John Kilpatrick's Genealogy Pages

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Probably originating from the area now pertaining to the Colquhoun clan, West of Loch Lomond; but the first ancestors I can trace are from Glasgow, around 1760. The family had been coal miners, until David Tennant Kilpatrick broke away from that occupation, and went into Steel and within that into Labour Contracting. This made him money, and he built Janetta Terrace and Maxfield Terrace in Wishaw. DTK's name was also shared by a cousin, and has been reused several times since. JPK also went into Steel, moving to England and becoming a plate marker (among other things marking the plates for the Sydney Harbour Bridge), before retiring back to Wishaw. TSK likewise went into Steel,  becoming at one time Director of Operations, British Steel Corporation.

The Kilpatrick line:
  Alexander Kilpatrick (c.1760 Glasgow) = Janet Smith (c. 1765 Glasgow)
  William Kilpatrick (1 Jan 1795, Calton) = Agnes Hosie (28 Sep 1795, Gorbals)
  James Kilpatrick (10 Jun 1827, Govan Colliery) = Jane Tennant (12 May 1833, Rutherglen)
  David Tennant Kilpatrick (18 Oct 1855, Rutherglen) = Mary Paterson (17 May 1857, Glasgow Central)
  John Paterson Kilpatrick (29 Dec 1881, Rutherglen) = Selina Sheldon (1 Nov 1881, Wishaw)
  Thomas Sheldon Kilpatrick (22 Oct 1912, Netherton Wishaw) = Alice Margaret Davies (16 Mar 1912, Oxford)
  [then me and two brothers]

Tom and Margaret (as they were known) lived briefly in High Wycombe, then in West Cumberland for some years, and finally in Sheffield. After Tom's death (19 Dec 1995) Margaret remained in Sheffield for a while, then moved to Oxford to a flat near my brother, and finally to Lady Nuffield Home, where she died (26 Feb 2011) after a short lapse from otherwise good physical health.
    For a picture of TSK's crematorium memorial plaque (now removed), click here
    For a picture of AMK's headstone in Wolvercote Cemetery , click here


Coming from the "Black Country" (industrial West Midlands, England), the Sheldon family were mainly in Iron & Steel, and the Dainty family in Coal Mining. The Sheldons moved to Scotland just before the 1881 census, having 6 daughters of whom the first 5 were English born.

The Sheldon line:
  Abraham Sheldon (c.1764, Tipton) = Elizabeth Perks (c.1768, Tipton)
  Benjamin Sheldon (Mar? 1794, Sedgley) = Mary Gallop (Jul? 1802, Segdley)
  Thomas Sheldon (22 Nov 1846, Princes End) = Selina Dainty (5 Dec 1841, Princes End)
  Selina Sheldon (1 Nov 1881, Wishaw) = JPK (see above)


Tipton, Dudley, Sedgley and Princes End were all adjacent or overlapping districts in Staffordshire. Wombridge and other places were in Shropshire, but not far away. Coal mining was the family occupation. For a few generations there was a rumour that the Dainty family were descended by illegitimacy from the Duke of Wellington, but when I found the ancestral line it became clear that the town of Wellington (Shropshire) or thereabouts, was a place of origin - no connection with the Duke.

The Dainty line:
  Joseph Dainty (c.1717) = Elizabeth Ankeas (c. 1719)
  John Dainty (4 Mar 1738, Wombridge) = Sarah Bidhall (1737, Wombridge)
  Thomas Dainty (x. 18 Aug 1771, Wombridge) = Mary Barnsley (7 Aug 1775, Shifnal)
  Robert Dainty (x. 1 Dec 1811, Wombridge) = Emma Woodcott (x. 24 May 1807, Shifnal)
  Selina Dainty (5 Dec 1841, Princes End) = Tom Sheldon (see above)


For years it was thought that the family were of Welsh origin. This was disproved only in 2009, by a chain of GRO certificates and other information. Interestingly there was a marriage between a Davis and a Davies in Mortlake: and both families included a surgeon.

John Davis (surgeon in Mortlake, d.1793) = Elizabeth Catlin (1741-1781), marrying in Mortlake 1 Mar 1764; they had two daughters, Sarah (x. 2 Jan 1765) and Elizabeth (x. 29 Jan 1772); after his wife's death he married Mary Bourne (m. 1783). 
   For a transcript of the Will of John Davis, click here (this one is the most interesting financially).
   For a transcript of the Will of Mary Davis, click here (of genealogical interest).

The above Elizabeth Catlin was the first daughter of Thomas Catlin = Elisabeth Massey (1714-1766), married 23 Apr 1741. Their second daughter was Sarah, who married Edmund Phillips on 3 Nov 1765.
   For a transcript of the Will of Elizabeth Catlin (Elisabeth Massey), click here .
   For a transcript of the Will of Sarah Phillips (Sarah Catlin), click here .

Elizabeth Davis (1782-1812) = Edward William Davies (surgeon & apothecary in Mortlake, d.1810); they had seven children, Elizabeth (1796-1821), Sarah (1797-1807), Margaret (1799-1833), Mary (1801), Edward (1803), John (1805-1873) and Amelia (1806-1813). Most died fairly young, only Mary and John marrying.

