On 19 April

A popular day for being born in Scotland. Plus several interesting comments to be made about some of today’s featured ancestors, and another sad mining accident death.

19 April 1815
Birth of Elizabeth Milne at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of John Milne and Jean Smith and an ancestor of my great grandfather’s second wife. She married her cousin William Aitken on the same day their son William was baptised. Her husband was a farm servant and then crofter, and they eventually settled in Cruden parish where she died age 79. Her husband William Aitken died when he was 90.

19 April 1827
Birth of Janet Ross Gilmour at Muirkirk, Ayrshire. She married Robert Strachan, who was the son of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and his wife Mary Monroe (and is one of the 24 people named Robert Strachan on my family tree). Robert and Janet had 13 children, lots of them with the middle name Gilmour. I suspect Janet was related to the Allan Gilmour who became a coal mine owner in Ayrshire, and was the boss of many a coal mining Strachan. One of Robert and Janet’s sons, Peter Strachan, died in 1860 at the age of 13 when he fell from a cage in a mine shaft at Ford Colliery, Riccarton. The mine was owned by Allan Gilmour and Peter’s father Robert Strachan was the coal pit manager

19 April 1834
Birth of Elizabeth Ballantine at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire daughter of Thomas Ballantine and Susanna Strachan and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and his wife Jean Kelly. Elizabeth made it to 1841 but I suspect she died in around 1847 as her parents named a daughter born in 1849 Elizabeth. Re-using names given to children who didn’t survive may seem macabre today, but it can be handy for family historians.

19 April 1840
Birth of James Ewan McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, son of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and his wife Elizabeth Ewan. James is in the 1841 and 1851 census with his parents in Peterhead, but then disappears from the records, so he may have died after 1851 but before 1855.

19 April 1848
Birth of Adam Aitken Haggerty at Dundonald, Ayrshire son of my ggg uncle Hugh Haggerty and his wife Janet Muir. Adam Haggerty age 30 is on an 1870 passenger list going to USA, and he is in the US 1880 census at Judsonville, Costa Contra, California with his brother Hugh and his mother Janet (Jennet in the census) who was keeping house for them. He then disappears from the records that I’ve been able to search.

19 April 1907
My great grandfather William Fraser finally got round to marrying his second wife, Helen Ann Morgan, a year after she’d given birth to their first child together. They were married at their home at Hatton Lodge, in the village of Hatton in Cruden, Aberdeenshire.

19 April 1940
Birth of my mother’s cousin in Aberdeen, who I knew and who sadly passed away some years ago at too young an age. Family story has it that he was conceived in Leeds when his parents, William Dow and Barbara Fraser, were visiting my grandparents here.

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