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The Watton Family
 
This branch of the Watton family has been traced back to 19th century County Derry in Ireland. The following are the known Watton ancestors and relatives of Calum:
William Watton  (early 1820s? - ????)
 
William Watton  (1846 approx - 23/8/1902)  married Elizabeth McLaughlin
Sarah Watton (18?? - 1???)
(Unknown) Watton  (18?? - 1???)
 
John Watten  (27/9/1868 - 14/11/1868)
Anne Watten  (21/12/1869 - ????)
William Watton  (16/12/1871 - ????)
Cochrane McLaughlin Watton  (13/11/1872 - 21/11/1957)  married Elizabeth Holmes
Eliza Watton  (1875 - 22/3/1946)  married Alfred Christie
Lena Watton  (27/7/1879 - after 1911)
Mary Jane Watton  (14/11/1881 - ????)
William Reid Watton  (20/12/1883 - ????)
Sarah Robinson Watton  (2/1/1885 - ????)
Edith Watton  (28/5/1887 - ????)
 
Annie Evelyn Leslie Watton  (11/5/1901 - 7/10/1981) married William McKeever Smyth 
Beatrice Watton  (19?? - 19??)
Sarah Strane Beckwith Watton  (15/3/1903 - 31/10/1989)  married Frank Rupert Higginson
 
Cochrane Watton  (1933 - )
Violet Watton  (1937 - )
 
 
ASSOCIATED NAMES:
 
Brown  Cahoon  Christie  Clarke  Graham  Higginson  Hill  Holmes  Jarvis  Jones  Kirk  Leung  Lynch  McLaughlin  MacDonald  McKie  Marshall  Meads  Morgan  Owens  Reid  Smyth  Williams 
 

NB: Family history charts can be accessed at http://www.tribalpages.com/tribes/chrispaton

William Watton
Early 1820s - ????
 
William was Calum's and Jamie's great great great great great grandfather.
 
Little is currently known of William. There is a possibility that he may be the son of an Alexander Watton, who died in the barony of Coleraine on Thursday, November 3rd 1859, at Carnglass, aged 79. This has yet to be proven.
 
In his son William's wedding entry in the Coleraine register of 1867, William senior is listed as a weaver. It is assumed that he was from Coleraine in County Derry, Ireland, but that is solely based on this being the location of his son in 1867. If William junior was still living at home by the time of his wedding, this would mean that his father was living in the Castletoodry district of the town.
 
Although the 1841 to 1891 census records for Ireland by and large no longer exist, we are extremely lucky in that a fragment of the 1831 census for Ireland, covering the Barony of Coleraine does exist, and is held at the Public Records Office for Northern Ireland, on microfilms MIC/5A/5 and MIC/5A/6. Not only that, but this census actually listed individual male members of the community, not the norm for the UK census at that time. Having checked the roll at PRONI for Watton members in Coleraine, Ballysally, Killowen, Ballyrashane and Ballyaughran, and other districts on MIC/5A/6 in February 2006, not a single member of the Watton family could be found. Due to a lack of time, the other roll has yet to be checked, in particular for the area of Ballymoney, where it is known that another major grouping of Wattons was based in the second half of the 19th Century. But it would certainly seem at this stage that our branch of the Wattons did not reach Coleraine until after 1831.
 
William married prior to 1846, although his wife's name is not as yet known. One very strong possibility is that he may be the William Watton whose wife Elizabeth died on March 6th 1859, at Ballyboggy, as noted in the Coleraine Chronicle on the 26th. This Elizabeth was 47 years of age at death, placing her birth in approximately 1812. The same William seems to have remarried at Ballyrashane Presbyterian Church on March 1st 1861, to a Miss Elizabeth Shaw, with both parties originating from Ballyboggie (sic), and married by the Reverend John Alexander. Again, the event was recorded in the Coleraine Chronicle on the 9th. William is noted here as William, senior - obviously indicating a William junior!!! This would certainly tie in with what we already know.
 
Equally of interest is the presence of a spirit dealer called William Watton in Coleraine's Society Street, as noted in the 1846 Slater's Commercial Directory for Ireland. Could this be the same William Watton later noted as a weaver?
 
However, all that is conclusively known for definite is that William and his wife had at least three children:
 
 
CHILDREN of WILLIAM WATTON and (UNKNOWN):
William Watton
b: 1846 approx
 
William was Calum's and Jamie's great great great great grandfather - see below.
 
 
 
Sarah Watton
b: 18??
 
All that is currently known about Sarah is that she was from Coleraine and that she sadly died of facial cancer, as recalled by her great niece, Georgina Watton.
 
 
 
(Unknown) Watton
b: 18??
 
This sister of William emigrated at some stage to Canada, and was able to put up her great niece Martha Watton when she also emigrated to Canada at a later date (again as recalled by Georgina Watton).

William Watton
1846 approx - 21/8/1902
 
William Watton was Calum's and Jamie's great great great great grandfather.

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William's signature from September 1868

It is known that William was from the town of Coleraine in County Londonderry, Ireland, from the Castletoodry district in the parish of Killowen. It is not yet known when he was born, as his wedding certificate entry simply lists him as being of full age. At the time of his wedding, his wife was listed as 20 years of age, and if he was close to her age, that would place his birth in 1846 approximately. It is believed that William was Church of Ireland by religion.
 
William married 20 year old servant, Elizabeth (Eliza) Jane McLaughlin, on December 7th 1867, in the registry office of Coleraine. Eliza was from the same parish, but from the town's Waterside district. Because Eliza was under the age of 21, she had to obtain a special license for the wedding from the registrar, William Young. The witnesses to the marriage were William McLaughlin (a relative of Eliza) and Robert Mitchell. At the time of the wedding, William was working as a labourer.
 
No sooner had the couple married than they decided to cross the Irish Sea and make their way to Greenock, in Renfrewshire, Scotland, where William took up work as a railway labourer. Greenock had one of the highest concentrations of immigrant Irish labour in Scotland at that time, and was crying out for cheap labour due to the rapid expansion of the Scottish rail network. In September 1868, the couple's first child, John Watten, was born in the town at their home of 25 Charles Street, but tragedy befell them when only seven weeks later, John died of bronchitis. 
 
Perhaps traumatised by the death of their first child, William and his wife did not remain in Scotland long, and by December 21st 1869, they are to be found back in Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Ireland, where their second child, Anne, was born. At this stage, William was still a labourer, and the family were resident in Balinteer, in the Articlave district of the town.

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Agherton St John the Baptist Church of Ireland

The family continued to expand with the further addition of William, Cochrane, Helena and Eliza. By 1877, the family were living in nearby Portstewart, Co. Londonderry, just a couple of miles from Coleraine. They attended Agherton Church of Ireland, where all the children were subsequently baptised.
 
It seems that William was a jack of all trades, as by 1872, he is listed in his son Cochrane's birth entry as a servant, but when Cochrane himself got married in 1900, William was at this stage listed as a gardener. He would appear to have moved to Belfast in approximately 1898, as the Belfast and Ulster Street Directories for 1899 and 1900 list him as living at 8 Ilchester Street in the city, with his occupation again noted as a gardener.
 
In the 1901 census, William was listed at McCandless Street in north Belfast, in Shankill ward, parish of Shankill. He was a 47 year old gardener, could read and write, was Church of Ireland by way of religion, married and born in County Antrim. His wife Eliza was 45, from County Derry, and could also read and write. Also present were 17 year old son Willie Watton, a catch boy in ship building, and 13 year old daughter Edith Watton, a scholar. Both Willie and Edith were born in Derry and could read and write. 
 
In his daughter Eliza's wedding register entry in September 1903, William is further listed as a coachman.
 
According to William's granddaughter Georgina Watton, William eventually died at the age of 101. However, this was subsequently proved not to be correct, but it may be another member of the family that she was referring to (there are a few William Wattons!). William in fact passed away on 21 AUG 1902 in Belfast, at his home of 9 Hartwell Street, the cause being pneumonia (Source: Belfast City Council burials database). He was buried on the afternoon of the 23rd at Belfast City Cemetery, in lair G2 no. 452. William was noted as a gardener, but erroneously aged 41 - the index for his burial record has also been mistakenly recorded as Walton, instead of Watton. The proprietor of the grave was Annie Leslie, though it is not clear as yet who she was - she seems to have been important to the family, however, as William's granddaughter was named Annie Evelyn Leslie Watton, apparently in her honour.
 
