Monthly Archives: September 2013

14, 15 and 16 September

Nothing for the 14th and for the 15th a Fraser descendent who migrated to USA after the failure of her marriage to be with her cousin. The 16th was busy: an Ayrshire Logan who eventually moved to Manchester; two Aberdeenshire relatives who can’t be found in the records: a Hutcheon who became a prison warder; a Yorkshire relative who married an iron clog maker; and a Strachan descendent who migrated to Framlington, Illinois. And that brings me up to date again!

15 September 1909
Birth of Margaret Booth Downie (known as Meg) at Logie Buchan, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half great aunt Isabella Stuart Fraser who became the wife of the son of my half gg uncle James Fraser. Margaret is with her parents and siblings at Crosshill, Ellon in 1911, her father a farm grieve. In 1938 she married William Boyd McKinnon at Ellon. In 1848 her cousin James Alexander Fraser came back to Scotland from the USA for a visit, and in 1949 Margaret B McKinnon flew to New York, giving James Fraser’s address in Bronx as her destination. She was naturalised in 1954 under the name Margaret Booth Fraser but I can’t find a marriage: her husband had not died and I don’t know whether they divorced. As they had not had any children they may have been separated for some time. In New York Meg and James Fraser were close to my half great uncle Arthur Fraser: I visited him in New York in 1968 and remember being introduced to an older couple who I suspect must have been Meg and James. Arthur, Meg and James all retired to Boynton Beach, Florida and Meg died there in 2004.

16 September 1836 (born about 1814)
Sarah Logan was born in about 1814 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Adam Logan and Margaret Duncan. Her shoemaker father did not stay with his wife and children, and in the 1830s set up house with Ann Craig in Chapelton, Lanarkshire. His wife and children lived in Neilston, Renfrewshire, where Sarah Logan married James Munn in 1836. In 1841 Sarah and James are at Cross Arthurlie Village, Neilston, James Munn a calico printer, with 2 children. They then moved to Busby in Lanarkshire, where their youngest child was born, then they moved to Ayrshire as in 1851 the family are at Old Street, Riccarton, James a colour maker and with 4 children. By 1861 they had moved to Glasgow, and were at 33 Mill Street, Bridgeton in 1961, James still a colour maker and with their 4 children all working. Sarah’s mother died in Glasgow in 1867, and in 1872 Sarah and James are at 28 Bedford Street, Tradeston with a son, a grandson and two lodgers. Something then took Sarah, James and their son James to England, as in 1881 they are Chorlton upon Medlock, Lancashire, son James working as a clothing clerk with a young son, his wife having died. Her husband died in Chorlton in 1884 but I haven’t been able to find anything further for Sarah, her son James or her grandson Daniel.

16 September 1849
Birth of William Henderson at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, illegitimate son of my ggg aunt Isabella Fraser and Lewis Henderson. He is in the 1851 census age 1 at Mosside with his grandparents, William and Christian Fraser, and his ants and uncles. I can’t find him in any subsequent records, so he may have died before 1855.

16 September 1862
Birth of Peter Morgan at Longside, Aberdeenshire. He was baptised as Peter Aitken, illegitimate son of Jane Aitken and William Souter Morgan, who married in 1865. In 1871 Peter, age 8, is at Lochside, Cruden with his parents and siblings, his father a farm servant. After that he disappears from the records: nothing in the census, no death, and nothing in immigration records. He’s a mystery.

16 September 1863
Birth of Alexander Hutcheon at Cruden, Aberdeenshire son of my gggg uncle Keith Hutcheon and Ann McPherson. He is in Hatton village in 1871 with his tailer father, seamstress mother and siblings, and is there in 1881 age 17 working as a farm servant. He then became a prison warder and in 1891, age 27, is lodging with a prison warder and his wife, plus other prison warders, at Barlinnie, Lanarkshire. He was the informant at his father’s death in June 1891 and gives his address as HM Prison Barlinnie, Glasgow. In 1901 he at the HMS Prison married quarters at Peterhead, with his wife Jane and a son: by then his is a prison store warder 2nd class.

