21 November

Another long lived relative today: given how many on my family tree lived to well into their 90s I may have a long retirement ahead of me. Today is an Oxley from Yorkshire I can’t find in the records, a Strachan descendant from Ayrshire who stayed close to home, and a Logan of Aberdeenshire descendant born in Canada.

21 November 1824
Baptism of William Oxley at St Mary’s Barnsley, Yorkshire, son of my gggg uncle William Oxley and Elizabeth. And beyond that I do not know as I can’t find anything that looks like him in the records.

21 November 1894 death (born about 1838)
No baptism record exists for Robert Howat but he was born in 1838 in Kilmaurs, son of Peter Thomas Howat and Janet Strachan, and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Peter didn’t venture far from home, which became Dreghorn when he was a child. He’s with his parents and many siblings in 1851 at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn and at 13 is already a coal miner. His father died in the 1850s and in 1860 Robert married Agnes Couper McKean at Dreghorn. Apart from a few years in Kilwinning during the 1860s, they lived in Dreghorn and had 11 children, Robert and his sons all coal miners. He died on 21 November 1894 and was buried in Dreghorn kirkyard. In 1901 his widow is a draper in Dreghorn, assisted by her dressmaker daughters and with one coal miner son still at home.

21 November 1873
Birth of Isabella George at Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, who is an example of how you can often find out more about people who lived in other countries than you can about those who stayed in the UK. Isabella was the daughter of my ggg aunt Barbara Logan and James George, who migrated from Aberdeenshire to Canada in April 1872. Isabella’s father became a farmer at Brant, and she’s there with her parents and siblings in 1881 and 1891. She married Isaac Herbert Dixon in about 1898 – they had 3 children and lived in Toronto, where Herbert worked as a foreman at a bond warehouse for Canadian Pacific Railway. Herbert died in 1924, so Isabella had a long widowhood as she died in Toronto in 1966 at age 93.

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