Janet Cowie Riddell was born on 29 August 1891 at 48 St. John Street in Coatbridge, Scotland. She was the fifth child of Oswald Dykes and Annie (Cowie) Riddell. Her father worked as a coachman at the time.
When the 1901 census was enumerated the family lived at 18 Baird Street in Coatbridge. In 1911 Janet was working as a general servant in the home of Dr. Paul Stewart, a medical practitioner in the Govan area of Glasgow. His home was located on 6 Bellahouston Terrace.
Janet married Arthur MacDonald Smith on 26 June 1914 at the Masonic Hall on Bank Street in Coatbridge. She was living with her parents at 5 Academy Street in the same town at the time of her marriage. Arthur was an electrical engineer and lived on Victoria Place in Airdrie.
It is not known if Arthur and Janet had children.
Arthur died in in 1965 and Janet died on 3 April 1969 at Strathclyde Hospital in Motherwell of congestive heart failure and chronic bronchitis. Her usual residence was 14 Bellsdyke Road in Airdrie.
Of the seven children of Oswald Dykes and Annie (Cowie) Riddell only Janet and Isabella did not immigrate to Canada. No definitive information about Janet's sister, Martha Muir Riddell, is known beyond 1911 but she likely didn't immigrate.
1901 Scotland Census, 31/03/1901 Riddell, Oswald (Census 1901 652/02 027/00 014)
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Old Monkland; ED: 27; Page: 14; Line: 21; Roll: CSSCT1901_348
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Riddell, Janet C (Census 1911 646/02 006/0A 002)
Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, 1893 Riddell, Janet Cowie
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1981 Riddell, Janet Cowie (Statutory Births 652/02 0951)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1914 Smith, Arthur McDonald - Riddell, Janet Cowie (Statutory Marriages 652/02 0132)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, Extract of an entry from the Register of Deaths in Scotland 6512766CE