10 and 11 December

10 December was my parents’ wedding anniversary, and it also my sister’s wedding anniversary – though not the same year, obviously! Also today, a Strachan descendant who died in infancy, a Booth from Aberdeenshire who I can only trace so far, a Strachan descendant who migrated to the US as a child and lived in Illinois, and a Strachan relative who celebrates her birthday today.

10 December 1836
Birth of David Findlay at Riccarton, Ayshire, son of David Findlay and Susanna Strachan and grandson of my gggg uncle Peter Strachan and Mary Monroe. David died in infancy.

10 December 1856
Birth of Elizabeth Booth at Longside, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gggg uncle James Booth and Jean Keith. She is with her labourer and road contractor father, mother and siblings at Nether Kinmundy in 1861 and 1871, then in 1881 is at Albyn Terrace in Aberdeen working as a domestic cook for an elderly lady. I’m not sure what happened to her after that as I haven’t found anything that I’m certain is her.

11 December 1863
Birth of James Howat at Dundonald, Ayrshire, son John Howat and Margaret Bain, grandson of Peter Thomas Howat and Janet Strachan, and great grandson of my gggg uncle Robert Strachan and Jean Kelly. In 1869, 6 year old James migrated with his family to the US and they went to Reed Township in Illinois where his father worked as a coal miner, alongside several of his mother’s brothers. He is with his family in the 1870 and 1880 US census, and by age 16 was working as a miner. He then married Annie and became a sales man, and by 1900 they had 2 children. They remained in Reed Township and in 1910 James was a dry goods merchant and wife Annie was a milliner. By 1920 they had moved to Chicago: James was working as clerk at a textile factory and his unmarried daughter was a high school teacher. James and Annie continued to live in Chicago with their teacher daughter, and James died there in 1946.

10 December 1993
Birth of a granddaughter of a cousin on the Strachan side, great granddaughter of my aunt Mary Ann McInairney Strachan and James Tenant McBride. She lives in Scotland.

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