At the age of 15 Jeanie was a domestic servant and was living with her family at 15, Kelk Place, Crosshouse. Her father had been a coal miner but was now a railway carriage labourer.
On 28 July 1899, Jeanie married Robert Wood, born 12 September 1879, of 52, Sandbank Street, Kilmarnock. They married in St. Andrew's Street, Kilmarnock. Robert was a tweed mill worker.
His family had lived and worked in Kilmarnock for many years. His mother was Elizabeth Lamberton White (1846-1925) born in Edinburgh, and her mother was Ann Lamberton from England who was living with the family in 1881 and earning a little as a washer woman. Robert Wood's father was James Francis Wood (1839-1921), born in Kilmarnock. His grandfather, also called James Wood, was born in 1807 in Aberdeen and when he was living in Kilmarnock with his family, he was a plumber, employing three men.
Robert was brought up in the High Street in the town centre of Kilmarnock. His father was a bonnet dresser in 1881 but by 1891 he was an iron turner at one of the town's foundries. Robert was one of eight children, with his siblings also working in iron foundries or mills.
Robert married again two years later to Margaret Murray from Kilmarnock.