A man by the name of William Muirhead was born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland on 23 August, 1789.(3.13) He married Elizabeth Dalziel circa 1815. Elizabeth was born circa 1788 at Crosshill, Kirkmichael, Ayrshire, Scotland. Elizabeth was a daughter of John Dalziel and Helen Kirker. William and Elizabeth took up residence at Kirkmichael and gave birth to seven children: John, born 1816; Mary, born 03 December, 1817; William Jr., born 17 October, 1819; Thomas, born 1821; Benjamin, born 1824; Joseph, born 28 February, 1826; and Elizabeth, born 1828.

  John Muirhead, son of William and Elizabeth Muirhead, was married twice. His first marriage was to Agnes Thompson on 19 April, 1839. The couple gave birth to one son: William, born 24 January, 1840. Agnes died on 20 November, 1892. John next married Agnes Smith on 04 December, 1844. Agnes was a daughter of Robert Smith and Agnes Hunton. She was born circa 1817. This second marriage resulted in the birth of three children. The name of the first, a daughter, is not known. The other two children were sons: Joseph, born 1851; and Robert, born 1854.

  ----- Muirhead, daughter of John and Agnes Muirhead, married David Lauder.

  Joseph Muirhead, son of John and Agnes Muirhead, was married twice. His first wife was Helen Grant Paterson. She was born circa 1853, a daughter of Grant Paterson and Elizabeth Grant. The marriage date given in the Muirhead Clan Society database is 02 June, 1886. The couple gave birth to: John, born 1880; Elizabeth, born 1883; and William, born 1885. If the marriage date given in the database is correct, the couple would have had their first two children prior to actually getting married. That is of course possible, but not necessarily probable. More probable would be that the marriage date is incorrect. Helen died on 27 June, 1886. Josephís second marriage was to Isabella Mathieson on 08 June, 1865. Isabella was born circa 1865. She was a daughter of Robert Mathieson and Elizabeth Menzies. This couple gave birth to: Agnes, born 1889; Mary, born 1890; and Thomas Mathieson, born 28 April, 1897. Joseph died on 01 October, 1920. Isabella died on 23 December, 1920.

  Thomas Mathieson Muirhead, son of Joseph and Isabella Muirhead, married Jeannie Nelson Shaw on 10 January, 1919.

  Robert Muirhead, son of John and Agnes Muirhead, married Margaret McDonald on 24 September, 1880.

  William Muirhead Jr., son of William and Elizabeth Muirhead, was married twice. His first marriage was to Janet Garven on 03 December, 1842 at Dalgarvan, Kilwinning. She was a daughter of William Garven and Jane Baillie and was born circa 1822. The couple gave birth to: William III, born 06 September, 1843; Elizabeth, born 1851; Benjamin, born 02 February, 1856; Janet, born 05 December, 1857 and died 18 May, 1875; James, born 21 January, 1859; Hugh, born 20 April, 1862; Robert, born 21 May, 1864; Margaret, born 29 September, 29 September, 1866; and Mary, born 16 August, 1871 and died 17 August, 1871. Janet died on 04 February, 1890. Williamís second marriage was to Nicholas Cameron on 21 June, 1895 at Glasgow. She was born on 25 March, 1906. William died on 03 March, 1899.

  William Muirhead III, son of William and Janet Muirhead, was married twice. His first marriage was to Isabella Anderson on 11 December, 1872 at Laigh Gooseloan, near Kilwinning, Scotland. Isabella was a daughter of Hugh Anderson and Agnes Barclay. The couple gave birth to: William (IV), born 1872; Mary, born 1874; Isabella, born 21 April, 1877; Elizabeth, born 1880; Agnes, born 1883; Hugh, born 1885; and Janet, born 1887. Isabella died on 04 May, 1889 at Ardoch, Scotland. Williamís second marriage was to Mary Brown on 24 April, 1890 at Kilwinning. Mary was a daughter of William Brown and Helen Stevenson.

  Isabella Muirhead, daughter of William and Isabella Muirhead, married John Surgeon on 31 December, 1909.

