John Balfour

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John Balfour was born and baptised on the 6th June 1779 in Torryburn. His parents were Robert Balfour and Helen Nichol.

He married Helen Smith on the 26th October 1805 in Torryburn, both of this parish.

They had three children that we know of:

  • John Balfour born 24th April 1808, baptised 8th May 1808, in Torryburn.
  • James Balfour born or baptised on the 15th May 1811 in Torryburn
  • David Balfour born on the 1st June 1817, and baptised on the 15th June 1817 in Torryburn

He was a seaman, and died on January 25th, 1837 according to his gravestone in the churchyard at Torryburn church:

 

 

1838

Erected by Helen Smith

In Memory Of

John Balfour

Her husband who died

Jany 25, 1837 aged 57 years

 

   

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Photograph of grave

Balfour Descendents

 

His gravestone is next to that of his son David Balfour's first wife, Mary Paterson who died twelve years later.

 

 

 

Records

GROS (ScotlandsPeople): 26/10/1805 John Balfour married Helen Smith, Torryburn GROS 458/00 0002

GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 15/05/1811 James Balfour (to John Balfour, Helen Smith), Torryburn GROS 458/00 0002

GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 15/06/1817 David Balfour (to John Balfour, Helen Smith), Torryburn GROS 458/00 0002

GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Birth/Baptism 06/06/1779 John Balfour (to Robert Balfour, Helen Nichol), Torryburn GROS 458/0020 0252

GROS (ScotlandsPeople): Marriage 6/10/1804 John Balfour to Christian Fotheringham GROS 458/0020 0516

Other Records

Torryburn Jurors 1851 from http://www.fifefhs.org/

Box SC21/23/11 of Dunfermline Sheriff Court gives a list of West Fife Jurors for the year 1851, and the listing also gives their date of birth or age, which is useful in tracing their descent. They were either Special Jurors - who held heritable property of annual rent of 100 or personal property of 1000 or Common Jurors, possessors of heritable property of the yearly value of 5, or personal property of 200.

BALFOUR, JOHN: smith Low Torry (scored out, 'removed to forth Iron Works')

LAWSON, JAMES: farmer, Walkmill (b 1820)

NICOL, WILLLIAM: grocer, Low Torry (b 1808)