Emigration: 1848 From Scotland to America,
William Carnegie was a handloom weaver. During the years of the early 19th century technological innovations were making handloom weaving obsolete, so Carnegie was often without work and the family was desparately poor. In response to this he became a radical Chartist and labor agitator who was often described as one of the most troublesome street orators in Dumferline. Because of these difficultied, the family immigrated to the United States in 1848. William Carnegie had hoped to find a position as a handloom weaver in America, but was disappointed, ending up as a laborer in a cotton textile mill in Pittsburgh. To help meet ends, his son, Andrew, took a job in the same mill as a bobbin boy for $1.20 a week. Mrs. Carnegie also took in washing, and worked for Henry Phipps, the shoemaker, next door.
William Carnegie came of Lowland stock, whereas Margaret Morrison was a Highlander, and as is the case with many Highlanders, her blood contained a considerable Norse infusion. Her straight figure, erect shoulders, and reliant set of her head, the frame speaking self mastery in every muscle - it is no idle fancy that traces these outward signs to the distant Vikings from whom she sprang. "All the Carnegies are fair and all the Morrisons dark" is still a proverb in Dumfermline. Other Morrison traits were extremely small hands and feet. ["The Carnegies and Cumberland Island" by Nancy C. Rockefeller]
Dau. of Thomas MORRISON,
1.+Andrew CARNEGIE, b.25 Nov.1835 Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland,
2. Ann CARNEGIE, b. say 1839 Dunfermline, d.1841 Dunfermline, in infancy.
3. Ann CARNEGIE, b.5 Jan.1842 Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland,
4.+Thomas Morrison CARNEGIE, b.2 Oct.1843 Dumferline, Scotland,
There is a picture of Margaret at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh,