On 24 June

Still trying to catch up: today is a real mixture.

24 June 1758
Birth of gggg uncle William Wilson at Stevenston, Aryshire, son of James Wilson and Agnes Smith, and sister of Jane Wilson, who was the great grandmother of Jean Haddow who married my great grandfather Joseph Strachan. He may be the William Wilson who married Margaret Gordon at Stevenston in 1758: if he is they had 6 children baptised, in Irvine and in Stevenston. A clue that this could be the right couple is that they called one of their daughters Amelia, a name that runs throughout this side of my family tree. Nothing else known as he seems to have died before the 1841 census.

24 June 1798
Baptism of Hannah Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle John Green and Mary Addey. Unfortunately I can’t find anything else for her, so it’s possible she died in infancy.

24 June 1810
Birth of ggg uncle Haggerty at Glenbuck, Ayrshire, son of Joseph Haggerty and Jean Orr and sister of Margaret Haggerty who married my gg grandfather Robert Strachan. Hugh Haggerty married Janet Muir at Dundonald in 1837, and in the 1841 census they are at Fullerton Street, parish of Dundonald, but which would be thought of as Irvine these days. He was a coal miner and he and wife Jean had a young daughter, plus an 8 year old sister of Jean Orr living with them. Hugh must have died in about 1849, as in 1851 his widow is living with her mother, Ann Muir, and is muslin sewer and pauper, with 3 children. Hugh’s daughter Jean married Stewart Shirkie and migrated to the USA where they founded the successful coal business family of Shirkie.

24 June 1854 (born about 1832)
My gg aunt Margaret Fraser was born about 1832 in Aberdeenshire, either in Longside or Cruden, although no baptism can be found for her. She was the 3rd child of William Fraser and Christian Hutcheon. She grew up on the family croft, called Mossnook in the 1841 census, and in the 1851 census she is house servant to the Rennie family at Mossnook. In 1854 she married William Dickie, and they are at Auchleuchries, Cruden in 1861, William Dickie an agricultural labourer, and have 2 children plus a lodger. In 1871 they are at Dudwick, Savoch, Old Deer, William Dickie is a crofter of 7 acres, and have had another 4 children. By 1881 however, they have moved to North Mains of Boddom, Peterhead, where William is a general labourer. 3 more children have arrived and 5 children are still living with their parents. Margaret Dickie nee Fraser died in 1887 at the age of 55 at Boddom, of cardiac disease.

24 June 1854
Birth of James Hutcheon or Hutchison at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of Alexander Hutcheon and Margaret Hutcheon and grandson of my gggg grandparents Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. James is with his parents in 1861 at High Street, Longside and in 1871 is a farm servant at Rora, Longside. In 1877 he married Catherine Campbell at Longside, and they are in the 1881 census at View Field Cottage, Banff with a daughter, and James Hutchison is a domestic gardener. Catherine died, however, and in 1887 James married Sarah Leask Kennedy at Macduff, Banff and she became stepmother to James’ 3 daughters. By 1891 they had moved to Prospect Terrace, Kintore, James still working as a domestic gardener but with no children of their own. In 1901 their address is Muirland Cottage, Kintore, James is still a domestic gardener, and they have living with them an adopted son born in Methlick. I haven’t researched James any further.

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