On 22 August

Today is a popular date, as two of the many Robert Strachans on my tree make an appearance: one is my gg grandfather and the other is his son, and they were both married on 22 August (birth dates unknown). As well, gggg uncle Strachan, Green twins in Yorkshire and a Haddow daughter were also born.

22 August 1795
Birth of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, son of Thomas Strachan and Susan Alexander. ALong with his brothers, and possibly his parents, he was back in Ayrshire by the early 1800s and in May 1820 married Ann Miller: Samuel was of Riccarton Parish and Ann Miller was of Low Church Parish of Kilmarnock. At some stage during the early 1830s they went to Nova Scotia, probably to the coal mines at Pictou, but didn’t stay there long as only one of their children was born there. In 1841 Samuel, Anne and 6 children were at Cambuskeith, Kilmarnock (just to the west of Kilmarnock town) and Samuel is a coal miner. They’d moved a bit further west by 1851 as they in the village of Crosshouse, which is near Kilmaurs, and have 2 sons still at home, both coal miners. In 1861 they are at 4 New Row, Crosshouse with just 1 son still at home. Samuel Strachan died in 1866 at Crosshouse of miners’ asthma at the age of 72.

22 August 1828 (born about 1808)
My gg grandfather Robert Strachan was born in about 1808, son of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. In the census he says he was born at Riccarton, which is where he grew up, but the sibling born before his was baptised at Kilsyth, Stirlingshire and the one after him at Coatbridge, Lanrkshire, so I’m not sure where Robert might have been born. There is no baptism record to be found for him. A detailed account of his life and times is on this blog at http://wp.me/P34D39-8y so here I’ll just say he was a coal miner, was married twice to Margaret Haggerty and then Susan Cran, had 15 children, and lived at Shewalton Colliery and then Kilwinning, where he died in 1877 at the age of 69 or thereabouts.

22 August 1858
Baptism of Joseph Green at Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Green and his wife Mary Ann, twin of Mary Green, and grandson of my gggg uncle Joseph Green and Mary White. Joseph’s birth and his death soon after baptism don’t seem to have been registered.

22 August 1858
Baptism of Mary Green at Barnsley, Yorkshire, twin of Joseph above. Mary is with her parents in 1861 at Pitt Street, Barnsley, her father a green grocer. In 1871 the family is still at Pitt Street, father running a fruit warehouse. Mary at age 22, in 1881, is with her parents at Blucher Street, Barnsley, working as a greengrocer’s assistant – probably for her father. In 1889 she married George Henry Denton, a widower considerably older than her, but the marriage was short-lived as he died towards the end 1890. George Henry Denton had been living at 12 Racecommon Road, Barnsley in 1881 and Mary is at that address in 1891, a widow and a stallholder in the market. With her are two adopted daughters, Ada and Emma Ward, who were from Worsbrough and whose mother had died. What happened to Mary after 1891 is a mystery: despite a thorough search I can’t a subsequent marriage or death, not can I find her in the census. Ada and Emma both married.

22 August 1873 (born 1852)
Robert Strachan was born in Kilwinning, Ayrshire. son of my gg grandfather Robert Strachan and his second wife Susan Cran, making him my half gg uncle. At age he’s in the 1861 census at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning with his parents, 7 siblings and a niece, and he’s still with them at Kenneth’s Row in 1871 and by then is a coal miner. His father died in 1977 and Robert was the informant. On 22 August 1873 he married Margaret Brown, a dressmaker, at Eginlinton Ironworks, Kilwinning. They are at Single Row, Kilwinning in 1881 with 2 daughters, and Robert is a labourer at the iron works. By 1891 he’s a surfaceman, they are at Front Row, Kilwinning, and have had 5 children. 1901 sees them at Fergushill, Kilwinning and Robert is a coal miner brusher, which means his job was to maintain underground passageways by removing loose rock from the roof or lowering the track by clearing away clay and earth. They have 5 children at home: the eldest 2 girls are working as wool spinners and a son is an apprentice iron moulder. Robert’s wife Margaret died in 1904. Robert died in 1940 at Stevenston at the age of 88.

22 August 1868
Amelia Murphy Haddow was born at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, illegitimate daughter of Hugh Haddow and Marion Mackay. Her parents didn’t marry until November 1871 but Amelia didn’t live to see her parents married as she died at Lamont’s Row, Kilwinning in March 1871 of fever.

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