On the same day that William was buried, his wife Eliza placed a notice in the intimations column of the Belfast Newsletter:
WATTON - August 21, at his residence, 9, Hartwell Street, Belfast, William, the beloved husband of Eliza Watton. Funeral to City Cemetery, tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, at two o' clock. ELIZA WATTON
 
CHILDREN of WILLIAM WATTON and ELIZABETH McLAUGHLIN:
{1} John Watten
b: 27/9/1868  d: 14/11/1868
 
John was born at 6am on September 27th 1868 at 25 Charles Street, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His father was listed as present at the birth, and he informed the Greenock registrar, Robert A. Baird, on the following day. John's mother was listed as Elizabeth on the birth entry (GROS:1868/564/03/938).
 
Sadly, John never made it into childhood. Just seven weeks after  he was born, he contracted bronchitis, from which he died at 2.30am on November 14th 1868, at 25 Charles Street, Greenock. His father, who informed the registrar on the same day, was again listed as a railway labourer, whilst his mother's name was erroneously spelt as Elizabeth McLachlan (GROS:1868/564/03/747).
 
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{2} Anne Watten
b: 21/12/1869  d: ????
 
Anne was born in Balinteer in the district of Articlave, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Ireland, on December 21st 1869. Her father, incorrectly spelt as William Watten, informed the registrar on the 30th (GRONI:Articlave, Coleraine, Bk 2,#326).
 
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{3} William Watton
b: 16/12/1871
 
William was born in Co. Londonderry, Ireland. It is believed that he may have died in infancy, as a brother, also called William, was later born in 1883.
 
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{4} Cochrane McLaughlin Watton
b: 13/11/1872  d: 19??
 
Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandfather - see below.
 
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{5} Eliza Watton
b: 30/1/1875  d: 1946
 
Eliza was born in Ballysally, Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Ireland, on January 30th 1875. Her father was William Watton, coachman, and her mother Eliza McLaughlin, who was also the informant to the civil registrar in Coleraine.

Eliza Watton

At the turn of the 20th century Eliza moved to Scotland, and on September 2nd 1903 married 29 year old Alfred Christie, an ironmonger's assistant, in Victoria Cafe, Nairn, Nairnshire. Alfred was the son of George Christie, a quarrier, and his wife Ann Airth. At the time of the wedding, Eliza was living at 3 St Ninian's Road in Nairn, whilst Alfred resided at Burnside Cottage in nearby Forres. The witnesses to the wedding were Annie Christie and A.H.W.Inuaro (?), with the minister being the Reverend William Pirie, from Nairn parish. The marriage was registered the following day (GROS:1903/123/00/22).
 
At the death of their son Alfred in 1911 Eliza and Alfred were listed as living at 23 Urquhart Street in Forres - the couple in fact stayed their whole lives in Forres.
 
Alfred predeceased Eliza, who died herself in her home, Barbies Cottage, Forres, on March 22nd 1946, at 7.35am. The cause of her death was a combination of heart and gall bladder problems, and was registered at Forres three days later by her son (GROS:1946/137/0/23).
 

Alfred Christie, husband of Eliza Watton

CHILDREN of ELIZA WATTON and ALFRED CHRISTIE:
Annie Watton Christie 
b: 23/11/1903  d: 6/5/1966

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Alfred, Annie, Alexander and Molly, circa 1910

Annie was born on November 23rd 1903 at 10.20pm at 1 Tulloch Park in Forres (GROS: 1903/137/120), with the birth registered on December 8th.
Annie emigrated to Canada, departing from Glasgow on June 18th 1925 on board the S.S. Letitia, sailing third class to Quebec, where she arrived on the 26th. She was noted as a 21 year old 'fiance' who had been born in Forres, and as Scottish. She could read, her intention was to reside permanently in Canada, and her fiance paid for her passage. In Scotland Annie had worked as a book-keeper, but her intended future occupation was to be a housewife. Her fiance was noted as Mr. James MacDonald of 15, Empire Ave, Toronto, Ontario. Annie's nearest relatives in Scotland were noted as Alfred Christie and Beatrice Cott of Forres, Morayshire, Scotland (Source: FindmyPast.co.uk).
 
Once in Ontario, however, clearly Annie's plans changed! She in fact married Charles Kirk, son of Charles Kidd and Ethel Kirk, in Toronto. From his granddaughter Angela Kirk's website, the following info on Charles is recorded:
Charles was born to a young single woman who worked as a servant. Charles had an older sister Jessie and a younger sister Mildred. He was given to the Barnardos Homes at age 4. He was admitted January 5, 1914. The notes that were taken during his admittance were obtained from the Barnardos homes and give a brief desciption of Charles family situation at the time. Charles emigrated from England when he was 11 and was indentured to an Ontario farmer. A book and movie entitled "Little Immigrants" has been written describing the life of these children. When Charles was an adult he moved to Toronto where he met and married Annie Christie. Together they raised three children, and the writer (until age 5) who was their grandaughter until Annie's death.
In Toronto, Eliza settled and raised a family with Charles. She eventually passed away on May 6th 1966 in the city, whilst Charles eventually died in 1987.
 
 
CHILDREN of ANNIE WATTON CHRISTIE and CHARLES KIRK:
Gerald Kirk
b: 19??
 
Gerald was born in Toronto, Canada.
 
 
 
Wallace Kirk
b: 19??
 
Wallace was born in Toronto, Canada.
 
 
 
Joyce Kirk
b: 19??
 
Joyce was born in Toronto, Canada. She married Roy at some stage prior to 1959, and had at least one daughter.
 
 
CHILDREN of JOYCE KIRK and ROY:
Angela M. Kirk
b: XXXX
 
Angela was born in Toronto and was raised by her grandparents Annie and Charles. She married, and has three children. She currently lives in Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada.
 
Through Angela, much has been discovered on the descendants of Eliza Watton, and for this I am extremely grateful.
 
CHILDREN of ANGELA KIRK and (UNKNOWN):
Steven
b: 19??
 
 
Elizabeth
b: 19??
 
 
Ben
b: 19??
 
 
Alexander Airth ('Sandy') Christie
b: 26/12/1905
 
Alexander was born at 23 Urquhart Street in Forres, on December 26th 1905, at 5.45am (GROS: 1906/137/4), with the birth registered on January 12th 1906.
 
On July 5th 1940, Alexander married Sheila MacDonald, a "motor omnibus conductress" living at 17 Caroline Street in Bishopmill, Elgin. Sheila was the daughter of Peter MacDonald, a wood contractor, and Mary Green. The registrar was William Hustwick, and the witnesses were Alex's brother Wilfred (still resident at Berbice Cottage) and Sheila's sister Norah MacDonald (GROS: 1940/168/2/526).
 
 
 
Eileen Christie
b: 25/10/1911
 
Eileen was born at 23 Urquhart Street in Forres, on October 25th 1911 at 1.00am, with the birth registered on the 30th.
 
 
 
Mary ('Molly') Christie
b: 29/7/1907
 
Mary was born on July 29th 1907 at 5.30am at 23 Urquhart Street in Forres, with the birth registered on August 15th 1907. 
 
 
 
Winnifred ChristieWilfred Christie (twins)
b: 3/2/1914
 
Winnifred and Wilfred were born on February 3rd 1914 at Berbice Cottage in Forres. Winnifred arrived fisrt at 4.15am, with her brother arriving at 5.00am (GROS: 1914/137/17&18).
 
Little is yet known of Winnifred, but the following has been worked out about her brother. Wilfred was present at his father's death on October 28th 1939, and informed the registrar on the 30th (GROS: 1939/137/47).
 
On July 5th 1940, Wilfred was still living at the family home of Berbice Cottage in Forres, where he witnessed his brother Alexander's marriage to Sheila MacDonald.
 
