My Blacks have been particularly challenging to research.  Although most of this is grounded in records,  I still consider it a work in progress based on theory. Please confirm relationships for yourself.


Descendants of John Black and Jenet Thomson (16)


Generation One

1. John1 Black (16) married Jenet Thomson (17), daughter of Thomas Thomson (42) and Elspie Donald (43).

Children of John1 Black (16) and Jenet Thomson (17) were as follows:


Generation Two

2. James2 Black (14) (John1) was born on 1 Aug 1725 at Craigendmuire, Barony, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He married Grizel Philips (15). Their daughter Margaret was reported as their 12th child. On the 26 May 1769 marriage entry of his daughter Izoble, James was listed as a brickmaker.

Children of James2 Black (14) and Grizel Philips (15) were as follows:


Generation Three

10. Thomas3 Black (12) (James2, John1) was born on 17 Nov 1754 at Calton, Barony, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He married Margaret Bennie (13), daughter of Mark Bennie (49) and Jean McNiel (50), on 9 Nov 1776 at Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Children of Thomas3 Black (12) and Margaret Bennie (13) were as follows:


Generation Four

12. James4 Black (10) (Thomas3, James2, John1) was born on 21 Aug 1777 at Barony, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He married Elizabeth Dunn (11), daughter of William Dunn (109) and Charlotte Spratt (110), on 12 Aug 1813 at St. Luke's, Chelsea, London, England. He died before 1 Jun 1860. He began military service circa 1796. He served in the Caledonian Rangers in Barbados and the 23rd Regiment of Foot - Welch Fusiliers. He received a leg wound that ended his military career at the Battle of Albuera on 16 May 1811.

Children of James4 Black (10) and Elizabeth Dunn (11) were as follows:


Generation Five

21. Thomas5 Black (51) (James4, Thomas3, James2, John1) was born circa 1816. He was born on 5 May 1818. He was baptized on 7 Jun 1818 at St. Dunstan, Stepney, London, England. He married Helen Stark (52). He died on 19 Jul 1887 at 5 Harriet Street, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Children of Thomas5 Black (51) and Helen Stark (52) all born at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland, were as follows:

24. William5 Black (53) (James4, Thomas3, James2, John1) was born circa 1825. He married Mary Hannah (96) on 9 May 1845 at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He died on 5 Jun 1887 at 64 Glasgow Road, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He witnessed the death of Mary Hannah (96) on 19 May 1873 at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland.


Children of William5 Black (53) and Mary Hannah (96) were:



WILLIAM BLACK, son of a Peninsular hero, was born in Calton, Glasgow, about 1825. His father, being disabled from service by a wound at Albuera, was pensioned with a shilling a day, and after his discharge he became a servant to one of the officers of his regiment, who was on leave in London owing to ill health. In the house where his master resided was a domestic servant, who in course of time became the wife of the former soldier.

William was the second of four children, all of whom became military men but himself—nature having denied him the requisite qualification of stature, for he was very little over four feet in height. Mark, the only brother now alive, is in receipt of a pension for twenty-one years' service.
William's first work was in the loom shop with his father. He was afterwards apprenticed as a baker, but it did not agree with him, for he had been " a tender bairn, and his deid claes had been laid out three times," consequently he had to return to the loom. When growing into manhood he was the cause of much thought to his mother, owing to his religious views, but she lived to see him a valued and useful office-bearer in the church. He, however, lamented the introduction of organs and hymnals, and always preferred the days when, as he said, " folks' hearts were tuned wi' something better than a finger-board." He was a leal supporter of the temperance cause, and to the end of his long and honoured life he pleaded its claims, and deplored the miseries of the poor inebriate with power and tenderness. In addition to being a zealous and winning Sunday-school superintendent, he, for many years in Rutherglen, to which he had removed in early manhood, carried on the work of an unpaid missionary.

