G4: 1860 Margaret (Shiels) Thomson

Margaret was born in January 5, 1860. She was the second child of William James and Agnes (Brown) Shiels. She worked as a domestic servant until 1881, when her son Robert was born.

Margaret married George Thompson, a baker on April 13, 1883. He was the son of Thomas and Mary (Graham) Thompson of Edinburgh. They emigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1883, leaving Robert to be brought up by his grandparents William and Agnes Shiels.

George and Margaret had a daughter Kathleen after arriving in Winnipeg. According to her sister Barbara’s will in November 1929, they were living at Suite C, Cadallic, Winnipeg, Manitoba. There was no mention of George in the will and we can presume he was deceased before 1929. In an update to Barbara’s will in September 1943, Kathleen is also deceased and Margaret returned to Scotland to live with her sister Barbara at East Mains.

When Margaret returned to Scotland, she simply returned to East Mains unannounced after about 50 years. When her sister asked why she had not written, she simply replied that she had nothing to write about. Later she told Moll that George had been a baker for the CP Railway and they had gone across Canada twice. She also told Moll that she had three other children that died at an early age. Margaret died November 14, 1947 and is buried at Coulter.