On 17 July

Today: a childless Haggerty ancestor who might have spent a few years in London, and another Strachan who migrated, this time to South Dakota where the ex coal miner, labourer and joiner became a farmer.

17 July 1816
Birth of my ggg uncle Joseph Haggerty at Irvine, Ayrshire, son of Joseph Haggerty and Jean Orr. In 1836 he married Janet Aitken at Dundonald, and in 1841 they are living at Fullerton Street, Dundonald (which is now part of Irvine), Joseph a coal miner. His neighbours included his brothers Hugh and John. They are not to be found in Scotland in the 1851 census, but there is a Joseph Haggerty labourer and wife Janet Haggerty, both age 30, born Scotland and no children, at 8 Colchester Terrace, West Ham, London, who cannot be found in that location in any other census – if this is the same couple then it’s a mystery what they were doing down there. They’re in Ayrshire in 1861, however, at 11 Benslie Square, with plenty of relatives as neighbours, Joseph a coal miner and with no children. His wife Janet died in 1866 in Kilmarnock and in 1867 Joseph Haggerty married Elizabeth Durham. The 1871 census has them in Kilmarnock, Joseph a coal miner and with two of Elizabeth’s children. Joseph Haggerty died in 1877 at Hurlford, age 61, of abscess of the liver and congestion of the lungs. There is no evidence that he had any children.

17 July 1850
Birth of Archibald Mitchell Strachan at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, son of Samuel Strachan and Janet Mitchell and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Anne Miller. In 1851 he’s with his parents in Kilmaurs, and in 1861 is with his parents and siblings in Stevenston, age 11 and a scholar collier apprentice. Coal mining must not have appealed to him, as in 1871 he’s a 21 year old labourer at a biscuit factory living with his grandparents Archibald Mitchell, a joiner and cabinet maker, and Jean at Boyd Street, Kilmarnock. In 1873 he married Catherine Welsh at Kilmarnock, and by 1881he must have joined his grandfather in trade as he’s a joiner, and he and Catherine (who manages to have been called Agnes in the census) have 3 children plus Archibald’s younger brother Thomas as a lodger. Their next appearance in the records is in the 1900 USA census and they’re at Berea, South Dakota, where Archibald is a farmer with wife Katrine and 3 children – their census entry says Archibald arrived in the US in 1881 and Catherine and the children in 1882. In 1910 they’re in Wesley, South Dakota, Archibald still a farmer with his youngest son working for him as a farm labourer. Catherine Welsh Strachan died in 1918 at Purcell, Oklahoma and in 1919 there is a border crossing for Archibald, a widow with occupation carpenter born Dreghorn, going to Canada to visit his son Samuel. Archibald Mitchell Strachan died in 1926 at the age of 75 and was buried at Purcell, Oklahoma.

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