Search for content in message boards

Teevan Poor Law Records, Glasgow and Lanarkshire, Scotland

Replies: 0

Teevan Poor Law Records, Glasgow and Lanarkshire, Scotland

Frances (View posts)
Posted: 1138206225000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Teevan Strain Cullen McGraw Coleman Keown Keon Green
I went to the Mitchell Library in Glasgow yesterday and transcribed, as best I can, the applications for relief under the poor laws - these include applications for donations, applications for entry to the poorhouse and the like. Any illegible wording has been put in square brackets as my best guess. There's lots of info, including links to America and Canada, so there should be something for everyone. :)

Thomas Tevan
Applied 28/01/1864
Residence: 201 High Street
Age 3 – Disability: youth
Born: Commercial Road, Govan

Illegitimate child of Margaret Tevan and a native of Ireland who died on 10th [Jan] and of Bartholomew Finnie who is supposed to be in England. The mother’s first husband William Weatherhead died about 7 years ago and during her widowhood had the above named child – her second. Husband Lazarus [Milnkie] to whom she was married in August 1862 and by whom she has left a child Constantine

Child lives with grandfather Daniel Tevan.

Daniel Teeven
Applied 11/01/1870
Residence: High Street, Brand Close – prior 201 High St, Glasgow 21 yrs
Age 70, married, joiner, Roman Catholic
Born: Parish of Castleterra, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Dependants: Wife Margaret Fie or Foe in America
Children: Bridget (36); Mary (30); Roseann (26); Elizabeth (24) – all born in Ireland, all in America
Son of John Teevin a lawyer and Mary Reilly, both dead
Wife’s parents: [illegible] Fye a farmer and ------- , both dead

Died in house 31/01/1870


John Tevens wife Mary Strain
Applied Feb 1889
Residence: 4 William St, Tollcross – rate: 8 per mth – number apartments: single
Age 40, married, occupation: attends house, Roman Catholic
Born: Old Monkland
Parentage: John Strain, moulder, resides Cornwall and Jessie McKinnon deceased
Married: 21/07/1843, a coal miner
Husband: John Tevens, age 41, born Ireland, miner in bad health, presently in St Marys Hospital, Lanark, son of Thomas Tevens (labourer, deceased) and Mary Keown in America

Jessie, 8 9/12 years, born 4/5/80 at East John St in Glasgow - @ school
Annie, born 8/7/81 at East John St - @ school
William, 4, born 4 William St Tollcross

Wholly/partially disabled? – able
Earnings besides parochial relief – nothing
Previously supported by husband
Remarks: Husband has been off work in bad health for 4 months. No benefit society. No visible means of support. House clean but poorly furnished, states they had to sell their furniture to maintain themselves. Seems decent. Wife applies for outdoor relief.

Donation 12f.


Bernard Teven
Applied 8/4/1891
Residence: 4 Thistle Street, 2 up 1st left
Age 39, married, labourer, partially disabled
Born: Belfast, son of John Teven, dealer and Rose Gilroy, both of McAulay St Belfast
Wife: Elizabeth Cullen, 50 yrs old, housewife, Roman Catholic, born Linenhall St Co. Armagh, daughter of James Cullen, dealer and Elizabeth McFee, both dead
Married December 1879 at St Francis RC Chapel by Fr. George
No family

Present – Govan – 9 mths
Prior – Candleriggs Glasgow – 1 mth 2 wks
Crown St Govan – 2 yrs
Belfast – 3 yrs
Commerce St Govan – 1 year
17 Thistle Street Govan – 2 years
[illegible] – 12 years

Certified bronchitis. Has been off work for 2 weeks, when working was earning about 15f a week. Has been pawning goods to get food. 1 apartment at 8 a month and no society.

13th May 1891 – off roll: working
18th July 1904 – poorhouse for treatment: in 4/7/04 left 24/8/04
Husband died in Belfast 15/9/04
10th May 1905 – widow, medical relief, Ireland
10th Feb 1911 – off roll, old aged pensioner
12th June 1918 – medical relief, OAP, Govan
6th Oct 1919 – clothing grant
3rd May 1920 – flannel grant
3rd Jan 1921 – widow 3 a week
6th July 1922 – poorhouse own request – died 5/1/23

Bernard Tevan
Applied 2nd July 1894
Residence: McAlpine Street
Born: Castle Sanderson, Rahulton, Co. Cavan, Ireland
Married, age 45, Labourer, Roman Catholic
Wholly disabled – rheumatism (muscular)
Wife: Elizabeth Cullen, age 50, born Co. Armagh, resides 17 Thistle Street
No family

Remarks: He was chargeable to Govan about 3 ½ years ago. Married 1879 in St Francis RC Chapel by Rev George Dollan.

Applicant evidently has a Govan settlement but when asked for particular of same he said he would rather leave than furnish same and he has not returned.

Maggie Teevin or McKnight
Applied 1/12/1897
Resides 177 New Logans, Motherwell
Age 36, widow, laundress, Roman Catholic
Born: Lennoxtown to Richard Teevan, limestone miner and Susan McKay, both dead
Partially disabled

Susan, born 21/3/89 at 25 Bedford Row
Lizzie, born 27/5/91 at 25 Bedford Row
Richard, born 27/4/95 at 25 Bedford Row

Husband: Thomas McKnight, aged 40, born Armagh, Ireland, foreman at pit, died 8/8/97. Son of Thomas McKnight, farm labourer and Eliza Thornton, both dead.
Married 25/10/86 St John’s RC Chapel

Paid aliment by Dalziel 8 a week.

