On 11 May

Today includes the birth of a Strachan whose son migrated and was one of the founders of a major Canadian company, and two siblings with the same birthday who both died in infancy.

11 May 1777
Baptism of Sarah Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg grandparents Joseph Green, linen bleacher, and Alice Rock. Not sure what happened to her, but she could be the Sarah Green who married John Binns in Silkstone in 1793. Or not.

11 May 1811
Birth of Susannah Strachan in Riccarton, daughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and his wife Jean Kelly. Susannah married coal miner Thomas Ballantine, had a last 10 children and possibly 13, lived most of her adult life in Dreghorn, and died in 1889 age 77. One of her children, John Ballantine, migrated to Canada in 1867 and become a co-partner in a foundry making steam engines and boilers at Galt, Ontario, which eventually became part of CMC – Canada Machinery Corp. (It’s amazing what you can find out via Google.)

11 May 1834
Baptism of Elizabeth Oxley at Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggg grandparents Thomas Oxley, labourer, and Sarah Grist. As Sarah the disappears from the records, I assume she died before 1841.

11 May 1848
Birth of Henry Strachan in Kilmarnock, son of John Francis Strachan and Jean Johnston Loudon, making him the grandson of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan. I’m assuming Henry died in infancy as he’s not in the 1851 census with the rest of his family.

11 May 1852
Birth of James Strachan, younger brother of the above Henry, and who also died in infancy. Rare to find two siblings with the same birthday but sad they both died at such a young age.

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