9 December

On typing up my notes for my ggg grandmother Isabella Booth, I realised I hadn’t found her in the 1861 census. I found her today – with children from her second marriage, so I discovered two new ancestors. One of them, like so many on my family tree, migrated to Canada. Also today: a female Haddow from Ayrshire with the unusual first name of Wilson; gg aunt Flora Strachan who didn’t have the best of lives; a Susan Strachan who died in infancy; and Jeanie Hood, a Strachan descendent who lived in and around Kilmarnock all her life.

9 December 1812
Birth of my ggg grandmother Isabella Booth at Alford, Aberdeenshire, daughter of William Booth and Margaret Allan. She was baptised later that month at Inverurie. In 1833 she married John Logan (or Loggan) at Old Deer – it was John’s second marriage so Isabella acquired 2 stepchildren. By an odd coincidence, the marriage entry immediately before Isabella and John’s in the Old Deer parish register is for my ggg grandfather George Hay. In the 1841 census Isabella and John Loggan are at Auchticlair, Old Deer, John a farmer, and as well as John’s 2 children they had 4 children of their own. Their youngest child was born in 1842, and John Loggan probably died around the same time – he certainly died before 1851, when Isabella is still at Auchticlair with 2 daughters and is a knitter. In 1853 she married Charles Rennie at Old Deer, having already given birth to their daughter Ann, and had a second child with Charles in Monquhitter. He then died, probably in 1854 as official registration of deaths commenced in 1855 and I can’t find a death certificate for him. But in 1861 Isabel Rennie (with name spelled Rannie) is at Fyvie, a widow pauper formerly domestic servant, with her 2 children born to Charles Rennie. In 1871 she is at Woodland, near Dyce, living with her married daughter Barbara George nee Logan. Daughter Barbara and Isabel’s youngest son, Alexander Rennie, both migrated to Canada. In 1881 and 1891 Isabella has reverted to the surname Booth and is living on her own in Holburn Street, Old Machar, an unemployed domestic servant in 1881 and a late cook in 1891: by then she had survived most of her childen and 2 of the surviving ones had migrated. Isabella died in 1899 at Holburn Street age 86 of ulcer of the stomach and the informant was a nurse who was present.

9 December 1831
Birth of my gg aunt Wilson Haddow at Stevenston, Ayrshire, daughter of John Haddow and Amelia Murphie – and yes, her first name as definitely Wilson, a very unusual name to give a girl. She is in the 1841 census with her parents and siblings at Townhead Street, but the census enumerator can perhaps be forgiven for listing her as male. I’ve failed to find her in the 1851 census, but in 1853 she married Morgan Lewis in Kilwinning, where her parents were living. In the 1861 census Wilson and Morgan, a fireman, are at Dockhead Street, Saltcoats with 3 children, and Morgan Lewis is also listed in the same census as on the vessel Earl of Arran, at Bute. Wilson probably had his put his name on the census form even though he wasn’t at home on census night. His occupation of fireman is probably what we would now call an engine keeper. In 1871 Morgan is away again, and Wilson Haddow Lewis is listed as a sailor’s wife, and has 4 of her children at home at Chapelwell Street, Saltcoats. A tree on Ancestry has the death of Morgan Lewis in 1872 at Hong Kong. Wilson Lewis is in the 1881 census still at Chapelwell Street but by now she is the keeper of a small toyshop and has a daughter with her, and also the 6 month old son of her sister Flora Gray nee Haddow, who died in childbirth in Glasgow (see below). In both 1891 and 1901 Wilson is living on her own in Chapelwell Street, with her occupation in 1891 a house keeper and in 1901 formerly domestic servant. She died in June 1901 age 64 of senile debility and heart failure, and the informant was her daughter unmarried Maggie who lived nearby and was with her at the end.

9 December 1870 (born about 1841)
My gg aunt Flora Haddow was born in Stevenston, Ayrshire, in about 1841, although no baptism record has been found, and was the daughter of John Haddow and Amelia Murphie. She is with her parents and siblings at Kenneth’s Row, Corsehill, Kilwinning in 1851 and 1861, and after leaving school earned her keep as a muslin sewer. In 1870 she married in Govan, Lanarkshire, to James Gray, a contractor carter – she was a domestic servant at the time, which may have been why she was in Govan. Interestingly, James was 23 and Flora was 29 but she gave her age as 23. In 1871 they are living at 15 Marlow Street, Govan with 2 lodgers and also at the same address is John Davidson, a mineral manager born in Stevenston with his son Hugh, who might have been how Flora got to Govan. Flora gave birth to a daughter in 1871 and a son in 1873, then sadly died in 1880 of “childbed and suspected pulmonary apoplexy” at Holm Street, Glasgow giving birth to son William. In 1881 her widower James is at the same address with their two eldest children and an elderly woman boarder, who probably helped with the housekeeping, but 6 month old William is in Saltcoats with his aunt Wilson Lewis nee Haddow (see entry above).

9 December 1859
Birth of Susan Strachan Findlay at Dreghorn, Ayrshire, daughter of Peter Findlay and Janet Nisbet, granddaughter of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan, and great granddaughter of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. Susan died in January 1860 at just over a month old.

9 December 1874
Birth of Jeanie Hood (Strachan) (Anderson) in Crookedholm, Ayrshire, illegitimate daughter of my great aunt Amelia Strachan and John Hood. The reason for the various surnames is that she was registered as Jeanie Hood in 1874. In 1877 her mother married Robert Anderson, but in the 1881 census Jeanie Hood Strachan, as she was then called, is with her Strachan grandparents at Crookedholm while her mother is in neighbouring Hurlford with her husband and young son. But by 1891 Jeanie was in Hurlford with her mother and stepfather, age 17 and a muslin sewer, and her name in the census is Jeanie H Anderson. She married using the name Jeanie Hood in 1897 to coal miner William Orr, and they are in Place and Plenty Row off the Ayr Road at Riccarton in 1901 with 2 children, and no doubt had more. Jeanie Orr nee Hood died in Kilmarnock in 1948 age 75.

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