John Davidson1

(circa 1817 - 30 November 1900)
Fathermale Davidson (say 1795 - bef. 1900)
MotherAnn Collins2 (say 1795 - bef. 1841)
Relationship2nd great-grandfather of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     John Davidson was born cir. 1817 Chirnside, BEW, SCT.3
     John Davidson married Agnes Fairbairn, daughter of Walter Fairbairn and Agnes Robinson, on 14 Nov 1839 Chirnside, BEW, OPR entry reads: "John Davidson of Chirnside and Agnes Fairbairn of Edrom Parish were married". The entry immediately preceding this was the marriage of Andrew Jeffrey and Margaret Hogg, their future son-in-law's parents.4
     John Davidson died on 30 Nov 1900 Chirnside, BEW; cert #27 reads: "John Davidson, labourer, widower of Agnes Fairbairn died 1900 Nov 30th 7:40pm Chirnside, aged 82. Mother Ann Collins, dec. cert. by S Macvie. Informant: John Davidson (signed) son. Registered Chirnside Dec 1st."5
     Given our lack of knowledge of John's ancestry, we are pinning our hopes on genetic genealogy for some hints.
However our sole Y-DNA result from a direct male line down from John has no close matches, and no obvious surname groupings amongst any of the matches.
The only DAVIDSON surnamed matches are down at the Y-DNA12 level, ie anthropolgical rather than genealogical time frames, and none of those survive to the next level of testing, or have not tested beyond Y-DNA12.
All may not be lost yet however as autosomal dna testing in the form of a FamilyFinder test from FamilyTreeDNA is beginning to throw out some interesting matches where the match appears to belong to the DAVIDSON/COLINS side rather than the FAIRBAIRN side of the ancestry shared by Lorna and our direct male line DAVIDSON testee.
Should any descendant of John's wish to help us pinpoint where these matches might lie, they would be most welcome to join Lorna's FamilyFinder project on FamilyTreeDNA.
Most particularly welcome would be descendants down from lines other than those currently represented (Adam and Walter).6

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     In Nov 1839 John Davidson was living Chirnside, BEW, SCT.7 He was described as a labourer on dtr Agnes' baptism Chirnside, BEW, in Mar 1840.8
     John Davidson appeared on the census of 1841 Little Billie, Par. of Bunkle & Preston, BEW, SCT, with Agnes Davidson, as DAVIDSON: John 24 ag lab b BEW; Agnes 25 b SCT (sic); Agnes 1 b SCT; Margaret HUNTER 15 ag lab b BEW (NB enumerators were instructed to round ages down to the nearest multiple of 5.)9 By Mar 1842 John Davidson was a hind Little Billie, Par. of Bunkle & Preston, BEW.10,9 In May 1844 John Davidson was a labourer Chirnside, BEW.11 He was described as a hind when dtr Mary born Mungos Walls, Par. of Edrom, BEW, SCT, in 1846 also when son Walter born there in 1848.12,13 By 1851 John Davidson was a farm servant Harelawside, Par. of Coldingham, BEW, SCT.14
     John and Agnes Davidson appeared on the census of 30 Mar 1851 Harelawside, Par. of Coldingham, BEW, as (all Davidson): John, head, farm servant, 33 b Chirnside, BEW, Agnes wife 33 b Morebattle, BEW (sic). Children: Agnes, 11, scholar b Morebattle; Allison (should be Helen!), 9, b Bunkle, BEW; John, 7, scholar, b Chirnside, BEW; Mary, 5, Walter, 2 both b Edrom, BEW; Jas (should be Adam!), 1m b Coldingham, BEW.15 By 1854 John was a farm servant Nether Mains, Par. of Chirnside, BEW, SCT, when the birth of his eldest dtr, actually born in 1840, was registered in the Morebattle Parish records.16
     The census of 7 Apr 1861 showed John with his wife Agnes, their sons James, John, Walter, Adam and George, their dtrs Hellen and Mary Chirnside, BEW, household enumerated as DAVIDSON: John, head, ag lab, 44 b Chirnside; Agnes wife, 43, b Morebattle; Children: Hellen (sic) 19, paper mill worker, b Buncle; John, 16, paper mill worker b Chirnside; Mary 14 paper mill worker b Edrom; Walter, 12, paper mill worker b Edrom; Adam, 10, scholar b Coldingham; George, 6 scholar, James, 3 both b Dunse.17 John Davidson was shown as a labourer on son John's mar. cert in Aug 1866.18 He was a paper mill labourer fr 1871 - 1884 Chirnside, BEW.19,3
     John and Agnes Davidson appeared on the census of 3 Apr 1881 Doughty House, Chirnside, BEW, SCT, as John, head, paper mill labourer, 64, b Chirnside, Agnes, wife, 64, b Morebattle, ROX. Dtr Hellen (sic) 39, unm, paper mill worker, b Bunkle, BEW.3
     John Davidson appeared on the census of 1891 in the High St, Chirnside, BEW, SCT, enumerated as John Davidson, head, widowed, 73, b Chirnside, "Ellen" dtr, 52, unm, farm servant, employed b Bunkle. (Next door to "Crofts(?) House") The description for Enum. District 1 is described as "the whole length of the Village, nearly a mile long due east and west, commencing at the Toll-bar east end and ending at ?Ninewalls? School west end, containing about 182 families and 137 houses."20

All the other info

     John Davidson and George Davidson both in Doughty House, Chirnside, BEW, SCT, in 1881 were possibly related, but my only evidence is that they were near neighbours in this census.3

External links

     Click here to see John's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.21
     John Davidson belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.

