Zerub Baillie Sr.

Birth

Marriage

Death

On __, 1833

Jane Anderson, September 22, 1854 at Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

March quarter of 1898

Parents

Siblings

Children

John Baillie (?), Isabella Baillie (?) née Tait

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John Baillie, William Anderson Baillie, Zerub Baillie Jr. (1), Jane Young Baillie, Robert Anderson Baillie, Alexander Baillie, Zerub Baillie Jr (2), Walter Baillie, George Baillie, Agnes Baillie

 

Zerub Baillie was born in Oxton, parish of Berwickshire, according to the birth record of his eldest son John. This is in accord with the 1881 Census which says that he was born "in Scotland". He was a cabinet maker.

Zerub Baillie's father, according to statements by John Baillie (missionary to Swaziland) recorded in the South African Pioneer, was a shepherd. Yet the evidence collected so far suggests that it was actually John Baillie's great-grandfather that was the shepherd.

Zerub Baillie married Jane Anderson on September 22, 1854 at Saint Cuthberts, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. Zerub Baillie died in Sunderland (Durham, England) about 1890 (letters from Henry Grieve to John Baillie). To judge by the location of birth of his children, the family moved from Edinburgh to Sunderland in about 1865.

There is no mention of Zerub Baillie Sr. in the British Census of 1851.

The 1861 census provides the following:

1861 Census - 43 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh, MLN [ref: 685/4-62-8, no. 45].
1 room with windows

Forename

Surname

Relation

state

age

occupation

birthplace

 

Zerub

Baillie

Head

mar

28

cabinet maker

Cousland

BEW

Jane

do

wife

mar

24

---

St. Cuthberts

MLN

John

do

son

 

5

scholar

do

do

William

do

son

 

3

---

do

do

Zerub

do

son

 

1

---

do

do

 

Note that the birthplaces in this record are confused. It says that Zerub was born in Cousland. In fact it was Jane who was born in Cousland, according to the birth record of her eldest son John.

The 1851 census has the following data which may refer to the same Zerub Baillie:

1851 Census index of the New Town of Edinburgh, household no. 2986 2 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, MLN [ref: ?-8-8, no. 30]

Forename

Surname

Relation

state

age

occupation

birthplace

 

John

Bailey

head

mar

46

joiner

Lauder

BEW

Isabella

do

wife

mar

48

joiner's wife

Edinburgh

[MLN]

Euphemia

do

dau

unm

20

at home

Channelkirk

BEW

Zeneb (sic)

do

son

unm

18

cabinet maker

do

do

 

This record suggests that Zerub Baillie in 1851 was living with his parents in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh, beside the Water of Leith. There is some doubt about the link-up, however: (i) Zerub's name is listed as "Zeneb" not "Zerub"; the surname is listed as "Bailey" not "Baillie" (not a strong objection because spellings were arbitrary before 1850); (ii) there is no record of the birth of Zerub or his sister Euphemia, and no later trace of her could be found. Nevertheless the link is plausible.

Assuming the link to John Baillie and Isabella Tait is correct, there is one further observation on Zerub Baillie, namely from John's death certificate:

John Baillie, 62, joiner (jobbing), d. 23.3.1863 at 4 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh
Married to Helen Izatt, formerly to Isabella Tait
Father: decd. Zerub Baillie, shepherd
Mother: decd. Agnes Baillie MS Taylor
Informant of death: his son, Zerub Baillie, 55 Bristo Street
Cause of death: paralysis, years
Not certified
Ref: D-1863-685/1-262 Edinburgh/St George MLN

So as of 1863 Zerub Baillie was living at 55 Bristo Street, Edinburgh.

Date of birth of Zerub Baillie: 1832 or 1833. John Baillie's birth record says that his father Zerub was 23 as of September 1855, making his birth year 1832. The 1861 census has him at 28 years in April 1861, making his birth year 1833. The 1851 census has him at 18 years in April 1851, making his birth year 1833 also (though see qualifier above). He was 65 at death (see below) in the March quarter of 1898, so that he could have been born between April 1832 and March 1833.

Date of death of Zerub Baillie: The March quarter of 1898, according to his death registration. He was 65 at the time.

Comment: The family lived with three children in a single room in a house.

 

Sources:

(1) Birth, occupation: The 1881 British Census, in CD form, provided by the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Mowbray, Cape Town.

(2) Year of death (as March quarter of 1898): Death registration of Zerub Baillie, kindly mentioned to me by Peter Gundry, by email, January 4, 2005.

(3) Marriage date, wife's name: Electronic version of the IGI, and film: 993529, 0103072, Batch number M119904.

(4) The transcript of the 1851 Census: kindly provided on October 7, 2002, by Dr. J.A. Robertson, a genealogical researcher in Edinburgh.

(5) The death certificate of John Baillie (d. 1863, Tollcross): a transcription kindly provided on October 7, 2002, by Dr. J.A. Robertson, Edinburgh.

 

 

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