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  JAMES DAVIDSON

 

m.  Smailholm
Jun 1826
AGNES TAIT  
  b 1805, England 

d. Jan 26 1884, age 76, Bellsdyke, Airth.
His will  from Scottish Wills is available below

  b. 1806?, Yetholm

d. Jul 6 1889, Bellsdyke, Airth, Age 84?

 
 Joseph and Jane JAMES DAVIDSON

JANE WIGHTMAN (more likely)
MARGARET WIGHTMAN 
(as per son James' death cert)
 

JOSEPH TAIT 

MARGARET FIDDES 
(Fiddies - as per Agnes' death cert)

Joseph and Jane
      JACOB TAIT   
not so sure if these are her parents now
JANET BAILLIE
Not My Line

In 1861 the family are at Grassmyres, Channelkirk and 1881 at Bellsdyke Farm near Airth.
Joseph Davidson, who was married four times, is the ancestor of
Ann Hamilton, from Auckland, NZ - see his descendant chart

1 Joseph married 4 times 1. Janet Mein                (6 children)
2. Margaret Turnbull   
(7 children)
3. Mary Scott Telford  
(4 children)
4. Catherine Goldie
bap. 11 Mar 1827, Cornhill, Northumberland, Eng
d. 16 Jun 1910, Newstead, Melrose
2 James
b. 1828, Smailholm, Roxb
3 George m.
b. 29 Jul 1830, Smailholm, Roxb  
4 Robert m. Agnes Laidlaw
b. 13 Jul 1832, Smailholm, Roxb  
5 John unm. in 1891
b. 7 Jan 1836, Smailholm, Roxb
head of family at Bellsdyke Farm in 1891
 
6 Ralph unm. in 1891
b. 1 Mar 1838, Smailholm, Roxb
at Bellsdyke in 1891
 
7 MARGARET m. WILLIAM COWAN  John and Janet
b. 9 Apr 1840, Smailholm, Roxb
d.  4 Mar 1860, age 19, Oxton
show children of William and Margaret b. 1834, Channelkirk  
8 Agnes m. Andrew Lindsay
b. circa 1845, Melrose, Roxb
d. after May 1881
John, b. 1867; Lizzie b 1868; George b1870; Agnes b1876  
9 Alison m. pre 1891 James Wilson
b. circa 1850, Melrose Roxb
Living at Bellsdyke, Airth in 1891
James, b 1888; Robert b 1890 b. Airth  

References:

1    Extract of an Entry in the Register of Deaths, 1860, Parish of Channelkirk , Berwick, Entry 3 - Margaret Cowan (ms. Davidson)


NAME and Surname
Rank  or Profession and whether
Single, Married or Widowed

When and Where Died

Sex

Age


Name, Surname and Rank or Profession of Father
Name and Maiden Surname of Mother


Cause of Death, Duration of Disease, and Medical Attendant by whom certified


Signature and Qualification of Informant, and residence, if out of the house when the death occurred

Margaret 1860 M 19 James Davidson Consumption

(Signed) 

Cowan March   yrs Farmer for 2 years William Cowan
  Fourth       no qualified medical attendant  Spouse
  1h  5m a.m.         Shoemaker
Wife of       Agnes Davidson Buried at the Parish   
William Cowan Oxton     M.S. Tait Churchyard of Channelkirk  Alex Davidson
 Shoemaker Parish of        certified David Tait Registrar
  Channelkirk       Gravedigger  
 

2    Extract of an Entry in the Register of Deaths, 1884, Parish of Airth , Stirlingshire, - James Davidson


NAME and Surname
Rank  or Profession and whether
Single, Married or Widowed

When and Where Died

Sex

Age


Name, Surname and Rank or Profession of Father
Name and Maiden Surname of Mother


Cause of Death, Duration of Disease, and Medical Attendant by whom certified


Signature and Qualification of Informant, and residence, if out of the house when the death occurred

James 1884 M 76 James Davidson Cardiac degeneration

(Signed) 

Davidson January   yrs Contractor   John Davidson
Farmer Twenty-sixth     (deceased)   Son
  6h   a.m.         Present
Married to       Margaret Davidson    
Agnes Tait Bellsdyke     M.S. Whightman    -
  Airth     (deceased)   Registrar
             
 

3      Will and Estate of James Davidson - 19 April 1884 

James' estate was valued at 266 with debts of  463 -  see his schedule of debts here. From this we can see that he had a one third share in the running of both North and South Bellsdyke farms. The other two partners were probably his sons Ralph and John who were executors to his estate. The terms of his Will bound them to look after their mother and sister Alison. 

4    Extract of an Entry in the Register of Deaths, 1889, Parish of Airth , Stirlingshire, - Agnes Tait


NAME and Surname
Rank  or Profession and whether
Single, Married or Widowed

When and Where Died

Sex

Age


Name, Surname and Rank or Profession of Father
Name and Maiden Surname of Mother


Cause of Death, Duration of Disease, and Medical Attendant by whom certified


Signature and Qualification of Informant, and residence, if out of the house when the death occurred

Agnes 1889 F 84 Joseph Tait Senile Decay

(Signed) 

Davidson July   yrs Farmer   John Davidson
  Sixth     (deceased) certified Son
  9h   a.m.         Present
Widow of       Margaret Tait    
James Davidson Bellsdyke     M.S. Fiddies    -
Farmer Airth     (deceased)   Registrar
             
 

To Do:

  1. Is Alex Davidson, the registrar, a relative?
  2. Is David Tait, the gravedigger, a relative?

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