brian mckay's family tree
1780 / 81
1841 - 46
I first learned of James's existence from Eliza McCulloch's Birth and Marriage records. As yet, I have been unable to find any direct record of his own. There is no record of a James McCulloch and Margaret Stewart marrying anytime between 1790 and 1820, which, given the date of Eliza's birth in 1814, seems a reasonable period in which to have searched. Lastly, I could not find a Death record for James between 1841 and Eliza's marriage in 1846, at which time James was believed to have been deceased.
There is, however, a record of a James McCulloch and Margaret McCulloch in the 1841 Census. They are recorded as living in Johnstone, the same place in which their daughters, Eliza and Janet were born. It seems probable that this is our James.
KEY EVENTS AND DATES
Birth - 1780 / 81
Given the date ascribed to James in the 1841 Census, I assume that this was the period during which James was born.
11th June 1814
James's daughter, Eliza, was born in Johnstone, Dumfriesshire. Her parents were recorded as being James McCulloch and Margaret Stewart.
James's daughter, Janet, was born in 1818, in "Johnstone by Lockerbie", Dumfriesshire. Her parents were James McCulloch and Margaret Stewart. This would appear to vindicate the 1841 Census record as being for the same James and Margaret McCulloch.
The Census records James as living at Moor of Lochbrow, Johnstone (Dumfriesshire). James is aged 60 and his wife, Margaret, is aged 50. Also living there are James, aged 10 and Jannet (sic) aged 20. I presume they are James and Margaret's children. All are recorded as having been born in Dumfriesshire.
Death - 1841 to 1846
It seems likely that James died during this period. He was alive at the time of the 1841 Census and according to the record of Eliza's marriage, he was deceased by April 1846. However, there is no record of his death during this period.
5th April 1846
James's daughter, Eliza, married David McKay at Trinity College Parish Church, Edinburgh. The entry records that Eliza's father was James McCulloch, formerly a Cabinet Maker, but now deceased.
21st October 1875
James's daughter, Elizabeth McKay, (whom I believe to be the correct Eliza), died at 11 a.m. in St. Cuthbert's Poorhouse. She was aged 60 and her father's name was recorded as, simply, McCulloch; no first name given.