Margaret Girvan Hunter
From the Research of John Thom McKinley Girvan (1920-?)
And Gloria Girvan Akin (1922-2003)
Margaret Girvan was the only daughter of the Second Thomas and Mary Ann Girvan. She had 2 brothers, William and Thomas Henderson.
It has been stated that she and her brothers were born in Maybole, Scotland. If this is so she must have traveled to Jamaica when they were very young. They lived in the Parish of St. Thomas at the Oxford Pen property. The First John, their grandfather would have been so pleased to know these grandchildren, the youngest of the group of his grandchildren.
It was sad that their mother, Mary Ann died at age 39 when they were so very young, Margaret being then only 5 years old.
Their father decided then to send them to Maybole, Scotland to his sister, their aunt Mrs. McMurtrie. There too they would have surrounding, loving cousins and aunts. The First John was both a grandfather and a grand uncle to them. Just six years later in 1886, their father, Thomas died.
Thomas’ will showed his care for Margaret. He left her 3,000 pounds sterling to be invested for her and her children should she marry. Also any money left in the estate after debts were paid was to be divided among herself and her brothers. If she did not marry, there was to be an additional 2,000 pounds invested for her and for her aunt Margaret (McMurtrie).
Margaret and her brother William were not able to have their inheritance until their brother, Thomas Henderson came of age (see Thomas Henderson’s page). In the meantime they finished their schooling and sometime after, Margaret returned to Jamaica. In 1901 she returned to Scotland. There in Ayrshire she met William Hunter from Prestwick. In April 1902 they were married.
In 1903 her brother Thomas Henderson died in the Philippines. Margaret’s older brother William, executor of his aunt Margaret’s will gave most of Thomas Henderson’s inheritance, the 2 properties in the Parish of St. Thomas, Oxford Pen and Ireland, to Margaret. Since she never returned to Jamaica, she arranged to have the properties sold through Wellesley Bourke of the firm Harvey and Bourke of 89 Harbour St. Kingston Jamaica. She was thus the recipient of the proceeds realized from the sale of the properties.
As far as we know, Margaret was the only child of Thomas and Mary Ann who carried on the line of the First William and his wife, the First Margaret Girvan which started in 1830.
By Gloria Girvan Akin