On 26 August

Two days worth to catch up on tonight. On the 26th, an Anderson and a Logan from Aberdeenshire who seem to have died in childhood, Hay , Fraser and McWilliam ancestors who can’t be found in the records, and a Fraser descendent who migrated to Vancouver, as did three of her siblings.

26 August 1747
Baptism of my gggggg aunt Margaret Alexander at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Alexander and Ann Strachan. Her descendants include Helen Alexander who married Peter Watt and, eventually, my great grandmother Helen Hay, mother of my grandfather James Fraser. Nothing else can be found for her. However, someone with a tree on Ancestry has researched this Alexander family and looked at a will left by Ann Alexander nee Strachan in 1779, which makes it clear that only 5 of her children were still alive at that time and that did not include Margaret.

26 August 1795
Baptism of my gggg aunt Margaret Hay at Tarves, Aberdeenshire, aunt of the George Hay who was the father of my illegitimate great grandmother Helen Hay. Unfortunately she’s yet another for whom nothing can be found: the marriage records for Tarves have not survived for the years 1801 to 1849, which doesn’t help. Looking for a Margaret in the census born 1795 at Tarves produces too many results and it’s impossible to know whether any of them could be her.

26 August 1804
Birth of George Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of Andrew Fraser and Jean Walker and grandson of Donald Fraser and Margaret Sharp. His uncle William Fraser was, I strongly suspect, the father of my illegitimate ggg grandfather William Fraser. Can’t find anything in the records that looks right, so have no idea what became of him.

26 August 1848
Birth of David McWilliam at Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, son of my half gggg uncle David McWilliam and Elizabeth Ewan. His father was a sawyer and the family lived at Princess Street, Peterhead, and David is with them in 1851 and 1861. Nothing found after that,

26 August 1862
Birth of Isabella Logan at Cruden, daughter of my ggg uncle John Logan and Jane Marr. She is with her parents and siblings in 1871 at Moortack, Cruden, her father a farmer of 6 acres, but she died in 1877 at the age of 15.

26 August 1885
Birth of Lucy Ann Milne at Hatton, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of Alexander Milne and Elizabeth Thomson and granddaughter of my ggg aunt Janet Fraser (aka Jessie) and William Milne. She is at Hatton with her parents and siblings in 1891, her father a blacksmith, and the family is at 1 Main Road, Cruden in 1901 with Lucy, age 15, working as a domestic servant. She went to Canada, though I cannot find her on a passenger list, but in 1914 she married Alexander Stewart Simpson in Victoria, British Columbia. Her was from Aberdeenshire too. Lucy Ann Milne died in 1955 age 69, her death registered at Vancouver. Her brother Frederick Milne, her sister Laura Elizabeth Milne and her sister Margaret Milne all migrated to Vancouver.

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