On 22 April

Today includes the story of poor Agnes McCrae.

22 April 1820
Burial of Alexander Hutcheon at Longside, Aberdeenshire: the OPR entry says he was the husband of Agnes Bruce of Innervedie and was aged 45. He was my gggg grandfather.

22 April 1854
Birth of Mary Ann Matthew at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate daughter of Thomas Matthew of Burnhead and my ggg aunt Janet (aka Jessie) Fraser. In 1861 both mother and daughter are at Mosside Croft with my ggg grandparents William and Christian Fraser. Mary Matthew married Robert Smith, a farm servant, in Hatton in 1873 and they lived in Old Deer, Ellon and Peterhead while bringing up their family of 9 children. Mary died in 1931 age 77, in Aberdeen.

22 April 1862
Agnes McCrae, my great aunt, was born at Low Church Lane, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, the eldest child of my great grandparents John McCrae and Mary Ann McInerney. In the 1881 census I think Agnes is a domestic servant in the household of a Kilmarnock baker, but has been enumerated as Agnes McCrab. In 1885 she married Robert Douglas, a brass finisher, by which time Agnes was working as a spinner in a mill. It is definitely the right marriage but for whatever reason her mother is down as Janet McCrae ms Wallace, which is odd. Agnes gave birth to a daughter, Mary Ann (her mother’s correct name) two months after the wedding. Something must have gone wrong, though: in 1891 Agnes is with her parents as Agnes McCrae with her daughter Mary Douglas. Husband Robert is in Derby, saying he’s single and lodging with the Blake family. Agnes died in June 1891 of consumption (tuberculosis). In 1894, Robert Douglas married a daughter of the Blake family he’d been lodging with in 1891 and stayed in Derby. Daughter Mary Ann continued to live with her grandparents in Kilmarnock.

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