THE MYSTERY OF THE DUNLOPS OF THE WEST CHURCH WINDOW HAS BEEN SOLVED! THANKS TO DOUG STEVENSON OF MASSACHUSETTS, USA!
A few months ago we posted a message on the Maybole website looking for information and family connections to Dunlops which are mentioned in a window in the West Church and which have the following dedication.
In May of 2001 Doug Stevenson contacted us with information about these Dunlops we were seeking. The inscription found on a West Church window read as follows:
ERECTED BY JAMES AND AF DUNLOP, CONCORD, MASS IN MEMORY OF THEIR SISTER MARGARET 1909
In the course of a series of emails exchanges with Doug and his research into the US census records of Concord he has found James and AF Dunlop in the census of that town in 1900 and 1910. We have yet to find Margaret who is presumed to have died in 1909 but perhaps another family historian will be able to help with this last bit of the puzzle. For more of the details see the emails below.
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Thanks for your message and your further research into Dunlops of Concord. Since you found no other Dunlops in Concord in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census records I think we can be fairly certain that you have located the family responsible for the stained glass window in the West Church of Maybole! Thanks! I have in the meanwhile also heard from Anne Geddes, the librarian at the Baird Institute who kindly researched the 1851 census for us for Dunlops. In contrast to your finding only one family in Concord she found 70 members of the Dunlop family in Maybole but none with the name of Dasser. I have copied Anne's reply below in which you can see that see has suggested a number of possibilities that could be researched further.
In looking at the Concord census of 1910 I see that James Jr. Dunlop's wife's name is Ada F. It occurs to me that another very good possibility for the inscription on the window which reads -
ERECTED BY JAMES AND AF DUNLOP, CONCORD, MASS IN MEMORY OF THEIR SISTER MARGARET 1909
James Jr also had a sister named Margaret from the information you sent. She is shown as age 21 in the 1880 census of Hardwick and as born in Scotland. It is possible that the persons mentioned in the inscription above are James Jr. and his wife Ada F. Her initials fit the A. F. Dunlop above. She would not be a sister to Margaret but is a sister-in-law. In the interest of economy and limited space for the dedication they could have well used this wording. To determine if this were indeed the case we would have to find out what James Sr.'s sister Agnes' middle name was. If it does not begin with an F then I think the explanation above fits. I will ask Anne to sent me to full list of index entries to see it this can be determined.
If the list from Anne does not help there are several other ways to further research this story. As previously noted we can search the 1841 census to find all the family members living together. We could search the OPR on line index at the online site at ORGINS for James, Agnes and Margaret born in Maybole although it may be difficult to sort them out as the names are very common. Or we could look for the death certificate of James Sr. in MA. From other research in the MA records for my wife's family I know that the deaths are indexed for the entire state on a year by year basis. The death certificate for James Sr would possibly have the name of his parents and may give an alternative to Dasser under which to search the 1851 census.
So, I will post your message and mine to the Maybole web site message centre to document what has been discovered so far and ask Anne to send me the list. In any event I believe that you have solved the mystery! We have only a few pieces of the puzzle left to find. Namely Margaret, and connecting her to James Sr. or Junior. I'll let you know what I can determine from the list when I receive it from Anne. Till then my thanks for all your help and interest!
Rich Pettit June 4, 2001
Reference: 1.D. Stevenson e-mail dated May 8, 2001 titled "Message Center,
Thanks for your email and the great detail of information you provided in regard to the possible connection of the Dunlop family of Concord to the stained glass window in Maybole Old Church. I have reviewed your information in detail and agree that there is a very good possibility that the James Dunlop and family you found in the 1900 census of Concord, MA and the Agnes Dunlop found in the 1880 census of Hardwick, MA are brother and sister and siblings of the Margaret Dunlop named in the dedication at the bottom of the window. It appears that the key to linking these individuals could be, as you suggested, finding them together as a family in the 1841 census of Maybole with their parents, Dasser Dunlop and Mary Neal. The 1851 or 1861 censuses of Maybole are also a possibility as sources. Although Agnes Dunlop would not be in these since she was married to George Stevenson in 1849, it may be that James and a sister Margaret could be found living with their parents.
