Catherine McGhie

My Maternal 3rd Great-Grandmother

Bellshill Parish Church

Catherine McGhie was born around 1810 in Ireland to George McGhie and Margaret McConachie (according to her death certificate); there are no records of Catherine until she started having children with her husband, Robert Devine (week # 42). They must have been married in Ireland as their first two children, Elizabeth and Levina were born there in 1843 and 1845, respectively. Within the next 5 years, they had emigrated to Scotland. Around 1850, Robert, my 2nd great-grandfather (week #13), was born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland and his sister Mary was born in 1853 in the same place.

Bellshill (pronounced Bells-hill) is a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, 10 miles south east of the Glasgow city center and 37 miles west of Edinburgh. Other nearby towns are Motherwell (2 miles), Hamilton (3 miles) and Coatbridge (3 miles).

Catherine (with some vaiations in spelling of names) appears in the Scotland Census from 1851-1881 with her husband and children:

1851 - Robert Devine (37, railway labourer) born in Ireland abt 1814, living at "Part of the Village" Bellshill, Scotland (civil parish of Bothwell) with wife Cathrin (33) born in Ireland abt 1818, children: Eliza (8) born in Ireland abt 1843, Lavina (5) born in Ireland abt 1846, and Robert (2) born in Bothwell abt 1849.

1861 - Robert Devin (48, railway labourer) born in Ireland abt 1813. Living at Bellshill, Bothwell Scotland with wife Catherine (48) born in Ireland abt. 1813, and children: Elizabeth (18), Laoane? (15), Robert (12), and Mary (8) , born abt 1853 in Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

1871 - 55 year old Catherine Devine (born in Derry, Ireland abt 1816), wife of 55 year old Robert Devine born in Ireland abt 1816 railway painterman, living at E & G Road Blackmore, Bothwell, Lanarkshire. 

1881 - Robert Divan (railway pointsman) and wife Catherine McGhee (both 71, born in Ireland abt 1810 living at Main Street, Bothwell, Lanarkshire.

On Sept 21 1881, 71 year old Catherine McGhee Devine, wife of Robert Devine died in Bellshill, Bothwell, Scotland, of old age. Her parents are listed as George McGhee and Margaret McConachie, both deceased. Husband, widower, Robert Devine (Railway Pointsman), was present.

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Muggs | Reply 17.12.2014 19.28

Beautiful family history

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Hi Karen, If you are still maintaining this page, please drop me a line. William and Mary were my great, great, grandparents. Best Regards,

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