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THE DEMPSTER FAMILY OF AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND, MICHIGAN AND IOWA

Marjorie Fletcher     Page Update: November 2011

James Dempster 1

Thomas Dempster 2

John Dempster 3

Mary Campbell Dempster 4

Thomas Lees

James Templeton 2

William Struthers Templeton 3

Margaret Templeton 4

David Muir

Annabelle Muir

OUR SCOTTISH HERITAGE

JOHN DEMPSTER 3 AND MARGARET (TEMPLETON) DEMPSTER, TO AMERICA IN 1841 FROM AYRSHIRE, SCOTLAND

 

JAMES DEMPSTER 1 AND MARY (McCUTHON) DEMPSTER

    James Dempster 1 and Mary McCuthon (this name was found to be spelled many different ways) were the parents of our ancestor, Thomas Dempster who was baptized 18 April 1780 in the Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. All of the information that I have on this family is from the Old Parochial Registers of Scotland. They appear to have lived in the Parishes of Carsphairn and Dalry in Kirkcudbright and the Parish of Straiton in Ayrshire, Scotland. It is believed that John McCuthon and Margaret McLieve of the Parish of Straiton were the parents of Mary McCuthon. It is supposed that there were more children in this family but I could find any record of them. When you get back in the early 1700's and before, records are very sketchy.

Children of James Dempster 1 and Mary McCuthon (from the Old Parish Registers of Scotland)

1. Margaret Deemster 2 (James Dempster 1) born in 1774 in Craigengellan, Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. I could find no further information on Margaret.

2. Mary Dempster 2 (James Dempster 1) born in 1776 (from her death certificate) in the Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; died 13 January 1855 in the Village of Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland; buried in the burying ground at Ochiltree. She married James Wallace about 1795, probably in Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Children: (1) Mary born April 1797; died August 1797 (2) Robert born 1798 (3) Mary born 1800 (4) James born 1803; (5) William born 1805 (6) John born 1808 (7) John born 1809 (8) Thomas born 1811 (9) George born 1813 (10) Andrew born 1816 (11) Janet born 1819 married James Muir (I do not know which Muir family James belongs to) about 1842/1843. The name McCuthon has been found  to be spelled many different ways. On the death record of Mary Dempster Wallace, her mother's name was spelled McHutchson. In the 1851 census Mary was living at 124 Main Street in the Village of Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland and living with her daughter and son-in-law, James and Janet Muir.

3. Robert Dempster 2 (James Dempster 1) baptized 20 July 1777 in the Parish of Dalry, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; died before 1868. He married 4 January 1799 in the Parish of Straiton, Ayrshire, Scotland, Barbara Lees, daughter of Thomas Lees and Jean (Aird) Lees. Barbara was the sister of Margaret Lees who married Thomas Dempster. Robert was a Carter and a Coal Driver in the Parish of Stair, Ayrshire, Scotland. Children: (1) James baptized 26 March 1800 in Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright; died before 1821 (2) Jean baptized 26 April 1802 in Carsphairn; died 19 August 1868 of cholera diarrhea in New Ardrossan, Ayrshire; married 28 June 1822 in Stair, Ayrshire, Thomas Hunter. At the time of her death she was living at 49 Glasgow Street in Ardrossan, Ayrshire (3) Agnes Mitchell born 1806 in Coylton, Ayrshire; married 30 November 1827 in Sorn, Ayrshire, William Meikle (4) Thomas Dempster baptized 1807 in Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, married 8 June 1830 in Coylton, Ayrshire, Mary Allen. He was a Mason and lived at Glenhead, Parish of Coylton, Ayrshire (5) Mary baptized 22 October 1809 in Carsphairn; died after 1881; married 11 October 1833 in Sorn, James Meikle. After the death of her husband in 1876, Mary became an oil and colour merchant (6) John baptized 28 June 1812 in Stair. He was baptized in Barbeith by Rev. Alexander Small "before the congregation" (7) Barbara Ann born 5 August 1814 in Stair, Ayrshire; died 5 May 1891 in Catrine, Ayrshire; married 11 December 1840  in Mauchline, Ayrshire, Hugh Sampson (8) Margaret born 25 June 1816 (9) Joan born 2 December 1817 in Stair (10) James born 18 January 1821 in Stair, "baptized by the Rev. Rorison" (11) William born 3 February 1823 in Stair.

4. John Dempster 2 (James Dempster 1) baptized 26 April 1778 in the Parish of Dalry, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. He probably died young.

5. Thomas Dempster 2 (James Dempster 1) baptized at the Bridge of Glenhoul 18 April 1780 in the Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; died 19 November 1867 in the Parish of St. Quivox, Ayrshire. He married 4 May 1798 Margaret Lees, daughter of Thomas Lees and Jean (Aird) Lees.

6. John Dempster 2 (James Dempster 1) baptized 28 July 1782 in the Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. I have not been able to find anymore information on John.

7. Florence Dempster 2 (James Dempster 1) baptized August 10, 1788 in the Parish of Straiton, Ayrshire, Scotland. I have not been able to find anymore information on Florence.

GENERATION 2

THOMAS DEMPSTER 2 MARGARET (LEES) DEMPSTER

    Thomas Dempster 2 (James Dempster 1) was the father of John Dempster who was born 6 April 1802 in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland. Thomas Dempster was fighting a war in Ireland when his son, John Dempster was born while serving in the Irish Rebellion. Thomas Dempster and Margaret (Lees) Dempster lived and died in Ayrshire, Scotland. The only information that I have on this family is from the Scottish census records, Old Parochial Registers of Scotland and the Civil Death Records of Scotland. Thomas Dempster and Margaret Lees were married in the Parish of Ochiltree, Ayrshire 4 May 1798. Thomas Dempster was a Shepherd and a Hand Loom Weaver in the woolen industry. He and his wife Margaret lived at Danston Farm, Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire in the 1841/1851 census records. Thomas was baptized at the Bridge of Glenhoul 18 April 1780 in the Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. He died 19 November 1867 at the age of 87 years in St. Quivox, Ayrshire. at the time of his death he lived at Limonds Wynd which was a wee side street on the north side of the River Ayr near King Street. He was the third child of James Dempster and Mary (McCuchan) Dempster of Glenhoul in the Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright. Margaret (Lees) Dempster was the daughter of Thomas Lees and Jean (Aird) Lees. Margaret was baptized 18 April 1776 in Wigstown, Parish of Coylton, Ayrshire, Scotland. Margaret Dempster died 10 March 1855 at Danston Farm, Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire and is buried in the churchyard of Dalrymple Parish. All her children were named on her death certificate and it was signed by her husband, Thomas Dempster. Margaret died of a paralyses that she had suffered from for several months.

