On 25 August

A busy day today in ancestor land. A Strachan girl disappears from the records, a Haddow ancestor dies when crushed by a wagon at a coal mine, another Strachan girl marries an engine fitter then is widowed with young children, a Green descendent becomes a gardener and then a park superintendent, another Haddow ancestor died when only 4 years old, and a Fraser cattleman migrated to Canada twice.

25 August 1829
Birth of Agnes Strachan at Dundonald, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle John Strachan and Jean Neilson. Her grandparents were John Strachan and Agnes Neilson so I suspect her mother and paternal grandmother were related, but have yet to find out how. She’s proved a difficult one to research. Her father must have died between 1833 and 1841, and her youngest sibling John was born in 1833 at Dundonald, but in 1841 she’s at Strathbungo, Govan (now Glasgow) with her mother and siblings: the Strachans are lodging with Robert and Isabella Baker and Agnes’s mother is working as an ag lab. In 1851 they are at Campbell’s Lane, Strathbungo and Agnes, age 19, is a steam loom weaver. I then cannot find her with any certainty in the records, and cannot find a death certificate on ScotlandsPeople. It’s possible she died between 1851 and 1854.

25 August 1876 (born 1844)
On 25 August 1876, my gg uncle Hugh Richmond Haddow died at the age of 31: a few days previously he’d been crushed beneath the wheels of a loaded wagon at a railway junction serving a coal mine near to Kilwinning. He died at Kenneth’s Row. He was born in 1844, though there’s no baptism record, son and youngest child of John Haddow and Amelia Murphy and sister of my great grandmother Jeanie Haddow who married Joseph Strachan. He is at Kenneth’s Row, Kilwinning in 1851 with his parents and siblings in 1851 and again in 1861, by which time he was 14 and a coal miner. In 1871 he’s with his widowed mother Amelia at Lamont’s Road, Kilwinning. In November 1871 be married Marion McKay at Burnside Cottage, Kilwinning, and they had 5 children, the eldest 2 having been born illegitimate. When Hugh died as a result of the accident, Marion was left with 4 young children, a daughter having died in infancy. They all went to live with Marion’s mother who lived at Burnside Cottage on Fergushill Road, Kilwinning, and Marion lived there for the rest of her life.

25 August 1866
Birth of Janet Strachan, also known as Jessie, at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire, daughter of Samuel Strachan and Janet Mitchell and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. She’s with her parents at Chemical Row, Stevenston in 1871, her father a collier. She’s not with her parents in 1881 and I can’t find her elsewhere, but on 3 April 1891 she married Hugh Ingram, an engine fitter, at Saltcoats Town Hall. They are in the 1891 census, taken just after they were married, at 8 East Shaw Street, Kilmarnock, Hugh a railway engine fitter. They had 3 children, then Hugh Ingram died in 1900 of cerebral meningitis at 1 Burnside Street, Kilmarnock. Widow Jessie Ingram is at 1 Burnside Street in the 1901 census, living on her own means, with her 3 children and a boarder.

25 August 1867
Baptism of Thomas Arthur Wilson at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of Joseph Wilson and my ggg aunt Mary Green and grandson of William Green and Sarah Firth. In 1871 he’s with his parents and siblings at Stanley Hall Cottage, near Wakefield, where his father is a gardener. In 1881 he’s with with his grandmother Nancy Wilson at Stanley Green and his parents are the gardener and hall keeper at Stanley Hall. He became a gardener like his father, and in 1888 married Elizabeth Florence Vickers at Gawthorpe. By 1891 they had moved to Leeds and were living on Leeds and Bradford Road, Bramley, which is very close to where my great grandfather, Thomas’s cousin, went to live in around 1900. Whether they were in contact with each other is not known and is doubtful, as Thomas had moved to Bingley by 1901 and was living at Priesthorpe Lodge working as a gardener. They were then on the move again, as in 1911 Thomas is the superintendent of Queen’s park, Castleford and living in the cottage there. Thomas and his wife Elizabeth had 2 children, and Thomas died there in 1919. He left a will: probate was granted to his wife and his estate was worth £99 2s 2d.

25 August 1868
Birth of Colin Shearer Haddow at Kilwinning, son of my gg uncle Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr Richmond. A previous child born to Colin and Ann in 1866 had been called Colin but had died in 1867. Colin born 1868 is with his parents and sibllings at Lylestone Row, Kilwinning in 171, his father a coal miner, but he died in 1873 age 4.

25 August 1886
Birth of my half gg uncle Thomas Fraser at Hardslacks, Cruden (which is probably Mosside Croft), son of Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. He is at Mosside in 1891 with his parents and siblings, but by 1901 is a farm servant, working as a cattleman at Maw, Ellon for farmer Peter Craib: his sister Isabella is also there working as a cook. According to the 1920 passenger list when he arrived in Canada, he had previously lived in Canada from 1908 at Selkirk, Manitoba but left in October 1914 to join the British Forces. I can’t find a WW1 record for him, however. He married Mary Anderson in 1916 at Kennethmont, Aberdeen and they had 3 children born in Scotland. Then in September 1920 he sailed for Canada, going to his brother-in-law at Middlechurch, Manitoba, and gave his nearest relative as his father-in-law Robert Anderson of Insch, Aberdeenshire. Several trees on Ancestry that seem to be fairly well researched have him with another 3 children born to Mary Anderson in Canada, then a second marriage to Lizzie Ann Gordon and another 4 children, with his death in 1974 at age 87 at Chilliwack.

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4 responses to “On 25 August

  1. Hi, do you know the parentage of Margaret Booth? I have a margaret Booth in my family tree, she was born around 1841 to Robert Booth and Elspet Sangster in Fyvie, but baptized in daviot. I lose her between 1861 and 1871, I think she got married. Thanks, Janice

    • Not the same one, I’m afraid. My Margaret Booth was the daughter of Thomas Booth and Catherine Strath, and was born in Old Deer.

      I’ve had a rummage in the census and 1871 has a Margaret Booth age 30 born Fyvie, Aberdeenshire as a domestic servant to upholsterer Walter Hagg at 30 Dundas Street, Edinburgh. There’s a Margaret Booth age 20 in the 1861 census born Daviot working as a cook at Meldrum to Jane McCrae innkeeper. I suspect they are one and the same and could be your Margaret. Nothing in 1881 so she might have got married after the 1871 census.

      Frustrating, those disappearing ancestors, aren’t they?

  2. Janice Johnston

    Hey thanks for the info, sorry I took so long to get back here, but I’m a newbie. I have traced my Booth line back to the 1696 Poll; John Booth, blacksmith at Saphock, Fyvie, where his descendants were still living until 1858. I also have a Strachen in my ancestry, Isobel Strachen is my 5g grandmother, married to my 5g grandfather William Gray, farmer at Little Pittinan, Daviot. Any connection?

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