Monthly Archives: July 2013

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.

On 22 July

Only one event for today – a dressmaker born in Cruden, Aberdeenshire. There has, of course, been a certain birth in London, though I’m pretty sure he’s not a relation.

22 July 1860
Birth of Jane Davidson Logan at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggg uncle John Logan and Jane Marr. At 8 months old she’s with her parents and siblings at Auchlenchries, Cruden, where her father is an agricultural labourer, and in 1871 the family are at Moortack, Cruden, John Logan a farmer of 6 acres and Jane, called Jessie in this census, is at school. By 1881 she’s become a dressmaker and is visiting Jane McCrae, a crofter’s widow, at Old Macher. I’ve no idea who Jane McCrae was, but in another census her surname is McCrow and her maiden name was White. In 1891 Jane D Logan age 30 and a dressmaker is living on her own at Station Road, Ellon, and the she married James Marshall in 1895 at Ellon. They are in the 1901 census at 49 Rosebank Terrace, Ferryhill, which is close to the docks in Aberdeen: James Marshall is a house carpenter and they have a young daughter. I can’t seem to find anything for any of them after that.

On 20 and 21 July

Nothing happened on 20 July, but on 21 July there’s yet another innkeeping Green ancestor from Worsbrough, my Aberdeenshire great uncle who migrated to New Zealand, and a Barnsley born distant relative.

21 July 1828
Baptism of Mary Anne Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle George Green and Hannah Ellis. She is in the 1841 census with her parents and siblings, her father George a publican of Ward Green. Her father died in 1850 but her mother continued to run the inn, as in 1851 Mary Anne is with her mother, an inkeeper, at Ward Green: Mary Anne, age 21, is working as a stay maker. In 1861 Mary Ann and her mother were still in Worsbrough, with a visitor and a lodger – no occupation is given for either of them. Then later in 1861 Mary Ann married James Halmshaw, and in 1871 they are at Goose Hulls, Worsbrough and James is an innkeeper with two children visitors with the surname Poles, who are children of Mary Ann’s sister Alice. The enumerator got their name as Hampshire in the 1881 census, but they are still at Goose Hulls and James is still a publican. Two Poles children are with them and are now described as niece and nephew, and their widowed mother is living not far away. James Halmshaw died in 1886 and frustratingly I’ve been unable to find Mary Ann in the 1891 or 1901 census, but she died in 1909.

21 July 1893
My great uncle Richard William Fraser was born at Aitkenshill Farm, Foveran, Aberdeenshire, second child of my great grandparents William Fraser and Helen Hay. His father was working as a cattleman at Aitkenshill at the time. In 1901 the family were at Mill of Brogan, Slains, where William was head cattleman and Richard, 7 years old, was at school. By 1911 the family were living at Hatton Lodge, Hatton village and Richard, age 17, was a shop assistant. In 1920 he migrated to New Zealand, sailing from Southampton to Aukland, and gave his occupation as farming, and can be found in the 1928 census for New Zealand in Birdwood Avenue, New Plymouth. Then in 1930, at the age of 37, he married Helen Stewart but they did not have children. Richard had a baker’s shop, and can be found in the electoral rolls as a baker living at Mahoe Street, Inglewood in 1935, Rata Street, Inglewood in 1938, and then at 34 Beach Street, New Plymouth, the address he was still at after he retired. In 1954 he and his wife came to the UK on a holiday and spent most of their time in Aberdeenhire, but they also visited Leeds to see his brother, my grandfather. I met Richard and Helen then but as I was only a toddler I can’t remember their visit. Richard died in New Zealand in 1965.

21 July 1924 (born 1904)
Margaret Eliza Athorn was born in 1904, her birth registered at Barnsley, Yorkshire. She was the daughter of my gg aunt Hester Green and John Amberson Athorn. In the 1911 census Margaret is at 10 Longcar Street, Barnsley, age 6, with her parents and siblings. She married Charles Slater at St Mary’s Church, Barnsley in 1924 and her address at the time was Old Mill Lane, Barnsley.

Story of Joseph Strachan and Jeanie Haddow now posted

I’ve managed to finish “The story of Joseph Strachan b. abt. 1833 and Jeannie Haddow b. abt. 1834, and their children”, and it can be found under the Strachan tab above.

There must have been a lot of sadness in my great grandparents Joseph and Jeanie’s lives as they were to lose many of their children, both in childhood and as young adults. Marrying in Kilwinning, they moved from coal mine to coal mine until settling in Crookedholm, where they saw out their lives and had many relatives living close by. Hopefully that added much joy to their lives too.

On 19 July

A man who disappears from the records, leaving a wife and children; an Aberdeenshire ancestor of my step great grandmother; a death at age 8; and yet another step ancestor who disappears from the records.

