A different Janet Hunter was born on the 30th April 1821 in Torryburn, Fife, Scotland to John Hunter and Helen Cochrane, but the 1851 census for Torryburn states that our Janet Balfour is 38 years old, which would make her birth year around 1813, which indicates that Helen Anderson is her mother.
Our Janet Hunter married a John Paterson in Torryburn on the 22 May 1835, and had the following children together:
In the 1841 census this Janet Paterson and her family - Hellen (4) and Mary (2) are living in Torry & New Mills. John Paterson's occupation is given a a cotton worker.
This is certainly the correct Janet Hunter as in the 1851 census her children Helen (13), Mary (11), and John (9) are living with her, as is her new husband David Balfour whom she married on the 8th February 1851 at Torryburn. The children are listed as David's stepchildren. Neither of the children named Peter Paterson are listed, probably indicating that they died in infancy.
David and Janet had only one child that we know of:
Janet Hunter must have died sometime after 1852 and before the 1861 census when David is categorised as a widower. It is possible she died in childbirth. He went on to marry Ann Harrower (nee Nicol) on the 22nd May 1868.
The other Janet Hunter (married to Andrew Balfour, Father John Hunter, weaver) died in 1863.
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 23/10/1836 Peter Paterson (to John Paterson, Janet Hunter), Torryburn GROS 458/00 0004
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 29/10/1837 Helen Paterson (to John Paterson, Helen Hunter), Torryburn GROS 458/00 0004
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 23/06/1839 Mary Paterson (to John Paterson, Janet Hunter), Torryburn GROS 458/00 0004
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 29/08/1841 John Paterson (to John Paterson, Janet Hunter), Torryburn GROS 458/00 0004
GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 10/11/1844 Peter Paterson (to John Paterson, Janet Hunter), Torryburn GROS 458/00 0004
A Janet Hunter married a Henry Bruce on the 18th August 1832 in Torryburn.
The Janet Hunter born to Helen Cochrane was born on 30th April 1821, christened 6th May 1821 in Torryburn.
IGI: Janet Hunter b.30 Apr 1821, c.6 May 1821 Torryburn (John Hunter, Helen Cochrane)
IGI: Janet Hunter b 25 Feb 1824 c. 7 Mar 1824, Wemyss, Fife (Robert Hunter, Janet Carswell)
IGI: Janet Hunter b 02 Jun 1822, c. 09 Jun 1822, Inchture, Perth, Scotland (John Hunter, Mary Sime)
ScotlandsPeople: 27/04/1853 born/baptised Janet Hunter Balfour in Torryburn. Parents David Balfour & Janet Hunter (GROS 458/00/0004)
ScotlandsPeople: John Hunter married Janet Lochhead in Torryburn 23/05/1772 (GROS 458/00/0002)
ScotlandsPeople: John Hunter married Helen Cochrane in Torryburn 10/12/1814 (GROS 458/00 0002)
ScotlandsPeople: Janet Hunter married David Balfour in Torryburn 08/02/1851 (GROS 458/00 0004)
ScotlandsPeople: Janet Balfour died at Low Torry, Torryburn, Fife on 25th September 1863 at the age of 40, her father was John Hunter (Weaver) and her husband was Andrew Balfour (not present) Cause of death Phthisis 14 months. (GROS 458/00 0015) Note: there are no records of a Janet Balfour ever having married an Andrew Balfour anywhere in Scotland from 1553 to 1863...
ScotlandsPeople: Janet Hunter born/christened 28/05/1809 to Peter Hunter/Allison Cochrane Torryburn (GROS 458/00 0002)
ScotlandsPeople: Janet Hunter born/christened 26/07/1812 to John Hunter/Helen Anderson Torryburn GROS (458/00 0002)
ScotlandsPeople: Janet Hunter born/christened 06/05/1821 to John Hunter/Helen Cochrane Torryburn GROS (458/00 0004)
ScotlandsPeople: Janet Balfour will/testament 13/01/1864 alias Galloway, widow of David Balfour, Merchant in Crail, Cupar Sherriff Court (Ref SC20/50/36)
ScotlandsPeople: Janet Balfour will/testament 20/01/1868 Cairneyhill near Dunfermline, Sister of Thomas Balfour, Cupar Sherriff Court (Ref SC20/50/40)