Alexander MercerAge: 80 years18541934

Alexander Mercer
Birth October 4, 1854 29 35
Note: Birth record entry:
Note: Scotland Births & Baptisms 1564-1950
Census April 7, 1861 (Age 6 years)
Address: 69 Muirhouses
Census April 2, 1871 (Age 16 years)
MarriageJanet CowanView this family
April 18, 1879 (Age 24 years)
Census April 3, 1881 (Age 26 years)
Address: Irelands Row, 5, Beath, Fife, Scotland
Census April 5, 1891 (Age 36 years)
Address: Haughmill, Markinch, Fife, Scotland
Census March 31, 1901 (Age 46 years)
Address: Kennoway Road, Markinch, Windygates, Fife, Scotland
Coal Miner

Death December 9, 1934 (Age 80 years)
Address: Craig Roineach, Kennoway Road, Windygates
Note: ref 447/02/0026
Will March 6, 1946 (11 years after death)
Note: from James Barclay
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: March 6, 1846Wemyss, Fife, Scotland
-5 years
elder brother
4 years
elder sister
1 year
elder brother
5 years
elder sister
4 years
elder sister
21 months
2 years
younger brother
2 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
23 months
younger sister
Agnes Mercer
Birth: May 16, 1863 38 44Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland
Death: 1864Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland
2 years
younger brother
John Mercer
Birth: May 6, 1865 40 46Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland
Death: 1865Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland
Family with Janet Cowan - View this family
Marriage: April 18, 1879Beath, Fife, Scotland
20 months
3 years
4 years
4 years
22 months
5 years

Birth record entry: Parish / District Name Number Entry / Frame Beath / Fife opr 410/2 fr 555 Surname Mercer Sex M / F M Given names Alexander Date and time 4 October 1854 Place Beath Father’s names Andrew Mercer Mother’s names Agnes Mercer ms Dunsire RCE / other information third son (sic)
Scotland Births & Baptisms 1564-1950 First name(s) Alexander Last name Mercer Gender Male Birth year 1854 Birth place Beath,Fife,Scotland Baptism year - Baptism date - Baptism place - Father's first name(s) Andrew Father's last name Mercer Mother's first name(s) Agnes Mother's last name Dunsire Place Beath County Fife Country Scotland
Census1861 Scottish Census - Andrew Mercer + Agnes Dunsyre - Household

Book 006, page 037 410 Auchterderran

Andrew MercerHeadM36MCoal MinerFife, Kennoway
Agnes MercerwifeM40FFife, Wemyss
James MercersonS18MCoal DrawerFife, Wemyss
Isobella MercerdaughterS16FFactory WorkerFife, Methil
William MercersonS14MCoal DrawerFife, Methil
Janet MercerdaughterS10FScholarFife, Kennoway
Mary MercerdaughterS8FScholarFife, Kennoway
Alexander MercersonS6MScholarFife, Beath
Andrew MercersonS4MFife, Auchterderran
Ann MercerdaughterS2FFife, Auchterderran

Notes: Number people Blind, Deaf or Dumb -0, Number children at school - 3, Number rooms with one or more windows - 2

Census1871 Scotland - Census - William Mercer + Christina Morris - Household

William MercerheadMar25MinerWemyss, Fife
Christina M MercerwifeMar28Lochgelly, Auchterderran, Fife
Christina M Mercerdaughter5Lochgelly, Auchterderran, Fife
Agnes Mercerdaughter3Lochgelly, Auchterderran, Fife
Andrew Mercerson2Lochgelly, Auchterderran, Fife
Alexander MercerboarderUnm18Coal MinerLochgelly, Fife
William KirkboarderUnm20Coal MinerLeslie, Fife

Census1881 Scotland - Census - Alexander Mercer + Janet Cowan - Household

Beath, Fife, Scotland

Alexander MercerheadMar26Coal MinerBeath, Fife
Janet MercerwifeMar25Crossgate, Fife
Andrew Mercerson1Beath, Fife