Mary Davies (x. 24 Sep 1801) married Edward Watts in Bath, in 1829.

John Davies (x. 27 Mar 1805, Mortlake) = Elizabeth Smart (possibly the one x. 25 Apr 1811, Birmingham); they had five children, Edward (1835-1920), Robert (1838), Sarah Ann (1812, died aged 4 weeks), Frederick (1843-1911) and Sarah Jane (1846-1890). I have not been able to trace Robert further, but Edward had a long career and large family. After his wife Elizabeth's death, John Davies married Sarah Greville (x. 24 May 1831, m. 20 Sep 1853 Hereford), and had six more children. There are several living descendants from both of John's families. On 1st January 1873, in Ross-on-Wye, John committed suicide. He was a "writer" (Accountant, Solicitor's clerk, etc.). 
   For a transcript of the newspaper report on his suicide, click here.

Frederick Davies (21 Aug 1843, Leamington) = Eliza Meech (7 Aug 1844, Beaminster). Eliza's birth record cannot be found but the date is in the fly page of a family bible; an LDS record was seen containing the words "adopted - father", but I can't find that record now [see Meech-sisters]; they had 10 children, all born in Ashbourne, of whom 3 died in infancy. Frederick went into Shopkeeping as a Confectioner and Cook, among other things, and died in Oxford 9 Dec 1911; Eliza died there 3 Jan 1944..
   Frederick William Davies b. 1867 d.1870
   Alfred George Davies (1869-1944) = Sarah Ann Burns (1869-1925) (m. 1888); there are living descendants
   Elizabeth Ann Davies (1871-1947) = Clifford Charles Playle (1874-c.1953); there are living descendants
   Florence Louisa Davies (1873-1873)
   Fred Meech Davies (1974-1921) = Mary Eleanor Durant (1874- ); their one son was killed in WW1.
   John Joseph Davies (1877-1955) = Alice Mary Taylor (1877-1961); see below
   William James Davies (1879- ) = Emma W Hovell (1879-1951); 5 children - descendants unknown
   Charles Davies (1882-1882)
   Francis Henry Salt Davies (1883-1955) = Ellen Effie Hine (1883- ); there are living descendants with the Davies surname
   Margaret Emma Davies (1885- ) = Philip Eustace Rogers (1886-1961); there are living descendants

John Joseph Davies (13 Nov 1877, Ashbourne - 6 May 1965, Oxford) = Alice Mary Taylor (16 Sep 1877, South Hinksey - 22 Dec 1961, Birdingbury); they had three children. JJD was a compositor and master printer in Oxford. South Hinksey was originally in Berkshire, but is now part of Oxford.
   Leonard John Davies (1898-1969) = Kathleen Helen Bennett (1897-1981); two daughters, one living
   Denis Grant Davies (1904-1963)
   Alice Margaret Davies (16 Mar 1912, Oxford - 26 Feb 2011, Oxford) = Thomas Sheldon Kilpatrick (see above); three sons including me, 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Davies & World War 1
Len, Denis & Margaret had three cousins and one cousin-in-law who were casualties of WW1. Len was in the war, but survived.
For details, including pictures of the war graves, click here.
For the war records of Len (L J Davies),  click here


Croughton is a village in Northamptonshire, but not far from Oxford. Chartlon-on-Otmoor is in Oxfordshire, rather nearer. The family were Blacksmiths and Wheelwrights. Freeland is also in Oxfordshire. John & Harriett were hard-working and canny enough to save and build property in White House Road, Oxford; they ran a butcher's shop, in St Aldate's Oxford, and also in Lake Street. This picture may be of Lake St.

The Taylor line:
  Robert Taylor (1729) = Ann
  John Taylor (x. 17 Jul 1757, Croughton) = Sarah Turner (x. 23 Mar 1754)
  John Taylor (x. 6 Jul 1788, Croughton) = Alice
  William Taylor (x. 26 Nov 1815, Croughton) = Rebecca Neal (x. 29 Dec 1811, Charlton-on-Otmoor)
  John Taylor (8 Mar 1843, Charlton-on-Otmoor) = Harriet Putt (19 Nov 1859, Freeland)
  Alice Mary Taylor (16 Sep 1877, South Hinksey) = JJD (see above)


Cassington, Handborough & Freeland are all near each other in Oxfordshire. Handborough is now spelt Hanborough. James Putt was a Cordwainer (Shoe- or Boot-maker).
See here for pictures of Freeland - cottage and gravestones.

The Putt line:
  John Putt (x. 11 May 1794, Cassington) = Jane Yeatman (c.1795, Handborough)
  James Putt (x. 30 Jan 1820, Handborough) = Phoebe Trueman (x. 9 Feb 1823, Shilton)
  Harriet Putt (19 Nov 1859, Freeland) = JT (see above)

Harriet's sister Mary (known as Polly) married 4 times, her third husband being Thomas Beecham the pillmaker (and she his 3rd wife). Beecham money helped many members of the Putt family to get a leg up in life, but John & Harriet made their up through their own efforts. Polly is buried with her last husband Colonel Hector in Wolvercote Cemetery - see here for photo of the headstone.