James Thomson1

(21 May 1834 - 9 October 1899)
FatherWilliam Thomson1 (cir. Feb 1790 - Dec 1872)
MotherCecilia Sinton1 (cir. 1795 - Jul 1877)
Relationship1st cousin 4 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     James Thomson was born on 21 May 1834 Castleton, ROX, SCT.1
     James Thomson married Mary Dalgliesh, daughter of Walter Dalgliesh and Mary Carruthers, on 22 Feb 1861 Bigholms, Par. of Langholm, DFS, SCT, cert. #2 shows James as a 28 yr old farm servant resid. Westwater, Langholm s/o William Thomson, farm lab and Cecilia m.s. Sinton, and Mary as a dom servant 22, resid Bigholms, Langholm, d/o Walter Dalgliesh farmer and Mary m.s. Carruthers, both decsd; Wit John Dalgliesh (could be Mary's uncle or brother) and William Anderson, reg. 25th Feb.2,3
     James Thomson remarried on 24 Feb 1874 Gretna, DFS, SCT, to Betsy Daglish, daughter of Walter Dalgliesh and Mary UnknownSurname, the "cert." reads: James Thomson from the Parish of Castleton in the County of Rxoburgh and Betsy Dalglish from the Parish of Castleton in the County of Roxburgh being both here Present and declared themselves husband and wife before me and these witnesses this twenty fourth day of February 1874 years By William Lang, both signed (Elizabeth as Bettsey Dalglish), witnesses were Alex Miller and Mary Elizabeth Wannop.
NB the day on the birth cert of dtr Jessie was 22nd, likewise on son John's, whose cert agreed the same day/mth & place as on Jessie's, but gives the year as 1870. Although within both Scottish & English Civil Registration, there is no marriage obvious on the IGI or Sct People or FreeBMD, only on a list of Gretna marriages.4,5,6,7,8,9,10
     James Thomson died on 9 Oct 1899 Mosspeeble Cottage, Par. of Ewes, DFS, SCT, at age 65; cert. #4 shows James as a 65 yr old ploughman, widower of Elizabeth Dalgleish, died 4am of dilatal ? heart & mitral incompetance 2 yrs & 6 mths; s/o William Thomson ploughman and Cecilia m.s. Sinton, both dec; inf. son William of Goldielands, Hawick.11,12

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     James Thomson appeared on the census of 1841 in the Village, Newcastleton, Par. of Castleton, ROX, SCT, in the household of William Thomson and Celia Thomson and is assumed to be a son.13,14 It is possible that James Thomson was Flatt, Castleton, ROX, SCT, in 1851 a 19 yr old farm servant b Ewes DFS in hsehold of Robert & Mary THOMSON.15 By Feb 1861 he was a farm servant Westwater, Par. of Langholm, DFS, SCT, where he still was for the 1861 census 2 mths later, wife Mary still at home with her uncle, at least on census night.2 He appeared on the census of 7 Apr 1861 Westwater, Par. of Langholm, DFS, in the household of James Elliot as a servant.16 In Sep 1865 James Thomson was described as a farm steward Bigholms, Par. of Langholm, DFS, SCT, on the dth cert of infant son Walter.17
     The census of 7 Apr 1871 showed James, with his dtrs Mary and Cecilia, his son William, his sister-in-law Betsey Elliot, Biggholms, Par. of Langholm, DFS, SCT, enumerated as THOMPSON: James 38 head widwr shepherd b New Castleton, ROX; Children: Mary 9, William 8 (transcr on ancestry as son 38 scholar, image shows 8 with squiggle in front), Cecilia 5, all scholars b Langholm; Sister-in-law Betsey Elliot 25 unm housekeeper b Canonbie DFS. Neighbours are John Dalgleish, Biggholms, one way and James Elliot, Westwater another, both with connections to the family. (Betsey's age is a bit far out to stretch her to being the 2nd Mrs Thomson even if I do believe the latter, an Elizabeth Dalgleish, often shown as Betty/Betsy, may be a relation of his 1st wife's. The surname of the hsekeeper Betsey is clearly shown as Elliot on the actual census form, so I guess I need to find out how she is James' sister-in-law.)18,19
     The census of 1881 showed James with his wife Betty, their sons Thomas and John, their dtr Jessie Dykecrofts, Par. of Castleton, ROX, SCT, household enumerated as THOMSON: James, 49, head, mar, ag lab b Castleton; wife Betty, 30, b Canonbie, DFS; Children (all b Castleton): Thomas E, scholar, 6; John W, 5; Jessie, 3.20
     The census of 1891 showed James with his wife Elizabeth, their sons Thomas and John, their dtr Jessie Mosspeeble, Dist of Ewes, DFS, SCT, household enumerated as THOMSON: James 56 ploughman b Castleton; wife Elizabeth 37 b Canonbie DFS; Children: Thomas Elbirt (sic, as trasncribed for ancestry, I think it's meant to be Elliot) 16 shepherd, John Walter 14, Jessie Bell 12 both scholars, all b Castleton, ROX.11

All the other info

     Well, my first Gretna Green marriage in all my years of researching. And it wasn't one of my locals from Cumberland, sneaking north across the border into Scotland to take advantage of the laxer Scottish laws at all. Wonder if it was because he may have been marrying his late wife's sister?)10
     James outlived his first wife Mary Dalgliesh who died in 1869.3,21,22
     James Thomson was the informant for the death of his mother Cecilia Thomson on 30 Jul 1877 Dykecrofts, Par. of Castleton, ROX, SCT.23,24
     James Thomson also outlived his 2nd wife Elizabeth Thomson who died on 10 Mar 1898 being the informant for her death.25,11,12
     James Thomson and Betsey Elliot are related as sister/brother-in-law, although I have yet to figure out how.18

