To answer your question as to why I'm interested.John Vans Agnew is not a direct descendant of mine, (His daughter Mary married into my family) however I have three main reasons for being interested.
Firstly, there are some fascinating middle names in the next generation of my family- obviously I'd like to eliminate any from my enquiries that belonged to, say, uncles, etc as I search for the next step back.
Secondly I have some idea that there is a continental link, again from middle names and the fact that Carter was corrupted from Charteris which some of the family still used.I have a suspicion that Vans may also be continental (you might be able to help with that) and since I guess there are few non-Scots in Hawick at that time, perhaps there is a link further back in the families.
Finally, I have an interest in Hawick genealogy, that leads me to trace people back who are only vaguely related out of general interest.
So any help with this little family group would be much appreciated.Are your Vans family also from Hawick?