On 10 May

My great aunt’s birthday, plus an ancestor died in 1872 at the age of 93, which was very good going for the time.

10 May 1812
Janet Sangster, mother of my illegitimate ggg grandfather William Fraser, married William McWilliam at Longside, Aberdeenshire. They had several children, giving William half siblings, and lived at Nether Kinmundy, close to the parish border with Cruden.

10 May 1813
Birth of Robert Haddow Adam at Stevenston, son of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow and her husband Francis Adam. He’s with his parents in the Stevenston Church Lists of 1819, 1822 and possibly in 1836 but I’m not yet sure what happened to him after that.

10 May 1872
Death of Peter Watt, my gggg grandfather, at the very grand old age of 93, at Meikle Wartle, Aberdeenshire. As he was born on 16 May, I’ll wait a few more days before telling his story.

10 May 1887
Joseph Irvine Strachan born at Crookedholm, Ayrshire, the illegitimate son of my great aunt Flora Strachan, who was the daughter of Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. Joseph died at 2 months old of infant marasmus.

10 May 1907
Birth of my great aunt Edith Green at Kirkstall, Leeds, daughter of Joseph Green and Charlotte Senior and sister of my grandmother Clara Green. Edith stayed at home and looked after her elderly mother, and then a year after Charlotte Green nee Senior died Edith surprised the family by getting married at the age of 47, to Joseph Martin from Ireland who worked at what is now Leeds Bradford Airport. They lived in Kirkstall just a few doors from my grandparents and I remember them well. Edith Martin nee Green died in 1974 in Leeds.

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