West Church Dunlop Window Mystery Solved!
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In Mayboleís West Church is a stained glass window with the following dedication.

 

ERECTED BY JAMES AND AF DUNLOP, CONCORD, MASS
IN MEMORY OF THEIR SISTER MARGARET 1909.

Church members were curious to know if there was some way to find more about the Dunlops of the USA and their sister Margaret. The original records for the construction of the window were not available so that made answering this question a bit of a challenge. An inquiry was posted on Mayboleís website in November of 2000 and several months later an email arrived from Doug Stevenson of Massachusetts, USA.  Doug had been researching his Stevenson family history with Dunlop connections and had found the Maybole website. During his research into the US census records of Concord he had found James and AF Dunlop in the 1910 census. James and Ada F. Dunlop were husband and wife so Ada was in fact Margaretís sister-in-law. But where was Margaret? 

 

 Various searches for records of her birth or presence in UK census records were unsuccessful. This was in part because of a misleading bit of information taken from the death certificate of Margaret's father James Dunlop Sr. The US death certificate for James Dunlop Sr. stated that he was the son of James Dunlop and Mary Shorthill. The problem was that the death certificate informant got it only half right! Mary Shorthill was the mother-in-law of James Dunlop Sr., not his mother! With no clues to go further we thought our search had come to an end with at least the luck of having found James and Ada F Dunlop of Concord, Mass. The search results were then posted on the website for other visitors to view. But this was not the final answer!

 

In March of this year (2002) another email was received from Patricia Martin, who was also searching for family connections in Maybole. While exploring the Maybole site Patricia found the notes on our search for the Dunlop family and thought it an appropriate challenge to her skills as a professional researcher. With some great detective work she was able to discover that the parents of Margaret Dunlop were James Dunlop and Mary Tait! Margaretís birth record was found and it showed that she was born the 25th of February 1857, in Maybole. The subsequent discovery of a 1900 census record for Concord, MA with both Margaret and James in the same household confirmed this breakthrough. Thanks to Patriciaís help we have now been able to construct a very good family history of the Dunlops in Maybole including the interesting fact that both James Dunlop Jr., sister to Margaret and his father, James Dunlop Sr. both married women named Mary Tait! We now know that most of the Dunlop family left Maybole about 1879 for the US and that Margaret died of liver cancer in Concord in 1903, at the age of 45, as noted on her death certificate.

 

From the census data we can see that James Dunlop Jr.'s had been employed for at least ten years in a presumably good paying job. His occupation was given as Superintendent - Wool Dept in the Massachusetts Reformatory. We can also see from the 1910 census that he owned his own house and that the mortgage was paid for and further more that in his household for which only four people are recorded one is a servant. This all indicates that James Dunlop Jr. was apparently doing very well at the age of 43 and thus able to afford paying for the window six years after his sister Margaret's death in 1903. James lived until 1930 when he died at the age of 65 following an automobile accident in which his car left the road and struck a tree. James was employed as a traveling salesman at the time and was apparently on a sales call. He did not die at the time of this accident but several weeks later as a result of complications from a fracture to his leg, as indicated by his death certificate. James' wife Ada lived many more years after this and died in Concord in 1955 at the age of 82.

 

There are many more details to this story which can be seen below. Our thanks go to Doug Stevenson and Patricia Martin for solving the mystery of the stained glass window in Mayboleís West Church.



The Dunlops of Maybole and Concord

           
  James Dunlop Mary Tait   Alexander Tait Mary Shorthill
           
  James Dunlop 1824 - 1917 Married 27 November 1853 at Maybole Mary Tait  1827 - 1909
             

Ada F. Perham---

James 1866 - 1930

Margaret 1857 - 1903 Mary 1855 - John 1858 - Janet 1860 -
(wife to James)   (sister to James)      

 

The following information provided by Patricia Martin. Genealogical Military Historian  http://www.jbmartin.demon.co.uk

The Children of James Dunlop  and Mary Tait of Maybole

DUNLOP

George

M

15

Mar

1813

Dunlop

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

DUNLOP

Sarah

F

17

Sep

1816

Dunlop

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

DUNLOP

Jane

F

1

Jan

1819

Dunlop

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

DUNLOP

Esther

F

13

Jun

1821

Dunlop

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

DUNLOP

James

M

8

Feb

1824

Dunlop

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

DUNLOPE

Margaret

F

8

Apr

1826

Dunlope

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

DUNLOPE

Agness

F

4

Sep

1828

Dunlope

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

DUNLOP

Alexander

M

16

Apr

1831

Dunlop

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

DUNLOP

John

M

4

May

1834

Dunlop

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

DUNLOP

William

M

24

Oct

1836

Dunlop

James

Tait

Mary

Maybole

 

       A search for the marriage of James Dunlop to Mary between 1840 to 1867 produced this entry !!!!

 

       James Dunlop and Mary Tait married 27 November 1853 at Maybole. Their children were:

 

1 x Margaret Dunlop birth registered Maybole in 1857

1 x Janet Dunlop birth registered Maybole in 1860

1 x James Dunlop  birth registered in Maybole in 1866

 

No marriages at all of a James Dunlop to a Mary SHORTHILL in any district in any year at all but there was just one Mary       SHORTHILL marriage in the entire Scottish Records and that was to Alexander TAIT!! They were married at Maybole on the 5 June 1825.