  Elizabeth Muirhead, daughter of William and Janet Muirhead, married Edward Copland on 19 June, 1876 at Waterside. Edward was a son of Thomas Copland and Charlotte McDowall and was born on 06 February, 1841. The couple took up residence at Wigtown and gave birth to: Thomas Muirhead, born 15 January, 1870; Thomas, born 23 September, 1876 and died 13 October, 1883; Janet Garvan, born 03 February, 1879; William Muirhead, born 01 May, 1880; Charlotte McDowall, born 05 October, 1883 and died 1914; Emily Maud McLean, born 07 May, 1885; Robert Muirhead, born 04 June, 1887 and died 24 March, 1918; Elizabeth Muirhead, born 23 May, 1889; Hugh Muirhead, born 23 April, 1893; and Mary Muirhead, born 13 August, 1896. Edward died a year after the last child was born, on 21 December, 1897. Elizabeth raised the family herself, eventually dying on 19 November, 1937.

  William Muirhead Copland, son of Edward and Elizabeth Copland, married Mary McGowan on 25 December, 1903 at Wigtown. Mary was a daughter of William McGowan and Jane Fulton. The couple gave birth to: Jean Fulton, born 01 June, 1904; Elizabeth, born 01 June, 1907 and died 08 September, 1974; and William Edward, born 05 January, 1909. Mary was born on 26 March, 1882. Mary died on 16 August, 1929. William died on 08 December, 1956.

  Jean Fulton Copland, daughter of William and Mary Copland, married Ernest Alfred Smith on 20 November, 1931.

  William Edward Copland, son of William and Mary Copland, married Muriel Steven Mercer on 11 August, 1937 at Stanraer. Muriel was born circa 1910. The couple gave birth to: Maureen Anna, and William Mercer. Muriel died on 20 December, 1991. William died on 14 February, 1997.

  Maureen Anna Copland, daughter of William and Muriel Copland, married William Carson. They gave birth to: Jacqueline Jessie, and Kenneth William.

    Jacqueline Jessie Carson, daughter of William and Maureen Carson, married Garth Reuben Crabbe. They gave birth to: Ben Carson, and Arianne Carson.

    William Mercer Copland, son of William and Muriel Copland, married Marilyn Barclay Taylor. They gave birth to: Neil Barclay, and Ewan Mercer.

    Benjamin Muirhead, son of William and Janet Muirhead, married ----- -----. They had two children: Constance, and Kenneth. Benjamin died circa 1937 at Sheffield, England.

    Hugh Muirhead, son of William and Janet Muirhead, married Jeannie McGill on 02 June, 1887. Jeannie, the daughter of Martin McGill and Elizabeth Colville was born circa 1866. The couple gave birth to one daughter: Dorothy E., who grew up and married Ryle Clarke.

  Margaret Muirhead, daughter of William and Janet Muirhead, married Robert Thomson on 29 October, 1891.

  Thomas Muirhead, son of William and Elizabeth Muirhead, married Catherine Jane Short on 01 June, 1844. The wedding took place at Kirkmichael, in the shire of Ayr, Scotland. Thomas is believed to have been born circa 1821. His new bride was born circa 1820 at Londonderry, Ireland. She was a daughter of Hamilton Short and Jane Murdoch. The couple gave birth to twelve children: Jane Murdoch, born 06 March, 1845; William, born 26 March, 1847; Hamilton, born 07 January, 1848; Elizabeth, born 27 October, 1850; Mary, born 03 January, 1853; Thomas Jr., born 29 March, 1855; Benjamin, born 17 August, 1857; Catherine, born 18 November, 1859; Janet, born 23 July, 1862; twins, Arthur and John, born 05 September, 1864; and Joseph, born 11 January, 1866. The one twin, John, died unmarried on 29 January, 1865. Catherine died on 17 June, 1870. Thomas died on 14 April, 1898 in the Combination Poorhouse at Maybole, in Ayrshire.

  Jane Murdoch Muirhead, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Muirhead, was married twice. Her first marriage was to Samuel Murdoch, a son of James Murdoch and Agnes Cumming. They gave birth to: Mary, born 1865; James, born 1867; Mary Agnes, born 19 November, 1870; William McMaster, born 28 February, 1873; Jeannie, born 1875; Samuel Jr, born 03 July, 1880; and Margaret Elizabeth, born 1882 and died 09 June 1973. The first two children were born at Liverpool, England, while the second two were born at Dalbeattie, in Kircudbrightshire, Scotland. The couple apparently divorced shortly after the birth of the last child. The Muirhead Clan Society database gives Samuelís death date as 06 March,1917, but Jane married her second husband, James Carlyle, on 24 August, 1884. The second marriage produced no children. Jane died on 20 January, 1914.

