John Fea: Lock Keeper
John Fea and Catherine Thomson
John Fea remarried on 21st February 1821 in Stirlingshire. His second
wife was Catherine Thomson, born about 1800 and the daughter of David
Thomson and Catherine Thomson. At the time of the 1841 and 1851
census, they were living at Canal Lock No 6. According to the obituary,
they had eight children:
- Margaret Fea b. 17th November 1821, Falkirk
- Simon Fea b. 20th October 1824, Falkirk
Fea b. 8th February 1827, Falkirk who married Agnes Ronald
- Catherine Fea c. 25th February 1827, Falkirk (likely twin of
- Catherine Fea c. 21st February 1830, Falkirk who married
Fea b. 16th April 1831 who married Alexander Winton
- Simon Fea b. circa 1833/35, Falkirk who married Ann Nicol
- David Fea b. circa 1833/35, Falkirk
Five of these are documented on the 1841 and 1851 censuses.
Canal Lock by Falkirk
||Canal lock keeper
||Cross Kirk, Isle of Sanday|
||Canal lock keeper's assistant
John Fea died on 12th February 1862.
Allan Fea in "The Real Captain Cleveland", which was published in 1912
|"Old John" is still remembered as a locksman, and a daughter is said
to be still living in Cleveland, Ohio. Her brother Alexander, who migrated
to America in 1849, died there two years ago at the same age as his
father. The sons of another brother who went to America, it is said, are
The Real Captain Cleveland, Allan
Fea - p202
The daughter living in Ohio is thought to be Helen
Fea, a daughter by John's second marriage, who married Alexander Winton.
She followed her family to the US as a widow. Her brother, Alexander
Fea, went much earlier as did Thomas
Brown Fea, a son by John's first marriage.
Catherine died on 4th January 1869 at Blackhill Locks, Springburn Glasgow.
The informant was her son in law, Alexander Winton.