Family 1

Mary Dalgliesh (cir. 1839 - 1869)
Children
  • Mary Thomson26 (Apr 1861 - aft. 1871)
  • William Thomson12,3 (Feb 1863 - Nov 1941)
  • Walter Thomson27,17 (Dec 1864 - Sep 1865)
  • Cecilia Thomson21 (Jan 1866 - aft. 1881)

Family 2

Elizabeth Dalgleish (cir. 1851 - Mar 1898)
Children
  • Thomas Elliot Thomson8 (Apr 1874 - aft. 1901)
  • John Walter Thomson8 (Dec 1875 - aft. 1901)
  • Jessie Bell Thomson8,5 (Mar 1878 - aft. 1901)
ChartsSINTON
Last Edited29 Aug 2007

Citations

  1. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), THOMSON/SINTON, batch C117844, extracted Jan 2004.
  2. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. 1861 James THOMSON & Mary DALGLIESH, reg. Langholm, DFS Dist 839 Pg 1 #2, copy d/loaded Aug 2007.
  3. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 1863 William s/o James THOMSON & Mary DALGLIESH, reg. Langholm, DFS Dist 839 Pg 5 #15, copy d/loaded Aug 2007.
  4. Www SINTON searches & misc. correspondence Marr. 1874 James THOMSON & Betty DAGLISH, both of Par. of Castleton, recorded at Gretna by Wlliam LANG, copy from Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies, Canterbury, Kent (http://www.achievements.co.uk/services/gretna/index.php), rcvd Aug 2007.
  5. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 1878 Jessie to James THOMSON & Betsy m.s. DALGLEISH, reg. Castleton, Dist 784 Pg 6 #18, copy d/loaded Aug 2007.
  6. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Birth 1875 John Walter to James THOMSON & Betsy DALGLEISH, reg. Castleton, ROX, Dist 784 Pg 28 #82, copy d/loaded Aug 2007.
  7. Www SINTON searches & misc. correspondence Marr. James THOMSON Betsy DALGLISH, Gretna Green, from http://www.achievements.co.uk/services/gretna/index.php, searched Aug 2007.
  8. 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0224039 GRO Ref Volume 784 EnumDist 4 Page 4, extracted Jan 2004.
  9. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), THOMSON, searched Jan 2004.
  10. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Aug 2007.
  11. 1891 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, Via Ancestry.com, Mosspeeble, Ewes, DFS Reg 825 ED 1 Pg 2 Sched 8 hsehold of James & Elizabeth THOMSON, extracted Aug 2007.
  12. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 1899 James THOMSON, reg. Par. of Ewes, DFS Dist 825 Pg 2 #4, copy d/loaded Aug 2007.
  13. 1841 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, Castleton, ROX Par 784 ED 14, hsehold of William & Celia THOMSON, extracted Aug 2007.
  14. FreeCensus, UK online at http://www.freecen.org.uk/, 1841 Castleton, ROX SCT1841/784 ED 14 Folio 14 Pg 9, hsehold of William & Celia THOMSON, extracted Aug 2007.
  15. 1851 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, via Ancestry.com, Castleton, ROX, Par. 784 ED 4 Pg 10 Sched 22 hsehold of Robert & Mary THOMSON, extracted Aug 2007.
  16. 1861 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, via Ancestry.com, Westwater, Dist of Langholm, DFS Reg 839 ED 8 Pg 3 Sched 10 hsehold of James & Margaret ELLIOT, extracted Aug 2007.
  17. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Dth 1865 Walter s/o James THOMSON & Mary DALGLEISH, reg. Langholm, transcr. by Robert McC, rcvd Aug 2007.
  18. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, 1871 census: Beggholms, Langholm Dist 839 ED 008 Folio 2 pg 2, hsehold of James THOMPSON, copy d/loaded Aug 2007.
  19. 1871 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, Via Ancestry.com, Langholm, DFS Reg 839 ED 8 Pg 2 Sched 6, hsehold of James THOMPSON (sic), extracted Aug 2007.
  20. 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0224039 GRO Ref Volume 784 EnumDist 4 Page 4, hsehold of James & Betty THOMSON, extracted Jan 2004.
  21. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 1866 Cecilia to James THOMSON & Mary DALGLIESH, batch C118391, Langholm, DFS, extracted Aug 2007.
  22. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 1869 Mary THOMSON nee DALGLIESH, born 1839, reg. Langholm, DFS, index searched Aug 2007.
  23. Graham MAXWELL, "EM Borders: ex Graham M," e-mail to L Henderson(1), Dth 1877 Cecilia THOMSON nee SINTON, transcr. Graham, rcvd Feb 2004.
  24. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, SINTON dth index download.
  25. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 1898 Elizabeth THOMSON nee DALGLIESH, reg. Ewes, DFS, Dist 825 Pg 1 #1, copy d/loaded Aug 2007.
  26. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 1861 Mary to James THOMSON & Mary DALGLIESH, batch C118391, Langholm, DFS, extracted Aug 2007.
  27. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Birth 1864 Walter to James THOMSON & Mary DALGLIESH, batch C118391, Langholm, DFS, extracted Aug 2007.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.