Mary Morton's correct birthdate -not what is currently shown in Family Search?
I note that My Heritage family trees and also Family Search have Mary Morton as born 8 December 1826. However, if you do a search on My Heritage you will find the Mary Moreton born 8 December 1826 was born in Woverton, Surry, England. I suspect that somebody loaded this incorrectly into Family Search then My Heritage people took it as gospel. The only Mary Morton to be born in Scotland in 1826 was
MORTON/MARY BIGGAM FR371 (FR371) F 30/01/1826 895/ 20 52 Penninghame
Penninghame is 1 1/2 hours drive from Galston. Mary Morton on all 4 census stated she was born in Galston. I think she would otherwise have said Penninghame. My uncle's written records have Mary being born 1810 and Robert Patrick 1819. I wonder if he made a mistake as the only Mary to be shown in Scotlandspeople to be born in Galston is:MORTON MARYTHOMAS MORTON/MARY WILSON FR489 (FR489) F 16/05/1816 593/ 20 331 Galston
This could explain 1816 being taken as a 1810 and 1816 as being 1826. However, the census has a seven-year age gap between Mary and Robert Patrick (being older) whereas this would make Mary older but the gap only three years.
Todate, in MyHeritage I have settled for the Mary Morton born in Loudoun in August 1825. Loudoun and Galson are pretty much synonymous and in fact going to my uncle's date of 1810 there are three Mary Mortons born 1810 in Loudoun. The grave records say she was born 1826 but this could have been rounded from 1825.
MORTON MARY HUGH MORTON/MARY SMITH FR65 (FR65) F 28/08/1825 603/30 102 Loudoun
I think that the current record of 8 December 1826 needs to be corrected but it would be good to know when she was born for tracking down her parents.
Can you please provide the PID for Mary Morton on FamilySearch? I cannot find a record for a Mary Morton in Woverton, Surry, England. In any event such a place does not exist. Perhaps it is Wolverton, Surrey, England? This is a long way from Scotland.0
No problems. It is Mary Moreton 8.12. 1826 in English Births and Christenings 1538-1975 Saint Peters and Sant Pauls RC Wolverhampton Strafford England. Parents: Thomas Moreton and Mary. Also I have now eliminated Mary Morton FR489 16.5.1816 as she is shown to have a different husband. In the 1871 census there is also a Mary Morton (married) born in Loudon 1825, residence 2.4.1871 Greeholm, Galston. Cotton weaver. Mary Morton married to Robert Patrick was also in the 1871 Census but residing in Kirkintilloch so it is not the same person. However, this still doesn't rule out Mary Morton 1825 of Loudoun as Morton could have been her married name. I'm not sure that I mentioned but the grave records has Mary Morton's birth date as 1826 but fails to give the day and month which could suggest rounding to the nearest year.0
The record from Wolverhampton you cite is based on an historical record so there is no reason to doubt its accuracy.
There are two records
from England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 which you mention.
There is also Maria Moreton (Latinised version of Mary)
from England, Archdiocese of Birmingham, Roman Catholic Parish Records, 1539-1910
This has the original image linked to it but this is only viewable by Church members and so, if you want to view the original image, you will need to visit a FamilySearch centre.
Wolverhampton is also a long way from Scotland and so highly unlikely to be linked to the Scottish census records you mention.
Bear in mind that Morton/Moreton is a common surname so chances are high of multiple people called Mary Morton born in or around 1826.1
Reaney & Wilson: A Dictionary of English Surnames, says under the heading of Morton: "From one or other of the many places with this name." Combine that with Mary, the most common feminine name of all time, and you have basically a female "John Smith". The likelihood of a Wolverhampton Mary Morton having any relevance to a Scottish Mary Morton is exactly zero.1
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From reading your comments, we are gaining the impression you are looking at a number of Mary Morton individuals born in the U.K. around 1826 and have no evidence which might be the person you are interested in. Surely you have something to go on in relation to at least which part of the U.K. is most likely? The usual practice is to go back from a more recent ancestor, so do you have any Mortons from whom you could gain a better idea of her identity? Saying how you came across this name would be a help for others in getting to the facts here. The current information you are providing is just not enough for even the most experienced genealogist to provide help.
(See https://www.familysearch.org/search/record/results?count=20&q.birthLikeDate.from=1825&q.birthLikeDate.to=1827&q.birthLikePlace=united%20kingdom&q.birthLikePlace.exact=on&q.givenName=mary&q.givenName.exact=on&q.surname=morton&q.surname.exact=on to see the extent of your problem, if you have nothing else to go on - and that excludes any MORETON variant.)0