In the following year, it was Wilfred's turn, when he married 29 year old clerkess Katharine Gallon Reid on August 29th, at Airlie Manse in Forres, with the service being Church of Scotland in nature. Katharine was the daughter of Daniel Reid, a gardener, and Annie McHardy. At this point, Wilfred is listed as having been an aero engineer, but he was to eventually become a gas fitter.
 
Wilfred died at 6.00am on March 30th 1969, at Leanchole Hospital in Forres. He was 55 years of age, and at the time of his death had been resident at 48 MacDonald Drive in the town.
 
Wilfred's wife Katharine survived for a further 33 years, eventually passing away in 2002 in Elgin (GROS: 2002/280/49).
 
 
 
Margaret Christie 
b: 24/8/1916
 
Margaret was born on August 24th 1916 at 6pm, at Berbice Cottage in Forres (GROS: 1916/137/66). The birth was registered on September 5th by her father.
 
 
 
Alfred Christie 
b: Jan 1910  d:19/4/1911 
 
Alfred died at 7.30pm on April 19th 1911, in infancy, at the age of 15 months. He had suffered teething convulsions and pneumonia for four days, as certified by Dr John Adam. His father, Alfred, informed the registrar in Forres the following day (GROS: 1911/137/0/34).
 
 
I have recently found a genealogy website created by Annie Watton Christie's granddaughter, Angie Kirk, and I am currently trying to contact her for more information. Angie's website is the Kirk Family History page. 
 
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{6} William Thomas Watton
b: 6/6/1877  d: Jun-Sep 1879
 
William Thomas was born on June 6th 1877 at Portstewart, Agherton, Coleraine, to William Watton, coachman, and Eliza McLaughlin, who was also the informant. William died in infancy in Coleraine in the third quarter of 1879, aged just 2 (LDS Irish indices).
 
A William Thomas Watton was also born in Coleraine in the third quarter of 1891, and appears to have married in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, in the first quarter of 1921. Whether this is a coincidental naming of a child is as yet unclear.
 
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{7} Lena Watton
b: 21/7/1879
 
Lena was born in Portstewart, Agherton, in Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, Ireland on July 21st 1879. Her father was William Watton, coachman, and her mother noted as Eliza McLoughlin. Eliza was also the informant (IFHF).
 
In the 1901 census, as Helena she was recorded as staying with her brother Cochrane Watton at 54 Groomsport Street, Belfast.
 
In the census, Lena is described as being a member of the Church of Ireland, able to read and write, and as working in a factory. Her age was incorrectly listed as 20.
 
In the 1911 census for Belfast, 30 year old Lena is found at 72 Newington Avenue in the Duncairn electoral ward of the parish of Shankill, and working as a domestic servant for 31 year old foreman stonecutter Robert Howard and his wife Sarah, and their five children. She is mistakenly listed as having been born in Belfast, and is described as an Episcopalian (Church of Ireland).
 
On March 27th 1919, Lena married James Murray at the Mariners Church of Ireland, Shankill, Belfast. From a conversation with her niece, Margaret Payne (nee Watton), it is known that Murray was a Scotsman from the Seaforth Highlanders. It is also believed that Lena had at least one son.
 
Nothing further is as yet known of Lena.
 
 
CHILDREN of LENA WATTON and (UNKNOWN) MURRAY:
(Unknown) Murray
b: 19??
 
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{8} Mary Jane Watton
b: 14/11/1881
 
Mary Jane was born on 14 NOV 1881 in Agherton, Portstewart, within the registration district of Coleraine, Co. Londondonderry, Ireland. Her father William was the informant and was noted as a coachman, resident in Agherton, whilst her mother was noted as Eliza Jane McLaughlin. The birth was registered on the 28th (Source: GRONI U/1881/94/1008/13/46 Coleraine).
 
In the 1901 census, as 19 year old Mary Wotton she was recorded as living with her 29 year old married sister Annie Leslie in Belfast, at 10 Hopefield Avenue, Clifton ward. No occupation was listed for either sister, but Mary was aged 19, born in Co. Derry, could read and write and was single (Source: National Archives of Ireland, 1901 census).
 

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In 1912, Mary Jane signed the Declaration of Loyalty to the British Crown in Megain Lecture Hall, in the Pottinger district of east Belfast. At the time, Mary was resident at 44 Chadolly Street (also resident at this address were a Susan Bulla and an Annie Wightman.)
 
 
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{9} William Reid Watton
b: 20/12/1883
 
William was born on December 12th 1883 and then baptised in Agherton Parish Church, Coleraine, County Londonderry.
 
In his youth, William moved to England to become an apprentice jockey at Marshs, Newmarket, whilst the future King Edward VII was still just the Prince of Wales. From a letter written by William in 1897, at Newmarket, it is known that he won his first Derby by riding a horse called "Perinnions". It is also known that William used to exercise horses, and that he was known to famous jockeys such as Steve Donahue, Todd Sloan and Fred Archer.
 
William returned to Ireland shortly after and was refused leave to return to England by his parents, for reasons unknown. He recalled in 1898 going to see a play in the Old Royal Victoria Theatre on Arthur Street, Castle Lane, Belfast, entitled "The Diver's Luck" (first published on 17 Sept 1888 in Dublin), about the sinking of the Great Eastern Steamship, at that time in Belfast.
 
William also noted that an attempt had been made to poison a group of Enniskillen Dragoons stationed in Percy Street, Belfast. Riots broke out between Protestant and Catholic gangs in the aftermath.
 
He also recalled the presence of the old sailing ships in Belfast, and recalled being told of the ship "Knockommnis" which had sunk at Black Rock, Portstewart in December 1883, the year of his birth.
 
In the 1901 census, William was listed with his family at McCandless Street in north Belfast, Shankill ward, parish of Shankill. He was aged 17, could read and write, was Church of Ireland by way of religion, a 'catch boy in ship building', and born in Derry. 
 
In 1909, William married Ballymoney girl Maggie McCollum (13/6/1887 - 8/7/1975).
 
In the 1911 census, William and Maggie were located at 17 Haldane Street in the Shankill ward and parish of Belfast. William was the head of the household, aged 25, a rivetter who could read and write, born in County Derry, and Church of Ireland by religion. Maggie was 23 and from County Antrim. Also present were their one year old son William, from County Antrim, and three members of Maggie's family - Martha McCullam, listed as a 39 year old mother-in-law, a spinner in a mill, and able to read and write, and two children listed as step-cildren, being 7 year old James McCullam, and 5 year old Josie McCullam, both scholars, born in County Antrim, and unable to read and write.
 
William took up work as young man at the Harland and Wolfe shipyard, and worked on the Titanic with his brother Cochrane, though unlike Cochrane, who was a painter, William worked as a riveter. The ship launched in 1912, and William must have been devastated to learn of the ship's fate upon her maiden voyage to New York. However, William also got into a spot of bother whilst at the yard.
 
On August 13th 1912, William Watton, of 4 Ambrose Street, along with John Walker, James McCullagh and George Bradshaw was charged with assault at Belfast Custody Court, following an incident at the yard on July 2nd. Those assaulted were William Parkes, John Woods and John Clinton. William and his colleagues had asked the defendants "Where the Fenian squad was, and where the Home Rulers were", before attacking the gentlemen, who were Roman Catholic. William in particular was said to have hit one of those attacked with an iron bar in his jaw and neck. At this point bail was refused. The outcome of the trial has yet to be discovered (working on it!). The incident was reported on p.7 of the Freeman's Journal on August 14th 1912.

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William's signature in 1912

On September 28th 1912, aka "Ulster Day", both William and Maggie pledged their loyalty to the British Crown. William signed the Ulster Covenant at York Street Lecture Hall, whilst Maggie signed the Declaration of Loyalty at York Street Presbyterian Church. 

