Person:William Black (21)

William Black
  1. Robert Black1864 - BEF 1870
  2. Samuel Black1866 - BEF 1871
  3. William Black1868 - 1958
  4. Robert Black1871 - AFT 1894
  5. Martha Jane Black1872 -
  6. Margaret Black1876 -
  7. Samuel James Black1877 -
  8. Matthew Black1879 -
  9. John Black1881 -
  10. Mary Black1884 -
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3] William Black
Gender Male
Birth[3][2][4][5] 16 OCT 1868 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPartick
Census[4] 1871 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPartick
Census[8] 1881 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPartick
Census[9] 1891 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPartick
Marriage 18 OCT 1894 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPartick
to Agnes Cunningham
Census[5] 1901 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPartick
Census 1901 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPartick
with Agnes Cunningham
Death[3][2][6] 16 MAY 1958 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, ScotlandPartick
Occupation[2][7] Saw Doctor



 Birth Certificate
Birth Certificate

WILLIAM BLACK was born at 12:30 PM on 16 Oct 1868 at Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He was born to Matthew Black a Dock Laborer and Margaret Hagerty, in the Partick district of Glasgow Scotland. Partick is on the north bank of the Clyde just west of the center of Glasgow. His parents lived at 166 Castlebank Street when he was born and had lived at least since their marriage. Both of his parents came over from Ireland sometime before they were married. The Irish potato famine occurred from 1845 to 1852 when his parents were children, so it is possible they emigrated from Ireland to escape it. William's mother Margaret was 23 when he was born and had been married for four years.S2 He was the oldest surviving child in his family. His parents lost two sons before him. There were eight children in all, five boys and three girls.

Tragically, William's father died when he was just 21S10, leaving his mother to raise seven children from 5 to 18 years old. It wasn't until five years after his father's death before William married. Perhaps he took on the responsibility of helping out his mother in the meantime.


 Marriage Certificate
Marriage Certificate

He married Agnes Cunningham, daughter of Charles Cunningham and Mary Milroy, on 18 Oct 1894 at Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, at the age of 26. William and Agnes lived in Glasgow their entire lives, raising a family of eight children, 6 boys and two girls.


Various records list William's occupation as a "Saw Doctor". A Saw Doctor made, repaired, maintained and sharpened a wide range of cutting tools and saw blades and also maintained and aligned mechanical parts of a range of production machines. This is still a living occupation today. William's father was a dock laborer when Glasgow was becoming a key center for the building of iron ships at the time in history when iron ships were beginning to replace wooden ones. William would spend his entire life in those same shipyards so his father most likely introduced him to the industry. Shipbuilding became a major industry on the Clyde, building many famous ships including the Cunard liners RMS Lusitania and RMS Aquitania. William may very well have worked on those ships. By the end of the 19th century the city was known as the "Second City of the Empire" and was producing most of the ships and locomotives in the world.

Grandson and namesake William "Bill" Black provides some notes on his grandfather in an interview concerning his 1954 visit.S11


 Death Certificate
Death Certificate

William died of Cardiovascular degeneration, Cerebral Thrombosis at 8:45 PM on 16 May 1958 at Partick, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, at age 89. William died a year to the day after his wife Agnes. He lived at 31 Thornwood Road, still living in Partick, Glasgow. Son William signed the death certificate.S6 He lived a few blocks away at the time on 64 Laurel street. Dr J. Wright certified both William's and Agnes' death.


William Black Census
Year Source Image
1871 1871 Scotland Population Census: Parish Govan, Town Govan, Scotland
1881 1881 Scotland Population Census: Govan, Lanark, Scotland
1891 1891 Scotland Population Census: Govan, Partick, Lanarkshire, Scotland
1901 1901 Scotland Population Census: Govan, Partick, Lanarkshire
Image Gallery
  1. LDS International Genealogical Index: Black Hagerty IGI Records. (IGI Record, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), 2002), Primary quality.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 William Black Birth Certificate. (Birth Certificate), Primary quality.
    Birth Certificate
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Cheryl Ahner. Charles Cunningham Black Family History: Transcribed by Cheryl Ahner. (E-Mail, Fri Oct 4, 2002), Secondary quality.
  4. 4.0 4.1 1871 Scotland Population Census: Parish Govan, Town Govan, Scotland, Primary quality.
  5. 5.0 5.1 1901 Scotland Population Census: Govan, Partick, Lanarkshire, Primary quality.
  6. William Black Death Certificate. (Death Certificate), Primary quality.
    Death Certificate
  7. William Black & Agnes Cunningham Marriage Certificate. (Marriage Certificate), Primary quality.
  8. 1881 Scotland Population Census: Govan, Lanark, Scotland, Primary quality.
  9. 1891 Scotland Population Census: Govan, Partick, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Primary quality.
  10.   William Black Death Certificate. (Death Certificate), Primary quality.
  11.   William (Bill) Black. William (Bill) Black Interview. (Interviews, 1998-2002), Secondary quality.