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Scotlands People- anyone have 1 spare credit plz?

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Rebecca Report 7 Jul 2011 23:51

I wouldnt normally like to ask anyone to use up their own credits however mine have apparently expired!!! I have managed to narrow down my searches by year and am looking for the following in births and baptisms pre 1855.
James Findlay Wilson in 1827.
Thank you very much to anyone that can help me.


Rebecca Report 8 Jul 2011 07:56

Helen,thankyou so much for this. We have been trying to find out where the Findlay had come from, now we know!!! The name is still being used today! Rebecca.


Rebecca Report 8 Jul 2011 08:01

Joan,thank you too, i will check this out. Rebecca


Dea Report 8 Jul 2011 08:08

Hi Rebecca,

It may be of use to you to know where Helen found this info.

It is a free site and has quite a lot of Scottish Parish Records as well as many others!

Hope it helps you.

Dea x


Rebecca Report 8 Jul 2011 08:23

Dea,thank you so much, i wasnt aware of this,i can have a good browse around then, Rebecca


Rebecca Report 8 Jul 2011 10:40

I have James living in England in 1871,81,91,01 and he dies in Brighton in 1906. He married Ann Elizabeth ? in 1864. Please can anyone help me find him in 1861 and previously, im not sure whether it would have been Scotland or England. Here he is in the 1881 census.

Name: James F. Wilson
Age: 53
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1828
Relation: Head
Spouse's Name: Ann E. Wilson
Gender: Male
Where born: Lanarkshire, Scotland

Civil parish: Brighton
County/Island: Sussex
Country: England

Street Address: 21 Providence Plc
Condition as to marriage: Married

Employment status: View image
Occupation: Engineers Labr Railway (E & M)

Registration district: Brighton
Sub-registration district: St Peter
ED, institution, or vessel: 43
Neighbors: View others on page
Piece: 1087
Folio: 45
Page Number: 28
Household Members: Name Age
James F. Wilson 53
Ann E. Wilson 47
Lizzie H. Wilson 16
Charles F. Wilson 14
James F. Wilson 11
Walter F. Wilson 8


Dea Report 8 Jul 2011 11:08

I don't know if you found his sister on the site I mentioned:

Name: Lochart Miller Wilson
Gender: Female
Baptism/Christening Date: 20 Mar 1825
Baptism/Christening Place: MAUCHLINE,AYR,SCOTLAND
Birth Date: 09 Mar 1825

Father's Name: Thomas Wilson
Mother's Name: Mary Findlay

Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C11604-4
System Origin: Scotland-ODM
Source Film Number: unknown
Reference Number:
Collection: Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

This must be her in 1861:

1861 Scotland Census
about Lockhart Wilson Name: Lockhart Wilson
Age: 32
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1829
Relationship: Sister
Gender: Female
Where born: Mauchline, Ayrshire
Registration Number: 503
Registration district: Row
Civil parish: Row
Town: Helensburgh
County: Dumbartonshire
Address: West Princes St
ED: 6
Household schedule number: 34
Line: 16
Roll: CSSCT1861_68
Household Members: Name Age
Margt Wilson 34
Lockhart Wilson 32

Source Citation: Parish: Row; ED: 6; Page: 6; Line: 16; Roll: CSSCT1861_68; Year: 1861.

This shows yet another sister. - Margaret.

I know it doesn't help you but I thought I would post it for your info.

Dea x


Dea Report 8 Jul 2011 11:17

This then is 'your' James with family on 1841:

1841 Scotland Census
about Thomas Wilson Name: Thomas Wilson
Age: 60
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1781
Gender: Male
Where born: Ayrshire, Scotland

Civil parish: Mauchline
County: Ayrshire
Address: Barskiming Officess
Occupation: Overseer
Parish Number: 604
Household Members: Name Age
Thomas Wilson 60
Mary Wilson 50
Marget Wilson 15
Sochhart Wilson 12
James Wilson 10
Margaret Lamont 20

Source Citation: Parish: Mauchline; ED: 3; Page: 3; Line: 560; Roll: ; Year: 1841.

Haven't found him on 1861 yet..............

Dea x


Dea Report 8 Jul 2011 11:36

Oohhh Dear !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have just noticed that the marriage which Helen has posted above shows James Findley Wilson's father as JOHN !!

The christening we have and everything else we are following gives his father as THOMAS !!!

