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GEORGE, Moses (DNA Linked)
(About 1755-)
REID, Margaret (DNA Linked)
(About 1765-1837)
REID, John?
(About 1765-)
(About 1765-)
GEORGE, Samuel (DNA Linked)
REID, Rebecca (DNA Linked)
(1794-Before 1851)
GEORGE, James (DNA Link)


Family Links

1. McGILL, Jean


GEORGE, James (DNA Link) 1 3 4 5 6 7 8

  • Born: 1831, Crookedholm, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland 6 9
  • Marriage (1): McGILL, Jean on 11 December 1852 in Kilmaurs parish, Ayrshire, Scotland 1
  • Marriage (2): ROBERTSON, Sarah on 3 December 1885 in Martnaham, Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland 2
  • Died: 27 July 1902 at 5.30 am, Bridge Lodge, Auchincruive, Ayrshire, Scotland 10

   Cause of his death was bulbar paralysis.

  General Notes:

James was recorded as one of the household of Samuel George and Rebecca Reid in the 1841 census. He was aged 9 years, living at Crooked Holm with three older siblings.

The 1851 census recorded James George working in the parish of Dalry Ayrshire in Dykehead, home of the Barr family. He was 20 years old and had been born in Kilmarnock parish.

In 1855 a son, William, was born to James and Jean George. James was the informant before the registrar, Thomas Hamilton, at Kilmaurs on 14 May 1855. James provided information about himself and his wife as well as about William. James George was aged 23 years and an engine cleaner by occupation, He had been born at Crooked Holm, Kilmarnock. He was married at Elderslie, Kilmaurs, in 1852, and had one boy living from that union. James was able to sign his name to the schedule of information.

James and his own family were recorded in the 1861 census in the parish of Kilmaurs. They lived at 12 Kelk Place. His was 29 years, making his birth year 1831 or 1832. His occupation was engine keeper or cleaner. He was born in Kilmarnock parish. His father, Samuel, was living with him, and also his nephew James, probably the son of John George and Susan Whitters. By 1871 there was no number 12 Kelk Place, only numbers 11 and 13. There were no Georges in that enumerating district of the 1871 census.

On 2 July 1863 James George, with whom his father Samuel resided at the time of death, notified the registrar, Thomas Hamilton, and signed the register on the day of his father's death.

James George was recorded by the 1871 census, the census for Kilmaurs parish. He was head of a household living at number 11 High Row Elderslie. With him lived his wife Jean, seven children, and his mother in law. James was recorded as 39 years of age and had been born in Kilmarnock parish. He worked as a locomotive cleaner.

In his daughter, Mary Ann's marriage certificate of 1874-5, James George was recorded as a coalminer.

James George, a coalminer, was the informant of the birth of his son, William. before the registrar, John Dunlop, at Tarbolton on 21 August 1875. James George had been present where the birth occurred. The date and place of the parents' marriage was noted as 31 December 1852 at Kilmaurs.

James became a widower in 1877 when his wife Jean or Jane McGill died. In her death certificate James was recorded as 'James George blacksmith'.

In the 1880 marriage certificate of his son Samuel, James George was recorded as being an agricultural labourer.

The 1881 census for the village of Whitlett, in the parish of St Quivox, Ayrshire, recorded the widowed James George, a labourer aged 49 years and born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire [sic], living at Blackhouse Crescent with his five sons and two daughters.

James George was recorded as a labourer in the marriage certificate of his son John in 1886.

The 1891 census for the parish of St Quivox, Ayrshire, recorded James George, his second wife, Sarah, four of his children and a relative, his 'aunt' Agnes Colquhoun, living at Bridge Lodge. In fact this last was his older sister Agnes, married to David Colquhoun. Presumably a son or daughter of James gave the information and the relationship would then have been 'aunt'. James was recorded as an agricultural labourer aged 59 years who had been born in Kilmarnock.

In 1901 the census for St Quivox parish in Ayrshire recorded James George, his wife and a stepdaughter, Maggie Miller - an unmarried woman aged 25 years, born in Kirkmichael, and working as a dressmaker machinist - living at Bridge Lodge. His sister, Agnes McCallum, was listed in a different dwelling but on the same page of the census at 'Gardners Bothy'. James was recorded as 69 years of age and had been born in Kilmarnock parish. He worked as a farm labourer.

James George died in 1902. His death certificate recorded him as married to Sarah Robertson and formerly to Jane McGill. His recorded age at death was 70 years. Both of his parents were dead by then.

