8 September

Two female Aberdeenshire ancestors today: one was a dressmaker and knitter and never married, and the other married very young.

8 September 1793
Birth of my gggg aunt Jean or Jane Logan at Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, daughter of James Logan and Catherine Smith. She doesn’t appear to have married or had children, though may have done. In 1841 she is at Auchtilair, Old Deer living next door to her brother John and his family. Jane is described as a sewster (dressmaker) age 45 and is living on her own. By 1851 she’s moved to East Street, Stuartfield and at age 57 is a pauper formerly house servant, living on her own. She’s still at East Street in 1861 age 7, a pauper and stocking knitter, and with her is her niece Jane Loggan, her brother John’s daughter, and her niece’s 8 month old illegitimate daughter Jane Crieghton. The three of them are together and at East Street in 1871, Jane age 77 a knitter, Jane age 54 a general servant, and Jane age 10 at school. Jane Logan died at Stuartfield in 1878 at age 84 of heart disease, and her death was registered by her grand-niece Jane Creighton.

8 September 1874
Birth of Elizabeth Morgan at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Souter Morgan and Jane Aitken and sister of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. Eliza age 6 is with her parents and siblings in 1881 at Collie Hill, Cruden, and at age 16 is a housemaid for a farmer and his family at Auchenten, Cruden. She married later that year, at 16 years old, to Andrew Rennie Watson, a farm servant of Cruden. They are at Greenhill, Cruden in 1901, Andrew a ploughman and Lizzie by then the mother of 3 children. According to a tree on Ancestry, they had another 2 children and Elizabeth died in 1949 in Aberdeen Infirmary of colon cancer at age 74.

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4 responses to “8 September

  1. Hi Judy I am looking at the Logan Family Tree I copied at the Family History Shop in Aberdeen and I have your ancestor JEAN LOGAN, born 1793 at Old Dear, Cruden and died 15 January 1878, married to WILLIAM DAVIDSON on 27 June 1812. This name and date may give you a help to fill in the missing pieces. It gives his date of birth as about 1792. Let me know how you get on.

    Jean Brown in Aberdeen

    Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2013 22:28:24 +0000 To: jim_brown90@hotmail.com

  2. I’ve got a feeling that tree at the FHS in Aberdeen has an error on it. My Jean was born 1793 at Old Deer, but her death certificate (which gives the same parents’ names as the 1793 baptism) has her as single. She is Jane Logan in the census from 1841, with no sign of a husband or children.

    FamilySearch has the Jane Logan and William Davidson marriage in 1812: it took place in St Nicholas, Aberdeen and not in the Old Deer area. I can’t help wondering if whoever put that tree together has linked the Jean Logan who married William Davidson with the wrong Jean Logan.

  3. their was a jane Creighton born logan of old deer who was a school teacher in kirkhill, inverness who gave birth to a son William Creighton(Watt) in 1883, the father was a William Watt a railway fireman(later an engine driver) at the time as to them being married I never found out, she eventually married a Adam Main and lived in Fetternear her son eventually went on to be a RSM in the Gordon Highlanders during WW1 and was my father. Adam and Jane both died in the early thirties

    • Hi Daniel, and welcome to the blog. That’s fascinating about Jane Creighton. In the 1881 census she’s a school teacher unemployed, and her son William was born 1883 at Kirkhill, Inverness, so yes, she must have been up there as a teacher. I hadn’t got as far as her marriage to Adam Main, though, so that’s fantastic information so thank you.

      Interesting that William Watt was in the Gordon Highlanders in WW1: so was my grandfather James Fraser.

      Not sure quite how we’re related, but Jane Creighton’s mother Jane Logan was my half ggg aunt.

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