On 5 August

There’s a birthday in a blog follower’s family today. Plus an Ayrshire ancestor proved difficult to trace but was eventually found in Boston, though her migration doesn’t appear to have to been a happy one. Another Ayrshire ancestor hasn’t yet been researched but is in the records somewhere (it doesn’t help when someone has a common name).

5 August 1829
Birth of Elizabeth Adam at Stevenston, daughter of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow and Francis Adam, a coal miner. She is probably one of the 8 in the household of Francis Adam in 1836 at Townhead, Stevenston. In 1841 she’s not with her parents and I suspect she’s the Elizabeth Adam age 12 in Stevenston who’s with a Margaret Adam age 58 (not her mother and possibly a relation of her father) and a lodger: Elizabeth was probably a young domestic servant. In 1851 she’s back with her parents at Townhead Steet and earning her keep by hand sewing muslin. She married John Godfray or Godfrey, a bottomer at a coal mine, in Stevenston in January 1856 and they had two children baptised in Stevenston, Mary in 1857 and Helen in 1859. They then disappeared from the records so my thoughts turned to migration and, after a lot of searching, I found then in Boston: they must have gone there in about 1860. However, they did not have the best of lives over there as during the 1860s they lost several babies at a few days old, most due to jaundice. There was a stillborn baby in 1863, an unnamed male baby in 1865 who died at 4 days old, Robert F Godfrey born in 1866 who died at 5 days old, John F Godfrey born in 1868 who died at 4 days old and Joseph Godfrey born 1869 who died aged 4 days old. Only one child born in Boston, a daughter, survived. Apart from the first stillbirth all the births and death took place at Second Street, Boston. In July 1870 Elizabeth gave birth to Robert Godfrey and the family are in the July 1870 US Census: John Godfrey age 40 is a labourer born Ireland, Betsey Godfrey age 40 born Scotland is keeping house, and they have children Mary and Ellen born Scotland and Eliza and Robert born Massachusetts. Baby Robert, however, died a few days later age 13 days of debility. Then in 1871 Elizabeth’s husband John Godfrey died. The 1880 census has Elizabeth at Atlanta Street, Boston with daughters Mary 23 working at a printers, Ellen age 20 working at a tailors, and Eliza age 18 also working at a printers. Elizabeth saw the marriages of her daughters Mary and Eliza in 1883, but then died in 1885 of peritonitis. She was 55 and died at 13 Tuckerman Street, Boston: her death registration gives her parents as Francis and Margaret. Her daughter Helen married a farmer the following year.

5 August 1878
Birth of Agnes Findlay at Riccarton, daughter of James Findlay and Mary Findlay, and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Her parents were surely related to each other but I haven’t yet researched how. Agnes seems to have been born and lived at Cadger’s Road, Hurlford, as that is where she is in 1881 and 1891 with her parents and siblings. Her father died some time before 1901, and in that year Agnes, age 22 and a dressmaker, is at Cadger’s Road with her widowed mother and a brother and a sister. There are several marriages of an Agnes Findlay in the 1900s and I haven’t looked at the marriage certificates so I’m not sure if any of them are the right Agnes.

5 August 1975
The daughter of a Fraser relation and blog follower Morag was born in Sussex. She’s now a doctor. Happy birthday!

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