|[*Baptised 2 Dec 1840, Cruden]
(Witnesses, James Shepherd Esq. of Aldie and George Hutchison). [*d.
Sydney, NSW, Australia. Buried Ch of England cemetery, Rookwood.
Occupation - carpenter.]
The details of the life of James Hutchison are intriguing. He
married Jane Stuart, from Roadside of Keig, and promptly separated.
They seem never to have lived together. He emigrated to Australia
about fifteen years later, and there he married a second wife,
probably bigamously. His son, James, was orphaned in Australia, but
somehow or other arrived at Berrymoss to be raised by his uncle,
Alexander, (see below) along with the other orphans, daughters (and
son) of Elspet/Thomas's illeg. son James.
Jane earned her living as a "Photographer's Assistant," and,
I think, later as a photographer, probably in Glasgow.
This young James grew up and had a family in Glasgow, of
which our connection is Julia (Hutchison) Duncan. She has brothers,
but few have survived. Eileen has details, I think.
TH/GH Mar 05.
James HUTCHISON, bap. 2 Dec 1840, Cruden, son of James
Hutchison & Mary Castel, married Jane STEWART, b.1852 Keig, daughter
of Lewis Stewart & Mary Martin. They married 16 Dec 1870 at Keig
when Jamesís usual address was shown as Bucksburn, Newhills.
In the 1861 census a likely-sounding James H was at
Stonehousehill, Cruden, aged 20, Apprentice Wright in the household
of John Matthew, General Wright, Master.
In 1871 I havenít found James, but Jane was by
herself at Bankhead, Newhills.
In 1881 census James (probably) was at Mains of Tulloch,
Meldrum. The head of household was Alexander Catto, Farmer of 175
acres and James is shown:
James Hutchison, 40, married, boarder, Carpenter, b. Cruden.
Soon after that James must have gone to Australia because when he
died on 26 March 1896 in Sydney he was said to have been 14 years in
New South Wales.
James Hutchison, carpenter, 56 years, died Sydney Hospital of
Septicaemia Asthenia, born Scotland, parentsí names not known.
Buried Church of England Cemetery, Rookswood.
Only later trace of (possibly) Jane is in 1881 census at 2
High Street NS, Lanark
George Hume, head, unm. 26, Draper, emp. 1 man, 3 boys, 5 girls,
John Forbes, unm., 27, partner, Draper, b. Auchterless
Isabella Forbes, unm., 25, Servant (Domestic), b. Auchterless
Jane Hutchison, married, 29, Visitor, Photographer (Assistant),
Rookwood cemetery was "the" cemetery most Sydneysiders
were buried in, up to the 1950s or so. There's even a special
sandstone mortuary station at Central Railway Station in the
heart of Sydney where mourners gathered and caught a special
cemetery train out to the cemetery for interments - in the old
Rookwood is pretty much filled up these days so rarely do burials happen
there anymore. I've never been out to Rookwood, even though it's
only a few blocks away from Olympic Park (site of the 2000 Sydney
Olympics and where I go each November to mark our matriculating
students exam papers)!
There's tens of thousands of graves there so finding the grave
of James Hutchison will be a bit of an adventure. I'll see what I
can do the next time I'm in Sydney.
BB. Jan 2006.