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Walter Wark

Male 1808 - 1849  (40 years)


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  • Name Walter Wark 
    Born 2 Oct 1808  Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 30 Oct 1808  Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1 Jan 1849  Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Walter Wark was born 2 Oct 1808 in Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland, a small town Southeast of Edinburth. Walter's father is named Walter Wark and his mother is Janet Gill (see their records here).

      Walter Wark married Agness (or Agnes) Sinton 12 November 1830 at Colinton, Midlothian, Scotland. Colinton is 6 miles West of Lasswade. See other note here for details on Agness and her family.

      Walter and Agnes had a son John Wark born 7 December 1830 at Colinton, Midlothian, Scotland - https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XTPY-L22. John was born just a few weeks after their marriage. No other details are known of John Wark.

      It appears that Walter and Agnes were divorced some time before 1835. Walter then married Mary McDowell in April, 1837. Agnes Sinton remarried to Archibald Christie Laing on 23 Nov 1835 at Canongate, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland -https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XYWD-VQT. They had at least 3 daughters.

      Walter was baptized in the LDS church August 24, 1846. His church membership record shows he died 1 Jan 1849 of cholera.
    • There are few records for Walter Wark. In determining Walter's parents, one must work backward through the records.

      The latest known record is an LDS church membership record in Bothwell, Scotland. This record shows his birth place as Lasswade, Lonehead, Midlothian, Scotland. It's of interest that Lasswade is 40 miles East of Bothwell.

      The 1841 census shows Walter in Airdrie, Scotland (just North of Bothwell). This would put a birth year of ~1808. The census indicates he was born outside the current county of Lanark.

      Fortunately, Walter Wark is not a common name. There is only one Walter Wark found on the 1841 census in all of Scotland. In searching for birth records in 1808 in Lasswade, I discovered the attached birth record for a Walter Wark which had previously been transcribed Walter Mark. Seeing as him and his father are the only known Walter Wark's in the area, and both date and location match perfectly, it is presumed that this birth record is for our Walter Wark.
    • Also recorded on some histories as Walter Warks or Walter Work.
    • Sinton family notes:

      Agness Sinton was born 29 October 1808 at Penicuik or Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland. Agness is the daughter of John Sinton and Christian Wood.

      There are two birth records for Agness Sinton (also recorded as Agnes Sinton). While rather odd, I'm convinced that they are for the same person. The records are almost identical, but from two different churches (Dalkeith and Penicuik) located only 8 miles apart in the rural suburbs of Edinburgh. Agnes' name and name of her parents are identical on both records. Of note is that Christian Wood is not a common name and there is only one known marriage of a John Sinton and Christian Wood in the area at this time. Additionally, the dates are very similar - birth dates differ by only 2 days and christening dates differ by 3 days. Both records list father John Sinton as a member of the Dumfries Shire militia. To me, with no other records that show a possibility of separate Agnes Sinton's born at the same time at the same place, it is presumed that both birth records are for the same Agness.

      John Sinton was born 1793 at Philiphaugh, Selkirkshire, Scotland. His parents are unknown (though I've done little research here). Christian Wood was born 1794 at Leith, Midlothian, Scotland. John and Christian were married 04 January 1808 at Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. They had 5 children:
      1. Agness (see above)
      2. Robert Linton - born 7 October 1810
      3. John Linton - born 16 March 1816
      4. Helen Linton - born 5 August 1819
      5. James Linton - christened 3 November 1822

      All children were born at Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland. Note the name change from Sinton to Linton. This was not uncommon. The names were used almost interchangeably with records showing both spellings.

      Child Helen Linton (or Sinton) is typically shown as being born 5 August 1810, but this would have been impossible with brother Robert born in October that year. I found her original birth record which is clearly mis-transcribed as 1810, when it is actually 1819. I have the record if anyone is interested. Helen married Thomas Nivison (sometimes Thomas Nevison or Thomas Niveson) 29 December 1843 at Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland and died 13 August 1874. Thomas and Helen had 6 children between 1844 and 1855 - James Nivison, John Nivison, Thomas Nivison, William Nivison, Robert Nivison, and Alexander Wood Nivison.

