On 14 August

Mostly ancestors going well back in time today, hence not much known about some of them. Plus a Fraser ancestor who became a trolley bus driver in New York and retired to Palm Beach.

14 August 1749
Baptism of my ggggg aunt Betty Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, father Joseph Green labourer and mother not named on the baptismal record, but I know she was Alice Rock. Tracing people that far back in time is tricky. There is a Betty Green marrying Francis Patrick in Darfield in 1790 and with children baptised in Tankersley and Treeton, but this could be the Betty Green baptised in Darfield with father William Green. There’s nothing else for a Betty Green.

14 August 1793
Birth of John Fraser at Old Machar, Aberdeenshire, son of John Fraser and Christian Sangster. I’m not sure about this but think he might have been the cousin of my ggg grandfather William Fraser, John’s father John being the brother of my illegitimate gg grandfather’s father William Fraser. John Fraser born in 1793 was an agricultural labourer, married Ann Reid, and had children baptised in Belhelvie, St Fergus and Cruden. In 1841 he and his wife, with 2 sons, were at Broadmuir, Cruden, and John and Ann are also there on their own in 1851. By 1861 they were living in Hatton with a daughter and a grandchild. John Fraser died in 1870 at age 78.

14 August 1796
Birth of ggg uncle Robert Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of my ggg grandparents Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. I suspect he died young as the local minister did a census of Stevenston in 1819, 1822 and 1836 and he’s not on any of them, nor is he in the 1841 or 1851 census. There’s no record of a marriage in Ayrshire that might be him either.

14 August 1814
Baptism of my gggg aunt Hester Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Green bleacher and mother not named. Hester’s baptism record has her name written as Easter. Her mother was Ann Cox. Nothing else has been found for her so she may have died in childhood.

14 August 1900
Birth of James Alexander Fraser at Ellon, Aberdeenshire son of my half gg uncle James Fraser and Isabella Rennie. James, or Jimmy as he was known, is with his parents in 1901 at Ellon, his father a farm servant, and still with them in 1911 at Rosebank, Hatton, his father now a roadman for the County Council. In about 1920 he married Margaret Greig though I haven’t found the marriage certificate for them. Then in May 1925 James sailed from Liverpool to the USA: his passenger list says he was a hotel porter going to his friend Alexander Lawson at Windsor Locks, Connecticut and his wife was living at 33 Jasmine Terrace, Aberdeen. Interestingly, James’s sister Jessie gave her address as 33 Jasmine Street, Aberdeen when she married in 1922. James’s wife Margaret and their daughter Winifred followed in October 1926, going to Hartford, Connecticut to join James. The family are at Broad Street, Hartford, Connecticut in 1930 and James is a conductor for a trolley company: as well as daughter Winifred they have with them a lodger, 73 year old Alfred Johnson. In 1940 they’ve at Edison Avenue, Bronx, New York, have had had two sons, and James is a motorman for a street railway. I suspect wife Margaret died in the early to mid 1940s. In November 1948 James Alexander Fraser of 1090 Lydig Avenue, Bronx flew from Prestwick to New York, so he must have been home for a holiday. While there he met up with his cousin Meg McKinnon nee Downie who had also been widowed. She sailed to New York in October 1949, destination 1090 Lydig Avenue, Bronx and they married shortly afterwards. Jimmy and Meg, as they were known, retired to Palm Beach, Florida where they were neighbours of my great uncle Arthur Morgan Fraser, who had also lived in New York. James Alexander Fraser died on 5 September 1876 at Palm Beach, last address Boynton Beach.

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