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Jessie (Ormiston) Fortune (abt. 1845 - 1911)

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Jessie Fortune formerly Ormiston
Born about in Melrose, , Roxburghshire, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Selkirk, , Selkirkshire, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Heriot, Par. of Heriot, Midlothian, Scotlandmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Jun 2013
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Name: Jessie /Ormiston/ [1]


Date: ABT 1845
Place: Melrose, , Roxburghshire, Scotland[2]


Date: 22 JAN 1911
Place: Heriot, Par. of Heriot, Midlothian, Scotland
Note: cert. reads: Jessie Ormiston FORTUNE, widow of Alexander FORTUNE, farm servant, died aged 66 of valvular disease of heart (mitral stenosis) chronic bronchitis & syncope,at 6:30pm. The inf. was her son John FORTUNE, present[3][4][5]


Reference: 30272


Date: OCT 1845
Place: Melrose, , Roxburghshire, Scotland


Date: 1871
Place: Caddonfoot, , Selkirkshire, Scotland
Note: FORTUNE: Alexander 28 farm servant b Tranent, HAD; wife Jessie 26 b Peebles, ROX (sic); Children: James Mitchell 7 b Selkirk; Alexander 6 b Melrose, Roxburghshire, Richard 4 b Stow, MLN; Walter Fairbairn 3 b Selkirk; George 5 days b Caddingfoot, SEL; Sister Jane MITCHELL 21 b Lands, ROX[7]
Date: 1881
Place: Hownam, , Roxburghshire, Scotland
Note: Alexander FORTUNE, 38, farm worker ag lab b Tranent, Haddington(East Lothian), wife Jessie, 36, b Melrose ROX. Children: Alexander, 16, farm serv, b Melrose, ROX; Richard, 14, farms erv b Stow, Edin.; Walter Fairbairn FORTUNE, 13, farm serv, b Yarrow; James Mitchell, 11, scholar, b Yarrow; George, scholar, 10, b Yarrow; Jessie, 8, scholar, Stow; Andrew Park, 5, scholar, b Melrose; Elizabeth Park, 3, b Oxnam; Archibald Fairbairn, 1 b Legerwood, BEW.[8]: Date: 1891
Place: Howlets Ha??, Westruther, Berwickshire, Scotland
Note: FORTUNE: Jessie, head, widow, 46 b Melrose, ROX; Children: Alexander 26 ag lab b Melrose, ROX; George 19 ag lab b Selkirk, SEL; Jessie 17 farm serv b Stow, Edin.; Andrew P 15 farm serv b Melrose, ROX; Elizabeth P 13 scholar b Oxnam, ROX; Archibald F 11 scholar b Legerwood, BEW; John 6 scholar b Maxton, ROX; William 4 b Stow, Edin (bottom of page, didn't check the next one)[9]
Date: 31 MAR 1901
Place: Linton, , Roxburghshire, Scotland
Note: FORTUNE: Jessie 55 b Melrose, ROX; Children: Alexander 35 ag lab ploughman b Melrose, ROX; Elizabeth P 23 outworker on farm b Oxnam, ROX; Archibald F 21 ag lab ploughman b Legerwood, BEW; John F 15 ord ag lab b Maxton, ROX; Jessie FOWLER (dtr) 27 outworker on farm b Stow, MLN; Grddtr Jessie C FOWLER, 1mth b Linton, ROX[10]


Husband: Alexander Fortune
Wife: Jessie Ormiston
Child: Alexander Fortune
Child: Richard Fortune
Child: Walter Fairbairn Fortune
Child: James Mitchell Fortune
Child: George Fortune
Child: Jessie Ormiston Fortune
Child: Andrew Park Fortune
Child: Elizabeth Park Fortune
Child: Archibald Fairbairn Fortune
Child: John Fortune
Child: William Fortune
Date: 20 MAY 1864
Place: Selkirk, , Selkirkshire, Scotland
Note: date/place from igi: Alexander FORTUNE to Jessie ORMISTON (not indexed as Jessie FAIRBAIRN). Cert: 20 May 1864 at Hawhead, Selkirk (United Pres. Ch), Alexander FORTUNE, 20, ploughman, bachelor, s/o Alexander FORTUNE and Elizabeth PARK, mar. Jessie ORMISTON, 19, dom serv, spinster, d/o Andrew ORMISTON, dec. (NB chr on igi has father as Robert, not Andrew) and Jane FAIRBAIRN. Wit: Richard PARK and Alexander STURROCK. MIn. Rev John LAWSON.[11][12][13]
Husband: Robert Ormiston
Wife: Jan Fairbairn
Child: Jessie Ormiston
Date: 1845[14]


  1. Source: #S1771 May 2002 ex 1851 ROX census
  2. Source: #S210 FHL Film 0224041 GRO Ref Volume 791 EnumDist 2 Page 9
  3. Source: #S210 FHL Film 0224041 GRO Ref Volume 791 EnumDist 2 Page 9, extracted May 2004
  4. Source: #S56 1891 census Westruther, BEW Dist 756 (ED1?) Page 5 Schedule #16, copy d/loaded Sep 2005
  5. Source: #S333 Dth 1911 Jessie Ormiston FORTUNE, copy d/loaded Nov 2005
  6. Source: #S888 Batch C100091 extracted May 2002
  7. Source: #S803 Caddonfoot, SEL REg 774A ED 3 Sched 3, hsehold of Alexander & Jessie FORTUNE (indexed on ancestry as FORTAIN or FORTANI or GORTUM), extracted May 2008
  8. Source: #S210 FHL Film 0224041 GRO Ref Volume 791 EnumDist 2 Page 9, extracted May 2004
  9. Source: #S56 1891 census Westruther, BEW Dist 756 (ED1?) Page 5 Schedule #16, copy d/loaded Sep 2005
  10. Source: #S806 Linton, ROX Reg 796 ED 2 Sched 35 hsehold of Jessie FORTUNE, extracted May 2008
  11. Source: #S210 FHL Film 0224041 GRO Ref Volume 791 EnumDist 2 Page 9
  12. Source: #S1596 FORTUNE Batch M117781 extracted May 2002
  13. Source: #S333 Mar. cert. 1864 Alexander FORTUNE & Jessie ORMISTON trans. Robert McC Jul 2002
  14. Source: #S888 Batch C100091 extracted May 2002
  • Source: S1596 IGI: Online searches, assorted surnames Repository: #R149
  • Repository: R149 Family Search (LDS)
  • Source: S1771 EM FAIRBAIRN/COCKBURN corres. between Susan McL, (SCT) and L McIntosh (NZ)
  • Source: S210 1881 Census transcripts, UK, via FamilySearch/LDS Repository: #R21
  • Repository: R21 LDS library Address:
  • Source: S333 BDMs, Scotland death indices, & researcher extracts,
  • Source: S56 Scottish Birth, Marriage, Death entries (from 1855),
  • Source: S803 Census: 1871 (images for England, transcriptions for Scotland), Via Repository: #R121
  • Repository: R121
  • Source: S806 Census: 1901 Census (images for England, transcriptions for Scotland), Via Repository: #R121
  • Source: S888 IGI: FAIRBAIRN extract, 1993/4 Repository: #R58
  • Repository: R58 IGI255 downloaded computerised igi entries


Thank you to Lorna Henderson for creating WikiTree profile Ormiston-72 through the import of FairbairnArchibaldScottJanet3Gen4WikiTreeJun2013PlaceUpdated.ged on Jun 26, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Lorna and others.

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