Well, once again I am playing catch-ups and as it’s nearly the end of July I thought I’d do the whole month in one hit! I really must be better organised for August.
There are two distant ancestors to commemorate on this day; one maternal and one paternal.
In 1817 my G-G-G-Uncle George MANSELL was born to George and Mary (nee LEES) MANSELL. He was the third of their five children. Apart from his baptism in Ketley,
I have no further details.
This day is also linked to my maternal line. In 1823 my G-G-G-G-Aunt Jean BROWN was baptised in
the sixth of eight children born to Matthew and Mary (nee KING) BROWN. Stewarton, Scotland
In 1816 Jean’s elder sister
was baptised in
Stewarton. As another Marion Marion was baptised to
this couple in 1821 it is possible that today’s did not survive infancy although I
have yet to confirm this. Marion
This day is also the birthday of my paternal Great-Grandfather Peter SMALL.
Peter was born in 1850 in Dunbarney, Perthshire to David and Margaret (nee NIVEN) SMALL. One of 11 children, Peter had 8 brothers and 2 sisters although it is unlikely that all survived childhood.
By the age of 21, Peter had already left
Scotland for England
and was lodging in a house on Starkey
Street in Stockton-on-Tees
and was working as a boilersmith. He would remain in the steel industry all his
Just a few years later, Peter married my Great-Grandmother Margaret STEVENSON at the parish church in
Yorkshire. Their witness, Francis Stevenson was Margaret’s elder brother.
Peter and Margaret spent all their married life in
Stockton on Tees, moving around from house to house. They had 10
children, losing only 2 in infancy.
Peter died in 1918 and his widow survived him by nearly three decades. Margaret died in 1946.
In 1782, my paternal G-G-G-G-Uncle, Richard SKELTON was born. He was the third of eight children born to John and Mary (nee PASCALL) SKELTON of Preston-on-the-Weald-Moors in
I never get tired of that place-name!
This is also the birth date of my paternal G-G-Grandmother Margaret NIVEN. Born in Forteviot, Perthshire in 1805 she was the eighth of nine children – 6 boys and 3 girls - to William and Jean (nee EDWARD) NIVEN.
At the age of 20, Margaret married David SMALL and they had 11 children together.
My paternal Great-Great-Great-Grandfather George MANSELL was born on 17th June 1791 in
Shropshire. I believe his parents were George
and Elizabeth but I have yet to corroborate this information.
George was a labourer who spent all his life in the Ketley/Wellington area of
He ventured into Wrockwardine in 1812 when he married Mary LEES on 29th
June that year but they soon settled back in New Town Wellington where all
their five (known) children were born.
George died on 30th October 1846 and was buried at All Saints Ketley on 4th November. There is actually a monumental inscription on the grave which reads:
“Sacred to the memory of George Mansell who died 31/10/1846 in the 55 year of his age. Also James son of the above who died 6/11/1846 age 19”
Also on this day is the anniversary of the marriage of maternal Great-Great-Grandparents William Cunningham Bontine HAMILTON and Janet Cochrane SMITH. They married in Kilmalcolm, Renfrewshire in 1855 when William was 23 and Janet was only 18. Their first child, daughter Janet, was born 5 months after the wedding so it’s easy to see why she may have married so young.
where the family lived was very poor. Houses were small and crowded, sanitation
was very basic and with a baby born almost every two years, times were tough
for the family. William was a joiner and later a machinist at the shipyards
while Janet worked as a dressmaker to help make ends meet. In total they had 11
children but almost all died in infancy and all of these died from consumption.
Their sixth child, Annie Wilson, was my Great-Grandmother and she too succumbed
to consumption was she was only 32. The only other children who survived into
adulthood were William (born 1873) and Stuart (born 1876), both of whom moved
to Glasgow as
young adults. London
William CB died at the age of 53 on 21 June 1885 “after 2 months illness of consumption”. His widow Janet then moved to
to live with son
William and his family. She died there in 1902 and was buried at the West Ham
Cemetery Newham on 12 September 1902. London
Maternal Great-Great-Grandmother Janet (or Jessie) INNES was born on this day in Dingwall in 1833 and was baptised in the Parish Church 11 days later.
When she was 20 years old, Janet married Ronald MACKENZIE, a farm labourer, in the
Contin on 28th March 1854. Ronald
and Janet had five children; Margaret (1854), Donald (1856), John Ronald
(1859-1945), Mary Ann (1862) and Janet (1867). Parish Church
After the death of her husband in 1887 Janet when to live with her daughter Margaret where she stayed until her death on 27th August 1895.
Another wedding anniversary today. Caroline BALDOCK was the younger sister of my maternal Great-Great-Grandmother Sarah. She was born in 1835 and married William Barwick on this day in 1851 at the Parish Church Hackney.
Another maternal Great-Great Aunt was born on this day. Janet MACKENZIE was the youngest sister of my Great-Great Grandfather John Ronald MACKENZIE and she was baptised in Lochbroom, Ross-shire in 1867.
Andrew SMALL was my paternal Great-Great-Uncle and he was baptised on this day in 1847 in Dunbarney, Perthshire. One of 11 children of David and Margaret (nee NIVEN) SMALL he was the older brother of my Great-Great-Grandfather Peter.
My maternal G-G-G-G-Uncle Mathew BROWN was born in Stewarton, Ayreshire on this day in 1831. One of 8 children he was the youngest brother of my G-G-G-Grandmother Mary and the youngest of eight children of Mathew and Mary (nee KING) BROWN,
Stuart HAMILTON was my maternal Great-Great-Uncle who was born in 1876. He was the youngest of the 11 children to William Cunningham Buntine and Janet Cochrane HAMILTON.
My paternal Great-Great-Uncle Andrew NIVEN was baptised on this day in 1807. The youngest of 9 children of William and Jean (nee EDWARD) NIVEN of Forteviot, Perthshire, Andrew was the youngest sibling of my Great-Great-Grandmother Margaret.
Also on this day we celebrate the birth of my paternal Great-Great-Uncle John SMALL. Born in Dunbarney Perthshire in 1839 he was the older brother to my Great-Great-Grandfather Peter SMALL.
The final entry for July celebrates a wedding. On this day in 1825 in Dunning Perthshire, my paternal Great-Great-Grandfather David SMALL married Margaret NIVEN. David was an agricultural labourer who can be found on the 1841 census working on the Kilgraston Estate in Dunbarney and in 1851 the family are living in Brickhill Cottages with their six children
David and Margaret had 11 children in total; James (1825), David (1827), William (1829), Jane (1831), Euphemia (1834), Andrew (1836), John (1839), Thomas (1841), Andrew (1847), Alexander (1849) and finally Peter in 1850.
David died in 1866 and although Margaret must have passed away prior to this, I have found no record yet of her death.