On 23 March

The software I use for my family trees has a useful find facility, so I thought seeing what had happened on today’s date might be interesting. It’s a good day for doing things that pass the time as there’s about a foot of snow outside – and it’s officially the third day of spring! I hope the weather was better on:

23 March 1806
Sarah Grist was baptised at Sprotborough, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire. In 1826 she married Thomas Oxley at Rotherham, although he came from Barnsley. In the 1841 census they can be found at Wortley Street, Barnsley, with 7 young children including Margaret, who went on to marry Joseph Green and became my great great grandmother. I don’t know much about Sarah Grist except that her parents were Henry and Ann Grist, and the 1841 census shows Henry age 65, an agricultural labourer living at Goldthorp and not born in Yorkshire. So that’s something to find out at some stage: where did Henry come from?

23 March 1860
Peter Orr, grandson of my gggg grandfather and the son of Mary Strachan, my first cousin 4 times removed, married Agnes Clark at Hurlford. Peter and Agnes went on to have 11 children, and Peter spent his whole life working as a coal miner in Hurlford. He was already a coal miner at the age of 13, when the 1851 census was taken, and he died a coal miner in 1899 at the age of 64. Having just finished sorting out my Haggerty ancestors, I’m wondering if Peter’s father James Orr was related to Jean Orr who married Joseph Haggerty. In close communities such as coal miners, and with people having large families, it must have been difficult to find someone you weren’t somehow related to.

23 March 1876
Catherine (Kate) Fraser, my half great great aunt, was born at Govan Brose, Causeway End, Aberdeen, to my great great grandfather Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. Catherine’s parents took over Mosside, the Fraser family croft near Hatton, when Catherine was about one year old. She worked as a domestic servant on farms until she married in 1895 at the age of 18 to Andrew Gibb Johnston, a farm servant. They moved to Aberdeen between 1901 and 1911 where Andrew worked as a carter for the railway. They had 6 children, and Catherine died in 1946 at the age of 70, in Aberdeen.

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6 responses to “On 23 March

  1. This is such a fantastic idea. I’ve just spent the last several minutes trying to force my software to help me do something similar, but can only come up with a way to see births/marriages/deaths on any given date. Would love to include other events, but Family Tree Maker doesn’t seem to have this ability. Sadly!

  2. That’s a shame. I use Reunion and has it’s own search facility. You just type anything you want into the search box and it finds it, in any field. So I just typed in 23 March.

    I’ve never used Family Tree Maker but there’s probably an online forum for users, so it could be worth finding one and asking how you can do a date search.

  3. How interesting! I have only used Ancestry online to put in my family tree. Reunion sounds very good – will you do a post about it? (please?)

  4. Brilliant idea! I don’t have the software facility to do this, but had the wonderfully serendipitious experience the other week of wanting to blog about my grandmother for International Women’s Day and discovering that March 11 was also the anniversary of her death.

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