On 15 and 16 July

Two days to cover today, but not much to say as they either died young or possibly died young due to not being found in the records apart from their birth. Survival rates were not good when you go back 150 years or more.

16 July 1805
Baptism of Katherine Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire to my gggg grandparents Alexander Hay and Margaret Daniel – her nephew George Hay was the father of my illegitimate great grandmother Helen Hay. Nothing else found so it’s possible she died in childhood.

16 July 1808
Baptism of my gggg aunt Barbara Watt at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. She’s another early ancestor for which nothing further has been found so may well be another who didn’t survive her early years.

16 July 1814
Birth of Mary Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. In 1832 she was married at Kilmarnock to James Orr, and in 1841 they were living at Thirdpart, Kilmarnock – James Orr was a coal miner and by then they had 3 children. Quite a few of her Strachan relatives were also living in Thirdpart, which was to the east of Kilmarnock and close to where the Annanhill colliery was located. Mary must have died between 1841 and 1844, which is when James Orr remarried, and in 1851 he’s at Portland Row, Hurlford with his second wife and the same three children as in 1841.

15 July 1853
Birth of Isabella Clarke McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. She is with her family in 1861, her father a sawyer, but a tree on Ancestry has her death in November 1861 at Peterhead.

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