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At the time of the event, both William and Maggie were living at 4 Ambrose Street in east Belfast. The purpose of the Covenant and Declaration was to show unionist contempt for the Liberal idea of a Home Rule government which would potentially weaken the position of the Protestant Ascendancy. Protestants were the minority religious grouping in Ireland, although by far the majority in the province of Ulster. Their fear was of a self governing country with Roman Catholicism imposed as the state religion - "Home Rule is Rome Rule" was the slogan. William's grandson Trevor Rowan also recalls how his grandfather was was nicknamed "Wee Willy Watton" as he was only 5'3", although very strong, and that he was a dead ringer for the cartoon character Popeye, who also smoked a pipe!

In his later years William looked after a river for the council at Sunnyhill, near Cavehill in the city. He eventually died on June 6th 1972, aged 88, at 122 Mountcollyer Street, Belfast, and was buried at Roselawn cemetery on June 8th in lair T 311. After he passed away, his widow Maggie survived for three more years, eventually passing away herself in Belfast on July 8th 1975, and was buried with her husband on July 11th, her residence at time of death being 25 Watt Street.

CHILDREN of WILLIAM WATTON and MAGGIE McCOLLUM:
(1) William Reid Watton
b: 29/6/1909 d: 16/1/1997
 
William married Louisa and had two sons. The couple later divorced, and it is not yet known with whom the children went, although it was most likely Louisa.
 
William remarried to Hannah Caughey on April 1st, 1929, at St. Stephen's Church, Belfast. Hannah had previously had a son, Jimmy, by a local youth who had succumbed to cancer before they where able to marry. William appears to have taken Jimmy in for a while, and the couple went on to have their own daughter, Margaret, known colloquially as Peggy.
 
The marriage was not to last however, the couple having separated by 1936. Hannah struck up a relationship with a gentleman called Francis Walker, and in 1936 had her first child with him, Robert Walker. She then went on to have a further twelve children with Francis - these were Edward, Elizabeth, Jane, Alice, Sarah, Daniel, Dennis, Alan, Roy, Gordon, Geoffrey and Annie. Hannah eventually married Francis Walker in Scotland. She eventually passed away in Belfast on January 6th 1997.
 
[Many thanks to Annie Walker's daughter Tracy Davidson, nee Tully, for providing the above information in December 2005.]
 
William eventually passed away on January 16th 1997 and was buried at Roselawn Cemetery on the 20th in lair T 311. At the time of his death he was noted as residing at 25 Watt Street in Belfast (Source: Belfast City Council cemetery website).
 
CHILDREN of WILLIAM WATTON and LOUISA (UNKNOWN):
(Unknown) Watton
b: 19??
 
 
(Unknown) Watton
b: 19??
 
CHILDREN of WILLIAM WATTON and HANNAH CAUGHEY:
Margaret (Peggy) Watton
b: 18/6/1930
 
Margaret married Robert on October 6th 1951, and went on to have two children with him.
 
Margaret remarried in Toronto, Canada, to Sidney Arthur Young.
 
Margaret has since passed away, after having suffered for some time with motor neurone disease. The date of her death is not yet known.
 
CHILDREN of MARGARET WATTON and ROBERT:
Linda
b: 19??
 
 
(Unknown)
b: 19??
 
 
(2) David Leslie Ogilvie Watton
b: 5/5/1911 d: 22/10/1938
 
David died in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 
 
 
(3) Margaret Watton
b: XXXX
 
Margaret was born in Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland. To her father, she was fondly known as "the little spitfire"!!!

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The little Spitfire! Margaret celebrating her 92nd birthday.

As a young girl, Margaret grew up in Belfast, living on the Limestone Road. When her schooling finished in 1928, she took up work at the York Street Flax Spinning Company, taking up a job in its handkerchief department at the age of 14 years and two months. Whilst here she worked for a Mr. Ellisar, who she describes as someone that she did not like, he being "too dour"!
 
Whilst in the hanky department, a French designer in the company, called Mr Prangue, asked if she would like to work in the design department as a perforator, a chance which she jumped at. To do the work, she had to learn how to work all the different colour cards for the linen.
 
Margaret remained with the flax company until the factory was bombed during the Second World War. After this, she took up work in one of Belfast's munitions factories up the Falls Road, which even in the Forties she described as not somewhere for a Protestant girl to happily work in, recalling that there were troubles as bad there at that point as there were to be later in the post civil marches period of the late sixties. She recalls that before taking the munitions job she had to be examined by a doctor, who told her that with the muscles she had, she was just right for the job!!! 
 
Margaret remaned in the munitions factory until the end of the war, making six pounder and seventeen pounder shells, under the watchful eye of manager Mr Norther, who was an Englishman. There were three shifts in the job, 12.00pm to 6.00am, 6.00am to 2.00pm and 2.00pm to 10.00pm, and Margaret worked in each shift at various stages.
 
During the war, Maragret remembers how her family were blitzed on the Antrim Road, and had to relocate to Watt Street.
 
Margaret went on to marry Robert and had two children.
 
She later remarried to Fred.
 
For her ninetieth birthday, Margaret travelled to stay with her daughter Lorraine in Canada. Her last visit to Northern Ireland was when her brother Billy passed away.
 
Margaret currently lives in Cheshire, a font of information in her nineties, and we are extremely grateful for the conversations we have had about her family and that of Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandfather Cochrane Watton, who was Margaret's uncle!
 
 
CHILDREN of MARGARET WATTON and ROBERT:
Lorraine
b: XXXX
 
Lorraine used to work in a bank. Not much is known about Lorraine, although it is known that she lost a baby at some point in the past.
 
Lorraine now lives in Toronto, Canada. In February 2004 she had her mother Margaret staying with her to celebrate her ninetieth birthday, and in September 2005 her cousin Trevor and his family also visited her. 
 
 
 
Robert
b: XXXX
 
When Robert was born, he was eleven pounds in weight!
 
Robert is married to Jane and has two children. The couple having met at a motor company caleld Atley's where Robert apparently got on extrmely well with Jane's father. 
 
Today, Robert makes surgical instruments in Buckinghamshire, a career he took up after studying blood cancers as part of his degree. Robert's wife Jane is a cancer doctor at a London hospital, and regularly travels to lecture on leukaemia.
 
 
CHILDREN of ROBERT and JANE (UNKNOWN):
James
b: XXXX
 
James lives in England.
 
 
 
Pippa
b: XXXX
 
Pippa lives in England.
 
 
 
 
(4) George Watton
b: 25/1/1916  d: 11/3/1916
 
George was born in Belfast on January 25th 1916, but died in infancy just two months later.
 
 
 
 
(5) Georgina Watton
b: XXXX

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Georgina Watton

Georgina was born in Belfast.
 
Georgina went on to marry Belfast man Leonard Higginbotham.
 
The couple emigrated to Penrith, New South Wales, Australia, prior to 1951.
 
Georgina still lives in New South Wales today, with her family.
 
 
 
 
CHILDREN of GEORGINA WATTON and LEONARD HIGGINBOTHAM:
Sylvia Higginbotham
b: XXXX

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Sylvia and partner Brian, 2001

Sylvia was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 
Sylvia married Douglas. The couple had one son, Bradley.
 
Sylvia now has an English partner with a home in France and who resides in Queensland.
 
Sylvia still lives in Australia.
 
 
CHILDREN of SYLVIA HIGGINBOTHAM and DOUGLAS:
Bradley
b: XXXX
 
Bradley married Louise. The couple have one son, Jacob.
 
 
 
Leonara Anne Higginbotham
b: XXXX

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Anne

Anne was born in Belfast.
 
After emigrating to Australia as a child, Anne married John. The couple had two children, before divorcing prior to 1972. John eventually died on September 9th 1991.
 
Anne remarried to Raymond, but eventually divorced prior to Raymond's death in 1992.
 
Anne still lives in New South Wales, now the grandmother of three children and great granny to another, and she recently made contact with us through the Genes Reunited website. Thanks for all your help Anne!
 
 
CHILDREN of ANNE HIGGINBOTHAM and JOHN:
Joanne
b: XXXX

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Joanne and Marty at cousin Darren and Nicole's wedding.

Joanne was born in Penrith, New South Wales.
 
Joanne married Martin, more colloquially known as Marty.
 
