On 25 May

Today: twins, a London connection and a death in the Poorhouse.

25 May 1857
Birth at Dreghorn, Ayrshire of Catherine Strachan, twin of Susan and daughter of gg uncle Samuel Strachan and Margaret Sampson Reid Johnson. In 1861 and 1871 Catherine is with her parents and siblings in Dreghorn, but in 1881 she’s in Elm Bank, Edinburgh as a maid to Ella Cowan and her sister Mary. As Mary Cowan was born in Haddington, there may be a connection to the husband of Catherine’s elder sister Jeanie, who married David Gillam from Haddington. I haven’t researched Catherine fully, but it looks as if she married James Campbell, who was born in England, in 1885 at Dreghorn. Can’t find them in 1891 but in 1901 they’re at Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire where James Campbell is manager of a fire clay works, and they have a daughter Kate.

25 May 1857
Birth at Dreghorn, Ayrshire of Susan Strachan, twin of Catherine and daughter of gg uncle Samuel Strachan and Margaret Sampson Reid Johnson. She died on 6 March 1858 in Dreghorn.

25 May 1883
Birth of Elsie Maude Green at Chelsea, London, daughter of George Edwin Green and Sarah Maria Sampson, and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Samuel Green. Her father was a gold lace salesman and in 1891 the family, with Elsie age 7, are at 48 Albert Street, Chelsea. Her mother died in 1891 and in 1894 her father remarried. In 1901 they are still at 48 Albert Street but it is now in Paddington, and Elsie, age 17, is an upholsterer’s trimmer’s apprentice. In 1911 she is still with her father and stepmother but they have moved to 63 St George’s Avenue, Tufnell Park and Elsie is a shop assistant for a dyer and cleaners. She died in 1919 age 36.

25 May 1905
Death of my gg aunt Agnes Strachan: there isn’t a birth or baptism record for her but she was born about 1828 at Shewalton Colliery, daughter of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. Her mother died in Kilwinning in about 1846, and being the second eldest Agnes no doubt then helped at home and with her many younger siblings. In 1850 she married William Kean at Kilwinning. In 1851 Agnes and William are at 8 Crescent Row, Eglinton Iron Works, Kilwinning and William is a coal miner. By 1861, where their surname is written Cain, they’re at 53 Single Row, Kilwinning and have 4 children. They moved to 42 Byrehill Row, Kilwinning by 1871 and had another 3 children, and were still there in 1881, along with a grandson Robert Cain, the illegitimate son of their daughter Rebecca. William Kean died in 1887, and in 1891 Agnes is still at 42 Byrehill Row, Kilwinning but the head of the household is her son John Cain, a coal miner with his wife Mary and 7 children; Agnes age 62 is an outdoor worker. Can’t find her in the 1901 census, though it’s possible she’s the Annie Strachan age 72, living and working as a servant with Elizabeth Dyet age 77 at the Eglinton Arms Hotel, near Abbey Gate, Kilwinning as at the moment I can’t work out who else it could be and the names Aggie and Annie are perhaps easy for a census enumerator to mix up. Agnes died in 1905 at Cunningham Combination Poorhouse, Irvine, of senile debility, which these days we would refer to as dementia.

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