Census1891 Scotland - Census - Alexander Mercer + Janet Cowan - Household

Markinch, Fife, Scotland

Alexander MercerheadMar36Coal MinerBeath, Fife
Janet MercerwifeMar36Beath, Fife
Andrew Mercerson11ScholarBeath, Fife
Robert Mercerson9ScholarBeath, Fife
Lizzie Mercerdaughter6ScholarBuckhaven, Wemyss, Fife
Agnes Mercerdaughter3Buckhaven, Wemyss, Fife
John Cowan Mercerson1Buckhaven, Fife

Census1901 Scotland - Census - Alexander Mercer + Janet Cowan - Household

Markinch, Fife, Scotland

Alexander MercerheadMar46Coal Miner, HewerBeath, Fife
Janet MercerwifeMar46Beath, Fife
Andrew MercersonUnm21Coal Miner, HewerBeath, Fife
Robert MercersonUnm19Coal Miner, HewerBeath, Fife
Agnes Mercerdaughter13ScholarBuckhaven, Wemyss, Fife
John Cowan Mercerson11ScholarBuckhaven, Fife
Janet Mercerdaughter7ScholarMarkinch, Fife
William DicksonboarderUnm30Edinburgh, Midlothian

Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian 23 April 1892 - Accident at a Colliery METHIL Accident at a Colliery - On Sunday, when Alexander Mercer was employed at a colliery in this neighbourhood, he had one of his hands badly injured. One of his fingers was mutilated, besides the hand being otherwise bruised. Medical aid was procured for him, and he is expected favourably to recover. ---------------- I can find two Alexander Mercers working as coal miners in this area at this time: 1. Alexander Mercer b.1854, m. Janet Cowan, residing at Haughmill, Markinch in 1891 2. Alexander Mercer b.1859, m. Christina Williamson, residing at Balcurvie, Markinch in 1891 M.H.
ref 447/02/0026 MERCER, Alexander Occ: Cola Miner Spouse: Janet Penman Cowan Age: 80 Parents: Andrew Mercer, Watchmaker (decd) - Agnes Mercer MS Dunsyre (decd) Witness: Andrew Mercer, son
Leven Mail 06 March 1946 COTTAGE An action has been raised in Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court by Andrew Mercer, Viewforth Cottage, and Robert Mercer, Muiredge, Buckhaven, trustees of the late Alexander Mercer, Greag Roineach Cottage, Windygates, against Mrs Janet Mercer or Ritchie or Paterson, and Duncan Paterson, both residing at Creag Roineach, Kennoway Road, WIndygates. The record in this case has now been closed. The pursuers crave the Court to eject the defenders from the cottage known as Creag Roineach, and in their condescendence they aver that on his death on 9th December, 1934, the late Alexander Mercer bequethed his estate to the pursuers and to his wife, Mrs Janet Cowan or Mercer, as trustees. Mrs Mercer died on or about 2nd April, 1945, and the deceased Alexander Mercer further directed his trustees, on the death of his wife, or his own death if she pre-deceased him, to realise the whole of his estate and divide it into seven parts amongst named members of his family. In their answers, the defenders aver that they were requested by the late owner and liferentrix of the cottage to remain in occupation, and as they have been accepted as tenants for many years, the pursuers are not entitled to the remedy craved. The defenders ask that the case be dismissed accordingly. Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian 20 April 1946 This case was concluded, this is a lengthy article summarised here: The defenders lost the case because they were arguing that as long-term tenants they could not be evicted. However they could not show that they had ever paid rent and could not therefore be considered tenants.
from James Barclay I had a wander round Kennoway cemetery on Thursday and found the following gravestone which is relevant to your database. Alexander Mercer died 9th December, 1934 (80) beloved wife of Janet Cowan died 3rd April, 1945 (80) Their daughter Elizabeth died in Australia 15th August, 1950 (64).