SMITH, Jane/Jeanie Scoular born Broomhouse, Lanarkshire, Scotland & died in the USA
Jeanie/Jane Scoular SMITH
Jeanie (or Jane) Scoular Smith was born 20th May 1885 in a small village called Boghall in Broomhouse, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the daughter of Matthew Smith and Marion Wallace. She was trained as a Domestic Servant and this was her profession at the time of her marriage in 1905. She was residing at 48 Park Place, Dalziel, Hamilton, Lanarkshire when she married.
Shortly after her husband William immigrated and then obtained employment in Pennyslvania, USA, Jeanie and their son, Thomas, immigrated as well, arriving onboard the shipColumbia in New York on the 22nd August, 1908. Jeanie and Thomas travelled to "Bens Creek", Myra, Cambria County, Pennyslvania to meet up with her husband. The ship's manifest lists Jeanie's mental and physical health as "good", her height was 5 ft. 8 in., her hair was brown, her eyes were blue. The Manifest also records that Jeanie's last known residence and family member/friend, prior to leaving Scotland, was a "Mrs. Allison of 2 Clydeford Road, Cambuslang, Scotland". Mrs. Allison could be a family friend, or a married sister or sister-in-law? It would appear that Jeanie and her son, Thomas, went to live with this Mrs. Allison after her husband left for Pennyslvania and until Jeanie herself immigrated to the USA.
Jeanie is presumed to have died between 1908 (her arrival in the USA) and 1910 (the 1910 USA Federal census which indicates her husband to be a "Widower"). It is not known if Jane and Thomas got as far as Pennyslvania or not and there is no record of death to be found for Jane. Her orphaned son, Thomas (my father), then became the responsibility of several and various relations living throughout the USA.