On 15 June

Cousins who married, a migration to Illinois, and someone who was born, married and died in Kilmarnock.

15 June 1869 (born about 1837 and 1843)
This event involves two people on my tree as it was the marriage of John Muir and Mary Holland, who were cousins. John Muir, born about 1837 at Kilmaurs, was the son of Andrew Muir and Elizabeth Strachan. Mary Holland, born about 1843 at Kilmarnock, was the daughter of Robert Armour Holland and Agnes Strachan. Both Elizabeth and Agnes Strachan were the daughters of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In 1851 John Muir is with his widowed mother, siblings and stepfather at Kilburnie. His mother died in 1856 2 weeks after giving birth. Mary Holland is with her parents and siblings in 1851 at Portland Row, Hurlford, her father a coal miner. On 15 June 1860 John Muir and Mary Holland were married, and in 1861 are at McGee’s Land, Riccarton in 1861 with a baby daughter. By 1871 they had moved to England and were living at Freeman’s Row, Seaton Deleval, Northumberland where John worked as a coal miner, and they had had 3 more children. By 1881 they had moved again, to Arlecdon, in Cumberland, on the northern edge of the Lake District, where John was an ironstone miner, and they’d had another 4 children. And at that point they disappear, though I haven’t yet spent much time looking for them. Perhaps they migrated as they seemed fond of moving.

15 June 1871 (born about 1843)
Thomas Laught Strachan born at Dreghorn, grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly, and son of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat. Thomas’s mother died in about 1845, when Thomas was about 2 years old, and in 1847 his father Andrew Strachan married again, to Margaret Todd, but she died in about 1850. In 1851 7 year old Thomas is with his father, a coal miner, and his siblings at McReadie’s Land, Dreghorn, and with the family is his aunt Elizabeth Strachan, who gave birth to an illegitimate child by Andrew Strachan the following year. In 1854 Andrew Strachan married yet agai, to Jean Walker. In 1861 the rather large family, of Andrew, his wife, 9 children and a servant, are at Riccarton and Thomas, age 16, is a coal miner. Thomas’s father died in 1864. All in all, Thomas had a very unsettled childhood. In 1871 he is lodging in Dreghorn with his married Howat cousin, and in June that year he married Jane Frew, a domestic servant, in Dreghorn. They migrated to USA, arriving in about 1878, and are in the US census in 1880 in Reed Township, Braidwood, Illinois, and are still there in 1900, Thomas working as a coal miner. He died in Braidwood in 1907 at age 64 and had had 7 children.

15 June 1901
Birth of Agnes Porter Strachan at Sandbed Street, Kilmarnock, daughter of my great uncle Colin Haddow Strachan and Agnes Porter. Agnes’s mother died from puerperal septicaema after giving birth in 1910. In 1911 Agnes is with her father, a coal miner, and a brother at Mill Lane, Crookedholm and her 1 year old sister is living round the corner with her adopted parents. Agnes’ father remarried in 1913. Agnes married Thomas Connor in 1922 at Kilmarnock, and died in Kilmarnock in 1980 at the age of 79.

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