16 September 1876 (born 1857)
Etty or Hetty Cook was born in 1857 at Blacker Hill, near Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of Eliza Grist and Matthew Cook and granddaughter of my ggg uncle William Grist and Emma Wood. In 1861 she is in Wombwell with her paternal grandparents; his father was boarding in Monk Bretton and working as a coal miner and her mother was at Blacker Hill with her parents and Etty’s younger sister. Her parents must have separated about then. In 1871 Hetty Cook is a domestic servant in Barnsley but her father is in Newcastle upon Tyne with a new “wife” and children, and her mother is a boarder in Hoyland with 2 more children. Etty next appears in Shipley, near Bradford, where she married Smith Gill Holdsworth in 1876, a maker of clog irons: the marriage entry gives her father as a forman in a coal pit. Hetty and her husband Smith lived in Manningham, Bradford and had 4 children. Hetty then died in 1892 at the age of 33 at Bradford.

16 September 1879
Birth of Ellen Wilson at Galston, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Wilson and Mary Gibson and great granddaughter of my uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Her father was a coal miner and she migrated to the USA, along with her parents and siblings, in 1888 and they settled at Framlington, Illinois where her father and brothers worked as coal miners. Ellen married John Williams in 1901 and had 1 children, but her husband died and she married James Sullivan in 1904 and had more children. She died in 1951 and a newspaper notice of her death says she worked for the Central National Bank maintenance department and was survived by a sister, two daughters, two sons, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

13 September

A busy day on the 13th: my great grandmother Mary Ann McInairney (McInerney?) and my uncle Joseph (Joe) Strachan – this post includes a lovely photo and a family anecdote about Uncle Joe. Plus a Strachan who migrated to Brisbane, Australia, a McWilliam from Aberdeenshire who migrated to Iowa, USA, and a Strachan descendent who I haven’t been able to trace beyond age 13.

13 September 1840
My great grandmother Mary Ann McInairney was baptised at Newcastle upon Tyne, England: the baptism record reads “Mary Mcaniny daughter of John Mcaniny and Sarah Marshall at St Mary”. I doubt if the surname was ever spelt correctly in the records! Her father John may have been born in Ireland and her mother Sarah was born in Kilmarnock. Despite a very through search I have not found the family in the 1841 census, frustratingly, but Mary Ann’s younger brothers were born in about1841 at Bellshill, Lanarkshire, about 1845 at Muirkirk, Ayrshire and about 1848 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, and her father John had died by the time of the 1851 census. The family are at Low Church Lane, Kilmarnock in 1851, with their surname written as McNarnie, mother Sarah a pauper and hand sewer. They are then at 19 Fore Street, Kilmarnock in 1861, both Sarah and Mary Ann earning money as flowerers, which means they embroidered flowers onto muslin. As well as her three brothers, the family by then had two additions, illegitimate daughters of mother Sarah. Also at 19 Fore Street, as a boarder with the Owens family, was collier John McCrae. Mary Ann McInairney (as it spelt on the marriage certificate) and John McCrae were married at 19 Fore Street on 27 December 1861, John a coal miner and Mary Ann a hand sewer. They continued to live in Kilmarnock, at 6 Dean Lane in 1871, 40 Mill Lane in 1881 and 7 High Church Lane in 1891, and had 9 children, their 6th child being my grandmother Helen McCrae. John McCrae died in 1904 and in 1911 Mary Ann is at 26 New Street, Riccarton living with her married daughter Sarah Downie. Mary Ann McNearney (yet another spelling) died on 27 April 1912 “in her dwelling house at 33 High Street, Kilmarnock”. She must have been there on her own as there was a Procurator Fiscal’s report which concluded she died of natural causes.

13 September 1841
Birth of Janet Strachan at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of Peter Strachan and Ann Houston and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She grew up in firstly Dreghorn and then Riccarton. Her mother died when Janet was about 10 years old and her father remarried. Can’t find Janet in 1861 census at age 19, but she married coal miner Alexander Inglis at Riccarton in 1865. In 1871 they are Cadger’s Road, Hurlford with 3 children and by 1881 they were at Kames Row, Muirkirk with 7 children. Then in 1887 they can be found on the passenger list for a ship bound for Brisbane, Australia with 7 children. Janet died ion 30 October 1906 in Brisbane and was buried at Toowong Cemetary.

13 September 1863
Birth of Jane McWilliam at New Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my half gggg uncle Nathaniel McWilliam and Mary Yule, and granddaughter of my gggg grandmother Janet Sansgter. She migrated to the USA, with her family, in 1867 and they were in Post Township, Allamakee, Iowa in 1870, her father a farm labourer (and later to be a farmer). Jane, known as Jennie, married the wonderfully named Adelbert Monroe Lord Brainard in 1882 at Forest Mills, Iowa, and they took a lease on a farm in Allamakee County and had 10 children. Jennie’s husband died in 1917, and in 1925 she is living with her unmarried son William, a commercial traveller, in Clayton, Iowa, and then in Mendon, Iowa, in 1930. Jennie McWilliams Brainard died in November 1934 at Postville, Allamakee, Iowa.

13 September 1865
Birth of Janet Strachan Goble at Cathcart, Renfrewshire, daughter of my half ggg aunt Janet Spiers Strachan and John Skeoch Goble and granddaughter of my gg grandfather John Strachan and his second wife Jean Wallace. Janet’s father was a seaman, a ship’s chief officer in the merchant navy at the time of his daughter’s birth. In 1871 Janet is with her mother, her Goble grandfather and a Goble aunt at Waterside, Dundonald, and her father was at sea: he was killed by stabbing in August of that year in South America. In 1877 Janet’s mother married George Henderson Robertson. a pastry cook, at Poplar, London. In 1881 Janet age 13 and a message girl is with her mother, a baker’s wife (though George Robertson was not at home) at Kinning Park, Glasgow. And then they all disappear from the records – or rather, despite a through search I haven’t found them – so I have no idea what became of Janet Strachan Goble.

13 September 1895
Birth of my uncle Joseph Strachan at his McCrae grandparents’ home at High Church Lane, Kilmarnock. Joseph is with his parents at Crookedholm in 1901, and moved to Lanarkshire in around 1910 with his family: he’s with them at Mansion Street, Cambuslang in 1911, age 15 and a coal miner. He was the informant for his father’s death in November 1918. In December 1918 he married coal miner’s daughter Agnes Morton White (known as Aggie) at Dailly, Ayrshire, where Aggie came from. His occupation on his marriage certificate is a stoker on HMS Arran, usual residence Halfway, Cambuslang. Joseph went to Canada in 1925 to join his father-in-law William White who was already in Toronto, and Joseph’s wife and two young daughters joined him there in 1926. They had a son born in Toronto in 1928. Joseph joined the Baptist Church, a calling he passed on to his son and grandson. In 1954 Uncle Joe and Aunt Aggie (as I knew them) returned to the UK for a holiday, and visited my family in Leeds. I was only 3 years old at the time so my memory of it is very vague. Somewhere there is, I think, a photo taken at the time which I’ll have to try and track down. Joe and Agge Strachan both died within two weeks of each other in 1991 at the grand ages of 96 and 92.

Joe and Aggie for blog
My Uncle Joe and Aunt Aggie

And a family anecdote from when they visited us when I was three years old. Uncle Joe lead the saying of grace before dinner, and afterwards my big sister said “Judith didn’t have her eyes closed”. To which Uncle Joe or my father (I can’t remember which one it was) looked at her and asked “And how do you know?” A very good question!

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.

9 and 10 September

A not sure what happened to her Strachan, a straight forward to research Aberdeenshire relative, and a great uncle from Yorkshire.

9 September 1804
Birth of Jane Strachan at Riccarton, Ayrshire, daughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. There’s a marriage in 1822 at Riccarton for a Jane Strachan and Robert McIntyre, and two births in the 1820s in Kilmarnock with father Robert McIntyre but no mother names and no first name for the children. Nothing in the census and no death certificate found for her. There is, however, a Robert McIntyre born about 1823 in the 1851 census in Riccarton, a coal miner, but he married before 1855 and I can’t find a death cert for him on ScotlandsPeople. So the jury is out as to what happened to Jane Strachan.

10 September 1840
Agnes Willox was born at Lomnay, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Anne Hutcheon and William Willox and is with her parents and siblings in Lonmay in 1841, 1851 and 1861, her father a farmer of 18 acres. She married William Daniel in 1862 at Lonmay, and by 1871 they are living in Aberdeen with 3 children, William a labourer. He is a fireman groundworks in 1881 (probably someone who sets, stokes and looks after some kind of fire) and he and Agnes have another child. In 1891 William, foreman builder’s engine, and Agnes are at Esslemont Avenue, Aberdeen with their youngest daughter and 4 year old Mary Daniel who is listed as daughter but, given the 12 year age gap between the two children, is possibly a granddaughter. Agnes Daniel ms Willox died in September 1895 of pneumonia following influenza.

9 September 1889
Birth of my great uncle Willie Green at Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of my great grandparents Joseph Green and Charlotte Senior. He was baptised at St Mary’s, Barnsley and is with his parents in 1891 at James Street, Barnsley. The family moved to Leeds in about 1900 and in 1901 Willie is with his parents and siblings at Hope grove, Armley. By 1911 the family had moved to Kirkstall and were living on Station Parade: Willie, age 21, was working as a tinner making pit lamps. In early 1914 he married Gertrude Welton, the daughter of a Minister of the Baptist Church and their only child Charles was born in 1915. Willie Green served in the army in WW1 as a tinsmith, and was in Mesopotania and then India, from where he was sent back to the UK due to post influenza debility. Willie moved to Bury, Lancashire and was, according to my mother, the first in the Green family to own a car. He died in Leeds in 1989. His grandson Robert follows this blog.

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.

7 September

A particularly interesting Aberdeenshire ancestor today, as she seems to connect to my family tree in several ways, which needs further investigation. The Aberdeenshire lot seem to have done a lot of marrying into distantly related families, which I suspect most people did in that area is it received far fewer “incomers” than, say, Ayrshire and Lanarkshire. Plus there are two deaths in infancy, an all too common occurrence.

7 September 1840
Baptism of Mary Mutch at Longside, illegitimate daughter of my gggg aunt Elizabeth Hutcheon and John Mutch. In 1841 Mary is with her mother, uncle and grandmother at the Hutcheon croft Red Lums near Longside. Her mother married John Lamb in 1846 and later that year gave birth to a daughter, Isabella Lamb, but Elizabeth Lamb died in December 1847. In 1851 Mary Mutch and Isabella Lamb are with their widowed grandmother Agnes Hutcheon nee Bruce at Creechy Row, Longside. In 1860 Mary Mutch married George Watt, which is intriguing – was he related to my Watt ancestors? I’ll have to research him and see where his line leads. In 1861 husband George Watt is a farm overseer at Brae of Biffie, which is at Stuartfield, south of Old Deer, and Mary Watt with three month old son George is at Clola, which is to the south-east on the other side of Stuartfield. In 1871 George, Mary and 4 children (one named Agnes Bruce after her grandmother) are near Ellon, George an ag lab. and they have 4 children. By 1881 they are at the Cottar House, Drumwhindle, Ellon, George still an ag lab and with 6 children. Mary Watt also Mutch and Hutcheon died in 1884 age 43, her death registered at Ellon. In the 1891 census her widower and children are at 59 Hutcheon Street, Aberdeen – a number of my Fraser ancestors were living in the same street in the early 1900s so did the two families know each other?

7 September 1860
Birth of John Cowie at Ellon, Aberdeenshire, son of William Cowie and Elizabeth Cheyne and grandson of my half gggg aunt Barbara McWilliam, who was the half sister, I suspect, of my ggg grandfather William Fraser. William Cowie died in infancy.

7 September 1887
Birth of Cameron Michael at Boddam, Aberdeenshire, son of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser and David Ewan Michael. Someone has posted his birth certificate on Ancestry, so I know he was born at Stirling Hill to a granite quarrier father. Cameron died before his first birthday.

Henry Strachan and Helen McCrae story now added

I’ve finished the story of Henry Strachan b. 1873 and Helen McCrae b. 1875 and their children, complete with documents, maps and photos, and it can now be found under the Strachan tab above.

I enjoy writing these stories, as putting everything together into a narrative coalesces the information I’ve researched in a way just adding things to a family tree database doesn’t. And I’m well aware that the writer in me, and past student of literature, can’t help giving anything a narrative structure – though I think that’s something all human beings do.

Now I’ve finished the Strachan stories, from my grandfather going back to my great great great great grandfather, it’s now time to pay a few other lines some attention and create more pages for them. Plus research some of the lines that don’t yet go back all that far.

6 September

After an unseasonably warm week in which I had to water the garden, we now have local flooding as it has poured with rain all day. Or, as they say in Yorkshire, flippin’ ‘eck, it’s been siling it down. Anyone know any good Scottish words for heavy rain? Two ancestors today, both from Aberdeenshire and both mysteries. Some ancestors just don’t want to be found.

6 September 1800
Baptism of my gggg uncle James Hutcheon at Longside, son of Alexander Hutcheon and Agnes Bruce. He’s a bit of a mystery. I thought he might be the James Hutcheon who was compeared by the Longside Kirk Session and then married the pregnant Margaret Tolmy, but tracing that couple in the census showed that James was consistently 10 years too young. I tried to find a death certificate for the James who married Margaret Tolmy but nothing has showed up on ScotlandsPeople, frustratingly, as a death cert tells you who someone’s parents were. So I’m uncertain what happened to James.

6 September 1856
Birth of James Aitken at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of William Aitken and Elizbeth Milne. He was the uncle of my step great grandmother Helen Ann Morgan. He is one of those who prove difficult to find in the census. His father and older brother are in the 1861 census working as farm servants at Aldie, Cruden but there’s no sign of James, his mother and his other siblings. In 1871 James, age 14 and at school, is with his parents at West Gask, Cruden, where his father was a farm servant. By 1881 his father has taken the lease of a 12 acre croft at Aldie, Cruden, and James is with his parents working as a general labourer. He then disappears: I can’t find him in the census, can’t find a death record for him, and can’t see what could be him in any immigration records. Frustrating.

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 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.

The Strachan and Lindsay line: with photos

Thank you Cathy in the USA for sending me details and some lovely photos of her Strachan and Lindsay ancestors. Cathy and her husband are about to leave for a trip to the UK and I’ll be meeting up with them when they spend a couple of days in York before heading up to Ayrshire. She is descended from my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan, the brother of my gg grandfather Robert Strachan, so she and I share ggg grandparents John Strachan and Agnes Neilson, which makes us 4th cousins.

Samuel Strachan’s daughter Janet married coal miner Alexander Lindsay on 3 February 1860 at Dreghorn. Janet and Alexander lived long lives, staying in Dreghorn and having a large family. In 1910 their Golden Wedding celebrations were written up in the Kilmarnock Standard, and I’ve posted about that at

Cathy has sent some old photos she has in her possession.

Janet Strachan and her husband Alexander Lindsay taken, it would seem, in 1910 when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Janet Lindsay nee Strachan born 1839 at Shewalton Colliery, and who died in 1927 at Dreghorn. She had 11 children, including a set of twins.

In March 1877, Janet and Alexander’s daughter Mary Lindsay was born at Mill Bank Row, Dreghorn. In 1881 the family are at Hunters Land, Dreghorn Village. It must have been a crowded household as there were 10 children all living at home and, with a husband and 4 sons all working as coal miners, life must have meant an awful lot of hard work for mother Janet. By 1891 the family had moved to Bowling Green Terrace, Dreghorn and Mary Lindsay, age 14, was an apprentice dressmaker, possibly working with her elder sister Maggie who was a dressmaker.

Mary married coal miner William Littlejohn, also of Dreghorn, on 3 February 1899 at Dreghorn. Mary was 21 and a domestic servant, and one of the witnesses was Janet Lindsay. This is probably Mary’s younger sister.

