About Jeanie Hill Johnston
Midwife. Known as 'Ga'.
Orphaned when she was 3. Brought up in Greenock by her aunt Jane McPhail.
1891 Census: In service as nursemaid, in Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, to the rapidly growing family of Rev. Thomas Gregory (Free Church) (see below).
The Rev. Thomas Gregory of St. Columba's was a very distinguished scholar of Baliol College, Oxford. He used to tell us stories of famous lecturers he had heard while he was at Oxford. John Ruskin and Graham Bell the inventor of the telephone, were two of whom he had very pleasant memories. Many years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gregory in Canada and visited Niagara Falls with him. Dominie McDonald and his retriever Carlo stand out clearly in my memory. The tawse, always lay on the top of his old-fashioned desk as a warning to anyone who might have ideas about behaving contrary to regulations. When he used the tawse, he used to tell us that it caused him more sorrow than it caused us pain. This took some believing, for his use of the tawse bespoke a long acquaintance with them. In passing I may tell you that he was session Clerk of the Old Kirk 96 years ago.
GREGORY Rev. Thomas Gregory, Kilmacolm, married to Jane Adam, eldest daughter of late Dr. James Lochhead, Greenock, at 12 Westbourne Gardens, Glasgow on 8th Sept 1887 – p3 (Greenock Telegraph 9.9.1887)
GREGORY A son to Rev. & Mrs. Thomas Gregory born at Kilmacolm on 2nd June 1888. (Greenock Telegraph 4.6.1888).
GREGORY A son to Rev. & Mrs. Thomas Gregory, born at Kilmacolm on 24th Sept 1890. (Greenock Telegraph 26.9.1890).
name: Jeanie Witter
event date: 31 Mar 1901
age: 30 relationship to head of household: Wife
record type: Household
registration district: Camberwell
ecclesiastical parish: St Clements
civil parish: Camberwell
county: London, Middlesex
Not in England and Wales Census of 1911--presumably back in Scotland.
1911 Scottish Census: WITTER JEANIE F 40 CATHCART (LANARK) GLASGOW CITY
In 1939, living in Bournemouth with her daughter Violet.
From: Hastings and St Leonards Observer - Saturday 26 May 1951
WITTER.—On May 29th. 1951, in a local nursing home, Jeanie Witter, widow of the late Arthur John Witter, of H.M. Customs and Excise, and mother of Violet Witter Turner. Cremation took place at Charing on Thursday.