7 October

I’m up to date again! So what does today have in store? A Yorkshire ggg grandmother, a Fraser who migrated to Canada and then went to Michigan, USA, and a Strachan cousin in Ohio.

7 October 1811
Baptism of my ggg grandmother Sarah Firth at Royston, Yorkshire, daughter of Joseph Firth and Hannah Fisher. She was baptised at St John the Baptist, Royston and came from a local family, and married linen bleacher William Green from Worsbrough at Darfield on 23 May 1831. William Green is in the 1835 Poll Tax Book at King Well, Worsbrough. In 1841 William Green bleacher and wife Sarah are at Worsbrough Common with 5 children, living two doors down from William’s father, publican Joseph Green. By 1851 William and Sarah, with 6 children, are living with widowed Joseph Green at the Rose and Crown Inn, Worsbrough. By 1861 Joseph had died and William, still a linen bleacher, and Sarah are at Worsbrough Common with 4 children still at home. Sarah’s husband died in 1865, and in 1871 she is at 16 Greenfoot Road, Barnsley North, a shopkeeper, with her married daughter Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s husband John Elstone. Sarah Green died age 63 in 1874, and in 1881 her widowed son William, his children and Sarah’s unmarried daughter Sarah are at the shop at 16 Greenfoot Road, Willilam a butcher.

7 October 1921 (born 1884)
My half gg uncle Alexander Fraser was born in 1884 at the Fraser family croft of Mosside near Hatton, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, and was the son of Alexander Fraser and his second wife Margaret Booth. He’s at Mosside in 1891 with his parents a lot of siblings, and in 1901, at age 16, is a horseman at West Gibseat Farm, Old Deer. In 1911 he sailed to Canada to work as a farm labourer, but returned to Scotland, then went back to Canada in 1913 taking with him his younger brother Harry. They were going to Winnipeg to work in farming. Alexander Fraser married Jeanie Robertson, who was also from Scotland, at St Boniface, Manitoba in on 7 October 1921. They then seem to be in the 1930 census for USA at Wayne, Michigan, Alexander Fraser a labourer at a college with wife Jean and two daughters, Margaret and Marie: it says they entered USA in 1923 and their eldest daughter was born in Canada. They are still in Wayne in 1940, still with 2 daughters, and Alexander is a gardener at a private school.

7 October 1960
A cousin in Ohio is having a birthday today. Happy birthday Harry!

4 responses to “7 October

  1. Hi, Re ; Alexander Fraser. He married Jeannie Robertson b 1887 daughter of Robert Ross Robertson and Christian Bruce who was the sister of Robert Robertson who married Margaret Fraser, sister of Alexander. When Davids Aunt Margaret (Peggie )Grant Fraser or Robertson went out to Winnipeg she lived initially in Winnipeg with her Aunt Lizzie Fraser and we believed from Barbara, David`s Mum that Lizzie had married someone called Stenson not Campbell . She ,Peggy had travelled out to Canada with Jeannie Robertson in 1920 . Certainly was a Lizzie Stenson in her address book .
    Might be able to find out more from Davids cousin in Winnipeg . Think I have a photo of Lizzie somewhere

    • Now that’s interesting – I was unsure whether the records I’d found referred to the right person or not. And I felt sure there would be a Robertson connection but hadn’t got round researching it properly. I’ll have another look at the records and see if I can find out anything more.

      Do you known whether the Alexander and Jean Fraser is in the USA are the right people or not?

  2. Betty Strachan Aylestock

    Hi Judy…thanks for remembering my brother, Harry today. I sent your blog on to him so he could see it.

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