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Kirkcudbrightshire / Re: Creetown Marshalls
« on: Thursday 08 March 07 14:14 GMT (UK)  »
Hello Susan and Gadget

Phew, I just can't keep up with all this typing! It's like being back at work.

The family are becoming really fascinating. I now have to tie up some rather sensitive loose ends. My gt. grandmother, Jane Williamson, the grandaughter of the afore-mentioned Jane Marshall had 2 illegitamate children, Mary born 1880, and my grandmother, Ellen (or Helen on her birth-certificate) born 1883. She subsequently, appeared to "run-off" with a married man named David Blair. He was married to a Mary Scott in Dalrymple. I have not been able to find a death certificate for Mary Blair (nee Scott) or, worryingly, a marriage certificate for Jane and David Blair, even with the help of Stranraer Register Office. David and Mary were on the 1881 census living at Aird Cottage, Inch, Wigtown.

I certainly cannot be sure who my grandmother's father was. This is not an uncommon discovery in family history.

I can't thank you enough.



Kirkcudbrightshire / Re: Creetown Marshalls
« on: Thursday 08 March 07 13:22 GMT (UK)  »
Hello Susan
Thank you so much for this information. You have moved me forward quite considerably. This fits in very well as my grandmother, Jane Williamson (nee Marshall) was also living in Stonykirk on the 1881 census, listed as a widow aged 42. I hadn't had sight of the 1861 or 1871 census records before.  I recently found evidence from an Old Parish Register of Kirkmabreck (Kirkcudbright) that twins were born to Alexander and Jane Marshall in July 1852 and that their names were Mary and Jane ??? The mystery deepens.
I like the sound of Tinsmiths Cottage - on both the 1841 and 1851 census the Marshall family were living in "barns", sounds like they moved up in the world!
Thanks once again.

Kirkcudbrightshire / Re: Creetown Marshalls
« on: Thursday 08 March 07 09:46 GMT (UK)  »
Hello again Gadget.
Thanks for the immediate reply. I don' really understand how this website works. Do you research all this information for free just because you are interested in genealogy alone, or what? Whatever, thank you.
You may be interested to learn that whilst my "hubby" and I were in The Stewartry Museum at Kirkcudbright one of the museum attendants offered us some parish records of births, marriages and deaths, which we hadn't seen before. Just before giving up entirely, we found an entry for the birth of twins, Mary and Jane Marshall (twins) born 1852 to Alexander and Jane Marshall. Of course these weren't present in order to be on the 1841 or 1851 census. I would be interested to learn whether any of these Marshall siblings were on the 1861 census and beyond. I do understand that I could approach Scotlandspeople, which I have used before, but it is rather expensive and not always easy to understand.
Dumfries and Galloway is a lovely and unspoilt area. If you have never visited it, it's well worth a trip.

Kirkcudbrightshire / Re: Creetown Marshalls
« on: Wednesday 07 March 07 08:05 GMT (UK)  »
Hello Gadget
Thanks for your prompt reply.
Strangely enough I cannot remember how I found these ancestors originally. My husband and I spent several holidays researching around Stranraer and Dumfries in Scotland. The most profitable place though was at The Stewartry Museum in Kirkcudbright. The staff there were delightful and couldn't do enough for us. As usual it was like doing a jigsaw and I just hope that we put the pieces together in the right place.
My gt gt grandmother was a Jane Marshall born in Crosshill or Kirkmichael around 1830.  She married a John Williamson, I think, in Anworth Parish in 1855. I will look up her possible siblings details and post them shortly.
Thanks again.

Kirkcudbrightshire / Creetown Marshalls
« on: Tuesday 06 March 07 20:56 GMT (UK)  »
I have found my Marshall ancestors who were tinklers/gypsies living at Creetown Carpet Mill in 1851. Does anyone know what happened to them after that time? They were down as tinsmiths on the census form and were all born in a different location. Any information would be appreciated.

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