21 October

An early Yorkshire Green ancestor, a Strachan who died in infancy, a Strachan who died on tuberculosis, a Strachan descendant who migrated to Pennsylvania to work as a coal miner.

21 October 1796
Baptism of Mary Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, daughter of my ggggg uncle John Green and Mary Addey. Her baptism record says John Green was a bleacher. There is a marriage in 1817 in Worsbrough of Mary Green and Joseph Lister, and that couple had a son John Lister baptised in Barnsley in 1818, but I don’t know whether it’s the same Mary Green or not. Interestingly, a John Green born in Barnsley and age 53 is in the 1871 census in Tower Hamlets, London, a pensioner drill sergeant living in a porter’s lodge at an Alms House.

21 October 1834
Catherine Strachan was born at Shewalton Colliery, Dundonald, Ayrshire, daughter of my ggg uncle Peter Strachan and Margaret Boyle. She died before 1836, when Peter and Margaret named another daughter Catherine.

21 October 1862
Birth of Mary Wilson Strachan at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, daughter of James Strachan and Mary Lindsay and great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. She is with her parents and siblings at Stevenston in 1871, and is a servant to a farmer in 1881 near Kilmaurs, where her parents lived. In 1882 she married John McVie, a miner, at her parents’ home in Kilmaurs. In 1891 Mary and John McVie are at Knockintiber, Kilmaurs, with 4 children. Mary McVie ms Strachan died in September 1892 and her death certificate says she’d had tabes mesenterica for 3 years – this is tuberculosis of the lymph glands of the abdomen. Her husband remarried and lived in Kilmarnock.

21 October 1871
Birth of Robert Holland Muir at Blythe, Northumberland, son of John Muir and Mary Holland, and grandson of Elizabeth Strachan and Andrew Muir, and also of Agnes Strachan and Robert Armour Holland. His two grandmothers were sisters as they were both daughters of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. By 1881, his iron miner father, mother and siblings had moved to Arlecdon, on the eastern edge of the Lake District, and the family then migrated to Canada in 1886. However, Robert Muir age 21 and a miner is in a passenger list from New York to Glasgow in 1890. He married his cousin Agnes Leggat in Greenock in 1899, giving an address in Auchinleck, Ayrshire: his mother and Agnes’s mother were sisters. They had 2 children born in Scotland, then in 1906 went to Pennsylvania, USA. At Robert’s naturalisation in 1915 they were living in Dunmore, PA, Robert working as a coal miner, and had 4 surviving children. The 1920, 1930 and 1940 census has them at East Scott Street, Oliphant, Robert working as a coal miner and latterly as a pump runner at a coal mine.

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