The Smith Family
In Scotland the name
MacGow was, in Gaelic, MacGobha also meaning "son of the smith", was
anglicised as both Gow and Smith. There were Gows or MacGowans, a
sept of Clan MacPherson, long known as Sliochd an Ghobha Chrom, the
"race of the bandy legged smith", from their ancestor Henry Gow of
the Wynd. These Smiths became a clan in their own right, being one
of the seventeen tribes of the great Clan Chattan federation. The
names Gow, Gowan and Smith are also common all over Scotland.
MacGobhainn, anglicised as MacGowan and Smith, was the name of a
family, which was hereditary smiths to the Clan Donald. Many of the
Ulster Smiths descend from one or other of these Scottish families.
David Smith & Ann Milne | David Smith & Ann Ross
ED. NOTE: The connection from David Smith back to James Smith & Ann Kinear is inconclusive and based on circumstantial "evidence". As Glenda Waugh indicates, "Every document that I have found is consistent and states that he was born in the Parish of Inverarity. Listed in order below:
First enlistment record, age 16 in November 1804 (no day stated) at either Brechin or Arbroath (hard to read). County named as Angus. Spelled Inverarty.
Second enlistment record, age 17 on 12 November 1804 (was this his birthday, or close to it?) at Forfar. County named as Forfar. Spelled Inverathy.
Pension record on 10 August 1814. County named as Angushire. Spelled Henveirety.
1851 census at Luthermuir, Marykirk Parish, Kincardineshire. County named as Forfarshire. Spelled Inverarity."
However, the naming pattern for David Smith and Ann Milne (at least for the twins) would indicated that David's father was James.
James Smith (baker in this Burgh) and Anne Kinnear were married on Aug 9, 1777, in Forfar Burgh. The OPR indicates that Anne Kinnear was from Dunnichen. The marriage was also proclamed in that parish on Aug 10, 1777. James Smith and Anne Kinnear had at least five children: Jean (born June 20, 1778); James (born Nov 21, 1779); Ann (born Aug 16, 1781); William (born Feb 8, 1784); and DAVID (born April 11, 1790).
Anne Kinnear's parents were John Kinnear (born June 5, 1729, in Lour, Forfar) and Margaret Low of Carsebank, Rescobie. John Kinnear (wright) and Margaret Low had at least two children: Margaret (born Jan 2, 1750) and ANNE (or Anna, born April 5, 1752). John Kinnear's father was also John Kinnear.
The lands of Carsebank at one time formed a distinct estate, and they were for a long period the property of the Ogilvys. On 28th August, 1657, Thomas Ogilvy of Carsebank, heir of Thomas, his father, of Carsebank, was retoured (No. 360) in the lands of Carsebank, in the regality of Rescobie, as principal?E. ?20, &c , of feu duty; the town and lands of Aberlemno called the Kirkton of Aberlemno, lying as said is, in warrandice of the foresaid lauds? E. ?5 of feu duty. Before 1684 the property was acquired by the Guthries. Carsebank has for a considerable period formed part of the estate of Carsegray, of which Charles William Gray is proprietor. - from Angus or Forfarshire, the Land and People, Descriptive and Historical, by Alex J. Warden, 1885
When David Smith enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery in 1804 he stated he was born in Inverarity near Forfar and was 17 years old.
David Smith joined the Royal Horse Artillery Drivers in November 1804, and was (according to family sources) at the siege of Badajoz during the Napoleonic Wars in 1812. The siege was one of the bloodiest in the Napoleonic Wars and was considered a costly victory by the British, with some 3,000 Allied soldiers killed in a few short hours of intense fighting as the siege drew to an end, and as many as 4,000 Spanish civilians (who they were trying to "liberate"), including many women and children, massacred by the allied troops after the battle.
Battle of Corunna...
Corporal David Smith was discharged to pension in 1814 "unfit for service". See a copy of the discharge papers.
Dunnichen 21st July 1816
* from FindMyPast WO120/68 as per Tony Smith, Aug 10, 2019
DNA: Glenda and Jeff Waugh have Ancestry.com DNA matches with CathySJager with Ann Alexander (daughter of Janet "Jessie" Smith and George Alexander) and David Hampton in her tree.
