Agnes Easton and James Dryden

Agnes Easton was christened on 10 February 1796 in Lilliesleaf, Roxburgh, Scotland, the daughter of James Easton and Agnes Thomson.1

Agnes married James Dryden on 5 January 1821 in Lilliesleaf, Roxburgh, Scotland.2 James Dryden was born about 1796 in Crailing, Roxburgh, Scotland.3 They had the following children:

  • Agnes Dryden was born about 1822.4
  • George Dryden was born about 1824.5
  • Ann Dryden was born about 1826.6
  • James Dryden was born about 1828.7
  • Isabella Dryden was born about 1830.8
  • Thomas Dryden was born about 1832.9
  • Gilbert Dryden was born about 1834.10
  • Herriot Dryden, also known as Harriet, was born about 1837.11

None of the children's births or baptisms appear to have been registered, their birth dates calculated from ages stated in later records. For the 1841 census the family were living at the Jedburgh Arms Inn, 2-4 Abbey Place, north side, in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire.12

Name Relationship Condition Age Sex Occupation County of Birth
James Dryden Head Married 45 M Innkeeper Roxburghshire
Agnes Dryden Wife Married 40 F   Roxburghshire
Agnes Dryden Daughter Unmarried 15 F   Roxburghshire
Ann Dryden Daughter Unmarried 15 F   Roxburghshire
James Dryden Son Unmarried 13 M   (Minto) Roxburghshire
Isabella Dryden Daughter Unmarried 11 F   Roxburghshire
Thos. Dryden Son Unmarried 9 M   (Minto) Roxburghshire
Gilbert Dryden Son Unmarried 7 M   (Minto) Roxburghshire
Herriot Dryden Daughter Unmarried 4 F   (Oxnam) Roxburghshire

Agnes Dryden, the daughter of James and Agnes Dryden, died on 8 June 1846 in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland.13

Ann Dryden married Robert Wilson on 3 June 1850 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.14 They had five children that have been traced.

In the 1851 census the Dryden family appear as follows.15

Name Relationship Condition Age Sex Occupation County of Birth
James Dryden Head Widower 56 M Labourer Crailing, Roxburghshire
George Dryden Son Unmarried 27 M Toll gate Keeper Oxnam, Roxburghshire
James Dryden Son Unmarried 23 M Joiner Minto, Roxburghshire
Thomas Dryden Son Unmarried 19 M Gentlemans Groom Dom Minto, Roxburghshire
Herriot Dryden Daughter Unmarried 14 F Scholar Oxnam, Roxburghshire

Gilbert Dryden was living with the Young family at 19 Canongate in Jedburgh and appears in the census as follows.16

Name Relationship Condition Age Sex Occupation County of Birth
William Young Head Married 23 M Baker (Master employing 2 Apprentices) Jedburgh, Roxburghshire
Mary Young Wife Married 21 F   Jedburgh, Roxburghshire
George Young Cousin Unmarried 18 M Baker (app) Jedburgh, Roxburghshire
Gilbert Dryden Apprentice Unmarried 17 M Baker (app) Minto, Roxburghshire
Margaret Waugh Servant Unmarried 16 F General Servant Jedburgh, Roxburghshire

George Dryden married Christina Dickman on 1 September 1854 in Melrose Meal, Jedburgh, Scotland.17 Christina was born about 1825, the daughter of John Dickman and Helen Thompson.18 George and Helen Dryden had three children that have been traced.

Isabella Dryden married David Smith on 6 January 1857 in Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.19 David was born about 1834 in Leeds, Yorkshire, the son of Samuel Smith and Sarah Wadsworth.20

Thomas Dryden married Agnes Neilson (also known as Nelson) on 1 March 1859 in Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.21 Agnes was born about 1831 in Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the daughter of Thomas Neilson and Elizabeth Brakenridge.22 Thomas and Agnes had one child that has been traced.

George Dryden died on 17 April 1859 in Jedburgh, Roxburgh, Scotland.23 George's widow and family appear in the 1861 census living with Christina's mother.24

Name Relationship Condition Age Sex Occupation County of Birth
Christina Dryden Head Widow 35 F Grocer Jedburgh, Roxburghshire
James Dryden Son   5 M   Melrose, Roxburghshire
Helen Dryden Daughter   3 F   Ednam, Roxburghshire
George Dryden Son   1 M   Jedburgh, Roxburghshire
Helen Dickman Mother Widow 69 F   Hobkirk, Roxburghshire

In the 1861 census James Dryden was living with his son Thomas' wife Agnes and their daughter.25

Name Relationship Condition Age Sex Occupation County of Birth
James Dryden Head Widower 65 M Toll Collector Crailing, Roxburghshire
Agnes Dryden Daughter in-law Married 30 F   Douglas, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Dryden Grand-Daughter Unmarried 1 F   Edinburgh

Thomas Dryden appears on the census living in Coldstream in Berwickshire.

Name Relationship Condition Age Sex Occupation County of Birth
Thomas Dryden Head Married 29 M Groom Minto, Roxburghshire

Gilbert Dryden married Margaret Lumsden on 19 March 1869, Galashiels, Selkirk, Scotland.26

Herriot Dryden married Walter Young on 27 June 1862, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.27 Walter was born about 1835/1836, the son of Adam Young and Jane Tully.28

Gilbert Dryden died on 28 July 1876 in Selkirk, Scotland as reported in the Southern Reporter.

At Korham-on-Tweed, on the 28th ult, Gilbert Dryden, Selkirk, aged 41 years.29

Isabella Smith, nee Dryden, the wife of David Smith, died in 1875 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.30

Agnes Dryden, nee Neilson, died 14 August 1895, Closehead, Oldhamstocks, East Lothian, Scotland.31

Christina Dryden, nee Dickson, died on 7 February 1901 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.32