The couple have two children, and continue to live in Australia.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CHILDREN of JOANNE and MARTIN:
Patrick
b: XXXX

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Patrick

Patrick was born in Blacktown, New South Wales.
 
Patrick still resides in Australia, his grandmother's darling grandson!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Siobhan
b: XXXX

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Siobhan

Siobhan was born in New South Wales, Australia.
 
Siobhan still resides in Australia, and was a flower girl at the wedding of her first cousin once removed, Darren
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colin
b: XXXX
 
Colin was born in New South Wales, Australia.
 
Colin married Janice. As well as Janice's son Shawn, from a prior relationship, the couple also had a child of their own, Craig, before divorcing.
 
 
CHILDREN of COLIN and JANICE:
Craig
b: XXXX
 
Craig was born in Lismore, Australia, and is the father of a son, Jimmie.
 
 
CHILD of CRAIG and (UNKNOWN):
Jimmie
b: XXXX
 
 
 
 
(Name witheld by request)
b:

(Name witheld by request)
b:
 
 
 

(6) Ruth Watton
b: 9/12/1918  d: approx 2003

Ruth was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on December 9th 1918.
 
Ruth married Thomas Rowan (b:19/12/1918) and the couple went on to have three children. In 1952 the family briefly emigrated to Canada, but returned to Belfast some four years later, taking up residence in a council house in the city shortly after their return.
 
Ruth sadly passed away about two years ago at the age of 82, the cause being cancer, a real shock to her son Trevor who described her as being "strong and healthy with hardly a wrinkle" right up to her last days.
 
 
CHILDREN of RUTH WATTON and TREVOR
ROWAN:
June Rowan
b: 19??
 
June married William Whitestall, and had two children.
 
 
CHILDREN of JUNE ROWAN and WILLIAM WHITESTALL:
Michelle Whitestall
b: XXXX
 
Michelle is now married to a gent called Colin.
 
 
 
Stephen Whitestall
b: XXXX
 
 
 
 
Trevor Rowan
b: XXXX
 
Trevor was born in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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Trevor cycling uphill in North Wales!

As a young boy, Trevor emigrated with his family to Canada, but after four years the family returned to Belfast, and soon after set up in a council house.
 
After leaving school in Belfast at the age of 15, Trevor took up a five year apprenticeship in England as a toolmaker in a car factory. He married at the age of 20, but divorced five years later. 
 
Trevor then left his factory to eventually take a degree in Applied Psychology, followed by a Masters Degrees in Management and Education, and became a college lecturer, and then manager, leading to a role of Principal Education advisor. Since 1992 he has been self employed as a consultant / researcher / inspector of education and training, which he says takes him about a bit!
 
Trevor met current partner Jeannie in 1972, and has three children with her, all of whom he describes as being artistic like their mother, also an artist.
 
Since 1982, Trevor and Jeannie today have been living in a large victorian house with a large garden and land overlooking sea and mountains at Snowdonia National Park.
 
 
CHILDREN of TREVOR ROWAN and JEAN (UNKNOWN):
Brydie Rowan
b: XXXX
 
Brydie lives in England.
 
 
 
Carys Rowan
b: XXXX
 
Karis lives in England.
 
 
 
Laurie Rowan
b: XXXX
 
Laurie lives in England.
 
 
 
David Rowan
b: 19??
 
David married Linda and the couple have two children.
 
 
CHILDREN of DAVID ROWAN and LINDA (UNKNOWN):
Kelly Rowan
b: XXXX
 
 
(Unknown) Rowan
b: 19??
 
 
 
 
(7) George Watton
b: XXXX
 
George was born in Belfast.
 
George left Northern Ireland when he took up work as a mechanic with the Royal Navy, and was based for a time in Helensburgh, Scotland.
 
George then left to join up with the Fire Brigade in Essex, working at the Southend-on-Sea depot for twenty six and a half years, before retiring.
 
As a youngster, George remembers Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandfather, Cochrane Watton, describing him as being of medium build, maybe five foot eight inches in height.
 
George married Rita and has two children. The couple still live in Southend-on-Sea, and despite having been away from Northern Ireland for over half a century, he still has his Belfast accent!
 
Thanks to George for the phone conversation we had in February 2005.
 
 
CHILDREN of GEORGE WATTON and RITA:
Christine Watton
b: XXXX
 
According to her aunt Margaret Payne (nee Watton), Christine is an excellent ballroom dancer!
 
Christine was previously married to a Canadian gentleman, name unknown to us, with whom she had two sons when she lived with him in Canada.
 
Christine is currently working as a legal secretary in London, England.
 
 
 
CHILDREN of CHRISTINE WATTON and (UNKNOWN):
(Unknown)
b: 19??
 
 
 
(Unknown)
b: 19?? 
 
 
 
Michael Watton
b: XXXX
 
Michael married Julie, and the couple have three daughters, although their names are as yet unknown.
Michael, like his father before him, now works for the Fire Department in Southend-on-Sea, England.
 
 
CHILDREN of MICHAEL WATTON and JULIE (UNKNOWN):
(Unknown) Watton
b: 19??
 
 
 
(Unknown) Watton
b: 19??
 
 
 
(Unknown) Watton
b: 19??
 
 
 
(8) Martha Watton
b: XXXX
 
Martha was named after her maternal grandmother.
 
Martha married Herbert, a Dutch shipwright who ended up as a station master in Toronto, canada.
 
The couple had one daughter, and Martha still resides in Canada today.
 
 
CHILDREN of MARTHA WATTON and HERBERT:
Gloria
b: 19??
 
Gloria married Daniel and had one son in Canada.
 
 
CHILDREN of GLORIA WATTON and DANIEL:
Conor
b: XXXX
 
Conor was born in Ontario, Canada.
 
 
 
(9) Mary Watton
b: 17/2/1927  d: 17/2/1927
 
Mary was stillborn.
 
 
______________________

 
 
 
{10} Sarah Robinson Watton
b: 1/2/1885  d: 22/3/1886
 
Sarah was born on February 1st 1885 at Portstewart, Agherton, Colreaine, to William Watton, coachman, and Eliza McLaughlin. She was baptised in Agherton Parish Church, Coleraine, County Londonderry. Her father was the informant to the Coleraine registrar (Source: RootsIreland.ie).
 
Sarah died just over a year later on 21 MAR 1886 at Portstewart, Agherton, aged just 13 months, and noted as a coachman's daughter in the death record. The cause of death was dentition, as suffered for six months, and debility, and the informant on the 22nd was her father William Watton, resident at Portstewart, and present at her death (Source: GRONI D/1886/94/1008/13/260 Coleraine).
 
______________________
 
 
{11} Edith Watton
b: 28/5/1887
 
Edith was born on May 28th 1887 at Portstewart, Agherton, in the parish of Coleraine, County Londonderry. Her father William was noted as a coachman, and her mother as Eliza Jane McLaughlin. She was baptised in Agherton Parish Church, Coleraine, County Londonderry (IFHF/Emerald Ancestors).
 
In the 1901 census, Edith was noted with her parents at McCandliss Street in Belfast. She was a 13 year old scholar, Church of Ireland by religion, able to read and write and born in County Derry.
 
In 1912, an Edith Watton signed the Declaration of Loyalty to the British Crown at Westbourne Presbyterian Church, and was listed as residing at 137 Dee Street, in the Pottinger district of east Belfast. Also listed as living at 137 Dee Street were a James Watton, a John Watton and a Roseanne Isabella Watton. However, this is not the same Edith, as the 1911 census for 40 Dee Street shows that she was just 18, and the daughter of James and Roseanne Isabella.
 
 
 
{12} Unknown Watton
b: 29/4/1889
 
This son of William Watton, coachman, and Eliza McLaughlin, his mother, was born at Portstewart, Agherton, on April 29th 1889. At the time his birth was registered, he had not been christened, and it is not known whether the child had died prior to being named, or just not named. His father was the informant to the Coleraine registrar.
 

Cochrane McLaughlin Watton 
13/11/1872 - 21/11/1957

Cochrane was Calum's and Jamie's great great great grandfather.

