Today I came across a marriage that very nicely rounds out my research into illegitimate William Fraser.
William’s mother, Janet Sangster, married William McWilliam and her illegitimate son seems to have been brought up by her and her husband, along with their own children. William Fraser took on the lease of Mosside Croft, just a few fields away from where his mother lived, and eventually the croft was taken over by his son Alexander and then his grandson William. William the younger married and had children, then tragically his wife died. But, as most men did in that situation, he remarried. His second wife was Helen Ann Morgan, who my mother remembered from her childhood holidays at Mosside Croft.
I’ve often noticed that second wives seem to be linked to the man’s family in some way, and can’t help wondering whether the family looked around for someone suitable to act as housekeeper and, when nature took its course, as wife and mother of more children. So did William and Helen know they were related? For they were – their great-grandmothers were sisters.
William Fraser, great-grandchild of Janet Sangster, married Helen Ann Morgan, great-grandchild of Janet’s sister Isobel Sangster, who had married Peter Morgan.
So it turns out that the step great-grandmother I didn’t think was a blood relation turns out to be a relative after all, albeit distantly.
The Peter Morgan who married Isobel Sangster back in 1815 was, I suspect, the son of George Morgan and Margaret Logan. Janet Sangster’s grandchild Alexander Fraser married Mary Ann Logan. I’ll have to do more research on her and see if she was related to Peter Morgan’s mother!