1825 – 1882
Relationship to Ron & Ian
Thomas Stephen (1) – 1780 – 1861
Jean (Jane) Auld – 1782 – 1875
Children with Elspet Moir
Jane Stephen – 1859 – 1862
Thomas Stephen – 1862 – 1935
Children with Mary Gray
Mary Stephen – 1870 –
|1825||Birth||Cottown of Badenscoth, Auchterless|
|1841||16||Agricultural labourer in Auchterless||Cottown of Badenscoth|
|1851||26||Farm labourer||Tullo House, Old Meldrum|
|1859||34||In relationship with Elspet Moir||Market St, Aberdeen|
|1870||45||In relationship with Mary Gray||Old Balgrove, Tarves|
|13 Jan 1871||46||Marriage to Mary Gray||Tarves|
|9 June 1882||57||Death||New Deer|
Farm labourer, ploughman, innkeeper.
Connection to Annie’s family
Thomas is almost certainly the father of Thomas Stephen 3.
A Thomas Stephen, farm servant, living in Market St Aberdeen, is named as the father of Jane Stephen, born in 1859. No father’s name is recorded for the birth of Thomas Stephen 3, who was named at birth Thomas Henry Stephen Moir. The father of Elspet’s next child, Mary Ann, born 1863, was found by a court to be Francis Hendry or Henry.
It therefore seems most likely that Thomas 2 was the father, but the relationship had dissolved before Thomas 3 was born, and Elspet had taken up with Francis, so she named her child Thomas after his father, then gave the names henry and Stephen to him to connect him to both Thomas 2 and Francis. However it is possible that this was just Elspet’s attempt to get Thomas 2 to take some responsibility for Thomas 3.
There were at least two Thomas Stephens around who could have been the father. One lived in Methlick, where Elspet was born, but there is no reason to connect him to Aberdeen or Elspet in 1862. The Thomas identified here had a brother Arthur living in Market St Aberdeen around the same time as Thomas Stephen 2 was living in market St, as recorded on Jane Stephen’s birth documentatiopn. This seems to make the identification almost certain.
Thomas 3 named Thomas 2 as his father when he was married, and his name appears also on Thomas 3’s death documentation. But Thomas 3 was not buried with Thomas 2 and other members of the Stephen family in the churchyard at Fyvie (see photo), so it seems that Thomas 2 may never have admitted the relationship.