Maggie Union

Born . 1849 . at Glasgow Certificate
Full Name Margaret Ferguson Maggie Alexander then Union on marriages
Father John Ferguson Mother Jane Ferguson (ms Alexander)
Christened . . at .
Married [4] 3.12 1869 to Samuel Alexander at High Church, Glasgow Certificate
Children 1870 Samuel b. 22.11.70; d. 13.9.71, tabes mesenterica
. 1875 John .
. 1875 Margaret A .
Married . 1879 to John Union at Paisley Certificate
Children 1880 William .
. 1881 Samuel .
. 1883 Alexander Ferguson b. 24.2.83; d. 14.12.83, meningitis
. 1884 Jane Alexander b. 6.10.84; d. 29.10.85
. 1886 Nimmo John .
. 1888 Charles d. 1916 (crushed between two ships at Newport News, Va.)
. 1889 Wilford Howard .
. 1892 Mary d. 1894
Died .   at   . Certificate

In 1869 Maggie married her cousin Samuel Alexander, a shoemaker. In 1871 they were living at 141 Gallowgate in Glasgow and Samuel was a private soldier with the 31st Foot, when their infant Samuel died of the childhood wasting disease Tabes Mesenterica. By 1875 when their twin children John and Margaret were born, they lived in Pollockshaws and Samuel had returned to his father's occupation of shoemaker. Samuel died tragically on 10th February 1875 of kidney disease after 18 days' illness.

Maggie's 1871 signature from a son's death certificate is reproduced here...

...followed by her 1892 signature from a daughter's death certificate.

In 1879 Maggie married John Union, and they had at least a further 8 children, 5 of whom survived to adulthood. In 1902, Maggie's husband John and son William went to the USA. On 5.2.1903, Maggie (aged about 50), and sons Samuel (22), Nimmo (17), Charles (11), and Wilford (10) arrived at Ellis Island on the SS Pomeranian from Glasgow. All went to join John and William in Pawtucket, RI. Her daughter Maggie Bryceland and children also travelled with her.

In 1930, Maggie was living with her son William in Newport News, Virginia [9]. On occasions she was known lovingly by her family as "mean old Maggie Ferguson" [8]!

Sources: Census [1]1881, [2]1891, [3]1901; [4]IGI; [5]GRO marriage records; [6]Ellis Island; [7]descendant John Bryceland, USA; [8]descendant J Walker, USA; US Census [9]1930;

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