10 November

Three varied ones today, but one raises a question which I often have but can’t answer. When people who were related ended up living near each other though not where they originally came from, did they know the other was around? Were they in touch, did they get together, were they friends? People did seem to be very good at keeping in touch with family back then – better than most people are today, despite such easy methods of communications nowadays.

10 November 1835
Birth of Elizabeth Willox at Lonmay, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg aunt Anne Hutcheon and William Willox. She’s with her family in Lonmay in 1841 and 1851 where her father farmed 18 acres, and then in 1858 married Robert Tait. He was a sailer and in 1861 Elizabeth and her daughter Ann are in Fraserburgh – husband not present so he was probably at sea. By 1871 she’s become a shipmaster’s wife, but husband is again absent. He’s at home in 1881, a ship master, and by then he and Elizabeth had had 8 children. Robert then died and in 1891 Elizabeth is still in Fraserburgh with 4 children, all working – but none of the boys followed their father as they become joiners and a cooper instead. By 1901 she has a son and three grandsons with her: the grandsons are the children of her married daughter who had died. Some of Elizabeth’s sons migrated to the USA.

10 November 1842
Birth of James Logan at Chapelton, Glassford, Lanarkshire, son of my gggg uncle Adam Logan who had abandoned his wife and children. James’s mother was Ann Craig, who Adam Logan set up home with after separating from his wife and daughters. James was with his parents in Chapelton until his marriage in 1864 to Janet Robertson, and they lived in Chapelton working as silk weavers, and brought up 9 children. James died in 1889 age 47, and his death certificate simply says he was “found dead in bed”. His youngest child was only 2 years old, but the eldest were working and living close by. But did James ever know he had some half sisters over in Renfrewshire?

10 November 1909 (born 1889)
Joseph Arthur Vickers Wilson married Lucy Farrar at Kippax, Yorkshire. He was the son of Thomas Arthur Wilson and Elizabeth Florence Wilson, and the grandson of my ggg aunt Mary Green and Joseph Wilson. His father was a gardener who became a park ranger, and Joseph became an insurance agent. In 1911 he and wife Lucy are in Kippax, but their young son had been born in Horsforth, a suburb of Leeds not too far from where I now live and very close to Kirkstall, where my great grandfather Joseph Green lived. I wonder if they were in touch when they were living so close to each other?

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