Family

Agnes Fairbairn (cir. 1818 - May 1884)
Children
  • Agnes Robertson Davidson22 (Mar 1840 - bet. Jun 1906 - Sep 1906)
  • Helen Davidson23,10,24 (Feb 1842 - Sep 1905)
  • John Davidson18,11 (May 1844 - Jun 1915)
  • Mary Davidson13 (Jul 1846 - Dec 1909)
  • Walter Davidson+12,25 (Nov 1848 - Oct 1881)
  • Adam Davidson1,26 (Mar 1851 - Sep 1920)
  • George Davidson27,28 (Feb 1855 - Jun 1915)
  • James Davidson27,28 (Jan 1858 - Dec 1932)
ChartsFAIRBAIRN
John & Bessie (FFLINT) FAIRBAIRN
My pedigree chart
Ancestors & siblings of Les Henderson
Paternal ancestors of Lorna
Paternal timeline
DAVIDSON

Adam DAVIDSON's ancestors

Last Edited1 Dec 2016

Citations

  1. DC DAVIDSON, Adam 1920, Folio 3809/70, Inspection p/copy dated Aug 1993 held.
  2. John DAVIDSON, DC DAVIDSON, John, 1900 Chirnside, certified p/copy held, dated/rcvd 29 Aug 1995 (no father's name given).
  3. 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via Family Search/LDS CDs, FHL Film 0224029 GRO Ref Volume 730 EnumDist 1 Page 25, extracted pre 2000.
  4. Marriages Baptisms: Chirnside, BEW, Marr. 14 Nov 1839 John DAVIDSON to Agnes FAIRBAIRN, Chirnside, BEW (p/copy held, taken 1994/5).
  5. John DAVIDSON, DC DAVIDSON, John, 1900 Chirnside, certified p/copy held, dated/rcvd Aug 1995 (no father's name given).
  6. "Lorna's Family History Musings", May 2014.
  7. Marriages Baptisms: Chirnside, BEW, Mar. 1839 John DAVIDSON to Agnes FAIRBAIRN (p/copy held, taken 1994/5).
  8. Marriages Baptisms: Chirnside, BEW, Birth 1840 Agnes Robertson DAVIDSON (don't seem to have a p/copy of this, only the registration in the Morebattle OPR in 1854, but given that I've clearly extracted John's occupation as labourer in Mar 1840, it must have come from the Chirnside OPR as stated, given he is shown as a farm servant in 1854).
  9. 1841 Census transcripts, Scotland, via Ancestry.com, Little Billie, Par. of Bunkle, BEW Par. 728 ED 2 Pg 10, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON, extracted Oct 2009.
  10. Baptism 1842 Helen DAVIDSON: Bunkle & Preston, BEW, extracted Sep/Oct 1994/5 (20 Mar 1842).
  11. Marriages Baptisms: Chirnside, BEW, Bap 1844 John DAVIDSON, extracted Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  12. Baptism: Edrom, BEW, Birth 1848 Walter DAVIDSON, p145, 1st entry on page FORD/HASTIE 1827 (p/copy 1994/5 misplaced, electronic copy rcvd from Shirley H, Jan 2004).
  13. Baptism: Edrom, BEW, Birth 1846 Mary DAVIDSON, p145, 1st entry on page FORD/HASTIE 1827 (p/copy 1994/5 misplaced, electronic copy rcvd from Shirley H, Jan 2004).
  14. Census 1851 Coldingham, BEW 732 dist 4, Dist 7 householder's schedule 65, p/copy held, taken 1994/5.
  15. Census 1851 Coldingham, BEW 732 dist 4, Dist 7 householder's schedule 65, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON, p/copy held, taken 1994/5.
  16. OPR Baptisms Marriages: Morebattle, ROX, SCT, 1854 registration of birth of Agnes (p/copy held).
  17. CENSUS 1861: Borders ROX/BEW, Chirnside Dist 2 Schedule 11, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON, extracted ?Sep/Oct 1994/5?
  18. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Marriage 1866 John DAVIDSON/Isabella FORD trans. Robert McC Dec 2002.
  19. Agnes DAVIDSON nee FAIRBAIRN, DC DAVIDSON, Agnes Chirnside 1884, p/copy taken 1994/5 held.
  20. 1891 Census, Borders, Chirnside Enum Dist 1; page 22, p/copy held ?taken 1994/5?
  21. WikiTree online at http://WikiTree.com/, Oct-11.
  22. Marriages Baptisms: Chirnside, BEW, Bap 1840 Agnes Robertson DAVIDSON, frame 585, transr L McIntosh Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  23. Births deaths marriages index (pre 1855): Scotland, Chr 1842 Helen DAVIDSON, frame 248, extracted Sep/Oct 1994/5 , Microfiche and http://scotlandspeople.gov.uk
  24. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Dth 28 Sep 1905 Helen d/o John DAVIDSON & Agnes FAIRBAIRN, Heriotmill, Par. of Heriot, MLN, 688/00 #3, copy d/loaded Jun 2013.
  25. Shirley Heaton (36523), "EM DAVIDSON/McINTYRE ex Shirley H," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 1873 Walter DAVIDSON and Jessie McINTYRE, extract rcvd Dec 2003.
  26. Baptisms: Coldingham, BEW, Bap. 1851 Adam DAVIDSON, extracted Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  27. CENSUS 1861: Borders ROX/BEW, Chirnside Dist 2 Schedule 11, extracted ?Sep/Oct 1994/5?
  28. DAVIDSON, International Genealogical Index (IGI), DAVIDSON/FAIRBAIRN births, batch C117351, extracted c 1993.

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.