David Smith (linen hand loom weaver) married Ann Mill (daughter of David Milne and Margaret Wilson) on January 18, 1817, in either Dunnichen or Rescobie, Angus. David Smith and Ann Mill(ne) may have had at least three children (and possibly five): DAVID and James (twins born July 16, 1817, in Forfar, Angus, Scotland); Ann (b. Jan 10, 1819, in Newburgh, Fife); John (born July 5, 1821, in Cupar, Fife); and Janet (born May 9, 1823, in Rescobie, Angus).
Friends of Dundee City Archives, Howff Graveyard of Dundee,
Initial Smith-Stewart, 2008
David Milne & Margaret Wilson
Ann Milne's parents were David Milne and Margaret Wilson and they were married in Rescobie on March 9, 1799. David Milne and Margaret Wilson had at least three children born / baptised in Rescobie: Ann (b. Oct 29, 1798 at Slatie Mill); Margaret (b. July 27, 1800); and David (b. June 6, 1802). David Milne's parents may have been Thomas Milne and Margaret Ide and he may have been born / baptised in Rescobie on Nov 9, 1765.
David Milne & Anne Leighton
Aug 26, 1798
March 10, 1799
David married Ann Millne on January 18, 1817, in either Dunnichen or Rescobie, Angus, and their twin sons David and James were born July 16, 1817, in Forfar Parish, Angus.
Janet Smith was born on May 9, 1823, at Colton of Quilho, Rescobie. This town was very near to where Ann Kinnear was born and just to the North of the Burgh of Forfar.
Ann Milne died sometime in 1824.
David Smith married Ann Ross August 12, 1825, in Marykirk, Kincardineshire. At that time he was "of the parish of Glammis". David Smith and Ann Ross had at least two children: Anne (born July 15, 1826, in Arbroath); and Mary (born March 4, 1837, in Montrose). - Glenda Waugh
Anne Smith & Joseph Ferrier | Mary Smith & Mr. Anderson
1841 Scotland Census -
David Smith, Sr.'s occupation is
Linen Hand Loom Weaver.
Janet "Jessie" Smith (daughter of David Smith and Ann Milne) married George Alexander (son of George Alexander and Isabella Redit) in Marykirk on June 15, 1844. They had at least six children (all born in Marykirk): Ann (born Feb 1, 1845, died Dec 6, 1926, in Boyd, Wisconsin); Janet (born May 11, 1847); Mary (born Sept 1, 1851); George (born July 5, 1856); John (born May 19, 1859); and David (born Sept 24, 1861).
1851 Scotland Census -
"Luthermend" is probably
David Smith, Sr.
David Smith, Sr. died on August 15, 1853, in Dundee, at the age of 66.
Ann Alexander (daughter of Janet Smith and George Alexander) married David Hampton (son of Robert Hampton and Ann Wilson) in Marykirk on Jan 26, 1866. They had at least three children: William Alexander (born Oct 26, 1865, in Marykirk, died July 12, 1937, in Edson, Wisconsin); David (born Aug 20, 1867, in Laurencekirk, Kincardineshire, died July 9, 1933, in Russell, Iowa); and Jessie Ann (born Feb 11, 1870, in Laurencekirk, died Jan 13, 1915, in Rattray, Perthshire, Scotland). - Glenda Waugh
Jessie Ann Hampton (daughter of Ann Alexander and David Hampton) married Lorenzo Pearson in about 1894 and probably in Iowa, USA. They had at least two children: Evelyn (born in about 1894 and possibly in Iowa); and Roda Ann (born Feb 1, 1897, in Benton, Iowa, died Nov, 1969, in Iowa).
Roda Ann Pearson & Romie A.
Jessie Hampton Pearson went back to Scotland with her daughter, Evelyn on the Lake of Winnipeg (Montreal to Liverpool) arriving in the UK in Sept 1897.
