extra income.

1861 Census (8 April)  Mearns (571)  Book ?. Page ?.

Dodside Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 52 Labourer on turnpike Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 51   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Stewart Russell Son 10 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 11 Scholar Mearns, Renfrewshire
Archibald McMillan Boarder 25 Shepherd Knapdale, Argyllshire
John Manson Visitor 26 Ploughman Cardross, Dumbartonshire
Hugh Allison Visitor 22 Grocer Mearns, Renfrewshire

For the census of 3rd April 1871, Janet and Stewart were still at Dodside Toll, this time with Janet's granddaughter, Janet Eaglesham visiting. She was the youngest child of Robert Eaglesham and Elizabeth Allison, Janet Todd's daughter by Hugh Allison. Janet and Stewart's son, Stewart seems to have left home, but their daughter Janet, a dressmaker, is still living with them.

1871 Census (3rd April)  Mearns (571)  Book 9. Page 5.

Dodside Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 62 Surfaceman Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 61   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 21 Dressmaker Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Eaglesham Granddaughter 5   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Sometime before the census of 4 April 1881, Janet and Stewart moved to Loganswell Toll, where Janet had lived with her first husband, Hugh Allison, forty years ago. Their daughter Janet was still living with them, working as a dressmaker.

1881 Census (4 April)  Mearns (571)  Book ?. Page ?.

Loganswell Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 72 Tollkeeper Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 71 Tollkeeper's wife Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 31 Dressmaker Mearns, Renfrewshire
Ann Clarke Visitor 85   Neilston, Renfrewshire

For the census of April 1891 Stewart and Janet were still living at Loganswell, with their daughter, Janet, and a granddaughter, Mary. One assumes Mary to be the daughter of Stewart and Janet's son, Stewart.

1891 Census (6th  April) Mearns (571)  Book 6. Page 1.

Loganswell Toll, Mearns parish.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stewart Russell Head 82 Formerly Surfaceman Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Wife 81   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Russell Daughter 41   Mearns, Renfrewshire
Mary Russell Granddaughter 7   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

I believe Stewart Russell died in 1891 sometime after this census with the death recorded in the registration district of Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire.

Janet Todd died on 25 May 1900, at Loganswell Toll, aged 90. Her death was recorded in the registration district of Newton Mearns, Renfrewshire, and her death certificate records her as the widow firstly Hugh Allison, and secondly Stewart Russell, the daughter of Andrew Todd, a farmer, and Christina Cochrane, with the informant being Christina Allison, granddaughter. Her parentage is confirmed by a record in the Mearns parish register of the baptism of a daughter Janet to Andrew Todd and Christina Cochrane, on 18 February 1810. She was the first of ten children recorded in the Mearns parish register, as baptised to them.

CHILDREN OF ANDREW TODD AND CHRISTINA COCHRANE.
(Recorded in the Mearns parish Register).