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Georgina Pattulo was born in Edinburgh in about 1829 (according to census returns).  Unfortunately, I cannot find her birth record despite trying various spellings of the name.  She was the daughter of George Pattulo, a farmer, and Eliza Weir.  Nor can I find her on the 1841 census.

In 1851, she was boarding with the Allison family at Old Physic gardens in Edinburgh.  Her occupation was a house servant, age 20.  Evidently, she and the eldest son of the family, George, age 18, got on very well (they later married).

It appears that Georgina gave birth to a girl in 1853 – Mary Cook Allison.  I have been unable to find the birth of that girl with either surname.  Georgina and George (a plumber) married on 22 April 1855.

A year later, in April, Janet Simpson Allison was born. Two years later on 14 April 1858, Agnes Hay Allison was born.  Then a son, George, was born on  6 December 1859 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, so obviously the family moved, for what reason I don’t know (and will probably never know).

In 1861 the family were living at 9 William Street in Glasgow, with a 21-year-old boarder, John Muir.

Four more children were born before the next census: Eliza Weir, 13 January 1862; Georgina, 2 January 1864; James MacPherson, 15 April 1866; and lastly, Elizabeth, born about 1870, all in Glasgow.  I would love to know where the surnames of Cook, Hay, and MacPherson came from.

In 1871 the family were still living at 9 William Street.  The names of two children are missing: Agnes and the youngest, Elizabeth.  It appears that Agnes died the same year as her birth (yet to be confirmed) and Elizabeth may also have died the same year she was born (if her second name was Marsh).  Mary and Jessie (18 and 14) were working as callender workers and George (11) was a baker’s messenger boy.

The eldest child, Mary, married John Traquair Cowie on 1 December 1873.

Sadly, Georgina died on 17 November 1874, at age 45, from what looks like “disease of the brain”, which could be anything.

As for the children, the boys, George and James, were living with their sister, Jessie, and her family in 1881.  I have no further information on them. Georgina married Alexander Brown in 1888 (and may have worked as a servant in Eglinton Street in 1881).  From the period 1874 to 1881 I have no idea.


Sources: familysearch; scotlandspeople


Staying in Scotland, I turn to Jessie Allison’s father, George Allison.

He was born on 16 October 1832 in Edinburgh, son of George Allison and Janet Simpson, the eldest of six (known) children.

In 1841 he was living with his parents and two brothers at 27 Giles Street, Leith, Midlothian (or Edinburgh). Naturally, the original building is no longer there.

In 1851, George was living with his mother, four brothers, and a sister at Old Physic Gardens (although quite what they were doing living at the equivalent of the botanical gardens, I don’t know). His father isn’t listed but his mother is listed as a wife not a widow.  I haven’t been able to find him.  George is listed as a plumber’s apprentice.  Interestingly, one “Georgiana Pattalla” is lodging with them.  Two years his senior, Georgiana, or Georgina, was to marry George just four years later.

George married Georgina Pattulo (various spellings) on 22 April 1855 in Edinburgh.  However, their first child is listed in census returns as being born in 1853.  I have not been able to find her birth record, either under the name of Allison or Pattulo.

The couple had three more children by the 1861 census.  George was a plumber, and the family lived at William Street in Glasgow, so sometime in 1858 or 1859 they moved from Edinburgh to Renfrewshire (where a son was born), then to Glasgow.  The family had a young boarder, John Muir.

By the time of the next census in 1871, the couple had another three children and were still living in William Street, at number 9.  What’s there now is a newer block of flats.

Sadly, George’s wife died in 1874. By the 1881 census George was boarding with the Strang family at 393 Garscube Road.  Robert Strang was a foreman labourer with a wife and two baby girls.  Needless to say there’s nothing there now.  (Honestly, it won’t be worth visiting Glasgow to see where any ancestors lived – it’s all gone.)

George died on 29 October 1890, aged just 58.

Sources: scotlandspeople, familysearch, Google

I really appreciate how this site has removed charging credits for searching, or at least you can see more from the search results without paying.  That’s really helpful, and I’ve come way further lately than I have in years.

However, it’s still comparatively expensive.  I bit the bullet and paid for some credits – 40, I thought, would be enough for a while.  At six credits per view, that didn’t last long.  £10 was gone in a flash. I managed to view (and, admittedly, save) two death entries, a marriage entry and two census returns – doesn’t sound much.  On one of the census returns, the entry was over two pages so I had to pay 12 credits – hardly seems fair.  By comparison, if I’d paid £20 for a month at FindmyPast, I could have searched and viewed hundreds of entries.

I do wish they’d change their payment method.  But, of course, they won’t because they’re raking in the cash this way.  Damn them.  My Scottish research will have to wait, still.

