An interesting bunch today: the person who could well be my ggggg grandfather and was born in 1723 – that almost 300 years ago. Scotland had only been part of Great Britain for 16 years. Plus an infant death in the 1760s, a Barnsley greengrocer and fruit merchant, a London dressmaker and an Aberdeenshire migrant to USA who came back home after just a year.
5 May 1723
Baptism of John Alexander at Auchinleck, Ayrshire son of James Alexander with the mother not named. This is probably my ggggg grandfather, who married Christian Reid and whose daughter Susannah married Thomas Strachan. John Alexander married Christian Reid in Kilwinning in 1751, and their marriage entry in the OPR says John was of Auchinleck parish and Christian was of Kilwinning. Their daughter Susannah was baptised in Auchinleck in 1752, and their son Charles in 1755. No other baptisms of children have been found. According to the baptism entries for Susannah and Charles, John and Christian Alexander lived in Birnieknowe, to the north-east of Auchinleck, which was to become a coal mining village later in the 18th century, though there may have been small scale coal mining when John Alexander lived there. However, none of the available records give any indication of his occupation and no further records for him have been found.
7 June 1765
Baptism of my gggg aunt Jane Wilson at Stevenston, Ayrshire daughter of James Wilson and Agnes Smith. She died in infancy, and James and Agnes named their next daughter, Jane. The second Jane was my ggg grandmother as she married Duncan Murphie, and her daughter Amelia married John Haddow.
7 June 1835
Baptism of Joseph Green at Barnsley, Yorkshire son of my gggg uncle Joseph Green and Mary White. (There are a lot of Josephs of my Green tree!) His father was a bleacher, and in 1841 6 year old Joseph is with his family at Nelson Street, Barnsley. His mother died in 1850, and in 1851 he is living with father, siblings and a servant at Castlereagh Street, Barnsley. Joseph, his father and his brother John are all greengrocers. I can’t find a record of his marriage, but by 1861 he had married Mary Ann and had a 2 year old daughter. They were living in Pitt Street, Barnsley, and Joseph was a green grocer. They are still in Pitt Street in 1871 with 3 daughters and a servant, and Joseph’s occupation is fruit warehouse. By 1881 they had moved to Blucher Street, Barnsley and had had yet more daughters: Joseph was a greengrocer and had a greengrocer’s carter living with the family. Joseph is a fruit merchant in 1891, still at Blucher Street, with 4 daughters still at home. He died in 1895 age 64 at Barnsley.
7 June 1881
Birth of Amelia Maria Green at Queen’s Park, London, daughter of George Edwin Green and Sarah Maria Sampson. Her father was the son of my gggg uncle Samuel Green: Samuel had been born in Worsbrough, Yorkshire but had moved to London and was a licensed victualler. Amelia was baptised at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Stanhope Street, and her baptism record gives her parents’ address as 186 D Street, Queen’s Park West. In 1891 she is with her parents at 48 Albert Street, Chelsea and her father is a gold lace salesman. Her mother died in 1891 and in 1894 her father remarried, to Emma Arno. In 1901 the family is still at 48 Albert Street, but it is now given as in Paddington. Amelia, age 19, is a dressmaker. In 1911 she is still with her father and stepmother but they have moved to St George’s Avenue, Tufnell Park, and her father is still a shop assistant in the gold lace embroidery business and Amelia is still a dressmaker. She did not marry and died in 1966 in hospital, her probate record giving her residence as Hill Homes Woodland, Bishopwood Road, London N6.
7 June 1895
Birth of William John Michael at Boddom, Ayrshire son of gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser and David Ewan Michael, a granite quarrier. The family moved to Wickersgill near Shap, Cumbria when William was very young and are there in 1901, with David Michael working as a quarry foreman. By 1911 they were back near Boddom, at Tillymaud, Cruden and William age 15 was working as a farm servant. In June 1913 he migrated to the USA at age 18, to join his brother Alexander at Quincy, Massachusetts, but he returned to Scotland in October 1914. In 1919 he married his half cousin Catherine Milton Fraser: their marriage certificate has William’s occupation as a blacksmith journeyman, and he was living at Hutcheon Street in the same house as his mother-in-law. His wife Catherine died in 1927 of pulmonary tuberculosis. He eventually remarried in 1939 to Jessie Ann Brown Forrest or Smith (which indicates she was a widow), and he died in Aberdeen in 1975. No evidence of his having any children.