On 4 August

Two Strachan ancestors, both of who frustratingly disappear from the records.

4 August 1858
Birth of Samuel Strachan at Stevenston, son of Samuel Strachan and Janet Mitchell and great grandson of my gggg grandparents Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander. He is not with his parents in the 1861 census and nothing can be found for him. I assume he died in infancy but there is no death certificate for him: as civil registration had only been introduced in 1855 it could be that his registration didn’t happen, as it took some years for there to be anything approaching 100% compliance.

4 August 1863
Birth of Joseph Kean at Kilwinning, son of my gg aunt Agnes Strachan and William Kean also Cain, and grandson of my gg grandparents Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. Joseph, and two of his brothers, are a mystery as I can’t find anything for them after the 1881 census. Perhaps they migrated, but so far nothing has been found.

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