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.