A Missing Firstborn

Agnes GIBSON, who would give birth to twenty children, is currently the first child of Henry and Alice on the FamilySearch Shared Tree.

There is clearly time for Agnes to have had an older sibling after her parents married.

The next headstone on my To-Do List marks the grave of William Anderson JOHNSON and his wife Mary Elizabeth née Gibson. Mary is without forebears on the Shared Tree.

In the 1871 census, her birthplace is given as North Burton (an alternative name for Burton Fleming).

A simple query for “Mary Gibson” in FamilySearch Sources returns the top hit as –

The 1851 census clearly indicates the girls are sisters and it is surprising that the Shared Tree hasn’t brought them together. The absence of a birth registration for Mary may be responsible. It took me a while to find a confirmatory baptism source. For a number of years, the sisters, with their husbands and children, were near neighbours on Filey’s Crescent, the Johnsons at No.30 and the Perrymans at No.23.

I will place Mary Elizabeth with her birth family on the Shared Tree tomorrow and add the Johnson stone as a memory on Saturday.

Wave 49 · Filey Bay

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