ROBERT HOWIE was born in Shawhill, Mearns, on the 26th of February,
1804 and baptised on the 4th of March. (Transcribed from OPR Ref. 571/1,
Son of Allan Howie and Janet Findlay. It
is possible that he was the second son to be named Robert, the first having
died in infancy.
Further information may
be found at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~howiefamily/
ISABELLA CRAIG was born at Flender Farm, Mearns, on the 30th of November,
1809 and baptised on the 17th of December. (Transcribed from OPR Ref. 571/1,
Daughter of John Craig and Jean McFarlane.
Robert and Isabella were married on the 26th of March, 1830, in Mearns. (Transcribed
from OPR Ref. 571/2, FR226)
Robert definitely died prior to his daughter Janet's marriage in 1861. It
is also possible that he died before his wife's remarriage in 1839.
Isabella married John Gilmour (b.15/8/1819 at Carsewell, Neilston) in Glasgow
on the 19th of June 1839. They had six children -
- Isabelle Gilmour b. Mearns 1839, d. Kendall City 8th February 1908
- John Gilmour b. Mearns 15th October 1841, d. Aurora, Kane County 19th March
1926. Married to Janet Nelson.
- Mary Gilmour b. Glasgow 20th January 1845, d. 22nd February 1927. Married
to Andrew Armour on the 29th of June 1864.
- James Gilmour b. Glasgow 1846, d. Glasgow 1849. MArried to William Anderson
on the 9th of January 1869.
- Ann Gilmour b. Glasgow 22nd September 1850, d. Kendall County 5th OCtober
- James Gilmour b. 14th March 1853, d. California 28th September 1938. Married
to Mary Campbell on the 28th of February 1878.
John and Isabella emigrated to America and appear to have settled in Kendall
City, Illinois. At least four of their children went with them.
Isabella died in Kendall City on the 12th of November 1869. She is the only
direct ancestor of mine known to have died outside of Scotland.
John Gilmour (entered as GILMORE) is on the 1880 U.S. Census in Oswego, Kendall,
Illinois. He is widowed and has a daughter, Isabel, born in Scotland c.1839.
John died in Oswego Township, Kendall City on the 8th of July 1900.