Janet (Semple) Lang (1876-1953)

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Janet Lang (Semple)

Birthplace: Dalserf, South Lanarkshire, UK
Death: Died in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Barr Semple (1849-1918) and Jeanie "Janet" Campbell (Stewart) Semple (1849-1925)
Wife of John Lang (1875-1946)
Sister of William Semple (1871-1944); Jane Campbell (Semple) Whitelaw (1872-1953); John Semple (1879-1941); Henry Semple, Sr (1881-1953); Marion (Semple) Mauchline (1883-1955) and 3 others

Managed by: John Semple
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About Janet (Semple) Lang (1876-1953)

SEE "Timeline" for chronological order of life events including any photos and documents as available; SEE "Media" for any documents and photos included from "Timeline" as available.

Janet Semple was born on 24 June 1876 in Dalserf, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, a daughter of Henry Barr Semple (1849-1918) and Jeanie "Janet" Campbell (Stewart) Semple (1849-1925).

She is the sister of William Semple (1871-1944); Jane Campbell (Semple) Whitelaw (1872-1953); John Semple (1879-1941); Henry Semple, Sr (1881-1953); Marion (Semple) Mauchline (1883-1955); Thomas Semple (1886-1953); Agnes Nancy (Semple) Haddon (1889-1974) and Isabella "Isabel" Semple (1891-1969).

On 7 December 1906, Janet Semple, age 30, married John Lang (1875-1946), a farmer at age 31, in Swinhill, Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland. In South Lanarkshire, Scotland, John had been residing at West Machan, Larkhall and Janet at Swinhill, Dalserf.

On 28 November 1946, her husband, John Lang at age 71, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

For a short time in the early 1950's, Janet stayed with her nephew (Henry "Harry" Semple) and his family at 120 Craigbank St, Strutherhill, Larkhall, Lanarkshire, Scotland. An envelope was saved by family descendants that she mailed from the Larkhall address to her brother and his wife, Henry and Jeanie Semple, in Miami, FL., date mailed unknown.

On July 15, 1953, Janet (Semple) Whitelaw, age 77, died in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK. Her brother, Henry Semple, died 2 days later in Miami, FL. Her place of burial or if cremation is unverified.

Comment from her great nephew, Douglas Semple, in 2013: "Janet had a lovely wee house of her own in Larkhall and only stayed with us (Harry & Martha Semple family) for a short time when she was recovering from an illness. I can barely remember her but from all reports she was a real character."


Sources (SEE "Timeline" events & "Media"): 1906 Marriage Record document, Douglas Semple

Note: Biography Overview arranged by family researcher Jim Semple, Jr.

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Janet (Semple) Lang (1876-1953)'s Timeline

June 24, 1876
Dalserf, South Lanarkshire, UK
January 1, 1891
Age 14
Swinhill, Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland

SEE "Documents" for record verification enclosed

Semple family members listed:

Henry Semple, Head of household, married, age 41, Coal Miner Roadman, born in Lanarkshire, Stonehouse, in a 2 Room house. Henry will be age 41 in April 1891. Wife, Janet Semple, age 40, born in Avondale, son William Semple, single, age 20, Coal Miner, born in Stonehouse; Janet Semple, daughter, age 14, born in Dalserf; son John Semple, age 11, scholar (school student) born in Dalserf; son Henry Semple, single, age 9, scholar, born in Dalserf; daughter Marion Semple, age 7, scholar, born in Dalserf; son Thomas Semple, age 4, listed as coal miner, born in Dalserf and daughter Agnes Semple, age 1, born in Dalserf.

December 7, 1906
Age 30
Swinhill, Dalserf, Lanark, Scotland

SEE Documents for 1906 Marriage Record #24 signed by a Minister of Dalserf

Robert L. Lang, (relationship unverified but maybe brother) and sister of Janet, Agnes Semple, both signed as witnesses.

Marriage took place December 7, 1906 at Swinhill, Dalserf after banns (meaning period of public proclamation of marriage) according to the Forms of the established Church of Scotland. (It was common practice that the couple were not required to marry in the church, only that the marriage took place before a minister.)

John Lang, age 31, was listed as "Bachelor" and Janet Semple, age 30, as "Spinster" on the Marriage Record. Spinster was considered an older, childless woman that had never been married.

Occupation was listed as "Farmer" for John and "Domestic Servant" for Janet
Residence listed on the marriage record for John was West Machan, Larkhall and for Janet, her residence listed as Swinhill, Dalserf.

Parents listed for John were Archibald Lang, Farmer (deceased), and Ann Lohoar Lang.

Parents listed for Janet were Henry Semple, Coalpit Oversman, and Janet Stewart Semple

- 1953
Age 73

2012 Jim Semple, Jr. comment: "This envelope, now laminated, is addressed to Henry and Jeanie (Jack) Semple, Sr. from Janet, 120 Craigbank St, Strutherhill, Larkhall, Lanarkshire, Scotland. It had been saved by Henry and Jeanie's son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Mary Semple, Jr. "

2-23-2013 Comment from Douglas (Dougie) Semple, second cousin once removed of Jim Semple, Jr.: "I believe this letter was, in fact, sent from Janet Lang (Semple) (Great Aunt Jen) who resided with us (Henry "Harry", Margaret & Douglas Semple) at Craigbank St. for a short time in the 50's. The house was built in the late 40's."

Detrimental to verification of information is that the stamp has been torn off to identify, no postmark and letter inside missing & unknown.

SOURCE: A copy of both sides of the envelope is shown, SEE "Photos" for this event.

July 15, 1953
Age 77
North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
April 2014
Age 77
Swinhill, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

April 2014 photo (Courtesy of relative, Douglas "Dougie" Haddon Semple) of Beech Cottage in Swinhill, home place of Henry Barr Semple & Jeanie 'Janet' (Stewart) Semple clan (married in 1870), with children William, Jane, Janet, John, Henry Sr, Marion, Thomas, Agnes and Isabella. On the 1891 Scotland Census record for Henry Semple Household, Janet is the first one born at Dalserf in 1876 where Swinhill is located. The 1901 Scotland Census record list their residence next door to Beech Cottage at Birk View house.

April 2014 comment from Douglas "Dougie" Haddon Semple to Jim Semple, Jr., "Well, this is where it all began for us; this is Beech Cottage in Swinhill. As far as I know, it was still occupied by a Semple up to about 40 yrs ago. I think we can safely assume that the upstairs windows are a recent addition and the rest of the windows and doors are modern. One of the brothers, William, inherited it and lived there the rest of his life (as far as I'm aware). Again, as far as I know, all of the family were born there including your great Grandfather (Henry Semple, Sr)."