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JOSEPH  TAIT

Farmer

m. 
MARGARET FIDDES

b. 

d. 9 Sep 1839, Bettyfield, Smailholm 

b. 26 Mar 1776, Broomhall, Mertoun, Berwick 

d. 20 Sep 1855, age 79 Lindean, Galashiels of Bronchitis. Buried in Smailholm churchyard
GEORGE TAIT 
to be confirmed
SARAH
Father

Mother

ROBERT FIDDES
m 14 Aug 1770, Merton, berwick
AGNES LOCKIE

Joseph Tait's Inventory and Personal Estate of 1839 lists 14 children, with George being the eldest and part owner of the Bettyfield farm and Margaret Fiddes still living.  Margaret Fiddes's will and death cert in 1855 gave me the ages of all of the children at the time of her death. Mentioned in the will is a grandchild Jean Tait, servant at Sutherland Hall.

The Jeremy Tait history of his grandfather William Tait (1855 -1959) is an interesting account of the Tait family but it does not state the name of William's grandfather. So far I've not found an absolutely verifiable link with the William Tait history but there are a number of very interesting connections which lead me to believe it is our Joseph - viz.

  1. The history has William (1812-1884) as a brother of George(1800-1875) - the George at Venchen is actually a son of John, not William.
  2. Our George was at  Fireburn Mill in 1839 and at Thompson Walls in 1855 (age 55) which corresponds with the William Tait History. 
  3. In the history, George's grandmother was a Lookie - ours is a Lockie.
  4. The mention of  a George Tait and Sarah (1740-1806) as grandparents of William is also interesting given that one of the children below is a Sarah.
  5. George in the history had 12 or so brothers and sisters.

All of the children below are listed as living on Margaret's death certificate of 1855

1 George m. 3 June 1844
Coldstream

Catherine Davidson (to be confirmed)
John Davidson
(1776-1868)
Jane Heslop
(1787-1872)
b. abt. 1797 (58yrs in 1855)

Tenant at Fireburn Mill, Coldstream  in 1839 and at Thomson Walls, Northumberland in 1855. In 1884 (William's will) noted as sometime farmer of Kirknewton

bap. 30 Dec 1811, Coldstream. d. 1891
George and Catherine had nine children as follows: Alexander (Sandy). Robert (1840-?). James (1842-1910). George (1845-1902). Maggie (1846-?). Joseph (1848-1902). Jane (1850-?). John (1852-1888). William (1855-1939), Jeremy Tait's grandfather
2 Janet m.  Robert Davidson
b. abt 1798 (57yrs in 1855)

1839 - now or lately in America

Farmer, Jefferson County, USA in 1855
3 Robert
b. abt 1799 (56yrs in 1855)
Merchant in London in 1839 and 1855
4 John m. Margaret Winthrop
b. abt. 1800 (55yrs in 1855)
Shepherd in Presson? in 1839. Farmer at Harperrig, Northumberland in 1855.
d. 16 Jul 1885, age 82, Milne Graden West Mains, Coldstream. Was a farmer there in 1881.
d. before 1881
children:
George (1839-93), m Jessie Bathgate Lawton, also farmed at Venchen
5 Catherine m. March 1840 Samuel Ormiston
b. abt 1801 (54yrs in 1855 - death cert looks like Margaret not Catherine)
m. living at Smailholm

1839 - at Bettyfield

from Kelso in 1840.
Tennant, Pinnaclehill in 1855.
Farmer at Muirhouselaw. 
6 Margaret m 5 May 1828
Torpichen, West Lothian
Robert Marshall
b. abt 1802 (53yrs in 1855)
d. 1875, age 73, South Queensferry
1839 - Innkeeper, South Queensferry
7 Sarah m John Smith
b. abt 1802 (53yrs in 1855) a twin? 1839 -Fisherman, Holy Island
8 AGNES m. 1826 JAMES DAVIDSON  
b. abt. 1803 (52yrs in 1855)

d. 6 Jul 1889, age 84, Bellsdyke, Airth

b 1805, England 
Farmer, Burnfoot, nr Lauder in 1855

d. Jan 26 1884, age 76, Bellsdyke, Airth.

