On 16 June

Only one today: an Aberdeenshire connection who migrated to USA and worked as a granite cutter in Massachusetts before becoming a servant to a New York banking family.

16 June 1891
Birth of Alexander Michael at Boddom, Aberdeenshire, son of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser and David Ewan Michael. He was in Shap, Westmorland with his parents and siblings in 1901, and in 1911 is at Little Tillymaud, Cruden with his parents and siblings, a granite quarryman like his father. In 1912 he migrated to USA, going to Quincy, Massachusetts to join his cousin Ian Michael. His 1917 US Draft Card gives his address as Caledonia Avenue, Quincy and his occupation as a granite cutter. He was naturalised in 1918. The 1920 US census has him still at Caledonia Avenue with his aunt, widow Margaret Michael and two of her daughters. Alexander applied for a passport in 1921, so I have a picture of him! It confirms who his parents were, and that he was in England and France from 1915 to 1918. He next appears on passenger lists in 1921 going for a trip to Scotland. He married Barbara Jean Hill in Quincy in 1924: she was born in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, and they went to Scotland for a 4 month honeymoon, as they appear in passenger lists that year. In 1928 Barbara was naturalised, and by then thy were living at 107 East 73rd Street, New York, and Alexander was a caretaker. They went for another trip to Scotland in 1929. In the 1930 census they are still at 107 East 73rd Street, which is the house of a banker, Harold Clark and his family, who employ 5 servants including Alexander, Barbara and Jessie L Michael age 24, who is Alexander’s younger sister. There is no evidence of Alexander and Barbara having children, and I can’t find anything for them after the 1930 census.

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