19 July 1834
Peter Findlay was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, son of David Findlay and Susannah Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. His parents
must have migrated to Nova Scotia soon after their marriage in 1832 and had their first two children there, but were back in Ayrshire by the time their third child was born. In the 1841 census they are at Bridge House Hill, Riccarton, Peter’s father a coal miner. Susannah Strachan died in 1848 and his father remarried. In 1851 Peter Findlay age 16, a clerk at an iron works, is with his father, stepmother and siblings at Portland Row, Riccarton. He married Janet Nisbet in 1854 and in 1861 is at Cadger’s Row, Hurlford, a lodger with his sister Lilias and her husband, working as a collector manager. His wife is with their two children at Galston Road, Riccarton, with her widowed mother. Peter’s wife went on to be a public house keeper in Hurlford in 1871 and that census says she is married, not widowed, but Peter Findlay is not with her. In fact he can’t be found anywhere – nothing in the census and no death certificate to be found for Scotland. What became of him is a mystery.

19 July 1838
Birth of William Aitken at Longside, Aberdeenshire, son of William Aitken and Elizbaeth Milne. His sister was the mother of Helen Ann Morgan, who was my great grandfather’s second wife. In 1851, at age 12, he’s working for his uncle, a miller, as a farm labourer, and in 1861 he’s a ploughman on a farm near Old Deer. Her married Mary Irvine at Old Deer in 1861, and in 1871 they are at Nether Leask, Slains, William a farm overseer and with 5 children. 1881 finds them in Hatton, where William Aitken is a farm overseer, and they have a lot more children – they were to have 12 in total and only 1 died in childhood. By 1891, however, William had taken the lease of Artrocie Croft at Logie Buchan, and the family are there in 1901. William Aitken died in Ellon in 1914 at the age of 75.

19 July 1858
Birth of Joseph Gilmour Strachan at Riccarton, Aryshire, son of Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He died at Riccarton at the age of 8.

19 July 1865
Birth of David Goldie Booth at Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate son of Margaret Booth who went on to become the second wife of my gg grandfather Alexander Fraser. Given his name, it’s likely his father was called David Goldie. In the 1871 census he is at Fortrie, Ellon with his mother and stepfather, age 5 and named David Fraser, but I haven’t been able to trace him after that under the names Goldie, Booth or Fraser.

Adam Logan, shoemaker: deserter of his wife and children

My gggg uncle, Adam Logan, appears to have abandoned his wife and children and set up with another woman. Tracking him and his family has proved a challenge, but an entertaining one.

Adam Logan was born on 18 July 1789 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: the OPR entry for his birth says “Ann and Adam Logan twins, 4th daughter and 7th son of James Logan shoemaker in Kilmarnock and Sarah Weir spouses, their first marriage, born 18th July 1879 and baptised 19th July 1789 by Mr Kennedy.” There is no evidence that Ann survived beyond infancy but Adam most certainly did and lived for 83 years.

In 1814 there is a marriage of Adam Logan and Margaret Duncan in Kilmarnock. The OPR entry simply says “29 July 1814 This day Adam Logan in this Parish and Margaret Duncan Low Church Parish gave in their names to be proclaimed in order to marriage. Three days.” I felt sure this was “my”Adam Logan, as it’s an unusual name and the date and location are an excellent fit. But there are no baptisms to be found for any children, although I eventually discovered that they did have children – their later census entries state they were born in Kilmarnock.

However, in the 1841 census Adam Logan age 50, shoemaker, is at Chapelton, Lanarkshire with Ann Craig age 40 and Janet Logan age 2, and in 1851 is in Chapelton, with Ann and three children, and gives his birthplace as Kilmarnock. Tracing him through the census I eventually went looking for his death certificate – Adam Logan shoemaker died at Chapelton in 1873 and his son has given Adam’s parents as James Logan shoemaster and — Logan ms Weir. So I knew I had the right Adam.

I assumed his wife Margaret Duncan had died, although there’s no marriage for Adam Logan and Ann Craig, and in the later census she’s described as housekeeper. So looked for Margaret Logan ms Duncan’s death certificate – and found that Margaret Logan widow of Adam Logan shoemaker, parents surname Duncan, died in 1867 in Glasgow. The informant was her daughter Sarah Munn.

So Adam Logan had moved to Chapelon in Lanarkshire and taken up with Ann Craig, leaving behind his wife Margaret with whom he’d had a daughter Sarah. Perhaps she wasn’t their only child.

I next found a 1836 marriage of Sarah Logan to James Munn at Neilston, Renfrewshire, and they were living in Cross Arthurlie, Neilston in 1841. In 1851, by which time she’s living in Ayrshire, Sarah Munn gives her birthplace as Kilmarnock.

