James Wilson Cairncross, born c1816, married Margaret Methven.

(Most of the detail for the following family tree has come from Linda Reid - descended from Elizabeth Methven, sister to Margaret Methven who married James Wilson Cairncross - from Toronto, Canada. This family tree combines 2 with the same name, "Family of John Henry Cairncross,born Glasgow", plus 1 named "Family of James Wilson Cairncross, married Margaret Methven, Scotland". Jill Johns also contributed to this tree in mails in July 2007. )

James Wilson Cairncross, born c1816 in Forfarshire, Scotland, died Jun 2, 1865 in Whitechapel, London, England, at 49 years of age, where his occupation was listed as a Foreman in a Sack Factory. He married Margaret Bodie Methven 1 June 1838 in Dundee, Forfar, Scotland. Margaret Methven, born 2 May 1818, in Dundee, Forfar, Scotland, was the daughter of John Methven and Mary Gowans. Margaret died c1880 in St Georges in the East, London, England. She was listed as a resident in the census report 1841 in Dundee, Forfar, Scotland. She was listed as James W. Cairncross's wife in the 1851 Census at No. 7. Square in St Botolph, London, England. She was listed as James W. Cairncross's wife in the 1861 Census at Scarborough P. East in White Chapel, MDX, England. In the 1871 Census, Margaret was listed as a head of household in St Mary Whitechapel, London, England. (See James and Margaret's Marriage Registration, and James's Death Certificate.) Here is an interesting article supplied by Linda Reid, who was researching the records for a white immigrant from Scotland.

a. Matilda Smith Cairncross was born Jul 20, 1841, in Dundee, Forfar, Scotland, and baptized 8 August 1841 in Dundee, Forfar, Scotland. (See Matilda's Birth Registration.)

b. James Cairncross was born Feb 15, 1843, in Dundee, Forfar, Scotland and baptised Feb 26, 1843. (See James's Birth registration.)

c. William Edward Cairncross was born in St Botolph Algate, London, England in 1846. He married Ellen Gay on Apr 12, 1868, at St. Thomas, Stepney, Middlesex.

d. Christian Cairncross was born in St Botolph Algate, London, England in 1847.

e. John Henry Cairncross, born February 1851, in London East, MDX, England. He married Hannah Hopkins. Hannah Hopkins was born ca 1844 in Ireland. John died 19 October 1922 at 63 Gothic Avenue in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at 71 years of age of Brights disease. His body was interred 21 October 1922 at Park Lawn Cemetery in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the 1881 Census, John was listed as a head of household in St James Ward in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Occupation: Carpenter. (See the 1901 census form. Here is a typed version of the same census which is easier to read. Also see this Death notice, which confirms much of the facts relate above, but gives his date of birth as July or Feby – the shortened form of February – in the year 1850. It states his age as 72 years.)

1. Margaret Jane Cairncross, born c1876, in Ontario, Canada, died 8 September 1927 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at 51 years of age. She married Edwin Smily 26 September 1918 at the Athelusa Apts in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Edwin Smily was born 26 March 1863 in London, England. Edwin was the son of Thomas Smily and Henrietta Rogers. Edwin died 20 May 1929 7 Ridge Drive Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at 66 years of age. His body was interred in Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto. Edwin was listed as Thomas Smily's son in the 1881 Census at 5 Sun Street in London, Middlesex, England. Edwin was listed as Thomas Smily's son in the Census in East York, Ontario, Canada. She resided at 63 Gothic Avenue, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1922.

2. Methven James Cairncross, born 6 July 1876, in Ontario, Canada, died 7 January 1967 in St Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at 90 years of age. His body was interred 10 January 1967 in section 53, lot 521 in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, (Toronto). He married Edith Louisa Geraldine Le Vallee, born 9 May 1874. Edith died 5 September 1958 at 84 years of age. Her body was interred in section 53, lot 521 in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, (Toronto). Occupation: Carpenter.

a. Marion Hannah Louise Cairncross, born 4 March 1900, in York Co, Ontario, Canada. Louise died 29 October 1983 at 83 years of age. Her body was interred in section 53, lot 521 in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, (Toronto).

b. Edna Alice Cairncross, born 11 Sepember 1902, in York Co, Ontario, Canada. Edna died 4 September 1971 at Riverdale Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at 68 years of age. Her body was interred 7 September 1971 in section 53, lot 521 in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, (Toronto). She married C. B. Gillespie, who died before 1971.

3. Alexander Cavanor Cairncross, born 28 February 1879, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Alexander died in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, "in infancy".

4. Christina Cairncross, born 20 March 1881, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She married Friedrick Joseph Schuch 5 November 1910 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Friedrick Joseph Schuch was born c1874. Friedrick was the son of Vincent Schuch and Friederiaka Filla.

5. Elizabeth Cairncross, born 16 April 1883, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She resided at 67 Gloucester St, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1918.

f. Sarah Ann Cairncross was born in London East, MDX, England in 1852. Married George Alfred Custance on Aug 2, 1874. She died in 1920 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada.

1. Ernest Custance, born 1894, in Kent County, Ontario.

a. Jack Custance, (Jill Johns's grandfather.)

g. Clara Cairncross was born in London East, MDX, England ca 1854.

h. Henry Cairncross was born Feb 1, 1856, in London East, MDX, England ca 1856.

i. Alice Cairncross was born Dec 8, 1857, in London East, MDX, England ca 1858. She married William Toppin 12 August 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. William Toppin was born ca 1860 in Scotland. William was the son of Samuel Toppin and Margaret --.

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