Girvin – William and Mary Warnock

My maternal 3rd Great Grandparents. He was born in Scotland and died in Keady, Armagh, Northern Ireland. She was born in Ireland and also died in Keady. His occupation was known to be a Linen Buyer.

Her brother, in my notes as Don Warnock, had moved to Northampton. I have yet to find him in any records, there is however a Robert Warnock but I cannot make a direct connection as of yet. Minnie Girvin had a son, Robert Warnock Irwin, who makes me think this was their uncle.

3x GGM Warnock Mary Rebecca
3x GGM Mary Rebecca Warnock Girvin

Together, William and Mary had 6 children, of which the 5 daughters came to the US. The only son, William, stayed in Ireland. The daughters came to Northampton at the encouragement of their uncle.

The five daughters are Elizabeth “Lizzie” Girvin Mollison, Agnes Girvin (Girvan on tombstone) McLaughlin, Rachel Jane Girvin Wenzel, Minnie Girvin Irvin Shoro, Martha Ann Girvin Marshall. They married and lived either in the Northampton or New Bedford areas of Massachusetts.

Agnes married Joseph McLaughlin in 1884. Their daughter Ruth Martha was born in 1888. Sadly, Agnes died in Jan 1890.

Joseph remarried to Mary Courtney in 1892 and they had 2 more children, Mary and William. Due to Ruth’s young age, I would wager that she viewed Mary has her mom.

Joseph died in 1915 and is buried in Montague City, Franklin Cty, MA. As is Agnes in Highland Cemetery. It should be noted her name is listed as Girvan on her tombstone.

Sharing the stone are Joseph’s mother – Sarah Simpson McLaughlin, Joseph, Agnes, their daughter Ruth, noted as wife of Chester V Dadmun, and then Martha A Girvan, wife of Joseph Marshall. Martha is sister to Agnes.


Rachel Jane “Jane” Girvin married George Wenzel in 1890. They had 4 children: Charles, Lena, Maria, and George. Both Jane and George had passed by 1930.

  • Charles and Maria “Mae” married siblings in the Dewey family of Williamsburg.  Charles married Ethel Dewey, and May married Frederick Dewey. 1910 on same page of the census are the Shumways (Anne Belle Mollison) on Ashfield Road, The Allaires (Jimmy’s wife’s family) on Chestnut Street, and Reuben Dewey’s family on Conway Road – 2 of his children married childen of Jane Girvin and George Wenzel. May and Frederick are buried in High Street Cemetery in Haydenville; unknown yet where Charles and Ethel Wenzel are buried.
  • George lived in Northampton for some time and then moved to Florida. He died in Florida but never had any known children.
  • Lena, in 1915, married Joseph A Messier in Amherst MA. They had 3 children. She died in Northampton in 1979. Unknown where she is buried.

Minnie Girvin married 2 times. Her first husband was David Irwin, and they had 2 children – Robert Warnock Irwin and Martha Irwin. David Irwin died from Typhoid Fever when both children were young.

Minnie married for a 2nd time to Edward Shoro the following year. She and Edward would have 2 children – Earle and Clyde. – See Lizzie Girvin for more on their interaction. Minnie died in 1949 and Edward passed in 1938. It is not known where they or David Irwin are buried.

The last sister is Martha Girvin. She also married twice. Her first husband was Joseph S Marshall. They married in 1903 in Northampton and had 2 children: Irene Marshall and Raymond Marshall. It is unknown when Joseph Marshall died or where he is buried. Martha is listed on her sister Agnes’ tombstone.

The genealogy research on the sisters is a work in progress for me. I have had no luck yet with William James Girvin who remained in Ireland.

Mollison – James Robinson

James Robinson Mollison was born in Fettercairn, Scotland and emigrated to the USA in 1855 per the 1910 and 1920 US Census. I have not yet located his immigration paperwork but believe he entered via Boston, but he became a naturalized citizen in 1878 (have index but in process of requesting copy of actual court documentation from National Archives in Waltham, MA).

3x Great Grandfather James Robinson Mollison
3x Great Grandfather James Robinson Mollison

He married Orintha Weller Chilson on Oct 21, 1861. Per the vital records of their marriage, his parents are listed as John & Elizabeth Mollison and his occupation is listed as Farmer.

Their marriage would produce 3 children: John Stewart Mollison, Mary Belle Mollison (Rice), and Anne Francis Mollison (Shumway). John Stewart is my Great-Great Grandfather. All three children lived to be adults. John Stewart and Mary Belle are buried in Goshen, with Annie buried in Williamsburg.

The US Census has them in Goshen from 1865 forward. They first purchased a farm near Route 9 and Hwy 112 and the town cemetery. The road is called Mollison Hill to this day. This farm was not to be their forever home. The farm included land that is now part of Camp Howe (per an interview with Douglas Mollison published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on 7/9/2012). They would then purchase a farm on Main Street across from the Goshen Church.

James Mollison's home across from Goshen Church, taken 1916
James Mollison’s home across from Goshen Church, taken 1916

The last US census with James Robinson was in 1920 when he was living with Annie Shumway and her family in Williamsburg. He died in 1923 and is buried in Goshen Cemetery with Orintha.

There is a connection to the Warner family but am not sure if they were friends or somehow related. There are pictures with James Mollison and the Warners in Scotland.

I also believe, but have no documentation, that he lived on the property behind JFK school in Northampton when he first moved to this country.

The following pictures are of Orintha, Mary Belle Rice and Annie Shumway.  I will reserve the pictures of John Stewart for his page. At present I am only preparing pages of my direct ancestors, so pictures of children/siblings will be included on the parental page. Digital copies are available to family members upon asking. If you wish to share pictures, I am happy to post those here with proper sourcing included.


James Mollison and Joe Warner in Scotland
James Mollison and Joe Warner in Scotland
3x Great Grandmother Orintha Chilson Mollison
Orintha Weller Chilson Mollison, 3x Great Grandmother
James Mollison Sr. +Mary Mollison Rice(daughter
James Robinson Mollison and Mary Mollison Rice (daughter); 2nd child of James Robinson and Orintha Mollison
Annie Mollison Shumway
Annie Mollison Shumway, 3rd child, 2nd daughter of James Robinson and Orintha Mollison