John McTear1872 -
The McTears cross the border into England
Having arrived in Scotland from Ireland around 1837, it was just over 40 years later that the first descendant moved across the border into England.
James McTear (1847)
Most of the offspring of James & Agnes seemed to have worked in agriculture – either as agricultural labourers, a ploughman or as housekeeper on a farm. However, my great great grandfather on my birth mother's side, James was different. He is recorded as :
On 15th February 1872 James married 19 year old Janet Dalrymple at Little Killenfield (?) Farm, Mochrum, Dumfrieshire, where Janet’s parents lived. The marriage certificate clearly name him James 'Tear'. James and Janet had 3 sons and 2 daughters with the youngest, John McTear, born two weeks after his parents married. The places of birth are varied and show they came over the border into England around 1878 – presumably to work in the Whitehaven Blast Furnace Works :
Between 1881 and 1890 James & Janet were living at 16 Gores Buildings, Preston Quarter, Scotch Street, Whitehaven where Janet died just 38 years old. James died in 1908 in Wigton.
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