In Canada and Aberdeenshire, relations are celebrating their birthdays. Plus an early, disappearing ancestor, a illegitimate birth with paternity confirmed by the Sheriff’s Court, yet another Ayrshire coal mining Strachan.
20 June 1790
Jane Neilson, my gggg aunt, was baptised at Gorbals. daughter of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden. Unfortunately that’s all I know about her as nothing else can be found in the records.
20 June 1872
Birth of Jane (Jeanie) Fraser at Mosside Croft, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate daughter of my ggg aunt Janet (Jessie) Fraser and William Simpson. There is a corrected entry for Jane’s birth as her mother Jessie went to the Sheriff’s Court to get William Simpson, a shoemaker of Peterhead, acknowledged as the father. In 1881 Jeanie, age 9, is with her mother as a boarder at Braeside, Longside where her mother was a domestic maid for farmer William Low and his family. In 1889 Jeanie married farm servant James Milne – her marriage certificate has her parents as James Simpson shoemaker and Jessie Simpson ms Fraser, which isn’t quite the truth. In 1891 James, a labourer, Jeanie and her mother Jessie Fraser are at Damhead, Peterhead. Jeanie gave birth to her only child James not long afterwards, and in 1901 the family are at West Gask, Cruden, where her husband is a ploughman. 1911 saw the family at Bruce Street, Peterhead with James working as a mason’s labourer. Jeanie’s mother Jessie has rejoined them and is a storekeeper, and Jeanie’s son James age 19 is a grocery shop assistant. They also have two boarders living with them.
20 June 1896 (born about 1845)
John Strachan, son of my ggg uncle Munro Strachan and Janet Jamieson, was born about 1845 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, but there’s no baptism record. He’s with his parents and siblings at McReadie’s Land, Dreghorn in 1851, and his father is a pauper formerly a coal miner, so was disabled and receiving parish relief. His father died in 1854 and his mother remarried to William Young. In 1861 John age 15, now a coal miner, is at Warwickhill Hamlet, Dreghorn, with his mother, stepfather and siblings and half siblings. John married Agnes Scott in Irvine in 1864, and by 1871 they were at West Thornton Back Row, Dreghorn with 3 children and 2 of Agnes’s brother, John and his brothers-in-law all coal miners. In 1881 they have moved to Corsehill Square, Dreghorn and have 6 children, and they are still there in 1891 with 3 more children. John Strachan died in 1896 of erysipelas (skin infection).
20 June 1963
There’s a birthday today up in Aberdeenshire for my cousin once removed (i.e. my cousin’s daughter), great granddaughter of Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae.
20 June 1991
There’s also a birthday today in Canada – happy birthday Travis, who is my cousin twice removed (i.e. my cousin’s grandson). Travis is the great great grandson of Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae.