In 1871, at the age of 4 (5), John is living at 16 Kirk Street, in Calton, Lanarkshire, with his parents Nelson age 38, Margaret age 32 (40), and his siblings Nelson age 10 and Margaret age 2.
In 1881, at the age of 16 (15), John is living at 20 Charles Street, in Camlachie, Lanarkshire, with his parents, Nelson age 48, Margaret age 50, and with his sister Margaret age 14. Also at the house is three boarders - John Watson, a shoemaker age 57, John Lindsay, a shoemaker age 30 and John's wife Elizabeth Lindsay age 29. John is also a shoemaker.
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