On 14 July

It continues hot here in the UK: we’re officially having a heatwave. In the past on this day: a Strachan mining ancestor who moved from Ayrshire to Paisley to Govan, a great aunt who died in childbirth, a Fraser who has yet to be found in the records, and a Yorkshire ancestor who was the daughter of a coal miner. There area lot of coal miners on my family trees!

14 July 1820
Birth of John Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Can’t find him in the 1841 census, when his parents and siblings are in Kilmarnock, but in 1847 he married Margaret Cutherbertson in Kilmarnock. They’re in the 1851 census at 3 Thomson Street, Kilmarnock, with their eldest child, and John Strachan is a coal miner. Their next 2 children were born in Kilmarnock but the 3rd was born in Old Cumnock. Then by 1861 they’d moved to Renfrew and were living at Abbey Landward (Paisley) with 4 children and a lodger. John is working as a foreman ironstone miner. In 1871 they are at Muirpark, Renfrew with 5 children, John still working as an ironstone miner. By 1881 they had moved a bit further down the Clyde to Govan: their sons show signs of escaping from the mines as one of them is a engineering works store man and the other is a commercial clerk. John Strachan died in 1884 at the age 63, at Paisley Infirmary, of “pulpy degeneration of the knee joint and exhaustion”. None of his children seem to have married, as they continued living with their mother and then, after she died, living together in Paisley, along with one of their Cuthbertson cousins.

14 July 1855
Birth of my great aunt Amelia Strachan at Kirkland Row, Dreghorn, Ayrshire, daughter of my great grandparents Joseph Strachan and Jeannie Haddow. She is with her parents in 1861 at Bensley Square, Kilwinning, and then in 1871 she is a domestic servant in Irvine, in the household of Thomas Syme, grocer and travelling draper. In 1874 she gave birth to an illegitimate daughter Jeanie Hood at Crookedholm, father John Hood coal miner. The father has clearly acknowledged the birth but there is no marriage for them. But in 1877 Amelia married Robert Anderson, coal miner, at Sorn. Amelia’s brother was born near Sorn in 1878 so the family must have moved to the area at some time after 1873. Amelia was a mill worker living at Catrine, where there was a cotton mill. In 1881, Maly Strachan (as she is listed in the census) is at Mauchline Road, Hurlford with her son Alexander Anderson: her husband Robert was visiting his parents in Sorn and her daughter Jeanie Hood is with Amelia’s parents. In 1891 Mary (as she has been listed) and Robert Anderson, coal miner, are at 58 Riccarton Road, Hurlford with children Alexander and Joseph, and Amelia’s daughter Jeanie, who is a muslin sewer. Tragedy struck the family in 1899: Amelia gave birth to a son Robert Anderson on 19 February 1899 at Academy Street, Hurlford – the baby survived but sadly Amelia did not. Half an hour after the birth Amelia died of “shock following parturition”. Robert Anderson remarried to Mary Finlay, and continued to live at Academy Street, Hurlford as he is there in 1901 with wife Mary and his children.

14 July 1867
Birth of Elizabeth Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire. She is the youngest daughter of Robert Fraser and Christian Ogston who, from the 1850s to around 1905, lived on the next door croft to Mosside and were therefore neighbours of my ggg grandfather William Fraser and then my gg grandfather Alexander Fraser. I feel sure William Fraser and Robert Fraser were related: the William Fraser I believe was the father of my ggg grandfather was the uncle of Robert Fraser’s father. Elizabeth Fraser is with her parents at Mosside in 1871 and 1881. A quick bit of research hasn’t unearthed anything further about her.

14 July 1901
Baptism of Elizabeth Slee at Thornes, Yorkshire, daughter of John Slee and Lilian Burton and great granddaughter of Joseph Wilson and my ggg aunt Mary Green. Elizabeth’s father was a coal miner and in 1911 she is with her parents and siblings at Woolley Colliery, Darton.

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