On 11 June

“Today’s events” can be like waiting for a London bus: nothing happens for a while and then they all come at once. After a quiet few days, my ancestors were busy on 11 June: a silk loom weaver who became a butcher, someone who married a salmon fisher, the sad suicide, and an infant death.

11 June 1808
Robert Hunter baptised at Stevenston, Ayrshire son of my gggg uncle Robert Hunter and gggg aunt Margaret Haddow (his parents are both related to me through their siblings as Robert’s sister Margaret Hunter married Margaret’s brother Robert Haddow). Robert Hunter is listed in the 1819 minister’s census of Stevenston at Cow Roading, with his parents and siblings, and is probably one of the 6 children shown without names in 1822. In 1830 he married Agnes Kennedy in Stevenston, and they are in the 1836 minister’s census at Loan, with 5 in the household. In 1841 they are at Schoolwell Street, Stevenston with 5 children and Robert is a silk hand loom weaver. By 1851 he is the same address but has changed occupation and is a flesher (butcher) and 2 more children have been born. He disappears from the records after that, and as there is no statutory death for him it looks as of he died after the 1851 census but before 1855. In the 1861 his wife is a widow, with two son who are both silk weavers.

11 June 1815
Birth of Elizabeth Booth in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, my gggg aunt and daughter of William Booth and Margaret Allan. She;s probably in the records somewhere after that but I haven’t yet trcked her down.

11 June 1838
Birth of Robert Ballantine at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire son of Thomas Ballantine and Susanna Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. In 1841 he’s with his parents and siblings at Thirdpart, Kilmarnock, his father a coal miner. Not found in 1851, but in 1861 he’s still with his parents and siblings who have moved to Dreghorn, and is a coal miner along with his father and brother. I’ve not been able to find him after that: on Ancestry there are a number of trees with him marrying Mary Miller in Kilmarnock but I’ve not found a record for such a marriage, and then having him as a farmer and miller in Canada, but I’m not convinced this is the same Robert Ballantine.

11 June 1845
Baptism of Elizabeth Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire daughter of my ggg grandfather William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. She was born on the family croft near Hatton, and is there with her family in 1851 with an inaccurate age. In 1861, age 15, she’s a domestic servant to her older sister Isabella, who had married farmer George Wallace and lived at South Hay Farm, Cruden. Elizabeth married James McGarrol, a widower, in Aberdeen in 1874, and in 1881 they’re at High Street, Peterhead. James is a salmon fisher from Banff and they have 3 children of their own, plus a visitor. Can’t find them in 1891 but in 1901 they’re at 10 Main Road, Cruden, James age 70 still a salmon fisher, with 2 children still at home, the youngest of whom was born in Pitsligo, Elizabeth McGarrol nee Fraser died in 1910 at Hatton Village age 63 years.

11 June 1864 (born about 1843)
Hugh Strachan, son of John Strachan and Margaret Lambie and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly, was born about 1843 in Dreghorn, Ayrshire. He’s with his parents and siblings in 1851 and 1861, and by the latter date was a coal miner. The Ardrossen & Saltcoats Herald carried an announcement of his marriage on 11 June 1864 to Fanny Robertson at Irvine. Can’t find them in 1871, but his father applied for poor relief in 1879 and his application state son Hugh was married with 5 children. In 1881 Hugh and Fanny, with 6 children the eldest 2 born in Dreghorn and the younger 4 born in Irvine, are at East Back Road, Irvine. Hugh is a coal miner and his brother James, also a coal miner, lodging with them. In 1886 Hugh’s mother Mary, now widowed, applied for poor relief citing Hugh as married with 8 children, 2 of them working. In 1891 the family had moved to Blackridge Village near Torphichen in West Lothian and had 3 more children born in Coylton and Ochiltree, Ayrshire. Hugh Strachan died in the early hours of 30 November 1896 at his house at 76 Rumblingwell, Dunfermline. His death certificate says of suicide, and the corrected entry states death was caused by poisoning by carbolic acid. He left a wife and several children, the youngest being 11.

11 June 1866
Birth of Jeannie Murphy Strachan at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, my great aunt and daughter of my great grandparents Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. Jeannie died on 19 February 1867 at 8 months old, of gastro enteritis.

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