A wonderful photo of Mary Littlejohn nee Lindsay

The Littlejohns migrated to the USA. William Littlejohn, collier age 31 from Irvine, is on a passenger list to New York in 1907, travelling with James Lindsay miner age 25 from Irvine, both going to Dawson, New Mexico. James was Mary’s younger brother. That Mary didn’t travel is not surprising, as it was common practice for a husband to go first: however, Mary had only just given birth to twins and had two other young children, which is a very good reason for not sailing across the Atlantic. William Littlejohn returned to Scotland in 1910, as he is on a UK incoming passenger list arriving from New York in June that year, but he returned to the US a few month’s later. Mary and the four children then followed, leaving Glasgow in June 1911, travelling with Robert Littlejohn, his wife and two children. Robert was William’s brother and had been living in Cambuslang. They were all going to Sunnyside, Utah.

The Littlejohn family settled in Price, Carbon County, Utah, where William worked as a coal mine superintendent. They had a son Robert Lindsay Littlejohn born in 1913. Then Mary Littlejohn nee Lindsay very sadly died in 1919 at the age of 42. Her obituary was published in the News Advocate on 21 August 1919.

Mrs. Littlejohn Goes to Beyond

Rev. P. A. Simpkin has made a second trip from Santa Monica, where he has been spending a vacation, to Carbon County at the call of friends in one of the coal camps. Today he is present in Castle Gate to officiate at the funeral services over the remains of Mrs. William Littlejohn who passed away Monday evening. Services were held in the Amusement Hall at 2 o’clock this afternoon. The Castle Gate choir rendered appropriate selections and the body was laid at rest in the Castle Gate cemetery, Mrs. Littlejohn making the request before she died that her remains lie close to the scenes of years of her activity.

Mrs. Mary Lindsay Littlejohn, after an illness dating from April 12th, passed away at her home at Castle Gate Monday afternoon, August 18th, 1919. Mrs. Littlejohn was operated on at St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City on April 16th and since that time had been confined to her bed.

She was born at Dreghorn, Scotland, March 28, 1877. On February 3, 1899, she was married to William Littlejohn at Dreghorn, Scotland. Mrs. Littlejohn emigrated to this country from Scotland, arriving at Castle Gate in June, 1911, where she joined her husband who had preceded her to this country.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Janet and Jeanie, three sons, Alex, James and Robert, also by her mother, one sister and six brothers now residing in Scotland, and one brother, Hugh Lindsay, and one sister, Mrs. Robert Barr [Maggie] who are residents of Clinton, Indiana. Mrs. Barr came from Indiana in June to be present at the sick bed of Mrs. Littlejohn, and has labored hard in trying to restore her sister’s health.

Mrs. Littlejohn was very popular in social and other circles and had the distinction of being one of the hardest Red Cross workers in Carbon county. She was ever ready to set her hands in motion to knit socks, wristlets and mufflers for boys taking part in the world’s great war; in fact, she always had their interests at heart. She will not only be missed by her sorrowing husband, children and immediate relatives, but by the whole populace of Castle Gate and by her many friends of Carbon county and other parts of the state.

She sounds like a lovely lady.

Her husband William Littlejohn became the Grand Master of the Freemason’s Grand Lodge of Utah and their profile of him, with photo, is at He remarried after wife Mary died, to Elsie Hass Tanner, and left a successful career as a mine superintendent to open the Bonnie Theatre (cinema). In the 1940 US census he and his wife are theatre managers and his son James is a projectionist. William can be found on passenger lists in 1931, giving an address in Scotland of Campbell Place, Dreghorn, so he must have taken a trip home on his own, returning via Canada. William Littlejohn died in 1944 at Price, Utah.

His youngest son, Robert Lindsay Littlejohn, went to college and became an oil geologist. He can be found on the 1940 US census at Los Angeles, California with wife Margaret, who had both been living in Salt Lake in 1935. Cathy, who sent me the photos, obituary and link, is Robert and Margaret’s daughter. Robert died in 1984 in California.