  William McMaster Murdoch, son of Samuel and Jane Murdoch, was married twice. His first marriage was to Ada Florence Banks. Ada was born on 28 December, 1873 at New Zealand. She died on 21 April, 1941 also at New Zealand. Williamís second marriage was to Elizabeth Crogent. Elizabeth had been born at Liverpool, in Lancashire, England. It would appear, that since Ada outlived William, the couple must have divorced prior to the year 1912 when he died, and prior to his second marriage. (The dates given are derived from the Muirhead Clan Society database, and therefore may be in error.) William is noted for being aboard the Titanic when it sank after striking an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on the night of 15 April, 1912.

  Jeannie Murdoch, daughter of Samuel and Jane Murdoch, married ----- Sibbald.

  Samuel Murdoch Jr., son of Samuel and Jane Murdoch, married Martha Patience Scott. Martha was born on 16 July, 1891. Samuel died on 19 January, 1950. Martha died on 31 December, 1976.

  Hamilton Muirhead, son of Thomas and Catherine Muirhead, married Mary McGhie. They immigrated to Australia. Additional information on Hamilton Muirhead and his descendants will be found in the section titled: Hamilton Muirhead of Australia.

    Elizabeth Muirhead, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Muirhead, married Hawthorn Stewart, Jr on 23 March, 1877 at Kirkmichael in Ayrshire, Scotland. Hawthorn was a son of Hawthorn Stewart and Ann Gibson. The couple gave birth to: Jane, born 1874; Ann Janet, born 1878; Catherine, born 1880; and Helen, born 1884.

  Mary Muirhead, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Muirhead, married William Heatley, Jr. They immigrated to America. Additional information will be found in the section titled: Mary Heatley Of Illinois.

    Thomas Muirhead Jr., son of Thomas and Catherine Muirhead, married Margaret McFadzen Gibson on 30 November, 1877 at Coylton in the shire of Ayr, Scotland. She was born on 02 February, 1851, a daughter of Allan Gibson and Janet McCormick. The couple gave birth to two children: Jane, born 11 August, 1871; and Robert, born 15 May, 1875.

  Benjamin Muirhead, son of Thomas and Catherine Muirhead, married Rosie William Shirra McDowall on 01 January, 1883 at Burnfoothill, Dalmellington, Scotland. She was born circa 1861; her motherís name was Janet. The couple gave birth to: Alexander, born 23 December, 1883; Janet, born 1889; William, born 1889; David, born 1891; Catherine, born 1892; Jennifer, born 1894; and May, born 1904. Benjamin died on 07 February, 1938 at Ayr, Scotland.

  Alexander Muirhead, son of Benjamin and Rosie Muirhead, married Agnes Smith on 30 April, 1909 at Ayrshire, Scotland. Agnes was born in the year 1886. They gave birth to: Benjamin, born 1909; Hugh, born 16 July, 1910; William, born 23 December, 1913; Agnes, born 1916; Rose; James, born 1921; Mary; and Elizabeth. Alexander died in 1956. Agnes died in 1962.

  Hugh Muirhead, son of Alexander and Agnes Muirhead, married Margaret McCallum. Hugh died in February, 1990.

  William Muirhead, son of Alexander and Agnes Muirhead, immigrated to Australia where he married Dorothy Sybil Letts. Additional information on this family will be found in the section titled: William Muirhead Of Australia.

    Agnes Muirhead, daughter of Alexander and Agnes Muirhead, married Thomas Brown. They gave birth to: Patricia. Agnes died in 1983 in Ayrshire.

    Rose Muirhead, daughter of Alexander and Agnes Muirhead, married George Baker Barker. They gave birth to: Georgina.

  Georgina Barker, daughter of George and Rose Barker, married David Grible. They gave birth to: Eileen; Michael, born 1963 and died 1984; Karin; and Kevin.

  Eileen Grible, daughter of David and Georgina Grible, married Daniel Riggs.

    Kevin Grible, son of David and Georgina Grible married Martha Carpenter. They gave birth to: Jennifer, and Michael (III).

    James Muirhead, son of Alexander and Agnes Muirhead, married Janet Phillips. They gave birth to: Ann. James died in 1981.

