ANDERSON, George 1
- Born: Feb 20, 1698, Wagley, NewhillsParish, Scotland 1
- Christened: Feb 20, 1698, Old Machar, Aberdeen, Scotland
- Marriage: TAYLOR, Margaret on an unknown date in Scotland
- Died: Apr 25, 1766, Scotland aged 68
- Buried: Apr 25, 1766, Old Machar, Aberdeenshire Parish Record
1. Historical. 1 Following on from the event recorded for Margaret, the evidence strongly supports the idea that the father of the 5 children was indeed named George and not William Anderson. The naming of children follows normal custom in that the first child was female and thus named Margaret after her mother, Margaret Taylor. The secnd child a male was named after his father, George. The third child being a male would have been named possibly after his grandfather, say William which seems to have been a common family name. Peter Stafford Anderson, who has the biblical record of the family states that there is no record of the name William for the Anderson born in Aberdeen about 1697, but we have found that my father William Wardlaw Anderson had used this name as the original name of the earliest family head in his booklet "A Pioneer's Tradition"
In hindsight, I can well understand why he assumed this name, as it was certainly a traditional first name of a number of his forefathers. He could also have assumed that he was born 20 years earlier than his first born child, Margaret (1717-) and hence he entered the birthdate as Abt 1697.
Thus I am led to believe that our first known Anderson was indeed named George and not William, and furthermore, his spouse was Margaret Taylor, who we have not previously had any information about. I have therefore taken the liberty of making this very important change to the Anderson family tree, and I hope that it will be accepted for at least until it could be further investigated and only changed if then found to be to the contrary.
Ralph Anderson. (21 July 2006)
2. Poll Tax Paid: Poll Tax, 1696, Wagley, Newhills Aberdeen. 1 In trying to obtain more information about George Anderson we found that name in the records of the Family Society on the 1696 Poll Tax in Scotland. In the Parish of Newhills there were a total of about 1200 people, but in Wagley there were only two who paid tax and one was a George Anderson, described as a weaver, and I am informed that he would have had to be at least 16 years old before he could be liable for tax. William is reported to have been a partner in a firm of silk merchants in London, and there may be some connection therefore with his work as a weaver father in Aberdeen. The only other factor is that of the very small population of the parish Newhills of only 1200 and Wagley must have been much less so that there could not have been too many George Anderson's in Wagley. I would be happier to accept this George as the father of the 5 children if we could find further evidence in records of his birth and death, for example, and/or an actual record of his marriage to Margaret Taylor.
3. Historical. The Source for the above information is copied from the original print as follows:-
VIII. PRESBYTRIE OF ABERDEEN.
Item, Janet Chalmer,servant, fee 10 merks p.er annum, fortieth pairt and generall poll is£094
- 7 4
William Bruice, taylor ther, his proFOrtione of the valued rent is 2s., and the
generall poll for himself and wife is£100
Item, James and Jean Bruices, his children in familia, their poll is0 120
Item, JAMES THOM, tennent ther, his proportione of the valued reut is Ss., and
the generall poll for himself, his wife, and son, Gilbert, in familia, is...
James Simpson, servant, fee 20 merks, fortieth pairt and generall poll is.........
Thomas Andersone, subtennent ther, and his wife, their poll is.....................
Item, ALEXA.NDER FETTES, tennent ther, his proportione of the valued rent is
Ss., and the generall poll for himself and. wife is...........................
John Henderson, servant, fee 20 merke, the fortieth pairt an4 generall poll......
Agnes Anderson, servant, fee 10 merke, the fortieth parland generaU'poll is...
William Gray, his servant, his fee £8, fortieth pairt and generall poll is.........
Robert Stephan, cottar ther, and his. wife, their poll is.................................
Item, Alexander Traill, heather bearer, aliaI bisom maker, and his wife, poll is
MILL OF SCLATTIE.
Robert Chalmer, tennent ther, his proportione of the valued rent is 48., and
the generall poll of 6s., both is£0 10 0
George Anderson, weaver ther, his proportion of the valued rent is 3s., and the
generall poll for himselfe, wife, and trade£1
Robert Fouler ther, his proportion of the valued rent is 2s., and the generall poll
for himself and wife, is0 14-0
£1 I5 0
The waluatione of the Lands of Auchmull and Muggemoss, belonging to Mr.
