25 and 26 June (part 2): Strachan events

Nothing for the 25th, but the 26th has a twice married Strachan granddaughter and another Strachan granddaughter who migrated to Vancouver Island then lived most of her life in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Plus a Strachan great granddaughter whose husband became a club manager and restauranteur in Glasgow.

26 June 1891 (born about 1847)
Janet McGill Holland was born in about 1847 at Dundonald, Ayrshire which will be Shewalton Colliery as her parents were coal miner Robert Holland and Agnes Strachan, making Janet the granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Janet is with her parents in 1851 at Portland Row, Hurlford. Her father died in about 1852 and Janet is with her widowed mother and siblings at Portland Row in 1861. Shortly afterwards her mother married John Finnie. In 1871 Janet is a house servant to the household of Thomas Kennedy, water meter manufacturer, at Portland Road. She married someone with the surname Burnett but I don’t know when as I haven’t searched for their marriage, but I haven’t found her in the census for 1881. She must have been widowed, however, as in 1891 she is with her mother at Goatfoot Row, Galston, a housekeeper age 43 with her son William Burnett age 4. In June 1891 Janet married Hugh White, a coal miner, and they at Gargieston, Kilmarnock in 1901 with two of Hugh’s adult sons and Janet’s son William.

26 June 1858
Birth of Elizabeth Howat Strachan at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Strachan and Ann Bain and great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. She spent her childhood with her family first in Dreghorn then in Stevenston, and in 1876 she married William Kerr. In 1881 they are in Saltcoats with 3 children and husband William is a ship’s cook. By 1891 they’d moved to Glasgow and were living on Duke Street, where William was a club manager, and their eldest of 6 children was a baker’s apprentice: also living with them was Elizabeth’s younger sister Annie Strachan working as a scullery maid. By 1901 they’d moved to North Frederick Street, Glasgow and William is a restauranteur: there are 8 children at home, with the eldest boys working as a ship’s steward, a chef and an assistant chef, and they have a domestic servant living with them.

26 June 1875
Birth at Irvine of Cecilia Whylie King, daughter of James King and my gg aunt Jean Strachan, and granddaughter of my gg grandparents Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. Her birth entry has her name as Zelia Whyllie King. In 1881 she is with her parents and siblings at 21 High Street, Irvine, her father working as a labourer in the brickfield. In 1891 she is a visitor at her older married sister’s house in High Riggend, New Monkland, Lanarkshire. Cecilia married Thomas McMurtrie at Dreghorn, Ayrshire and they migrated to Canada in the late 1890s. In the 1901 Canada census they are at Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, Thomas a carpenter, and with 2 children: Thomas may well have been a carpenter at the coal mines there. By 1910 they have moved to Rock Springs, Wyoming, where Thomas was a coal miner, and they have 5 children with them: one of them is a son with the unusual first name of Dorset. They are still in Rock Springs in 1920, Thomas a fireman at the colliery and with 4 children with them, the eldest now a blacksmith, and they’re in Rock Springs in 1930 with 3 children. Cecilia McMurtrie nee King died in 1938 at Rock Springs.

6 responses to “25 and 26 June (part 2): Strachan events

  1. Hi Judy,

    I am so happy to have found your site through my own genealogy research. Elizabeth and William Kerr are my great-great-grandparents, as their youngest daughter Georgina Wylie Kerr was my great-grandmother and I am actually lucky enough to have her signet ring which fits me perfectly! I am digging more into the Kerr side now, as you’ve pretty much covered the Strachans for me!

    Thanks from your relatives in Canada,

    • Hi Emma and welcome to my blog. Lovely to hear from a relative – and yet another relative in Canada. There are a great many of you over there! I have a soft spot for William and Elizabeth Kerr, not least because they seem to have named one of their sons Strachan Kerr.

      Our common direct ancestors are Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander, and there the Strachan tree stops. I’ve done heaps of research by now and think it highly unlikely I’ll ever get back beyond Thomas. Good luck with researching your Kerr line – they sound interesting.

  2. Hi Judy,

    I am so glad for your site. My husband Elroy McMurtrie is the youngest son of Dorset McMurtrie and grandson to Thomas McMurtrie and Cecile Wylie King. Thanks for the information.

    • Hi Nancy and welcome to my blog. Lovely to hear from a distant relative. I have Dorset McMurtrie born 1905, which I got from a tree on Ancestry. Is that your tree? The information I have puts the family in Rock Springs, Wyoming – looking at a map it seems to be a rather isolated location so I expect many in your family have now moved elsewhere.

      • Hi Judy, you are correct he was born in 1905 at Thurber, Texas he was named after the doctor that delivered him. They lived in Rock Springs for many years, he and his oldest son worked in the coal mine. They then moved to California. Thomas and Cecile are both buried in Rock Springs. I do have a picture of Thomas and Cecile.

  3. Hi Nancy. Thanks for that – I’ve added the information to my tree. I’d love to see a picture of Thomas and Cecilia so will email you.

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