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Agnes McKenzie Fisher

F, #523, b. 14 March 1842, d. 14 December 1938
4 generations c1915 : Agnes McKenzie Fisher Conway, her g-grandaughter Violet Whitton, Violet's mother (standing behind) Jessie Milne Miller Whitton, Jessie's mother Marion McKenzie Conway Miller
  • Birth*: Agnes McKenzie Fisher was born on 14 March 1842 at Monkton & Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland; Agnes Fisher lawful daughter of William Fisher and Marion McKenzie spouses was born at Prestwick 14th March 1842 and baptised by the Rev Mr Burns (recorded in 1845.)1,2
  • She was the daughter of William Fisher and Marion McKenzie.
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Agnes McKenzie Fisher married James Conway, son of John Conway and Jane Waugh, on 7 June 1861 at Dundonald, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland; 1861 marriages in the parish of Dundonald in the county of Ayr, ref 8; 1861 June Seventh, Troon, after banns according to the forms of the Free Church of Scotland; signed James Conway masons labourer bachelor, 24, ur Monkton, parents John Conway masons labourer and Jane Conway ms Waugh; signed Agnes Fisher domestic servant spinster, 19, us Troon, parents William Fisher lumper at Troon and Marion Fisher ms McKenzie (dec); signed A H Cowan minister, A T McClenaghan, Eliza Jane Kean, witnesses; registered 1861 June 12th at Dundonald, David Halbert registrar.3,4
  • (Informant) Birth: Agnes McKenzie Fisher registered the birth of Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway on 30 May 1883 at 4 Rosebank Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1883 births in the district of St Clement in the burgh of Dundee; 406; Robert McKenzie Fisher Conway; 1883 May Thirtieth 3h 30m pm, 4 Rosebank Street Dundee; m; James Conway bakers' van driver, Agnes Conway ms Fisher, 1861 June 7th Troon; Agnes Conway mother; 1883 June 13 at Dundee Thomas Scott assistant registrar DS.5
  • Photograph*: Agnes Fisher Miller and Agnes McKenzie Fisher are in this photograph taken say 1922.6
  • (Spouse) Death: Her spouse James Conway died on 27 June 1923 at Blebo Craigs, Kemback, Fife, Scotland; 1923 Deaths in the Parish of Kemback in the County of Fife, # 6; James Conway, Farm Overseer (retired) married to Agnes Fisher 1923 June 27th 6h 0m PM Blebo Craigs, Kemback male aged 88 years Father John Conway, mason (deceased) Mother Jane Conway ms Waugh (deceased) intestinal obstruction 2 days as certified by J Macdonald MB & CM Informant James B D Duncan neighbour, Blebo Craigs Kemback registered 1923 June 28th at Kemback A J C Provan registrar.7
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: Agnes McKenzie Fisher was mentioned in a newspaper article about James Conway on 29 June 1923. DEATHS.
    CONWAY - At Blebo Craigs, on June 27th, James Conway, beloved husband of Agnes Fisher, in his 88th year. Funeral private. This the only intimation.8
  • Photograph*: Agnes McKenzie Fisher is in this photograph taken in 1929 at Blebo Craigs, Cupar, Fife, Scotland, along with John Conway, William Fisher Conway, James Conway, Samuel Meney Conway and Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway.9
    Agnes McKenzie Fisher Conway with all her sons; sitting left John Conway, sitting right William Fisher Conway, standing left-right Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway, James Conway, Samuel Meney Conway; 1929, Blebo Craigs
  • (Witness) Photograph: Agnes McKenzie Fisher is in this photograph taken in 1929 at Blebo Craigs, Cupar, Fife, Scotland, along with Audrey Malvina Conway, Jane Hutchison Wilkie.9
    L-R: Agnes McKenzie Fisher Conway, Audrey Malvina Conway, Jane Hitchison Wilkie Conway 1929, Blebo Craigs
  • (Witness) Marriage: Agnes McKenzie Fisher witnessed the marriage of Joseph Stanley Andrews and Hope Myra Morrison Conway on Monday, 21 June 1937 at Baptist Church, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland; 1937 marriages in the district of Hamilton in the county of Lanark, ref 162, 1937 on the Twenty-First day of June at Baptist Church Hamilton after banns according to the forms of the Baptist Church, signed Joseph Stanley Andrews Baptist Church Minister bachelor aged 25, 18 Mount Stewart Street Carluke, parents James Smith Andrews Baptist Church minister and Janet Andrews ms Lees; signed Hope Myrra Morrison Conway chiropodist spinster aged 22, 13 Bent Road Hamilton, parents Robert Fisher Conway Baptist Church minister and Elizabeth Miller Conway ms Morrison; signed John Conway minister emetrius Free Church of England Bristol, signed Ruth Fisher Conway Chrystal Bank Hamilton, Douglas Cameron Smith 5 Manse Crescent Stirling witnesses; registered 1937 Jane 22nd at Hamilton James Frame registrar
    [and from photograph provided by their grand-daughter].11,12
    Hamilton Baptist Church June 1937
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: Agnes McKenzie Fisher and James Conway was mentioned in a newspaper article about Jeannie Conway on 23 May 1938. CONWAY - At Dundee, on 21st of May, Jeannie, daughter of Agnes Conway and the late James Conway, Blebo Craigs. Funeral private, no flowers.13
  • (Deceased) Death*: Agnes McKenzie Fisher died on 14 December 1938 at 11 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, at age 96 1938 Deaths in the District of Broughty Ferry in the County of Angus, # 112; Agnes Conway widow of James Conway, Commercial Traveller 1938 December 14th 8h 0m AM 11 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry female aged 96 years Father John Fisher (sic), carpenter (deceased) Mother Marion Fisher ms McKenzie (deceased) senility - age 96 9/12 cardiac failure as certified by David Mann MB, FRCS Ed informant Mary Conway daughter present registered 1938 December 14th at Broughty Ferry John R Dryden registrar.14
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: She and James Conway was mentioned in a newspaper article about Agnes Fisher Conway on 13 February 1939. CONWAY - Suddenly, on 12th February, Agnes Fisher Conway, daughter of the late James and Agnes Conway, Blebo Craigs, Cupar.15
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: Agnes McKenzie Fisher and James Conway was mentioned in a newspaper article about Agnes Fisher Conway on 15 February 1939. CONWAY - Suddenly, on 12th February, Agnes Fisher Conway, daughter of the late James and Agnes Conway, Blebo Craigs, Cupar.16

Census Events

Member of Household30 March 1851They was listed as a member of the household of William Fisher and Elizabeth Hendry in the 1851 census at Kirk Street, Monkton, Ayrshire, Scotland. Agnes Fisher, daug, 9 scholar, Prestwick Ayrshire; William Fisher, head, mar, 39, hand loom weaver (cotton) Newton Ayrshire; Elizabeth Fisher, wife, mar, 34, weaver's wife, Ireland.17
Member of Household7 April 1861She was listed as a member of the household of George Oswald in the 1861 census at Orangfield House, Monkton, Ayrshire, Scotland. Agnes Fisher, servant, 19, kitchen maid, Monkton & Prestwick; George Oswald, head, 46, collector of Inland Revenues, Glasgow; plus his 2 daugs and 1 son; plus Susan Anderson Montgomerie, 60, fund holder and 4 other Mongomeries, all visitors, with lady's maid, coachman & page; 10 household servants.18,19
Orangefield House
Orangefield House c 1946 with 'air control tower' built on (Orangefield House was the forerunner of Prestwick Airport)
Spouse2 April 1871She was listed in the household of James Conway in the 1871 census at Rail Gate House, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland. James Conway, head, married, aged 35, Rail Porter, born Ireland; Agnes Conway, wife, married, aged 29, born Ayrshire, Prestwick. Marion McKenzie Conway, John Conway, William Fisher Conway, Jane Conway, Elizabeth Conway, Alexander Hamilton and John McCue were also listed in the household.20
Kilwinning Station [c2002]
Spouse3 April 1881She was listed in the household of James Conway in the 1881 census at 7 Kinloch Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. James Conway, head, married, aged 45, Van Driver, born Ireland; Agnes Conway, wife, married, aged 39, born Ayr, Scotland. Marion McKenzie Conway, William Fisher Conway, Jeannie Conway, Elizabeth Conway, Agnes Fisher Conway, James Conway, Janet Meney Conway, Mary Fisher Conway and John Conway were also listed in the household.21
Spouse5 April 1891She was listed in the household of James Conway in the 1891 census at 11 Dons Road, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. James Conway, head, married, aged 55, Vam Driver,m employed, born Ireland, Co Down; Agnes Conway, wife, married, aged 49, born Ayrshire, Prestwick. Jeannie Conway, Elizabeth Conway, Agnes Fisher Conway, James Conway, Janet Meney Conway, Mary Fisher Conway, Samuel Meney Conway and Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway were also listed in the household.22
Head of Household31 March 1901She was listed as head of household in the 1901 census at Lydox Mill, Dairsie, Fife, Scotland. Agnes Conway, head, married, aged 59, housekeeper, born Ayrshire, Prestwick; Janet Conway, daughter, single, aged 24, sewing-maid, working on own account, born Forfarshire, Dundee; also in the household was Janet Meney Conway.23
Member of Household31 March 1911She was listed as a member of the household of Jeannie Conway in the 1911 census at Blebo Craigs, Fife, Scotland. Agnes Conway, visitor, 69, mar 49 years, 11 children born, 10 still living, b Ayr Prestwick; Jeanie Conway, head, 43, single, monthly nurse, own account, Ayr Kilwinning; 2 rooms with windows.24
Last Edited: 31 Mar 2018