I will also contact two other sources for help in searching the 1851 census for Maybole, which has been indexed in electronic form. And of course as you mentioned, the 1910 and 1920 censuses of Concord could also give us clues. It would be of some support to find the same James Dunlop from the 1900 census also in the 1910 census since this would definitely place him in Concord in 1909, the year noted in the window.
Rich Pettit May 2001
Message from Doug Stevenson. May 2001.
Reference: Message Center, Maybole.org-stained glass window donated by the Dunlop Family.
The information that I have on the Dunlop family came from my research of the Stevenson family in Scotland and the US, so my records on the Dunlop family are not complete.
My great grandfather George Church Stevenson married Agnes Dunlop in Maybole on February 18,1849 (Old Parish Records 605/5,Maybole, Scotland).
George C Stevenson was born in Crosshill, Scotland in abt.1825 (George C.Stevenson Death Record Mass. Bureau Vital Stat. 1906 V43 p446) His father was Isaac Stevenson and mother was Nancy or Mary Neal. George died on May 25,1906 in Gilbertville Ma. George emigrated to the US in 1868 (1900 Census Hardwick, Ma.).
Agnes Dunlop was born in Maybole in September of 1828 (Maybole 1851 Census 605). Her father was Dasser ? Dunlop and her mother was Mary Neal (Agnes Dunlop Death Record Mass. Bureau Vital Stat.1915 V31 p49). Agnes died on July 2,1915 in Gilbertville Ma., which is part of Hardwick, Ma. Agnes emigrated to the US in 1870 according to the (1900 Census Hardwick Ma.).
The 1851 Census of Maybole 605 lists the Stevensons: George, Agnes (Dunlop),James (son 2yr), George (son 2mo.), see attachment. George and Agnes eventually had 9 children: George C. Jr., James, Agnes, Robert, Mary, Margaret, Jessie, William, Isaac.
The 1880 Census for Hardwick Ma. shows a Dunlop family next door to 2 Stevenson families ,see attachment. The parents are James and Mary and the children are Margaret, Janet, John, James Jr. These are the names that you are looking for - James Dunlop ,AF as in Agnes Dunlop Stevenson and Margaret Dunlop. I am quite sure that the Dunlop family is related to the Stevenson family next door through Agnes (Dunlop) Stevenson, but I have no proof. If you could find a census in Maybole (1841/51/61) connecting the Dunlop names it would help, especially if there was a sister named Margaret.
The 1900 Census for Hardwick Ma. does not show the Dunlop family, but the 1900 Census for Town of Concord, Ma. does , see attachment. This census indicates that James emigrated to the US in 1878 and the rest of the family emigrated in 1879. The family moved from Hartwick to Concord between 1880 and 1900. Most of the 1890 census records were destroyed by fire in Washington DC in 1921. The records for Hartwick were lost, I'm not sure if the Concord records were lost. Ronald Brogden, who is a relative, knew these people personally. He stated to me that James Dunlop lived next door to Robert Stevenson in Concord Junction. I found Robert Stevenson living in the house of Edith Waite (daughter of Robert) in the 1920 census for Concord, but I did not find the Dunlops. I will have to go back and review the 1900,1910 and 1920 census for Concord.
I do not know of any of the descendants of the Dunlops in America. If I contact any of them while performing my research, I will pass on the information.
I hope this information is useful. Please contact me if I can be of further service.
Should you find any further information on the Dunlop/Stevenson family of Maybole during your research I would appreciate a copy of it.
My congratulations on your excellent web site. It sets a standard to shoot for. Since I discovered your site I've spent hours roaming through the site. I can't say that I've done that on many sites. Wish my home town had as good a site.
Note: Hardwick is 70 mi. W of Boston Concord is 20 mi. NW of Boston N.Andover is 30 mi. N of Boston
Douglas Stevenson N.Andover, Ma. USA