On 24 August

Today: a Haddow who died in infancy, a Watt ag lab who lived at Cowstones, yet another Robert Strachan who was, of course, an Ayrshire coal miner, a Green descendant born in London who was a telegraph operator for the Post Office, and a Fraser who migrated to New Plymouth in New Zealand. A large family tree provides a very mixed bag of people!

24 August 1788
Birth of Katharine Haddow at Stevenston, my ggg aunt and daughter of Robert Haddow and Margaret Hunter. She must have died in infancy as the next daughter of Robert and Margaret was also named Katharine.

24 August 1815
Birth of my gggg uncle John Watt at Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire, son of Peter Watt and Helen Alexander. In 1841 I suspect he’s the John Watt age 25 who’s a farm servant at a farm near Inverurie. John married Mary Mearns in 1842 at Keithhall, and they settled at Glasgoego, Kinnellar, which is south of Kintore, as all their children were born in Kinellar. They are there in 1851, John a labourer, with 4 children and John’s brother William Watt, and are there in 1861 with 5 children, the eldest 2 no longer living at home. Their youngest child was born soon after and they are still at Kinellar, but at a different address, in 1871, John an ag lab farm servant and with 3 children at home. They then moved a bit further north to Hatton of Fintray, an in 1881 are there, John an ag lab, with 2 adult children. In 1891 the are at Cowstones, which is just outside Hatton of Fintry: at 75 John is working as a general labourer and they have 3 unmarried adult children with them. John Watt died at Cowstones in 1900 at the age of 85, and his widow and 3 unmarried children continued to live at Cowstones. John’s eldest son Peter migrated to the USA.

24 August 1855 (born about 1834)
Robert Strachan (yet another one) was born in about 1834 at Kilmarnock, Aryshire, son of Andrew Strachan and Elizabeth Howat and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Her’s at Perceton Cottages, Dreghorn in 1841 with his parents and siblings: that row of miner’s cottages was the home of several members of his extended family and still exists – see blog post http://wp.me/s34D39-79 Robert’s mother Elizabeth died in about 1845 and in 1847 his father married Margaret Todd, but she also died in around 1850. In 1851 Robert age 17 and a coal miner is at 4 Macreadie’s Land, Dreghorn with his father and 7 siblings, plus servant Elizabeth Strachan, who was his cousin. Robert Strachan married Ann Bain on 24 August 1855 at Dreghorn, and they were in Dreghorn with 3 children in 1861. Robert’s father Andrew died in 1864 and Robert was the informant. He had moved to 22 Auchenharvie Row, Saltcoats by 1871 and he and Ann had 6 children with them, and are still there is 1881 with 5 children: they had 9 children altgoether. Robert Strachan died at Auchenharvie Row in May 1882 at age 49 of asthmatic bronchitis.

24 August 1879
Baptism of Sydney Richard Green at Marylebone, London, son of George Edwin Green and Sarah Maria Sampson and grandson of my gggg uncle Samuel Green and Mary. Sydney is with is parents at age 1, in 1881, at D Street, Chelsea and in 1891 at Albert Street, Chelsea at age 11. His mother Sarah died in 1891 and in 1894 his father married Emma Arno. In 1901 Sydney is with his father, stepmother and 2 sisters at 48 Albert Street, Chelsea, and is working as a telegraphist as the Post Office. In 1906 he married Eleanor Mabel Can at Rochford, Essex and he and his wife, with a young son, are at Minard Road, Hither Green, Lewisham in 1911, Sydney still working as a telegraph operator for the Post Office. At some stage he and his wife moved to Surrey, as his wife died in 1953 at Brockham, Surrey, leaving a will bequeathing her effects to her husband Sydney, a retired post office official. Sydney died the following year at Dorking Hospital, with probate granted to his solicitor.

24 August 1901
Birth of my great aunt Helen Fraser at Milton of Brogan, Slains, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Fraser and his first wife Helen Hay and sister of my grandfather James Fraser. Her mother died at Slains 1903, where her father had been a cattleman on a farm, and the family then moved to Hatton, close to the family croft at Mosside. Her father married Helen Ann Morgan in 1907. In 1911 the family are of Hatton Lodge, her father a farm cattleman, and Helen is age 10 and at school. In about 1912 the family then moved to Mosside, to take over the family croft. Helen Fraser married farmer’s son Alexander (Sandy) Strachan (no relation to my Ayrshire Strachan ancestors) at the Station Hotel, Hatton on 19 June 1920. Helen gives her occupation as domestic servant on her marriage certificate. Helen and Sandy had two children born at Ellon, and then in 1928 they migrated to New Zealand, sailing on 8 June from Southampton on the ship Rotarua. Helen’s older brother Richard had already gone to New Zealand and had settled at New Plymouth. The New Zealand electoral rolls show Alexander and Helen living in Kaipikari Road, Urenui in the 1930s, Alexander a farmer and nurseryman, and then in the 1940s at Mill Road, New Plymouth and, after Alexander’s retirement, at Tukapa Street and the Shortland Street, New Plymouth. Helen is a widow in the 1972 roll, and died in about 1980.

3 responses to “On 24 August

  1. Judy, thank you so much for compiling this incredible resource. Your gggg uncle John watt (m. to Margaret Mearns) is my ggg grandfather (I am directly descended from John and Mary’s son William, who was my gg grandfather). Your research enabled me to compile quite a bit of history on that side, including the Alexander and Mearns lines that run through that particular branch of the family. As I take it you are related to the Strachan side, then it is the case that Ann Alexander (nee Strachan) was my gggggg grandmother. Learning all of this for the very first time!

  2. Judy, the Peter Watt that immigrated to the US is my Great Grandfather. I am the son of Gary, who is the son of Donald, who is the son of Peter.

  3. Judy, this has been a great help. My GF was born at 3 Cowans Row, Crookedholm. We’re planning a trip to the old country this coming November, and will be trying to track down some of the addresses. Your map research is excellent. Unfortunate that the original Cowans Row has been demo’d and replaced, but we have earlier addresses to hunt down as well.

    Thank you for this.

    Was the mine a refractory clay pit, or coal, or both?

    Family name is Alexander, by the way. GF was David, left for the US (from Kilmarnock) before WWII. My mom has done much more Alexander research- will send her a link to your site.

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