Children of Thomas Dempster 2 and Margaret (Lees) Dempster

1. Mary Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 7 November 1798 in Ochiltree, Ayrshire Scotland; baptized 11 November 1798 in Ochiltree, Ayrshire Scotland; baptized 11 November 1798 at the Parish of Ochiltree in Skookhill (I couldn't find her death record). Mary married 25  February 1827 in the Parish of Dalrymple, James Smith born 1805 in Old Dalry, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 21 August 1860 at the age of 55 years. James Smith was a Hotel Keeper and a Spirit Dealer at St. Quivox in Ayrshire. He died of an ulcer in the stomach at 4 a. m. while living on Wallace Street, Wallacetown, St. Quivox, Ayrshire. Children: (1) Margaret baptized 11 November 1827  at Dalrymple (2) Robert baptized 13 December 1829 at Dalrymple, died before 1865 (3) Elizabeth baptized 5 August 1832 at Dalrymple; married 18 February 1859 at Mason Arms Inn, Wallace St. Wallacetown, Ayr, Ayrshire, John Wilson (4) Mary baptized 12 April 1835 in Coylton, Ayrshire (5) James baptized 14 May 1837 in Tarbolton, Ayrshire; died 1865 at sea, buried at sea. James Smith was the second engineer of the steam vessel St. Andrews. Family tradition says that he went to Australia or New Zealand where his sister and her husband had settled and was on his way back to Scotland to get his wife, Jane (Caldwell) Smith born 1840 in Scotland and his son, James born 7 August 1863 in Dreghorn, Ayrshire, Scotland and bring them back with him. On the return voyage back to Scotland, the ship was lost in a shipwreck and the crew was never found (6) Janet Caldwell baptized 6 October 1839 in Tarbolton, Ayrshire died; 5 October 1910 in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand; married 27 April 1860 at St. Quivox Church, Ayrshire, Scotland, John Mitchell.

2. Susan Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 1799; died 1800.

3. John Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 1802 in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland; died 21 July 1884 in Fairfield, Fayette County, Iowa. He married 26 June 1829 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland, Margaret Templeton who was the daughter of William Struthers Templeton 3 and Annabella (Muir) Templeton.

4. Susan Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 1807 in Wigston, Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. She married in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire 9 September 1836, John White born 1811 in the Parish of Stevenston, Ayrshire. Susan Dempster and her husband, John were living in Newton-on-Ayr, Ayrshire in the 1851 census report and she states that she was born in Galloway, Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright. In the 1861 census she states that she was born in Wigston, Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright. John died in 1853 and left Susan (Dempster) white a widow. Susan's occupation at that time was a Grocer. At the Secessionist Graveyard in Ayrshire, a monument was erected by Susan Dempster in memory of John White, her husband who died 11 February 1853 aged 42; son John died 9 July 1843 aged 1; daughter Susan, wife of Thomas Houston died December 1866 of child birth complications; her daughter, Mary Jane White Houston died 3 December 1877 age 1 year. I could find no further records on Susan (Dempster) White.

5. Jean/Jane Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 1806 in the Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; married 27 May 1842 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, John Higgins. Jean was a Hand Loom Weaver in the Woolen Industry and lived with her parents and her son, James Higgins who was born in 1847. It appears that John Higgins and Jean (Dempster) Higgins were separated.

6. Margaret Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) baptized 26 April 1802 in the Parish of Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. No further information.

7. Barbara Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 1811 in Carsphairn, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; died 5 May 1863 at Casonacre, Ochiltree, Ayrshire; married 25 November 1831 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, David Murdoch born 1810 in the Parish of Kirkmichael, Ayrshire; died 6 November 1872 at Inns Cottage, Ochiltree, Ayrshire. He was the son of David Murdoch and Margaret (McMurtrie) Murdoch. Children: (1) Margaret baptized 23 April 1833 at Monkton, Ayrshire, married 19 January 1866 in Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, Robert Callan (2) David baptized 17 December 1834 at St. Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire; married 24 November 1863 at Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, Elizabeth Fleming (3) James baptized 25 December 1836 at Tarbolton, Ayrshire (4) Barbara baptized 14 April 1839 at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, died young (5) Thomas baptized 7 November 1841 in Monkton, Ayrshire (6) Janet Clark baptized 14 June 1844 in Tarbolton, Ayrshire; married 28 July 1865 in Casonacre, Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, Adam Gall (7) Barbara Murdoch born 6 November 1846 in Tarbolton, Ayrshire; married 14 June 1867 in Casonacre, Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, Alexander Dunsmor (8) John Muir born 21 June 1849 in Kilwinning, Ayrshire; married 19 September 1872 at Galbraith Square, Old Cumnock Ayrshire, Helen Hogg (9) Mary baptized 29 May 1853 in Ochiltree, Ayrshire; married 12 July 1872 at Inns Cottage, Old Cumnock, Ayrshire, Robert Boyd.

