On 28 May

An elusive Ballantine ancestor and yet another illegitimate Fraser ancestor.

28 May 1829
Birth of Janet Ballantine at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of Thomas Ballantine and Susanna Strachan and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Janet is with her parents in Thirdpart, Kilmarnock in 1841, then in 1851 there’s a Janet Ballantine of the right age, born in Kilmarnock, a house servant in Low Wishaw, Lanarkshire, working for baker William Smith and his wife. No trace of her after that. Quite a few trees on Ancestry have her married and migrating to Australia but that was another Janet Ballantine born around the same time in Auchinleck.

28 May 1903
Birth of John Sangster Fraser at Mosside, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate son of my half gg aunt Isabella Stuart Fraser, daughter of my gg Alexander Fraser and and his second wife Margaret Booth. John’s father was farm servant John Sangster. His mother married James Downie in 1908 and lived in Ellon, but it seems John Sangster continued to live with his grandparents, as he with them at Mosside croft in 1911 at age 7, along with an aunt and 3 cousins. Not sure whether he was married, but he died in 1953 at Ellon at age 50.

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