SPILMAN FAMILY ABROAD
lived in Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland
Alexander Aitken was born on 22 Dec 1776 in Midhope, Midlothian, Scotland. He walked down to Lincolnshire, England to seek employment as a gardener. He died on 12 Jul 1865 in employment with Lady Strickland at Walcot Hall, Alkborough as bailiff. Lady Stickland had a picture painted of the old man and the family gave it to his grand daughter, Mary, when they left the district for Cotesbach, Leicestershire. Portrait photo was taken 2002 at Nigel Spilman's home in Whitton, Lincoln, England by this writer.
The back of the portrait says he was born 1777, left Scotland.
The back also has the following paragraph written:
"John Collingham Moore 1829-1880
The portrait was next passed to Alec "Nigel" Ellerker Spilman of Whitton, Lincolnshire, England. 1929-2017. Dr. Thomas (Spilman) Smith from Nottingham, took me to Nigel Spilman's home in 2002. Nigel allowed this writer to take a photograph of the portrait shown above.
Thomas Goulton, owner of Walcot Estate died in 1826 and left £800 to Alexander in his will. The Walcot Estate passed to his nephew, Marmaduke Constable. On the 2 may 1827 a local farmer, Thomas England, sold the property to the Trustee of Marmaduke Constable. The cottage next door had been occupied by his grandfather, Edward England, who died in 1780. Some time after his death the cottage was demolished and in 1828 was sold to Alexander Aitken, the gardener at Walcot Hall for 420 pounds as "the site of a cottage or Toffstead, together with the 6 acres of lands in the Ings which had been awarded to Edward England at Enclosure in 1768" On this site Alexander Aitken built 2 cottages, now known as Hallgarth Cottage. William and Anne Exelby lived in one and Alexander and Eleanor in the other according to the 1861 census. On the 29th september 1871 the cottages were put up for Auction, the vendors being George Aitken, Thomas Spilman and John Farrow. The cottages were bought by John Farrow for 260 pounds for the two cottages and 6 acres of lands on the Flatts. They were occupied by Mary Spilman,when Norman Ebenezer Aitken visited during the first world war. (source; Evelyn Harrison)
William and Anne (Aitken) Exelby [daughter of Alex] lived
in one cottage and Alexander and Eleanor Aitken in the other according to the 1861 census. On
the 29th sep 1871 the cottages were put up for Auction the vendors being George
Aitken, Thomas Spilman and John Farrow. The cottages were bought by John Farrow
[Alex's son in law] for 260 pounds for the two cottages and 6 acres of land on the Flatts. They were
occupied by Mary Spilman [Grand daughter of Alex]. She was the person who
had kept the portrait of Alexander.
Alexander Aitken's first wife was Elizabeth Booth. They married on Sept. 12, 1811 in Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England. They had one son, William Aitken born Aug 8, 1812 and Elizabeth died later that year.
Alexander Aitken's second wife was Eleanora Lonsdale FORMAN Sept. 1793 Scotter, Lincolnshire, England - June 17, 1871 Alkborough, Lincs, England. They married in 1815 at Broughton, Lincolnshire, England. She was the daughter of William Forman 1767 Scotton and Martha Lonsdale 1771 of Saint Mary, Waddingham, Lincoln, England.
Alexander and Eleanor (Forman) Aitken's children were:
1-George Aitken b: June 10, 1816 in Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England d: Oct 08, 1893 in Winterton, Lincolnshire, England +Isabella Gunston b: Abt. 1820 in Winterton, Lincolnshire, England d: May 09, 1885
2- Alexander Aitken b: Abt. May 03, 1818 in Barrow on Humber, Lincs,
England d: 1904 in Sunderland, Durham, England +Sarah Paterson m: January
26, 1835 in St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, Scotland.
3- Harriet AITKEN b: Mar 14, 1820 in Walcot, (Alkborough), Lincolnshire, England d: Aug 03, 1899 in Whitton, England +Thomas SPILMAN b: Feb 27, 1809 in Whitton, England d: June 20, 1888 in Whitton, England m: Jan 13, 1846 in Burton on Stather, England. Son Daniel Spilman moved to Iowa, USA
4- Ann Aitken b: Feb 18, 1823 in Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England d: 1903 in York, Yorkshire, England +William Exelby b: 1817 d: 1883 in Great Ouseburn, Yorkshire, England
5- Edward Lonsdal Aitken b: June 07, 1825 in Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England d: December 29, 1842
6- Ellen Aitken b: April 28, 1827 in Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England d: May 14, 1827 in Alkborough, England
7- Elizabeth Aitken b: June 22, 1828 in Walcot, Lincolnshire, England d: 1831 in Alkborough, England
8- Martha Aitken b: January 02, 1831 in Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England d: 1864 +John Farrow b: 1827 d: 1893
10-Thomas Forman Aitken b: July 25, 1833 in Walcot, Lincolnshire, England d: April 08, 1917 in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia +Julia Francome b: June 1837 in Farringdon, Berkshire, England d: Oct 29, 1911 in Drumborg, Victoria, Australia m: July 12, 1856 in St. Paul's Geelong, Victoria, Australia
11- Dorothy Aitken b: 1836 in Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England d: 1924 in York, Yorkshire, England +William Bilsborough b: 1810 d: 1882
Below is a photo of the Alexander Aitken stone. Tom Smith took me on tour of the sites in 2002.