8. James Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) baptized 9 December 1812 in the Parish of Kells, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; married in the Parish of St. Quivox and Newton-on-Ayr, 15 May 1836 Mary Mitchell born 1817 in Monkton, Ayrshire. James was a carpet Weaver and he and his wife, Mary lived on Russele Street in Newton-on-Ayr. James states on the 1851 census report that he was born in New Galloway, Kirkcudbright, Scotland. He was baptized in the Parish of Kells. In the 1881 Scottish census James and Mary Dempster were living at 80 Elba Street, St.. Quivox, Ayrshire. Children: (1) Margaret Lees born 3 February 1840 in St. Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire; died young (2) Anne born 19 March 1842 in St. Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire (3) Margaret Lees born 5 October 1844 in St. Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire, married 1. 3 June 1863 on Elba Street, St. Quivox, Ayrshire, John Frew baptized 2 September 1831 in Stair, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 1866 Newton Ayr, Ayrshire. John Frew died at the age of 35 years. The cause of death was Delirium Tremors and convulsions. He was a Grocer and a Spirit Dealer 2. 29 December 1871, James Smith Fulton born 1847 in Monkton, Ayrshire, Scotland (4) James Dempster born 1849 at St. Quivox, Ayrshire (5) Mary Paterson born 1850 in Ayr, Ayrshire; married 12 August 1870 at New Road Newton Head, Newton Ayr, Ayrshire, Alexander Dunlop Reid (6) John M. C. born 1855 in Newton-on-Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

9. Elizabeth Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 1815 in Scotland. I could find no further information on Elizabeth. Perhaps she died Young. (this information was from the Parish Registers)

10. Matthew Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) baptized 21 July 1816 in the Parish of Kells Kirkcudbright, Scotland. I could find no further information on Matthew. Perhaps he died young. (this was from the Parish Registers).

11. Thomas Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 1817 in the Parish of Dalry, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; died 8 August 1834 at Danston farm, Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland at the age of 17 years. He is buried in the Dalrymple Churchyard Cemetery, Thomas died of consumption. This record was taken from the Death Register of the Dalrymple Parish Register.

12. Isabella Hastings Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 1819 in the Parish of Dalry or Kells, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; died 19 September 1891 at 20 Garden Street, St. Quivox, Ayrshire, Scotland. She married 9 June 1844 at St. Quivox, Ayrshire, George Brodie Cornelius born 3 April 1816 in Saltcoats, Ayrshire; died 10 September 1869 in Ayrshire Bay, Ayrshire, Scotland. George's occupation was a Stevedore/Labourer and a Night Watchman. George Brodie Cornelius and Isabella Hastings (Dempster) Cornelius had the following children: (1) Thomas born 1845 in Kilwinning, Ayrshire (2) Ann born 1847 in Kilwinning, Ayrshire (3) James born 1849 in Kilwinning, Ayrshire (4) William born 1851 in St. Quivox, Ayrshire (twin) (5) John born 1851 in St. Quivox, Ayrshire (twin) (6) William born 1853 in St. Quivox, Ayrshire (7) Margaret born about 1854 (8) George born 1855 in Ayrshire. Some of Isabella's descendants went to Australia. We have a cousin, Pamela who lives in Queensland, Australia. She is descended from (1) Isabella Hastings Dempster (1819-1891) (2) John Cornelius (1851-1901) (3) Catherine Wilson Cornelius (1876-1911) (4) John Cornelius Robbins (1907-1971).

13. William Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 25 April 1820 in Kells, Kirkcudbright, Scotland; died 31 March 1907 in Amboy, Lee County, Illinois; buried in Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy, Illinois. He married 29 September 1850 in Lancaster, Erie County, New York, Nancy Jane Crill born 1831 in New York; died 8 April 1914 in Amboy, Lee County, Illinois; buried in Prairie Repose Cemetery. William Dempster was a railroad worker and was in an accident and was crushed between a train and the top of a bridge, however I have not been able to find any record of this accident. The story has been passed down through family records.

OBITUARY: AMBOY NEWS, 5 APRIL 1907, PAGE 1

    On last Sunday afternoon Mr. William Dempster passed away after many years of suffering. Nine weeks ago he was stricken with paralysis from which he never rallied. He was as helpless as a babe during his last days and was cared for tenderly by his devoted wife. Mr. Dempster was one on the pioneer engineers of this country. His long years on an engine brought on sciatic rheumatism from which he suffered for over twenty years after he quit railroading. He was born in the county of Kirkcudbright, Parish of Kells, Scotland 25 April 1820. When a lad about seventeen he came to America taking up his residence with relatives in Wayne County, Michigan. He was six weeks at sea on the way over and experienced a romantic voyage. After some time he went to Buffalo, New York where he took an engine and ran it on the second road running out of that city to the east. From there he went to Canada where he ran an engine for four years on the Canada West railroad. From there he went to Detroit, Michigan where he became employed as a passenger engineer on the Michigan central. He ran a passenger engine out of Chicago on the Michigan Central for eleven years. After that he became employed by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad living in Aurora eleven years and running a passenger engine on that road out of Chicago. He brought the first train load of secession soldiers into Chicago where they were imprisoned. He ran the first train on the Burlington railroad into Amboy. He lived in Creston, Iowa several years as Master Mechanic on the Burlington and Missouri railroad. In all he ran an engine fifty years and had he lived till the 25th of April he would have been eighty-seven years old. He was married to Nancy Jane Crill on 29 September 1850 in Lancaster, Erie County, New York. From this union were born three children two of whom, Francis Allan and William H. preceded their father in death. The only surviving child is Libbia Jane, Mrs. Delos Clink of Houston, Texas. She is present at the funeral to comfort her mother in this sad bereavement. Mr. Dempster was a Scotch Presbyterian in his homeland but after uniting in marriage, he with his wife joined the Baptist church in Aurora of which he was a member at his death. He was a good man, a loyal citizen, a kind father, a faithful husband, a true friend. His life was a success and his death was triumphant. The funeral services were held at the house Friday afternoon at two o'clock attended by many old neighbors and friends. The Rev. G. I. Larash, Pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church officiated. The interment was at Prairie Repose Cemetery.

