A migration to Iowa, with the USA 1880 census says that ancestor’s wife was ill with a headache, and a Yorkshire ancestor who was a bleacher but might have died in Belfast.
2 June 1731
Birth of my gggg grandfather Alexander Marshall at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire. The son of Francis Marshall and Mary Gibson, he married Agnes Gibson in Beith in 1755 and they had at least 6 children, the first baptised in Kilmaurs and the rest baptised in Kilmarnock. Nothing known apart from that as there are no records. His son Robert Marshall had a daughter Sarah Marshall whose daughter Mary Ann McInerney married John McCrae.
2 June 1805
Baptism of Timothy Fisher at Royston, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher and my gggg uncle. In 1825 he married Lydia Silverwood at Royston and they had at least 6 children. Timothy was a bleacher and in the census of 1841, 1851 and 1861 is at Swithen, near Kexborough – probably an idyllic rural spot back then but rather close to the M1 these days. After 1861 he then disappears – except there’s a burial at Royston in 1885 of Timothy Firth age 80, who died at White Rock, Belfast. This is the right name and age, and there’s a clear link to Royston, but what was he doing in Belfast?
2 June 1822
Birth of my half gggg uncle Nathaniel McWilliam at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of Janet Sangster and William McWilliam and half brother to my gggg grandfather William Fraser. He seems to have been named after the son of the local doctor. In 1841 he’s with his widowed mother and sister Christian at Long Roy, Nether Kinmundy, Longside. His eldest child Jessie was born in 1845 at Tyrie, but Nathaniel and Jessie’s mother Isabel Muirson (or Murison) didn’t marry until 28 November 1847 at New Deer. As Nathaniel was a farm servant, the delay could have been due to him waiting until he could get a fee that came with a cottage: they married at the time of the November fee markets. In 1851 Nathaniel, Isabel, two children and Isabel’s elderly mother are at High Street, New Pitsligo, and Nathaniel is an ag lab. Nathaniel and Isabel had 6 children, and then Isabel died. Nathaniel remarried on 6 July 1863 to Mary Yule, who was heavily pregnant at the time, and they had two children baptised in New Pitsligo. The family then migrated, and can be found in the 1870 USA census at Post, Allamakee, Iowa where Nathaniel was a farm labourer, and there are 8 children still at home. By 1880, Nathaniel has become a farmer at Post, and acquired 3 more children : interestingly, his neighbours are all farmers and many of them come from Prussia or Norway. The census also says that his wife Mary was ill that day with a headache – a fascinating detail. By the state census in 1885, another daughter had arrived and Nathaniel, at 68, is still a farmer. He died in 1896 in Allamakee at age 74. In the 1900 census his widow states she has had 9 children, which means Nathaniel fathered a total of 15.