On 8 June

Today: someone whose niece marries the grandson of his wife’s uncle, someone who seems to have stayed in the same place but disappears from the census, and someone who spent her married life living next door to what was to become Prestwick airport.

8 June 1841
Birth of Arthur Morgan at Curden, son of Arthur Morgan and Catherine Morgan, and uncle of my great granddather’s second wife Helen Ann Morgan. He is with his parents and siblings in 1851 at Tillymaud, Cruden. In 1860 his father was killed in a quarry accident, and in 1861 Arthur and two of his sibllings are at Tillymaud working for farmer Alexander Gray: 19 year old Arthur is a ploughman. Her married Margaret Brown in Cruden in December 1861 and by 1871 they had 3 children: at the time of the census Arthur was at Coplandhill, Peterhead as a farm servant and Margaret Morgan was with her mother Elizabeth Fraser at Invernettie Brickworks, Peterhead. Arthur’s wife Margaret Brown was the illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth Fraser, who was the niece of the father of my illegitimate ggg grandfather William Fraser. Arthur niece would later marry William Fraser’s grandson William Fraser.

8 June 1865
Birth of Alexander Davidson McWilliam at Peterhead, son of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. He was the youngest of 11 children, and was the grandson of Janet Sangster, mother of William Fraser. In 1871 Alexander was with his family at Tanfield Place, Peterhead and his father was working as a sawyer. In 1881 the family are at 22 Chapel Street, Peterhead and 15 year old Alexander is a cooper. In 1885 he married Marion Cowie at Old Machar, and they then prove to be elusive in the census. However, Alexander Davidson McWilliam died in 1938, at the Royal Mental Hospital, Aberdeen, of duodenal ulcer and haematemesis, with a usual residence address of 5 George Street, Buchanhaven, Peterhead.

8 June 1871
Birth of Mary Strachan at Kilmarnock, daughter of John Strachan and Christina Houston McGill and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. Her father was a coal miner and in 1881 the family, including 9 year old Mary, are at 6 Low Road, Kilmaurs. In 1889 she gave birth to an illegitimate son, John Strachan Tait: Mary was working as a farm servant at the time and the father was a father servant, Andrew Tait. He was born at Parker’s Land, Crosshouse, which was probably her parents’ home. In 1891 Mary is working as a servant for dairyman Andrew Hamilton at Grange Street, Kilmarnock, and her son is with her parents at Gatehead Road, Kilmaurs. Mary married John McVie, a coal miner, in 1894 at Kilmaurs, and in 1901 they are at Low Road, St Quivox, which is in Whitletts next to what was to become Prestwick airport. They must have remained there for the rest of their lives as Mary died in 1949 at age 77 at Low Road, Whitletts.

2 responses to “On 8 June

  1. Ref 8 June 1865 suggest address is 5 George street burnhaven not buchanhaven

    • You are probably right. I got the info from the death certificate on Scotlands People and now can’t find the dowload to check, but I may have misread the handwriting.

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