GENERATION 3

JOHN DEMPSTER 3 AND MARGARET (TEMPLETON) DEMPSTER

Edinburgh Castle, Scotland birthplace of John Dempster

John, Margaret (Templeton) Dempster

    John Dempster 3 (Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 6 April 1802 in Edinburgh Castle, Scotland; died 21 July 1884 in Arlington, Iowa; buried in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa. He married 26 June 1829 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland, Margaret Templeton born 25 August 1810 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 31 December 1907 in Bon Homme County, South Dakota; buried in Taylorsville Cemetery. When John was born his father was in Ireland fighting a war, the Irish Rebellion. He came to America from Ayrshire, Scotland 10 August 1841 with his wife, Margaret and their five children. When the 1841 Scottish census was taken the family was living at Skeldon Mills, Waterside. The members of the family were Shepherds and Weavers. John could shear seventy sheep per day and weave forty yards of cloth. It was reported that as a Shepherd, John would take a whistle, dog, a ladder, some yarn and knitting needles with his sheep and would go far up the mountainsides. After he would reach a favorable feeding place for the sheep, he would adjust the ladder that had a bag like seat or pouch that was used to carry the knitting while on the way up the mountain. From the top of the ladder, he could sit comfortably and knit and at the same time tend his flock. Years later John taught all his children to hook rugs, knit mittens, scarves and stockings. Many times there were terrible storms in the mountains and the streams in the valley were so swollen that John would keep the sheep on the mountain sides rather than risk crossing the river. His education was limited and when he was permitted to attend school he had to walk a distance of six miles. John married 26 June 1829 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire Scotland, Margaret Templeton born 25 August 1810 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire. She was the daughter of William Struthers Templeton and Annabelle Muir. After the first twelve years of marriage in Scotland, John and Margaret Dempster decided to emigrate to America. They had five children with one on the way. They left Scotland 10 August 1841 for a four to six weeks ocean voyage with Margaret's sister, Mary (Templeton) Campbell, her husband Samuel Campbell, their 3 children; James, William and Eliza; Samuel's sister, Janet (Campbell) McCormick and her brother, James Campbell. They went to Ypsilanti, Michigan. On 6 October 1841, soon after their arrival in America their sixth child, John was born. Mary (Templeton) Campbell, sister of Margaret moved near Otisville, Michigan so Margaret and John decided to move there also to be near the Campbell's. Samuel and Mary Campbell and John and Margaret Dempster purchased timberland near Ypsilanti for their home but soon discovered that timber was of very little value so this was cut down and burned to provide ground space to raise potatoes. Through poverty and lack of money to buy other clothing, many days Margaret helped in the woods dressed in silk furnished her from her father's mill in Scotland. John turned to weaving and on leaving the fields in the evening he would return home and take his place at the loom where in his spare time he wove twenty-two hundred yards of cloth. For additional income, the rest of the family made sugar while he wove. By this time the family had ten children. After an unsuccessful attempt at farming in Michigan, they moved to Iowa in 1852 where their daughter, Margaret and her husband George Munger had moved. They traveled by ox team, Margaret Dempster was pregnant during the trip and gave birth to Lavina 1 August 1852. Thirteen of them crossed the Mississippi River in a little skiff with the water only one inch from the top of the boat. They probably arrived at Taylorsville in early September. They spent the first winter in Taylorsville with Margaret and George Munger and his five children from his first marriage. Twenty people in a small house for the winter was quite a crowd. In the spring of 1853 they purchased eight acres of wild land. No fence was around it, nor even a furrow had been turned or an improvement made. Twins were born to them in 1855, Susanna and Luanna and in 1858 a son David was born. The twins died at three years of age, Luanna in April and Susanna in May from scarlet fever. Lavina's death was said to have been caused from sitting on the damp ground which resulted in "quick TB".  David, the youngest died when a young man of twenty-three years and three months. John was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a good citizen, a Republican in politics and a successful and just businessman. After the death of John, Margaret continued to live with their son John who eventually homesteaded near Springfield, Bon Homme County, South Dakota where she died 31 December 1907 at the age of ninety-seven years, four months and six days. John and Margaret Dempster are buried in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa.

Arlington News, Vol. 6, March 12, 1880

    Last Tuesday the house of John Dempster, Sr. caught fire from the cook stove. The family were absent from home except the old gentleman. The fire had got a good start before it was discovered and but for the timely assistance of Mr. Manson's family the house and contents would have been destroyed.

Children of John Dempster 3 and Margaret (Templeton) Dempster

1. William Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 9 October 1830 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 25 March 1908, probably in Plano, Kendall County, Illinois; buried in Little Rock Twp. Cemetery in Plano. He married 20 August 1858 in Fayette County, Iowa, Emma Jane (Amy) Cramer. William and Amy Dempster deeded their land in Fayette County, Iowa to their son, James Buchanan Dempster, their only child.

2. Margaret Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 24 November 1832 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 23 October 1920 in Sperry Township, Clayton County, Iowa; buried, probably in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa. She married in Michigan (probably Wayne County) (1) George Munger born 1808 in New York; died 1890 in Augusta, Wisconsin (2) in Fayette County, Iowa, Oscar Finch born 28 October 1827 in Greene County, New York; died 25 March 1913 in Augusta, Wisconsin. Margaret Dempster Munger/Finch never had children. Margaret kept a boarding house in Augusta, Wisconsin for three years after her husband, George died but returned to Iowa for her wedding to marry Oscar Finch and they attended the "World's Fair" at Chicago on their honeymoon. In 1913 Mr. Finch passed away, he had been Mayor of Augusta for three years, had been elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1890 and had been a member of the Masonic Order for more than 50 years and was quite a wealthy man. After Mr. Finch's death, Margaret lived with her sister, Mrs. Dave Lowe in Volga, Clayton County, Iowa.

Left: Margaret Dempster

Right: Oscar Finch

2nd Husband of  Margaret

3. Thomas Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 20 October 1834 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 23 February 1843 in Ypsilanti, Michigan at the age of about 9 years.

