Who were the parents of Catherine Mathers born in Scotland about 1852?

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Catherine married Joseph Stuart Pozzi 18 July 1878 in Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland in Sandymount Presbyterian church. Who were her parents? Where & when was she born? (appears to be Scotland) Catherine's daughter Annie "worked for her uncle at his hotel in Dundee", so was David Mathers who owned the hotel Catherine's brother? Was Charles Mathers, the only Mathers listed in Dublin at the time Catherine was there, any connection? A family photo shows her with her husband, young children and an older couple the family believe to be her parents.

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asked in Genealogy Help by Judith Chidlow G2G6 Mach 1 (17.2k points)
David Mathers, can be found in the 1881 Scotland Census, born c1847, Dundee as a hotel manager in Dundee, and both the 1891 & 1901 Census as a hotel proprietor.

This David Mathers's birth is recorded as 12 December 1846, the son of Alexander Crawford Mathers & Margaret Mcgrigor.(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XB8W-9XH)

Other children of Alexander & Margaret appear to be Robert Malloch b 8 September 1849, Thomas Alexander b 24 March 1852, Alexander F c1857, Samuel c1859.All born Dundee.
Thank you for all the effort you have applied to this question. I'm still at the brick wall with Catherine. Perhaps when I am in Dundee next month, some progress can be made. I plan to go to the Dundee library because they have a good deal of info about David and his hotel. Can you suggest where else I might look? I want to be well prepared as this will be a once in a lifetime trip.
All the evidence suggests David Mathers was not the uncle of Catherine, however, with the same surname, possibly cousin. I think it worth focusing on David's father, Alexander Crawford Mathers and seek whether he had siblings that could have migrated to Dublin.

Alexander Crawford Mathers was the keeper of a temperance hotel in Crichton Street, Dundee in 1881. he gives his birthplace as Dundee, around 1820. I traced his birth as 9 October 1821, Alexander CrawFURD MaTTERS, christened 21 October 1821, Monifieth, Angus, the son of David Matters & Margaret Crawfurd. ( https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XBDP-XV3) The same surname spellings of David & Margaret are evident in their marriage record. (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XTV1-FYL) Unfortunately, Alexander is the only child I have found!
Thank you. You have added a lot to the information to follow up. Great Help.
Good fortune in Dundee! Let us know your findings please.

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This 1881, Scotland Census for Kinnoull & Scone, Perth for Catherine & her mother, Mary, negate the previous answers, including mine. My apologises.

Mary Mather    63
Catherine Helen Mather    31
Christina Stewart    28
answered by R W G2G6 Pilot (257k points)
selected by Judith Chidlow
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OPR Births and Baptisms.Scotlands People.

Catherine Helen Mather Born Feb 17 1850, Father William Mather,

Mother Mary Wyllie.Redgorton Parish/Perth Scotland.
answered by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (802k points)
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This is the family unit in the 1851 Scotland Census living at Duches Street , Redgorten, Perth.

William Mather    51
Mary Mather    33
William W Mather    5
James W Mather    2
Catherine H Mather    1
Janet Cameron    24
Jane Mckenzie    28
Agness Knox    14


William occupation is listed as Minister Of The Fres Church Stanly and his place of birth as Marins, Renfrew whilst Mary's is Auctergaven, Perth. The children are noted to be born in Redgorten. The last three names in the Census are listed as servants.

In 1841 Census, William was living in Auctergaven, Mill Street No.2, and his occupation was Minister.

answered by R W G2G6 Pilot (257k points)

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