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Cochrane's signature in 1912

Cochrane was born in Ballysally, Coleraine, County Londonderry, Ireland on November 13th 1872, in the parish of Ballyaghran (GRO Dublin:1872/16/486). 

Cochrane married Elizabeth Holmes, from County Donegal, on April 16th 1900, and in this record his surname is mis-transcribed as 'Wadden' (GRO Dublin: Belfast/1/299 - 2nd quarter). At the time of his marriage he was living at 6 Glenduce Street, Belfast - it is not known if his whole family was there, or whether he had moved there himself from Coleraine. He was a painter at this point, and it is most probably that he had just moved to Belfast to find work, as his fiancee Elizabeth was registered as living in the Rosemount estate of Derry at the time they married. The wedding took place in the Church of Ireland Mariners Chapel, Belfast, by the Reverend John F. McLat (?). The witnesses were James Shaw and May Wilson.

The couple settled in their new home at 54 Groomsport Street, Cliftonville, Belfast, where they are found in the 1901 census (GRO Belfast: 1901/354/1/67). From this we learn that Cochrane was still a house painter, born in County Londonderry, that his religion was Church of Ireland, and that he could read and write. In the same census return we also learn that Cochrane's wife Lizzie was present, aged 22, and his sister Helena was also present on census night, that she was 20 years old, unmarried, and that she worked in a factory.

Between 1901 and 1904 there is no information as to what Cochrane got up to, but it is safe to assume that he stayed in Belfast, as in 1904 and 1905, according to the Belfast Street Directories of the early 20th century, he and his family were living at 62 Bright Street in the city, with Cochrane described as a painter. There is no listing for the family in the city directories between 1906 and 1912, although in 1907 a James Watton, painter, is noted at 16 Riga Street - this is either a mistaken entry for Cochrane, or perhaps another member of the family, such as a sibling (In 1919, a 36 year James Watton from Bright Street was shown as having served with the RAF on a list for the Congregation of Megain Memorial, as noted at Eddie's News Extracts). Cochrane certainly was living there however, as on February 13th 1906 his baby daughter Ethel died of bronchitis in the property. By May 15th 1907 the family had relocted to 2 Springmount Street in Belfast, where their daughter Kathleen was born, and by December th 1908 they were at 61 Foyle Street, where Kathleen tragically died of bronchitis.

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The Titanic nearing completion in Belfast docks, February 1912

In December 2002, Cochrane's great granddaughter Sammy Jones made contact (she is Calum's second cousin twice removed). Sammy has been able to tell us that Cochrane also worked as a painter at Harland and Wolff, and that he was one of the painters on the ill fated Titanic. It seems likely that Cochrane was a decorator for the ship's luxurious interior. From Cochrane's niece, Margaret Payne, nee Watton, we also learn that Cochrane was able to get a job for his brother William on the new luxury liner as well, working as a rivetter on her. No doubt the two Watton brothers stood with some pride at dock no. 401 in Belfast on May 31st 1911 to watch the great ship launch - they must have been equally shocked to learn shortly after that she had sunk on her maiden voyage from Southampton.

Margaret Payne recalls that Cochrane was in the Salvation Army, and that he was a member of their brass band. She would often visit his house on a Sunday and would be delighted to get a penny or a halfpenny from him as a treat. She recalls that after the Titanic job, Cochrane left Harland and Wolfe and set up his own painting and decorating company, employing his brother William Watton and a lad called Billy Smyth, who would eventually become Cochrane's son-in-law, and later Calum's and Jamie's great great grandfather.

In the 1911 census for Belfast, Cochrane was recorded at 11 Barrow Street in the Clifton ward of the parish of Shankill as a 37 year old painter, born in Coleraine, County Derry, and married for eleven years. He and Lizzie had had five children, though two had died in infancy. His religion was listed as Salvation Army, and he was able to both read and write.

In 1912, Cochrane signed the Ulster Covenant at St. Mary's Institute in the Clifton district of north Belfast. At the time he was noted as living at 11 Barrow Street (also resident at this address was a Lizzie Mallon). In 1913, the directories list Cochrane again, still a painter, and still living at 11 Barrow Street in Belfast. In the following year he is found at 12 Benwell Street in the city.

Between 1914 and 1932 (with the exception of 1923), Cochrane is listed every year as residing at 35 Barrow Street in Belfast. On each listing he is described as a painter. These basic listings hide one other story, however, in that during the First World War, Cochrane enlisted with the Royal Marines Labour Corps, from 1917-19. He signed up in Belfast on October 29th 1917, and joined E Company two days later. His attestation paper notes him as a house painter, born in Coleraine on 21 NOV 1873 (sic - later correctly given as 1872), and aged 43 years, 11 months and 8 days. He was married, but did not occupy a house of annual rateable value of 10 or more - his wife Elizabeth was resident at '35 Borrow Street' (sic), off Manners Street (later noted elsewhere as 'Minour Street'), Belfast. Cochrane had never been imprisoned by a civil power, or had any previous military experience. The form states that he signed up after receiving a notice to do so, and contains his original signature. We then learn that Cochrane was just 5 feet and 3 and a half inches tall, had a fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, and was Church of England by way of religion. He had no distinctive marks. His Certificate of Final Medical Examination for the Entry of Men and Boys for the Royal Navy also gives his weight as 117 pounds, his chest girth as 34-36 inches, and noted he had been previously vaccinated.

After a medical examination in Belfast he was considered fit for service. Final approval for enlistment was given on October 31st. His service number was D.12984.S, class of engagement was H.O., and his mobilising authority was noted as being at Deal. Cochrane then spent two weeks at Depot RM Deal, and was discharged on 13 NOV 1917, his conduct recorded as very good.

Cochrane was hired as a naval labourer for the duration of the war (DofW). He set off on 13 NOV 1917 for Havre, from Southampton, arriving the following day, and joining Havre company. He was transferred to Dunkirk on 1 APR 1918.

On 8 MAY 1918, Cochrane was injured whilst on duty, though not severely. The report form (A.F W.3428) notes the following:

Whilst at work, discharging cargo from No. 4 Hatch, of the S.S. Ethel, a piece of timber fell from a Set and struck above named man causing injury as stated. He was sent to the M.J.R for treatment.

The injury was in his thigh (external aspect), and deemed 'not severe'. The report notes the injury was in the line of duty, but that he was not to blame (nor any other person). On 12 OCT 1918 Cochrane was then granted 14 days leave to the UK, returning to duty on the 25th, where he remained for the rest of the war. On 11 MAR 1919 Cochrane was evacuated to the UK for demobilisation.

Cochrane was discharged from service on 9 APR 1919. He had served for one year and 163 days, his conduct throughout noted as 'Very Good'. His discharge form notes that he served in France with the RMLC from 14 NOV 1917 - 10 MAR 1919. In his particulars is an important statement, that noting his father (unnamed) to be deceased by this point. Cochrane was awarded a war gratuity of 8 and given a railway pass back to Belfast from Deal. His discharge papers show a clean sheet on the Company Conduct Sheet. His ability throughout service was satisfactory.

The discharge papers at Kew in fact include two handwritten notes by Cochrane, both of them very brief, in response to a memorandum issued by the Officer in Charge at RMLC Records Depot RM Deal, dated 20 JUN 1919, asking him to acknowledge receipt:

35 Barrow Street
off Manour St
Belfast
24/6/19
 
Dear Sir
 
I received certificate of Discharge Alright - 12984 No.
 
I remain Yours
sincerly
Cochrane Watton
 
And...
35 Barrow St
off Manour St
Belfast
 
Dear Sir, received Discharge Certificate
With thanks
Yours obident
 
C Watton
12984 RMLC
 
 

Cochrane obtained the Victory Medal and the British War Medal for service for that period, as noted in the UK Naval Medal and Award Rolls on Ancestry.co.uk.

Another of Cochrane's nephews, George Watton, remembers meeting his uncle on one occasion in the Old Park Road, with George about seven years old at the time, placing this at about 1927. According to George, Cochrane was about five foot eight inches tall, and of medium build.

