Jeanie Ferguson Linton (1910-1986)

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Jeanie Ferguson Linton was born 14 October 1910 in Inkerman, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom to Samuel Linton (1887) and Jeanie McGuire (1888) and died October 1986 at Belvedere Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. She married Thomas Totten (1909-1938) . She married Edward Clarke (1892-1960) .

Name variations

  • Jean Linton
  • Jean Totten
  • Jean Clarke
  • Jeanie Linton
  • Jeanie Clarke

Vital statistics

at Inkerman nearPaisley (118 Inkerman, Abbey Parish, Paisley)

at Belvedere Hospital ,Glasgow at age 74?


Jeannie was born into a small village, Inkerman, near Paisley , which had been specially erected for the miners in recently opened mines. She gained her elementary education there, and could remember singing for the soldiers setting off for World War I. When the mines gave out there, her father moved to Baillieston to find work in the mines there. He later gave up mining to become the janitor of the local school. He also joined the local Special Constabulary. When she was 20, she married Thomas Totten, who lived in Tollcross, a district of Glasgow close to Baillieston. His arm was caught up in some machinery, and turned sceptic. He died of blood poisoning in 1938, leaving Jeanie a young widow with five children, during a period of severe economic depression and little social support. At one time her children were taken into care, as she had been evicted from rented rooms and had no where to stay. She slept in Tollcross Park, but eventually found a local authority flat in Blackhill and reunited the family. In 1943, her oldest son, Samuel, drowned in the nearby Monkland Canal. It was at this time she met her second husband, Edward Clarke, who was also widowed. She has sought his help in dealing with the Small Debt Court in Glasgow, their relationship grew, and they married in July 1943, despite some opposition from her parents, on the grounds both of their age difference (he was 18 years older) and his religion (he was Roman Catholic. Jeanie converted to Catholicism - though she never shared her husband’s politics, especially his anti-monarchism - but the grandparents' opposition softened with the passage of time.

Jean Clarke, as she now was, moved with her young family (except for Thomas) into Edward Clarke’s home in Lilybank, where she helped nurse his daughter, Margaret, who was dying of cancer (or tuberculosis??). She seems to have suffered period of depression in reaction to the various strains of her difficult life. She had a further four (Clarke) children, who joined some of the older Clarkes and the Tottens in the fairly spacious, but nonetheless crowded flat in Lilybank. In the early 1950’s she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and had part of her lung removed. She recovered after a long convalescence, but never fully regained her health (which was not helped by her liking for cigarettes, which she only gave up after a particularly severe bout of bronchitis in 1966). She bore her ill health, as she had the varying fortunes of her family life, with fortitude and good humour. Her parents had been strict tee-totalers and she claimed never to have taken alcoholic drink until she met Eddie Clarke, and only did so, so as not to be left at home if he went to the pub. She never did drink much, but enjoyed a brandy and babycham, and even tried her hand at making wine in later life (on one occasion causing an explosion of over active wine). She liked making soft toys for her grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading a great deal, especially science fiction and fantasy, (accumulating an impressive library) and listening to musicals. She had a liking for flashy (though inexpensive) jewellery. She died of pneumonia in Belvedere Hospital in Glasgow and was cremated at Daldowie Crematorium.


Spouses (2)



Offspring of Jeanie Linton and Thomas Totten (1909-1938)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Samuel Linton Totten (1933-1943)
Thomas Totten (c1932)
Jean Totten (c1933-c1999)
Robert Totten (c1938-2008) 1938 2008
James Totten (c1939-2008)

Offspring of Jeanie Linton and Edward Clarke (1892-1960)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Frances McGuire Clarke (1945)
Dennis McGuire Clarke (1947)
Edward Anthony Clarke (1949)
William Linton Clarke (1950)



Jeanie Ferguson Linton is the daughter of Samuel Linton, Iron Miner, and Jeanie McGuire, (born 1888, baptised in St Mirin's RC Cathedral on 28 December 1888), Threadmill Worker, who were married at 118 Inkerman, Abbey Parish, Paisley on 2 July 1909, after banns according to the forms of the Church of Scotland.


Her grandparents were


Her great-grandparents were


Her great-great-grandparents were



External links

  • [[1]] - online search of Registrar General for Scotland's records

Footnotes (including sources)

2 Wedding 2
  • Presumably after 1940


  Tony164, Robin Patterson

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