David Hamilton married Ann Wood - date is not found. David's parents were John Hamilton and Mary Finlay.
Death certificate for David Hamilton, [Iron Cays. Labourer] states that he is the widower of Ann Wood, and he died 11 Feb 1875 in Whitburn, age 68. His parents were John Hamilton, cotton weaver and Mary Finlay. His son, John Hamilton was the informant.
The death certifcate for Ann Hamilton states that she died 16 Apr 1858 at Whitburn, age 47, and was married to David Hamilton, who was the informant at the death. Her parents were John Wood, farmer and Margaret Rankin. She was also buried in the Church Yard at Whitburn according to her death certficate, although I cannot find her burial in the indexes for Whitburn?
An 1841 census gives David Hamilton, age 30, cotton loom weaver; Ann Hamilton, age 30; John Hamilton age 6; Thomas Hamilton, age 4; Margaret Hamilton, age 4; Mary Hamilton, age 2 months - all residing at Whitburn.
An 1851 census gives David Hamilton, age 40, labourer, Whitburn; Ann Hamilton, wife, age 37, dress maker; Jane Hamilton, daughter, age 10; Ann Hamilton, daughter, age 7; Mary Hamilton, daughter, age 4 - all residing at Whitburn.
An 1861 census gives David Hamilton, age 54, labourer; Jane Hamilton, age 20, daughter, housekeeper all living at Malt-barns, Whitburn.
Looking at the birth and marriage certificates for the chiuldren listed in the 3 census forms. Janet, born 19 May 1839; John born 28 Sep 1834; and Thomas all had parents David Hamilton and Janet Bryce!!!!
John Hamilton married Janet McAlpin on 12 Jul 1839 at Stirling - parents of groom were David Hamilton and Janet Bryce.
Thomas Hamilton married Margaret Williamson on 1 Jun 1860. Grooms parents were David Hamilton and Janet Bryce.
John Hamilton was born 28 Sep 1834 Whitbun to David Hamilton and Janet Bryce.
It appears that there may be two wives here, but no mention in census forms of Janet , but Ann is mentioned in all applicable census!!!
I am absolutely stumped - it appears that Ann Wood and Janet Bryce are the same person!!!
Can anyone help me here?
Mike Bridgeford, Plettenberg bay, South Africa
(M.B.A.,B.Sc. Mech. Eng.,F.S.A.I.Mech.Eng.,M.S.A.I.M.M.,Pr.Eng.)
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