Californian resident Ken Doig is an active researcher of several arms of his family’s ancestors and that has led him back to his Scottish heritage and his discovery of the link to our family of Wilsons. Ken’s family charts may be examined on the Doig clan website here.
It turns out that Ken’s links reach back to William’s older sister Ann who married George Doig from Monikie in 1797 in Dundee. They proceeded to have four children the last of whom married fellow Scot Elizabeth Pettie in 1837 and emigrated to USA, living initially in Chicago.
Ken spotted our Wilson Angus Scotland family details in charts which Laurie Wilson has lodged on a couple of international genealogy websites which are designed to permit researchers to identify family links with other researchers around the world. After a few email exchanges comparing ancestry details it was quickly clear that our William and Ken’s Ann were brother and sister.
The Doig charts were of added interest because they contain information about our Wilsons which we in Australia did not have. For example, that their second child John Doig was named after his paternal grandfather John Wilson; that their third also a son, William was named after his uncle (our Bonnie) William Wilson – both of these details are taken from the church baptism records.
There is even further information of interest – Ann and George’s first child, daughter Margaret married a George Archer – so we wonder now whether George might have been a family connection with Mary Archer, with whom our Bonnie William had a relationship leading to the birth of out of wedlock son John Barrie Wilson in 1821. There are several items of circumstantial evidence supporting this.
An interesting postscript is that our research colleague Jenny Gould has recently discovered that her family via her father (surname Sheridan) is also connected to the same Doigs with a Sheridan/Doig marriage in 19th century Australia.
Below we show an excerpt from the Doig Family website which outlines the George Doig and Ann Wilson marriage, and their children.
- George5Doig (George4, James3, James2, James1), born 1763 in Churnhill, Monikie, Angus, Scotland; christened 23 Feb 1763 in Monikie, Angus, Scotland; buried 26 Nov 1828 in Howff, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. He married on 27 Nov 1797 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland Ann Wilson, christened 19 Jul 1777 in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland, died aft 1851 in Scotland, daughter of John Wilson and Margaret Bowman.
Notes for George Doig
James was a weaver in Dundee.
James burial record (Film #0993405) lists his age as 66 from Monikie, and 2 pounds was paid for his burial.
MARRIAGE: Both were listed from Dundee.
Notes for Ann Wilson
In 1841 the Widow Doig live at 5 Effin Street, Dundee with her granddaughter Janet Archer (winder). In 1851 Margaret [Ann?], widow, age 75 from Monifieth, lived on Princes Street, Dundee with granddaughters Mary Archer, Margaret Archer, and Elizabeth Archer.
Children of George Doig and Ann Wilson were as follows:
+ 42 i Margaret6 Doig, born 17 Sep 1798 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland; christened 23 Sep 1798 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland; died 2 Oct 1847 in Todsburn Lane, Dundee, Angus, Scotland; buried 5 Oct 1847 in Howff Graveyard, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. She married George Archer.
43 ii John6 Doig, born 17 May 1800 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland; christened 25 May 1800 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland. Notes: In the christening record John was named after his grandfather John Wilson.
44 iii William6 Doig, born 14 Feb 1805 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland; christened 17 Feb 1805 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland. Notes: In the christening record William was named after William Wilson.
+ 45 iv George Wilson6 Doig, born 17 Nov 1807 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland; christened 22 Nov 1807 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland; died 4 Feb 1893 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL. He married Elizabeth Pettie.