On 23 July

An early Ayrshire Logan ancestor I’ve been unable to trace further than her birth, and an Aberdeenshire Fraser ancestor who died when trampled on by a horse.

23 July 1780
Birth of my gggg aunt Jean Logan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of James Logan and Sarah Weir. Unfortunately, Jean Logan is a common name so it’s impossible to work out which, if any, of the marriages in that area at the time could be her.

23 July 1833
Baptism of Alexander Fraser at Cruden, son of John Fraser and Anne Reid. He was the younger brother of the Robert Fraser who was next door neighbour to my ggg grandfather William Fraser and is, I suspect, descended from the Donald Fraser who was the father of the William Fraser who illegitimately begat my ggg grandfather. Alexander worked as a farm servant in Ellon, Logie Buchan, Foveran, Peterhead and Udny, married Margaret Mutch and had 7 children, and died sometime in 1872. As he died at only 37 I spent some credits downloading his death certificate, and discovered he’d died from injuries sustained when trampled on by a horse. Not a good way to go. He left his widow with a lot of young children, so it is no surprise that in 1881 she was taking in boarders.

2 responses to “On 23 July

  1. Hello

    I am helping my cousin Susan to research her family tree. Her mother was Mary Taylor Logan, born 1910 to William Taylor Logan and Christina Reid Buchanan at Old Kilpatrick, Dumbarton. William Taylor Logan was born on 13 October 1976 at 3 Don Street Aberdeen to Hay Logan and Morrison Christie. Hay Logan was born at Mid Mill, Cruden in February 1842 to Thomas Logan and Jane Hardy.

    William Taylor Logan, my cousin’s Grand Father, had a brother Hay Logan, born 1882, who maried Helen Paton McKinnell Richmond in 1904 at Old Kilpatrick. They were both working at Singers Sewing Machine Co in Clydebank. Later he was a chaffeur in Lanark, and later the family emigrated to Michigan, USA.

    I will look at the Logan tree and see what connections I can make with yours.

    We intend having a run to Cruden Bay very soon while the good weather holds to take some photographs of Mid Mill and look around the 2 cemeteries.

    Regards from Jean in Aberdeen

    • Hi Jean, and welcome to the blog. I’ve done a fair bit of research of my Aberdeenshire Logan ancestors, but haven’t yet finished the write up to put onto the blog. It’s another thing on my to do list.

      However, the furthest I’ve got back is James Logan born in 1753 at Creuchie, Old Deer, son of George Logan and Elizabeth Morice. James Logan had at least four children named James, Jean, John and Barbara. John Logan in 1796 and baptised at Old Deer married twice, to Anne Simpson and then Isabella Booth. His daughter Mary born in 1838 at Auchticlair, Old Deer married Alexander Fraser of Cruden, and they were my gg grandparents.

      Midmill appears on my family tree with my ggg aunt Isabella Wallace nee Fraser, who was there from about 1891 and died there in 1894: she was at a lodging house which could have been some sort of Poor House, and the head of the household was William Mutch. The name of the building is hard to read on her death certificate but looks like Pens House.

      Happy researching – it’s a very addictive interest!

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