8 November

Birth of one of my Ayrshire great great grandfathers today, who would have gone down the mine as a young boy and therefore spent about 60 years working at the pits. Plus a Booth from Aberdeenshire who does that frustrating disappearing act. Where do those ones go?

8 November 1801
Both of my gg grandfather John Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of Robert Haddow and Margaret Haddow – and father of Jeanie Haddow who married Joseph Strachan. John is listed in the 1819 and 1822 Minister’s Census of Stevenston with his widowed mother. He married Amelia Murphy in 1823, and she might have been with his family before that as the 1822 has an Amelia Marilock in the Haddow household, and I can’t help wondering if that’s a misheard, miswritten or mistranscribed Amelia Murphy. For their 1823 marriage, however, the banns were read at Stevenston for John but in Ardossan (the neighbouring parish) for Amelia. They are in their own house at Mill Hill, Stevenston in 1836 with 3 children, and in the 1841 census are at Townhead Street, Stevenston with 4 children and John is a coal miner. By 1851 they’d moved to Kilwinning, and were living with 5 of their children on Kenneth’s Row, Corsehill, which is where their daughter Jeanie most probably met Joseph Strachan. The Haddows are still at Kenneth’s Row in 1861 with 2 children still at home. John Haddow, coal miner, died in 1866 at the age of 66 at Kenneth’s Row, having had emphysema for 3 years: the informant for his death registration was his son Colin.

8 November 1867
Birth of Jane Booth at New Deer, Aberdeenshire, daughter of James Booth and Margaret Kidd and granddaughter of my gggg uncle James Booth and Jean Keith. She’s with her parents in 1871 at New Maud and in 1881 at Dyce, but I’ve not been able to find any trace of her after that.

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