James Skimming, Margaret Paterson and Margaret Chisholm (Née Paterson)

Strictly speaking, most of the people on this family chart do not belong to the Skimming, McSkimming or Chisholm families that I am researching. However, I have included this chart because of the overlaps with my ancestors and because it may help other researchers to untangle the two Skimming families living in Minnigaff in the 19th century.
There is no significance in the number of "t's" in the surname "Paterson", some records have one and others have two.

In the 1841 census, there are two James Skimming's and one Margaret Paterson living in Minnigaff: In the 1851 census, the second Patterson family can be found in the area, so we now have: On 12th January 1855, 20 year old Margaret Patterson, born Straiton, daughter of John & Agnes Paterson married 21 year old James Skimming, born Minnigaff, son of James Skimming and Mary Crawford in Minnigaff.

On 4th December 1855, 22 year old Margaret Paterson, born Minnigaff, daughter of William & Elizabeth Paterson married Samuel Chisholm in Minnigaff.

On 12th June 1858, 24 year old James Skimming, son of Thomas and Henrietta Skimming married Catherine Marr in Minnigaff.

The 1861 census locates the three young families: On 28th January 1863, Samuel Chisholm died in Blair Atholl, Perthshire.

On 11th June 1866, Margaret Skimming, wife of James Skimming died in Minnigaff.

On 5th July 1870, widower James Skimming married widow Margaret Chisholm (née Patterson) in Minnigaff.

On 11th December 1870, James Skimming, Son of Thomas and Henrietta Skimming died in Leadhills, Lanarkshire

The 1871 census locates the two Skimming families: The 1881 Census for the James Skimming and family still has James and Margaret living apart: Finally in the 1891 census, James and Margaret are living together again: I believe that Margaret died in 1893 and James died in 1895, both in Whitehaven.

Crawford family

Matthew Crawford was James Skimming's half brother, their mother was Mary Crawford who eventually married Richard Reid in Minnigaff in 1844.
Matthew was born in Minnigaff in 1841, he married Ellen McGhie in Minnigaff in 1861. Ellen's mother's maiden name was Mary Crawford, daughter of Charles Crawford and Ellen Murray (or McMale). Matthew and Ellen are described as "cousins" on their marriage certificate.

John Skimming (son of James Skimming and Mary Crawford) married Janet(Jessie) Crawford in Lamplaugh, Cumbria in 1844. Janet's father was Robert Crawford and his sister was Mary Crawford (John's Grandmother).

Another link between the Skimming and Crawford families was that Thomas Skimming (1831-1898) married Janet Crawford whose parents were Charles Crawford and Ellen Murray (or McMale).

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