Looking for Margaret Logan in the 1841 census, I found her in Neilston, Renfrewshire – where daughter Sarah had married – with daughters Jane and Ann Logan. Margaret was in Neilston in 1851 and 1861, giving a birthplace of Clachan, Argyllshire: this is on the Kintyre peninsula and not that far, by sea, from Ayrshire. Her 1867 death certificate gives her father as Duncan Duncan, a tailor, and her mother Mary Duncan ms Robb. No luck tracing them, unfortunately.

To see whether Adam Logan and Margaret Duncan had had other children, I looked for marriages in Neilston of someone with the surname Logan and then tracked them in the census and other online records. This turned up Mary Logan who married John Baxter in 1838. They are in Neilston in 1841, in Stirlingshire in 1851, then on a ship to Australia in 1853 where Mary Baxter sadly died in 1854. Her Australian death certificate states she was Mary Baxter formerly Logan, and her parents were Adam Logan and Margaret Logan formerly Duncan.

Jane Logan, who was with her mother in 1841, married John Cochran in 1847, is in the 1851 census in Cross Arthurlie, Neilston with husband John and two children, then they migrated to Massachusetts, USA in about 1860. She and her family are in the 1880 USA census in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Ann Logan, also with her mother in 1841, is in the 1851 census as a lodger in Paisley and states she was born in Kilmarnock. I’m not sure what then happened to her, although she might be the Ann Logan who married George Wyse at Paisley in 1852, but I haven’t been able to trace that couple.

So Adam Logan and Margaret Duncan had at least four daughters, and may well have had more children who I haven’t traced. The children were born in Kilmarnock from 1814 to about 1826, but by the mid 1830s Margaret and her daughters were in Neilston, Renfrewshire and Adam Logan was in Chapelton, Lanarkshire. So when did Adam up and leave his wife and children – and why? No answers to that, of course, apart from use of the imagination. Perhaps it because I’m female, but I feel rather sorry for Margaret and her daughters.

Margaret was living on her own in 1851 and working as a housekeeper, although her daughter Jane Cochran nee Logan was living on the same road. In 1861 Margaret is in Neilston living as a lodger with Rosana Gray, Rosana’s children, and another lodger. She died in 1867 age 74 at Crown Street, Glasgow. The informant was her daughter Sarah Munn who was living in Glasgow by then, so it looks as if Margaret may have spent her last few years living with her daughter.

Adam lived for considerably longer. In 1841 he was living in Chapelton, Lanarkshire, where he remained for the rest of his life, working as a shoemaker and living with Ann Craig and a two year old daughter, although there was an older daughter also in Chapelton. In 1851 he’s a shoemaker, now age 60, with housekeeper (not wife) Ann Craig and three children: the eldest is Helen Logan age 14 so she was born in about 1836, meaning Adam had left Margaret and daughters by then. In 1861 Adam Logan age 71, shoemaker journeyman, is with housekeeper Ann Craig, son James, and two grandchildren, and he’s there in 1871, retired and age 82, with Ann Craig housekeeper.

Ann Craig died on 2 April 1873 at Chapelton, of apoplexy (a stroke), informant James Logan son, and Adam Logan died 11 days later on 13 April 1873 at Chapelton, of diarrhea, informant James Logan son. It’s rather sweet that should die so close in time to each other, and makes you think they must have been a happy couple, but I can’t help wondering whether Adam ever thought about his wife Margaret, or kept in touch with the daughters he left behind.

On 18 July

Twins born in 1789, one of whom has been so fascinating to research he’s getting a separate post, plus a Yorkshire ancestor I can’t find anything about and a Strachan ancestor who lost her mother, two of her children, and then died in her 20s.

18 July 1789
Birth of Adam Logan in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of my gggg grandparents James Logan shoemaker and Sarah Weir, and twin sister of Ann. His sister Agnes was the grandmother of Mary Ann McInerney who married John McCrae. Researching Adam has proved fascinating – so much so that he’s getting a separate post of his own.

18 July 1789
Birth of Ann Logan in Kilmarnock, twin sister to Adam (above). Nothing further can be found for Ann, so she may have died when young.

18 July 1813
Baptism of Anne Fisher at Tankersley, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle Timothy Fisher and Mary Kaye. Unfortunately I’ve not been able to discover anything else about her.

18 July 1862 (born 1840)
Mary Orr was born in about 1840 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, the daughter of James Orr and Mary Strachan and the granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She is with her parents, her father a coal miner, at Thirdpart, Kilmarnock – where lots of Strachans and their relatives were at the time. Her mother died in the early 1840s and her father remarried to Jean Hill, and in 1851 Mary Orr is with her father, stepmother and siblings at Portland Row, Hurlford, and is still there living with them in 1861, age 20 and a sewer. She has a 1 year old daughter, however, called Mary and she married the father, Thomas Rea or Rae, in 1862. A daughter Annie was born in 1863 who died, and another daughter Annie was born in 1865 and also died. Then in 1866 Mary Rea nee Orr died of typhus fever. Thomas Rea remarried, and daughter Mary is with him in 1871.