4. Annaple Muir Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster  1) born 16 April 1837 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 8 February 1904 in Taylorsville, Fayette County, Iowa; buried in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington, Fayette County. She married 26 October 1853 in Fayette County, Jesse Barber Voshell born 17 April 1824 in Kent, Delaware; died 30 January 1923 in Arlington, Fayette County. He was the son of Peter Voshell and Mary (Miller) Voshell. Annaple died of cancer at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 20 days. She and her husband, Jesse Voshell lived in Brush Creek (later named Arlington), Fayette County, Iowa. They had a farm in section 12, Fairfield. Children: (1) Mary born 20 August 1854; died 25 August 1854; (2) John Dempster Voshell born 7 February 1857; died 27 November 1945 (3) Ella S. born May 1860; died 19 January 1861 (4) Jesse Thomas born 22 January 1862; died 7 January 1867 (5) Margaret Lovina born 20 March 1865; died 22 May 1950. She married 9 April 1886 her cousin, George Edward Smith, son of George A. Smith and Mary (Dempster) Smith (6) Susanna Josephine born 5 May 1868; died 2 March 1940. she married J. Holroyd (7)  Peter C. born 12 October 1870; died January 1946. He married Rosa Adelia Warner (8) Ellen J. born 5 May 1873; died 5 August 1909. She married Charles S. Holroyd (9) Eneas Ernie born March 1874; died 16 March 1962. He married Bessie Bissell.

 

Family of Jesse Barber Voshell, Annapel M. (Dempster) Voshell

L-R back: Peter, Margaret, Eneas, Susanna

L-R front: Ellen, Jesse, Annaple (Dempster), John

 

5. James Templeton Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 30 June 1839 in the Parish of Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 23 June 1907 in Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa; buried in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington. He married 22 September 1861 in Highland, Clayton County, Iowa, Jane Duff born 22 June 1845 in Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 2 August 1914 in Fairfield, Fayette County, Iowa. She was the daughter of William Duff and Marion Dempster. James Templeton Dempster died of heart disease. He is listed in the death records of Fayette County, Iowa. He died at 67 years, 11 months and 22 days. He was a farmer in Fairfield Township, Fayette County. Children: (1) Marion born 9 July 1862; married William J. Watts (2) Margret born 31 March 1864; died 12 May 1909; married Willie A. Speed (3) Mary Ann born 25 August 1866; died 9 June 1971; married 9 August 1889 Alfred William Fox (4) William J. born 22 January 1869; died 5 August 1949; married Mary L. Fox (5) Levina born 17 June 1872; died 6 November 1951; married Charles Chesley Squires (6) Blanch May born 4 February 1873; died 22 August 1874 (7) Thomas Templeton born 4 July 1875; died 8 January 1878 (8) David born 30 May 1885; died 24 January 1963; married Marie L Betcher.

OBITUARY: JAMES TEMPLETON DEMPSTER 1839-1907

    Our friend Jim Dempster died at his home quite suddenly last Sunday afternoon. His death was not unexpected. He was known to have a very severe case of heart trouble and the physicians warned his family that death was liable to take place any moment. He had been up walking around the house and sat down on the edge of the bed when the summons came and he was gone. He was an old resident of these parts and highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was a frequent caller at this office and we always enjoyed a talk with him. Rev. Dwello of the Methodist church conducted the services at the residence yesterday which was largely attended. The Woodmen, of which order he was a member, attending.

6. John Dempster, Jr. 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 6 October 1841 in Ypsilanti, Michigan; died 17 July 1934 in Springfield, Bon Homme County, South Dakota. He married 18 December 1862 in Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa Eliza Hummel born 28 September 1846 in Carroll County, Illinois; died 28 July 1945 in South Dakota. She was the daughter of Samuel Hummel and Nancy Lucinda (Martin) Hummel. John Dempster, Jr. bought a large farm near Arlington, Iowa which he developed into a model farm and upon which he lived for over twenty years while engaged not only in general farming but also in stock buying. In 1901 he went to Bon Homme County, South Dakota, purchased a farm and employed a carpenter to put up a large granary. In the following March he moved out from Iowa and the family lived in the granary while the substantial house was being built. After living there for about 8 years, Mr. Dempster again built a house in which his son George later lived. In 1918, with his wife Eliza, he moved to Tyndall and that was his home until, after a severe fall, they made their home with their three sons near Springfield. Mr. Dempster, Jr. endured many hardships as a pioneer and often told of one severe winter when the family only had pumpkins and squash to eat. Children: (1) Luanna born 12 February 1864; died 11 July 1961; married Gus A. Doerfler (2) George Samuel born 20 May 1865; died 28 March 1923; married Effie Moore (3) Frank Allen born 11 April 1866; died 22 May 1877 (4) James Erwin born 18 February 1867; died 13 December 1948; married Myrtle Smith (5) Dora Minerva born 3 July 1870; died 13 August 1898; married Warren Perkins (6) Merinda born 15 May 1872; died 12 January 1945; married William Tillman Thompson (7) Raymond Templeton born 29 December 1878; died 16 March 1883 (8) Jessie May born 17 November 1880; died 23 March 1973; married 1. Timothy Eymer 2. Ira Hand (9) Thomas Lees born 12 December 1882; died March 1976; married Bessie Monfore (10) Robert Munger born 26 August 1885; died 20 October 1967; married Jane Haney Macy (11) Charlotte Josephine born 3 July 1887; died 1972; married James Welch.

Family of John Dempster, Jr. and

Eliza (Hummel) Dempster

L-R back: George, James, Thomas, Jessie, Lewanna

L-R front: John Dempster, Jr., Charlotte, Merinda, Robert, Eliza (Hummel) Dempster

Not pictured: Dora, Frank, Raymond

7. Mary Campbell Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 30 January 1844 in Wayne County, Michigan; died 5 March 1927 in Oscar, Texas County, Missouri; buried in Boone Creek Cemetery in Licking, Texas County, Missouri. She married 25 December 1862 in Taylorsville, Fayette County, Iowa, George Artemis Smith born 18 March 1839 in Wayne County, Michigan; died 3 January 1903 in Oscar, Texas County Missouri; buried in Boone Creek Cemetery, Licking. He was the son of Ephraim Doane Smith and Jane (Frayer) Smith. See THE SMITH FAMILY

    Mary was awarded a widow's pension of $12. per month after the death of her husband, George A. Smith. Their son, Harry Monroe was awarded the family farm for caring for his mother, Mary until her death. Mary Campbell Dempster was named after her mother's sister, Mary who married Samuel Campbell. Therefore, Mary Campbell Dempster. The Campbell's came to America at the same time and on the same sailing ship as the Dempster's in 1841. John and Margaret Dempster lived with the Campbell's in Michigan when they first came to America.

