DAVIDSON

Family Group (main line)

JAMES DAVIDSON

Farmer

m. 1 Jun 1826
Smailholm, Roxburghshire
AGNES TAIT
b 7 May 1806, Cornhill on Tweed, Northumberland, 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?

Parents JAMES DAVIDSON

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

Father

Mother

JOSEPH TAIT

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

Parents
JACOB TAIT
not so sure if these are her parents now
JANET BAILLIE

In 1835 James is recorded as a head of fanily in Smailholm. In 1861 the family are at Grassmyres, Channelkirk, a Farmer of 103 Acres Employing 2 Men, 1 Woman , 1 Boy. 1881 at Bellsdyke Farm near Airth.

Their son Joseph Davidson, who was married four times, is the ancestor of Ann Hamilton, from Auckland, NZ - see his descendant chart


Child Marriage Spouse Spouse's Parents
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, Millwright m. 1st. 19 Jan 1851
Edinburgh
Elizabeth (Betty) Mein, 5 children Robert Mein
Margaret Thomson
b. 1828, Smailholm, Roxburghshire
d. 28 Oct 1898, 51 Meigle Street, Galashiels, Selkirkshire
m. 2nd. 5 Oct 1877,
Ramsay Lodges, Edinburgh
Jane Forest Brown, 9 children James Brown
Janet Thomson
3 George m. unknown
b. 29 Jul 1830, Bettyfield, Smailholm, Roxburghshire
19 Apr 1851. Started one month prison sentence in Jedburgh Jail for "Trespass in pursuit of game" but only served 3 days after fines were paid. Admission details say he was red haired, blue eyed, age 19 and married. There is no sign of him in the records after his prison sentence.
4 Robert m. Agnes Laidlaw
b. 13 Jul 1832, Smailholm, Roxburghshire
22 Oct 1855. Six weeks in Greenlaw Prison and fines for Night Poaching. Occupation: Mason. Age: 22, Sex: M[ale], Height: 5 [feet] 9 [inches], Married/Single: S[ingle], Where Born: Sma[i]lholm, Late Residence: Burnfoot, Weight: 180 Pounds.
Ther is no sign of him in the records after his prison sentence.
5 John liason 1. Margaret Marshall
b. 7 Jan 1836, Smailholm, Roxburghshire
1891. Unmarried head of family at Bellsdyke Farm with his brother Ralph, sister Alison and her husband James Wilson and family.
1901, at North Broomage with the same family and recorded as a retired farmer
d. 1917, Larbert, age 78
b. abt. 1829 Denny, d. 17 Apr 1901, Larbert

Had an illegitimate daughter,
Barbara Marshall, b.27 May 1866, Skinflatts, whose ancestor, njgirl, grandaughter of Barbara Paton, is a DNA match

liason 2 Magdalene Graham
b. 26 Aug 1849, Larbert. d, 10 Nov 1910, Longdyke, Carronshore
Had two illegitimate children with John before marrying Thomas Cowan.
Magdalene Graham Davidson, b. 15 Dec 1869, is an ancestor of DNA match Sam Allison
6 Ralph unm. in 1901
b. 1 Mar 1838, Smailholm, Roxburghshire
1891, at Bellsdyke Farm with his brother John and sister Alison and her family,
1901, at North Broomage with the same family group and recorded as a Plate Layer.
d.1917, Larbert age 79
7 MARGARET m. WILLIAM COWAN, shoemaker Parents
b. 9 Apr 1840, Smailholm, Roxburghshire
d. 4 Mar 1860, age 19, Oxton
Children b. 1834, Channelkirk
8 Agnes m.5 Feb 1863
Grassmyres, Channelkirk
Andrew Lindsay William Lindsay
Betty Reid
b. abt. 1845, Melrose, Roxburghshire
d. 9 Jan 1895, age 49, Bellsdyke Cottage, Carronshore
b. abt 1844, Channelkirk, Berwickshire
Children:
William, b. 4 Sep 1863, Channelkirk
James, b. 3 Sep 1864, Channelkirk
John, b. 22 Jun 1867, Muiravonside
Elizabeth (Lizzie) b. 3 Jan 1868, Muiravonside
George b. 26 Sep 1869, Airth
Agnes b.1876
9 Alison m.11 Sep 1888
Airth
James Wilson, ploughman at marriage James Wilson
Agnes McLay Walker
b. circa 1850, Melrose, Roxburghshire
1891 at Bellsdyke farm with her family and brothers John and Ralph 1901 at North Broomage, Larbert with her family and brothers John and Ralph
d.1929, Larbert
b. 4 Oct 1867, 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's 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?


Tom Paterson (last updated 6 Sep 2019)