Andy Murray is Wimbledon champion! And what a brilliant win it was. Britain – and particularly Scotland – is euphoric, and I certainly am. Have already watched the highlights and his post match reactions three times. A few people on my family tree share this now historic date on the calendar.
7 July 1849 (born about 1830)
My gg aunt Jean Strachan, also known as Jane, was born in Govan, Lanarkshire to my gg grandparents Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. Her parents were married in Dundonald, and the children born to them both before and after Jean have Dundonald or Shewalton as their birth place in all their census appearances, but Jean has Glasgow or Govan as her birth place in every census entry, so it looks as if her parents were there for a short while and so had just the 1 child born there. Jean is at Shewalton Colliery with her parents and siblings in 1841, and then her mother died in about 1846 and her father remarried. By that time the family had moved to Kilwinning, and that’s where Jean married James King on 7 July 1849. In 1851 they are at Main Street, Kilwinning, James a hand loom weaver of cotton, and they have a baby daughter. Their second child was born in Glasgow, but the next two were born in Irvine, and in the 1861 census the family is at Adam Square, Irvine, James a cotton weaver and Jane, as she has become by then, a muslin sewer as well as mother of 4. In 1871 they are at Quarry Lane, Irvine, James still a cotton weaver and Jane a pirn winder (which means she wound the cotton onto the reel that was used in weaving): hand loom weaving was done at home and the weaver’s wife was sometimes known as a “pirn wife”. Two of their daughters are bonnet knitters and their eldest son is a coal miner. However, factories made hand loom weavers obsolete and in James King’s case this seems to have happened in the 1870s, as by 1881 he’s working as a labourer in the brickfield, and the family are at 21 High Street, Irvine; the daughters are still bonnet knitters and another son has become a coal miner. In 1891 James is a stove stoker and he and Jane are living at 10 Cotton Row, Irvine – all their children have by then left home. Jane King nee Strachan died on 13 December 1897, age 67 years, at Perceton Row, Dreghorn of bronchitis. Her death was registered by her husband James but it’s probable she died at the home of one of her coal miner sons.
7 July 1882
Birth of my half gg aunt Barbara Fraser, at Mosside, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gg grandfather Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. In 1891, age 9, she’s at Mosside with her parents and siblings, and in 1901 is working as a domestic servant for the household of farmer John Massie in Logie Buchan. Barbara married Isaac Cadger in 1903, and in 1910 she sailed to New York with their 3 children to join him in Toronto, Canada. In 1911 they’re at Markham, Isaac a labourer on a farm, and have had a son born in Canada. The 1915 Attestation Papers for Isaac Cadger’s war service give his next of kin as Barbara Cadger of North Regina, Saskatchewan with Isaac’s occupation miller. In the 1916 census they’re at Winnipeg, Manitoba and Isaac’s occupation is military service – he served overseas as he is on a returning passenger list in 1919 from Liverpool to Halifax, destination Winnipeg. Isaac and Barbara can be found on the Canadian voter’s list in 1945 at Apartment 2, 332 Young Street, Winnipeg South, Isaac working as a watchman. Barbara died on 27 May 1950 age 67.
An issue of the Winnipeg Free Press that carried her in memoriam notices is online.
7 July 1964
Happy birthday to a half 3rd cousin Carol born in Canada, great granddaughter of my half gg aunt Margaret Fraser. I don’t know her, but Morag, follower of this blog, let me know about her branch of the family.