On 19 May

Today: ancestors who migration, one to the USA and two to Canada.

19 May 1829
Birth of John Howat at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire eldest son of Peter Thomas Howat and Janet Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelley. A coal miner, naturally, John Howat married Margaret Bain, a widow, in 1860 in Dreghorn before migrating to USA with their children in 1869. They went to Illinois, where they were to be joined by quite a few relatives from both the Howat/Strachan and the Bain sides. The US census shows them near Braidwoodm with John working as a coal miner.

19 May 1865
Birth of Thomas Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of Robert Fraser and Chrstian Ogden. He was descended from Donald Fraser and Margaret Sharp, whose son William Fraser is the suspected father of my illegitimate ggg grandfather. Thomas Fraser grew up on the farm/croft next door to the Fraser croft at Mosside, near Hatton. There’s a Thomas Fraser age 15 born Cruden in the 1881 census, a grocer’s apprentice in Ellon, but I’m not sure if he’s the right one and he’s proved to be elusive after that.

19 May 1902
Birth of Margaret Robertson, baptised Maggie Bella Grant Fraser, at Mosside Croft, Hatton, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate daughter of my half gg aunt Margaret Fraser. Her mother married Robert Robertson not long afterwards. At the age of 18, Margaret migrated to Canada and went to Winnipeg to join her aunt. In 1923 she married Charles George Greig at St Boniface, Manitabo. They had a daughter and Margaret died in Winnipeg in 1996.

19 May 1919
A Strachan cousin was born in Ayrshire before migrating to Canada with her parents: her father was my father’s eldest brother.

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