On 5 April

There’s a story attached to one of today’s ancestors that could be interpreted as unsavoury. But as I don’t know the whole story I can only reserve judgement.

5 April 1728
Birth of my ggggg aunt Anna Marshall in Kilmaurs, Ayrshire. I know nothing else about her at the moment apart from she was the sister of my gggg grandfather Alexander Marshall.

5 April 1811
Birth of Jean Morgan at Longside, Her aunt was my gggg granmother Janet Sangster and she was also a relation of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. Yet someone else I need to research when I can get round to it.

5 April 1829
Birth of my half ggg aunt Elizabeth Strachan at Shewalton Miners’ Village, Ayrshire, daughter of John Strachan and his second wife Jean Wallace. In 1851, at the age of 22, she is living with her widowed uncle Andrew Strachan, who was 37 and had been left with eight children. Elizabeth is described as a general servant, so must have been housekeeping for Andrew and his family. But in August 1852 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter and the father is named as Andrew Strachan, her uncle. This was officially incest. I have no idea, of course, whether she was a willing participant or not, or what her father, my ggg grandfather, may have thought or done about it. I can’t find a subsequent marriage or death for Elizabeth and haven’t yet been able to find her daughter beyond her birth. I would really like to find out what happened to them both.

5 April 1865
The birth of another Elizabeth Strachan, this time the granddaughter of the Andrew Strachan who got the earlier Elizabeth pregnant. So far I’ve discovered that 1865 Elizabeth married Thomas Girvan Watson, was called Lizzie in one of the census and had quite a lot of children.

5 April 1923
The marriage, at St Mary’s Barnsley, of Henry Athorn and Clara Smith. Henry was my first cousin twice removed as he was the nephew of my great grandfather Joseph Green.

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