THOMAS BALFOUR MCWILLIAM was born in Cambuslang about 1841 or 1842. He was baptised on the 9th of January, 1842. (OPR Ref. 627/2, FR281). The origin of his middle name, Balfour, is unknown.
Thomas is in the village of Lightburn, Cambuslang, on the 1851 census. At the time of his marriage in 1865 he was living at Wheatlandhead Farm, Blantyre.
CHRISTINA FLEMING was born in Blantyre about 1841 or 1842. No entry can be found for her birth in the OPR indexes.
Daughter of James Fleming and Agnes Hamilton.
Christina is supposedly in the village of Low Waters, Hamilton, on the 1851 census. However, the entry describes her as being born in Glassford, she is described as a 'House Servant' (at 10 years of age!) and living with the Mather or Mathers family. At the time of her marriage in 1865 she was living in Stonefield, Blantyre.
Thomas and Christina were married in Low Waters on the 23rd of June, 1865.
Witnessed by Alexander McWilliam and Elisabeth Fleming.
Officiated by John T. MacFarlane, Minister of Brandon Street United Presbyterian Church, Hamilton.
Thomas and Christina are at Greenhall Coachman's House, Blantyre, on the 1871 census and at Greenhall Farm on the 1881, 1891 and 1901 census. Although Thomas is generally described as a farmer, on his son Thomas' marriage certificate, and on various children's registrations, he is described as a 'Coachman' or 'Coachman (Domestic Servant)'.