On 3 April

I didn’t realise just how many people I had on my tree until I started doing “on this day”. Will there be a day when no-one did anything? That day certainly wasn’t 3 April.

3 April 1756
Birth of Elizabeth Wilson at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg grandparents James Wilson and Agnes Smith. I haven’t got round to doing any further research on her yet.

3 April 1786
Birth of Peter Morgan at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of George Morgan and Margaret Logan. He married Isobel Sangster, the sister of my gggg grandmother Janet Sangster. Janet’s grandson married a Logan who I suspect could have been related to Peter Morgan’s mother.

3 April 1813
Birth of Barbara McWilliam at Longside, Aberdeenshire, half sister to my ggg grandfather William Fraser. Barbara was the daughter of William McWilliam and Janet Sangster, married Forbes Milne, and died at the age of 76.

3 April 1868
At Galston, Ayrshire Mary Munro Gibson married Robert Wilson. She was the granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and his wife Mary Monroe, and is yet another member of the Strachan family to migrate to USA. She arrived in New York in 1888, travelling with five children, and the family settled in Framlington, Illinois where her husband worked as a coal miner.

3 April 1929
Janet Grant nee Strachan died at Birmingham, Alabama, USA at the age of 70. She was my half gg aunt, daughter of Robert Strachan and his second wife Susan Cran. As she was born on 30 March she had a mention just a few days ago: she was married first to Thomas Docherty, migrated with her husband and children to Pratt City, USA, then after the death of her husband married James Grant, a widower from Ayrshire.

3 April 1965
Today is the birthday of my Canadian cousin’s daughter.

Fortunately for the length or this post, none of my Yorkshire ancestors did anything of note.

5 responses to “On 3 April

  1. You have so much information Judy. How long have you been researching?

    • I started in earnest about 15 years ago, when ScotsOrigins (predecessor to ScotlandsPeople) came online. Then in 1999/2000 I had a career break, and spent some time researching the old-fashioned way, trawling through microfiche copies of registers and census lists on trips to Scotland and also down here in Yorkshire. For the last 10 years it’s been very intermittent, as I was working full time and my mother needed a a lot of attention due to health issues. Mum is no longer here and I’ve retired, so I’ve now got back into it again. It’s great that so much is now online!

      • Good for you! I find it so time-consuming. Living in Australia doesn’t make it any easier but I do plan to return to Scotland hopefully in 2015 and look around at some of the cemeteries and towns where my ancestors lived. I have a full time job teaching and tend to do marking and prep at home so doesn’t leave much time. I also love to make quilts so I am always chasing my tail! Hopefully in 15 years I will be more organised. I have been researching in some way or another for two or three years now but had to start all over again when I got totally lost in it all!

  2. I like your theme…”On this day” Nice blog

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