John Fea: Lock Keeper
Helen Fea and Alexander Winton
Helen Fea (b. 16th April 1831) married Alexander Winton on 3rd December 1848 in Falkirk. Alexander was born on 15th August 1827 and the son of Peter Winton and Janet Low.
Helen and Alexander were at 3 Grove St at St George's Cross in Glasgow in 1851 when Alexander was working as a blacksmith. This one particular census does indicate that Helen was born in Larbert. Their first daughter had already arrived.
They had thirteen children:
The family had moved to Grangemouth by 1861 and included Helen's widowed mother, Catherine Thomson. Alexander was then a foreman blacksmith. By 1871, they were in St Mary St., Falkirk and the elder children had left home.
Alexander died at Dundas St., Grangemouth in what was then the parish of Bothkennar on 5th April 1874. It is noted that the Glasgow marriage register for daughter Janet in 1876 gives her late father's occupation as canal lock engineer.
It is noted that five of the daughters married in Glasgow over a period of nine years: Catherine (1871); Janet Jessie Lowe (1876); Helen (1877); Margaret (1880) and Jane (1880).
Helen appears to be at the Union Workhouse, Berwick Upon Tweed in 1881 where she is a nurse. She is described as a widow, born in Scotland.
She made the trip to the US, arriving in New York on 20th September 1884. This would have been the year after the marriage of son, Alexander Winton, to his first wife, Jeannie McGlashan in New York.
There was a further sailing from Glasgow to New York in 1896 at the age of 65.
Helen was to remarry on 12th July 1899 in Geuga County, Ohio, her second husband being John Thompson.
She remained in the US, being in Cuyahoga County, Ohio in 1900 and 1910. Other members of the family were there at this time.
She died in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on 13th January 1912, aged eighty.