4 and 5 September

Nothing happened on 4 September but on 5 September a Strachan gggg uncle was born, and also born were a Strachan descendant who became a colliery clerk and a Green descendent who I know very little about. It is usually easier to find things out about people who lived 100 or more years ago that it is to research more recent relatives, due to the 100 year rule for the release of UK census data.

5 September 1781
Birth of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan at Irvine, son of Thomas Strachan and Susannah Alexander. He would have been about 4 years old when Thomas moved his family to Gorbals, but Robert had returned to Ayrshire by 1803, for in that year he married Jean Kelly at Riccarton. They then had 9 children all born and baptised in Riccarton. By the time of the 1841 census, however, Robert and wife Jean were living in Perceton Cottages, Dreghorn (see http://wp.me/s34D39-79) and had, as neighbours, their married sons Andrew and John, and their nephew Samuel Strachan, so were surrounded by grandchildren. With them was: granddaughter Mary Paton, child of their daughter Elizabeth; Janet Wallace age 15 domestic servant, who I suspect was Robert’s brother John’s stepdaughter; and 15 year old coal miner Robert McIntire who was probably a lodger. Robert’s wife Jean Kelly died in about 1843 and at some time around then Robert moved to Gargieston, on the edge of Kilmarnock. In July 1846 he married Jean Muir and the OPR record of their marriage says Robert was of near Gargieston and Jean was of Kilmarnock. They can be found at the village of Gatehead, Kilmaurs parish, in 1851 and at 69 years of age Robert is still working as a coal miner. He died in 1857 at Sandbed Street, Kilmarnock at 76 years old, of “age and infirmity”.

5 September 1872
Birth of David Findlay at Loudon, Ayrshire, son of Hugh Findlay and Margaret Miller and great grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. His father was a coal miner, but by 1881 had moved to Sandgate Street in Monkton & Prestwick parish, and become a grocer. By 1891 David had become a colliery clerk and was working in Kirklintoch, Dumbartonshire and lodging with a mining family. He married Margaret Young in Kilmarnock in 1899, and in 1901 they are living at the Old Schoolhouse at Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, with a baby son named Hugh. I haven’t researched him any further than that as it’s difficult to tell from the index which death could be his – David Findlay is a common name.

5 September 1926
Birth of Doreen Rennison at Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of Ann Eliza Athorn and Herbert Rennison, and granddaughter of my gg aunt Hester Green and John Amberson Athorn. All I know about Doreen is that she seems to have married Kenneth Kendrick in 1952 and died in Barnsley in 1993.

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