Oh dear. Just realised that the reason it’s been quiet in ancestor land for a few days is I’d changed my search conditions on my Strachan paternal family tree in order to do a special search a bit back, and forgot to change it back again. So I’ve missed a few Strachan events! Okay, so here are ALL today’s events, and I’ll catch up on the missing Strachan ones ASAP.
2 July 1774
Birth of my ggg grandfather John Strachan, baptised at Irvine, Ayrshire son of Thomas Strachan and Thomas Alexander. His full story can be read by using the link under the Strachan tab (above). In brief: John Strachan was a coal miner and moved to Gorbals in the early 1790s with his parents and siblings. There he married Agnes Neilson in 1794, and from the baptism locations of their children their movements can be traced from Gorbals to Campsie in Stirlingshire, then back to Gorbals, then to Kilsyth in Stirlingshire, then to Coatbridge in Lanarkshire, Muirkirk in Ayrshire and Riccarton in Ayrshire. His wife Agnes, with whom he had at least 14 children, died in about 1825, and in 1827 John Strachan married Jean Wallace in the parish of Dundonald, which means they were living at Shewalton Colliery. John had 2 more children with his second wife. His death is recorded in the burials register of Irvine Parish in March 1840, making him 65 when he died.
2 July 1783
Baptism of John Alexander at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, son of James Alexander and Helen Burgess. He is my ggggg uncle because his sister Helen married Peter Watt. John Alexander married Janet Morrison, although there’s no record of their marriage, but their 8 children were all baptised at Rayne. In the 1841 census John can be found at Meikle Wartle, home of his twin brother (see below) and also of the Watt family, with his wife and 5 of his children, and he is there again in 1851 with his wife and 1 daughter. In 1841 he is described as a farmer and in 1851 as formerly farmer. According to a tree on Ancestry, which looks well researched, he died on 22 April 1851 at Rayne and was buried in the kirkyard at Rayne.
2 July 1783
Baptism of William Alexander at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, twin brother of John (above) and therefore also my ggggg uncle. He married Mary Steel, although no record of their marriage can be found, and there is only 1 baptism of a child, their daughter Jane. In the 1841 census William is at Meikle Wartle, so must have lived close to his twin brother John: William is a farmer with his wife and daughter and 3 male farm servants. The 1851 census states he is the farmer of 71 acres employing 3 labourers, and as well as his wife and unmarried daughter there are 3 male farm servants living in. In 1861 William is still farming though only 1 male farm servant and 1 female domestic servant are living with him, his wife and their daughter. One of the farm servants with them in 1841, 1851 and 1861 is Andrew Steel, who sounds like a relative of William’s wife. William was retired by 1871, at age 87, and was living in the village of Wartle with his niece Helen Alexander. He died in 1874 at age 90.
2 July 1981
Birthday of a Strachan descendant: last known information she was living in London and had her own make-up business.