The Abercrombie Family Of Glasgow

Eliza Abercrombie - David Hutchison

My grandmother, Eliza Goldsworthy married William Froggatt in Sydney in 1910. Her mother was Eliza Agnes HUTCHISON.  This page gives information about her mother's parents. Follow the links in the table for information about the Hutchison family.

Eliza Agnes GOLDSWORTHY George GOLDSWORTHY John Frederick GOLDSWORTHY John GOLDSWORTHY
Mary DENNIS
Henrietta BOWCHER James BOWCHER
Charlotte DIMBLEBY
Eliza Agnes HUTCHISON David HUTCHISON Ralph HUTCHISON
Isabella MILNE
Eliza ABERCROMBIE Archibald ABERCROMBIE
Agnes ROBERTSON

Elizabeth (or Eliza) Abercrombie

Elizabeth (or Eliza) Abercrombie was born in Glasgow around 1826, although she does not appear to be in the parish birth records. The 1841 census lists her as aged 15, the same as her brother James, so it is likely that they were twins.

David Hutchison

David was born about 1831 in Inverkeithing, Glasgow, to Ralph and Isabella (Milne).

Marriage

Eliza and David were married at the Independent Church, Bridgeton, Glasgow on 12 July 1850.

Parish record for June 1850, showing marriage of Eliza Abercrombie and David Hutchison.

The Hutchison Family

David and Eliza had 6 children.

Alexander Morton 17 Feb 1857    
William Cox 27 Nov 1859    
Eliza Agnes 19 April 1860   1940
Margaret R. 1863    
David I. 1866    
Sarah Isabella 20 Jul 1867   27 Dec 1930

William Cox Hutchison
 Sarah Isabella

Census Records:

1851: David and Eliza were living at 35 Charlotte St, Glasgow St Andrew.

1861: David and Eliza with Alexander (4) and Eliza (11 months) were at 227 Upper Crown St, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. David was a tailors foreman.

1871: David and Eliza with Alexander, Eliza, Margaret, David, and Sarah were at 1 Cathkin Tce, Cathcart, Glasgow. David was now a clothier employing 6 men.

Residences in Glasgow

The Hutchison family seemed to live an itinerant lifestyle, perhaps dictated by his work as a tailor.

1851

census

35 Charlotte St

Glasgow
1857 birth 276 Parliamentary Rd Glasgow
1860 birth 15 Caledonia St Glasgow

1861

census

227 Upper Crown St

Hutchesontown

1867 birth 2 Darmley Tce Shawlands, Glasgow

1871

census

1 Cathkin Tce

Cathcart Glasgow

Migration to Melbourne, Australia

On 30 April 1880 the family travelled to Greenock and embarked on the small sailing ship, the Loch Maree, bound for Melbourne, where they arrived in early July. The ship's manifest lists David aged 50 and Eliza aged 49. They were accompanied by William (21), Eliza Agnes (19), Margaret (17), David (14), and Isabella (11). Their oldest son Alexander was not with them. However, there is a shipping record for a Mr Alex M. Hutchison, aged 24, arriving in Melbourne in Sept 1880 on the ship Cuzco (see information below).

The Loch Maree (Click on it for a larger version)

Life in Australia

David continued as a tailor in Melbourne. The Sands Post Office Directory for 1883 shows a David Hutchison resided at Moubray St, Emerald Hill which is now an inner part of the city of Melbourne.

However the 1884, 1885 and 1886 directories list David Hutchison at 25 Chatsworth Rd, Prahran. Today, Chatsworth Rd is a typical suburban street, lined both sides with tall, mature plane trees and a mixture of renovated 1880’s houses and modern homes and apartments. It is a desirable part of Melbourne, as it would have been in 1883. The house at 25 Chatsworth St has been recently renovated, after being bought a few years ago in a rather poor condition according to a neighbour. It has been re-roofed, lost its chimneys and had a new fence, but the original character of the house is obvious. (Note that it is possible that Chatsworth St was renumbered and this may not be the actual house. However it is typical of the houses in this street.)

The residence of Mr D. Hutchison (25 Chatsworth St) today

Later Life

About 1896, David Hutchison moved from Melbourne to Sydney. His daughter Sarah Isabella had married Alfred Littlejohn there in 1893 (see information about Littlejohn and his influence on the Froggatt family), and his other daughter Eliza (Goldsworthy) was also living in Sydney by 1893.

David died in Sydney on 2nd Feb 1897, aged 71. He is buried at Rookwood Cemetery.

Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney. The inscription reads:
SACRED
To the Memory
Of
THE BELOVED
CHILDREN OF

George and Eliza Goldsworthy.
OLIVE MARGARET
Died 6 April 1893 Aged 3 months
REGINALD Died 3 may 1895 Aged 7 months
Softly gathered in. 
ALSO THEIR BELOVED FATHER
DAVID HUTCHISON
Died 2 February 1897 Aged 71 years.
Honoured and loved and full of days,
We laid thee in the silent earth.
And here this headstone we raise,
A Tribute to a Father’s worth.

However, Eliza (Abercrombie) died in Melbourne on 11 Jan 1898, at the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Northcote. She is buried without a headstone in the Pauper's section of the Melbourne General Cemetery. It is difficult to believe that Eliza had been left in Melbourne when her husband moved to Sydney. It is more likely that she returned to Melbourne some time after her husband David had died, either to visit, or to live with her other sons and daughters still in Melbourne. By 1898 the Goldsworthy family of Sydney, in whose cemetery plot David is buried, had probably departed for New Zealand. Her other daughter Isabella, married to Alfred LIttlejohn (a policeman) remained in the Sydney area.

Alexander Morton Hutchison

Alexander Morton was born 17 February 1857, at 276 Parliamentary Rd, Glasgow.

Alexander did not accompany his family to Melbourne on the Loch Maree. He followed them later in the year, arriving in Melbourne in Sept 1880 on the ship Cuzco. This record is confirmed by his marriage record in Melbourne. On 22 Dec1882 he married Frances Elizabeth JEFFERY at St Mary's Church, Preston.

Alexander and Frances had 6 children:

David Emery 1884 - 
Alexander Morton 1885 - 1888
Francis Elizabeth 1887 - 17 Jun 1949
Alfred Michael 1889 -
Elsie May 1893 - 1895
Edward Harold 1897 - 1967

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Last updated: 15/09/2010