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Agnes Fisher Conway

F, #528, b. 4 September 1872, d. 12 February 1939
7 June 1911 Golden Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher
8 June 1921 Diamond Wedding of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher
  • Birth*: Agnes Fisher Conway was born on 4 September 1872 at Station Cottage, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland; 1872 births in the parish of Kilwinning in the county of Ayr; ref 212; Agnes Fisher Conway; 1872 September Fourth 11h 0m am, Station Coittage Kilwinning; f; James Conway railway porter, Agnes Conway ms Fisher, 1861 June 7th Troon; James Conway father present; 1870 September 14th at Kilwinning John Service registrar.1
  • She was the daughter of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher.
  • Newspaper Article*: Agnes Fisher Conway and James Conway were mentioned in a newspaper article A DIAMOND WEDDING.
    Mr and Mrs James Conway, of Blebo Craigs, Cupar, in Scotland, are proud recipients of a congratulatory letter from the King on the occasion of their diamond wedding. The happy couple, who still enjoy the best of health, were married in Troon, Ayrshire, on June 7, 1861. Me and Mrs Conway have a family of nine, one of whom, the Rev. John Conway, is the minister of Cranbrook Road Presyterian Church, Redland. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Mr and Mrs Conway number 29, and at a family gathering to mark the occasion on Wednesday last the parents were presented witha wallet of Treasury notes. on 14 June 1921.2
  • (Deceased) Death*: Agnes Fisher Conway died on 12 February 1939 at Royal Infirmary, Dundee, Angus, Scotland, at age 66.
  • Newspaper Article*: She was mentioned in a newspaper article CONWAY - Suddenly, on 12th February, Agnes Fisher Conway, daughter of the late James and Agnes Conway, Blebo Craigs, Cupar on 13 February 1939.3
  • Newspaper Article: She was mentioned in a newspaper article CONWAY - Suddenly, on 12th February, Agnes Fisher Conway, daughter of the late James and Agnes Conway, Blebo Craigs, Cupar. on 15 February 1939.4
  • Anecdote*: From the pen of Marion C Miller :

    Auntie Aggie - Aunt Agnes (sister of Will, James, John, Sam etc)

    Auntie Aggie was considered to be simple, but who knows, these days she might be found to be deaf or dyslexic. Certainly she was not completely daft, and some said she had a cunning streak. There are one or two well worn stories about her and I include only those to which I can testify.
    Aunt Agnes couldn't read but she didn't like this to be known, certainly not by the bairns, so she'd take your story book out of your hand and sit there studying it intently ... UPSIDE DOWN!
    Once on a picnic in Blebo Woods, that hamlet in Fife often called 'The seat of the Conways', we were all wandering through the woods when we came upon a large number of trees which were standing but apparently dead. Nowadays I would probably know that they had been struck by lightening, but THEN all we wanted to know was what had caused this devastation, and our enquiries got louder and louder, until Auntie Agnes wrapped up the whole mystery in a 'oner' ... 'Wheesht' she said, 'GOAD DID IT' ... a phrase that was to be used to explain all that was inexplicable in the future.
    In her younger day she lived at home in 'Wonacy' in Blebo where her sister Jean cared for the old lady, and after Jean died Agnes was accommodated in the King Street home in Dundee, an institution run by the Episcopal Church in Scotland. But she was a frequent visitor to the homes of the many offshoots of the old stock. The most famous story undoubtably comes from the tea table at Perth Road, where all the Millers and Dad's current assistant David Waters were enjoying a communal tea; high tea, around 4:30 in these days. It was boiled eggs. Agnes picked hers up and cracked the shell on the sole of her boot, turned to the young David and said 'See'n I'll bust yer egg fur ye'. David almost died of asphyxia ... and the story lived on among treasured memories.

    Marion appends a footnote to this story: A portriat of Auntie Agnes ... she had a rather narrow face, a pointed nose, and if she'd been male she'd have looked great as Fagan!5

Census Events

Member of Household3 April 1881They was listed as a member of the household of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher in the 1881 census at 7 Kinloch Street, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. Agnes Conway, daughter, aged 9, scholar, born Kilwinning, Ayr, Scotland; James Conway, head, married, aged 45, Van Driver, born Ireland; Agnes Conway, wife, married, aged 39, born Ayr, Scotland.6
Member of Household5 April 1891They was listed as a member of the household of James Conway and Agnes McKenzie Fisher in the 1891 census at 11 Dons Road, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. Agnes Conway, daughter, aged 18, Millworker, Bank Filler, employed, born Ayrshire, Kilwinning; James Conway, head, married, aged 55, Vam Driver,m employed, born Ireland, Co Down; Agnes Conway, wife, married, aged 49, born Ayrshire, Prestwick.7
Member of Household31 March 1901They was listed in the 1901 census at 119 1/2 Hilltown, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. Agnes Conway, daughter, single, aged 29, Jute Drawer, working, born Ayr, Kilwinning; James Conway, head, married, aged 66, Lodge Keeper (night), working, born Ireland.8
Member of Household31 March 1911She was listed as a member of the household of James Conway in the 1911 census at 19 Union Place, Dundee, Forfarshire, Scotland. Agnes Conway, daug, 38, single, Ayr Kilwinning; James Conway, head, 69, mar, retired mill night watchman, Ireland; 2 rooms with windows.9
Last Edited: 25 Oct 2016

Parents:

Father*: James Conway b. 1837, d. 27 Jun 1923
Mother*: Agnes McKenzie Fisher b. 14 Mar 1842, d. 14 Dec 1938

Citations

  1. [S14] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS statutory births 599/00 0212 [Jul 2010].
  2. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Newspaper & Periodicals 1921-06-14 Western Daily Press, Bristol [Oct 2015].
  3. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Newspaper & Periodicals 1939-02-13 Dundee Courier [Oct 2015].
  4. [S54] Website findmypast.co.uk (www.findmypast.co.uk) Newspaper & Periodicals 1939-02-15 Fife Herald [Oct 2015].
  5. [S43] From the pen of Marion C Miller.
  6. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), FHL Film 0203484 GRO ref vol 282-3 EnumDist 20 page 45.
  7. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census 1891 Civil Parish of Dundee, Parish of Rosebank, 6th Burgh Ward of Dundee; 11 Dons Road; [Jun 2004].
  8. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census 1901 [Jun 2004].
  9. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census 1911 282/01 017/00 007 [Apr 2011].