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James Fea and Jean Cooper

Peter Fea and Christiana Hepburn

Peter Fea was the second son of James & Jane, born in 1800 at Stronsay. He was baptised in the Kirkwall Parish.

Peter married Christina Hepburn on 15th April, 1824, at Shapinsay. The service was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Barry, and witnesses were John Irwin and Malcolm Heddle. Christina's parents were Peter Hepburn and Christina Hepburn Cooper according to her death certificate, but may have been William Hepburn and Margaret Brock. Her birth was therefore either 1803 in Shapinsay or 11th June, 1801 in Shapinsay.

Their children were:

  • Peter (1825-1892). Peter became a sailor, lived at Liverpool and was master and part owner of a sailing ship. He never married.
  • Margaret Davidson (1827-1911). Margaret was a dressmaker employing 3 apprentices in 1851. She married Robert Miller in 1851 at Kirkwall and they migrated to Australia soon after.
  • Annie Hepburn (1829-1864). Annie married William Hepburn of Orkney, at Edinburgh in 1851. They returned and lived in Orkney.
  • Jean Cooper (1832-1918). Never married. Stayed at home and looked after aging parents. (occupation: 'Attending parents' in 1881 census)
  • Mary (1835-1836) died as infant.
  • James (1837- ). James was born 16th Jan 1837 and was a scholar living at home in 1851. There has been no further trace of him except for a reference to him by his nephew, William Linklater, as Mate on the Lady Dufferin with his elder brother, Peter as Master. J. Fea is listed in Lloyd's Register as Master of the Lady Dufferin from 1881 to 1883.
  • Isabella Baikie (1839- ). Isabella was b. 29th January, 1839 at Kirkwall. She was an errand girl in 1851 and there is no further information.
  • Eleanor Weymms (1841-1908). Eleanor married William Robertson Linklater in Kirkwall and they migrated to Australia in 1866.
  • John Garriock (1843-1898) John was a Druggist apprentice in 1861, but later became a merchant seaman. He moved to Edinburgh and married Margaret Gilbertson in 1881
  • William Iverach (1846 - ). William was a scholar in 1851 and 1861, but no further record has been found of him.

They lived at 28 Broad Street, Kirkwall. The house had 2 rooms with 1 or more windows (1861 census)

 His occupation was Boot, Shoemaker, Slater (1851), Boot & Shoemaker employing 1 man (1861)

 Margaret was a Boot and Shoe Binder in 1851

 Peter died 10th December, 1882 at 0900 hours, aged 82 years, at his home in Broad Street, Kirkwall. He had been unwell for some time and is listed in the 1881 census as 'Retired Slater (Imbecile)'. Christina died 20th January, 1896 at 1100 a.m, aged 94 years. They are buried in the St.Magnus Church Yard.

WHO DIED 10th DECr 1882
Aged 82 years
and their daughter
who died 2nd Sepr. 1836
age 1 year 8 months
The above
Christina Hepburn
who died 20th Jan. 1896
Aged 94 years & 7 months

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