Monday, January 19, 2015 Mary Adams Riddell (1883-after 1957)

Mary Adams Riddell was born on 12 March 1883 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, at the family home at 9 Shanks Street. Her parents were Oswald Dykes and Annie (Cowie) Riddell. She was born two months after her parents' marriage. In 1891 she was living with her parents at 48 St. John Street in Old Monkland Parish. I have not been able to find Mary in the 1901 census when she would have been 18 years old and was likely living and working outside the home.

Mary married Robert James Dalziell on 21 August 1907 at 50 Wellington Street in Glasgow. They were married by declaration in the presence of Patrick and Jeanie Frighan. Patrick and Jeanie were married on the same day and the registration for that marriage was listed just before Mary and Robert Dalziell's marriage.

In 1911 the couple lived at Old Farm on Quarry Street in Coatbridge, which was about a mile from Mary's parents' home. At the time the census was taken Robert and Mary had two daughters. Three sons would follow after 1911.

In 1926 their two daughters, Annie and Martha, immigrated to Canada. The rest of the family immigrated to Canada a year later, embarking in Glasgow.  They sailed third class on the Canadian Pacific Railway's RMS Metagama. They landed in Quebec on 8 May 1927. They arrived in Quebec the day after Mary's sister Henrietta and her husband, John Rennie, who traveled from Scotland onboard another ship. Mary's family continued to Montreal by train. Their destination was 2762 St. Catherine Street, the home of her mother, Annie (Cowie) Riddell. I wonder if the two families traveled together?

Canadian Pacific Railway's RMS Metagama; image courtesy of

Canadian voter lists indicated Robert and Mary Adams (Riddell) Dalziell lived at 164 Hillside Avenue in Westmount, Quebec in 1945, 1949, and 1957. Westmount is now an affluent, on-island suburb of Montreal. Mary was not listed on the 1962 voter list with her husband; therefore, I assume she died between 1957 and 1962. The family spelled their surname DALZELL in Canada.

1891 Scotland Census, 05/04/1891 Riddell, Oswald D (Census 1891 652/02 030/00 013)
1891 Scotland Census, Parish: Old Monkland; ED: 30; Page: 13; Line: 16; Roll: CSSCT1891_320
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Dalziell, Robert James (Census 1911 652/02 018/00 015)
Canada, Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Mary Dalziell, 1927
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, 1945, Dalzell Mrs. R
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1883 Riddell, Mary Adams (Statutory Births 651/01 0129)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1907 Dalziell, Robert James - Riddell, Mary Adams (Statutory Marriages 644/10 0910)
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, Class: BT26; Mary Dalziell, 1927

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