On 15 May

Today: a migrant to canada who did very well for himself, birth of twins, a young woman who died of breast cancer in 1913, and my great grandmother died at only 40 years old.

15 May 1836
Birth of John Ballantine at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire , son of Thomas Ballantine and Susannah Strachan. He became a coal miner, and in 1867 migration to Canada. He married Janet Bartley and in 1871 they’re in the Canadian census at South Waterloo with 2 young children, John Ballantine working as a finisher. According to http://vintagemachinery.org/mfgindex/detail.aspx?id=70 “ John Ballantine began as an employee at the Goldie & McCulloch works in Galt, then spent 20 years as superintendent of Cowan & Co, also in Galt. Then, in 1894, he started his own company, in nearby Preston. The company incorporated in 1904, and the name became J. Ballantine & Co., Ltd. In 1907 their revenue was $70,000. In 1910, the company suffered a major fire at its factory. Shortly afterward, the company merged with four other companies. The resulting company was named Canada Machinery Corp Ltd or CMC.” John and Janet/Jennette had a son Thomas who went into the family business. John Ballantine died in Preston, Ontario in 1912 age 76.

15 May 1836
Over in Aberdeenshire, on the same day James Logan was born at Achtilair, Old Deer. He was my ggg uncle, the son of John Logan and Isabella Booth. By 1851 he was working as a farm servant and that year was at Windyhill farm, Logie Buchan. He married Jane Norrie in 1855 and from the baptisms of their children and the census it’s clear they moved regularly, as farm servants did. They were are at various farms in Belhelvie, Foveran, and Tarves. In 1891 James was a widower and still an ag lab, living at Backhill of Courtstone, near Tarves. Can’t find him in 1901 and haven’t yet looked for a death. He had 8 children.

15 May 1866
Birth of twins John and Annie Houston Inglis at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of Alexander Inglis and Janet Strachan and one of many sets of twins on the Strachan tree. They migrated to Australia with their parents and siblings in 1887, arriving in Brisbane. John married Mary McLachlan and died in Killarney, Queensland in 1933. Annie married James Girdwood and died in Balmain, Sydney in 1947.

15 May 1874
Birth of Amelia Murphy Haddow at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, Ayrshire daughter of Hugh Richmond Haddow and Marion Mackay. In 1891 she and her brother John were living with their maternal grandmother in Kilwinning, and Amelia was earning a living as a domestic servant. In 1901 she’s a servant at Rothesay, on the isle of Bute, working for Charles Hicks, a chemist, and his family. She died of breast cancer at Kilwinning in 1913 at the age of 38.

15 May 1903
Death of my great grandmother Helen Hay, wife of William Fraser, at the far too young an age of 40. She died of chronic enteritis at Milton of Brogan, Slains, Aberdeenshire, where my great grandfather William was head cattleman. She left 5 children motherless, the youngest of whom was not quite 2, including my 8 year old grandfather. After their mother’s death, the family moved back to Hatton and in 1907 William Fraser remarried.

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