Cornelius Hotchkiss


Personal and Family Information

Cornelius was born about SEP 1794, the son of Edward Hotchkiss and Margaret Baad. The place is not known.

He died on 16 MAY 1872 in Bothkennar, Stirling, Scotland.

His wife was Rebecca Simpson, who he married on 8 NOV 1828 in Bothkennar, Carronshore, Stirling, Scotland. Their four known children were Christian (1832-?), Edward (1834-1912), Robert (c1837-<1851) and Margaret (c1839-1889).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Cornelius Hotchkiss


Edward Hotchkiss


Cornelius Hotchkiss


Edward Hotchkiss


Anne Hatton


Janet Stewart


John Stewart


Helen Miller


Margaret Baad


William Baad


Margaret Fairly



BirthABT SEP 1794
Death16 MAY 1872
Place: Bothkennar, Stirling, Scotland
Christening12 MAR 1797
Place: Airth, Stirlingshire, Scotland


OccupationCoal Miner


Note 1

!Note: Twin.

!Note: Parish records show christening name as Cornelius Hodgecase. Expect that the one christening record with parents illegible except the name Hodgecase for Cornelius in 12 Mar 1797 is this Cornelius. Name at marriage was recorded as Cornelius Hotchkiss. Occupation was coalminor. This is assuredly the same last name. However, the priests in the two parishes spelled the name differently. Earlier records show occasional occurances of Hodgecase in Bothkennar, and Occurances of the same man with the same wife, with his name spelled both ways. Census of Scotland 1871 lists his birthplace as Airth and his age as 77. Census of Scotland 1851 lists birthplace as Airth & age as 48. Census of 1841 lists age as 40, but Tom Paterson tells me that the 1841 census was supposed to round all ages over 15 down to nearest 5 term. There being only a limited number of possible Corneliuses recorded as being born, from which he certainly must have been one, I for the longest time thought he went with the one who was born closest to about 1802. However, the above information, and viewing the death certificates of both Corneliuses, given to me by Tom Paterson, finally settled the question.

!Note: Death Certificate: Deaths in the Parish of Bothkennar in the County of Stirling. - No. 27 - Name and Surname./Rank or Profession, and whether Single, Married, or Widowed. Cornelius Hotchkis/Coalminer/Married to Rebecca Simpson- When and Where Died. 1872, May Sixteenth 9 hr PM / Carronshore, Bothkennar - Sex. M - Age. 77 years - Name, Surname, & Rank or Profession of Father. / Name, and Maiden Surname of Mother. Edward Hotchkiss Coalminer [Deacesed] - Cause of Death, Duration of Disease, & Medical Attendant by whom certified. Senile Desibility Attent. by J.D. Watson Surgeon - Signature & Qualification of Informant, and Residence, if out of the House in which the Death occured. Edward Hotchkis His X Mark Son Also present Andria Ferguson Registered Midwife - When and Where Registered, and Signature of Registrar. 1872 May 23 At Bothkennar Andrew Ferguson.

!Note: I am making a guess that Cornelius mother died in childbirth. This may be the reason his christening and death certificate did not list his mother, and could also account for the names of his 1st daughter being the same as the mother who raised him, and his second the same as his wive's mother and his natural mother.

!Source: Scotland, Select Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950

Name: Cornelius Hodgecase

Gender: Male

Baptism Date: 12 Mar 1797

Baptism Place: Airth,Stirling,Scotland

Father: Hodgecase

FHL Film Number: 1040210

!Source: OPR Births & Baptisms


!Source: OPR Banns & Marriages



Banns read in 2 places.

!Source: 1841 Scotland Census

Name: Cornelius Hotchkis

Age: 40

Estimated birth year: abt 1801

Gender: Male

Where born: Stirlingshire, Scotland

Civil Parish: Bothkennar

County: Stirlingshire

Address: Carronshore

Occupation: Coal M

Parish Number: 473

Household Members:

Name Age

Cornelius Hotchkis 40

Rebecca Hotchkis 30

Edward Hotchkis 7

Robert Hotchkis 4

Margaret Hotchkis 2

William Simpson 25

!Source: 1851 Scotland Census

Name: Cornelius Hotchkis

Age: 48

Estimated birth year: abt 1803

Relationship: Head

Spouse: Robecca Hotchkis

Gender: Male

Where born: Airth, Stirlingshire

Parish Number: 473

Civil Parish: Bothkennar

Phillimore Ecclesiastical Parish Maps:

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Town: Carronshore

County: Stirlingshire

Address: ?? House

Occupation: Coal Miner

ED: 2

Page: 17

Household schedule number: 71

LINE: 18

Roll: CSSCT1851_98

Household Members:

Name Age

Cornelius Hotchkis 48

Robecca Hotchkis 47

Edward Hotchkis 16

Margaret Hotchkis 11

William Simpson 40

!Source: 1861 Scotland Census

Name: Cornilius Hotchkis

Age: 66

Estimated birth year: abt 1795

Relationship: Head

Spouse's name : Rebecca Hotchkis

Gender: Male

Where born: Airth, Stirlingshire

Registration Number: 473

Registration district: Bothkennar

Civil Parish: Bothkennar

County: Stirlingshire

Occupation: Coal Miner

ED: 3

Household schedule number: 14

LINE: 14

Roll: CSSCT1861_63

Household Members:

Name Age

Cornilius Hotchkis 66

Rebecca Hotchkis 60

Wm Simpson 55