What is left of the Skeetquoy farm, homestead of the Smith family, St. Andrew's Parish, Orkney, Scotland.
James Smith was born about June 20, 1763, the day of his baptism, according the St. Andrew's Parish records in Orkney. He was the third of seven children born to John Smith and Jean Spence who were married December 20, 1752 in St. Andrew's Parish.
Little is known about James who appears in the 1821 census living at Skeetquoy, St. Andrew's Parish, with his wife, Margaret Foubister (week #34), who were married in 1793 and had five children; she died in 1836.
James was a 75 year
old widower in the 1841 census, his occupation was listed as tailor and he was residing at Skeetquoy with his son John's family. James does not appear in the 1851 census, so assumedly he died during that decade, although I have not located
a record of his death. John Smith and his family went on to farm the land at Skeetquoy for many years after the deaths of his parents.