24TH JANUARY – JANET COCHRANE SMITH
G-G GRANDMOTHER, Janet Cochrane SMITH was born on this day in 1837, the eldest of 8 children born to Stewart Smith & Mary Brown. Being the daughter of an agricultural labourer on a farm at Auchenmade in Ayreshire
Janet would have grown up in very modest circumstances. By the age of 14 she
had already left home and was earning her keep as a domestic servant nearly
20kms away in Port Glasgow. At some stage Janet learns the trade of dressmaking
as this is the profession stated on her marriage in 1855 to William Cunningham Bontine
Hamilton. No doubt her contribution to the family income was much needed as she
bore 11 children (only 4 of whom reached maturity). After the death of her
husband in 1885, Janet moves to London
to live with her son William and his wife Agnes in Woolwich. Living nearby was
her daughter Annie who had married G-grandfather John Mackenzie. Another son, Stuart
was also living in London.
I have written previously bout Janet back in 2009
Happy Birthday G-G-Grandma!