Remarks: Husband was off work 5 yrs before he died and she kept him, having a good going laundry business. She got £16 for business and £3.51 from Prudential Society. Receives 6 per week from Dalziel Parish.

Granted donation for clothing

8/2/1900 – off roll, married

John Teevin
Applied 26/9/1899
Resides Watson Street Home
Age 42, single, tailor, Roman Catholic
Born: Dungamon, Co. Tyrone, Ireland
Parents: Andrew Teevin, tailor in Dungannon and Sarah Corrie, dead
Wholly disabled – wound on eyebrow
Previous means – by own efforts

Remarks: Came from Ireland to Glasgow in July 1898 and since then he has resided at 135 Sword Street with “Poole”, Paxton’s Model SS and Watson Street Home. Applies for admission to Poorhouse. Fell on Thursday last and has injured his head. Was drunk at the time.

Order to City Poorhouse granted 26/9/99


Mary Moore Teevin
Applied in 1900, Dalziel
Age 31 – housekeeper – Roman Catholic
Born: Bothwell 1869
Parents: Neil Moore, miner, resides 139 N. Logans and Ann Morris, dead
Wholly/partially disabled? – Wholly; insanity

Remarks: Applicant was born at Omoa Foundry, Newarthill, Bothwell and is wife of Thomas Teevin (born Campsie, miner, 29 years old, resides 36 Paterson Street). She has no family. When in America, 2 or 3 years ago before her marriage she was an inmate of an asylum in New York for about one year.

Outcome: Given relief in asylum.


Patrick Teven
Applied 6/9/1906
Age 48, married, Roman Catholic, circular lawyer
Born: Fermanagh, Ireland
Parents: Hugh Teven, mason and Ann McGuinness, both dead
Wife: Martha Green or McPherson, age 49, born Co. Down Ireland, housewife, daughter of Michael Green, shoemaker and Mary Russell, both dead – 1st husband: James McPherson, rope spinner, died at sea
No family
Present address Govan 14 years

Health – fairly good; left work; calareal infirmity; needs medical attention and advice (not immediate); can be removed without injury to health by car

Idle 14 weeks. Unable to see to work at his own trade. Could work at any less dangerous job. Wage averaged 26, has now no means, wife paralytic.

[NB 1908-1925 – he and wife were in and out of poorhouse, too many details to be transcribed]


John Teevans wife
Applied 26th Jan 1911
Residence: 16 Graham St, Tolcross – rent: 15 – number apartments: 2
Age 63, married, general labourer, Roman Catholic
Born: Co. Antrim, Ireland
Parentage: Thomas Teevan a general labourer, dead, and Mary Keown in America
Marriage: 37 years, coalminer, 21/07/73 Shettleston
Wife: Mary Strain, 61 years old, daughter of John Strain and [illegible, something like Mary Anel Jessie McKennin] both dead
Wholly disabled – disablement uncertain

Children living in family:
Jessie, 30, from John St Tollcross, winder in Clarksons Mill @ 8f
Annie, 28, from England (29 Alexander St, [Sloettlon?]), winder in Anderson Mill @ 2f
William, 26, from Wm St Tollcross, Vanman with Key, Dyer, gives mother 12f
(2 dead)

Have above had clothing, food or holiday from outside source – no
Member of Church Mission – St Michaels
Last Employer – [illegible] 7 years, £1
Trade Union – no
How previously supported – self

Remarks: Off work 3 weeks – ‘lightness of head’. Has delusions of learning and attempts to escape from house to clumbathe roof following the voice of a son long dead.

Decision: asylum, charge son

Subsequent developments:
28/10/1913 – John Teevan died in Gartoch Asylum
6/1/1915 – Wife applies for widow relief ‘suffering from rupture’
Jessie, 34 m. John Coleman, brusher in pit, assists in kind.
Annie, 32, S.Service [Busly] was 2 ½ years in Egypt, reformed some.
William, single, sent to Canada 28/8/14 but assisting and had trade there.
Applicant has been assisted by her sister and others.
12/1/15 – 4-8 weeks 3 mths and same back ailment
Died 12/10/15


Michael Teevan (insane)
Applied 3/3/1914
Residence: Little Sisters of Poor
Age 64, widower, mine [bowsher], Roman Catholic
Born: Fermanagh, Ireland
Parents: Thomas Teevan, farmer and Mary Keown
Marriage: 1/8/1882 St Mary’s Chapel, Glasgow
Wife: Catherine McGraw from Broadway, New York – died 14 years ago at Paterson, New Jersey – daughter of Alexander McGraw, bottler and Margaret McHugh
Wholly disabled – senility

Applies for removal as insane.
Last employer: Clydesdale Colliery
Previous means: own efforts

Children in family:
Margaret [Boyd] from Gray Street, Shettleson – single – nurse – Derby

3/3/14 Certified insane and removed to Woodilee Asylum

Off work since 12/12/13. Last employed in Clydesdale Colliery as brusher and repairer, 6/8 hours shift. Those 10 yrs insurance bond and Catholic assistance. States he hurt himself when carrying a large stone and has not been well since. Afraid of his food being poisoned hence his reason for coming to this home. He states further that he lifted his savings out of bank and has given Fr. Johnson of St Michael’s £15 to keep for him, also £13 in hands of Little Sisters of Poor.

17/10/17 Discharged from Woodlilee Asylum recovered and admitted to Little Sisters of Poor


There was also one record I didn't manage to get yet:

Mary Teevin McMahon, age 67, born Fermanagh 1810, applied 1899 - record number D-HEW 17/190 page 46531

Find a board about a specific topic