On 24 March

Doing a post a day on “it happened on this day” will nicely take care of 365 blog posts! I’ll add others though, as and when something interesting strikes. But I like the randomness of the date search, as it picks out people I haven’t thought about for some time. So on this date in years gone by:

24 March 1802
John Green, infant son of John Green bleacher, was buried at St Mary’s, Worsbrough (south of Barnsley, Yorkshire). Baby John was about 1 month old. The father John Green was my 5 times removed uncle, the brother of my gggg grandfather Joseph Green.

24 March 1857
My gggg uncle Robert Strachan died at the age of 75. He was born in 1781, son of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander, in the parish of Irvine, and would have been about 4 years old when the family moved to Gorbals, now part of Glasgow. But by 1803 he was back in Ayrshire as that’s when he married Jean Kelly in the parish of Riccarton, which is the area just south of Kilmarnock. They proceeded to have 9 children, all baptised in Riccarton, but by the 1841 census had moved to the parish of Dreghorn and were living in Perceton Row (see earlier blog entry with picture). They had a granddaughter living with them, a 15 year old coal miner as a lodger, and a 17 year old domestic servant who was the stepdaughter of Robert’s brother John Strachan. Their neighbours in Perceton Row included Robert’s sons Samuel and John and his nephew John. Robert’s wife Jean died in around 1843 and he married again in 1846, at Gargieston, near Kilmarnock, when he was 65 years old, to Jean Muir who was 20 years his junior. In 1851 they’re at Gatehead, near Kilmarnock, and Robert’s still a coal miner. He died in 1857 at Sandbed Street, Kilmarnock from “age and infirmity”: he was 75 which was a good age to reach for the time. I think it’s safe to say he had a full life!

24 March 1870
Thomas Ballantyne, a miner age 28, Scottish, sailed from Glasgow and arrived in New York on 24 March 1870. This might be the son of Susanna Strachan, and therefore grandson of the above Robert Strachan, as Susanna married Thomas Ballantine in 1829. Her son Thomas Ballantine was born in 1840 as he was 9 months old at the 1841 census: no baptism found. I’ve not found anything else that could be him but his brother John migrated to Canada.

5 responses to “On 24 March

  1. Somewhere in the west of Ireland, a plaque mounted beside a lake proudly announces that ‘on this spot in 1872 nothing happened’. It doesn’t sound like you’ll hit a dud date with your family tree!

  2. This is such a great idea. I’m doing something similar, thanks to you! Except my tree is apparently smaller than yours, because I couldn’t find anything for the 23rd so I’m doing a “this week…” series. 🙂

  3. Mac Ballantine

    My name is Mac Ballantine and
    I am a direct descendant of Robert Kelly. He would be my ggg Greandfather
    His daughter Susannah married Thomas Ballantine in 1829 at the Leigh Kirk in Kilmarnock. I have a photo of Thomas and Susannah if you wish. my email is macthe45guy@yahoo.com
    Thank you for the post… wonderful reading!!


    • Hi Mac
      Another Strachan descendent – wonderful! Thanks for commenting and yes, I’d love a photo of Susannah and Thomas. I’ll send you an email. Glad you enjoy the blog: there’s lots about your Strachan relatives here, and also a few long-lost and distant cousins.

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