Family Group (main line)


Farmer, Brewer, Journeyman Malter

b. 5 Oct 1788, Mortlach, Banffshire
in 1851 he was at at Frendraught, Parish of Forgue
d. after 1851 , before 1860
b.1793E, Cairney, Aberdeenshire

d. 24 Apr 1884 age 100, Manner St Macduff







Grandson Peter aged 10 with grandparents John and Isabella and Jane in 1851 and aged 11mths in 1841. Son in law, Alexander Mckay was present at Isa's death in 1884

Child Marriage Spouse Spouse's Parents
1 James Jane Cowie
b. 04 Oct 1818, Mortlach, Banff Children Children:
Peter b.10 Jun 1840 and bap. 28 Aug 1840 at Forgue
with grandparents in 1851
m. Nov 23 1860 Jane Allan, Keith, Banff, Scotland, their son
Charles McWilliam (1871-1951) m. 28 Aug 1897, Mary Moir (1872-1860)
Peter also had an illegitimate son with Janet Stronach - Paternity case at Sheriff Court of Elginshire in 1864 declared that father was Peter McWilliam servant at Glen Grant Distillery, Rothes. Their son Alexander is an ancestor of DNA match P. Anderton .
2 John
b. 17 Dec 1820, Mortlach, Banff. Father a servant in Keithmore.
d. Jan 1826, Aberlour
3 Jane, house servant (also known as Janet)
b. 1821E, Cabrach, Banffshire

In 1851 was unmarried aged 30 with parents at Frendraught, Forgue

4 Isabella, m. 16 Jun 1846,
Forgue, Aberdeen
Alexander Cowe
m. 1846 living at Bognievzae (??)
1846 living at Glendronach
b. 1859 son Alexander James Manson Cowe, Stonecutter m 12 Jun 1885 Mary Ann Gardiner (1864)
emigrated to Quincy Massachusetts with their son Alexander (1886). Their Daughter Evelyn Cowe (b.1895, Quincy) who married Edward Bushnall is an ancestor of Candace Ford who manages DNA match E. Ford
b. 1864 dau Isabella Cowe m. 2 Feb 1898 John McEwney (1865), Draper's assistant
emigrated to new Zealand. Their daughter Isabella McWilliam McEwney is the mother of Gary Robinson , daughter Leanne
5 Peter m. 13 Jul 1851

Keith, Banffshire

Isabella Watson Alexander Watson

Isabella Simpson

b. 2 Oct 1825, Aberlour, Banffshire
6 Charles m. 2 Jun 1855


Helen Robb
b. 1824, Banffshire
at Inverkeithny in 1841, age 10

Children: Margaret McWilliam, b. 6 Jan 1862, Auchterless, is the ancestor of DNA match Carole Watt Kiehl

6 HELEN m. 1860 ALEXANDER McKAY , Fisherman Parents

1835E based on age at  death),  Aberdeen City 
was aged 10 in 1841 so is she a twin of Charles and her age on death is wrong.

d. 23 Jan 1890, age 54, 1 Carny St Macduff

Children b. 1828 Macduff
8 Alexander, gamekeeper m. Janet Symon John Symon

Janet Bannerman

b. 1835E, Inverkeithny, Banffshire. 
was aged 5 in 1841 at Inverkeithney
with widowed mother at Lodge of Stocks, Alvah, Banffshire in 1861

Ancestor of DNA match Ross McCorquodale through illegitimate son John who married Marjory Fraser

b. 22 Mar 1836, Rothiemay, Banffshire


1) Death certificate of Isabella McWilliams nee Wilson

Tom Paterson
(last updated 30th Mar 2020)