I have been trying to identy the descendants of James & Isobell who were in Coaltown of Balgonie, Markinch, Fife. Their oldest son was my ancestor, Peter Grieve. Based on Markinch Burials 1799-1854, census records and assorted entries in Scotland death registers (using ScotlandsPeople.com website), I have identified the nine known children listed below. Based on Old Parochial Register entries, the couple apparently had no daughters...
James Grieve married 8 Feb 1782 in Markinch, Fife to Isabell Bisset
James was born @ 1754 (based on age given at the time of his death 2 Sep 1825. Have not been able to find his birth in OPR, but assuming the couple followed traditional naming patterns, the fact that they named their first son Peter would suggest James was the son of a Peter Grieve.
Isobel was born 7 May 1758 in Scoonie, Fife, died 23 May 1839 in Markinch and was the daughter of Andrew Bisset and Janet Martin. She died 23 May 1839
Based on census records as well as Markinch burial records, it would appear most of the family lived in Coaltown of Balgonie during the early years. The two youngest sons, (who married Clark sisters) lived in Wemyss. William died before 1841 census, but church records making entry of his marrige to Alison Clark in Wemyss (he was married earlier in Markinch apparently) give his occupation as innkeeper. Thomas and his wife Betty Clark also lived in Wemyss. Betty died between 1851 census and 1857 re-marriage of Thomas to Agnes Peattie. Interesting to note that both Thomas & William had daughters with Bisset as a middle name. (Thomas had 2 daughters named Margaret Bisset Grieve - the older one apparently dying young and the second born to his second marrige) and William had a daughter named Isabell Bisset Grieve.
The Markinch Burial records sometimes refer to "Coaltown" and sometimes to "Coaltown of Balgonie" - I think these are probably one in the same. When a death date is given pre-1855, the information was taken from Markinch Birial Records. Post 1855 deaths, the information was taken from respective Deat Registers...
The children of James Grieve & Isabell Bisset listed in OPR:
1. Peter Grieve b. 28 Oct 1782,
died 11 Jul 1823 Coaltown of Balbonie, Markinch, Fife
married @ 1808 to Isabella Harvey
2. Andrew Grieve, b. 29 Dec 1784,
died 2 Aug 1827, Coaltown, Markinch
married Jane Dalrymple 12 Dec 1810 in Kettle, Fife
3. James b. 1788 in Dysart or Fife,
died 23 Jan 1831, Coaltown of Balgonie, Markinch
Married Janet Thomson @ 1805
4. Alexander Grieve b. 19 Sep 1790 in Dysart, Fife
no further information
5. David Grieve b. 7 May 1793 in Markinch, Fife
died 10 April 1873 in Largo, Fife
Married Janet Wilson 24 Jan 1822 in Scoonie, Fife
6. William Grieve b. 10 Nov 1795 in Markinch,
died before 1800
7. William Grieve, b. 9 Feb 1800 in Markinch, Fife
Died 30 April 1841 in Fife (probably Wemyss)
married Alison Clark, 6 Mar 1832 in Wemyss, Fife
8. Stillborn child born & died 16 Jan 1802 in Markinch
9. Thomas Grieve, b. 8 Mar 1806 in Markinch, Fife
died 1 Mar 1875 in Wemyss, Fife
Married (1) Elizabeth Clark 5 Dec 1834
and (2) Agnes Peattie 16 May 1857
I will post aeparate family for each of the sons...
If anyone has additional information or corrections, please let me know! This is a work in progress...
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