A few busy days have put me behind with the blog: two days’ events here, with an Marshall saddle maker ancestor from Ayrshire, a Hutcheon ancestor who lived at Lonmay, Aberdeenshire, a Strachan coal miner who died unmarried at age 32, and another Strachan coal miner who married twice and for whom there is a photo.
31 July 1794
Birth of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of my ggg grandparents Robert Marshall and Agnes Logan. In 1818 he married Christian Wallace at at Galston, he being of Kilmarnock parish. Their 6 children were all baptised in Galston. Alexander followed his father into the occupation of saddle maker, and is at Langlands Street, Kilmarnock in 1841, age 45 and a saddler journeyman, with wife Christian and 4 of their children. His wife appears to have died shortly after 1841: in 1851 Alexander, age 53 and a saddler born Kilmarnock, is in Glasgow. His 4 daughters are all in Galston working as domestic servants, his son John is a tailor in Stranraer, Wigtownshire, and his son James is a shoemaker in Strathaven, Lanarkshire. In 1861 Alexander is lodging in Leuchars, near St Andrews in Fife, but by 1871 he is at Harbour Street, Stranraer close to one of his sons and one of his daughters. He died at 23 Fisher Street, Stranraer, where his daughter lived, of pneumonia age 85.
30 July 1802
Baptism of my gggg aunt Anne Hutcheon at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. In December 1827 she married William Willox at Longside and they had at least 8 children, all baptised at Lonmay where Anne was to live for the rest of her life. In the 1841 census they are with their eldest 4 children. In 1851 William is described as a farmer of 18 acres and an agricultural labourer, and their eldest 3 children have left home. 1861 sees William still a farmer of 18 acres, and with them are their 2 youngest children and 2 grandsons. Ann’s husband William died during the 1860s and their son James either took over and expanded the farm or moved to a nearby farm, as in 1871 James Willox is a farmer of 32 acres at Schoolhill, Lonmay with his wife and his mother Ann. James, his wife, 4 children, his mother Ann and a female servant are still at Schoolhill in 1881. Ann Willox nee Hutcheon died at Schoolhill on 20 February 1891 age 88 of ‘natural decay’.
31 July 1855
Birth of James Strachan at Dreghorn, son of John Strachan and Margaret Lambie and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. At age 5 he’s with his parents and lots of siblings at Dreghorn, and at age 15 he’s a coal miner with his parents and siblings at 4 Corsehill Square, Dreghorn. An 1879 Poor Relief application made by his father, who was wholly disabled, lists James as age 22, single, and his father’s only support. His father Robert died in 1880. In 1881 James is lodging at East Back Road, Irvine at his brother Hugh’s house, along with Hugh’s wife and children. Then in May 1886 there is a Poor Relief application made by James, resident at 17 Corsehill Square, Dreghorn, saying he is a coal miner but has been off work for 17 months due to being wholly disabled with hip joint disease. He was admitted to the relief roll and received 2 shillings a week. His mother, living at 22 Corsehill Square, was also receiving Poor Relief. James Strachan died on 1 June 1887 at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn at age 32, and his death certificate gives cause of death as hip joint disease.
31 July 1861
Birth of Peter Strachan at Riccarton, eldest child of Peter Strachan and Lillias Clelland Findlay and great grandson of my gggg ucle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. His parents were second cousins. He is with his parents and siblings at New Cumnock in 1871, where his parents had moved after 1869, but they moved again soon afterwards to Galston, and are there in 1881 at 11 Goatfoot Row: Peter age 19 is a coal miner. He married Elizabeth Fairlie in 1883 at Galston, and in 1891 is at Skares Row, Old Cumnock with his wife and 4 children, in the same household as his parents-in-law John and Margaret Fairlie. In 1901 Peter is in Galston, a coal miner, with his wife and 2 of his daughters. There is a Peter Strachan miner age 42 who sailed to USA in 1904 but returned in 1906, giving last address in Scotland as Galston. He may well have gone there anticipating that his family would join him, and his return may be to do with the fact that in 1907 his wife died at Galston, age 53. In 1915 Peter remarried to Margaret Judge at Kilmarnock, but he died in 1921 at Auchinleck of gastric carcinoma.