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Thomas Stephen 2

1825 – 1882

Family

Relationship to Ron & Ian

Great Grandfather.

Parents:

Thomas Stephen (1) – 1780 – 1861
Jean (Jane) Auld – 1782 – 1875

Wife

Mary Gray

Partner

Elspet Moir

Children with Elspet Moir

Jane Stephen – 1859 – 1862
Thomas Stephen – 1862 – 1935

Children with Mary Gray

Mary Stephen – 1870 –
Perhaps others

Life

Date Age Event Place
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
1861 36 Ploughman Balquhain, Inverurie
1870 45 In relationship with Mary Gray  Old Balgrove, Tarves
13 Jan 1871 46 Marriage to Mary Gray Tarves
1881 56 Innkeeper New Deer
9 June 1882 57 Death New Deer
Occupation

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.

Grave in Fyvie churchyard of Thomas Stephen 1, his wife Jane Auld, his sons Arthur and  Thomas Stephen2 and Thomas' wife Mary Gray. The inscription reads: "In memory of ARTHUR STEPHEN d. Starbrigs 23 Feb. 1865 aged 84, his brother THOMAS d. Cottown, Auchterless Mar. 1861. His wife JANE AULD d. Bridgend, Turriff Jan. 1875. Their youngest son THOMAS d. New Deer 9 June 1882 aged 53, his wife MARY GRAY d. there 15 July 1905 aged 59"

Grave in Fyvie churchyard of Thomas Stephen 1, his wife Jane Auld, his sons Arthur and Thomas Stephen2 and Thomas’ wife Mary Gray. The inscription reads: “In memory of ARTHUR STEPHEN d. Starbrigs 23 Feb. 1865 aged 84, his brother THOMAS d. Cottown, Auchterless Mar. 1861. His wife JANE AULD d. Bridgend, Turriff Jan. 1875. Their youngest son THOMAS d. New Deer 9 June 1882 aged 53, his wife MARY GRAY d. there 15 July 1905 aged 59”

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