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Isabella Tulloch and Robert Reid
No record has been found for her birth or baptism, but the Death registration for Isabella Tulloch gives the names of her parents as William Tulloch and Elizabeth Drever. She was born in Westray, according to the census records, and her age in those records indicates that she was born about 1828.
Isabella was staying with her father and siblings at Nether Feold, Westray, at the time of the 1841 census, when she was 12 years old. In the 1851 census she was recorded as a Farm servant at Trenaby.
On 13th November 1852, Isabella married Robert Reid (born 2nd June 1832, son of Richard Reid and Marjory/May/Mary Rendall). According to her Death registration, he was a shoemaker. The IGI lists two children for them, both born in Westray:
Robert Reid died on 25th December, 1858, when he was 26 years old. In the 1861 census, Isabella was a widow staying at Westbreck with her husband's parents and siblings. She seems to have stayed at Westbreck for the rest of her life; at least, she was recorded there in each of the censuses through 1891. From 1871, though, she was living alone in her own household.
The following shows the variations in the form of her name, and in her
occupation, in the census records:
1861 - Bell T. Reid, Daughter-in-law, age 32, Seamstress
1871 - Isabella Tulloch, Head, age 41, Shareholder (1/3 of 15 acres)
1881 - Bell Tullock, Head, age 51, General labourer
1891 - Isabella Reid, Lodger, age 61, Woollen spinner (even though she was recorded as a lodger, she was living alone)
Isabella died at Westbreck on 11th June 1898.