Halfway through this challenge, and I fear the entries will be shorter, as I have little information on many of the remaining ancestors.

For the sake of continuity, I will turn to Jean, or Jane, Wilson, who was born about 1825 in Glasgow, according to census returns.  I do not know who her parents were.  There are many options available.  Considering that one of Jean’s daughters had the middle name of Rankin, Jean’s mother might have had the surname of Rankin.  However, although there are a few Wilsons married to a Rankin between 1800 and 1809 (and I can’t find any marriages of couples with those surnames after that and before 1825), I can find no Jean or Jane as the daughter of such a union.  With a common name like Wilson, any research could be difficult.

In 1841 there are too many Jean or Jane Wilsons to be sure of finding the correct one, especially with no knowledge of the parents’ names.  Two years later she married Archibald Sutherland.

The first child born was Margaret, born on Christmas Eve, 1845.  In 1848, on 1 June, a son, John, was born, and then in 1850, George.  So, by the 1851 census the couple had three children.  On 16 August 1853, another girl, Jane, was born.  Then, tragically, in 1855, Margaret died.  I found her death listed in the Ayrshire archives #549:

SUTHERLAND, Margaret, female, 9.5 years old, born 18 Parkhouse Lane, Glasgow, 4 years in Glasgow.  Parents: Archibald SUTHERLAND, tailor (journeyman) and Jane SUTHERLAND nee WILSON. Died April 19, 1855 at 148 Drygate Street, Glasgow of Gastric Fever with Anasarca – ill 12 weeks as cert by John McKim, MD. Buried Necropolis, Glasgow as cert by Robert McIntyre, undertaker. Signed John SUTHERLAND, his X mark, grandfather.

I’m not sure what they mean by four years in Glasgow.  Perhaps the parents had just moved to Glasgow, although they were there in 1851 and in 1843, and both were born there.  Perhaps it was just a standard entry after a certain time…?

Three years later, on 27 February, 1858, Elizabeth Rankin was born.  She appears to be the only one with a middle name.  Finally, in 1859, 6 December, Christina was born.

However, in the 1861 census only John, George, Jane and Christina are listed.  Elizabeth died in the interim, and according to scotlandspeople, she died the same year she was born.

As mentioned in the previous post, Jane’s husband died in 1861, leaving Jane with four children between the ages of 2 and 13.

In 1871, Jane was living at the same address as in 1861 – 4 Weaver Street.  She is listed in the census return as a “winder”, still attached to the textile industry.  With her are George, age 20, and Christina, age 11.  I don’t know what happened to Jane.  She would have been about 18 and possibly working elsewhere, or she may have died.  John would have been 23 and may have married.

That’s all I have for Jane. I haven’t found her in the 1881 or 1891 census returns.  She may well  have died, in which case she died young also.  I have some research to do when I get some scotlandspeople credits.

Sources: scotlandspeople, familysearch, family archives

I have fallen behind and have not done family history research for some time.  I now turn to ancestors for whom I have scant information.  My ramblings may be a little confused, as I try to work things out as I write.

Archibald Sutherland was (possibly) born on 1 December 1822 in Glasgow.  He was the son of John Sutherland and Margaret Fisher.  He possibly had an older sister, Margaret, born in 1820, but no mother is listed and John is a common name.  I have no information on other possible siblings.  The source of birth, according to my records, was the IGI, but I have been unable to find it again (I probably found it in the days when I didn’t record sources accurately). A search on scotlandspeople only comes up with two Archibalds, neither of whom had John as their father.  I know his father was named John, as John is listed in two sources connected with Archibald, including the death certificate.  It’s extremely frustrating. The website, familysearch, is next to useless.

I cannot find Archibald in the 1841 census.  However, I can confirm that he married Jean (or Jane) Wilson on 28 April 1843 in Glasgow.

In 1851 and 1861 census returns, Archibald is listed as a journeyman tailor.  In 1851 the family were living at 132, Gallowgate.  In 1861 they were living at 258 High Street in Glasgow. However, the birth year equates to 1824 and in the 1861 census Archibald’s age is given as 37.

Archibald died young, at age 38 in 1861, according to the death certificate.  By December, the family appear to have moved to 4 Weaver Street in Glasgow, where Archibald died.  The death was registered on 3rd December 1861.  So three sources give his birth year as 1824.  Archibald’s birthday must have fallen between the time of the census and the time of his death to account for the age of 37 becoming 38 in the same year so the birth year may have been 1823.

A brief entry.  It is frustrating that I cannot confirm Archibald’s birth or find him in the 1841 census.  When I have some credits on scotlandspeople I will delve deeper, but even searching for names beginning with A, didn’t come up with a suitable result.


Sources: scotlandspeople; family archives; findmypast