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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.


Hi Doug,
Thanks for your message of June 8th. With your new information discounting your ancestor Agnes Dunlop Stevenson as a sister to James Dunlop b. 1823, I think we can be quite confident in concluding that James Dunlop b. 1823 and his wife Ada. F. are the ones named on the stained glass window of in the West Church. I have just received the index of Dunlops in the 1851 census of Maybole from Anne Geddes at The Baird Insitiute in Ayrshire. I have reviewed the list hoping to find James and Margaret mentioned in the window in the same household as their parents which you have identified as James Dunlop and Mary Shorthill. The best I can do however is to find a James Dunlop aged 66 in the same residence as Mary Dunlop age 60. Census reference is given as 187/12/34/10 for James and 487/12/34/11 for Mary. Living with them are what must be their children: Sally age 30, Alexander age 18, John age 16, and William age 14. There is a good possibility that these are the siblings of James and Margaret. The ages of the children are right and their are no James or Margarets among them. I've checked the IGI but not the OPR for matches but found none.

I don't see any good possibilities for James or Margaret in the census index of 1851 for Maybole. James may have moved to another town and Margaret could have married and therefore not be listed with the Dunlops.

Thanks for all your help with this Doug. Truly appreciated.

Rich ( June 15th, 2001)


ref: Re:Message Center, Maybole.org"stained glass window donated by the
 Dunlop family", dated June 5, 2001
 Rich,
 In your last e-mail you mentioned that you noticed in the 1910 Census of Concord Ma., that the wife of James Dunlop (Jr) was Ada F., which match the letters on the stained glass window. Good catch, I agree with you that the "AF" in the stain glass widow indicates Ada F. and not Agnes Dunlop Stevenson, who we were pursuing as the "AF" on the window.  I have gathered more information on the Dunlop family from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. Attached you will find the death record for James Dunlop(Sr) b.1823 (Death 1917 V17 P383). You will note that his father was also named James, and his mother was Mary Shorthill. These are not the parents of Agnes Dunlop Stevenson, so, obviously James and Agnes were not brother/sister. I still do not know what their relationship was, but the information on the death record should help you trace the proper Dunlop family in Scotland. Additional information that I could gather was that James (Jr.) died in 1930 (Death 1930 Vol 36 Pg 323)  and Ada F. (Perham) died in 1955 (Death 1955 Vol 40 Pg 462). You stated in your last e-mail that there was a discussion about the questioable name "Dasser" for the name of the father of AgnesDunlop. I have attached a scanned copy of the name as written in the death certificate  hoping that someone can identify what the name is. Thank you for your attention.

 Doug


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,
Maybole.org - stained glass window donated by the Dunlop Family"
                  2. R. Pettit e-mail dated May 20, 2002 Ref - "Message
Center, Maybole.org -stained glass window donated by the Dunlop Family"


In the referenced e-mail, I suggested that I further research the census for
Concord Ma. for the years 1900,1910 and 1920.  I completed the research by
reviewing the three documents on a line by line basis at the regional center
for the National Archives in Waltham,MA.

Summary :
1. The 1900 census stands as previously sent..   The only Dunlop family in
Concord
was the James Dunlop Sr. family, as previously noted. See attachment.

2. The 1910 census, which was not previously e-mailed to you, has been
included
as an attachment.  James Dunlop Sr., the individual of interest, was indeed
still located in Concord in 1910.  This answers your inquiry about whether
or not James was in Concord at the time of the donation of the stained glass
window.  Note that James Sr. was 88 years old at the time of the census.
James Jr. is also shown to be living just down the street and the
Stevenson's are indeed located next door as stated by Ronald Brogden.  See
attachment.

3. The 1920 census indicates that James Sr. is no longer in Concord, but
James Jr. is still living in the same house.  See attachment.

4. The Dunlop families that I have listed are the only Dunlop families in
Concord at the time of the census.

D.Stevenson
May 25th 2001


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

1851 CENSUS MAYBOLE, AYR, SCOTLAND          

NAME

RELATION

STATUS

AGE

PROFESSION

BIRTHPLACE

           

STEVENSON GEORGE

HEAD

M

26

COTTON HANDLOOM WEAVER

MAYBOLE,SCOTLAND

AGNES

WIFE

M

23

 

MAYBOLE,SCOTLAND

JAMES

SON

 

2

 

MAYBOLE,SCOTLAND

GEORGE

SON

 

2M

 

MAYBOLE,SCOTLAND


1880 CENSUS HARDWICK, MA.

         

HOUSE

NAME

AGE

OCCUPATION

BIRTHPLACE

_________

____________________

____

________________

__B___F___M___

254

STEPHENSON JAMES

31

WOOLEN MILL

S S S

JANE

30

S S S

HELEN

10

M S S

GEORGE

6

M S S

         

255

STEPHENSON GEORGE C

51

WOOLEN MILL

S S S

AGNES

49

S S S

ROBERT

21

WOOLEN MILL

S S S

MARY

24

WOOLEN MILL

S S S

MARGARET

8

M S S

JESSIE

6

M S S

         

(NEXT

DUNLOP JAMES

50

S S S

DOOR)

MARY

49

S S S

MARGARET

21

S S S

JENNIE?

18?

S S S

JOHN

20

S S S

JAMES JR.

13

S S S


1900 Census of Concord