On 30 May

The mystery of my gggg aunt Susannah Strachan, and a couple of Strachan related births.

30 May 1786
Birth of Susannah Strachan, daughter of Thomas Strachan coal hewer and Susanna Alexander, baptised on 4 June 1786 at Irvine, Ayrshire. She is my gggg aunt. Between 1790 and 1793 the family moved to Gorbals, south of the Clyde and now part of Glasgow, where Susannah’s father and older brothers most probably worked at the Girvan coal mines. There are entries in the Gorbals and Cathcart OPRs for the banns of John Robertson of Gorbals and Susan Strachan of Cathcart in April 1813. On the same page of the Cathcart OPR is an entry for the marriage of Agnes Strachan, and Susannah had a sister named Agnes. On 2 October 1813, John Alexander Robertson was baptised at Gorbals, son of John Robertson and Susan Strachan. Unfortunately, they then disappear from view – no other children’s baptism records exist, unfortunately John Robertson is a very common name, and there’s nothing for Susannah or Susan Robertson.

30 May 1864
Birth of Elizabeth Wallace Brown Findlay at Riccarton, daughter of James Findlay and Mary Findlay – her parents were surely related but I’ve not yet looked into it. Elizabeth was named after her father’s mother but is connected to the Strachan line through her grandmother Susanna Strachan (a different one to above), who was the daughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan. Not researched her any further.

30 May 1866
Birth of John Howat at Dreghorn, son of John Howat and Margaret Bain and great grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. He migrated to USA with his family in 1869 and they settled in Braidwood, Illinois. He’s in the 1870 and 1880 census with his parents and siblings, and in 1880 is a miner age 14, but I can’t find him after that.

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