George Artemis Smith

Mary Campbell (Dempster)

Smith

8. Elizabeth Ann Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 8 September 1846 in Ypsilanti, Michigan; died 25 March 1935 in Volga City, Clayton County, Iowa; buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Volga City, She married 12 December 1866 in Volga City, David Peter Lowe born 10 March 1844; died 27 February 1921; son of James M. Lowe and Elizabeth (Bates) Lowe. Elizabeth Ann Dempster and her husband David P. Lowe lived in Volga City, Clayton County, Iowa where they were in the dairy business and raised hogs  in Sperry Township. They were married on the same day as her sister Rebecca Jane in a double ceremony. Children: (1) Margaret E.  born 24 July 1867 in Clayton County, Iowa; died 5 April 1962; buried in Hillcrest Cemetery, Volga City, married Albert Boleyn (2) Daniel E. born 24 September 1871 in Clayton County, Iowa; died 5 July 1951; married Cora Potter (3) Clarence (4) Harry (5) Susanna, all died young.

9. Rebecca Jane Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 15 April 1849 in Wayne County, Michigan; died 28 February 1933 in Clayton County, Iowa; buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Volga City. She married 12 December 1866 in Volga City, James Edward Bissell. They were married on the same day as her sister, Elizabeth Ann Dempster in a double ceremony. Children: (1) Carrie May born 17 July 1867 in Clayton County, Iowa; died 1973 in Poplar, Montana; married Charles Charter Leete (2) Effie born 1869 (3) James Edward born 3 May 1871 in Clayton County, Iowa; died 24 October 1977 in Clayton County; married Christine Jaeger (4) Bessie born 22 March 1880 in Clayton County, Iowa; died 15 January 1975 in Clayton County; married her cousin, Eneas Ernie Voshell born March 1874; died 26 March 1962 son of Jesse Voshell and Annaple Muir (Dempster) Voshell (5) Mattie born 1875 in Clayton County; married Mr. Abell (6) Ida born 1877 in Clayton County, Iowa; married Leo Robinson born 1877 (7) Ray born 1879 in Clayton County, Iowa; died 1975 (8) Jennie born 1881 in Clayton County, Iowa (9) Ella born 1885 in Clayton County, Iowa.

OBITUARY: REBECCA JANE DEMPSTER BISSELL 1849-1933

    Mrs. Jane Bissell, aged 84 passed away at her home in Volga City Tuesday night at ten o'clock after a long illness. She was born at Huron, Mich., April 15 1849 and was baptized Rebecca Jane Dempster. When but two years old the family came to Iowa and settled near Taylorsville where she grew to womanhood. On December 12, 1866 she was married to Mr. Bissell at a double ceremony with her sister, now Mrs. David Lowe, the wedding taking place in Volga City where they made their home. Nine children were born to them of whom five are now living. They are Mrs. Carrie Leete of Dowd, Mont., Mrs. Mattie Abel of Vancouver, Washington, James Edward and Mrs. Ida Robinson of Edgewood and Mrs. Bessie Voshell of Volga City. There are also a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren and one brother and one sister. The sister is Mrs. Dave Lowe of Volga City. Mr. Bissell died July 15, 1925. The passing of Mrs. Bissell takes from Volga City a beloved old lady, whose cheerful view of life was a source of strength to her many friends and relatives.

10. Lavina Whiteside Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 7 August 1852 in Wayne County, Michigan; died 31 October 1886 in Fayette County, Iowa; buried in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington, Iowa. Lavina died of consumption.

11. Susanna Dempster 4 (twin) (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 9 July 1855 in Fayette County, Iowa; died 6 May 1858 in Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa; buried in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington. She died of scarlet fever.

12. Luanna Dempster  4 (twin) (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 9 July 1855 in Fayette County, Iowa; died 17 April 1858 in Arlington, Fayette County, Iowa. buried in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington. She died of scarlet fever.

13. David George Dempster 4 (John Dempster 3, Thomas Dempster 2, James Dempster 1) born 30 September 1859 in Taylorsville, Fayette County, Iowa; died 17 February 1882 in Fairfield, Fayette County, Iowa; buried in Taylorsville Cemetery. David never married as he died of consumption at the age of 23 years, 3 months, 17 days. He had the disease for 3 years before his death.

 THIS CONCLUDES THE DESCENDANTS OF JAMES DEMPSTER AND MARY McCUTHON

MARY CAMPBELL DEMPSTER 4, DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND MARGARET (TEMPLETON) DEMPSTER MARRIED

GEORGE A. SMITH 7 SON OF EPHRAIM DOANE SMITH AND JANE (JANETJE) FRAYER

"SEE THE SMITH FAMILY" ...

JAMES TEMPLETON 2 AND JEAN (STRUTHERS) TEMPLETON

PARENTS OF WILLIAM STRUTHERS TEMPLETON, FATHER OF MARGARET (TEMPLETON) DEMPSTER 1810-1907

    James Templeton 2 (George Templeton 1) was baptized 20 June 1756, probably in Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 27 August 1837 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; buried 30 August 1837 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. It is thought that he is the son of George Templeton baptized 6 March 1709 in Holehouse, Sorn, Ayrshire, Scotland; died before 1780 and Jean (Thompson) Templeton born about 1710; died 14 April 1780 in Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland (being a "frail old woman" and the widow of George Templeton, the tailor, deceased). This information is from the Parish Register at Auchinleck. James Templeton married 20 January 1782 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland, Jean Struthers born 18 May 1759 in Avondale, Lanarkshire, Scotland; died 28 July 1829 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; buried 1 August 1829 in Ayr, Auld Kirkyard, Ayrshire, Scotland. It is thought that she was the daughter of William Struthers.

