1 and 2 October

Today raises the Hendry or Henry question. My grandfather is Henry Strachan in all the records, but my father said his name was actually Hendry. He had an uncle Henry who features today, and in the 1891 census that Henry is listed as Hendry. Perhaps there is some truth in the Hendry name: Hendry was a surname that was fairly common in Ayrshire and there is a Peter Strachan who married Ann Hendry in 1867. Also today, a gggg grandmother from Aberdeenshire, a Ballantine who went to Canada and then California, a Green who died in infancy, and a Strachan who went to Detroit and worked in a car factory.

1 October 1781
Baptism of Agnes Bruce at Crimond, Aberdeenshire my gggg grandmother illegitimate daughter of Andrew Bruce and Isobel Keith. The OPR entry for the baptism says Andrew Bruce was of Cruden parish but was deceased by the time Agnes was born. Agnes next appears in the Longside Kirk Session Minutes in 1800 when she is compeared for being “with child in uncleanness” and gives the father as Alexander Hutcheon, a tailor of Maoins Of Kunmundie. Agnes and Alexander were married in July 1800 at Longside and had 10 children baptised at Longside before Alexander Hutcheon died in 1820: his burial entry in the Longside OPR says he was of Innervedie. Agnes Hutcheon is in the 1841 census at a croft at Red Lums, Longside with her son Alexander, daughter Elizabeth and granddaughter Mary Mutch. By 1851 Agnes has set up home at Crechy Row, Longside and has with her granddaughters Mary Mutch and Isabella Lamb, both daughters of her daughter Elizabeth. In 1861 she is at Mosside croft, Longside with her daughter Margaret, the wife of Charles Davidson, and is age 79 and a pauper. Agnes Hutchison, as her death certificate has her name, died in 1866 at age 84 at Rora, the informant being her son Alexander. The death certificate confirms that her parents were Andrew Bruce and Isobella Keith. Agnes died from a fracture to the thigh bone and old age.

1 October 1842
Birth of my gg uncle Henry Strachan at Shewalton Colliery, Ayrshire, youngest child of Robert Strachan and Margaret Haggerty. Henry’s mother died when he was 6 years old, and in the 1851 census he’s with with his father, stepmother and siblings at Kilwinning. He’s missing from the 1861 census, but in 1865 he married Elizabeth Black at Kilwinning, and gave his address as Kenneth’s Row, which was where his parents and many other relatives lived. Henry was, of course, a coal miner. By 1871 Harry Strachan is at Riccarton and he and Elizabeth have 3 children and a boarder. The family are in Kilmarnock in 1881 and there are now 8 children. By 1891 Hendry, as his name appears in the census, and his family have settled at Crookedholm, where his brother and my great grandfather also settled. Henry Strachan and his wife at at Cowan’s Row, Crookedholm in 1901. Henry Strachan died in 1920 at age 73, and his death was registered at Kilmarnock.

2 October 1868 (born about 1846)
Jean Ballantine was born in about 1846 at Kilmarnock, daughter of Thomas Ballantine and Susanna Strachan and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. She is with her parents at Limekilns, Kilmarnock in 1851 and at Dreghorn in 1861, by which time she was earning her keep as a muslin sewer Jean married coal miner John Anderson at Dreghorn in 1868. According to blog folllower Mac, Jean and her husband migrated to Canada to join her brother Robert in Muskoko, but didn’t stay there and went to California.

1 October 1882
Baptism of Clara Green at St Mary’s, Barnsley, Yorkshire, daughter of my gg grandfather Joseph Green and Margaret Oxley, but sadly Clara died in infancy and her death was registered at Barnsley.

1 October 1895
Birth of Charles Gallacher Strachan at Galston, Ayrshire, son of Robert Strachan and Jane Gallacher and grandson of my gg uncle Henry Strachan and Elizabeth Black. Charles’ father died in 1899 and in 1901 he is with his widowed mother and younger brother at Goatfoot Row, Galston. He married Agnes Steel in 1919 at Kilmarnock, and in 1927 they sailed from Greenock to Canada and then did a border crossing into USA. Charles gave his occupation as coal miner and they were not accompanied by any children. The 1927 City Directory for Detroit has Charles Strachan and wife Agnes at Cecil Avenue living with Charles’ widowed mother Jean. |Charles and Agnes can be found in the 1930 USA census at Cecil Avenue with two young children and Charles’ mother Jeanie: Charles was working as a machine operator at a car factory.

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