My mother was Marion Clirehugh. She was the fourth generation of Clirehughs in America. Her great-grandfather, Vair Clirehugh, moved in 1834 from Edinburgh, Scotland to New York City, New York. Vair Clirehugh was 36 when he moved his wife and three children to NY. He resumed his business as a wig maker and barber and had two more children.
This page details the family and descendants of Elizabeth Clirehugh, sister of Vair. Like her brother, she was born in Scotland and immigrated to New York City, New York. Her parental family is detailed on the Clirehugh family home page.
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|1.||William Clirehugh, lived in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1700s and 1800s. He is my great-great-great grandfather.|
|first wife||Margaret Meldrum (1746– ) lived Edinburgh, Scotland; married 1794|
|second wife||Margaret Paterson, married 1810 Edinburgh, Scotland|
|1.4||Elizabeth Clirehugh (1803–1884) born Scotland, died NY|
|m. John Cockburn lived Scotland|
|1.4.1||Helen Cockburn (1827–1850) born Scotland, died NY|
|m. George Duncan (1822–1864) born Scotland, died NY|
|1.4.2||William Cockburn (1827–1853) born Scotland, died NY|
|1.4.3||John Cockburn (1831–1872) born Scotland, died NY|
|ID||NAME||KEY DATES AND NOTES|
|1.4||Elizabeth CLIREHUGH||b. 10-1-1803 Edinburgh, Scotland
bap. 10-19-1803 Edinburgh, Scotland
m. 5-15-1825 John COCKBURN in Edinburgh, Scotland
d. 10-21-1884 NYC, NY
bur. 10-24-1884 Brooklyn, NY
Known or suspected children:
Lived in New York City. She was known as Aunt Cockburn to her niece and nephews.
|1.4 -1||John COCKBURN||b.
m. 5-15-1825 Elizabeth CLIREHUGH in Edinburgh, Scotland
Marriage announcement published in The Scotsman, an Edinburgh newspaper. The marriage was at the Abbeyhill.
|1.4.1||Helen COCKBURN||b. abt. 1827 Scotland
m. 5-18-1846 George DUNCAN in NYC
d. 5-24-1858 NYC age 31
bur. 5-26-1858 Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
Had at least four children, all born NY:
In 1850 lived in Canandaigua, NY with husband George and children George (3) and Helen E. (1); George was a merchant.
Also in the household were William See (21, clerk) and Ann Cosgrove (22, servant).
William See was likely a cousin of Alanson See whose daughter Mary later married William Clirehugh Duncan.
|1.4.1 -1||George DUNCAN||b. 1822 Scotland
m. 5-18-1846 Helen COCKBURN in NYC
bur. 6-11-1864 Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
In 1860 lived in NYC, NY with children George Jr. (13), John (9), and William (5), and no wife; clerk.
|126.96.36.199||William Clirehugh DUNCAN||b. 7-1855 NY
m. 9-13-1876 Mary Elizabeth SEE in Manhattan
d. 6-21-1917 NYC
Wife Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) was born 6-6-1858 NYC; she may have died 12-1935. Her parents were Alanson SEE (b. 3-6-1812 NY, d. 6-1891 NY) and Mary Ann HALL (b. 7-1822 NY, d. 1917 NY).
Had 6 children born in NY:
Was President of the Greenwich Bank of New York.
|1.4.2||William COCKBURN||b. 2-5-1827 Scotland
d. 1-19-1853 NYC, NY
bur. 1-21-1853 Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
William died of phthysis, age 25yr 11mo 16da. He lived at 118 Varick. He was buried in the Cockburn family lot 22931 in Green-Wood Cemetery. It is the fact of his burial in this lot that inclines me to believe he was a son of Elizabeth (Clirehugh) Cockburn. I have no other evidence.
|1.4.3||John COCKBURN||b. abt. 1831 Scotland
d. 7-9-1872 NYC, NY age 41
bur. 7-11-1872 Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
In 1850 lived with his mother in NYC, worked as jeweler.
The cemetery is located at 5th Avenue and 25 Street. There is a website about the gravestone inscriptions. There are two lots that hold Elizabeth Clirehugh's family and her in-laws:
In Lot 22931: (all of these people except the last one were originally buried elsewhere, see Duncan family page for details)
|NAME||ORIGINAL BURIAL DATE||AGE AT DEATH||ORIGINAL LOT||IDENTITY|
|William Cockburn||1-21-1853||25||2458||died 1-19-1853 of phthysis, age 25yr 11mo 16da (implying a birthdate of 2-5-1827), born Scotland, lived at 118 Varick. I think William was a son of Elizabeth (Clirehugh) Cockburn.|
|Helen A. Duncan||2-27-1854||2458||likely the daughter of Helen (Cockburn) Duncan who was born 1849.|
|John H. Duncan||7-29-1854||2458||? (not a child of Helen and George Duncan, who had a son named John born 1851 and still living in 1860).|
|Helen Duncan||5-26-1858||7859||daughter of Elizabeth (Clirehugh) Cockburn, and wife of George Duncan.|
|George Duncan||6-11-1864||7859||husband of Helen, daughter of Elizabeth (Clirehugh) Cockburn.|
|John Cockburn||7-11-1872||41||7859||ID 1.4.1, son of Elizabeth (Clirehugh) Cockburn. Died 7-9-1872, unmarried, last residence was 75 Varick Street, New York.|
|Elizabeth Cockburn||10-24-1884||81||N/A||ID 1.4, Elizabeth Clirehugh. Born Scotland, died 10-21-1884, last residence was 243 West 11th Street, New York.|
In Lot 22930:
|Alanson See||6-13-1891||father of Lizzie See who married William Clirehugh Duncan|
|Mary A. See||3-15-1917||mother of Lizzie See who married William Clirehugh Duncan|
ID: In this document, each person has an assigned ID.
The ID is a segmented number where each segment is separated by a period.
The number of segments indicates the generation.
For example, 1.2.3 is the third child of 1.2 who is the second child of 1.0.
Spouses are identified with a suffix of "-n" where n is the number of the marriage;
for example, 1.2.3 -1 is the first spouse of 1.2.3.
When there is no ID, the relationship of the person to others is unknown; they may not be a relative.
Key dates are specified in MM-DD-CCYY format.
Date abbreviations: abt.: about b.: born bap.: baptized m.: married div.: divorced sep.: separated d.: died bur.: buried
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