    On the marriage entry for James Templeton and Jean Struthers it states; On 20 January 1782 Eo dem die (on the same day) James Templeton, Weaver and Jean Struthers both in Ayr gave their names to be proclaimed in order for marriage and after proclamation were married accordingly. James Templeton was a woolen manufacturer. The family lived at #1 Charlotte Street in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. On his death record it states that he died from "decay of nature". It states in the Parish Register that he died at the age of 85 years. On his headstone in the cemetery in Ayr it says that he died at the age of 90 years. His death was found in the Parish Register of Ayr. It is possible that he didn't know how old he really was. Jean (Struthers) Templeton died at the age of 69 years of typhus fever. Her death record was in the Parish Register of Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Children of James Templeton 2 and (Jean Struthers) Templeton

1. William Struthers Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 24 November 1782 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 26 March 1839 in Skeldon Mills, Darlrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; buried in Dalrymple Churchyard. He married (1) Annabelle Muir (2) Margaret Goudie.

2. James Dunlop Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 28 July 1784 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 13 August 1784 in Ayr, Ayrshire; buried in Ayr. James Dunlop Templeton died of the hives in 1784. His death was found in the Parish Register of Ayr.

3. James Dunlop Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 24 July 1785 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 23 April 1847 in Ayr; buried in Ayr. He married Elizabeth Dickie.

4. Agnes Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 4 May 1788 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. No further information.

5. Margaret Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 4 July 1790 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 6 February 1791 of the hives, in Ayr. Information from the Parish Register of Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland.

6. Margaret Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) born 2 July 1792 in Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland. She married George Campbell.

7. John Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 8 June 1794 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 17 September 1862 at New Bridge Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; buried in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He married Antonia Beth.

8. Elizabeth Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 14 December 1795 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. She married Hugh Harcomb.

9. David Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) born 31 July 1796 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 28 May 1872 in Ayr; buried in Ayr Auld Kirkyard. He married (1) Jean McClymont (2) Mary Ann Napier born in Ireland.

10. Mary McKenzie Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 22 July 1798 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; died September 1848 in South Quay, Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; buried in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. She married 16 December 1814, John Gordon.

11. Alexander Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 3 August 1800 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. He married Mary Gowdie.

12. Thomas Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 8 January 1804 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland. ...

WILLIAM STRUTHERS TEMPLETON AND ANNABELLE (MUIR) TEMPLETON

PARENTS OF MARGARET (TEMPLETON) DEMPSTER 1810-1907

    William Struthers Templeton 3 (James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) was baptized 24 November 1782 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 26 March 1839 at Skeldon Mills, Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; buried in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Dalrymple Churchyard. He married (1) 5 July 1805 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland, Annabelle Muir, born 14 March 1783 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 24 May 1818 in Dalrymple; buried in Dalrymple Churchyard. She was the daughter of David Muir and Elizabeth (Allason) Muir. He married (2) 8 February 1820 in Dalrymple, Margaret Goudie born 1775; died 5 January 1848 in Dalrymple; buried in Dalrymple Parish Churchyard. William Struthers Templeton and Annabella (Muir) Templeton lived in Nethermills Brae and Skeldon Mills, Ayrshire, Scotland. All information on this family is from the Old Parochial Registers of Scotland. William Templeton owned a woolen mill or factory. He died of an accidental death as stated on his death record in the Parish Register of Dalrymple. According to Margaret (Templeton) Dempster, the Templeton family made Coronation Carpets. They employed over 100 weavers using cotton and wool.

Children of William Struthers Templeton 3 and Annabelle (Muir) Templeton

1. Jean Thompson Templeton 4 (William Struthers Templeton 3, James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 12 August 1806 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland. She married James Hammon.

2. Elizabeth Templeton 4 (William Struthers Templeton 3, James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 18 May 1808 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland. She married 1 December 1826, Hugh Harcomb.

3. Margaret Templeton 4 (William Struthers Templeton 3, James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) born 25 August 1810 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 31 December 1907 in Springfield, Bon Homme County, South Dakota; buried in Taylorsville Cemetery near Arlington, Iowa. She married John Dempster.

4. James Templeton 4 (William Struthers Templeton 3, James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) born 14 July 1812 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland. He married Elizabeth Templeton. Her maiden name was Templeton but her parents names are unknown.

5. Mary Templeton 4 (William Struthers Templeton 3, James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) born 14 May 1814 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 12 March 1912 in Belleville, Van Buren Township, Wayne County, Michigan. She married 6 December 1833 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland, Samuel Campbell born 4 August 1807 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire; died 17 June 1873 in  Belleville, Van Buren Township, Wayne County, Michigan. Mary (Templeton) Campbell died of pneumonia at the age of 97 years, 9 months and 2 days. Children: (1) Elizabeth baptized 5 June 1835 in Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland (2) William baptized 14 November 1838 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire (3) James born 1841 (4) Robert Andrew born 16 September 1843 in Otisville, Wayne County, Michigan; died 24 April 1928 in Belleville, Wayne County, Michigan. Robert was a retail grocer in Wayne County, Michigan, he never married (5) Samuel W. born June 1845 in Belleville, Wayne County, Michigan; married Mabel, last name unknown (6) John H. born 1848 in Wayne County, Michigan (7) Mary Jane, born 8 January 1850 in Belleville; died 14 June 1863 in Belleville, Wayne County, Michigan (8) Isabella born 30 January 1853 in Belleville; died 23 March 1881 in Belleville. "Bella" died of Phthisis, meaning tuberculosis of the lungs, pulmonary tuberculosis, "wasting away" (9) Anna Muir born 18 October 1855 in Belleville; died 29 July 1878 in Belleville (10) Sedgewick born 1858 in Wayne County, Michigan. I have never been able to find further information on Sedgewick.

6. David Templeton 4 (William Struthers Templeton 3, James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 3 April 1816 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 24  December 1817 in Dalrymple; buried in Dalrymple Churchyard.

7. David Templeton 4 (William Struthers Templeton 3, James Templeton 2, George Templeton 1) baptized 22 February 1818 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 27 April 1881 in Wayne County, Michigan; buried in Otisville, Wayne County, Michigan, Otisville Cemetery. He married Margaret Templeton, parents unknown. ...

