19 October

Mystery people today: three that can’t be found in the records apart from their birth and census in early life. What does happen to those on the side branches who you just can’t track down?

19 October 1751
Birth of my gggg aunt Agnes Wilson at Stevenston, daughter of James Wilson and Agnes Smith and sister of Jane Wilson who married Duncan Murphie. Agnes Wilson if not an uncommon name in that time and place, so it’s impossible to work out which, if any, Agnes Wilson in the records is the right one. An Agnes Wilson married Thomas Stevenson in Stevenston and had a son Euphan in 1771, another Agnes Wilson had two illegitimate children in Stevenston in the 1770s, and yet another one had children baptised at Stevenson, the father Hugh King. One of the could be her – then again, none of them could be her.

19 October 1856
Birth of Thomas Clark at Kilburnie, Ayrshire, son of Robert Clark and Elizabeth Strachan and grandson of gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. He was possibly illegitimate: Elizabeth Strachan was a widow in 1851 in Kilburnie, with Robert Clark son age 1 month and Robert Clark, ironstone miner, a lodger. Thomas’s mother died on 1 November 1856, not long after he was born. I haven’t found any trace of him after, nor I have been able to find his father and most of his siblings. So it’s a real mystery what happened to Elizabeth Strachan’s children: surely the entire family cannot have died within a few year’s of each other. So where did they get to?

19 October 1860
Birth of Hugh Richmond Haddow at Kilwinning, son of my gg uncle Colin Shearer Haddow and Ann Orr Richmond. He’s with his parents in 1861 and 1781 in Kilwinning, and then in Coylton in 1881 by which time he was an ironstone miner. I’m not sure what happened to him after that as I can’t find him in the records.

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