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Smiths of Glasgow

Postby MayHam » Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:59 pm

A cousin recently gave me a copy of the vitals from our immigrant ancestors' Bible:
[Thomas Smith] born 1773
[Jean/Jane Courtenay or Courtney] born 1779
Adam Smith March 24 1796
Robert Smith October 2 (or 3) 1797
Illegible Smith December (illegible) 1801
Thomas Smith May 19 1804
Elizabeth Smith November 25 1805
Mary Smith April 10 1809
Martha Smith March 13 1811
William Smith September 14 1812
Jane Smith September 1 1814
Gravill E Smith August 13 1817
Henry Smith October 15 1819
Thomas Smith 1833

Jane (Courtenay or Courtney) Smith died in Glasgow, Scotland in 11 March 1866. She was born in Ireland to William Courtney, victualler. She was a winder. I don't know what that is. I, also, can't find any information about William Courtney in Scotland.

Thomas Smith Jr. was said to have been born in Castlemilk near Rutherglen. His last known child, Henry, was born around 1835 so I believe Thomas Smith who died in 1833 was probably Thomas Sr.

Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, William, Jane, and Gravill's baptisms are recorded in Rutherglen according to ScotlandsPeople. Their lines are fairly well documented.

I've hit a brick wall regarding Adam, Robert, Illegible, Henry and their father, Thomas Smith, though. Would anyone be kind enough to help?
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Re: Smiths of Glasgow

Postby grandmabear » Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:13 am

A winder was a textile mill worker who wound the thread on the weaving looms
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Re: Smiths of Glasgow

Postby jimbo50 » Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:37 am

It's possible that Jean Courtenay was recruited at a very young age, by the people scouting for workers, and sending them off to the cotton mills. Her family could have remained in Ireland. She may have been working for ten years before she married at 17. Although she could have started work as soon as her first children were old enough to look after the younger ones.
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