An early migration to Canada from Ayrshire, to the coal mining district of Pictou in Nova Scotia. Apart from that, the rest of today’s birth are for people who died young. Surviving childhood was a perilous task back then.
4 December 1802
Birth of my ggg aunt Mary Marshall at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, daughter of Robert Marshall and Agnes Logan. She married Michael Muir in Kilmarnock in June 1823 and they had 5 children born in Kilmarnock and Riccarton, and then at some time between 1836 and 1840 they migrated to Canada and settled in Pictou, Nova Scotia. Given the locations in Ayrshire and Canada, Michael Muir was most probably a coal miner. Someone on Ancestry posted a message about this family, and they had 3 more children born in Nova Scotia. Mary Marshall wife of Michael Muir died on 29 January 1864 age 59. In the 1871 census of Canada her widowed husband Michael is in Pictou with their son Robert, a farmer.
4 December 1810
Birth of Alexander Hunter at Stevenston, Ayrshire, son of my gggg uncle Robert Hunter and my gggg aunt Margaret Haddow. He is with his parents at Cow Roading, Stevenston in 1819 but his name is circled on the minister’s census and the person who transcribed it thinks this means the person died between 1819 and 1822.
3 December 1858
Birth of John Logan at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of my ggg uncle John Logan and Jane Marr. He’s in Cruden with his parents in 1861, when his father was an ag lab, and in 1871 with his parents on their 6 acres farm at Muirtack, Cruden. By 1881 John has become a slater and boarding at Dyce with a Smith family, and he’s still there in 1891, this time boarding with a Davidson family. John Logan, slater journeyman, died in October 1892 at his parent’s farm at Muirtack at age 33, of tuberculosis.
3 December 1859
Thomas Strachan was born at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, son of John Strachan and Margaret Lambie and grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. Thomas died before 1871 as he not with family in the census then, and is not mentioned in his father’s 1879 application for Poor Relief.
3 December 1860
Alexander Davidson Smith was born at Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, son of James Smith and Ann Cowie Davidson and grandson of my gggg aunt Margaret Hutcheon and Charles Davidson. Alexander’s father was the police constable at Fyvie, and 4 month old Alexander is with his parents and sister living at Fyvie Police Station in the 1861 census. Alexander died at Fyvie in his infancy, later in 1861 – but the mystery is what happened to his parents as they seem to just disappear. His sister is with her grandparents in 1871.
4 December 1863
Birth of Mary Findlay at Riccarton, daughter of Hugh Findlay and Margaret Miller, granddaughter of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan, and great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Mary is with her mother and siblings in Loudon in 1871, and her father was visiting Edinburgh with a work colleague and they are both listed as mining contractors. Mary died in about 1868.
4 December 1865
Birth of Robert Kean at Kilwinning, son of my gg aunt Agnes Strachan and William Kean. Robert died in infancy in 1866 at Kilwinning.
4 December 1866
Birth of Mary Muir at Dalry, daughter of John Muir and Mary Holland, and granddaughter of Elizabeth Strachan and Andrew Muir, and also granddaughter of Agnes Strachan and Robert Armour Holland. She therefore had the same great grandparents twice over: my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. She is with her parents in Seaton Deveral, Northumberland in 1871 but I can’t find her in the 1881 census and she is not listed with her parents, who were in Arlecdon, Cumbria. The family migrated to USA in 1886 and the passenger list includes Mary Muir age 19 – this could be her although she was actually 21 in June 1886. The family went to Pennsylvania but I haven’t been able to trace Mary.