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William Whitton

William Whitton

Male 1846 - 1885  (34 years)

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  • Name William Whitton 
    Born 13 Jul 1846  Boulogne-sur-mar, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1881 and 1885  Location unknown see notes. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7  My Relatives
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 

    Father William Whitton,   b. 14 Dec 1815, Liff and Benvie c14/12/1815 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1876, District Council Poor House, Markinch, Fife Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Euphemia Beaton,   b. 11 May 1818, Pathead, Fife, Dysart c 7-6-1818 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1886, North Street, Leslie, Fife Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1 Oct 1837  Leslie , Fife 444-5-13 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alison Hislop,   b. 1 Mar 1850, Melrose, Roxburghshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1931, 40 Queen Street, Galashiels Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 30 Jun 1871  St Peters Episcopal Church, Galashiels Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Charles Whitton,   b. 14 May 1872, Kirkbrae, Galashiels, Scotland reference 775-92 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1924, Timaru Public Hospital, Timaru, Apringburn, Canterbury, New Zealand, buried Timaru 12/3/1924 Cert 1724 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)  [natural]
     2. James Anderson Whitton,   b. 29 Jun 1874, Lothian Bridge, Newbattle, Scotland. Reference 695-60 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1967, Timaru Public Hospital, Timaru, New Zealand, Cremated Christchurch NZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)  [natural]
     3. Archibald Whitton,   b. 10 Jul 1876, Lothian Bridge, Newbattle 695-70 7h 0m PM Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1924, Edinburgh Royal Infirmary buried Eastlands, Galashiels Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [natural]
     4. Isabella Lunn Whitton,   b. 17 Apr 1879, Lothian Bridge, Newbattle Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1955, Knowepark Hospital Galashiels Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Born in Boulogne, France.
      William Whitton (but called William James Whitton only on the certificate of his son Archibald's wedding in 1911)
      at 1851 census at Back Street, Leslie, Fife
      at 1861 census at Back Street, Leslie, Fife
      Possible witness at sister Margarets wedding in 1863 at Leslie, Fife
      Indexed under Whitten at the 1871 census at Galashiels, Selkirk aged 24 at 82 Croft Street a Millwright, Lodger born France
      Occupation at marriage in 1871 a Millwright Journeyman
      In 1872 at Kirk Brae Galashiels, 1874 and 1876 Newbattle, Lothian Bridge (Newbattle area) at sons birth occupation stated to be an Engineer.
      Note that his sister Jacobina / Robina and her husband John Crombie and children were also at Newbattle at the 1881 census and theIr children were born there 1878-1889.
      At the 1881 Census he was at 58 Croft Street Galashiels, with family, an Engineer Fitter born France (British Subject). Their daughter was born in 1879 at Newbattle so the move back to Galashiels must have been about 1879-81.
      The family is not recorded in the 1885 Valuation Rolls so may have been staying with Alisons mother Isabella Hislop. The valuation rolls only record who was the person renting.
      Wife in 1891 census stated to be a widow. This is the only record I have of his death as I have been unable to locate a certificate. His death is therfore presumed to be between 1881-1885.
      Electrial engineer, stated at son Archibalds wedding in 1911

      No trace of burial at Eastlands Cemetery, Galashiels after a physical and official search Feb 1997.

      Death details have been searched by myself and also a professional researcher a number of times without success. All potential deaths in Scotland and also those in England have been examined. I am at a loss (April 2000) as to how to proceed further.
      Why should I not be able to find his death?

      Subsequent search in November 2005 by David Roseburgh of Scottish Genealogy, produced no clues:-
      "From information we received we have checked the following sources for the death record of William Whitton.

      Checked the death index of all deaths between 1881 and 1891 for the district of Galashiels for surnames beginning with the letter “W”. No record found.

      Checked all deaths in Scotland between 1881 and 1891 for surnames beginning with the letters “WHI” “WHE” “WIT” “WET”. No record found.

      Checked database of wills and testaments 1881 to 1901. No record found. This database also includes records where a will or testament has not been left by the deceased.

      Checked above combinations in the English “St. Catherine’s Index”. No record found.

      Checked for death record of William’s wife Alison.

      On the 6th October 1931 at 40 Queen Street Galashiels Alison Whitton died aged 79. She was the widow of William Whitton, mechanical engineer and the daughter of James Hislop woollen weaver and Isabella Hislop M/S Lunn. Death registered by William H. Taylor acquaintance.

      Checked Border Telegraph (local newspaper). Records the date and place of death as reported on death certificate. Announcement inserted by daughter Miss Whitton. No place or intimation to attend funeral.

      Checked with local authority cemeteries department no record of Alison Whitton in Eastland's cemetery Galashiels.

      Checked head stones in graveyard at St. Peters Episcopal Church No stone found. Checked with minister of St. Peters no burial lair register in his possession. Not held on National Archives of Scotland’s database. Checked funeral service book of St. Peters. No service for Alison Hislop recorded.

      CONCLUSIONS

      If the information on the census of 1891 and 1901 is correct (Alison Whitton, widow) then the following must be considered.
      William Whitton died outwith the United Kingdom. If this is the case, his death should have been reported by British consular services to the appropriate authorities in the United Kingdom. I emphasise the word should.

      If he died in the United Kingdom then his death should have been registered. However there are instances where deaths were not registered. There are also cases where death records do not appear on the current death index. The only way of checking is to peruse the original “book index”. Although this would be possible it would take a considerable amount of time. The logical way of searching would be to start with the “Book Indices” of the Fife area.

      If the information on the 1891 and 1901 census is incorrect then the search for the death of William Whitton would have to be extended from 1891 onwards. It must always be remembered that information contained on marriage and death certificates was accepted by registrars at face value."

      Also advised by David Roseburgh that the graveyard at "Old Ladhope" has no records as these were lost. The graveyard has most of its stones face down and it is closed. A key can be obtained from the burials department in Galashiels after making an appointment.
      NB Heatheryett Graveyard in Galashiels was not in use until the 1950's.
      2013 the Galashiels Registrar and their Hawick genealogist checked their records locally with no success