On 1 August

A Firth ancestor from Yorkshire, a great uncle Strachan in Ayrshire, and a female Green ancestor from Barnsley who left £3,000 when she died in 1904.

1 August 1774
Baptism of my ggggg uncle John Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, son of James Firth, mother’s name not known, and brother of my gggg grandfather Joseph Firth. Beyond that I have no idea as I’ve not been able to find anything in the records that could be him – party due to John Firth being such a common name.

1 August 1878
Birth of my great uncle Colin Haddow Strachan at Taiglum, Ayrshire, son of Joseph Strachan and Jeanie Haddow. In 1881 and 1891 he is with his parents in Cookedholm and he became a coal miner. In 1899 his son Henry was born illegitimate to Agnes Porter, and Colin’s address is given as his parent’s home at 6 Braehead, Crookedholm. His son died at the age of five months, and in the 1901 census Colin is living with his widowed mother at Schoolhouse Road, Crookedholm. Colin then married Agnes Porter in 1901 at Guard Lane, Kilmarnock, and later that year they had a daughter born at Sandbed Street, Kilmarnock. A son followed in 1903, born at 15 Douglas Street, Kilmarnock, and then a daughter in 1908 born at Crookedholm, but she died at nine months old. Their fourth child, Elizabeth Black Strachan, was born on 26 February 1910 and Colin’s wife Agnes died six days later of puerperal scepticaemia. Baby Elizabeth was taken in by a neighbouring childless couple, John and Mary Gibson, as she can be found with them in the 1911 census in Crookedholm described as adopted daughter. Colin is at 41 Mill Lane, Crookedholm with his remaining two children, Robert and Agnes. In 1913 Colin married Maggie Graham, who worked at a lace factory, in Galston. I haven’t yet researched whether they had children but they probably did. Colin Strachan died in 1953, his death registered in Hurlford.

1 August 1869
Baptism of Annie Green at St Mary’s, Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green and Mary Ann and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Joseph Green and Mary White. Her father was a fruit merchant. Annie is with her parents in Barnsley in 1781, 1881 and 1891: latterly they lived at 7 Blucher Street, now demolished. She married James Mitchell, an insurance agent, in November 1892 at Barnsley St George. The 1901 census has them at 31 Pitt Street, Barnsley with no children: James Mitchell is a supervisor in an insurance office and was born in Mirfield. Annie Mitchell died on 8 January 1904 at her parents’ home at 7 Blucher Street, and probate was granted for her will in 1910. She left just over £3,000 to her husband, which was a considerable sum in those days.

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