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Two George Chalmers in Markinch in late 1700's?

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Thelma Report 2 Apr 2013 04:19

In my researching of my Chalmers family of Markinch, Fife Scotland the facts I know so far are:

George Chalmers married Catherine Craig 3/8/1809 in Edinburgh Scotland.
(I have Marriage Certificate).

1941 Census I have found George and Catherine in Markinch there ages were given as:
George 55 years and Catherine 50 years.

Everything has checked out with Catherine Chalmers (nee Craig) but I am very confused about George Chalmers her husband.
I need help:

My research shows: George Chalmers born 23/1/1783 to parents:
Thomas Chalmers and Margaret Brown. In Markinch. Fife, Scotland.

I cannot find a birth, marriage or even a death certificate for Margaret Brown.

In 1774 there was a George Chalmers born to a Thomas Chalmers and Agnes Brown in Markinch, Fife, Scotland.

I have found a death certificate for a George Chalmers who died in Markinch on 21/7/1853 aged 75 in my calculations this brings it back to 1778 not 1783 but is possible to be the correct one.

I have also found another death certificate for a George Chalmers who died in Markinch on 30/11/1838 aged 65 which would have made him born 1773.
My thinking is that he is the son of Thomas & Agnes Chalmers (nee Brown)
(Both parents were not listed on certificates)

I believe but without proof the 1783 George is my ancestor but who are his parents, most trees I am looking at are taking Thomas & Agnes Chalmers as his parents but I think that is incorrect but I can't find any proof.
If I am correct then the ancestors further back will all be incorrect.

And who was Margaret Brown who is the mother of George Chalmers 1783?

I really need your expert help.


mgnv Report 2 Apr 2013 07:00

Maybe there's hints in who's buried near/with them - check out:


Vicci Report 2 Apr 2013 08:02

if you could give all the info from, incl witnesses etc

"George Chalmers married Catherine Craig 3/8/1809 in Edinburgh Scotland.
(I have Marriage Certificate)."

1841 census
Name: George Chalmers
Age: 55
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1786
Gender: Male
Where born: Fife, Scotland

Civil parish: Markinch
County: Fife
Address: Eglinton Square
Occupation: Coal Miner
Parish Number: 447
Household Members:
Name Age
George Chalmers 55
Catherine Chalmers 50
Henry Chalmers 15
Catherine Chalmers 15
Agnes Chalmers 12
Janet Chalmers 5
Cathrine Perrie 80


Thelma Report 2 Apr 2013 09:53

The information listed In reference to the George Chalmers 1774 & 1783 above
I have taken from scotlandspeople & obtained the certificates

Unfortunately the death records in that period do not state parents.

The death certificate for the George Chalmers who died 30/11/1838
States he was from Balbirnie Bridge and he lays one grave from the head of Duncan's Head Stone. Markinch.

The death certificate for the George Chalmers who died 21/7/1853
States he was from Balbirnie Square and he lies northside of Thomas Duncan's Head Stone Markinch.

The marriage certificate for George Chalmers & Catherine Craig only states George is the son of Thomas Chalmers Collier of Balbirni.

I have not given any information unless it has been official.

My information for George & Catherine Chalmers since their marriage in 1809 has all been checked and found correct.
I have only posted that in this posting as a reference guide for anyone to go by.

Thank you for the help being given it is much appreciated.