Isaac Whiteside

St. Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, Ireland

My Maternal 3rd Great-Grandfather

Marriage of Isaac Whiteside and Elizabeth Wilson in Belfast in 1847.

Isaac Whiteside was born around March 28, 1826 (the date of his baptism) in Dromore, Down, Ireland. Dromore (from Irish Droim Mór, meaning "large ridge") is a small market town and civil parish in the Banbridge District of County Down, Northern Ireland. It is 19 miles (31 km) south-west of Belfast.  Isaac's parents were Rebecca McGarry and John Whiteside of the same parish.  Isaac was the second of four children in the family; they were raised in nothern Ireland and sometime in the mid 1850's, the family emigrated to Scotland.

On May 31, 1847, Isaac Whiteside (22, bachelor, labourer) married Elizabeth Wilson (25, spinster) at the Parish Church, in the Parish of Belfast, in the county of Antrim. Their fathers, John Whiteside and James Wilson were both listed as weavers.

Isaac and Elizabeth (week #43) had nine children, however four of them died in childhood. Their eldest child, Charlotte, became my great, great-grandmother (week #29).  Isaac is missing from the 1861 Scotland Census however he is found in the next 20 years working as a coal miner in Bellshill, Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

According to the first Statistical Account, in the late 1700s the parish of Bothwell, which encompasses modern Bellshill, was a centre of hand-loomweaving with 113 weavers recorded. Only 53 colliers were listed. A hundred or so years later, these occupations had changed places in degree of importance to the area economy. With the introduction of new machinery in the mid 19th century, many cottage weavers lost their livelihood. Demand for coal to feed British industry meant that by the 1870s 20 deep pits were in operation in the area. The first mine to open (and the last to close in 1953) was the Thankerton. Others followed swiftly and rapidly increased the size of the town, even attracting a steady stream of immigrants from abroad.

1871 census - Isaac (41) Head - born abt 1830 in Ireland. Living at Ailson Land Bothwell, Lanarkshire with wife Elizabeth (50), daughter Elizabeth (11), sons William (8) and Isaac (5). Occupation: Coal Pit Worker.

1881 Census - Isaac (50) Head - living at Main Street Bothwell, Lanarkshire with Elizabeth (61), William (18), Isaac (15) and Elizabeth (22). Occupation: Coal Miner Unemployed.

On August 10, 1885 Isaac, age 59, died of chronic bronchitis of 2 or 3 years  (perhaps from years of working in a coal mine) in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland. At the time, his occupation was listed as fireman at a coalmine.

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Muggs | Reply 17.12.2014 19.21

Sad sad life

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