On 18 May

Today includes an ancestor who married a comedian. I’m sure plenty of my ancestors were comedians, but this is the only one who earned a living from making people laugh.

18 May 1763
My gggg aunt Agnes Marshall was born in Kilmarnock, the daughter of Alexander Marshall and Agnes Gibson. She might be the Agnes Marshall who married William Syme in Irvine, but also she might not be.

18 May 1809
Birth of Elizabeth Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of who I suspect is my ggggg uncle Andrew Fraser and his wife Jean Walker. In 1841 and 1851 she’s unmarried and living with her parents at Brickworks, Peterhead, and in the household is her uncle William Fraser who I think is my gggg grandfather who had been in the army. Also in the household is Elizabeth’s two illegitimate children. By 1861 she’s the head of the household at South Turnpike, Seafield, a crofter of 2.5 acres, and her Chelsea Pensioner uncle is still living with her, along with assorted family members including a grandson. She was the informant at the death of her uncle in 1864.

18 May 1833
Birth of Mary Georgina Green at Sonning, Berkshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Samuel Green and his wife Mary. Her father was a licensed victualler and moved about rather a lot. In 1841 the famil are Baldwin street, City Road, London. Georgina, as she was known, is a servant to a licensed victualler in Marylebone in 1851, and in 1860 married widower and comedian Thomas Edward Wharton at Marylebone. Frustratingly, I cannot find them in the census after their marriage and given the occupation of Thomas it would be interesting to know what happened to them. However, there’s a death for Mary G Wharton born about 1834 registered in Wandsworth, London in 1914.

18 May 1835
Birth of Ann Strachan, daughter of Peter Strachan and Ann Houston, at Kilmarnock, Aryshire and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. They lived in Kilmarnock and Dreghorn, and after leaving school Ann worked as a hand sewer. She married cola miner William Gold in 1857 and they lived in Hurlford, and had children. Ann died age 39 in 1875 of congestion of lungs and paralysis of right side. Her husband remarried.

18 May 1845
Birth of William Souter Morgan at Cruden, son of Arthur Morgan and Margaret Robb and grandson of Isobel Sangster, my ggggg aunt. He was with his parent at Tillymaud, Cruden in 1851 and again in 1861, although his father had died by then, a cattleman working for farmer Alexander Gray. Willliam married Jane Aitken in 1865 at Longside, who had aleady given birth to two of his children, and in 1871 he’s a farm servant at Lochside, Cruden with his wife, 4 children and his brother. The family, with more children, are at Collie Hill, Cruden in 1891, at Little Tillymaud, Cruden in 1891, and at Kennedy’s Buildings, Cruden in 1901 with their younger children, 4 grandchildren and a boarder. Then in 1911 William Morgan, farm servant, is an inmate at the Asylum, and he died in 1917 at the Royal Asylum Aberdeen in 1917 of acute bronchitis.

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