James McKinlay was born 1816 Holytown Lanarkshire Scotland. Died age 55 years on 15 August 1871 at Larkhall Lanarkshire Scotland.
His father was William McKinlay and mother Margaret McKinlay nee Stewart.
James married 3 times & father of 12 children.
Married (1) Mary McNeil , date unknown. Children: William, b.c.1841 and Margaret 1844-1929. (Margaret married George Clegg Gardner & settled North Canterbury New Zealand).
Married (2) Elizabeth (?) child probably James born c1850.
Married (3) Mary McConnell born Glasgow. At the time of her marriage 6 Feb 1855 Blythwood her age is given as 26.
They had 9 children.
Mary 25/11/1855 (Mark's great grandmother)
Marion 12/10/1862 died prior to family leaving for NZ
John 01/03/1866 died 24/03/1866
Janet 11/12/1868 (twin to Thomas)
Thomas 11/12/1868 (twin to Janet) died prior to family leaving for NZ.
James’ age is given as 25, address is Woodhall, Cambusnethan, Lanark, and his occupation is Coal Miner. His wife is Mary (presumably nee McNeil) aged about 20.
James, aged 34, is now living at Torbush Cottage, Cambusnethan, is a Coal Miner, and his wife is Elizabeth, aged 32. Elizabeth was born at West Calder, Midlothian. Children are William (9), Margaret (7) and James (1).
James, aged 44, is living at Faimegare Colliery, where he is a colliery Fireman. His wife is Mary McConell, aged 35. Children are James (12), Mary (5), Edward (4), Robert (2) and David (2mths).
We know that in 1868, James was employed at Bog Colliery, Larkhall, as his son, Edward, has passed down a watch presented to his father, it is inscribed '11 November 1868'
James, aged 54, is now Colliery Manager, and is living at Dalserf , with wife Mary, aged 41. Children are Mary, ‘Servant’(15), Edward, ‘Coal Miner’(14), Robert, ‘Coal Miner’(12), David (10) and Elizabeth (7), both ‘Scholars’, and Janet (2). These are the same 6 children, who accompanied Mary to NZ in 1874.
After James’ death, Mary sailed from Greenock to Wellington, N.Z. on 22 August 1874 on the ‘Soukar’. She was accompanied by her children Mary, Edward, Robert, David, Elizabeth and Janet.
see Single men - Edward, Robert, David
see Single women - Mary, Mary, Elizabeth, Janet