Parents:

Father*: William Fisher b. 19 Aug 1811, d. 16 Sep 1888
Mother*: Marion McKenzie b. 4 Oct 1812, d. c May 1845

Family:

James Conway b. 1837, d. 27 Jun 1923
  • (Bride) Marriage*: Agnes McKenzie Fisher married James Conway, son of John Conway and Jane Waugh, on 7 June 1861 at Dundonald, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland; 1861 marriages in the parish of Dundonald in the county of Ayr, ref 8; 1861 June Seventh, Troon, after banns according to the forms of the Free Church of Scotland; signed James Conway masons labourer bachelor, 24, ur Monkton, parents John Conway masons labourer and Jane Conway ms Waugh; signed Agnes Fisher domestic servant spinster, 19, us Troon, parents William Fisher lumper at Troon and Marion Fisher ms McKenzie (dec); signed A H Cowan minister, A T McClenaghan, Eliza Jane Kean, witnesses; registered 1861 June 12th at Dundonald, David Halbert registrar.3,4

Children:

Marion McKenzie Conway+ b. 12 Apr 1862, d. 15 Feb 1918
John Conway+ b. 10 Dec 1863, d. 17 Nov 1949
William Fisher Conway+ b. 13 Oct 1865, d. 21 Jan 1941
Jeannie Conway b. 30 Jan 1868, d. 21 May 1938
Elizabeth Conway b. 12 Mar 1870, d. 17 Oct 1903
Agnes Fisher Conway b. 4 Sep 1872, d. 12 Feb 1939
James Conway+ b. 22 Sep 1874, d. 15 Sep 1962
Janet Meney Conway+ b. 24 Feb 1877, d. 28 Jan 1946
Mary Fisher Conway b. 13 Apr 1879, d. 1 Jan 1962
Samuel Meney Conway+ b. 19 Aug 1881, d. 20 Dec 1940
Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway+ b. 30 May 1883, d. 24 Aug 1947
  • (Witness) Note for Web: Agnes McKenzie Fisher and Marion McKenzie Conway, John Conway, William Fisher Conway, Jeannie Conway, Elizabeth Conway, Agnes Fisher Conway, James Conway, Janet Meney Conway, Samuel Meney Conway and Robert Fisher McKenzie Conway was mentioned with Mary Fisher Conway in 1983. From the pen of Marion C Miller (1983) :