 

Children of Alexander Tait and Mary Shorthill were:

 

William

27

Apr

1826

Maybole

Mary

22

Dec

1827

Maybole

Charles

7

Apr

1830

Maybole

Martha

1

Oct

1832

Maybole

Janet Clarke

16

Feb

1835

Maybole

Alexander

25

Sep

1837

Maybole

 

So it rather looks as though a death informant was slightly confused about the generations and almost certainly the Mary Tait born 1827 would have been the bride of James Dunlop in 1853 and mother to the Margaret who died in 1909

 

Sorting this out is a way of saying thank you to Rich and everybody concerned for this marvellous website.

 

Patricia E Martin

18 March 2002

 

Death Records Provided by Doug Stevenson. nsteven@attbi.com

DEATH  1930   V 36      P 323
Massachusetts Bureau of Vital Statistics

Full Name: James Dunlop

Residence: 396 Main,  Concord Mass.

Length of residence in city/town:

How long in US?:

Sex:   M   Color:  W     S/M/D/W:   M

Place of Death: Marlborough, Marlborough Hospital

Date of Death: May 23 1930

Age: 65y 0m 21d

Occupation: Textile Merchant

Date last worked this occupation:  April, 1930

Birthplace:  Maybole, Scotland

Name of Spouse: Ada F. Perham

Name of Father: James Dunlop

Birthplace of Father: Scotland

Maiden Name of Mother: Mary Tait

Birthplace of Mother:   Scotland

Informant: Ada Dunlop    West Concord Mass.

Cause of Death: Fracture of left leg and associated injuries

- he was driving his car on highway when he left the road

 and struck a tree.

If death was due to external causes:

  Accident/suicide/homicide:  accident      

  Date of injury: April 22, 1930

  Where did injury occur?: Northborough, Mass

  Manner of injury:   automobile injury

  Nature of injury:  fracture of leg

Was disease or injury in any way related to occupation?  Yes

If so specify: he was a traveling salesman

Place of Burial: Sleepy Hollow   Concord, Mass.

Date of burial:  May 25, 1930

Name of undertaker:   Joseph Dee

DEATH 1955    V 40     P  462

Massachusetts Bureau of Vital Statistics

Full Name: Ada F. Dunlop

Residence: 396 Main St. Concord

Length of residence in city: 51y

Sex:  F   Color:  W   S/M/W/D: W

Name of Spouse: James Dunlop, Jr.

Place of Death: 396 Main St   Concord

Date of Death: June 28, 1955

Age: 82y 3m 8d

Occupation: Housewife   Retired

Maiden Name:

Birthplace: Mt. Vernon  N.H.

Name of Father: Pierce Perham

Birthplace of Father: Mt. Vernon N.H.

Maiden Name of Mother: Sarah E. Follansbee

Birthplace of Mother: Mt. Vernon N.H.

Informant: Inez Wilkins   396 Main St. West Concord, Mass.

Primary Cause of Death: acute pulmonary edema

Contributing Cause of Death: anteriosclerotic & hypertensive heart disease

Place of Burial: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery   Concord

Date of Burial: July 1, 1955

Name of Undertaker: Joseph Dee

Address of Undertaker: Concord, Mass.

Death   1903 V540 Pg 609

Massachusetts Archive 

Date of Death: Jan. 3, 1903

Full Name of the Deceased: Margaret Dunlop

Sex: F

Condition: S

Age 45y 10m 22d

Disease, or cause of Death: Cancer of Liver

Residence, Place of Death, Place of Burial: Concord, Concord, Concord

Name of Parents: James Dunlop/Mary Tait

Birthplace of Parents: Scotland/Scotland

DEATH  1909   V 31     P 234

Massachusetts Bureau of Vital Statistics

Full Name: Mary Dunlop

Residence: Concord

Length of residence in city/town:

How long in US?:

Sex:    F       Color:    W       S/M/D/W:   Married

Place of Death: Concord

Date of Death: May 17,1909

Age: 84y 4m   -d

Maiden Name:  Mary Tait

Birthplace:  Ayrshire, Scotland

Name of Spouse: James Dunlop

Name of Father: Alexander Tait

Birthplace of Father: Scotland

Maiden Name of Mother: Mary Shorthill

Birthplace of Mother:   Scotland

Informant: son

Cause of Death: pneumonia

Place of Burial: Sleepy Hollow Cem.

Date of burial:  May 19, 1909

Name of undertaker:   Blossom Und. Co.   Concord Junction

Death 1917 V17 P383
Massachusetts Bureau of Vital Statistics
James Dunlop (Sr) b.1823
Father: James Dunlop
Mother: Mary Shorthill. [ this is not correct. Should have been given as Mary Tait. The maiden name of James' wife was also Mary Tait. This may have lead to some confusion by the death informant]

 

Children of James Dunlop and Mary Tait  Marriage: 27 Nov 1853  ( IGI entries provided by webmaster Rich Pettit )

Mary DUNLOP - International Genealogical Index / BI Gender: F Birth: 23 May 1855 Maybole, Ayr, Scotland
Margaret DUNLOP - International Genealogical Index / BI Gender: F Birth: 25 Feb 1857 Maybole, Ayr, Scotland
John DUNLOP - International Genealogical Index / BI Gender: M Birth: 10 Dec 1858 Maybole, Ayr, Scotland
Janet DUNLOP - International Genealogical Index / BI Gender: F Birth: 16 Sep 1860 Maybole, Ayr, Scotland
James DUNLOP - International Genealogical Index / BI Gender: M Birth: 13 Jun 1862 Maybole, Ayr, Scotland
James DUNLOP - International Genealogical Index / BI Gender: M Birth: 4 May 1866 Maybole, Ayr, Scotland

 

Census tables for the Dunlops of Maybole and Concord contributed by Doug Stevenson


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