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John Davidson (abt. 1817 - 1900)

John Davidson
Born about in Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 14 Nov 1839 in Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 83 in Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotlandmap
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John Davidson was born about 1817 supposedly to an Ann Collins He died in 1900.[1]


Husband: John Davidson
Wife: Agnes Fairbairn

Married 14 Nov 1839

entry reads: "John Davidson of Chirnside and Agnes Fairbairn of Edrom Parish were married".
The entry immediately preceding this was the marriage of Andrew Jeffrey and Margaret Hogg, their future son-in-law's parents[2]


Agnes Robertson (Davidson) Dodds
Helen Davidson
John Davidson
Mary (Davidson) Jeffrey
Walter Davidson
Adam Davidson
George Davidson
James Davidson


1841 Little Billie, Bunkle & Preston, Berwickshire, Scotland

DAVIDSON: John 24 ag lab b BEW; Agnes 25 b SCT (sic); Agnes 1 b SCT; Margaret HUNTER 15 ag lab b BEW[3]

1851 Harelawside, Par. of Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland

DAVIDSON: John, head, farm servant, 33 b Chirnside, BEW, Agnes wife 33 b Morebattle, BEW (sic). Children: Agnes, 11, scholar b Morebattle; Allison (should be Helen!), 9, b Bunkle, BEW; John, 7, scholar, b Chirnside, BEW; Mary, 5, Walter, 2 both b Edrom, BEW; Jas (should be Adam!), 1m b Coldingham, BEW.[4]

1861 Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland

DAVIDSON: John, head, ag lab, 44 b Chirnside; Agnes wife, 43, b Morebattle; Children: Hellen (sic) 19, paper mill worker, b Buncle; John, 16, paper mill worker b Chirnside; Mary 14 paper mill worker b Edrom; Walter, 12, paper mill worker b Edrom; Adam, 10, scholar b Coldingham; George, 6 scholar, James, 3 both b Dunse[5]

1871 Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland

DAVIDSON: John 54 Paper Maker (labr) b. Chirnside; wife Agnes 53 b. Morebattle; Children: Helen 29 b. Bunke, BEW; Adam 20Paper Worker (wood Boiler Man) b. Coldingham, BEW; George 16 Ag Lab, James 13 scholar both b. Dunse, BEW[6]

1881 Doughty House, Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland

DAVIDSON: John, head, paper mill labourer, 64, b Chirnside, Agnes, wife, 64, b Morebattle, ROX. Dtr Hellen (sic) 39, unm, paper mill worker, b Bunkle, BEW.[7]

1891 High St, Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland

John Davidson, head, widowed, 73, b. Chirnside, "Ellen" dtr, 52, unm, farm servant, employed b. Bunkle.[8]
(Next door to "Crofts(?) House") The description for Enum. District 1 is described as "the whole length of the Village, nearly a mile long due east and west, commencing at the Toll-bar east end and ending at ?Ninewalls? School west end, containing about 182 families and 137 houses"


As John is a brickwall ancestor, we are very interested in anything that aids us find his ancestry.
With our single Y-DNA test having no close matches, the two FamilyFinder matches we have to date are of high interest.
One set of triangulated matches appears to be with at least one person who has assorted Chirnside, Coldstream and Edrom ancestry which looks promising - but as yet we don't know which particular line of the match's ancestry is where we match.
Should you wish to aid this research, and are a descendant of John DAVIDSON, do try a DNA test (start at Ancestry and upload the DNA file from there using the free uploads to MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch to see what matches result. Henderson-2297


John on Lorna's web pages


  1. Dth Cert. 30 Nov 1900 John Davidson s/o Ann Collins; Reg. Chirnside, Berwickshire, image available ScotlandsPeople
    cert #27 reads: "John Davidson, labourer, widower of Agnes Fairbairn died 1900 Nov 30th 7:40pm Chirnside, aged 82. Mother Ann Collins, dec. {Cause: senile debility, retention of urine 21 days as }cert. by S Macvie. Informant: John Davidson (signed) son. Registered Chirnside Dec 1st"
  2. Marr. 14 Nov 1839 John DAVIDSON to Agnes FAIRBAIRN, Chirnside, BEW OPR entry, image available ScotlandsPeople
  3. 1841 Census: Little Billie, Par. of Bunkle, BEW Par. 728 ED 2 Pg 10, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON
  4. 1851 Census: Dist 7 Schedule 65, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON
  5. 1861 Census: Chirnside Dist 2 Schedule 11, hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON
  6. 1871 Census: Chirnside, BEW, Reg. 730 ED 1 Page: 19; Sched. 117; hsehold of John & Agnes DAVIDSON
  7. 1881 Census: FHL Film 0224029 GRO Ref Volume 730 EnumDist 1 Page 25
  8. 1891 Census: Chirnside Enum Dist 1; page 22, hsehold of John DAVIDSON
  • WikiTree profile Davidson-1668 created through the import of HENDERSONLornaAncestorsPlus1Desc4WikiTree.ged on Oct 18, 2011 by L Henderson. {Reference: 42)

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