Ellen, it is interesting, but at times frustrating to the nth degree!!
I have the wills of Archibald and John, but aren't sure if these are the deaths you've found, Ellen? I've been collaborating with a lot of cousins on Geni, re: building a huge "world tree". I think that over 45 million profiles on there now are connected to me. But while the wider branches of the family are pretty well taken care of, Ellen, it's my closer relatives/branches who give me the biggest headaches.
My 4th great-grandfather was a sadler in Piccadilly (I shall never understand why he left Scotland!) c.1796. He exported spring saddles to Portugal, where the family company had business enterprises. They also operated businesses in Brazil, India & China, and acted as a forwarding house for Rothschild's, i.e. the Finnies settled Rothchild's accounts, then claimed the money back from Rothschild's. They also sent back letters to Nathan Rothschild, concerning the political state of Portugal...this was in the time of Joao VI of Portugal. This is what I find fascinating, Ellen...the history behind them, and what was happening in their parts of the world during their lifetimes. My 4th great-grandfather owned and leased a lot of land in London. The leasehold land was all owned by the Duke of Portland. I am guessing that this was because of the coal mines. How did the children of a humble blacksmith/hammerman rise like this, in industry? This question really bugs me, Ellen. I can only assume that Ann might have brought a decent dowry with her (the Finnies took the bestowing of dowries pretty seriously, although they also took great pains in their Wills, to ensure the continuing financial independence of their daughters, safeguarding these funds from their husbands!), or that William's parents might have been "connected".
Isabella McEwen was the mother of Robert Finnie McEwen, Ellen. I find this family to be immensely fascinating.
I've probably bored you witless with all this by now, Ellen, but thought that you might like to have a bit of background information on the people you have been so kindly helping me with? Lynne