11 and 12 September

A combination of a busy week and an internet connection that went on go slow for a couple of days, but has now righted itself, has put me behind with my blog. Today’s catch up has two Aberdeenshire Logans, a Fraser and a McCracken who belongs to the Strachan tree.

12 September 1842
Birth of my ggg aunt Elizabeth Logan at Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, daughter of John logan and Isabella Booth. She is not with her widowed mother or siblings in 1851 and nothing else can be found for her, so it looks as if she died in infancy.

12 September 1855
Birth of James Marr Logan at Slains, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle John Logan and Jane Marr. With his parents and siblings in 1861 at Auchleuchries, Cruden age 5, then went out to work of a farm servant as in 1871, age 15, he’s at Burnend, Old Deer. Can’t find in 1881 but in 1844 he married Georgina Farquahar at Dundee: no idea what took him there but the witnesses were John Logan and Jane D Logan. Jane must be his sister Jane Davidson Logan and John could be his brother. Intriguingly, the maiden name of Georgina’s mother was Logan so it’s possible there was a connection. In 1891, however. he had was back in Aberdeenshire living in Ellon and working as a boot finisher, and he and Georgina has two children both born in Dundee. His wife died and he then married widow Jane Kelly also Smith in 1895. They are at Forbes Cottages, Ellon in 1901, James and shoemaker and with 2 more children. John Logan died in 1924 age 70 in Aberdeen.

11 September 1859
Birth of William Magnus Fraser at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of Robert Fraser and Christian Ogston. William was therefore born at the next door croft to where my ggg grandfather William Fraser was living, and was also a distant relative, as his great grandfather and my gggg grandfather were brothers. William Magnus Fraser was out working as a farm servant at a young age, as in 1871 when 11 years old he’s at a farm in Cruden parish and not with his parents. He is with his parents and siblings, though, in 1881 age 21, an unemployed farm servant. He married Ann Pirie McKenzie in Aberdeen in 1883, and in 1891 they at Jute Street, Aberdeen, William working as railway porter and with 3 children. Wife Ann died and William married widow Margaret Scott in 1898. In 1891 they are at Park Place, Aberdeen with 3 of William’s children with Ann, 4 of Margaret’s children, and 2 young children born since their marriage. William is working as a harbour meter inspector.

11 September 1868
Birth of John McCracken at Stranraer, Wigtownshire, son of Archibald McCracken and Elizabeth Marshall and grandson of my ggg uncle Alexander Marshall and Christina Wallace. John was at Fisher Street, Stanraer in 1871 where his father was a tailor with his grandfather, who was a saddler, living close by, and is with his parents and siblings in Fisher Street in 1881. Then he is not to be found in any ensuing census, and the first place to look when that’s the case is for a death. Sure enough, there’s a death in Stranraer for John McCracken age 19, which I’m pretty sure is him.

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