Some years before his death, which took place in 1887, he became a member of the Loyal Order of Orangemen, and among that brotherhood none was more beloved and respected. He wrote many poems of a reflective and religious nature, a number of which had a place in several newspapers and periodicals, from which we select the following :—

Go down behind the hill,
And hear the rippling of the stream
I love to see the setting sun
When all around is still.
I love to wander down the glen
When gently blows the breeze,
To view the fields, when in their prime,
An' hear the humming bees.
How joyous is the summer's voice,
How sweet 'mid blooming flowers,
To hear the warblers trill their lays
Within the woodbine bowers ; '
Mid woods and fields, all clad in green,
In harmony they sing,
And babbling rivulets combine
To make the valley ring.
The violet, brier, and opening rose,
Send forth their fragrant smell ;
The lily and the daisy peep
From many a dewy dell.
How lovely is the hawthorn tree
To view when in full bloom ;
When dripping with the morning dew
How sweet is its perfume.
Surpassing beauty summer brings,
It fills our heart with joy,
And wise is he who its bright hours
Doth usefully employ ;
For summer, like spring-time of life,
Doth swiftly glide away,
The autumn gives a rich reward,
While winter brings decay.

Dripping with the dews of morning,
Swift the lark ascends the skies,
Leaving hill and dale behind him,
Sweetly warbling as he flies.
Bold, undaunted, merry creature,
Singing in the morning breeze,
Far above thy brother warblers,
Perched among the shady trees.
King of songsters, in thy flight,
Sperting in the dewy morn,
Snaring upwards, warbling boldly,
As if to view this world with scorn—
What a lesson thou dost teach us,
That we betimes from earth should rise,
And look beyond its fleeting pleasures
To joy untarnished in the skies.

Old places and friends oft to memory appear,
And the thought of the past brings many a tear,
As each pleasant scene enraptures my mind,
Yet, dissolving, leaves nothing but sorrow behind.
The sun shines as bright as it did long before,
In the glad days of childhood, on my loved father's door.
And the warblers, in concert, still sing on the spray,
But the voice of my friends is silent for aye.
There is the chair where my grandsire reclined,
And the stool by the wheel where my mother, with glee,
And kindly caressed—so loving and kind,—
The sweet lullaby sang as I sat on her knee.
The school by the green, where I often did play,
Unaltered remains ; but my friends are away,
And the old teacher seems now before me to stand
Who ruled with firm love his boisterous band.
And down by the glen still stands the old tree—
The hawthorn in blossom delightful to see ;
And mem'ry beholds the fair scene with delight,
But the loved one I met there lies far from my sight ;
Ana the old dipping-well, with the moss-cover'd stone,
Flows on, free as ever, nor heeds my sad moan,
And all are made welcome to come at their will,
Nor be e'er called to question for quaffing their fill.
But lonely I wander by the sweet murm'ring stream,
To muse on the days that have passed like a dream,
When the streams of gold chase the shadows of night
And fill my lone bosom with songs of delight.


25. Mark Bennie5 Black (8) (James4, Thomas3, James2, John1) was born circa 1831. He married Jane Smith (9), daughter of James Smith (102) and Violet Bain (103). He served in the Army Hospital Corps for 21 years and ended military service around 1870. He witnessed the death of Thomas Black (51) on 19 Jul 1887 at 5 Harriet Street, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Children of Mark Bennie5 Black (8) and Jane Smith (9) were as follows:

26. Henry5 Black (55) (James4, Thomas3, James2, John1) was born circa 1839. He married Christina Stobo (57) on 1 Jun 1860 at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He died on 7 Dec 1903 at 50 Great Hamilton Street, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Children of Henry5 Black (55) and Christina Stobo (57) all born at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland, were as follows:


Generation Six

34. Margaret6 Black (73) (Mark5, James4, Thomas3, James2, John1) was born on 23 Mar 1865 at St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, England. She married James Boyce (76). She married Archibald Aitken (75) on 13 Jan 1915 at 11 Cathcart Road, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland. She died on 20 Nov 1934 at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland, at age 69.
She witnessed the death of Violet Stewart Black (74) on 2 Feb 1926 at Southcroft, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Children of Margaret6 Black (73) and James Boyce (76) were as follows:

There were no children of Margaret6 Black (73) and Archibald Aitken (75).

36. John Suter6 Black Sr. (6) (Mark5, James4, Thomas3, James2, John1) was born on 24 Feb 1870 at Woolwich, England. He married Elizabeth Rankin (7), daughter of James Rankin (115) and Isabella Connally (116), on 24 Jun 1892 at Albert Hall, Bridgeton, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He died on 20 Nov 1940 at Saco, York, Maine, USA, at age 70.
Children of John Suter6 Black Sr. (6) and Elizabeth Rankin (7) all born at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland, were as follows:


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