Surprisingly, perhaps because it was on a Friday which was a working day, nether of John's parents or any other of his relatives acted as a witness to the marriage.
A lot of Paradise Road was demolished when the road around Dundee city centre was built.
- James (1865) - first born named after his father - tailor's apprentice (1881) - did he die before 1888 as another child named James ?
- Margaret Ann (1867) - scholar (1881) - jute reeler (1891)
- David (1874) - scholar (1881) - lemonade factory worker (1901) - shop porter (1911)
- Mary (1875) - aged 6 (1881) - warp winder (1891)
- William (13th May 1877) - aged 3 (1881) - lemonade factory worker (1901) - kitchen porter (1911)
- Peter (1880) - aged 1 (1881) - part time worker (1891)
- Alexander (1883) - scholar (1891) - mill worker (1901)
- Albert (1886) - scholar (1891) - mill worker (1901) - assurance agent (1911)
- James (1888)
- Jane (1889) - aged 2 (1891) - scholar (1901)
As a tailor, John would probably work sitting cross legged on his table by a window as in those days windows were quite small and, to get the best light, the table would be pushed up as close as possible to the window . His shop would be reasonably warm as his iron (the goose) was heated on an open fire or charcoal heater, ready for use. He would normally sit cross legged to keep his work clean, to have his material at hand, and to lay his pressing board (a donkey), used for doing seams and sleeves, across his knees.