Henrietta Riddell was born on 20 August 1855 in the village of Kirkton, East Kilbride, to John and Martha (Muir) Riddell. She was their second child. In 1861 the family was on Main Street in the village of East Kilbride and another child had joined the family.
Ten years later, Henrietta was 15 years old and worked as a servant in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ogg in Glasgow. Mr. Ogg was a master draper and employed 50 people. The family had two live-in servants, including Henrietta.
Her mother died in 1876 and Henrietta returned to East Kilbride sometime after that. When the 1881 census was enumerated Henrietta lived with her father and three younger brothers, Robert, Francis and Thomas. She was employed as a domestic servant.
Her father died on 26 January 1888 and just a few short weeks later, at the age of 32, Henrietta married Charles Findlay, a 41-year-old bachelor from East Kilbride, who had come from a weaving family and had been a weaver in this youth. At the time of their marriage and because of the decline of the hand loom weaving industry, he was a general laborer. I have wondered if Henrietta's father did not approve of Charles Findlay.
Charles and Henrietta had two children by the time the 1891 census was taken. The family lived on Main Street in the village of East Kilbride. Four more children were born between 1892 and 1900. In 1901 the family lived on Strathaven Road in East Kilbride.
Henrietta (Riddell) Findlay died on 28 October 1904 of cardiac disease. She was 49 years old and had suffered from heart troubles for three years. Her youngest child, Alexander Findlay was 4 years old at the time of her death.
1861 Scotland Census, 07/04/1861 Riddell, John (Census 1861 643/00 001/00 017)
1861 Scotland Census, Parish: East Kilbride; ED: 1; Page: 18; Line: 2; Roll: CSSCT1861_95
1871 Scotland Census, 02/04/1871 Ogg, Robert A (Census 1871 644/08 091/00 021)
1871 Scotland Census, Parish: Glasgow Barony; ED: 91; Page: 21; Line: 14; Roll: CSSCT_138
1881 Scotland Census, 03/04/1881 Riddell, Henrietta (Census 1881 643/00/001/00 019)
1881 Scotland Census, Parish: East Kilbride; ED: 1; Page: 19; Line: 7; Roll: CSSCT1881_213
1891 Scotland Census, 05/04/1891 Findlay, Charles (Census 1891 643/00 001/00 017)
1891 Scotland Census, Parish: East Kilbride; ED: 1; Page: 17; Line: 7; Roll: CSSCT1891_237
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Findlay, Charles (Census 1901 643/00 002/00 009)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: East Kilbride; ED: 2; Page: 9; Line: 2; Roll: CSSCT1901_262
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1855 Riddle, Henrietta (Statutory Births 643/00 0079)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1888 Findlay, Charles - Riddle, Henrietta (Statutory Marriages 643/00 0002)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1904 Findlay, Henrietta (Statutory Deaths 643/00 0072)