On 17 May

Mainly a focus on deaths today, for ancestors where I don’t have an exact birth date. Plus a is she mine or not ancestors, and a WW2 death.

17 May 1773
Birth of Cecilia Hutcheon at Longside, Aberdeenshire father James Hutcheon, mother not named. What I can’t be sure of is whether she is the daughter of my ggggg grandfather James Hutcheon or some other James Hutcheon. To confuse matters further, she married at Longside in 1795 to a James Hutcheon. So she might belong to my Hutcheon line or she might not. Though if not, no doubt her line would link to mine going further back in time.

17 May 1877
Death of Robert Strachan age about 70 at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, my gg grandfather. No baptism record can be found for Robert, but he was born in around 1807, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson, and as his parents were moving around at the time – to and fro between Lanarkshire, Stirlingshire and eventually back to Ayrshire – it’s a guess as to where he was born. But when he was about 7 years he family were living in Riccarton, Ayrshire, which is where he’d have started working in the coal mines, before they moved to Shewalton Colliery. Robert’s mother died when he was about 18 and in 1828, when he was about 21, he married Margaret Haggerty, also from Shewalton Colliery. In the 1841 census they are at Shewalton with 8 children aged from 14 to 8 months. They had another child in 1842 and then moved to Kilwinning, where Robert’s wife Margaret died in 1848, in the same month as Robert’s brother Peter. This was probably during a typhus or cholera epidemic. Robert married Susan Cran in 1850, had 6 more children (making 15 in total) and lived in Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning for the rest of his life. He died in 1877 of chronic bronchitis and was buried in Brigend Cemetery. More about Robert Strachan can be found on his page under the Strachan tab.

17 May 1918
Death of James Fraser in Aberdeen, my ggg uncle and son of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. His baptism entry in Cruden OPR says he was born and baptised in August 1847 but doesn’t give a date. He is at Mosside croft with his parents and siblings in 1851 and 1861, but can’t be found in 1871, then in 1880 he married Margaret Glennie at the Waverley Hotel in Aberdeen, and his occupation is tailor manager. His address was Hatton and she was of Yonderton near Hatton, so it would be interesting to know why they married in Aberdeen. James and Maggie are in Hatton in 1881, with a 1 year old daughter, and James is a tailor. He remained a tailor in Hatton for some time and had 7 children. In 1911, however, the family are in George Street, Aberdeen and James is a tailor maker, with two of his daughters working for him. He died there in 1918, not long after his wife died.

17 May 1944
Found online: Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. Ballantyne, Private, Alexander Marshall, A/3083, Royal Canadian Regiment. 17 May 1944. Age 31. Son of James M. and Agnes Ballantyne; husband of Margaret Ballantyne, of Galt, Ontario, Canada. Grave Ref. V. J. 23. Alexander must have been descended from Thomas Ballantine and Susanna Strachan, whose son John Ballantine migrated to Canada in 1867.

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