 
9 Isabella m. 6 Aug 1831
Coldstream Bridge
John Dickison
b. abt. 1810 (45yrs in 1855)
d. 16 Jan 1881, age 74, Eildon. certified by son John.
1839 - Wright, Smailholm

d. before 1855, tenant at Langlands
10 Mary
1839 - at Fireburn Mill
d. before 1855, age 43
11 Elizabeth (Betty) m. 25 May 1852 James Lees
b. abt 1814 (41yrs in 1855)
1839 - at Fireburn Mill
Farmer Newmills, Lauder. 
Son Andrew Lees is mentioned in William Taits will. He was the joint tenant with his uncle of  the farm of Buckholme Williamlaw Ladhope Muir and others 
12 William m. 4 Jun 1845
Alison Anderson
b. abt 1815 (40 yrs in 1855) 
At Bettyfield in 1839. Tenant in Lylestone in 1855 and executor of his mother's will..
Farmer at Venchen in 1881 employing 17 men, 15 women and 4 boys.
d. 9 Dec 1884, age 72, Venchen, Yetholm
Died of alcoholism. His will is available - Jedburgh Court
From Channelkirk.

At Venchen in 1881. Her surname name was not recorded on the death cert. of her husband but is mentioned in his will. Jane Tait is mentioned as his housekeeper. I do not know if she is related.
13 Helen m. 27 Nov 1835, Melrose, Rox. Thomas Turnbull, 
b. abt 1817 (38yrs in 1855)

Moved to New Zealand abt. 1867 and settled in Southland. Their Daughter, Helen was the G. Grandmother of Margaret Cross. Helen (daur) married a Widower, James MOFFITT, a Farmer at Waikaia. She died in 1887 after the birth their Daughter Janet.
Tenant in Spaddislee
14 Joseph single
b. abt. 1819 (36yrs in 1855)

At Fireburn Mill in 1839. Tenant and residing at Lindean in 1855.
d. 5 Feb 1875, age 53,  Lindean, Galashiels, Selkirk. Farmer as certified by sister Isabella Dickison of Eildon, NewTown (note not Dickinson)

 


References

Extract of an Entry in the Register of Deaths, 1885, Parish of Coldstream, Berwick, - John 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

John 1885 M 82 Joseph Tait Chronic Bronchitis

(Signed) 

Tait July   yrs Farmer & Heart Disease George Tait
Farmer Sixthteenth     (deceased) (dia......) Son
  10h 30 p.m.       Uncertain Present
Widower of Milne Graden West -     Margaret Tait as cert by  
Margaret Wintrup Mains, Parish of     M.S. Fiddes George Henderson  -
  Coldstream     (deceased)   Registrar
             
 

Extract of an Entry in the Register of Deaths, 1884, Parish of Yetholm, Roxburgh - William 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

William 1884 M 72 Joseph Tait Alcoholism

(Signed) 

Tait December   yrs Farmer   Mary Binnie
Farmer Ninth     (deceased)   Niece
  5h  p.m.         North Berwick
Married       Margaret Tait as cert by Present
  Venchen     M.S. Fiddes H. McG. Forbes  -
  Yetholm     (deceased)   Registrar
             
 

3.  Extract of census1881, Venchen, Yetholm, Roxburgh - FHL film 024044   Gro ref  Volume 811   EnumDist 4   Page 7

NAME and Surname
 of each person
RELATION
 to Head 
of Family
CONDITION
 as to Marriage
AGE
last
 birthday
PROFESSION or OCCUPATION Employed WHERE BORN Rooms with One or more Windows
William Tait Head Mar 63 Farmer at Venchen 1218 acres 1000 arable. 
Employing 17 men 15 women 4 boys
  England  
Alison Tait Wife Mar 58 Wife   Channelkirk, Berwick  
Isabella Turner Serv Unm 41 Dom Serv   Whooplaw, Roxburgh  
Catherine Hook Serv Unm 32 Dom Serv   Yetholm, Roxburgh  
James Rutherford Serv Unm 43 Groom   Gateshaw, Roxburgh  

4.  Extract of census 1881, 1 Milne Graden West Mains, Coldstream, Berwick. - FHL film 0224030 Gro ref  Volume 733  EnumDist 3 page 17.

NAME and Surname
 of each person
RELATION
 to Head 
of Family
CONDITION
 as to Marriage
AGE
last
 birthday
PROFESSION or OCCUPATION Employed WHERE BORN Rooms with One or more Windows
John Tait Head Wid 78 Farmer 470 acres
Employing 7 men 5 girls 1 boy
  England  
Margaret Fairly Grd Daughter Mar 27     England  
Fanny Hardie Serv Unm 19 Dom Serv   Coldstream, Berwick  
John Broikie Boarder Unm 17 Shepherd   Stow, Edinburgh  
               

 


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