13 October

A Neilson ancestor who has so far proved impossible to trace beyond birth with any certainty, and a Haggerty ancestor who migrated to the USA and living in Indiana.

13 October 1775
Birth of my gggg uncle Robert Neilson at Gorbals, Lanarkshire, son of Walter Neilson and Agnes Hadden and sister of Agnes Neilson who married John Strachan. Difficult to know which subsequent Robert Neilson he was: he could be the Robert Neilson who married Catherine Nisbet and had children baptised in Gorbals, Govan and then Cathcart but that one is in the census and was a hand loom weaver so I’m not entirely convinced.

13 October 1844
Birth of James Haggerty at Dundonald, Ayrshire, son of my ggg uncle High Haggerty and Janet Muir. His father died in about 1849 and in 1851 James, age 6, is at Boat Stabs, Dundonald, with his widowed grandmother Anne Muir, his widowed mother Janet Haggerty, his 3 siblings and his aunt Ann Muir. By 1861 he has become a coal miner and is at Bensley Square, Kilwinning, with his mother, grandmother and siblings. In 1871 he’s still at Bensley Square but is a lodger with the Finner household. In 1872 James Haggerty married Janet Maxwell at Kilwinning, and they had 2 children born in Kilwinning before they migrated to the USA. In the 1900 US census James Haggerty age 55, widower with “no occupation too old” is living with his coal miner son in law and daughter, John and Jeannie Blanchard, at Dick Johnson Township, Indiana. There is a death for James Haggerty age 74 at Terre Haute, Indiana, which is where his sister Jean Shirkie nee Haggerty lived.

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