WILLIA.M: ALEXANDER, in the said pariochin, is£166 134
The hundred pairt whereof, payable be the tennents, is..."'£1
William Edward, tennent in Auchmull, his proportione of the valued rent
Alexander Duncan in Mnggemoss, isI22
I 13 4
The said Mr. William Alexander his walnatione in the said pariochin being above :fifty pound, is layable in the poll of £4, and the generall poll for
himself and wife, is '"'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' £4 12 0
Item, Mary Midletone, servant, fee 16 merke, fortieth pairt and generall poll is 0 11 4£5 3 4ACHMULL.
William Edward, tennent ther, his proportione of the valuatione is lis. 2d., and
the generall poll for himself and wife, is£13 2
12, TOUNE OF OLD ABERDEEN.
Margaret Andersone, servant, fee 5 merks, the fortieth pairt and generall poll... £0 7 10 Andrsw Chalmer, subtennent and desher ther, his poll for himself and wife is 0 18. 0
Marjorie Cumming, subtenn~n~ tber,.her generall poll is~,0 6 0
Alexander Duncan, tennent ther, his proportione of the valuatione is £1 2s. 2d.,
and the generall poll for himself and wife, is...,.,"£1 142
Alexander Donald, his sernmt, fee £8, the fortieth part and generall poll0 100
Jean Roch, his 6el'\\"ant, her fee 11 merks, the fortieth pairt and generall poll is 0 9 8 Alexander Clerk, officer to the Shirreft'e of Aberdeen, and his wife, their poll is 0 12 0
£3 5 10
The waluatione of the Lands of Bishops Clinterty, belonging to WILLIAM J OnNSTONB of Craige, in the said pariochin, is£66
(The heretor of this land is polled in Banft'shyre, and there is no person
living on the ground of it.)
The hundred pain whereof is£0 134
Summa of NEWHILLS Paroch is£12662
PAROCH OF NEWHILLS
4. Marriage: Confirmation Record, Sep 14, 2009, Aberdeen Scotland. Newhills Parish reord on the baptism of Margaret reads -
"26 May 1717, George Anderson and Margaret Taylor from Wagley, had a child baptised Margaret. Witnesses were James Jameson and James Head"
Ralph Blyth Anderson and Edward Ralph Anderson say this reord on a visit to Aberdeen September 14, 2009
5. Genealogy: Family Line Confirmation, Sep 14, 2009, Aberdeen Scotland. Visit by Ralph Blyth Anderson and Edward Ralph Anderson to Aberdeen Scotland September 14-16, 2009 to investigate various historical records. We found -
George Anderson married to Margaret Taylor records for all five children. Formally it was thought that there was an anomally in the fact that one son given in the biblical record, namely Peter Anderson, could not be found: However, it is established that the first name "Peter" was interchangeable with "Patrick" at the time they living in the early 1600's. A record was indeed found for Patrick Anderson, son of George Anderson of Walgley in the Parish of Newhills, Aberdeen.
Therefore, any doubt that may have existed as to who the father of the five children were, is now dispelled. George Anderson married to Margaret Taylor were the proven parents of the five children beyond doubt.
Entered September 14, 2009
6. Burial, Apr 25, 1766, Old Machar, Aberdeenshire Parish Record. Burial record found by Ralph Blyth Anderson and Edward Ralph Anderson September 15, 2009 in the Pre-OPR burial records held at the Family History Sociaety office Aberdeen, Scotland
Record shows Geoge Anderson Newhills Parish (Abode) was buried 25 April 1766 Old Machar Parish Record.
George married Margaret TAYLOR, daughter of Unknown and Unknown, on an unknown date in Scotland. (Margaret TAYLOR was born Abt 1697 (?) in Scotland,1 died May 16, 1756 ? in Old Machar, Aberdeenshire Parish Record and was buried on May 16, 1756 in Old Machar, Aberdeenshire Parish Record.)