1901 Scotland Census -
Liff & Benvie, Angus
Joan (born May 6, 1891, died from tuberculosis on July 9, 1907) and Evelyn are the "illegitimate" children of Jessie Ann Hampton. The corrected entry of births for Joan indicates that her father may have been John Arnott. Jessie had another daughter Christina Clark (Hampton or Pearson, born March 18, 1900). Christina's birth record indicates that her mother was Jessie Ann Hampton, jute weaver, widow of Lorenzo Pearson who died in Chicago, 18 July, 1898, but Lorenzo didn't die until 1942 (in Iowa). See 1911 Scotland Census for Evelyn with sister Christina. The 1911 Census indicates that Evelyn was born in the USA
Christina Clark Hampton (daughter of Jessie Ann Hampton) married Archibald Boyle (son of Robert Peacock Boyle and Mary Ann Craig) in Paisley, Renfrewshire, on July 14, 1920.
Ross Smith & Isabella Blairford |
Jessie Smith & Robert Russell
| David Smith & Helen Alexander
DNA: Glenda Waugh has an FTDNA match with Tony Smith through David Smith and Marjorie Smith as common ancestors through Francis Smith and Elizabeth Black and Robert Smith and Mary Latham.
David Smith, Jr. and Marjory Smith were married March 2, 1839, in Marykirk. They had seven children: William Ross Smith (born Dec 16, 1839, in Marykirk), James Smith (born Aug 2, 1841, in Marykirk), JESSIE SMITH (born Aug 6, 1843, in Marykirk), David Smith (born July 5, 1845, in Marykirk), Francis Smith (born 1848, in Dundee), Ann Smith (born 1850, in Dundee), and Robert Smith (born 1853, in Dundee).
DNA: Jeff Waugh has Ancestry.com DNA matches with Kirsty Nicholson, Laurence Bassett, and Marina Swain who have John Valentine & Elspet Scirot in their trees. Glenda Waugh has an Ancestry.com match with Tara Holt who has James Valentine (below) in her tree. Fettercairn is the parish next to Fordoun. John Valentine & Elspet Scirot had at least seven children born / baptized in Fettercairn, Kincardine: John (b. Jan 25, 1722); James (b. July 12, 1724); Robert (b. June 26, 1726); Jean (b. Aug 6, 1727); David (b. April 13, 1729); Isobel (b. Jan 30, 1732); and Janet (b. Sept 8, 1734). - Scotland's People We haven't been able to make the connection to Elspet Valentine, although the John Valentine who is a witness to Francis Smith's son James birth may be the father of the John Smith who married Elspet Scirot and the father of Elspet Valentine.
Francis Smith of Arnbarrow and his wife had at least four children: John; Alexander; James (b. Jan 10, 1699, witnesses are John Valentine and John Smith); and Francis (b. Oct 13, 1701, witnesses are John Smith and James Pittman, brother-in-law).
Alexander Smith & Elspet Valentine | John Smith & Helen Lindsay
John Smith (of Birnie) and Helen Linday were married in Fordoun on Aug 31, 1702 (Francis Smith the said John's father). They may have had at least two children born / baptized: John (b. July 18, 1704, witnesses Francis and John Smith both in Arnsbarrow) and Margaret (b. Aug 18, 1706).
Alexander Smith (son of Francis Smith of Arnbarrow) and Elspet Valentine were married in Fordoun on April 2, 1714. They had at least nine children: Elizabeth (b. Jan 3, 1713); twins John and Robert (b. Jan 19, 1715); Margaret (b. July 18, 1716); Ann (b. Feb 8, 1718); FRANCIS (b. Aug 30, 1719); Margaret (b. Sept 12, 1721); William (b. Feb 17, 1725); and Elizabeth (b. Dec 30, 1726).
