On 20 August

Today a sad death in the poor house, an death at age 36, a migrationto Lowell, Massachusetts, an Aberdeenshire farmer and a probable death in childhood.

20 August 1816
Birth of Helen Strachan at Riccarton, daughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Helen is in the 1841 census at Croftfoot, Kilmarnock with her parents and siblings, her father a coal miner, and two 14 years old boy lodgers, both coal miners. In September 1846 Helen married William Gibson at Kilmarnock and although I haven’t found them in the 1851 census, they are in Galston Road, Riccarton in 1861 with 4 children, the eldest 2 boys aged 14 and 11 both coal miners. In 1871 Helen, a widow, is at Orchard Street, Galston with two sons, the youngest an apprentice joiner. In 1881 however, Helen Strachan Gibson is an inmate of the Cunningham Combination Poor House at Irvine, and she died there in 1898: her death certificate describes her as a lunatic, which must be why she had been admitted to the asylum section of the poor house. A sad ending.

20 August 1818
Birth of my ggg uncle Munro Strachan at Riccarton, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. In 1839 he married Janet Jamieson, whose sister Margaret married Munro’s brother Samuel. In the 1841 census Munro, a coal miner, is at Shewalton Colliery, Dundonald, with his wife and a baby daughter, and they are living one door down from his brother Samuel. They had moved to MacReadie’s Land, Dreghorn by 1851 but Munro, age 32, is a pauper formerly a coal miner, and he and his wife Janet have 3 children. Munro died in 1854 and was buried at Dreghorn, according to another researcher, and would have been only 36. His widow remarried.

20 August 1847 (born about 1824)
Jane Logan was born about 1824, in either Kilmarnock, daughter of my gggg uncle Adam Logan and Margaret Duncan. Adam Logan left his wife and children, and in 1841 his wife Margaret is at Grahamstown, Neilston, with daughters Jane and Ann and a lodger. Jane married John Cochrane at Neilston in 1847 and they are in the 1851 census at Paisley Road, Cross Arthurlie, Neilston: John is an agricultural labourer and they have 2 children plus 2 lodgers. The family migrated to the USA in about 1857. They are in the USA 1880 census at Lowell, Massachusetts, John Cochrane suffering from bronchtitis and not in work, with 4 children working, 1 at school, and a grandson at school, and in the 1900 census at Agawam Street, Lowell, John Cochrane a dyer and with an adult son still living with them. The census states they had 10 children, 6 still living. Widow Jeanie Cochrane is in Agawam Street in 1910 with her married daughter Isabella. Jane or Jeanie Cochrane nee Logan died at Agawam Street in October 1911 from cerebral haemorrage, informant Adam Cochrane.

20 August 1845
James Willox born at Lonmay, son of William Willox and my gggg aunt Anne Hutcheon. James is with his parents and siblings at Lonmay in 1851, his father a farmer of 18 acres, and is still with them in 1861 working as farm servant. His father died in the 1860s and James took over the farm and expanded it. In February 1871 he married Christina Henderson at Rathen, and they are at Schoolhill, Lonmay in the 1871 census, James a farmer of 32 acres and with his mother Ann Willox living with them. They are there in 1881 and by then James and Christina have 4 children and a female servant: his mother Ann is with them still and she died there in February 1891. James and his wife Christina are at Schoolhill in the 1891 and 1901 census, and had 7 children.

20 August 1846
Birth of John McWilliam at Peterhead, son of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan and therefore nephew of my ggg grandfather William Fraser. Nothing else found so it looks as though he died in early childhood.

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