Following on from yesterday's post:
Margaret Thorburn was the daughter of William Thorburn and Janet Stewart born about 1841 in Kilwinning.
She married James King on the last day of 1860 in Galston.
They had 5 children John, Charles William, Mary in 1869 and Margaret in 1872.
Wee Margaret died in 1873.
Maybe that was the catalyst for what was to follow.
Soon after this Margaret took wee Mary and went to live with James Masterton.
Meanwhile James King took up with Marion Scott and they had a son James in Mar 1875 in Tarbolton.
James Masterton and Margaret Thorburn had a son George in 1874 and then Jane in 1877 in Northumberland and by 1881 census were living in Wakefield Yorkshire with Mary, George Jane and James age 7 in Wakefield Yorkshire. They are all recorded as Masterton.
They had another child Janet in 1882 in Dalmellington (where her mother was living in 1881) Her birth certificate confirms that Margaret left James King in 1873.
By 1891 census however James and his children are living in Muirkirk and Janet is living with her mother in Dalmellington. In 1901 James Masterton and daughter Janet are still in Muirkirk.
In 1901 Maggie Thorburn is living in Carcluie Farm near Dalrymple. She is apparently the cousin of the farmer William White. Still to find out who he is. Thanks to fellow sleuth Rhonda Queen for finding this record.
I worked out the Masterton connection from a tree Emily Thorburn Wilson supplied, drawn up by John McSwan in 2003.
In it he has the daughter Mary King married to John Michael Duffy in 1890.
I found John and Mary in the 1891 census where they are living with her "father” James Masterson and some of the siblings.
From that I tracked them down in 1881 census in Wakefield and I got the 1882 birth of Janet in Dalmellngton to confirm it.
We know have Margaret accounted for in all the censuses. But her mother Janet is still unaccounted for in 1861 and 1871. Maybe tomorrow?
Margaret Thorburn on the tree