Margaret Hay

ID # 5718, (1823-)
FatherRobert Hay
MotherJanet Dick (1791-1856)
BirthMargaret Hay was born on 9 July 1823 at Riccarton, Ayrshire, Scotland. 
NoteFamilysearch has a database (transcription only) entitled Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950. This appears on FHL microfilm 1,041,404. This shows the birth of Margaret Hay at Riccarton, Ayr, Scotland on 09 July, 1823. This also states that she was Christened at Riccarton, Ayr, but does not provide a baptism date. Her parents are shown as Robert Hay and Janet Dick.

It seems reasonable to accept this information as is. There is a conflict, however, when we look at the family at the time of the 1841 census in Riccarton, Ayrshire, Scotland, as transcribed by Ancestry. This census shows sisters Margaret and Jane as being 15. Familysearch also provides transcriptions, showing both Margaret and Jane as 15, though Familysearch presents individuals only, Ancestry's transcription showing all the persons in the household. This would suggest that both children were born in 1826. (Note that images of Scottish censuses are not available without subscription.)

The baptism record for Jane shows her as Jean, but, given her age, we must believe that she is indeed Jane who came to Canada with her mother and some siblings and who later married John Johnson.

It is entirely possible that Robert Hay and Janet Dick had two daughters named Margaret. This is not unheard of when the first child named Margaret died and the parents wanted to perpetuate the name. (An example appears elsewhere in this tree wherein the parents had three sons named Andrew with only the 3rd Andrew surviving to adulthood.) A rather more likely explanation, however, is an enumerator's error. There is nothing to show that Margaret and Jane were twins.

In any event, Margaret Hay, the daughter of Robert Hay and Janet Dick, has not been found after the 1841 Scottish census and, unlike her sister Jane, no evidence has been found of her coming to Canada with her mother and siblings. Another story may yet be found. 
Last Edited17 Aug 2017