  May Muirhead, daughter of Alexander and Agnes Muirhead, married Earl Bryan. They gave birth to: Gordon, born 1947; Christopher; Phillip; and Elaine.

  Gordon Bryan, son of Earl and May Bryan, married Sandra -----. Gordon died in 1995 in Canada.

    Christopher Bryan, son of Earl and May Bryan, married Colleen -----. They gave birth to: Elizabeth, and Alyson.

  Elizabeth Muirhead, daughter of Alexander and Agnes Muirhead, married William Clarke. They gave birth to: Heather, Sheila, and Karen.

    Heather Clarke, daughter of William and Elizabeth Clarke, married Ken Sawcheck. They gave birth to: Alyson.

    Sheila Clarke, daughter of William and Elizabeth Clarke, married Christopher Denis. They gave birth to: Ashley, and Carmen.

  William Muirhead, son of Benjamin and Rosie Muirhead, married Elizabeth Brackenbridge. Elizabeth was born in the year 1892 at Ayrshire. The couple gave birth to one child: Elspeth. William served and died in World War II. He died on 26 April, 1917 in France.

  Elspeth Muirhead, daughter of William and Elizabeth Muirhead, married ----- Telfer.

  David Muirhead, son of Benjamin and Rosie Muirhead, married Margaret Parker. Margaret was born in 1893 in Northern Ireland. The couple gave birth to: Peter; Benjamin (IV), born 1914; and Mary Ann. David died on 22 March, 1919 at Uddington, in Ayrshire.

  Benjamin Muirhead (IV), son of David and Margaret Muirhead, married Bevra -----. Benjamin died in 1996.

  Mary Ann Muirhead, daughter of David and Margaret Muirhead, married ----- Ingaglia.

  Catherine Muirhead, daughter of Benjamin and Rosie Muirhead, married Hugh Smith in 1912 at Ayrshire. Hugh was born in 1889 in Ayrshire. The couple gave birth to: Ina, born 1914; Agnes, born 1917; Angus Timony; and Catherine, born 1920. Catherine died in 1963.

  Ina Smith, daughter of Hugh and Catherine Smith, married ----- MacFadgen. Ina died in 1983 at Kilmarnock, in Ayrshire.

  Agnes Smith, daughter of Hugh and Catherine Smith, married John Leslie. Agnes died in 1983.

  Catherine Smith, daughter of Hugh and Catherine Smith, married Glen Urquardt. The couple immigrated to Canada. They apparently never had children. Catherine died at Point-de-Bute on 15 October, 1983.

    Jennifer Muirhead, daughter of Benjamin and Rosie Muirhead, married David Millar. He was born in 1890 in Ayrshire. They gave birth to a daughter: Rose.

  May Muirhead, daughter of Benjamin and Rosie Muirhead, married Andrew Warwick and then immigrated to Australia. Additional information on this family will be found in the section titled: May Warwick Of Australia.

  Janet Muirhead, daughter of Thomas and Catherine Muirhead, married Robert Alexander Blakeley on 24 November, 1882 at Whitletts, in Ayrshire. Robert was a son of Alexander Blakeley and Eleanor Pake. He was born in the year 1861 at Ballynahinch, in County Down, Ireland. The couple gave birth to: Jane Muirhead, born 28 August, 1883; Alexander Pake, born 1884 and died 19 September, 1911; Robert Pake, born 1886 and died 16 August, 1909; Hawthorn Stewart, born 1888; Thomas Alexander Pake, born 03 June 1891; William Muirhead, born 22 January, 1893; James Carlyle, born 1894; John Muirhead, born 02 May 1898; Hamilton Muirhead, born 18 April, 1899; Eleanor Pake, born 18 April, 1901; Elizabeth Muirhead, born 1902; and Arthur, born 01 December, 1904. Robert died on 17 December, 1935. Janet died on 13 April, 1948.

  Jane Muirhead Blakeley, daughter of Robert and Janet Blakeley, married James Alexander Blakeley on 01 January, 1907. Additional information on this family will be found in the section titled: The Blakeley Family.

  Hawthorn Stewart Blakeley, son of Robert and Janet Blakeley, married Elizabeth Wilson. Elizabeth was born in 1894. Hawthorn died in 1963.

