11 and 12 October

A fascinating coincidence today: a Strachan born in Ayrshire who, after living in London, Scarborough and York, ended his life in Barnsley, just round the corner from where my Yorkshire great grandparents lived. There’s also an Ayrshire Ballantine who married a marine engineer and lived in London, yet another grandchild of Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe, who had 50 grandchildren that I know of, a ggg aunt Strachan who seems to have died young and a Marshall ggg aunt who also died young.

12 October 1799
Birth of my ggg aunt Susannah Strachan at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, daughter of John Strachan and Agnes Neilson. I suspect she died young as nothing further can be found. Trees on Ancestry have her death in 1821 but give no source for that information.

12 October 1800
My ggg aunt Sarah Marshall was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Marshall and Agnes Logan. Sarah died before 1814, as Robert and Agnes had another daughter born in 1814 named Sarah, who was my gg grandmother and married John McInairney (or McInernery or a any one of a wide range of spellings).

12 October 1869 (born about 1844)
William Strachan was born in about 1844 at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, son of my ggg uncle Samuel Strachan and Margaret Sampson Reid Jamieson. He is with his parents and siblings at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn in 1851, his father and an older brother both coal miners. In 1861 William, at age 17, is himself a coal miner but he changed occupation and moved south, to London, for in 1869 he married Annie McCallum Stewart at Dreghorn and gave his occupation as draper and his address as Islington, Middlesex. There was an announcement of their marriage in the Ardrossen & Saltcoats Herald. The 1871 census finds them at Hanover Street, Islington, William a draper and with a young son, a servant and a boarder who was also a draper. He must have returned to Ayrshire not long after, however, as the children of William and Annie born on 1874 and 1876 were both born in Ayrshire. The 1881 census, however, finds them in Scarborough, Yorkshire (where I spent many a day at the seaside during my childhood) – William is a tailer and draper employing 7 men and 4 boys, and he and Annie have 3 children, a servant, and also have Annie’s mother and a shopman tailor living with them. Two children were born in Scarborough in 1881 and 1882, but at some stage they moved to York (one of my favourite cities and only a short drive from where I live). In the 1891 census William, a traveller for a tailor and draper with 4 children and 2 boarders, is living off Bishopthorpe Road in York . Then it becomes a remarkable coincidence, for the death of William Strachan, age 48, is registered in 1893 in Barnsley, and in 1901 his widow, 3 of his children, his brother-in-law and a Scottish visitor are at 54 Old Mill Lane, Barnsley – which means they were living just round the corner from James Street, where my Yorkshire great grandparents were in the 1891 census and where several other Yorkshire ancestors lived.

12 October 1848
Birth of William Findlay at Riccarton, Ayrshire, son of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He died in infancy, as there is no sign of him in 1851, and his mother died at about the same time so she may have died in childbirth.

11 October 1872 (born 1849)
Elizabeth Ballantine was born in about 1849 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of coal miner Thomas Ballantine and Susanna Strachan and granddaughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Elizabeth is with her parents at Limekilns, Kilmarnock in 1851 and then in Dreghorn in 1861. By 1871 she is in Partick, Govan as a servant to the household of Alexander Morrison, a hide and leather factor. She possible met her husband there, as in 1872 she was married in Dreghorn to David Wright Ross, an engineer living in Glasgow, though a later census says he was born in Ayr. There were obviously in Dreghorn in 1876 when Elizabeth’s father died, as the informant on the death certificate is David W Ross son in law. But by 1881 they had moved a long way south and are in the census at Dee Street, Bromley, Middlesex with 3 children all born in Scotland: husband David is not at home but Elizabeth is described as the wife of a marine engineer, so David may well have been at sea. He was absent in both 1891 and 1901 too, and Elizabeth can be found in both census at Abbott Road, Bromley with her 4 children. Both sons became marine engineers and a daughter became a telephonist. In 1911 Elizabeth’s husband David is at home as by then he is a retired marine engineer, and one unmarried daughter remains at home. There is a death for an Elizabeth Ross age 84 in 1935 registered at Greenwich.

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