DAVID MUIR AND ELIZABETH (ALLASON) MUIR

PARENTS OF ANNABELLE MUIR, MOTHER OF MARGARET (TEMPLETON) DEMPSTER 1810-1907

    David Muir 1 was baptized 9 July 1732 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland. He married 29 November 1765 in Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland, Elizabeth Allason born 2 May 1747 in Ayr. Ayrshire, Scotland. She was the daughter of William Allason and Elizabeth (Smith) Allason. On 24 November 1765 David Muir and Elizabeth (Betty) Allison posted their proclamation to be married in the Parish of Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. They were married 29 November 1765 in the Parish of Dundonald, Ayrshire, Scotland. David Muir was a Mason as stated on the death record of his daughter, Susan Muir. (source: Old Parochial Registers of Scotland)

Children of David Muir and Elizabeth (Allason) Muir

1. Susanna Muir 2 (David Muir 1) baptized 16 September 1766 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland; died before 1778, no further information.

2. James Muir 2 (David Muir 1) baptized 1 December 1767 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 26 May 1790 in Ayrshire, Scotland. James Muir died at the age of 23 years. His death was found in the Parish Register of Ayr. His occupation was a Wright.

3. Andrew Muir 2 (David Muir 1) baptized 6 July 1759 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 13 April 1827 in Augusta, Michigan; buried in Augusta. He married 24 January 1795 in Coylton, Ayrshire, Scotland, Mary Donaldson born 1770 in Scotland; died 17 April 1864 in Augusta, Michigan; buried in Augusta. Some researchers are questionable as to whether this Andrew Muir is the correct one who married this Mary Donaldson. I have no proof except for the Old Parochial Registers and associations with other family names and members.

4. Archibald Muir 2 (David Muir 1) born 23 November 1770 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

5. Ann Muir 2 (David Muir 1) born 15 October 1772 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

6. Elizabeth Muir 2 (David Muir 1) born 5 May 1774 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

7. Mary Muir 2 (David Muir 1) March 1776 in Irvine Ayrshire, Scotland.

8. Susan Muir 2 (David Muir 1) born July 1778 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland.

9. Annabelle Muir 2 (David Muir 1) baptized 8 November 1781 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland; died before 1783.

10. Annabelle or Annaple Muir 2 (David Muir 1) born 15 March 1783 in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland; baptized 23 April 1773 in Irvine; died 24 May 1818 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire; buried in the Dalrymple Churchyard in Dalrymple. She married 5 July 1805 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland, William Struthers Templeton. Annabelle may have died due to complications from a difficult childbirth after her last child, David was born in February 1818. However, I have no proof of this.

THIS CONCLUDES THE MUIR FAMILY AS ANNABELLE MUIR 2 MARRIED WILLIAM STRUTHERS TEMPLETON 3

THEY ARE THE PARENTS OF MARGARET (TEMPLETON) DEMPSTER 1810-1907

 

THOMAS LEES AND JEAN (AIRD) LEES

PARENTS OF MARGARET LEES WHO MARRIED THOMAS DEMPSTER 2, FATHER OF JOHN DEMPSTER 1803-1884

    Thomas Lees 2 was baptized 12 December 1739 in Sorn, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was the son of David Lees 1 and Mary (Speir) Lees. He married (1) May 1761 in Coylton, Ayrshire, Janet Murdoch; died between 1764-1773 (2) 11 May 1773 in Ochiltree or Coylton, Ayrshire, Scotland, Jean Aird; baptized 23 March 1755 in Sorn, Ayrshire. She was the daughter of David Aird baptized 16 February 1729 in Sorn, Ayrshire and Elizabeth Baird baptized 22 March 1724 in New Cumnock, Ayrshire; died 15 February 1783 in Auchinleck, Ayrshire; buried in Sorn, Ayrshire, Scotland.

    Thomas Lees and Jean Aird's name was found on the death record of their daughter, Margaret (Lees) Dempster. Thomas's occupation was listed as a Weaver in the Woolen industry. The date of their baptism was found in the Old Parochial Registers of Scotland. On the marriage record of Thomas Lees and Jean Aird, it states the following: February 28, 1773 Thomas Lees in this Parish (Coylton, Ayrshire) and Jean Aird in the Parish of Dalmelington gave their names to be proclaimed in order for marriage and were married the 11th of March following.

Children of Thomas Lees and Jean (Aird) Lees

1. Jeane Lees 3 (Thomas Lees 2, David Lees 1) baptized 22 May 1775 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 22 January 1861 in Jappa, Coylton, Ayrshire, Scotland. Information on the baptism of Jeane Lees is from the Old Parochial Registers of Scotland. Her baptism record was in the Parish of Coylton, Ayrshire but the baptism took place in Dalrymple, Ayrshire. Jean's death record was in the Civil Death Records of Coylton, Scotland, 1861. The cause of death was "gradual decay". She was listed as a "pauper".

2. Margaret Lees 3 (Thomas Lees 2, David Lees 1) baptized 17 February 1776 in Wigstown, Coylton, Ayrshire Scotland; died 10 March 1855 at Danston farm, Dalrymple, Ayrshire; buried March 1855 in Dalrymple Churchyard, Ayrshire, Scotland. He married Thomas Dempster.

3. William Lees 3 (Thomas Lees 2, David Lees 1) baptized 9 February 1778 in Wigstown, Coylton, Ayrshire, Scotland; died 29 January 1860 in Cloquhernan  Cottage, Coylton, Ayrshire; buried in Ochiltree Churchyard, Ayrshire, Scotland. He married (1) Elizabeth White (2) Margaret Anderson.

4. Barbara Lees 3 (Thomas Lees 2, David Lees 1) baptized 21 June 1781 in Wigstown, Coylton, Ayrshire, Scotland; died before 1868. She married Robert Dempster brother of Thomas Dempster 2 who married Margaret Lees.

THIS CONCLUDES THE DESCENDANTS OF THOMAS LEES AND JEAN (AIRD) LEES.

THEIR DAUGHTER, MARGARET LEES 3 (1776-1855) MARRIED THOMAS DEMPSTER 2

 

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