17 September

Quite a few today. From Ayrshire there’s an Adam who seems to have died very young, a Strachan coal miner who died in his 30s, a Strachan coal miner who lived till age 87 despite being a coal miner from a young age, and a Haddow descendent who was a book folder in Glasgow. And from Aberdeenshire there’s a female Fraser who has followed her family’s tradition by having illegitimate children.

17 September 1809
Birth of Jean Adam at Stevenston, son of my ggg aunt Margaret Haddow and Francis Adam and niece of my gg grandfather John Haddow and Amelia Murphie. Francis Adam collier and Margaret Haddow are in the 1819 church census for Stevenston living at Townhead with 4 children but no daughter Jean who would have been 10, so it looks as if she died before 1819.

17 September 1823
Birth of Thomas Strachan at Riccarton, son of my gggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Ann Miller. In 1841 coal miner Thomas is with his parents and siblings at Cambuskeith, which was near Annandale just to the west of Kilmarnock. He married Elizabeth Boyd in 1846 at Kilmarnock and in 1851 they at Thomson Street, Kilmarnock with 2 children. Thomas died before 1855 and his widow remarried in 1858. His son Thomas seems to have died before 1855 too but in 1861 his daughter Agnes is living with an aunt and uncle in Lanarkshire.

17 September 1823
Baptism of Christian Fraser at St Fergus, Banffshire, daughter of John Fraser and Ann Reid and granddaughter of my suspected ggggg uncle John Fraser who married Christian Sangster. Christian worked as a farm domestic servant and is at Slains in 1841 and Cruden in 1851. In 1857 Christian gave birth to an illegitimate daughter baptised Ann Sim Fraser, and she is with her parents and daughter at Hatton village in 1861. Later that year Christian gave birth to another illegitimate daughter baptised Elizabeth Thomson Fraser. In 1871 Christian is at the cottage in Hatton, which she possibly took over when her parents died, with her too daughters who are at school: she is working as a domestic servant. In 1881 she is still in Hatton earning her keep as a washerwoman and with one of her daughters and a grandson. The grandson is till with in 1891 at Hatton. I suspect she is the Christina Fraser who died in 1901 age 74 at St Nicholas, Aberdeen, as her grandson is in the 1901 census at St Nicholas.

17 September 1869
Birth of Alexander Gilmour Strachan at Loudon, Ayrshire, son of Robert Strachan and Janet Ross Gilmour and grandson of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He was second youngest out of 13 children. At age 1 in 1871 he is with his parents, siblings 2 nephews at Boyd Street, Galston: his father was a coal miner and his mother was possibly related to Allan Gilmour, coal mine owner who part owned the Boyd Gilmour mine at Galston and other mines in Hurlford and Kilmarnock. The family is at Goatfoot Row, Galston in 1881 and 1891, and Alexander became a coal miner. In July 1891 he married Alice Craig at Galston, and in 1901 they at Loudon Rows, Loudon but had obviously moved about as their 3 children were born in Galston, Dalmellington and Dumfriesshire. Alexander Gilmour Strachan died in 1956 age 87.

17 September 1871
Birth of Christina Gray at Govan, Lanarkshire, daughter of James Gray and my gg aunt Flora Haddow and niece of my great grandmother Jean Haddow and Joseph Strachan. Her mother Flora died in 1880 at Govan and in 1881 Christina, age 9 and at school, is in Gasgow City with her father, a carter foreman, her younger brother James and a boarder. Her father remarried and in 1891 the family are at Blythswood, Glasgow with another child and a boarder; Christina, age 20, is working as a book folder and her brother is a stableman. They are all at Sauchiehall Street in 1901, her father unemployed, her youngest brother a traveller in ladies’ millinery, and with two lodgers. I don’t think Christina married, and suspect the death in the index for Christina Gray age 66 registered at Kelvingrove, Glasgow in 1937 could be her.

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