In the death certificate of his son David in 1943, James George was recorded as an 'agricultural labourer deceased'. This information was given by David's son. 4 5 6 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21

  Research Notes:


"Kelk Place" was possibly so named from the Nottingham connections with Kilmaurs and the textile trade.


In an 1860 map of Auchincruive Estate, Bridge Lodge can be found beside Oswald's Bridge, named after the famous owner of the estate, Richard Alexander Oswald.


Or Whitletts, was a village in St Quivox parish, Ayrshire, about one and three quarter miles north east of Ayr. Its population in 1881 was 588. 22

  Medical Notes:

G. Mckerrow MB certified the cause of death.

David George, son of the deceased, of 7 Tryfield Place, Ayr, gave notice of his father's death before the registrar, John Meikle, at St Quivox on 30 July 1902. 10

James married Jean McGILL, daughter of James McGILL and Jean RICHMOND, on 11 December 1852 in Kilmaurs parish, Ayrshire, Scotland.1 (Jean McGILL was born on 21 June 1833 in Gatehead, Kilmaurs parish, Ayrshire, Scotland 23 24, baptised on 14 July 1833 in Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, Scotland and died 13 August 1877 at 6.45 pm in Annbank, Tarbolton, Ayrshire, Scotland 25.). The cause of her death was interitis (sic) over 3 days.

  Marriage Notes:

Old Parish Registers
Kilmaurs parish Ayrshire

"Kilmaurs Decr 11th. 1852
This day James George and James McGill both in this parish gave in their names to be proclaimed in order to marriage" 1

James next married Sarah ROBERTSON, daughter of William ROBERTSON and Esther WATSON, on 3 December 1885 in Martnaham, Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland.2 (Sarah ROBERTSON was born on 19 May 1839 in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland 23 and died 5 October 1930 at 4.20 pm in 44 Polnoon Avenue, Glasgow, Scotland 26.). The cause of her death was coller (sic) fracture, left, over 5 days and hypostatic pneumonia over 1 day.

  Marriage Notes:

The marriage was celebrated after banns according to the forms of the Church of Scotland. The minister at Dalrymple, John Wallace, officiated. The witnesses were Alexander Melville and Mary Robertson.

James George, of Whitletts, St Quivox, was a widower of 53 and worked as a farm labourer. Both of his parents were deceased.

Sarah Robertson was an unmarried woman who worked as a domestic servant. Her residence was noted as Seatower, Ayr, and she was 47 years old. Her parents too were deceased.

The marriage was registered on December 4 1885 at Dalrymple, William Clark being the signing registrar. 2


1 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, Kilmaurs parish Ayrshire Marriages 1852.

2 GRO Scotland, Marriage certificate RDS 588 No 11 Dalrymple 1885.

3, Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985.

4 GRO Scotland, Kilmaurs parish Ayrshire Deaths 1863.

5 GRO Scotland, St Quivox and Newton district Ayrshire Marriages 1880.

6 1851 UK census, Dalry parish Ayrshire; ED: 12; Page: 3.

7, Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950.

8 GRO Scotland, St Quivox and Newton district Ayrshire Marriages 1884.

9 1861 UK census, v 598 Kilmaurs end 6.

10 GRO Scotland, Death certificate RDS 578/2 No 9 St Quivox 1902.

11 1841 UK Census, Kilmarnock Ayrshire vol 597 en d 35 page 12 Crooked holm.

12 1861 UK census, v 598 end 6 Kilmaurs.

13 GRO Scotland, Death certificate RDS 619 No 36 Tarbolton 1877-wife Jane.

14 GRO Scotland, Death certificate 578/1 No 123 Ayr-son David.

15 1891 UK Census, St Quivox Ayrshire 612 en d 4 page 8 Bridge Lodge.

16 1901 UK Census, St Quivox 578/2 en d 4 page 9 line 7 Bridge Lodge.

17 1871 UK census, Kilmaurs 598 en d 2 page 22 Elderslie 11 High Row.

18 GRO Scotland, Marriage Tarbolton 619 no 1 1875 registration 1874 marriage.

19 GRO Scotland, Births Tarbolton Parish Ayrshire 1875.

20 1881 UK census, St Quivox Ayrshire, Whitlett.

21 GRO Scotland, Ayr Ayrshire Marriages 1886.

22 Internet Site,

23 LDS Family Search, IGI.

24 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, Kilmaurs parish Ayrshire Baptisms 1833.

25 GRO Scotland, Death certificate RDS 619 No 36 Tarbolton 1877.

26 GRO Scotland, Scotstoun and Yoker district Glasgow Deaths 1930.

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