      Of note is that James Nivison married a Christina Laing who is the daughter of Agness Sinton (Wark) Laing. James and Christina were first cousins - they share the same grandparents - John Sinton and Christian Wood.

      Helen is buried at Saint Mungo's Parish Church, Penicuik, Scotland with husband Thomas, daughter-in-law Annie Thomson (wife of son Thomas Nevison), and their son Thomas (died at age 8). I have photos of the grave stone if of interest. These families appear on various censuses in Penicuik.
    • Some notes on geographical names:

      Lanarkshire or the County of Lanark refers to the general area of Lanark.

      Within the County of Lanark, there are many cities, parishes, and areas. Many of these have changed names and/or borders over the years. One city is Lanark. This, obviously, can cause some confusion.

      Lanarkshire is currently divided into council areas of North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.

      In the records here, there is reference to New Monkland and Old Monkland. The Monklands is a district in the North portion of the Lanarkshire. In the mid-1800's it was divided into two parishes, New Monkland and Old Monkland. See this old map for reference.

      Within New Monkland, which is within Lanarkshire (modern day North Lanarkshire), is the city of Airdrie, where most of the Wark and Smith family records come from. Some records show family in Clarkston parish (not to be confused with the city Clarkston, which is 15 miles Southwest of Airdrie) which was a small burg just east of Aidrie proper.

      Some records are from Barony, another Lanarkshire parish from the mid-1800's that was very near the Monklands. It is no longer called Barony, but is currently part of Glasgow.
    Person ID I261  Smith/Park
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2013 

    Father Walter Wark,   b. Around 1780 
    Mother Janet Gill,   b. 18 Apr 1774, Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F11  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary McDowell,   b. 14 Dec 1811, Killinchy, Down, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Around 1890, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married Apr 1837  Airdrie, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Agnes Wark,   b. 28 Dec 1840, Airdrie, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1918, Ophir, Tooele, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 17 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F131  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Oct 1808 - Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 30 Oct 1808 - Lasswade, Midlothian, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Apr 1837 - Airdrie, Lanark, Scotland Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Walter Wark birth record
    Walter Wark birth record
    Born 2 Oct 1808 and baptized 30 Oct 1808 to Walter Wark, soldier in the Edinburgh Militia, and his spouse Janet Gill. Witnesses are Alexander and John Gill.

    This record is generally transcribed as Walter Mark, thus the difficulty in finding it. See record at https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XTRG-GX2
    Walter Wark and Mary McDowall Marriage
    Walter Wark and Mary McDowall Marriage
    Airdrie or New Monkland Parish record for 1st Sabbath, April, 1837.
    1841 Census record for Walter Wark and family (including Agnes Wark)
    1841 Census record for Walter Wark and family (including Agnes Wark)
    Census record from 1841 in New Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

    WARK Walter M 33 Coll Miner Outside Census County
    MCDOUGEL Marey F 30 Lanarkshire
    WARK Robert M 3 Lanarkshire
    WARK Agnes F 5m Lanarkshire
    UNKNOWN Jean F 6 Ireland

    Of note is that an age of 33 for Walter would make a birth year of ~1808. "Marey McDougel" is "Mary McDowell". The age for Agnes is in line with her own later records. Additionally, the profession of coal miner is the same as is listed for "Robert Wark" on Agnes' marriage certificate and on Walter's LDS church membership record. There is currently no other known information about son/brother Robert Wark. The Jean from Ireland who is also recorded with them is also unknown.

    Note that Clarkston Parish is part of (East side) of Airdrie, only one mile from their residence on Craig and Stirling Streets. Also of note is the reference to Craig Nook (sp?) which is the very short street on which they are found on in later records.

    This is the only Walter Wark found in all of Scotland on the 1841 census. There are no Walter Wark's found on the 1851 census, which was after Walter had passed away.
    Walter Wark LDS Church Membership Record
    Walter Wark LDS Church Membership Record
    Walter Wark, born Lasswade, Lonehead, M. Lothian, Scotland. Baptized into the Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland Branch on August 24, 1846 by William Smith. Confirmed by G. P. Waugh. Comment: Died January 1, 1849 of Cholera.

    Lasswade is a small village southeast of Edinburgh, about 35 miles East of Walter's later residence in Airdrie.

    Bothwell is about 6 miles southwest of Airdrie.