    Under the Rose

    'Under the rose, Kate, under the rose', my great aunt Mary would frequently whisper to my mother. Many years were to elapse before I understood that information imparted subrosa (under the rose) was only intended for tried, tested and trustworthy ears. At the advance of avid young listeners, X-certificate conversation would come to an abrupt halt. My great aunt would suck her teeth back into their normal position with a sharp, resounding and final click. As age had withered her fuselage, the teeth no longer fitted snugly into the contours of her mouth. With the porcelain in position she was quite unable to chew. Always allocated prime position next to my father at the head of the table, she removed her teeth just after grace and before demolition commenced. She was not given to secreting her discarded treasures in the folds of her lavender-laced handkerchief. No ... she was a forthright sort of person. Her teeth, both sets, were planted on her side plate where they glared relentlessly at my father, assaulting his appetite and inducing temporary anorexia.
    There was no wine at table in my childhood, and glasses for water or lemonade were only in evidence on high occasions. There was always a glass of water for great aunt Mary. No ... she didn't drink it ... but she liked to rinse her teeth before returning them to the ill fitting aperture, when the repast was over.
    At that time we thought she must be very old, but she was in fact still in her lively seventies and had many a tale to tell. She had been an upper crust 'howdie' before trained midwives were commonplace. Entering the homes of the renowned and rich prior to the event, she supervised the birthing process, hurrying the event along with her own secret concoction of raspberry leaf tea. She would remain in residence for at least a month after delivery and often for much longer. If her departure was at all delayed there was every chance that there would be another child on the way soon to guarantee her continued employment.
    Great aunt Mary liked to dress in black and indeed it showed off her pure white hair to greatest advantage. She also used her sombre dresses as a backcloth against which she could display her many swinging chains of beads, multi-coloured neckerchiefs, and large brooches set with precious or semi-precious stones, all donated by thankful parents.
    'When I was with Sir Andrew and Lady X', she would commence and you knew you were about to have a glimpse of life in a society in which you were never likely to mingle. She had been accustomed to a life of refinement, but she was wiling to share her treasured memories with those in humbler circumstances. But she was not all prim and proper. She loved a party and she could jangle her beads in a neat-ankled Charleston which left mouth agape. Nowadays she would have been accorded the title of 'great old swinger'.
    If we thought she was old, what of the ancient monument? Her mother was still alive and maintained in a state of semi preservation by another spinster daughter in a rambling house in the country. My great grandmotther was open for viewing between the hours of 3 and 4pm. The old lady was like a mechanical toy which had seen better days, there being residual movement in her head, one arm and those searching piercing eyes where ambition still flickered. She might be dessicated almost mummified, but when her hand beckoned from within the folds of her many shawls the recipient of the gesture approached with a degree of trepidiation and a touch of reverence.
    The eyes below the lace-capped head would search for evidence of her genetic contribution. These eyes had seen a lot of life. The offshoot of an immigrant Irish family fleeing from the potato famine she had been fortunate to find work as a "tweenie" in an Ayrshire mansion. Crossed with my great grandfather of similar peasant origin she was to produce a brood of thirteen children of whom nine survived. The unashamed ambition which hovered behind her eyelids had seen three of her sons launched into the ordained ministry. In her lifetime she had seen the strength of her genetic contribution raise her descendants from menial tasks in the dusty mills to solid middle class. As she started to fadde into insignificance heer off shoots embraced the church, the law, medicine and commerce. She missed her hundredth birthday and her royal telegram only by a short head. If she knew her great great grandson whilst still a schoolboy had been selected because of his inate talent in communication to sit next to a royal prince at a private dinner ... she would have been pleased, but not I think surprised. I doubt whether she would have subscribed to the theory that the stars govern your fate ... I think she knew that she handed something on ... and if it's the blarney ... it's genetically dominant.
    What was it that reminded me of great aunt Mary ... it was a word association! It's quite a popular party game but the technique is also used by psychiatrists to probe the mysteries of the mind. You may reveal too much by a straight swift answer, so I always allow the word to linger in my cerebral pathways until multiple cross connections have suitably disguised my tortuous mental process.
    I know ... I was in the kitchen waiting for the beans to heat. Lovely to think that the good old 57s are enjoying a comeback in the high fibre diet. The radio was muttering away in the background, but I heard only one word 'ROOTS'. My first thought was teeth, because that canine has been knawing away for months, then followed swiftly the thought of origins and ancestors ... finally there was the closing snap reminiscent of gnashing dentures and my brain had solved the equation Roots + Teeth = Great Aunt Mary.
    Sometime I must sweep some more of the dust from my cerebral computer and write more of my forebears ... or is it all too confidential? Could I perhaps just whisper it to a few of my friends ... 'Under the rose' of course.25

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