The Valentines, whose progenitor was Valentine of Thornton, a favourite of Robert the Bruce, were, till of late, numerous and influential in the parish, but so few are now left that ere long the name will become extinct. Eighty years ago, a Robert Valentine, farmer, Bogendollo, left a benefaction to the poor; and Robert Vallentine, farmer of Bogmuir and Inch, an authority in agriculture, died in 1868. A daughter Margaret became the wife of the late Rev. George Gilfillan of Dundee. A son James was tenant of Arnhall, and his son is William Vallentine, banker, and ex-Provost of Brechin. - from The History of Fettercairn, Archibald Cowie Camron, 1899
Margaret Smith married James Laurence in Fordoun on Feb 18, 1758 (Francis Smith in Loch Hill, cautioner for the woman). They may have had at least six children born / baptized in Drummellie, Fordoun: John (b. Dec 9, 1758); James (b. Feb 28, 1761); Helen (b. May 14, 1764); David (b. June 2, 1768); Ann (b. Oct 29, 1769); and Elizabeth (b. April 15, 1773).
* John Laurence & Agnes Fyffe | James Laurence & Violet Brebner *
* from Michael Hadden Family Tree on Ancestry.com
Francis Smith married Mary Gibb on Dec 29, 1758, in Fordoun Parish. There were fourteen children listed in the Fourdoun Parish Registry between 1760 and 1778 with a Francis Smith as the father (the mother's names were not recorded): Mary (b. July 31, 1759, in Bowes); Francis and Helen (b. Sept 29, 1760, in Bowes); Alexander (b. April 7, 1762, in Bowes); Elizabeth (b. Nov 5, 1763, in Bowes); Margaret (b. Dec 22, 1765, in Bowes); JAMES and John (b. April 12, 1767, in Bowes); John (b. March 26, 1769, in Bowglen); William (b. Sept 16, 1770, in Bowes); Helen (b. June 23, 1772, in Bowglen); Robert (b. June 10, 1774, in Bowglen); Anthony (b. Oct 20, 1776, in Bowes); and Ann Grace (b. Aug 7, 1778, in Bowglen). - Scotland People OPR Bowes and Bowglen are the same farm.
"Bow Glen... A beautiful romantic gorge, which may be considered to extend from near the Clattering Bridge east to a small farmhouse at the extreme west end of the Glen of Drumtochty; property of the Earl of Kintore."
Marjorie Smith's parents were James Smith, blacksmith (born April 12, 1767, in Bowes, Fordoun, Kincardineshire, with his twin brother John) and Jean Ross (born May 12, 1776, in Glenfarquhar, Fordoun, Kincardineshire). - Scotland People OPR
James Smith and Jean Ross were married on Dec 30, 1797, in Fordoun, Kincardine, and had at least eight children: Mary (born Jan 6, 1799, in Auchinblae, Fordoun); James (born April 3, 1801, in Montrose); Robert (born July 5, 1803, in Montrose); David (born Sept 7, 1805, in Montrose); Elizabeth (born Nov 2, 1807, in Montrose); MARJORY (born May 29, 1812, in Montrose); George (born June 4, 1814, in Montrose); and Jane (born Sept 28, 1815, in Montrose). - Scotland People OPR
Mary Smith & James Bridgeford | Marjorie Smith & David Smith
Jean Ross' parents were probably William Ross (of Parish of Fettercairn) and Jean Laing (of Fordoun). They were married Nov 24, 1770, in Fordoun Parish. Jean Laing may have been baptized on Jan 22, 1744, and her father's name may have been William. There was also a Jean Laing baptized in Fordoun on Nov 18, 1739, with father William. - Scotland People OPR
1841 Scotland Census
- Dundee, Angus
David and Marjory Smith moved to Dundee in 1845 sometime after the birth of David on May 21. The Dundee Post Office Directory for 1845 has a David Smith, flaxspinner, Ward Mill; h. 60 Bell Street.
1851 Scotland Census
- Dundee, Angus
David Smith died of "Typhus Fever" on June 27, 1855 in Dundee at the age of 37.
"Following David's death, Marjory applied for Poor Relief as "unfit to support herself and children". She was given an extra 2 shillings a week. She was earning 2 shillings a week by knitting socks. All the children were listed in the Poor Relief record." - Tony Smith, Sydney, Australia, July 9, 2001 (descendant of Frances Smith)
1861 Scotland Census
- Dundee, Angus
William Ross Smith married Isabella Blairford (b. 1842, Stanley, Perth, Scotland) on June 24, 1867, in Dundee. They had at least four children (all born in Dundee): William Ross, Jr. (born Aug 9, 1868); Alexander Blairford (born June 9, 1870); Charles Petrie (born May 13, 1872); and Eveline Mabel (born Dec 6, 1889).
