On 15 and 16 August

Two for whom I can’t go further without buying yet more credits on the ScotlandsPeople web site, which I’m avoiding doing at the moment on the grounds that I’ve already put enough into their coffers this year. Plus a Strachan daughter who ended up in Fife and a Strachan granddaughter who went Canada via England.

15 August 1849
Birth of William Hamilton at Gargieston, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, son of John Hamilton and Janet Strachan and grandson of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizabeth Nisbet. He’s with his parents and siblings at 7 Corsehill Square, Dreghorn in 1851, his father and elder brother both coal miners. In 1861 the family are at Knockentiber, near Crosshouse and Kilmaurs, to the west of Kilmarnock, and William age 11 is still at school. His father died in 1869 and in 1871 William age 22 and a coal miner is at 66 Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock, his mother Janet a spirit dealer. Nothing further for him without spending money with ScotlandsPeople.

16 August 1860
Birth of Janet Jack Gilmour Strachan at Riccarton, daughter of Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan. She is with her parents and siblings at Comet Pit House in Riccarton in 1861, her father a coal miner, in 1871 with them at 21 Boyd Street, Galston and at Goatfoot Row, Galston in 1881 when Janet age 20 is working as a house maid. She married coal miner Robert Muirhead in 1882 at Galston and they had 13 children. In 1891 they are at Kirkconnel, Dumfriesshire, and in 1901 at 51 Skares Row, Old Cumnock. Janet Jack G. Muirhead ms Strachan died in 1929 at the age of 69 at Saline, Fife.

16 August 1862
Birth of Elizabeth Muir at Tarbolton, Ayrshire, daughter of John Muir and Mary Holland. Her parents were cousins and were both grandchildren of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan. Elizabeth’s father was a coal miner and the family is in Northumberland in 1871 and in Arlecdon, Cumberland in 1881, although in 1881 Elizabeth was a domestic servant for John Howatson, a minister in Berwickshire. In 1886 the family migrated to Canada, and with them was Joseph Thompson. Elizabeth Muir and Joseph Thompson were married in Ottawa in October 1886 but I haven’t yet found them in the Canada census.

15 August 1867
Birth of Barbara Magdalene Cowie at Savoch, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Cowie and Elizabeth Cheyne and daughter of my half gggg aunt Barbara McWilliam and her husband William Cowie. She is with her parents and siblings at Littlemill Cottar’s House, Ellon in 1871, age 3, and at Cairnhill Cottar House, Ellon in 1881, age 13 and at school. In 1891 she is, I think, the Barbara Cowie who is a domestic servant to farmer George Bruce and his family at Heatherwick, Keithhall. Again, nothing further known without using ScotlandsPeople.

One response to “On 15 and 16 August

  1. Greetings, I was given in memory of William Hamilton, Born August 15, 1849, died in Midland, Maryland-(USA) on November 13, 1889 Aged 40 years, 2 months, 28 days. He was a member of the Rising Sun Lodge #86
    of the Knights Of Pythais. Interment in Old Lonaconing Cementery-(?)
    My name is John Hamilton Owens, my father was John Charles Owens Jr
    my grandfather was John Charles Owens Sr. I was told that my grandfather Owens was a coal miner and a teacher and was from Clearfield Co. Pennsylvania. I have about 3 pages of info on the Owens clan and also a song
    named Battle Hymn of the Owens. It was extracted from the Owen Family Records. I would be glad to mail this information to you, I don’t know if you can glean any useful infomation. I have no other information on William Hamilton. I was told that my middle name was a family name. (?) I am registered with facebook under my name and email.
    It was nice talking with you, it is 11pm 9/2 2017

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