On 14 May

To make up for a quiet day yesterday, there are quite a few events today including a major one which needs its own post.

14 May 1834
Somebody I’ve only got round to researching properly today: John Logan, my ggg uncle, was born in Auchtilair, Old Deer, Aberdeenshire to John Logan and Isabella Booth. In 1851 he’s a farm servant at Tarves, and in 1855 married Jean Marr (aka Jane) at Slains. In 1861 he’s an ag lab at Auchenchries, Cruden with his wife and 3 children. Then he become a crofter/farmer, taking a 6 acre arable property called Muirtack in Cruden parish. He and wife Jane had 6 children, but his wife died sometime between the 1891 and 1901 census, and in 1901 John Logan is at Hillhead of Auchlenchries, a crofter with various relatives and boarders living with him. I think he died in 1904 in St Macher, Aberdeen – the location of the infirmary – but I haven’t checked the death certificate.

14 May 1837
Baptism of Sarah Jane Oxley, daughter of my ggg grandparents Thomas Oxley and Sarah Grist and therefore my gg aunt. Her father died when she was young, and in 1851 she’s in Worsbrough with her pauper mother. In 1860 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter, Sarah Ann, and in 1861 is living with her mother in Barnsley, working in a factory. Another illegitimate daughter, Mary Ann (Mary Ellen on the baptism record), was born in 1863. Sarah must have gone to Leeds and had family there, as in 1866 she married George Watson at St Matthius, Burley on 25 December 1866 and the witnesses were Thomas Oxley and Mary Ann Oxley, Thomas being Sarah Jane’s brother. Sarah Jane’s two daughters took the surname Watson, and the family moved around bit, as the census and the birthplaces of children show: Newton, Doncaster, Potter Carr, Bolton and Denby, George working as a farm labourer. In 1891 Sarah Jane is a visitor staying with her daughter in Chesterfield, who lived a few doors away from one of Sarah’s Jane’s sisters. Husband George then died, and Sarah can be found living in Hope Street, Barnsley in 1901 and 1911. She died in Barnsley in 1917 age 80. (Nice coincidence – in 1901 my Barnsley great parents had moved to Leeds and were living in Hope Street, Armley.)

14 May 1879
Birth of William Inglis at Muirkirk, son of Alexander Inglis, coal miner, and Janet Strachan. His mother was the granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan. I haven’t researched him myself as the information about the Inglis family was given to me by someone on RootsChat: William Inglis migrated to Australia.

14 May 1920
Birth of Margaret Elizabeth Dow in Aberdeen, my cousin once removed as she was the daughter of my grandfather’s sister Barbara Fraser and William Dow. Margaret married and had two children, and sadly died at only 63.

14 May 1991
Today is the 22nd anniversary of the death of my father Robert Strachan. He’d have loved sharing my research. As he’s special to me, I feel he deserves a post of his own with some photos.

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