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