James QUINN and Ann SMITH

I’ll start this QUINN tree with the QUINNs who came over from Ireland and settled in Leith, Edinburgh (in Smith’s Land).    According to various census returns, they appeared to live in close proximity with one another and had very large families.

The earliest of our line (proven by documentation) is James QUINN b.1850 in Ireland and died 6 Feb 1894 in Leith, Edinburgh.  His parents were reported as Hugh QUINN and Mary Branigan (various spelling exists for Branigan).  No documentation has been found for Hugh QUINN and Mary Branigan, other than their names on James’ death certificate.

James QUINN married Ann SMITH in 1869

 

Marriage 1869 692/2 78

 

(Ann was very young at 18.  She was born in 1851)

Birth Ann Smith 1851

The children born to James QUINN and Ann SMITH were documented as:

Mary-Jane QUINN    1870-

Patrick QUINN            1872-1942

Rose-Ann QUINN        1874-

James QUINN                1877-1952

Ellen (Helen) QUINN    1878-

Margaret QUINN    1882-

Hugh QUINN    1883-1967

Bernard QUINN    1885-

Catherine QUINN    1891-

Our line is descended from Patrick QUINN and although his marriage, death and census records suggest he was the child of James and Ann, birth documentation has not been found to support this.  He and his elder sister (Mary Jane QUINN) are often found on census returns living with their grandparents.  It is possible that Patrick was the child of another QUINN sibling and he was brought into the QUINN/SMITH fold for some reason.

Birth 1870 641/20 Parish of Douglas, Lanark

On the 1871 census, Ann QUINN is living with her in-laws:

1871 Census: 9 Vinegar Close, Leith, Midlothian, Scotland 692/2
Name and Surname Relation to Head of Family Condition Age Rank, Profession, or Occupation Where Born
James SMITH Head Married 40 Labourer Ireland
Jane SMITH Wife Married 42 – born abt 1829 Ireland
Ann QUINN daughter-in-law 18 – born Leith abt 1851
Thomas SMITH son 17 born abt 1854 Leith
Mary-Jane QUINN grand-daughter 1 – Born 1870 Douglas, Lanarkshire

 

 

Rose Ann QUINN was born 6 March 1874.

1881 Census: 4 Smiths Land, Leith, Midlothian, Scotland 692/2
Name and Surname Relation to Head of Family Condition Age Rank, Profession, or Occupation Where Born
James SMITH Head Married 50 Fireman in factory Ireland
Jane SMITH Wife Married 50 Weaver in factory Ireland
Thomas SMITH son 24 Labourer in factory Leith
Mary SMITH daughter-in-law Winder in factory England
Michael SMITH Son (son to Thomas SMITH and Mary SEAL) 3 Leith
Thomas SMITH Son (son to Thomas SMITH and Mary SEAL) 1 Leith
Patrick QUIN grandson 9 scholar Leith
Mary Jane Quin grandson 11 scholar Douglas, Lanarkshire

Edinburgh Evening News 28 June 1894