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JESSIE SMITH CONNELL
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
HER DEAR HUSBAND
WHO DIED 7TH FEBRUARY 1901
AGED 52 YEARS.
JESSIE SMITH CONNELL
DIED 31ST MAY 1937
DIED 25TH FEBRUARY 1923
DIED 28TH MARCH 1929
DIED AT BONNYTON, EAGLESHAM
9TH SEPT 1917 AGED 15 MONTHS
James Rodger, the son of James Rodger and Janet Mair, was born c.1849 in the village of Newton Mearns. He married Jessie Smith Connell in her parents’ home in Sawmill Road, Partick on the 26th November, 1875. James’ address as registered on their marriage certificate was Netherplace, Mearns. Both Jessie and James were working as farm servants prior to their marriage so it is likely that they became acquainted with each other through their work.
By 1891, the Rodgers had a family of seven, (Helen b.1877), Jessie (b.1878), James (b.1881), Jeanie (b.1883), David (b.1885), Martha (b.1887) and Margaret (b.1889).
The address of the family recorded in the census of that year was Newton House, in the village of Newton Mearns, and James’ occupation was given as a dairyman.
James died in 1901 at the age of fifty two by which time the family had increased in size to eleven children. The last four to be born to the couple were John (b.1892), Minnie (b.1894) Alfred (b.1896) and William, (b.1898).
In 1892 the family moved to Netherplace Farm where following her husband’s death Jessie managed the farm with the help of five servants, a general servant, a dairymaid, a byreman, a ploughman and a threshing mill engine driver.
Jessie Connell Rodger née Smith died in 1937. Her daughters, Helen and Margaret, are commemorated on the monument. Her grandson, James Rodger, the son of David Rodger and his wife Grace Gilmour died in 1917.
Netherplace Farm has been worked by the descendants of James Rodger since 1892.