brian mckay's family tree
I first came across Elizabeth through the death record of her daughter, Jean Martin (McQueen), on which her parents are named as Henry Martin (6) and Elizabeth McIntyre. That eventually led me to further information about Henry Martin (6), which in turn gave me information about Elizabeth. To date, though, despite extensive searching, I have been unable to trace Elizabeth's birth or death records.
For quite a while I had a little bit of uncertainty surrounding Henry Martin (6) and that uncertainty really stemmed from the contradictory information we have about his daughter, Jean/Jessie Martin. As I say in Jean's page I believe I've got the correct records for her and therefore her parents are as stated above.
I've now all records relating to her husband, Henry and am certain that this is the right person. The birth record I have found for Henry is a couple of years earlier than I might have expected from the ages ascribed to Henry in 1841 and 1851 Censuses - 32 and 42 respectively. However, Henry Martin is a fairly rare name and the one I found was born in Alloa, as suggested in the 1851 Census, so I am fairly satisfied that I have the correct Henry.
So, if I've got the right Henry, I've got the right Elizabeth.
For some time, I was unable to find a birth record for Elizabeth. I knew from Census records that she must have been born around 1808/09. Today (2nd May 2022) I found a birth record for an Elizabeth McIntyre in the right year (1809) and the right place (Glasgow, Lanarkshire). However, as |I have no other record (at this time) that names her parents, it is difficult to say categorically, that this is the correct Elizabeth. However, as is often the case, we can draw on circumstantial evidence to state, with a high degree of confidence that it is correct. That circumstantial evidence includes:
- the birth year accords with the age ascribed to Elizabeth in the 1841 and 1851 Censuses;
- the birth place accords with that recorded in the 1851 Census (the 1841 Census only records whether or not born in Scotland - it said 'Yes';
- the parents on this record are Peter McIntyre and Jean Forsyth and Elizabeth named two of her children Peter (her first born son) and Jean (her first born daughter);
- Elizabeth also had siblings called Peter and Jean and one of the witnesses to her son Peter's baptism was a Peter McIntyre, likely her brother.
KEY EVENTS AND DATES
12th January 1809
Elizabeth was born on this date in Glasgow. The full record reads:
"Peter McIntyre, Point setter & Jean Forsyth a L . Daur : Elizabeth bo: 12th. Witn: John Primrose & Robert Strachan.
17th December 1827
Elizabeth married Henry Martin (6)in Glasgow. The actual entry read:-
"Henry Martin Shoemaker of Glasgow and Elizabeth McIntyre residing there married 17th December. Dr. Duncan McFarlan one of the ministers of Glasgow."
15th December 1828
Elizabeth's daughter Mary was born in Lanarkshire, Glasgow. The actual entry read:
"Henry Martin, Shoemaker & Elizabeth McIntyre a Law: Dau: Mary, bo: 15th Dec: Wit: George Martin & John Martin".
12th December 1830
Elizabeth's daughter Jean was born in Glasgow. The actual entry read:-
"Henry Martin, Shoemaker & Elizabeth McIntyre a Law: Dau: Jean, bo: 12th Dec: Ult: George Martin & John Martin".
'a Law' means lawful. I wonder, though, who George and John Martin are and why they are mentioned at all - were they witnesses? More work required here.
24th April 1835
Elizabeth's son Peter was born in Glasgow. The actual entry read:-
"Henry Martin, Shoemaker & Elizabeth McIntyre a Law: Son: Peter, bo: 5th April: Wit: Peter McIntyre & John Martin".
20th August 1836
Sadly Elizabeth's son, Peter, died from influenza, aged just 15 months. The record states that he is buried in Baillies graveyard and that the 'Style of Funeral' was a Chaise with one horse.
Note 1: I cannot find any reference to a "Baillies" graveyard, so I assume it is short for Baillieston.
Note 2: the fact that they hired a Chaise and horse suggests they may have been comfortably off?
3rd June 1837
Elizabeth's daughter Elizabeth was born in Glasgow. The actual entry read:-
"Henry Martin, Shoemaker & Elizabeth McIntyre a Law: Dau: Elizabeth, bo: 3rd Jun: Wit: James Martin & John Martin".
5th April 1840
Elizabeth's son Henry was born in Glasgow. The actual entry read:-
"Henry Martin, Shoemaker & Elizabeth McIntyre a Law: Son: Henry, bo: 5th April: Wit: Charles Martin & John Martin".
Elizabeth, aged 32 and Henry, also aged 32, are recorded as living at 5 High Street in the Parish of Albion Street, Glasgow. Also living there were her daughters, Mary (12), Jean (10) and Elizabeth (4). Henry's occupation was 'Bird Stuffer' and he is recorded as not having been born in Scotland. Elizabeth is recorded as having been born in Scotland.
Elizabeth, aged 42 and Henry, also aged 42, are recorded as living at 48 King Street in the Parish of St Mary's or Tron in Glasgow. Also living there were his wife, Elizabeth (42) and her children, Elizabeth (14) a shopkeeper and Henry (11) a scholar. On this occasion Henry's occupation is given as 'bird preserver and tavern keeper' and Elizabeth's as 'tavern keeper'. Interestingly, this time Henry's place of birth is given as Alloa, Clackmannanshire. Elizabeth's place of birth is recorded as "Lanark, Glasgow". Also recorded as residing with them is Betsy Lynch aged 15 and a general servant, born in Ireland.
2nd May 1852
Elizabeth's daughter Jean married William McQueen in Glasgow. William was a joiner who lived in Kelvin Haugh in the district of Barony, Glasgow.'
24th September 1852
Elizabeth's husband, Henry, died not long after their daughter, Jean, got married. The cause of death is given as "4 Apoplexy". The death is on a burial record and not a statutory record, so details are different, e.g. there is no indication of his marital status, so we don't know whether Elizabeth was alive at this stage. What we can say is that Henry was 44 and that no occupation was recorded. The address given as his residence is 41 Nicholas Street, Glasgow. Other useful pieces of information are that he was buried on 27th September in the 'Old' churchyard and that there were 2 ushers in attendance; that the funeral cost the shillings and moving his gravestone cost two shillings.
24th July 1922
Elizabeth's daughter, Jeanie McQueen, died at 3.45 a.m. at 19 William Street, Helensburgh. She was recorded as being the widow of William McQueen, a joiner and to have had the maiden surname of Martin. Her death was reported by her Grandson-in-Law, Robert Deans Sutter, who appeared to have only known Jean's parents' surnames, i.e. Martin (father) and McIntyre (mother). Her father's occupation was given as "bird dealer", which fits with the occupation given for Henry in the 1841 Census.