On Wednesday 24th FEB 1932, the Northern Whig reported that Cochrane was fined by Belfast Police Court:

EMPLOYER FINED 12

For failing to stamp the health and pensions insurance cards of an employee named James Smyth, Cochrane Watton, of Barrow Street, was in Belfast Police Court yesterday fined 4 with costs on each of three summonses, and also ordered to pay arrears of 3 8s6d.

Mr. G. A. Armstrong appeared on behalf of the Ministry of Labour, and Mr. S. D. Crawford defended. 

 

Cochrane is later found named on his wife's burial papers from April 1937, and is listed as residing at 21 Ballynure Street, Belfast. 

Cochrane moved at some stage after the death of his wife to England, where he eventually passed away on November 21st 1957 at The Grove, Shardlow, in Derbyshire. On his death certificate he was noted as an 84 year old painter and decorator (retired), and the cause of his death was noted as myocardial degeneration an chronic bronchitis. The informant was his daughter Sandra, noted as residing at 39 Portland Road in Nottingham. The death was registered on the 22nd (GROEW: Shardlow 1957 Q4 Vol3A, p.456, entry 59).

CHILDREN of COCHRANE WATTON and ELIZABETH HOLMES:

Annie Evelyn Leslie Watton
b: 11/5/1901  d: 7/10/1981
 
Calum's and Jamie's great great grandmother - see below.
 
 
 
Sarah Strane Beckwith Watton
b: 15/3/1903   d: 31/10/1989

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Passport photograph of Sarah Higginson, nee Watton

Sarah's existence was discovered in Dec 2002 through a message posted on the Ancestry.com message board by her granddaughter, Sammy Jones.
 
Sarah was born on March 15th 1903 at 41 Avon Street in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Present at the birth was Maria Patience of 18 Medway Street, Belfast, which, if she is listed, presumably means that Cochrane was not present.
 
In the 1911 census for Belfast, Sarah was noted as an eight year old scholar who was born in Belfast and who was unable to read. She was Salvation Army by way of religion.
 
After her schooling, Sarah went on to work in one of the cotton mills as a rover, an operator of a machine which prepared carded fibre into rolls.
 
It seems that before Sarah married, she had two children born out of wedlock in the city, a boy in the late twenties called Cochrane, and a girl in the early thirties called Violet.
 
By 1941, Sarah had settled at 21 Ballynure Street in the city. She married on February 1st 1941 to widower Frank Rupert Higginson, who was a military policeman, the wedding taking place in the splendour of St. Anne's Cathedral just north of Royal Avenue in the city. 

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Sarah Meads, formerly Higginson, nee Watton

Frank and Sarah went to live in Scotland, presumably as the result of a change of posting for Frank, and in March 1942 their first child, Frank, was born in Perthshire. The family were living at Waterside Cottages in the Almondbank part of the town. But the family were soon moved again as by 1945, in May, their second child Laura was born in Nottinghamshire, England.
In the late 40's or early 50's, Sarah and Frank divorced. Sarah remarried in the Seventies to George Meads in Long Eaton, and the couple lived at 1 Southfields Bungalows, where Sarah eventually passed away on Halloween 1989. She is buried in Long Eaton cemetery alongside her husband George, and their gravestone reads:
 
Cherished memories
of a dear wife and mother
SARAH MEADS
1903 - 1989
God bless
Also husband George
1905 - 1996
 
CHILDREN of SARAH WATTON and TOM (UNKNOWN):
Cochrane McLaughlin Watton
b: 2/11/1929  d: Apr 2007
 
Cochrane was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on November 2nd 1929.
 
Cochrane married Yorkshire woman Yvonne, and had a daughter, Linda.
 
According to his granddaughter Laura, Cochrane emigrated to Canada at some stage in the 1960s after the end of his first marriage.
 
Another granddaughter, Angela, recalls that her grandfather was disillusioned with living in England, and that he in fact moved to London, Ontario, where he eventually passed away in April 2007.
 
Children of COCHRANE WATTON and YVONNE:
Linda
b:XXXX
 
Linda was born in Nottingham and married Barrie.
 
The couple have two children.
 
 
Children of LINDA and BARRIE:
Angela
b. XXXX
 
Angela was born in Derbyshire, England and married Robert. The couple have four girls.
 
 
Children of ANGELA and ROBERT:
Nadine
b. XXXX
 
 
Kirsty
b. XXXX
 
 
Jessica
b. XXXX
 
 
Unknown
b. XXXX
 
 
John
b. XXXX
 
John was born in Nottingham. With his partner Zoe he has a daughter.
 
 
Child of JOHN and ZOE:
Evie
b. XXXX 
 
 
 
 
Violet Watton
b: XXXX
 
Violet was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
 
Violet later married to Eddie in Derbyshire, England, and still resides in the area today.
 
 
CHILDREN of VIOLET WATTON and EDDIE:
Christopher
b: XXXX
 
Christopher was born in Long Eaton, England.
 
 
 
Stephen
b: XXXX
 
Stephen was born in Long Eaton, England.
 
 
 
Amanda
b: XXXX
 
Amanda was born in Long Eaton, England.
 
 
CHILDREN of SARAH WATTON and FRANK:
Frank
b: XXXX
 
Frank was born in Scotland. At the age of 14 or 15 he joined the Grenadier Guards as a drummer, spending part of his service at Buckingham Palace.
 
Frank married Betty in Lincolnshire. Both had been working at St. Johns Hospital as ward orderlies, and were living in a caravan. The couples had two children, Samantha and Susan, after which the family moved to Nottinghamshire, where two more children duly appeared, Sean and Scott.  Tragically, Sarah also gave birth to twins, Stewart and Sharon, but they lived for only a few hours. They were buried in Long Eaton cemetery.
 
CHILDREN of FRANK and BETTY:
Samantha
b: XXXX
 
Samantha was born in England.
 
Samantha initially married Robert, with whom she had two children, Jennifer and David. She later remarried to Tony, with whom she has a further son, Timothy.
 
Many thanks to Samantha, who contacted us in December 2002 and provided all the above info on Sarah Watton and her descendants.
 
 
CHILDREN of SAMANTHA and ROBERT:
Jennifer
b: XXXX
 
Jennifer lives with partner Robert, and has recently given birth to her first daughter, Chloe.
 
 
David
b: XXXX
 
David currently lives in Derbyshire.
 
CHILDREN of SAMANTHA and TONY:
Timothy
b: XXXX
 
Timothy is currently living in Derbyshire.
 
 
Susan
b: XXXX
 
Susan was born in Lincolnshire, England.
 
 
 
Scott
b: XXXX
 
 
 
Sean
b: XXXX
 
 
Stewart and Sharon (twins)
b: Feb 1970  d: Feb 1970
 
Tragically, the twins survived only a few hours after birth. They are buried in Long Eaton Cemetery in Derbyshire.
 
 
 
Laura
b: XXXX
 
Laura was born in Long Easton. She attended Sawley infants and juniors schools and Wilsthorpe Secondary School.
 
At the age of 17, Laura joined the British Army and worked in stores at Chilwell Depot, and from there went on to catering. In May 1966 she married Kam, and the couple went on to have four children, Ting, Choi, Sharon and Sarah. The couple later divorced.
 
Laura remarried to David in Ilkestone, and had four further children, Sharon, Sarah, Vincent and Martin. Again the marriage was not to last, and the couple divorced.
 
Laura married for a third time to Brian in Derbyshire, England.
 
 
CHILDREN of LAURA and KAM:
Ting
b: XXXX
 
Ting was born in Nottinghamshire.
 
Ting took up work as a carpenter and later married to Samantha. The couple have two children, Jamie and Tarnya.
 
 
 
Choi
b: XXXX
 
Choi was born in Nottinghamshire, England.
 
Choi married Robert and the couple currently have four children, Sophie, Channon, Francine and Robert.
 
 
 
 
Sharon
b: XXXX
 
Sharon was born in Nottinghamshire, England.
 
She is currently married to Stuart, with four children - Laura, Leanne, Shaun and Jason.
 