Something is not right here :-S

Dea x


sailorbaz Report 8 Jul 2011 12:38

Hi Rebecca,
I have been looking into my daughter-in-law's tree. She has Findlay ancestors from the Kilmarnock/Mauchline/Sorn area.
I have Francis Findlay b. c1790 married Agnes Martin b.c1793 - Francis was a farmer.
Their son Hugh Findlay b. 1818 married Elizabeth McFadzean b. 1828
marriage 24.11.1863 - Kilmarnock 597/00 175
Hugh was a gardener.
Their son Hugh Adam McFadzean Findlay b. 18.07.1869 Lonnport, Kilmarnock 597/00 0543 married Jeanie McLanachan b.1875 in 1894 Kilmarnock 597/00 0067
Hugh was a marine engineer and Jeanie a domestic servant.
Jeanie died 1899 age 24 death Kilmarnock 597/00 0014
Hugh remarried on 17.07.1901 to Janet Elizabeth McCarlie of Sorn, Ayr
Their daughter Elizabeth McFadzean Findlay b. Glasgow 1912 married Edward John Cumming b. Jun Q 1914 Edmonton, London in Stoke Newington Jun Q 1936.
Does any of this connect with your Findlay's?
I have more information about the wives families if you would like it.


Rebecca Report 8 Jul 2011 12:43

Hello everyone, im sorry i have been out on the preschool run, i shall just have lunch with my daughter and will take a really good look at it all and take it in!!! Please bear with me however huge huge thanks to everyone!!! Rebecca xx


Dea Report 8 Jul 2011 13:48


I had to go out. but I have just looked at the marriage cert on City Ark and James' father is definately JOHN. - He was a Sculptor.

Dea x


Rebecca Report 8 Jul 2011 15:18

Hi Dea, well just been runnning through all the info and i can see we have two different fathers here, something is not quite right, not really sure what to think now! Perhaps he was Thomas john or vice versa? However i know the marriage to be correct. Perhaps there was another James Findlay Wilson born in 1827 ? I wonder if his first marriage can be found to give us some more clues, it states he was widowed when he married Ann Elizabeth Foreman. This has really thrown me!
Barry, im sorry i dont regonise any of thenmaes so far but i will keep them in find for future reference! Thank you everyone for all your help.Rebecca


Potty Report 8 Jul 2011 15:34

The James in the 1881 gives a birthplace of Lanarkshire; the baptism with the father Thomas is in Ayrshire.

Different fathers and different POBs - does look like two different men. Do you have James's marriage cert to confirm his father's name? The familysearch record could be mistranscribed.


Potty Report 8 Jul 2011 15:36

In 1891, James POB given as Glasgow, which is in Lanarkshire.


Graham Report 8 Jul 2011 15:56

14 Nov 1827 James Findlay Wilson
Parents: Thomas Wilson Mary Findlay
Mauchline Ayr
Gros 604/00 0040 oo64
Hope this helps!


Rebecca Report 8 Jul 2011 16:02

Im afraid i dont have the marrige cert as it isnt my family, a friends. It looks like you could be right! Two diferent James' born about the same year with excatly the same name, which is quite unusual with the middle of Findlay. Thank you so much again for your help guys. So really if i can find a James with a father John we could be heading somewhere or James' first marriage!


Potty Report 8 Jul 2011 16:15

I am afraid there are lots of James Wilson with father's John. The nearest I can find in 1851 is this one, age is a bit out. Both are mason's (well, masons and sculptors both work with stone):

1851 Scotland Census
about James Wilson
Name: James Wilson
Age: 27
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1824
Relationship: Son
Father's name: John Wilson
Mother's name: Agnes Wilson
Gender: Male
Where born: Glassford, Lanarkshire
Parish Number: 644/2
Civil parish: Gorbals
County: Lanarkshire
Address: 35 Cleland St
Occupation: Mason
ED: 36
Page: 13 (click to see others on page)
Household schedule number: 52
Line: 2
Roll: CSSCT1851_164
Household Members: Name Age
John Wilson 52
Agnes Wilson 54
James Wilson 27
John Wilson 24
Andrew Wilson 22
Isabella Wilson 18
Wm Wilson 12


Rebecca Report 8 Jul 2011 16:35

Thank you Potty, always good to have some possibilities. Just wish he had used his middle name in all the census records, would have been easier on us then !!! xxx


Dea Report 8 Jul 2011 19:33

Back now - I have had grand-daughter after school and just taken her home.

The 1851 with John who was a stone mason was the nearest I could find also !!

Just to confirm that the marriage cert has NOT been mistranscribed as I have looked at the image of the actual Parish Register. It is quite clearly John !

Dea x