On 28 April

Only one birth to report today, of a 1st cousin 3 times removed.

28 April 1822
Birth of Catherine Adam at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow and her husband Francis Adam. I’d not researched her beyond knowing her birth, so had a look to see if anyone on Ancestry had done some decent research, and fortunately someone had, and I also found her in the census. In 1841 she’s with her parents, father a coal miner, in Stevenston with a lodger John Dean, a coal miner, and also a Dean family living next door. In 1 May 1841 Catherine Adam married John Dean – who I assume was the lodger and had been the boy next door – and in 1851 they’re living at Kenneth’s Row, Corsehill, Kilwinning. I’m beginning to wonder if anyone lived in Kenneth’s Row that I wasn’t related to! It’s an address that crops up over and over again. No children for John and Catherine, though, and they remained childless. In 1861 they’re at Dalziel, Lanarkshire, but were back home in Stevenston in 1871. In 1881, age 67, John Deans has changed occupation and is a game keeper, which is certainly different to coal mining and an understandable change at his age. Catherine died in 1888 at Stevenston, aged 65.

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