William Ross Smith (b 1868) was living at Rose Villa, Titaghur, India when his father wrote his will. Charles Petrie Smith was working for Rivers Steam Navigation Co in Goalundo (was India now Bangladesh)at that time. Charles is buried in Australia at Boroondara Cemetery Kew, Kew, Victoria, Australia (Billion Graves has a photo of the headstone). - Glenda Waugh
Jessie Smith & Robert Russell
Jessie Smith married Robert Russell on December 7, 1869, in Dundee.
1871 Scotland Census
- Dundee, Angus
Ann Smith (daughter of David Smith and Marjorie Smith) married John Mathieson Hamilton (son of Edward Hamilton) on June 4, 1872, in Dundee. They had at least five children: William Smith (born about 1873); Christina (born about 1880); James B. (born about 1883); Marjorie Smith (born about 1885); and Edward Russell (born about 1892). - from Woodcox Family Tree on Ancestry.com
William Smith Hamilton & Annie S. Hamilton | Marjorie Smith Hamilton & Frank William Ireland | Edward Russell Hamilton & Mary Watson
Francis Smith married Elizabeth Meux Kilgour Black (born October 14, 1847, in Newport, Fife) on July 22, 1873, in Dundee. They had at least three children: Maud Marjory Buchanan (born May 19, 1874, in Govan); Robert Wallace (born Feb 25, 1879, in Lanarkshire); and Euphemia Black Eliot (born March 4, 1881, in Hutchesontown, Lanarkshire). - from Tony Smith (deewhytony on ancestry.com)
Robert Wallace Smith & Mary Agnes Latham | Euphemia Black Eliot Smith & John William King
Marjorie Smith died on April 10, 1874, in Dundee, at the age of 62.
Charles Petrie Smith (son of William Ross Smith and Isabella Blairford) and Mary McKay Janes had an "illegitimate" child, Mary Janes Smith, born March 18, 1896, in St. Andrew, Dundee.
Charles Petrie Smith
Charles Petrie Smith (son of William Ross Smith and Isabella Blairford) died on Dec 25, 1903, and is buried in the Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Victoria, Australia. He was 34 years old.
William Ross Smith
William Ross Smith (son of David Smith and Marjorie Buchanan Smith) died on Oct 8, 1911, in Dundee. He was 71.
Edward Russell Hamilton (20) arrived into Quebec, Canada, aboard the Saturnia on June 18, 1912.
Edward Russell Hamilton (son of John Mathieson Hamilton and Ann Smith) married Mary Watson (daughter of William Fotheringham Watson and Marion Alma Marshall) on May 8, 1913, in Trenton, Hastings, Ontario, Canada. They had at least six children: James B. (1914-1914); Watson Smith (born Jan 4, 1915, died July 4, ,1985, in Midland, Ontario); Edward Russell (born Oct 16, 1916, in Glasgow, died in 1967 in Toronto); William Fotheringham (born June 13, 1918, in Toronto, died in 1975 in Toronto); Marion "Maisie" Smith (born Jan 8, 1920, died Sept 7, 2008); and Annie Smith (born 1921 in Toronto). - from Kristine Hamilton, June 12, 2016
John Mathieson Hamilton (husband of Annie Smith) died on May 14, 1915, in Dundee at the age of 69. Christina M. Gow, daughter, was the informant.
William Ross Smith, Jr.
William Ross Smith, Jr. (son of William Ross Smith and Isabella Blairford) died on June 5, 1937, in Broughty Ferry, Angus, Scotland. He was 69.
Mary Watson (daughter of William Fotheringham Watson and Marion Alma Marshall, and wife of Edward Russell Hamilton) died on March 1, 1939, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Edward Russell Hamilton
Edward Russell Hamilton (son of Ann Smith and John Mathieson Hamilton and widower of Mary Watson) died on Dec 18, 1952, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.