On 8 August

Ancestors had a busy day today. An Ayrshire Logan was born but needs more research; an Aberdeenshire Alexander lived and died in Rayne, an Aberdeenshire Logan died in his 20s, a McWilliam and Sangster descendent migrated to Iowa, USA, an Abeerdeenshire Hutcheon married a prison warden and moved to Kent, England, and a Strachan descendent from Galston needs more research.

8 August 1770
Birth of my gggg uncle William Logan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of James Logan and Sarah Weir. I’ve not been able to find anything more as he must have died before the 1841 census. There are a couple of marriages for a William Logan in Kilmarnock, and several children baptised in Kilmarnock to a father William Logan, but without delving further it’s not known which, if any, might refer to him.

8 August 1831
Birth of Helen Alexander at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle John Alexander and Janet Morrison. Helen proved easy to research as she stayed in one place and didn’t get married. In 1841 she’s with her parents and siblings at Meikle Wartle, and in 1851 is in Burnside, Daviot, a house servant on a farm. By 1861 she’s with her widowed mother at Meikle Wartle and earning a living as a washerwoman. Her mother then died and in 1871 Helen is in the village of Wartle looking after her paternal uncle William Alexander. 1881 sees her at Greeny, Rayne, housekeeper for merchant and crofter George Straiton. Then by 1891 she’s head of her own household at Kirkton of Rayne, as a former domestic servant, and with her is her sister Anne Alexander, a dressmaker. Helen is still there in 1901 on her own, earning money as a knitter. She died in 1921 at Rayne at the age of 90.

8 August 1858 (born about 1832)
William Logan, son of my ggg grandparents John Logan and Ann Simpson, was born about 1832 in Old Deer though no baptism can be found. In 1841 he’s at Auchtilair, Old Deer with his farmer father, mother and siblings. By 1851 he’s working as a labourer for farmer Cruickshank in Cruden parish. William died in 1858 at Aberdeen Infirmary of fever, at the age of 26.

8 August 1861
Birth of Catherine McWilliam at New Pitsligo, daughter of Nathaniel McWilliam and Isobel Murison and granddaughter of my gggg grandmother Janet Sangster. Her mother died at about the same time Catherine was born, and her father remarried to Mary Yule. At some stage in the 1860s the family migrated to the USA, and Catherine is with her father and stepmother in the 1870 US census at Post Township, Iowa where her father is a farm labourer. I’ve not yet found anything for Catherine after that.

8 August 1868
Baptism of Henrietta Susan Hutcheon at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and his second wife Ann McPherson. She is with her parents and siblings in Hatton, her father a tailor and letter carrier, in 1871 and again in 1881. By 1891 she is working as a domestic cook in Aberdeen. She married at Peterhead in 1897 to Owen Feeney: by 1901 they’d moved to England and were living at Sydney Road, Rochester, Kent with a daughter. Owen was born in Ireland and was working as a civil guard for the convict service. They’re still at Sydney Road in 1911 with a son, their daughter having died, and Owen is a prison warder. I haven’t traced them after that.

8 August 1891
Samuel McKelvie was born at Galston, Ayrshire, son of coal miner James Wagstaff McKelvie and Marion Strachan. He was the great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Apart from finding him in the 1901 census with his parents and siblings at Henrietta Street, Hurlford, when he was still at school, I haven’t done any further research.

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