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:
Euphemia Mathieson Oliver was born about 1884 in Wilton, Hawick, Roxburghshire. On 3 May 1907 in Howden, Selkirk, Euphemia had a son Robert Oliver. The boy was recorded as illegitimate and no father's name was given. Euphemia's home address was given as Clackmae, Melrose. On 5 Aug 1932 in Kirknewton, East Calder, Midlothian this son Robert, a gamekeeper of the Kennels, Philliphaugh, Selkirk, married Helen Muir Laidlaw a domestic servant aged 26, daughter of John Laidlaw, an oilwork labourer, and Mary Lothian. The witnesses were Robert and Margaret Laidlaw of 23 Oakbank, Mid Calder. Robert was recorded as the son of "Euphemia Mathieson Oliver, later married to Robert Turnbull, Railway Surfaceman" which strongly suggests that Euphemia's later husband Robert Turnbull was not the father. Robert her son died on 26 Jun 1987. Helen, his wife, born in 1906 in East Calder, died on 22 Jan 1993. Both were buried in Denholm Cemetery a couple of plots away from Robert's mother and stepfather.
On 29 Jan 1909 in Craigsford Mains, Melrose, Euphemia married Robert Turnbull, a railway surfaceman, aged 30 of Newtown, Melrose. the son of Robert Turnbull, a joiner, and Jane Scott. Euphemia was identified as an outworker of Craigsford Mains, Melrose, the daughter of Robert Oliver, a farm servant, and Catherine Mathieson. The witnesses were Walter Turnbull and Catherine M. Oliver.
Robert and Euphemia had one child that I know of, a Catherine Mathieson Turnbull, born about 1910. On 27 April 1927 at Station Cottage Hassendean, Minto, this Catherine aged 19, a housekeeper of Stanley Place, Newtown St Boswell's, married Arthur Murray Russell Walker, a Motor Driver aged 28 of Dean Bank, Newtown St Boswells. Arthur's parents were identified as Alexander Littlejohn Walker, a Gardener, and Charlotte Russell. Catherine's parents were identified as Robert Turnbull, a Foreman Surfaceman, and Catherine Mathieson Turnbull. The witnesses were Samuel Pittillo of Stenhouse Cottage, Newtown St Boswells and Jean Turnbull, Hassendean Station, Hawick (A sister of Catherine??)
Euphemia died on 20 Feb 1954 and Robert died four years later on 28 Apr 1958. Both were buried in Denholm Cemetery a couple of plots away from Euphemia's son and daughter in law.
Catherine Mathieson Oliver was born about 1888 in Smailholm, Roxburghshire. On 31 Dec 1920 at 27 Merchiston Avenue, Edinburgh, Catherine married James Cessford, a Motor Driver aged 33 of 4 Rosepark Cottages, Coatbridge, the son of John Cessford a mason and Agnes Gladstone. Catherine was identified as a domestic servant of 8 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh, the daughter of Robert Oliver, a farm servant, and Catherine Mathieson. The witnesses were David Turnbull and Margaret Nairn Oliver. Catherine died in 1971 in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.
For the census of 1881 Catherine and Robert were living at Park Houses, Wilton, Hawick, with three of Roberts children by Jane Lambert, Alexander, Jane, and James.
1881 Census (4th April) Wilton - Hawick (810) Book 8. Page 14.
Park Houses, Wilton, Hawick
|Robert Oliver||Head||45||Groom - Domestic Servant||Hobkirk, Roxburghshire|
|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
|Robert Oliver||Head||55||Agricultural Labourer||Hobkirk, Roxburghshire|
|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
|Robert Oliver||Head||64||Cattleman on Farm||Hobkirk, Roxburghshire|
|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
|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
|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
|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)
No of Children
|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.