  Thomas Alexander Pake Blakeley, son of Robert and Janet Blakeley, married Catherine Lennox. After their youngest child was born, they emigrated from Scotland to the United States. Additional information on this family will be found in the section titled: The Blakeley Family.

  William Muirhead Blakeley, son of Robert and Janet Blakeley, was married twice. Additional information on this family will be found in the section titled: The Blakeley Family.

  James Carlyle Blakeley, son of Robert and Janet Blakeley, married Violet -----. They gave birth to a son: Lyle. James died in 1942.

  John Muirhead Blakeley, son of Robert and Janet Blakeley, married Wilhemina Young McQuater. She was born on 21 July, 1898. The couple gave birth to: Allan McQuater; Quintin Hawthorne McQuater; and Florence Agnes Hannah, born 08 November, 1932. John and Wilhemina immigrated to the United States, taking up residence in New York City, New York at some time prior to the birth of their third child. The Muirhead Clan Society database manager has refused to allow birth and death dates be known for individuals still living, therefore it is not possible to know if the first two children were born in the United States. Wilhemina died on 05 October, 1975. John died on 12 April, 1978 at Dundonald, Scotland.

  Allan McQuater Blakeley, son of John and Wilhelmina Blakeley, married Leatrice Bell Hodgson.

  Quintin Hawthorne McQuater Blakeley, son of John and Wilhelmina Blakeley, married Lois Mae Allan.

  Florence Agnes Hannah Blakeley, daughter of John and Wilhelmina Blakeley, married ----- Auld.. Florence died on 12 November, 1985.

  Hamilton Muirhead Blakeley, son of Robert and Janet Blakeley, married Elizabeth Lothgow on 12 June, 1925. Hamilton died on 12 October, 1997.

  Eleanor Pake Blakeley, daughter of Robert and Janet Blakeley, was married twice. She immigrated to the United States. Additional information on this family will be found in the section titled: The Blakeley Family.

  Elizabeth Muirhead Blakeley, daughter of Robert and Janet Blakeley, married Robert Mitchell in 1919. They gave birth to a daughter: Janet. Elizabeth died in 1989.

  Janet Mitchell, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Mitchell, married Joseph Barr.

  Arthur Blakeley, son of Robert and Janet Blakeley, married Ruth Fisher. Like his other siblings, Arthur immigrated to the United States. Additional information on this family will be found in the section titled: The Blakeley Family.

  Benjamin Muirhead, son of William and Elizabeth Muirhead, married Agnes Riddox on 24 October, 1848. Agnes was a daughter of James Riddox and Rachel McCleerie. She was born circa 1832. The couple gave birth to: Elizabeth, born 16 October, 1849; Rachel, born 14 September, 1852; Jane, born 26 November, 1854; William, born 21 November, 1856; Mary, born 09 August, 1859; Agnes, born 30 April, 1861; James, born 21 June, 1863; Benjamin Jr., born 10 December, 1865 and died 23 September, 1890; Sarah, born 07 November, 1867; Janet, born 13 December, 1869 and died 30 January, 1879; and Richard,born 11 April, 1873. Benjamin died on 02 June, 1896 at Maybole, in Ayrshire. Agnes died on 11 March, 1904.

  Elizabeth Muirhead, daughter of Benjamin and Agnes Muirhead, married Thomas McCulloch on 22 September, 1871. Thomas was born circa 1850. Elizabeth died on 17 April, 1900. Thomas died on 27 December, 1916

  Rachel Muirhead, daughter of Benjamin and Agnes Muirhead, married William McMillan on 30 July, 1875.

    James Muirhead, son of Benjamin and Agnes Muirhead, married Elizabeth Cameron on 01 June, 1891. Elizabeth was born circa 1870, a daughter of John Cameron and Annie Fortune. The couple gave birth to: Benjamin, born 28 January, 1892.

    Elizabeth Muirhead, daughter of William and Elizabeth Muirhead, married Alexander Little on 01 January, 1855. Alexander was born on 08 February, 1829 at Larrymuse, in County Antrim, Ireland. The couple gave birth to three sons: Alexander Jr., born 1854; William, born 1856; and James, born 1859.

Footnotes:

3.13     The majority of the information on the life of William Muirhead of Kirkmichael and his descendants was derived primarily from the Muirhead Clan Society database (which, unfortunately, has been known to contain numerous errors). The serious researcher should corroborate the information with other sources.