 
 
Sarah
b: XXXX
 
Sarah was born in Wales, and is now married to Peter, with two children, Jordan and Kameron.
 
 
CHILDREN of LAURA and DAVID:
Vincent
b: XXXX
 
Sarah
b: XXXX
 
 
Martin
b: XXXX
 
 
Sharon
b: XXXX
 
 
 
Ethel Watton
b: 15/12/1905  d: 13/2/1906
 
Ethel was born at 14 Riga Street in Belfast, on December 15th 1905. Her father informed the Belfast registrar on January 3rd 1906 (Belfast Urban 3, book 122, #354).
 
Ethel tragically died just a few weeks later, on February 13th 1906, the cause being bronchtitis. At the time of her death she was listed as having been resident at 16 Riga Street. She was buried in the City Cemetery, in lair G2 452, at a cost of 7s 6d, and her religion was stated to have been Church of Ireland. (Source IFHF: Antrim deaths).
 
 
 
 
Kathleen Wade Watton
b: 15/5/1907  d: 7/12/1908
 
Kathleen was born on May 15th 1907 at 2 Springmount Street in Belfast. The informant to the Belfast registrar on June 10th was Sarah Wade, from 30 Ballywatt Street, who was present at the birth (Belfast Urban 3, book 126, #391).
 
Kathleen tragically died in infancy on December 7th 1908, the cause being bronchitis. At the time of death she was noted as residing at 61 Foyle Street, Belfast. She was subsequently buried in the City Cemetery on the 9th, in lair G2 452, the burial fee being 7s and 6d, and her religion was noted as Church of Ireland (Source IFHF: Antrim deaths).
 
 
 
 
Alice Beatrice Evangelina Booth Watton
b: 8/7/1909   d: 19??

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Beattie Watton in Belfast, at some point in the 1950s

Alice was known more colloquially as Beattie throughout her life. She was born on July 8th 1909 at 11 Barrow Street, Belfast. The informant to the registrar on the 24th was Isabella Cuthbert, who had to sign her name to the book with an X, being unable to write (Belfast Urban 3, book 32, #304). 
 
In the 1911 census for Belfast, Beatrice was noted as a year old, born in Belfast and Salvation Army by way of religion.
 
Beattie married in Belfast, but after quite a long marriage she divorced her first husband. She then moved to England, settling in Wigan, and she remarried to someone, it is believed, with the surname of Jones.
 
Beatrice was visited at her home in Hindley Green, Wigan, England, by Calum's grandmother Charlotte in approximately 1966, when she was about eleven years old. Charlotte's brother Michael, and her mother Martha were over from Ireland on a visit, and Charlotte remembers jumping up and down on Beattie's bed as a game with Michael - Michael accidentally knocked her off and gave her a black eye when she hit the bed on falling down!
 
 
 
William Atkinson Watton
b: 19/6/1913
 
William was born at 12 Benwell Street on June 19th 1913. His mother informed the Belfast registrar on July 10th (Belfast Urban 3, book 143, #230).
  

Annie Evelyn Leslie Watton
11/5/1901 - 7/10/1981

Annie was Calum's and Jamie's great great grandmother.

Annie's mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) profile has been established following analysis of her great grandson Christopher's DNA in 2007. This form of DNA was passed to her from her mother Elizabeth Holmes etc, and further back along the maternal line. Her haplogroup was H, meaning that her maternal ancestors eventually went as far back as an ancestor that the boffins in white coats have named Helena. The sample of DNA was matched against the Cambridge Reference Sequence by the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, and the following differences (mutations) to the sequence were noted:

HVR1: 16519C    HVR2: 263G   HVR3: 315.1C

If anybody has the same mtDNA mutations as Annie, it will be extremely likely that they shared a common maternal ancestor somewhere in the last 500 years. Annie's mtDNA profile was shared by her children, and her brothers and sisters. The children of her sisters also carried this same DNA profile, though not those of her brothers, as men cannot pass on mtDNA to their children (it is inherited from the mother only).

 

Annie was born at home on Groomsport Street in Belfast in 1901, about a month after the census was taken for the city. By the following year the family were no longer registered on that street, and it is not yet known where they moved to, although it was still in Belfast. 

In the 1911 census for Belfast, Annie was noted as a ten year old scholar from the city, who could not read, and who was Salvation Army by way of religion.

Annie attended school in Belfast, and upon completing her studies took up work at one of Belfast's many linen mills, it is believed at Edenderry Mill off the Crumlin Road. It is not known what her role was there, although her granddaughter Charlotte recalls that she had to wear wellies all day because the floor was so wet. This would indicate that she worked at the spinning frames, so she was either a spinner or a doffer, replacing the empty bobbins with full ones, known as 'doffs'.

In 1920, Annie's family were certainly living at 35 Barrow Street in Belfast. It is assumed that Annie met her future husband William McKeever Smyth whilst living on this street - she lived at number 35, he was at number 23.

Annie married William on December 24th 1920 (GRO Dublin: Belfast /1/ 295/#49 - 4th qtr 1920). The wedding took place at St. Anne's parish church in Belfast, after the proclamation of banns. The minister officiating was Reverend A. George Johnston, whilst the witnesses were Archie Mullen and Mary Bill. Annie is described on the wedding entry as working in a mill. She was in fact a wet spinner at Edenderry Linen Mills in the city. She was also quite a religious woman, being a member of the Salvation Army, in which she was a songster.

The couple moved to 25 Liffey Street in 1927, where they stayed for 17 years. Whilst here, the couple ran a grocery business from the front room of their house. William used to order up all the produce (vegetables and the like) and used to make deliveries of these throughout the Old Park area of Belfast using a horse and cart. William's main job though was working as a house painter and interior decorator, whilst Annie looked after the day to day running of the shop.

In 1945 or 1946 the family moved to 32 Roe Street, where Annie lived until the time of her death in 1981.  She occasionally made visits to her children in Belfast and nearby Carrickfergus. According to Calum's grandmother Charlotte, Annie would "have made two stones fight", and being the kind of woman that you always had to make sure your house was tidy for, before she visited. Cherie also remembers that despite being a bit of a dragon, Annie was a very beautiful woman as a young lady, and that a portrait of her used to hang on the wall of her house. Upon her death, it is believed that either one of her daughters Lesley or Evelyn obtained this picture - if either of you ever get to read this, I would love to see the portrait!

Annie and William had eight children, but in addition to this Annie miscarried a further eight times, making a total of sixteen pregnancies. 
She died in 1981 and was buried in Carnmoney's Church of the Holy Evangelist's cemetery.

The following notices were recorded in the Belfast Telegraph upon her death:

Wednesday, October 7th 1981

SMYTH, Annie Evelyn - Oct 7, 1981 at hospital, dearly loved widow of William, 32 Roe Street. House private. Funeral arrangements later. Deeply regretted.


Thursday, October 8th 1981

SMYTH, Annie - October 7th 1981 (suddenly) at hospital, beloved wife of the late William McKeever Smyth, 32 Roe Street. Funeral from her home, tomorrow (Friday) at 2pm to Carnmoney Cemetery.

There were also notices from daughter Eveline, granddaughter Christine, daughter Margaret, son Bill and granddaughter Janice.

 

CHILDREN of ANNIE EVELYN LESLIE WATTON and WILLIAM McKEEVER SMYTH:

Martha Jane Elisabeth Watton Smyth
b: 4/3/1922  d:

Calum's and Jamie's great grandmother - see Smyth page.

and

Thomas McKeever Smyth

William Smyth

Margaret Smyth

Evelyn Smyth

Beatrice Smyth

Sadie Smyth

Christopher Smyth

Connecting to Calum and Jamie

Annie Eveline Leslie Watton married William McKeever Smyth between 1918 and 1922

Daughter, Martha Jane Elisabeth Watton Smyth, married Ernest Graham in 1943

Daughter, Charlotte Harper Graham, married Colin Paton in 1969

Son, Christopher Mark Paton, married Claire Patricia Giles in 2000

Sons, Calum Graham Paton and Jamie Christopher Paton

 

 
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